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South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Match Summary

SA vs SL, 2019 - Test Summary

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Match Ended   
Kingsmead, Durban , Feb 13, 2019
235&259
191&304/9(85.3)
Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 1 wicket
  • Player of the Match
    Kusal Perera
SA 235/10
Bat Top Batsmen
80 (94)
  • 8x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 85.10SR
47 (66)
  • 7x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 71.21SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 3.64
17
OVERS
62/4
R/W
Bowler
ECON 4.63
14.4
OVERS
68/3
R/W
SL 191/10
Bat Top Batsmen
51 (63)
  • 7x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 80.95SR
30 (59)
  • 3x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 50.84SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.4
20
OVERS
48/4
R/W
Bowler
ECON 3.2
10
OVERS
32/2
R/W
SA 259/10
Bat Top Batsmen
90 (182)
  • 11x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 49.45SR
55 (62)
  • 6x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 88.70SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.53
26
OVERS
66/5
R/W
Bowler
ECON 4.13
17.1
OVERS
71/4
R/W
SL 304/9
Bat Top Batsmen
153 (200)
  • 12x4s
  • 5x6s
  • 76.5SR
48 (79)
  • 6x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 60.75SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 3.55
20
OVERS
71/3
R/W
Bowler
ECON 2.18
16
OVERS
35/2
R/W
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Phew. Plenty written. Plenty said. Let us take a breather. Sri Lanka have won. Period. Sri Lanka have defeated South Africa. Double period. The Islanders have beaten the Proteas in the latter's backyard. Wow. Don't feel like putting a period here, do you? But we have to. A fantastic Test match has ended and it is great to be in the Lankan camp right now, while we offer our commiserations to the Proteas. But life moves on. So does the series. Can Sri Lanka achieve what no Asian team has done? Win a Test series in South Africa? A draw in the second Test would suffice. But expect the Proteas to come back hard. Their first loss at home since March 2018, recording 6 straight wins. Join us on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 10 am local (0800 GMT) to see whether they avoid a series defeat. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
KUSAL PERERA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 51 AND 153 NOT OUT. On his feelings currently, he honestly says that he is tired and does not know what to say! Praises Vishwa Fernando for hanging around with him and helping the team across the line. On his own contribution, Perera says that he just did his bit with everyone else contributing their stuff.
Victorious Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne, says that it was a great game. Adds that before this match, the Lankans knew that they had a great chance as their only win in South Africa before in a Test had also come at this venue, in 2011. Says that this will be a big boost to not only the players but also the fans back home. On the feelings in the dressing room during the last-wicket stand, Karunaratne smiles and says that no one was moving and everyone was praying. Adds that the feeling in the dressing room is generally very happy and that is what he wants as a captain. Has full of praises for his young side, facing a pacy attack from South Africa and also Embuldeniya, for taking his 5-fer. On Vishwa Fernando, he says that he supported Lakmal when he did not get a wicket and then with the bat, supported Kusal Perera really well. Expects his side to fight hard again in the second Test.
South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, says that it was an incredible game of cricket. Adds that he is disappointed to finish on the losing side but says that if a fan watches 60-70 runs for the last wicket and sees the team win, there is nothing better. Praises Kusal Perera for single-handedly taking the Lankans home. Admits that the Proteas were average with the bat, making 50 below par in the first innings and then losing their way in the second. Is still struggling to answer as to how the Saffas lost 5/8 in the second innings with the ball not doing anything till that stage but then, suddenly swinging. Stresses that it was the swing which did the batsmen in, even though the spinner (Embuldeniya) took a fifer. Wants his own team to take a leaf out of how the Lankan tail wagged. On his thought process when the last-wicket stand was going on, Faf says that there were plenty of thoughts and they tried everything, protecting the target, keeping the main batsman off strike, bowling as many balls as possible to the tailender but nothing worked today. Praises Dale Steyn and laments the loss of Vernon Philander this morning, as this pitch and the conditions suited him to perfection. But is quick to add that he does not want to give any excuses, as with 220 runs to defend and 7 wickets required, he backed his bowlers to pick those on any day. Stresses that without a doubt, the unit will come back firing for the second Test but is disappointed that this is just a 2-match series.
