Sri Lanka Pile On The Pressure

Kumar Sangakkara hits out
Kumar Sangakkara scored 72 as Sri Lanka set South Africa 369 to win the second and final Test
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Sri Lanka 421 & 229-8 dec. (Sangakkara 72) v
South Africa 282 & 38-1
Second Test, Colombo

Sri Lanka enjoyed an excellent fourth day of the second and final Test against South Africa in Colombo, which ended with the tourists still needing another 331 runs to win.

Sri Lanka declared their second innings on 229 for eight after Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews scored half-centuries, setting South Africa 369 to win.

In between delays for rain and bad light, South Africa then closed on 38 for one having lost the wicket of Alviro Petersen for a 25-ball duck.

Resuming on 11 without loss, Sri Lanka's openers Upul Tharanga (30) and Kaushal Silva (26) put on 38 together for the first wicket before Tharanga was caught by Quinton de Kock off Dale Steyn.

He faced just 40 balls and Sri Lanka would score at more than four runs per over before declaring in a bid to quickly build their lead.

Silva was caught by Vernon Philander off Morne Morkel before Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 165 in the first innings, fell for a six-ball duck when he was caught by Dean Elgar off Imran Tahir.

Sangakkara (72 in 90 balls) and Mathews (63 not out in 83) then combined to add 81 for the fourth wicket and prevent South Africa from capitalising on that double strike.

After Sangakkara was caught by de Kock off Morkel, there was a clatter of wickets as Kithruwan Vithanage (7), Niroshan Dickwella (16), Dilruwan Perera (7) and Rangana Herath (4) fell cheaply.

Morkel finished with four for 45, Steyn two for 59 and Tahir two for 76.

With time having been lost due to the rain, South Africa could have been forgiven for setting their sights purely on survival, but Petersen failed to score a run in 25 balls before he was caught by Vithanage off Herath.

However, when bad light ended play early, Elgar had reached 13 not out in 46 balls and de Kock, batting at number three, had scored 21 in 31 balls to keep South African hopes of an unlikely win alive.

South Africa won the opening Test in Galle by 153 runs.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results
6th July: 1st ODI, Colombo
South Africa 304-5 (Amla 109, de Villiers 75) beat
Sri Lanka 229 (Sangakkara 88) by 75 runs
9th July: 2nd ODI, Pallekele
Sri Lanka 267 (Dilshan 86, McLaren 4-48) beat
South Africa 180 (Amla 101) by 87 runs
12th July: 3rd ODI, Hambantota
South Africa 339-5 (de Kock 128, de Villiers 108) beat
Sri Lanka 257 (Mathews 58) by 82 runs
16th-20th July: 1st Test, Galle
South Africa 455-9 dec. & 206-6 dec. beat
Sri Lanka 292 & 216 (Sangakkara 76) by 153 runs
24th-28th July: 2nd Test, Colombo
Sri Lanka 421 & 229-8 dec. drew with
South Africa 282 & 159-8 (Herath 5-40)