Samaraweera, Mathews hold up South Africa
Cape Town: An unbroken century partnership between Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews delayed South Africa`s progress towards a series-clinching victory on the fourth day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Newlands on Friday.
Sri Lanka were 220 for four in their second innings at lunch, within 121 runs of making South Africa bat again, after Samaraweera and Mathews batted throughout the morning.
Samaraweera, Sri Lanka`s leading run scorer in the series, was unbeaten on 64 while vice-captain Mathews was 58 not out.
The pair had added 122 for the fifth wicket. They still had plenty of work to do, however, with South Africa likely to mount a concerated attack with the second new ball, which was taken one over before lunch.
The pair resumed on Friday with Sri Lanka on 138 for four, still 203 runs short of avoiding an innings defeat.
They started brightly, taking advantage of attacking fields and some wayward bowling from Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel to add 30 runs in the first four overs of the day.
South Africa were forced to fall back on more defensive fields and the introduction of Vernon Philander into the attack checked the scoring rate. Philander was again the best of the bowlers and beat both batsmen but without finding an edge.
Samararweera reached his fifty off 111 balls with five fours and Mathews achieved the mark off 97 deliveries, also with five fours.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Dengue cases on the rise in Delhi - Is the govt waiting for another epidemic?
- JNU student accuses fellow PhD scholar and AISA member of rape
- Sukhoi 30MKI posted in Arunachal Pradesh; Kiren Rijiju lauds development
- Olympic medalist PV Sindhu returns to Hyderabad; receives grand welcome
- Twelve-year-old ISIS suicide bomber caught and arrested in Iraq
- Rio Olympics bid farewell as athletes sign-off with a colorful closing ceremony
- Athletes’ Report Card: See how the Indian athletes performed at the 2016 Olympic Games
- Over 400 flights grounded as Tokyo prepares to take a direct hit from typhoon
- Kamal Haasan to be conferred French award
- New laser created from jellyfish proteins