And now. Sri Lanka. The first line of their national anthem means thus - 'Thou Mother Lanka, Oh Mother Lanka we salute, salute, salute, salute Thee!' Today, that salute goes to Kusal Perera and the entire Lankan team. Not many visiting teams have the courage to bowl first in South Africa. But they did. Restricted the Saffas to 235, probably lost it with the bat in the first innings but then, to believe that they can win with South Africa racing ahead at 251/5 in the second innings and leading by 295 deserves respect. Lasith Embuldeniya. Does he have any relation with Lasith Malinga? Nope. Probably that word Lasith itself means magic. From nowhere, the 22-year old debutant took a 5-fer, which meant that the Lankans needed 304 to win - still a daunting task but achievable. And they achieved it. Please stay tuned for the post-match presentation...
Talking about the Saffa bowlers, they strut their stuff. Bundled out the Lankans to get a 44-run lead after a modest 235 and then, in the second innings, should have taken that 10th wicket but luck eluded them. Plenty of edges went past the fielders, landing in no man's land. Steyn took a 4-fer in the first innings while Keshav Maharaj took 3 in the second. Crucially, Vernon Philander was not feeling too well with his hamstring and did not take the field at all on Saturday, which proved to be a massive blow.
About the match in total, where did South Africa lose the game? Making just 235 in the first innings with just one half centurion in Quinton de Kock? Or losing their way from 251/5 to 259 all out in the second innings? Had they made 300 in either of the innings, it could have been a different story. The second innings saw two half centurions but overall, it was an average batting display.
Okay. Now for the game summary. Let us begin in reverse order. With Embuldeniya's 5-for setting up a target of 304, Sri Lanka began well, reaching 42/0 but then slipped to 52/3 in no time. This morning, they resumed at 83/3, lost 2 wickets quickly, but the Kusal-Dhananjaya stand kept the Lankan hopes alive. However, Maharaj's late burst almost sealed the deal till the unbeaten last-wicket stand came along.
Do not forget the contribution of Vishwa Fernando. His 6 not out from 27 balls played a huge role in assisting Kusal Perera and Sri Lanka. Wow. Don't they always say, cricket is a team game?
Nothing is impossible, goes the cliche. But here, we have witnessed that nothing is indeed impossible. 206/6 - Dhananjaya de Silva falls. 98 needed with 4 wickets in hand. Match getting out of bounds for Sri Lanka. Then 206/7, 215/8 and 226/9 - 78 needed with 1 wicket in hand. Everyone dreams of a quick finish. But from there, Kusal Janith Perera has just stung the South Africans like a bee, staging an unbeaten 78-run stand with last man Vishwa Fernando and himself scoring 67 out of those!
Sri Lanka touring South Africa? Yes. Match over in 4 days. Yes. South Africa go 1-0 up. A big NO. Oh the world, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, please spare some time and visit this match centre. Kusal Perera has done a Michael Hussey. A VVS Laxman. A Paul Collingwood. A Monty Panesar. A Jimmy Anderson. Take any name you wish. In short, Kusal Perera has done nothing short of a miracle.
85.3
4
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
FOUR! SRI LANKA WIN! Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable. A length ball, outside off, Perera just angles this towards third man but it is more of an outside edge. Luckily for him, the ball flies wide of the slip fielder and races to the third man fence! Just the second 1-wicket win for the Lankans in Tests, both against South Africa!
85.2
lb
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
Down the leg side, Kusal misses his tuck but the ball goes off his pads past the keeper towards fine leg. It seems like the ball is running away to the fence but fine leg gets across in time. Two runs taken, leg byes signalled and the Lankans are a boundary away from a win!
85.1
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
On a good length around middle and leg, Perera dabs it towards gully.
Over 85 : 298/9
8 Runs
K. Perera
149 (197)
V. Fernando
6 (27)
D. Steyn
18-1-71-2
84.6
1
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Outside off, very full, KP digs it out towards point and takes the single to retain the strike! 6 more needed to win now...
84.5
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Outside off, Kusal punches this through the covers but does not run.
84.4
6
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
SIX! SLAP! That is gutsy shot and the runs required come into single digits! A length ball, around off, Kusal swings with all his might and clears mid-wicket with ease! Two men are waiting in the deep for this stroke, awaiting the top edge but it does not come. 7 more needed to win...
84.3
1
Dale Steyn To Vishwa Fernando
JUST WIDE! Around middle, Vishwa plays this uppishly, just wide of short leg and gets a single.
84.2
0
Dale Steyn To Vishwa Fernando
Short and outside off again, Fernando gets away from it.
84.1
0
Dale Steyn To Vishwa Fernando
Short ball outside off, Fernando sways away from it.
