Colombo Test: South Africa stare at series whitewash after failing spin trail

first_imgSri Lanka are cruising towards a series whitewash as South Africa continued to struggle against the Sri Lankan spinners in the second and final Test of the series.Chasing 490 to win the Test and level the series, the Proteas are five down for 139 at the end of Day 3 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Spinners Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath took two wickets each to place the hosts within five wickets of a 2-0 series whitewash.As the day drew to a close, Theunis de Bruyn (45) and Temba Bavuma (14) remained unbeaten and will face the uphill task of taking the visiting team to a respectable total on turning turf.Herath struck the first blow for Sri Lanka trapping Aiden Markram lbw for 14 with the score on 23 in South Africa’s uphill chase.Dean Elgar and de Bruyn shared 57 runs for the second wicket, aided by a reprieve for Elgar from a catch by the wicketkeeper off a Dilruwan Perera no ball. Elgar failed to make his luck count as he was trapped lbw by Perera for 37 with the total on 80.Hashim Amla was bowled by Herath for seven and Dananjaya struck twice in successive deliveries dismissing Faf du Plessis (7) and Keshav Maharaj (0) to reduce South Africa to 113 for five.Dananjaya returned two for 35 while Herath had two for 54.Stumps: Sri Lanka end day three needing five more wickets for victory, with South Africa languishing on 139/5.#SLvSA SCORECARD https://t.co/P4Eg7K1Nw9 pic.twitter.com/K6MdA55sFIadvertisementICC (@ICC) July 22, 2018Earlier, Sri Lanka declared its second innings on 275 for five setting South Africa a challenging target.Dimuth Karunaratne top scored for Sri Lanka with 85 while Angelo Mathews (71) and Danushka Gunathilaka made useful contributions.South African left-arm spinner Maharaj took three wickets for 154 runs following up on his career-best nine wickets in the first innings.South Africa is 0-1 down in the two-match series and must put on a record breaking performance on a spinning pitch at the Sinhalese Sports Club if they are to level the series.The highest successful run chase in test cricket is 418 made by the West Indies in Antigua in 2003.South Africa have not lost a Test series to Sri Lanka since 2006.South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock became the fastest to complete 150 dismissals in Test cricket in 35 matches when he took a catch to dismiss Karunaratne in the morning session. Australia’s Adam Gilchrist had reached the milestone in 36 Tests.Sri Lanka reached 338 in its first innings and bowled South Africa out for 124, securing a 214-run first innings lead.Sri Lanka won the first Test in Galle by 278 runs.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more