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Sri Lanka all out for 279, leads by 449

Sri Lanka all out for 279, leads by 449

Sri Lanka was all out for 279 in its second innings Thursday to lead South Africa by a massive 449 runs early on the fourth day of the second test at Kingsmead.
Sri Lanka has the best part of two days to bowl the home team out and level the three-match series in a dramatic turnaround after the tourists lost the first test by an innings.
Dale Steyn picked up 5-73 for his 17th five-wicket haul in tests but there was little celebration from the fast bowler as the Proteas needed a world-record winning total in the final innings to steal the match, or bat for nearly two days to save it.
Sri Lanka added 23 to its overnight score of 256-7, enough to set South Africa a massive victory target of 450, which is 32 runs more than the highest fourth-innings score made in a test to win.
Sri Lanka has not won in 15 previous tests and has never won in in South Africa.
But a 28th test century by Kumar Sangakkara, and a second half-century of the match by debutant wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal, built Sri Lanka's second innings Wednesday and put the tourists in an overwhelmingly dominant position.
Thisara Perera lofted Steyn down the ground for four early on day four as Sri Lanka sought quick runs before the quick had him caught for 12 at second slip by Jacques Kallis.
Chanaka Welegedara struck two boundaries to hurry Sri Lanka along but also fell to Steyn for 10. Dilhara Fernando was last man out to Morne Morkel (2-46) but Sri Lanka was in complete control with nearly six sessions still to play.
South Africa has lost its last three tests at Kingsmead and was bowled out for just 168 in 54.4 overs in the first innings of this match to fall well behind after Sri Lanka made 338 batting first.


Updated : 2021-04-16 06:49 GMT+08:00