Over 84 : 290/9
8 Runs
K. Perera
142 (194)
V. Fernando
5 (24)
K. Rabada
22-3-93-1
83.6
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
Another bouncer, around leg, Perera ducks again.
Last ball of the over. Faf du Plessis is frenetically making the field changes. Guess this is just a wastage of time, making Kusal wait...
83.5
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
A bouncer but way down the leg side, left alone.
83.4
6
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
TOP EDGE, SIX! Kusal Perera is riding his luck here. A short ball, around leg stump, Perera looks to pull but is in no position to do so. He gets a top edge which sails high in the air. Fine leg starts to move to his left but the ball has cleared the ropes! 14 more to win now...
83.3
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
The batsman defends it from within the crease.
83.2
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
Outside off, Kusal looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards point.
83.1
2
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
SAFE! Reduce two more from the target. 20 more needed to win. Full and around leg stump, Perera works it through mid-wicket with soft hands and immediately calls for two. The substitute Zubayr Hamza, who is on for the injured Philander is a touch slow to get to the ball. He returns a weak throw to Rabada who takes the bails off but by that time, Fernando dives in. Aleem Dar shakes his head on the run out appeal but still takes it upstairs for confirmation. Replays confirm the same in one go.
Run out? Run out? Is Fernando short? Aleem Dar wants to check...
Over 83 : 282/9
12 Runs
V. Fernando
5 (24)
K. Perera
134 (188)
D. Steyn
17-1-63-2
82.6
0
Dale Steyn To Vishwa Fernando
Jaffa! But Steyn somehow fails to get the outside edge of Fernando. Bowls this on a good length around off. Vishwa hangs his bat but the ball moves away from him.
82.5
1
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
82.4
6
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
SIX! HUGE! OH MY WORD! Perera is taking the onus on himself. That's the 50-run stand and Kusal has made most of it. Fuller ball on the pads, Perera flicks it over square leg for a big hit.
82.3
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Around off, driven to the cover region.
82.2
5
Dale Steyn To Vishwa Fernando
DRAMA! Lots of it. Length ball around off, Fernando looks to defend but the ball swings away and take the outside edge. Luckily for the batsman, it falls just short of second slip. Sri Lanka want the run so Perera leaves his crease. Faf from the cordon has a shy at the non-striker's end but fails to hit the target. Had he hit, Fernando was a goner. To make matters worse, the ball runs away for four overthrows!
82.1
0
Dale Steyn To Vishwa Fernando
Length ball around off, Fernando looks to block it but it swings away from his bat.
Over 82 : 270/9
7 Runs
K. Perera
127 (185)
V. Fernando
0 (21)
K. Rabada
21-3-85-1
81.6
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
No run taken. Good for South Africa. Rabada goes short on purpose. Perera fails to put bat to it. Steyn will now have six balls to have a go at the no. 11.
81.5
4
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
FOUR! Short ball on the leg side. Perera pulls it well and the ball crosses the ropes past the square leg boundary. Nicely played.
81.5
wd
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
Wide. Unusual bounce. Too high to worry the batsman! Wide signalled by the umpire.
81.4
2
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
Good running. This one was on a good length outside off. Perera cuts it to deep point. Bavuma does well to cut just before the ropes. The batsmen take two.
81.3
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
Back of a length ball on the hips, tucked away to the on side.
81.2
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
On middle and leg, played with a straight bat.
81.1
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
Fuller ball on off, driven towards covers.
Kagiso Rabada is back to bowl with the second new ball.
Over 81 : 263/9
1 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (21)
K. Perera
121 (179)
D. Steyn
16-1-51-2
80.6
0
Dale Steyn To Vishwa Fernando
Lovely! Length ball on off, swings away after pitching. Fernando hangs his bat and the ball goes past his outside edge.
New ball taken! Steyn will have just one delivery to have a go with it.
80.5
1
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Steyn goes short on middle, Perera pulls it sweetly to deep square leg for a run.
80.4
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Yorker again on off, Perera keeps it out.
80.3
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Too wide. Tries a slower ball outside off, too far to make Kusal play at it.
80.2
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Fuller on off, pushed to the off side.
80.1
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
BEAUTY! Yorker on middle, Perera does well to get bat to it.
Over 80 : 262/9
3 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (20)
K. Perera
120 (174)
K. Maharaj
20-1-71-3
79.6
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Covers his stumps and keeps another one out.
79.5
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Fernando blocks it. On middle, well played by Vishwa.
