Lanka close in on series win against South Africa

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Sri Lanka's pacemen rattled the South African top-order on the final day of the second cricket test Sunday.

Lanka close in on series win against South Africa

Colombo:

Sri Lanka's pacemen rattled the South African top-order on the final day of the second cricket test Sunday, as the hosts edged closer to their first ever test series win against the visitors. Chasing a massive victory target of 493 runs, South Africa was 129 for five wickets in its second innings with two full sessions remaining at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club ground. Left-arm seam bowler Chaminda Vaas struck in the very first over of the day when he had overnight batsman Jacques Kallis caught by Tillekeratne Dilshan at second slip with a rising ball for three runs. Skipper Graeme Smith departed two overs later caught by Thilan Samaraweera at short square leg off pacer Lasith Malinga for 17, leaving the visitors four down for 36. The fifth South African wicket fell without any addition to the total when Jacques Rudolph mistimed a pull shot to a Vaas delivery and was caught by Malinga in the deep for one run. Boeta Dippenaar and Mark Boucher negotiated the Sri Lankan bowlers cautiously to add an unbroken 93 runs for the sixth wicket with Boucher scoring an unbeaten half century. Sri Lanka had already taken firm control of the match after they grabbed two quick wickets in the 44 minutes of play possible on the fourth day Saturday, as South Africa struggled to 21 runs when rain ended play. Opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs, who was out for a first ball duck in the first innings, scored only four runs before being dismissed by Malinga with the total on four. (AP)



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