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As it happened: SL v SA, Day 2

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Hashim Amla (Gallo Images)
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Welcome to LIVE scoring and interactive commentary from Day 2 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo!

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25 Jul 2014

Thanks for tuning in! Hard work lies ahead for South Africa's batsmen against Sri Lanka's spin onslaught. Any thought of winning the game have, for the moment, been put on the back burner by the South Africans. Remember, if they can play out a draw, they'll win the series and return to the No 1-ranking in Test cricket. It will however will be tough against the home spin attack with three days remaining in the Test…

Be sure to join us again at 06:30 (SA time) tomorrow for some more interactive commentary!

25 Jul 2014

STUMPS ON DAY 2: SA 98/3 after 52 overs (run-rate: 1.88 per over.)

They trail Sri Lanka's first innings total by 323 runs.

25 Jul 2014

Amla gets a single off the final ball of the day to finish on 46 not out.

25 Jul 2014

A rare loose ball by Mendis is cut away by Amla for four...

25 Jul 2014

Perera's penultimate over of the day is a maiden. Mendis to bowl the final over of the day.

25 Jul 2014

2 overs remaining in the day's play.

Perera to bowl the penultimate over.

25 Jul 2014

OVERS 50: SA 93/3

Run-rate: 1.86 per over.

25 Jul 2014

The Mighty # now into the 40s...

25 Jul 2014

Looks like South Africa will not reach the 100 mark before 50 overs are bowled... #hardtoil

25 Jul 2014

Suranga Lakmal celebrates the dismissal of Faf du Plessis... (AFP)
<strong><em>Suranga Lakmal celebrates the dismissal of Faf du Plessis... (AFP)</em></strong><br />

25 Jul 2014

7 overs left in the day's play.

25 Jul 2014

OVERS 45: SA 85/3

Run-rate: 1.88 per over.

25 Jul 2014

On the replays a crow can be seen flying right over the pitch just as Lakmal delivers his ball. However, Amla was ready to play the shot, and only backed away at the very last moment, with the ball already in the air. Was he perhaps lucky not to be given out?

25 Jul 2014

Oh dear, Amla is clean bowled by Lakmal, but it's not out. He backed away when the bowler delivered it, so was given not out after Lakmal appealed.

25 Jul 2014

De Villiers beautifully drives Lakmal through the covers for four. Vintage AB. As long as he's there, the run-rate WILL improve.

25 Jul 2014

OVERS 40: SA 75/3

Run-rate: 1.88 per over.

25 Jul 2014

AB de Villiers is the new batsman in for South Africa. It's up to him and # again now...

25 Jul 2014

WICKET! Du Plessis goes for 36, caught behind by 'keeper Dickwella off the bowling of Lakmal.

Faf was unlucky there, edging it while trying to play the seamer down the leg side.

South Africa 71/3 after 38.2 overs.

25 Jul 2014

The South African run-rate slowly creeping up to 2 per over now. It's currently at 1.88.

25 Jul 2014

This Vithanage chap is very much a part-timer. He throws in a few loose deliveries like Tahir... Du Plessis obliges to a loose one and hits it over cover for four.

25 Jul 2014

50 PARTNERSHIP between Amla and Du Plessis, coming off 163 balls.

It is their 4th 50-run stand in 10 Test innings together.

25 Jul 2014

OVERS 35: SA 61/2

Run-rate: 1.74 per over.

25 Jul 2014

Amla breaks the shackles a bit as he drives Mendis through the covers for four...

25 Jul 2014

DRINKS BREAK with SA on 55/2 after 34 overs.

25 Jul 2014

The fourth spinner is now into the attack. It is leg-spinner Kithuruwan Vithanage.

25 Jul 2014

50 finally up for South Africa, coming off 195 balls.

25 Jul 2014

315 - This is the number of deliveries South Africa's Imran Tahir had been wicketless for until he dismissed Dilruwan Perera today.

25 Jul 2014

OVERS 30: SA 44/2

Run-rate: 1.47 per over.

25 Jul 2014

Faf du Plessis fighting hard against the Sri Lankan spin onslaught... (AFP)
<strong><em>Faf du Plessis fighting hard against the Sri Lankan spin onslaught... (AFP)</em></strong><br />

25 Jul 2014

Yes you read correctly. It was indeed BOUNDARY scored by South Africa, albeit a bit lucky, but they'll claim it...

25 Jul 2014

CHANCE! Amla gets a thick edge off Perera but it goes past 'keeper and first slip for four.

25 Jul 2014

OVERS 25: SA 32/2

Run-rate: 1.28 per over.

25 Jul 2014

Herath now back into the attack to replace Perera...

25 Jul 2014

OVERS 20: SA 25/2

Run rate: 1.25 per over.

25 Jul 2014

South Africa going at a snail's pace here. Are they already in "draw only" mode?

25 Jul 2014

That looked a bit high though...

25 Jul 2014

Massive LWB appeal by Lakmal against Du Plessis. Given not out by umpire Richard Kettleborough.

Sri Lanka opt not to review it.

25 Jul 2014

Seamer Lakmal to bowl the second over of the final session.

25 Jul 2014

Perera starts with a maiden over first up after tea...

25 Jul 2014

Perera will continue after the tea break...

25 Jul 2014

It's about damage control for South Africa as they try not lose any more wickets. You may argue that the Sri Lankans were also 16/2 in their first innings.

However, the big difference is that they've got 3 frontline spinners in their arsenal... which the Proteas lack...

25 Jul 2014

Welcome back for the final session!

25 Jul 2014

TEA ON DAY 2: SA 23/2 after 16 overs (run-rate 1.43 per over).

The Proteas are well and truly up against it facing a spin barrage from Sri Lanka.

Join us in about 20 minutes for the day's final session!

25 Jul 2014

Du Plessis gets a boundary off Mendis with a decent shot past mid-on.
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