79.4
1
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Fuller ball on middle and leg, Kusal on-drives it towards mid on and gets to the other end.
79.3
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Outside off, Perera fails to put bat to it.
79.2
lb
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Down leg, Perera looks to reverse sweep but the ball hits his pads and rolls towards fine leg. They come back for the couple.
79.1
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
In the air... but falls well safe. Around off, slog swept away to cow corner. Decides against the run.
Over 79 : 259/9
1 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (18)
K. Perera
119 (170)
D. Steyn
15-1-50-2
78.6
0
Dale Steyn To Vishwa Fernando
What a beauty from Steyn. Outswinger around off. Fernando some how manages to get bat to it. The ball takes the outside edge and goes to the gully region.
78.5
1
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Takes the run now. Good from Perera. Turns his bat to the vacant mid-wicket region and gives his partner the strike.
78.4
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Yorker wide outside off, Perera tries getting bat to it but fails.
78.3
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
How did that miss? Length ball on middle, Kusal swings but the ball misses his bat as well as the stumps.
78.2
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Shot but for nothing. Outside off, cut away to deep point but refuses the run.
78.1
0
Dale Steyn To Kusal Perera
Full and outside off, Kusal leaves it alone.
Dale Steyn is brought back into the attack.
Over 78 : 258/9
5 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (17)
K. Perera
118 (165)
K. Maharaj
19-1-70-3
77.6
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Outside off, Fernando plays it to point.
77.5
1
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
On the pads, flicked away to cow corner for another run.
77.4
2
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Down the leg side, paddled away to fine leg for another couple of runs.
77.3
2
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Around off, driven passed the cover region for a couple of runs. Required runs below 50 now.
77.2
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Full in line of the stumps again. Perera looks to reverse sweep it but fails to get bat to ball.
77.1
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Fuller ball on middle, blocked by Perera.
Over 77 : 253/9
9 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (16)
K. Perera
113 (160)
D. Olivier
16-3-35-2
76.6
0
Duanne Olivier To Vishwa Fernando
Yes he can. Not in the most convincing way. Shorter in length around off, Fernando leaves his bat hanging. The ball goes away from him and to the keeper.
76.5
1
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Good length delivery outside off, Kusal cuts it through point and takes a single. Can Fernando survive the last ball?
76.4
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Good length delivery around off, Perera pushes it to the fielder at point.
76.3
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Back of a length by Olivier, Kusal pulls it to mid-wicket.
76.2
6
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
SIX! Brilliant shot. Shorter in length around middle and off, Perera rocks onto his back foot and heaves it over the fine leg fence for a maximum. The total crosses 250 with that and Sri Lanka now require 52.
76.1
2
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Good length delivery outside off, Perera cuts it through point and straight away calls for two. The ball is wide of third man. He runs the first one hard and comes back for the second easily.
Over 76 : 244/9
3 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (15)
K. Perera
104 (155)
K. Maharaj
18-1-65-3
75.6
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Fernando gets behind the ball and keeps this out.
75.5
1
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Comes back in again. Perera gives room and cuts it towards backward point for a single.
75.4
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Outside off, spins back in. Perera tries to cut it but the ball goes under his bat.
75.3
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Covers his stumps and bunts this one down.
75.2
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Kusal tried to sweep that one but missed it and was hit on the pads down leg.
75.1
2
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Fraction short down leg, Perera pulls it towards deep square leg. He comes back easily for the second.
Over 75 : 241/9
1 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (14)
K. Perera
101 (150)
D. Olivier
15-3-26-2
74.6
0
Duanne Olivier To Vishwa Fernando
This time bowls it over the wicket. Olivier bowls it full this time and he gets some reverse swing on it. Vishwa does well to keep it out.
74.5
0
Duanne Olivier To Vishwa Fernando
Comes 'round the wicket and bowls a shorter length delivery around off, Vishwa looks to play it and leaves his bat hanging but it goes past it to the keeper.
74.4
1
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Length delivery outside off, Kusal cuts it towards deep point and this time takes a single.
74.3
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Length delivery around off, Kusal pushes it to the fielder at point.
74.2
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Length delivery around off, Kusal looks to drive but again gets an outside edge and the ball once again goes to the fielder at third man.
74.1
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Edge but safe. Fuller in length outside off, Perera looks to hit it to the off side but gets an outside edge. The ball goes towards the third man region but Kusal does not take the single.
Over 74 : 240/9
5 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (12)
K. Perera
100 (146)
K. Maharaj
17-1-62-3
73.6
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Fernando survives. On middle, blocked well by Vishwa.
