SRI LANKA TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2020-21
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Sri Lanka 396-10 & 180-10 (46.1 Ovs)
Lahiru Kumara 0 (5)
South Africa 621-10
Anrich Nortje 10.1-1-47-2
South Africa won by an innings and 45 runs
South Africa won by an innings and 45 runs. © AFP
What’s next for Sri Lanka?
This will be a demoralising loss for the visitors. They started off on an impressive note staying in the game after two days of play. But a poor third day with the ball coupled with injuries to some key players completely brought them down to their knees. Once South Africa fetched a 225-run lead, it was just one-way traffic. Having already lost Angelo Mathews before the series, they have now lost Dhananjaya de Silva who looked very good in the first innings. Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha are nursing injuries. Dinesh Chandimal has hurt his groin. How many of these players are going to be fit for the crucial second and final Test match? Mickey Arthur has plenty to ponder.
1-0 to South Africa!!
It’s all over here!! South Africa just needed few overs to close proceedings post the lunch break. Nortje picks the final wicket. They win by an innings and 45 runs. What a comprehensive win this has been. When Sri Lanka made 340/6 on the opening day, many predicted that history might repeat itself. But South Africa staged an excellent comeback on the second day and completely took the game away from the visitors on the third day to set up this massive win.
Hasaranga continues to play his shots and eventually succumbs. Sipamla gets his second wicket as Hasaranga finds the fielder in the deep who had to cover a bit of ground. That was an entertaining innings. Sri Lanka are eight down and with Dhananjaya not fit to bat, South Africa need only one wicket.
A bright spot
He has been very good in his debut Test. Having picked 4 wickets in the South African innings, Hasaranga is now going after the bowling attack to fetch some quick runs. In the process, he gets a fifty. Sri Lanka trail by 54.
Lunch – Sri Lanka 148/7
And now there is a needless run out. And Sri Lanka lose number 7. The visitors lose 83 runs for five wickets in the session. They are only 3 wickets away from a win here and I don’t think they even need those three to complete the formalities. An injured Kasun Rajitha will come out and bat though after the break.
Sipamla strikes!! Shanaka is the latest to bite the dust. Sipamla bowls one full just outside off and Shanaka edges it to the keeper as his attempt to drive fails. Sri Lanka are staring at a heavy defeat here. We know Dhananjaya is not going to bat but what about the two injured seamers? Is it even worth it?
Massive wicket for South Africa!! And well done QDK for using the review. South Africa had only one review left but skipper de Kock was convinced that Kusal edged Nortje behind. And the replays confirm the same as the umpire’s decision is reversed. Kusal walks back disappointed. Sri Lanka are 114/5 and still need to score 111 runs to make South Africa bat again. Hasaranga is the new man in.
Mulder strikes again
He has looked very impressive this morning and he has been rewarded with one more wicket. Mulder persists on a line just a shade outside off and Dickwella ends up edging it to the keeper. Sri Lanka sink further.
50 for Kusal
He has looked extremely positive today fetching boundaries from the word go and now he helps himself to a fifty. Kusal will take a lot of inspiration from his monumental knock in 2019 and Sri Lanka certainly need an encore.
Well bowled Mulder!! This one was pitched on a good length outside off and jagged back in to hit the off stump. There was absolutely no feet movement from Chandimal and that is perhaps because of his groin injury. Sri Lanka are in trouble early on day 4. Niroshan Dickwella joins Kusal. Sri Lanka will be better served if they take an aggressive approach to wipe out the 140-run deficit at the moment.
This is poor cricket from Kusal. He already tried to push Chandimal for a quick single right at the start of the day and he has done it again. Chandimal isn’t in the best condition with that groin injury so Kusal will have to ensure he doesn’t push for unnecessary quick singles.
Mulder thought he had Kusal Perera caught behind but the batsman immediately challenges the on-field decision. Replays confirm there was no edge and that will be relief for the Sri Lankans. They need Perera’s presence to reduce the deficit as soon as possible.
One Boxing Day Test match got over earlier in the day with India coming out on top on expected lines and another one in South Africa is likely to witness a finish a few hours later. The script on day 3 couldn’t have gone worse for Sri Lanka. Having put up a great fight on the first two days, the visitors were decimated by the South African batting lineup with former skipper Faf du Plessis leading the way.
Du Plessis continued to make merry stitching partnerships with Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder and Keshav Maharaj to completely bat Sri Lanka out of the contest. In the process, he registered his highest Test score but fell one short of 200. What added to Sri Lanka’s woes were the injuries some of their players suffered on the third day. Having already lost Dhananjaya de Silva and Kasun Rajitha earlier in the Test match to injuries, Sri Lanka saw Lahiru Kumara and Wanindu Hasaranga walk away at different junctures with only the legspinner managing to come back later on.
During their second innings, after Lungi Ngidi plucked out two early wickets, Dinesh Chandimal had to be helped off the field at stumps after appearing to have hurt his groin. In case he isn’t 100 percent fit or doesn’t come out to bat today, this contest could end pretty soon. They still trail by 160 runs and need something special to take this contest into the final day. Can Kusal Perera pull a rabbit out of the hat again? We will find out shortly. Welcome to the live blog for the fourth day’s play in Centurion.