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Cricket news - Live Cricket Score - South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3, Durban

Pressure will be on Sri Lanka bowlers to find quick wickets.

The players are back ... big session coming up for Sri Lanka.


South Africa lost their last five wickets for 8 runs and the collapse started with the downfall of Faf du Plessis (90). The South Africa captain scored his first Test half-century at the venue and played a key role in setting up the daunting challenge for the visitors. Vernon Philander was the first wicket to fall in the session when he missed a straight one from Embuldeniya.

The big wicket, however, went to Fernando. The left-arm pacer got one to angle in from around the wicket and trapped du Plessis, who didn't offer a shot, plumb in front. The moment of the day for the visitors came in the 77th over. Embuldeniya managed to catch the inside edge of Kagiso Rabada's bat before Niroshan Dickwella completed an easy catch to help the left-arm spinner complete his five-wicket haul. Fernando accounted for Keshav Maharaj and then ended proceedings with the wicket of Dale Steyn.

South Africa, cryptically, adopted a defensive approach right from the start of the second session as the track started to offer a lot more turn. That allowed the Sri Lanka bowlers to settle in, something they weren't able to do in the first session because of Quinton de Kock (55). The fact that South Africa scored 106 in the first session was because of the panache with which de Kock played. He reached his half-century off 56 deliveries before he was caught lbw by Embuldeniya.

De Kock's positive strokeplay early in the day meant the pressure on Sri Lanka mounted. They struggled for close to 90 minutes before the wicket arrived. After du Plessis-de Kock collaboration fetched South Africa 96, Philander and du Plessis frustrated the visitors with a 60-run stand.


That's that folks! South Africa have been bowled out for 259. Fernando picks four while Embuldeniya ends with five. The left-arm spinner leads the side off the park. South Africa were 251 for 5. And then they collapsed soon after du Plessis fell. You have to think they have enough on the board to win the Test.

NINE DOWN: Sri Lanka are striking rapid blows now as soon as the lead has touched 300. Fernando comes around the wicket and gets the ball to come back. Maharaj was no where close to that and gets bowled.

EIGHT: Maiden five-wicket haul for Embuldeniya in his first Test. Inside edge from Rabada into the pads and the ball lobbed up. Dickwella completes an easy catch.

THAT'S THAT: No century for du Plessis. He falls for 90. This is his first half-century in Durban in a Test. He's ensured the lead has soared to 299. No shot offered and Fernando traps his in front.

SIX DOWN: Embuldeniya gets his fourth. Full and straight. Philander went back to cut but makes no connect. Bowled as the lead is now 295.

The players are back, it's gone overcast now ... Du Plessis and Philander out to bat, Lakmal to start with the ball after the break ...


Faf du Plessis (72 not out) and Quinton de Kock (55) have helped South Africa build a substantial lead. De Kock's wicket was the only one the visitors managed in the session as South Africa scored 101 in the 26 overs bowled.

At the start of the day, with the lead already 170, Sri Lanka needed early wickets to curb the run flow. Instead, de Kock came out and struck a few crisp drives to get going and put the pressure back of the visitors. While du Plessis took time to open up, it was the left-hander's attacking strokeplay that helped South Africa surge ahead. Make no mistake, de Kock wasn't rash - the strokes were pure cricketing shots played with such pristine timing that can easily send the opposition's confidence crashing down.

Sri Lanka struggled for close to 90 minutes for the first breakthrough. Even with the track deteriorating rapidly, they turned to Dhananjaya de Silva first before bringing on their frontline spinner. Lasith Embuldeniya struck in his second over of the day as he trapped de Kock in front soon after the lead went past 230. The left-hander did challenge the decision but replays showed the ball was crashing into the stumps. The 96-run stand, however, had ensured Sri Lanka were firmly pinned on the mat.

Du Plessis reached his half-century soon after - off 108 deliveries - and ensured the lead soared past 250. With the track offering variable bounce, the pressure will now be once again on the fragile Sri Lankan batting line-up to produce the goods. If their form in the last four Tests is anything to go by, things aren't looking too promising for the visitors.

The lead is now past 250 ...

50 UP: Soon after the wicket, du Plessis gets to his half-century. It has taken him 108 deliveries to get there but his partnership has really put the pressure on Sri Lanka. Lead 236.

FIVE DOWN: Embuldeniya comes into the attack and strikes in his second over. De Kock went too far back to play the flick but missed the delivery. Trapped plumb in front.

South Africa 191 for 5 and lead by 235

HALF-CENTURY: An overthrow and a misfield helps Quinton de Kock gets to his second half-century of the game. South Africa cruising at the moment and Sri Lanka are looking out of options already. He gets there off 56 balls.

CLOSE: Sri Lanka need wickets and the luck just isn't going their way. Full and wide from Lakmal, du Plessis gets the thick edge and the ball goes to second slip. Kusal Mendis gets forward but the ball lands just in front of him and injures his finger.

South Africa 180 for 4 and lead by 224

LEAD 200: Aggressive start from South Africa this. While du Plessis struck two crisp drives, de Kock has been hurting Sri Lanka with his scoring rate. They've helped the team past 150 and the lead is now 203. They still have six wickets in hand.

Alright then, de Kock and du Plessis walk out to bat, Lakmal will start with the ball ...

Hello and welcome to the live blog of the third day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Durban. While Sri Lanka bossed the first day - keeping South Africa to 235 - the hosts surged ahead on the second with quick wickets and valuable runs in the last session. With the lead already 170, South Africa will look to stretch it beyond 250, which should be safe on this track.

The Sri Lanka bowlers did well to take four wickets but with the track now starting to offer turn, their batsmen will have a much tougher job in hand whenever they come out to bat. Sri Lanka, barring the first Test in New Zealand, have been extremely poor since then and it's the batting that has led the team down time and again. Stay tuned folks as we bring you more updates from what should be a cracking day.

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