73.5
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Jaffa! On middle and leg, spins away from the hanging bat of Fernando.
73.4
1
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
THERE IT IS! 100 for Kusal Perera! He has got it. What a fine innings this has been. Sri Lanka have fought back well and it has been centered around him. Only if he had more partners, might have taken the Lankans home too! As for this ball, Kusal just works this around the corner on the leg side for a single to get to his 2nd Test century. Well played!
73.3
4
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
FOUR! What a shot! Goes for the reverse sweep and gets it off the middle. Gets in position early and reverse sweeps it over backward point. The ball bounces just before the ropes. Moves to 99 now.
It is getting overcast again. A big group of rain clouds is arriving. Sri Lanka could do with that. Only they can hope is that the rain just delays its arrival till Perera's century...
73.2
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Fuller ball on middle and leg, swept away to square leg.
73.1
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Off spinner on middle, blocked in front of him.
Over 73 : 235/9
1 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (10)
K. Perera
95 (142)
D. Olivier
14-3-25-2
72.6
0
Duanne Olivier To Vishwa Fernando
Good length delivery outside off, Fernando covers his off stump with a straight bat.
72.5
0
Duanne Olivier To Vishwa Fernando
Bouncer. Vishwa ducks underneath it.
72.4
1
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Shorter in length, Kusal pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
72.3
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Back of a length delivery outside leg, Perera looks to pull but takes his eyes and one hand off the bat. He cannot keep his balance either and falls down. Meanwhile behind the stumps, de Kock drops the ball.
72.2
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Fuller ball outside off, Perera swings again but fails to connect.
72.1
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Length ball on middle and leg. Perera looks swing hard but gets hit on the thigh pad.
Over 72 : 234/9
7 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (8)
K. Perera
94 (138)
K. Maharaj
16-1-57-3
71.6
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Ahhh.... flighted outside off, Fernando initially goes for the big one but in the end, blocks it out.
71.5
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Full and around off, watchfully kept out again.
71.4
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Tossed up outside off, Vishwa looks to defend it but misses.
71.3
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Flighted on the stumps, Fernando does well to block it.
71.2
1
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Flighted on middle and off, Kusal sweeps it away to deep square leg for a single. Not the wisest decision to take a single here.
71.1
6
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
SIX! Kusal has decided to attack now. Flighted delivery outside off, Perera comes down the track and heaves it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. Perera now moves into his 90s.
Over 71 : 227/9
1 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (4)
K. Perera
87 (136)
D. Olivier
13-3-24-2
70.6
0
Duanne Olivier To Vishwa Fernando
Bluffs him by bowling it full outside off. Fernando leaves it alone.
70.5
0
Duanne Olivier To Vishwa Fernando
Down the leg side, on the shorter side. No much trouble for Fernando.
70.4
1
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Goes fuller for a change outside off, Perera drives it through covers and takes the run.
70.3
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Goes short again down the leg side. Perera leaves it alone. The umpire gives it as a second bouncer of the over.
The physios are out in the middle to check on Kusal Perera. He looks fine to continue.
70.2
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Short ball on leg, Perera goes for the hook but cannot connect it well. It brushes his glove, hits the helmet and lobs towards square leg.
70.1
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Fuller length ball on off, Perera drives it to covers.
Over 70 : 226/9
5 Runs
V. Fernando
0 (2)
K. Perera
86 (132)
K. Maharaj
15-1-50-3
69.6
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Tossed up on middle, Fernando blocks it to see off the over.
69.5
0
Keshav Maharaj To Vishwa Fernando
Flighted on off, Vishwa does well to defend it.
Vishwa Fernando walks out at number 11.
69.4
W
Keshav Maharaj To Kasun Rajitha OUT!
OUT! LBW! Rajitha has to walk off along with the review. Arm ball on middle and leg. Keeps going straight. Rajitha looks to flick it but misses. The ball hits him on the pads and the players appeal. Kasun takes the review but it does him no good. The ball was crashing into leg stump. Maharaj has another one and the hosts need just one more wicket for victory.
Review taken! Rajitha has been caught in front of the stumps but takes a review. Look's out.
69.3
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kasun Rajitha
Beautiful. flighted around off the ball spins away after pitching. Kasun looks to defend but gets beaten.
69.2
1
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Flighted on middle and leg, Perera sweeps it and gets to the other end.
