Watch South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st Test day 3 cricket highlights today on 28-12-2016 at Port Elizabeth. SL vs SA highlights today. Sri Lankan bowlers gave tough time to the South African batsmen in the first innings. Later on, it was Proteas’ turn to offer something even worst to the Lankan batsmen in the first Test of the 3 match series at Port Elizabeth. The hosts were all out for 286 yesterday. In reply, the visitors were battling very hard to reach 181 for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of second day’s play.
South African pacers fully used conditions of the pitch by generating swing and seam. Especially Kyle Abbott and Vernon Philander were outstanding with their consistent bowling all the way through. Suranga Lakmal was seen to do pretty much the same with his maiden five-wicket haul from Sri Lanka.
Kaushal Silva and Angelo Mathews put on a partnership of 39 runs for the 4th wicket. Silva was the first man to go after the lunch. He was undone by a seaming delivery from Philander that hit on to his pad and he was declared lbw. Rabada, who was bowling on a shorter length in his first spell, changed his tactics in the second spell and started to bowl fuller in length. It didn’t take too long to get the success then. He got Mathews in an out-swinging delivery that floated to the 3rd slip.
Rabada could have got Chandimal also. But the keeper missed a tough chance from behind the wicket. Ultimately it didn’t cost too much for the hosts. Chanidimal also fell a prey to Philander’s bowling and departed after adding only 11 runs. Earlier in the day, Lankan top order batsmen disappointed their fans with poor shot selection and departed very cheaply. The hosts found themselves on 22-3 at one stage of the innings.
Dhananjaya de Silva has been holding the key for his team till the stumps of day 2. He will start the proceedings for the Lions today with having 43 runs against his name on the board.