Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 3: Sri Lanka nearing 2-0 series win

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Sri Lanka are within touching distance of winning the series

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Sri Lanka are just five wickets away from securing a 2-0 series win as their spinners tormented South Africa on the third day of the second Test in Galle.

Starting off the day on 151/3, Sri Lanka added 48 runs to their overnight score before opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was caught behind off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi for 85, which came off 136 balls and included 12 boundaries.

Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva stabilised the innings with a 64-run partnership, during which Mathews brought up his half-century.

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Angelo Mathews scored his 29th Test fifty

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Mathews went on to make 71 off 147 deliveries, which included seven boundaries, before he was caught by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis at first slip off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj.

Silva and Niroshan Dickwella mustered an unbeaten 12-run stand before Sri Lanka declared on 275/5, which set South Africa a massive target of 490 runs to win.

Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Ngidi chipped in with one.

Chasing 490 to win, South Africa lost Aiden Markram early on as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Rangana Herath for 14.

Dean Elgar and Theunis de Bruyn made up for the loss of Markram with a 57-run partnership before Elgar was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dilruwan Perera for 37.

Hashim Amla was clean bowled by Herath shortly after, while Akila Dananjaya took out Du Plessis and Maharaj in successive deliveries.

De Bruyn and Temba Bavuma managed to guide South Africa to stumps as they forged an unbeaten 26-run partnership.

De Bruyn finished on 45 off 97 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Bavuma remained undefeated on 14 off 17 deliveries, which included one boundary,

Herath and Dananjaya took two wickets apiece, while Dilruwan claimed one.

South Africa ended day three on 139/5 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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