Sangakkara puts on show

2011-12-29 00:00

A DAY after Thilan Samaraweera became only the second Sri Lankan batsman to score a century in South Africa, veteran batsman Kumar Sangakkara produced a fine display of batting to become the third batsman to achieve the same feat and put Sri Lanka in a commanding position in the second Test at Kingsmead.

The only countries that Sangakkara has not scored a century in are the West Indies and Bangladesh.

Unlike the first two days of the Test, the start of the third day was delayed by an hour because of heavy overnight rain.

Sri Lanka resumed the day on 7/1 and looked to be up against it with the bowlers hitting the deck hard and swinging the ball both ways. South Africa had a chance to get Sangakkara out for three when he edged a sharp Morné Morkel delivery. Boucher dived hard to his left, but missed. Graeme Smith had a chance to claim the catch himself, but missed it because of Boucher’s leap.

The quick bowlers continued their barrage and it paid off in the third over of the day when Tharanga Paranavitana (nine) edged a ball to Ashwell Prince at third slip.

Mahela Jayawardene came to the wicket hoping to make his first big score of the tour, but only managed 14 before Marchant de Lange struck just before lunch.

De Lange then pitched a full delivery which struck Samaraweera on the pads. Umpire Steve Davis immediately raised the finger and the batsmen went for a review. The review showed that the ball had been pitched outside of the line of the off-stump and had struck him high on the pads, but the ball had clipped the top of the stumps.

After watching the review former Sri Lankan all-rounder Russel Arnold told The Witness that although the umpire decision review system was beneficial to the game, he did not have full confidence in all of the technology that was used.

He said the tracking system showed that the ball that got Jayawardene out had clipped the top of the off-stump, yet the ball had been rising.

Sri Lanka went into lunch on 65/3, and came back to face a bowling attack that was intent on pitching the ball short.

Samaraweera, the hero of Sri Lanka’s first innings, continued with his good form and put on a 94-run partnership with Sangakkara before he was bowled for 43 by a turning Imran Tahir delivery.

Angelo Matthews (three) continued with his poor form when he chased a wide Steyn delivery that was caught by Boucher.

Dinesh Chandimal again proved his worth when he built a 104-run partnership with Sangakkara. He cut and drove the ball with ease while getting to 54, his second half-century of the match.

He also chased a wide delivery from Steyn that was again caught by Boucher.

After batting well to score his century, Sangakkara got a rush of blood to the head and came down to the pitch in the hope to hit Imran Tahir out of the ground, but all he managed to do was find Smith at long-on and his marathon innings came to an end on 108.

Bad light stopped play with 24 overs left, and Sri Lanka on 256/7, a lead of 426 runs.

Steyn was South Africa’s best bowler with 3/54. He was well supported by Tahir, who finished the day on 2/64.

To make up time, play will start at 9.30 am today.

 

SCOREBOARD

Sri Lanka first innings 338 (Thilan Samaraweera 102, Dinesh Chandimal 58; Marchant de Lange 7-81)

 

South Africa first innings 168 (Hashim Amla 54; Chanaka Welegedara five for 52, Rangana Herath four for 49)

 

Sri Lanka second innings (overnight 7-1)

T. Paranavitana c Prince b Morkel 9

T. Dilshan c Smith b Steyn 4

K. Sangakkara c Smith b Imran Tahir 108

M. Jayawardene lbw b De Lange 14

T. Samaraweera b Imran Tahir 43

A. Mathews c Boucher b Steyn 3

D. Chandimal c Boucher b Steyn 54

T. Perera not out 6

R. Herath not out 5

Extras (w-1, b-5, lb-2, nb-2) 10

TOTAL (seven wickets, 70.3 overs) 256

Fall of wickets: 1-4 2-20 3-44 4-138 5-141 6-245 7-245

Still to bat: C. Welegedara, D. Fernando.

Bowling (to date): Morkel 15-4-43-1, Steyn 16-3-54-3, De Lange 12.3-1-45-1 (w-1, nb-1), Kallis 11-1-43-0, Tahir 16-1-64-2

 

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