Thursday 5 January 2012 

South Africa Bowl Themselves To Brink Of Victory

South Africa Bowl Themselves To Brink Of Victory
South Africa Bowl Themselves To Brink Of Victory
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South Africa 580-4 dec. (Kallis 224, de Villiers 160no) v
Sri Lanka 239 (Dilshan 78) & 138-4
Third Test, Cape Town, day three
| | Day Two

South Africa used day three of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka to move into a position where they need six further wickets to take a series-clinching victory.

They picked up 12 in the day to bowl Sri Lanka out for 239 in their first innings and then reduce them to 138 for four after they were invited to follow on.

Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander took three wickets apiece as the tourists lost their last eight wickets for 90 runs before showing a little more resilience in their second innings.

However, with the big three of Tillakaratne Dilshan (5), Kumar Sangakkara (34) and Mahela Jayawardene (12) all dismissed, South Africa will be expected to wrap up victory as they still lead by 203 runs after they declared on the second day on 580 for four.

South Africa's bowling and fielding was almost universally outstanding throughout the day and Sri Lanka were unable to build partnerships.

They lost Sangakkara (35) to the third ball of the day when his loose drive at Steyn was caught by Hashim Amla and an excellent spell from Philander then did for Thilan Samaraweera, whose only answer to a quick inswinger was to prod to Jacques Kallis at slip having made 11.

Jayawardene fell five runs later when he edged Steyn to Kallis for 30 and Sri Lanka were six down for 194 when Angelo Mahews nicked Steyn through to wicket-keeper Mark Boucher.

Imran Tahir then got into the act by bowling Tissera Perera for five as he tried to cut against a turning leg break before Philander swiftly removed Rangana Herath (1) and Dammika Prasad (9) while the innings was wrapped up when Dinesh Chandimal's flighty knock of 35 was ended when he edged Morne Morkel to Boucher.

Dilshan then hammered the first ball he faced in Sri Lanka's second innings for four but his bravado couldn't last and attempting another booming drive he nicked Philander to Boucher for five.

Lahiru Thirimanne (30) and Sangakkara then put together a 67-run partnership for the second wicket and for the only time in the day South Africa were a little muted, Graeme Smith even bringing himself on in a bid to gain a breakthrough.

That proved fruitless but the pair were separated when Thirimanne flicked Kallis onto his thigh pad and was brilliantly caught by Amla at short leg - as much a triumph for the Decision Review System as it was for the fielding team after the slightest of nicks was not picked up in the first instance by umpire Richard Kettleborough, or, presumably, the batsman either.

Sangakkara fell less than five overs later when he edged Tahir and Kallis took a smart catch above his head at slip and the final wicket of the day went when Kallis sprung to his left at second slip to snaffle Jayawardene's wicket - another edge - off the bowling of Morkel.

Samaraweera and Mathews arrested the slide by reaching stumps on 19 and 28 not out respectively.

Kallis made 224, AB de Villiers 160 not out, Alviro Petersen 109 and Jacques Rudolph 51 not out in South Africa's first innings after Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first.

© Cricket World 2012

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