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As it happened: SL v SA - Day 4

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Hashim Amla (Gallo Images)
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LIVE scoring and interactive commentary from Day 4 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Galle.
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19 Jul 2014

MATCH SYNOPSIS

Sri Lanka require a further 260 runs to win off a minimum of 90 overs (run rate of 2.88)

South Africa require 9 wickets

With the weather set fair, the draw appears the least likely scenario

19 Jul 2014

ADVANTAGE SRI LANKA?

Sri Lanka finish Day 4 on 110/1 to give themselves an excellent chance of going 1-0 up in the two-Test series

The not out batsmen are:

Kumar Sangakkara on 58* and Kaushal Silva on 37*

19 Jul 2014

***STUMPS ON DAY 4***

19 Jul 2014

LAST OVER OF THE DAY!

Six balls, 2 wickets perhaps?

19 Jul 2014

ELGAR INTO THE ATTACK!

And just like that, Dean Elgar gets his chance to bowl

#parttimer.com

19 Jul 2014

ACKERMAN HAS HIS SAY

Commentator HD Ackerman gives his opinion on the troubles with spinner Imran Tahir, highlighting his inconsistency

He goes on to wonder why Dean Elgar hasn't been called upon to turn his arm over

I wonder if skipper Amla even knows Elgar bowls!?

19 Jul 2014

STEYN LASTS 3 OVERS

Another 3 over spell from Steyn

SA will need a lot more overs out of their star performer on Day 5 should they wish to win this Test

6-2-18-1

19 Jul 2014

3 OVERS TO GO

Sri Lanka still on the look out for quick singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over

19 Jul 2014

SUBLIME SANGAKKARA

Top run scorers list just flashed up on TV

No surprise that Kumar Sangakkara tops the charts with 1 015 - and counting

Next best?

Angelo Mathews on a distant 693...

19 Jul 2014

WEATHER FORECAST

For those wondering, the forecast for tomorrow is for good weather

No chance of rain saving either team

19 Jul 2014

REVIEW TIME

Sharp stumping by De Kock - or is it... ?

Square-leg umpire goes upstairs but it's NOT OUT

19 Jul 2014

SIX OVER LEFT

Only six overs remain on Day 4

SA will be looking for at least 1 wicket- hopefully 2 - before the close

Surely Sri Lanka will shortly shut-up-shop and continue tomorrow?

19 Jul 2014

PRESSURE ON AMLA

For the first time in his very, very short Test captaincy career, Hashim Amla will no doubt be feeling the pressure

He'll be second guessing his decision to declare and wondering whether his bowlers can pick up the remaining 9 wickets

19 Jul 2014

50 UP!

Sangakkara goes to his half-century

Still below his overall Test average of 58.73

19 Jul 2014

OH DEAR

Sangakkara too experienced to worry about Tahir changing ends as he cracks the SA spinner to the boundary for SUCCESSIVE boundaries!

19 Jul 2014

YES THERE IS...

But it's Tahir swapping ends, replacing Duminy

19 Jul 2014

NO BREAKTHROUGH BY STEYN

Steyn's return over goes for 3 runs

Comfortable by the hosts. Will we see a double change... ?

19 Jul 2014

UPDATE

There's some breeze around, helping a kite-flying contest outside the ground, and the groundsmen were rushing around. Getting a little dark too...

19 Jul 2014

AMLA QUICK TO REACT

Skipper Amla quick to note Sri Lanka dining on his spinners, so he turns to the Steyn Remover!

19 Jul 2014

SPIN, SHE IS NOT WORKING

Not ideal bowling figures from the two SA spinners to date

Tahir: 7-1-28-0

Duminy: 5-1-24-0

19 Jul 2014

PRESSURE MOUNTS

Worrying times for the Proteas as Silva gets into the action and drives Duminy through extra-cover for 4

19 Jul 2014

60 BALLS LEFT

Only 10 overs remain today

If Sri Lanka bat at their current rate, they'll finish on 122 today

19 Jul 2014

SANGAKKARA IS A DANCER

Sri Lankan star batsman Kumar Sangakkara uses his feet to Tahir and comes dancing down the pitch and picks up a quick single

He moves to 41*, Silva has 28*

19 Jul 2014

CHANGE OF ATTACK

Tahir decides to come around the wicket as Sangakkara takes a new guard

19 Jul 2014

ORIENTAL SUCCESS

76 - the number of wickets taken by Dale Steyn in Asia, the second-most for a non-Asian fast bowler

Sorry, no idea who tops the list

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19 Jul 2014

FLURRY OF RUNS

Sri Lanka will be happy with their position at present, especially after the loss of their early wicket

Target now under 300 ...

19 Jul 2014

DUCK DEAN, DUCK!

Dean Elgar in the firing line as Duminy bowls a half-tracker which Silva pulls inches wide of Elgar's head to the boundary

Next ball gets the same treatment!

19 Jul 2014

COMMENTATORS CURSE!

Just as Pommie Mbangwa goes on about how accurate Tahi has been, he delivers a SHOCKER of a full-toss which Sangakkara belts over the midwicket boundary fence for SIX!

19 Jul 2014

MORE SPIN

Skipper, the Mighty #, turns to JP Duminy as he senses spin is the way to go

Will also help with the over rate...

19 Jul 2014

TAHIR TOILLING AWAY

Tahir, who will no doubt do the bulk of the SA bowling, now into his fourth over

No huge alarms for the Sri Lankan batsmen yet...

4-0-14-0

19 Jul 2014

HD SURPRISED

Commentator HD Ackerman says he was "surprised" by Amla's declaration, saying he would've batted after tea

19 Jul 2014

NO BREAKTHROUGH - YET

Just a single off the first over after the drinks break

18 overs remain on Day 4

The Proteas will want to have Sri Lanka at least 3 down overnight

19 Jul 2014

INTERESTING STAT

Kumar Sangakkara's fourth innings batting average is 45.56

19 Jul 2014

DRINKS

Short break in play for drinks

Sri Lanka are 51/1 after 13 overs at a rate of 3.92

19 Jul 2014

50 ON THE BOARD

Silva picks up a boundary to bring up Sri Lanka's 50

320 more required...

19 Jul 2014

TWITTER GONE QUIET

Well, when it comes to the cricket that is...

Twitter going of its face with Super Rugby updates and the latest from the Open Championship at Hoylake

Come on cricket journos! Poor form!

19 Jul 2014

NOT OUT

Too much doubt to be given out

Not out is the verdict

19 Jul 2014

HALF APPEAL

Half-hearted appeal by the Proteas for a catch at silly mid-on

Umpire Billy Bowden has a brief chat to his fellow umpire and goes upstairs to the 4th official

19 Jul 2014

MATCH UDPATE

Sri Lanka are 43/1 off 10 overs

The require a further 327 runs off 112 overs for victory

SA need 9 more wickets...

19 Jul 2014

REPEAT DOSE

That man Sangakkara is something special

Majestically strokes Tahir's final ball to the cover boundary

19 Jul 2014

BOUNDARY

After being shocked by the bounce from Tahir first delivery, Sangakkara smashes Tahir's second effort to the cover boundary

19 Jul 2014

SPIN TIME!

Imran Tahir into the attack in the 10th over...

19 Jul 2014

LOTS OF ON-FIELD BANTER

The Proteas fielders in full voice in the final session of the match

No doubt happy with the way the Test is proceeding

19 Jul 2014

BOTH BATSMEN ON 9

Sangakkara's coming off 17 balls, Silva's off 22

19 Jul 2014

PHILANDER CONTINUES

While Steyn is on a break, Philander continues to charge in at Silva

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