Galle - South African quicks Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel struck key blows to
restrict Sri Lanka despite an unbeaten half-century by Upul Tharanga on
the third day of the first Test on Friday.
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Steyn got rid of star
batsman Mahela Jayawardene (three) and opener Kaushal Silva while Morkel
sent back run-machine Kumar Sangakkara (24) as Sri Lanka went in to
lunch at a shaky 104-3.
The hosts trail the visitors by 351 runs
with seven wickets in hand, with South Africa making 455-9 declared in
their first innings.
Tharanga, making a Test comeback after more
than six years, defied the hostile fast bowling to make a fine 65 with
the help of 12 boundaries.
Steyn (2-17) gave the Proteas an early
breakthrough in the fifth over of the day when he sent back opener
Kaushal Silva (eight) with a ball that pitched high.
to hook the bouncer but edged it to long leg where Vernon Philander
dived forward and plucked the ball inches off the ground to complete a
His dismissal brought in Sangakkara, coming into the match on the back of a record seven successive fifty-plus scores.
left-hander looked his normal poised self, pulling and driving Steyn
with contempt for two fours in an over, including his trademark cover
Tharanga provided solid support to his more famous partner,
reaching his fourth half-century with a four off part-time spinner
The left-hander dished out similar treatment to
Imran Tahir, the only specialist spinner in the South African squad,
whacking him around for two boundaries is his consecutive overs.
rains close to the lunch break held up the game briefly. And just as
the game resumed, Sangakkara paid the price for losing his
concentration, inside edging Morkel on to his stumps.
who has announced that he will retire in August, was trapped leg before
by Steyn while trying to defend against a stinging yorker from the
The former skipper asked for a review but replays validated the on-field umpire's call.