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Sri Lanka removes Smith, eyes victory in 2nd test

Sri Lanka removes Smith, eyes victory in 2nd test

Sri Lanka removed South Africa skipper Graeme Smith to have the hosts 86-1 in their second innings at lunch on day four of the second test and still trailing by a hefty 363 runs.
Dilhara Fernando had Smith caught by Mahela Jayawardene in the slips for 26 to give the Sri Lankans an important breakthrough in their push for a series-leveling victory and first win in 16 tests.
Smith has a strong record in fourth-innings run chases for South Africa but survived less than 10 overs before Fernando (1-12) struck for his first wicket of the match.
Hashim Amla was not out on 37 with five fours and Jacques Rudolph unbeaten on 20 as the Proteas faced a world-record chase at a ground where they have lost their last three tests.
Sri Lanka added 23 to its overnight score of 256-7, enough to set South Africa a massive target of 450 _ 32 runs more than the highest fourth-innings score made in a test to win.
Sri Lanka has never won a test in South Africa in eight previous matches but was in an ideal position to end that poor record and send the three-game series to a decider in Cape Town.
Spinner Rangana Herath _ who took 4-49 in the first innings _ was again likely to be key for the Sri Lankans as the pitch showed signs of turn and bounce for the slow bowlers.
Sri Lanka was earlier all out for 279 in its second innings to lead by a massive 449 runs. It left Sri Lanka the best part of two days and nearly six sessions to bowl the home team out for 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.
A 28th test century by Kumar Sangakkara, and a second half-century of the match by debutant wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal, had already built Sri Lanka's second innings Wednesday and put the tourists in a 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. Fernando was last man out to Morne Morkel (2-46) but Sri Lanka was already in complete control.
South Africa was bowled out for just 168 in 54.4 overs in the first innings of the match to fall well behind after Sri Lanka made 338 batting first.


Updated : 2021-04-23 20:22 GMT+08:00