Cape Town - Marco Jansen and Thando Ntini shared nine wickets as South
Africa Emerging held the advantage after the penultimate day of their final
four-day encounter against Sri Lanka Emerging in Pretoria on Saturday.
The hosts closed day three on 92 for one, a lead of 145 and
in a strong position to ensure that they at least draw the game.
Shukri Conrad's side lead the series 1-0 and a shared result
in this final game at the LC de Villiers Oval will ensure they win the two-game
But they had to work hard to get through the Sri Lanka tail
after a century by Promod Maduwantha (111 off 236 balls, 9 fours) glued the
The 22-year-old shared an 83-run seventh-wicket stand
with Chamika Karunaratne (53 off 97 balls, 4 fours) that proved key to the
Asian side closing the deficit, which eventually proved to be just 53.
Jansen ended as pick of the bowlers with five for 69, while
Ntini bagged four for 76.
South Africa then lost Wandile Makwetu (26) to
Lasith Embuldeniya in the reply - his ninth wicket of the match - but
Janneman Malan (36) and Raynard van Tonder (20) took them to the close in a