Watch S Africa vs Sri Lanka cricket highlights today. SA vs SL 1st Test day 5 highlights on 30-12-2016. Yesterday Sri Lankan batsmen did a better job than their performance in the first innings but some soft dismissals marred all these efforts and now they are on the brink of a big defeat in the opening Test of their tour of South Africa. Visitors are in pursuit of an almost impossible target of 488 runs. Previous record of chasing a big total in Test cricket is that of 418 runs which West Indies accomplished against Australia. However the way Sri Lankan batsmen gifted their wickets to South African bowlers, there seems little hope for them to win this game. Yesterday they lost five wickets and four of these were just a gift for the bowlers. In such crucial situation this kind of irresponsible attitude always results in humiliation.
When play ended yesterday, Angelo Mathews, the last hope for the team, was playing at 58 while Dhananjaya de Silva was not out at 9. Today there is a long day ahead with three full sessions which means there is no chance of a draw if weather doesn’t interrupt the game.
Best possible option for the visitors lies in patient but adamant resistance till the last player. If they lose this Test, it must be in a manner that everyone applause it. We have already seen a similar situation when Pakistan was chasing a big target and, despite facing defeat, a fierce resistance forced the critics to call it their moral victory. This is what Sri Lankan tail-enders should strive to accomplish today.
But Angelo Mathews will take lead today and should score a century at least. If he falls early, rest of the players will also lose heart. First hour of today’s game will make everything crystal clear.
If this pair survives the first hour, they can give a hard time to South African bowlers. Wicket has also become less supportive of the bowlers which means there is a chance for Sri Lankans. They can make history today.