Watch Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test day 4 cricket highlights today on 5-1-2017. S Africa vs Srilanka cricket highlights. SL vs SA highlights today. Gradually South Africa seems to be moving nearer to a series-level victory. After successfully combating against Sri Lankan spin, they have managed to shatter opposition’s batting by confining them to just 110 runs in the first innings. In Test cricket a healthy lead in first innings commonly results in a victory. In this second Test, South Africa got 267 runs lead and they look forward towards a big win.
On the other hand, Sri Lankan batsmen, after showing very average batting performance in first innings, now struggle after a total that has never been achieved in Test cricket history. All odds are against Sri Lanka and a victory or a draw is almost an impossible option for them. Facing defeat in second Test means they will lose the series as well.
Sri Lankan batting performance has been very poor during this series. Their batting never recovered from the shock of retirement from Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, the three legendary giants. They still in search for some batsmen who can provide them with good start and in case top order collapses, they need someone in middle order to absorb pressure.
As Sri Lanka’s batsmen floundered for a second time, there was reason to conclude that South Africa’s first-innings lead of 282 would have been ample for an innings win. As it was, they had eschewed the follow-on on the previous day and instead the declaration came at 224 for 7, 75 minutes into the afternoon session.
A lead of 506 was impregnable. Well, not quite impregnable. There was always the slight possibility that a Russian cyberattack could send cricket scoring systems across the world haywire and Sri Lanka could emerge, somewhat sheepishly, with a win with two sessions to spare. The reality was somewhat more prosaic: 130 for 4 by the close of the third day.