69.1
4
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
FOUR! Quicker on leg, Perera looks to sweep it. It flicks off his glove and goes to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
DRINKS! South Africa just the two wickets away from victory. Sri Lanka need more 83 runs but that looks farfetched. The important question will be, will Kusal Perera get to his 100?
Over 69 : 221/8
3 Runs
K. Perera
81 (130)
K. Rajitha
1 (8)
D. Olivier
12-3-23-2
68.6
1
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Bouncer. Perera pulls it calmly towards square leg and gets a single.
68.5
1
Duanne Olivier To Kasun Rajitha
Comes 'round the wicket and bowls it on middle and leg. Rajitha tucks it towards mid-wicket. Perera looks for a quick single and gets on his bike. Maharaj gets to the ball and throws it at the keeper's end. Kusal puts in a dive to get in and Keshav misses his throw. It would have been close had he hit the stumps. Very puzzling why Perera took the single off the 5th ball here.
68.4
0
Duanne Olivier To Kasun Rajitha
Good length delivery on the body, Rajitha defends it.
68.3
0
Duanne Olivier To Kasun Rajitha
Back of a length delivery around off, Rajitha does well to get on top of the bounce and keep it down.
68.2
1
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Back of a length on middle and leg, Kusal pulls it to the fine leg region for a single. Perera is showing confidence in Kasun.
68.1
0
Duanne Olivier To Kusal Perera
Slower delivery full outside off stump, Perera hits it to the fielder at cover.
Change of gloves for Kusal Perera now. All hopes are on him if Sri Lanka want to win this Test match.
Over 68 : 218/8
3 Runs
K. Rajitha
0 (5)
K. Perera
79 (127)
K. Maharaj
14-1-45-2
67.6
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kasun Rajitha
Fuller ball on leg, flicked away towards mid-wicket. Kasun survives.
67.5
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kasun Rajitha
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
67.4
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kasun Rajitha
Angles this into the pads. Rajitha misses his flick and gets hit on his legs. The ball lobs into the hands of silly point.
67.3
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kasun Rajitha
Jaffa! Serves this on middle. The ball spins sharply away from Rajitha and almost gets his outside edge.
67.2
1
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Full on off, Perera sweeps it through square leg and takes the run.
67.1
2
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Outside off, Perera gives room and looks to cut it. He gets a bottom edge to it which goes through the legs of de Kock. They come back for the second.
Over 67 : 215/8
1 Runs
K. Rajitha
0 (1)
K. Perera
76 (125)
D. Olivier
11-3-20-2
66.6
0
Duanne Olivier To Kasun Rajitha
Good length delivery on middle and leg, Rajitha blocks it away.
Kasun Rajitha is in at no. 10.
66.5
W
Duanne Olivier To Lasith Embuldeniya OUT!
OUT! Shorter length delivery does the trick. Duanne bowls it short, the ball rises onto the batsman. Embuldeniya looks to defend it but then sees the ball rising onto him so he takes his eyes off. The ball hits his glove and lobs to the fielder at short leg. Aiden Markram there takes a very simple catch and South Africa now just 2 wickets away from wrapping up this game. The debutant cannot repeat his heroics from the 1st innings and he has to walk back.
66.4
0
Duanne Olivier To Lasith Embuldeniya
Good length delivery on off and middle, Lasith blocks it.
66.3
0
Kagiso Rabada To Lasith Embuldeniya
Length delivery on the thigh pad, Lasith looks to flick but it flicks off his thigh pad.
66.2
1
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
Shorter in length, Kusal pulls it away towards deep square leg and takes a single.
66.1
0
Kagiso Rabada To Kusal Perera
Sprays it down the leg side, Perera looks to flick it but misses.
Duanne Olivier back into the attack.
Over 66 : 214/7
4 Runs
K. Perera
75 (123)
L. Embuldeniya
4 (9)
K. Maharaj
13-1-42-2
65.6
1
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Played to the point region by Perera. One run added to the total.
65.5
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Too close to cut, Perera still goes for it and gets a bottom edge to it.
65.4
2
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
On off, Perera reverse sweeps this through short third man for a brace.
65.3
0
Keshav Maharaj To Kusal Perera
Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
65.2
1
Keshav Maharaj To Lasith Embuldeniya
Tucks this uppishly through square leg for one.
65.1
0
Keshav Maharaj To Lasith Embuldeniya
Loopy ball on middle and leg, Embuldeniya looks to sweep it but it hits his body.
Over 65 : 210/7
4 Runs
K. Perera
72 (119)