2nd Test, Cape Town, Jan 2 - 5 2017, Sri Lanka tour of South Africa
392 & 224/7d
(target 507)110 & 224
South Africa won by 282 runs
Player Of The Match
4/37 & 6/55
end of over 623 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 224/10CRR: 3.61 
Rangana Herath35 (45)
Vernon Philander 14-1-48-3
Keshav Maharaj 16-3-64-1

12.40pm: Okay, so it looks like we'll have to wait for confirmation on Abbott. South Africa can enjoy the moment, Sri Lanka have plenty to work on if they are going to save some face in Johannesburg. We'll be back for more than... Until the next time, thanks for your comments, and cheerio!

12.30pm: Right, presentations coming up. Sounds like Haroon Lorgat has rocked up, perhaps with impending Abbott-related news... Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews: "Disappointing, after winning the toss and having the advantage in the first session. Once again our batters have let the team down, haven't got enough runs on the board to give the bowlers a chance. We haven't concentrated for long hours, trying to hit good balls and getting nicked. [Kumara performance?] Just 19 years of age and bowling really well, taking six-for was fantastic. Credit to Rabada, the way he bowled in the second innings was brilliant. The bowlers have given us a chance but the batters haven't given the bowlers a chance, so that's what we need to change."

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "That's pretty much as close to the perfect game as you can play, we wanted to dominate Sri Lanka and every single opportunity the team stepped up. Obviously conditions play a role, when we go there it's tough. But we lost the toss on a green top, we would have bowled as well, but our opening batsman scored a hundred. Then our bowlers showed how tricky it would have been. Test cricket is about how disciplined your bowling attack can be, there are times when the opposition are allowed to bat well, but we kept on top of the run rate and stayed patient. [Win series with one to play?] Extremely nice, we set our challenges, to play well and win the series. Important to put in performances, would like to make it 3-0. [Rest players in Jo'burg?] Not something we've discussed, get our best team on the ground and get a 3-0 series win."

Kagiso Rabada is named Man of the Match for his ten-wicket haul: "I guess all the hard work paid off. The hours invested in gameplans and tactics, it's a good sign. I felt I was fighting for rhythm in the first innings, it kicked when I got a few wickets, so I was fortunate. Today I felt in decent rhythm. You want to get the top batters out, it says a lot about you as a bowler."

12.20pm: Poor Herath, stranded just 65 runs short of his maiden Test hundred. South Africa have no time for sentiment, wrapping up the match inside the first session of day four, a crushing margin of victory - exactly the same as their first-innings lead. Did they need to bat again? Probably not, but the Test has still finished in good time. Interestingly, Kyle Abbott has just received several handshakes and a few embraces from his team-mates. It looks like he may be heading off into the Cape Town sunset, wicketless in his final Test. South Africa will prefer to focus on the exploits of Kagiso Rabada, the coming man, who finished with 10 for 92; he signs the match ball and walks off to a warm ovation.

"It's a 2nd Inning tie! SA just won the 1st innings..." Sujith Leitan is firmly taking the positives for the tourists.

Here's KL: "Hadn't SA batted again to post that massive 507 target the attitude of SL batting could have been very different. The result could well be anything in that case, you never know. I think it did matter to shatter the confidence of the SL batsmen and boost that of their own bowlers."

Philander to Pradeep, OUT

bowled 'im, off stump pegged back! Philander finishes it, South Africa win by 282 runs and take the series with a Test to play

Nuwan Pradeep b Philander 5 (14m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66
Philander to Pradeep, no run

shortish, on the body, defended down to the on side

Philander to Herath, 1 run

bangs the ball in short and Herath pulls with gusto once more, takes the single to deep midwicket

"Yes, Rangana is in Late 30's :)" Very good, abhishek agrawa

Philander to Herath, no run

goes round the wicket again, full outside off and driven towards mid-off, not timed

Philander to Pradeep, 1 run

length ball on middle and off, an inside edge runs through square leg

Philander to Herath, 1 run

short of a length and Herath nearly pulls himself off his feet swiping wide of mid-on

"Target below 300 now," chortles Juanre_RSA, "game on"

end of over 615 runs
SL: 221/9CRR: 3.62 
Nuwan Pradeep4 (9)
Rangana Herath33 (42)
Keshav Maharaj 16-3-64-1
Vernon Philander 13-1-45-2
Maharaj to Pradeep, no run

tossed up and blocked coming forwards once again

Maharaj to Pradeep, no run

floated up around the line of off, Pradeep lunges forward

Another man comes in - slip, gully, siily point and silly mid-off in, as well as short leg

Maharaj to Pradeep, no run

round the wicket and tossed up, takes the outside edge but runs wide of slip

"How can Abbott sign for Hampshire when his CSA contract ends in April?" Well, since that's when the county season starts, Dave, he might consider it fits pretty well

Maharaj to Herath, 1 run

flighted outside off, brings out the reversey-percy again, swept through point for one

Maharaj to Herath, no run

nearly a mix up, as Herath steers the ball to backward point, Pradeep had come three-quarters of the way down and had to be sent back - but Amla threw to the wrong end

Maharaj to Herath, FOUR runs

four more, a full toss from Maharaj and Herath belts it away through midwicket. Rangana into the 30s

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