Sri Lanka set record target of 450

2011-12-29 09:10

Resuming at 256 for seven, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 279 runs on the fourth morning of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead.

Adding a further 23 to their overnight total, the tourists held a 449-run lead today.

The highest successful chase on this ground was 340 and on any ground 418.

However, Proteas head coach Gary Kirsten said yesterday he saw it as a challenge and an opportunity for the batsmen to shine.

“It is an opportunity for someone to so something special,” Kirsten said.

“We have a skilful batting line-up and we are capable of doing it.”

Thisara Perera (12), the first scalp of the morning, was brilliantly caught by Jacques Kallis at second slip, with the all-rounder reacting quickly to grab the ball with both hands.

Perera had added six runs to his overnight score, giving Dale Steyn a wicket in the first complete over of the morning.

The wicket of Chanaka Welegedara (10) gave Steyn his 17th five-wicket haul, playing in his 50th Test match, and Hashim Amla his 50th Test catch.

Morne Morkel wrapped up the innings with the wicket of Dilhara Fernando (three) caught by Ashwell Prince in the gully.

Rangana Herath was not out on eight.

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