Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 4: Match set for thrilling conclusion

Sangakkara struck eight boundaries during his knock of 72

Sangakkara struck eight boundaries during his knock of 72

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The second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Colombo is set for a thrilling conclusion as the tourists require 331 runs to win on the final day with nine wickets in hand.

Sri Lanka set South Africa a target of 369 to win following half-centuries from veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara and captain Angelo Mathews.

Starting out the day on 11/0, Sri Lanka’s opening pair of Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Silva converted their 11-run partnership into a 38-run partnership before Tharanga was caught behind off the bowling of Dale Steyn for 30 runs.

Tharanga’s wicket marked a special milestone for Steyn as he picked up his 374th Test wicket and surpassed legendary Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis on the list of top wicket-takers in Test history.

Silva went on to score 26 runs before he was caught by Vernon Philander at point off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

Mahela Jayawardene failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Dean Elgar at short leg off the bowling of Imran Tahir for a duck.

Jayawardene reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball had hit his glove, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Sangakkara and Mathews stabilised the innings with an 81-run partnership, during which Sangakkara brought up his half-century, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Morkel.

Sangakkara’s brilliant knock of 72 came off 90 balls and included eight boundaries.

Kithuruwan Vithanage only made seven runs before he was caught by Faf du Plessis at point to give Morkel his 200th Test wicket.

Debutant Niroshan Dickwella mustered 16 runs before he was caught by AB de Villiers at midwicket off the bowling of Steyn.

Dilruwan Perera scored seven runs before he was clean bowled by Tahir.

Rangana Herath made four runs before he was caught by de Villiers at midwicket to become Morkel’s fourth victim of the innings.

Morkel dismissed Silva, Sangakkara, Vithanage and Herath

Morkel dismissed Silva, Sangakkara, Vithanage and Herath

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Following Herath’s dismissal, Mathews decided to declare on 229/8, setting South Africa a target of 369 to win.

Mathews remained unbeaten on 63, which came off 83 balls and included two boundaries and two sixes.

Mathews' good form with the bat continued

Mathews’ good form with the bat continued

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Morkel was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Steyn and Tahir chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Needing 369 to win, South Africa got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Alviro Petersen was caught by Vithanage at silly point off the bowling of Herath for a duck.

Elgar and Quinton de Kock amassed an unbeaten 34-run partnership before bad light ended play early.

Elgar finished on 13 off 46 balls, which included one boundary, while de Kock remained undefeated on 21 off 31 deliveries, which also included one boundary.

Herath was the only bowler to take a wicket.

South Africa ended day four on 38/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 09:45 local time or 04:15 GMT.

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