SRI LANKA TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2020-21
Live Score Updates
South Africa 302-10 & 67-0 (13.2 Ovs)
Aiden Markram 36 (53)
Sri Lanka 157-10 & 211-10
Wanindu Hasaranga 2.2-0-16-0
South Africa won by 10 wkts
Sri Lanka lost their way after Karunaratne’s ton. © AFP
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South Africa win by 10 wickets
Nine minutes into day three, Sri Lanka head coach was on the balcony, on his feet and applauding Dimuth Karnaratne’s tenth Test ton. Thirteen minutes later, Arthur had his head buried in his hands probably aware that the knockout punch has been landed by South Africa. Karnaratne made 103 before Sri Lanka folded for 211 to set the hosts 67 for a 2-0 series win.
The day started pretty positively for Sri Lanka as their captain struck two consecutive fours to reach his century off 123 balls. However, his dismissal was a few balls in the making. He had been tested with the short balls and had fended them awkwardly before he decided to take one on. The top edge was caught by Wiaan Mulder at square leg with the Sri Lanka captain falling after a commanding ton.
The opening wicket in the day was all South Africa needed to gain the ascendancy. The flick from Niroshan Dickwella landed with Temba Bavuma at mid-off. Wanindu Hasaranga offered some resistance when he scored 16 off 32 but there wasn’t much he could have done. The lower order crumbled under the continuous assault from Ngidi and Lutho Sipamla. From being 176 for 4, Sri Lanka lost their final six wickets for 35 runs.
Aiden Markram started the chase with a boundary on the first ball and continued to score freely. The Lunch was taken with the hosts still 43 away but there was drama on the final over of the opening session. Markram drove away from the body and edged the away going delivery from Vishwa Fernando. Kusal Mendis claimed the catch at second slip but the third-umpire clarified that the catch had been grassed. The openers stayed unbeaten and polished off the chase in 13.2 overs to help the side complete a series sweep and bag 120 World Test Champsionship points.
Lunch Day 3 – South Need 43 more.
Aiden Markram started the chase with a boundary on the first ball and continued to score freely. The Lunch was taken with the hosts still 43 away but there was drama on the final over of the opening session. Markram drove away from the body and edged the away going delivery from Vishwa Fernando. Kusal Mendis claimed the catch at second slip but the third-umpire clarified that the catch had been grassed.
Alrighty then, Markram starts with a boundary on the first ball. Elgar has walked out to open with him. South Africa need 67.
Just a matter of time now for Sri Lanka. Ninth wicket goes down with Chameera falling to Sipamla for a duck. Lead just 65.
Sri Lanka 210 for 9
Sri Lanka 201 for 7. Lead 56.
Mulder comes into the attack and strikes immediately. Length ball and Shanaka wanted to work that to the on side. Lobs a simple catch to mid-on.
Sri Lanka 190 for 7
Two wickets early for South Africa. Dickwella falls for 36 and the head coach is shocked by the poor stroke. Lead now 36.
Sri Lanka 181 for 6
100 and Out
Big wicket and it’s Nortje who strikes. Short ball on the body and he wanted to pull that one. The top edge is caught by Mulder. The 67-run stand has come to an end and Sri Lanka will need something special from Dickwella now to push the lead substantially.
Sri Lanka 176 for 5
Karunaratne is making a statement here. Two consecutive boundaries against Nortje and he gets to his ton off 123 balls. Sri Lanka have extended their lead to 24 and have made a steady start.
Sri Lanka 169 for 4
Alrighty then, Karunaratne and Dickwella out there. Nortje will start for South Africa …
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the third day of the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka were beaten and bruised on the opening day but bounced back brilliantly on the second to even things with the hosts. They lead by five runs and have six wickets in hand. South Africa will be a touch worried and Sri Lanka will hope to take the lead to at least 150 first and then more
It should be an exciting and stay tuned as we bring you more updates …