50: A couple of dots and then Mathews pushes the ball through the off side to the sweeper for a couple of runs. The 100 run partnership comes up. A single makes it three runs from the over. Mathews get his 50.
Tea: Elgar to bowl the last over before tea, can South Africa get a wicket? Mathews pushes the ball down to long on for a single. Mathews takes a single and then Mahela nudges the ball fine for a couple and moves on to 99. A couple more to Mahela and that brings up his century, well played knock from him at his favourite ground. Tea on day one, Sri Lanka have won the second session, scoring 97 runs and not losing any wickets.
Mahela sweeps the low full toss from Tahir to long leg for a single. Two singles from the over.
Four, Mahela hits Steyn for four and moves on to 95. Mahela pulls Steyn through deep backward square leg for four. Five runs from the over.
200: Three dots to start the over and then a couple of singles brings up the 200 for Sri Lanka. They are going slightly under 4 runs per over. Two runs from the over.
Steyn is brought back into the attack, four, short and wide and Mahela cuts the ball through point for four. Sri Lanka 198 and Mahela moves on to 90.
A couple of dots to start the over and then Mahela cuts it past point for four, Tahir's economy rate today is 4.64 so far, too high for the subcontinent. Five from the over.
Another maiden from South Africa, Philander bowls it and Mathews plays it out.
A rare maiden from South Africa and Tahir finishes his first maiden.
Philander comes back into the attack, four dots to start his over. Mathews then inside edges the ball on the leg side and Faf's misfield allows them to come back for the second run.
Six, Mahela hits Tahir over mid-off for a six, an inside out shot for a six. A couple of runs to end the over, 8 runs from it. Mahela moves into the 80s.
A couple of dots and then Mahela sweeps Duminy down to long leg for a single. Four, short and wide again, it spins a bit but Mathews covers the turn and cuts the ball to the boundary.
A risky single and then a leg bye, Sri Lankans scoring like they are in the middle overs of an ODI.
A couple of singles to start the over, and three singles from the over in total.
Tahir continues from the other end, this is when Sri Lanka accelerated in the first session with two spinners operating. A couple of singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. Three singles from the over in the end.
Duminy after the drinks break, just a single from the over.
Tahir is back just before the drinks break. A couple of singles to start the over and then a couple of dots. Mathews then works the ball on the leg side for a couple of runs. A single to end the over, brings up the 50 run partnership. Sri Lanka 165 for 3.
Duminy starts his 5th over. A couple of dots and Mathews cuts the ball powerfully through point for four more, Duminy bowls it too wide. A single to end the over, Sri Lanka 160 for 3.
Thick inside edge goes on the leg side and Mathews gets another single. The run rate has slowed down after lunch, but is still over four runs per over. Four, this will help the run rate, Mahela picks up another boundary to fine leg as Morkel bowls it on his pads.
Duminy has been brought back into the attack, Amla running out of ideas. Four dots and then Mathews cuts the short and wide ball to the point boundary. A single to end the over. The 150 comes up for Sri Lanka.
Three dots to start the over from Morkel and then Mahela tucks the ball to fine leg for a couple of runs. Just two from the over.
Cloudy: It is getting cloudy around the ground, the ground staff is ready. A maiden from Philander.
Morne Morkel is back into the attack, South Africa searching for another wicket. Mahela pushes the ball easily to third man for a single, nothing happening for the bowlers on this flat pitch. Mathews pulls the ball to deep midwicket for a couple. Four runs from the over.
A maiden from Philander, Sri Lanka going at 4.34 runs per over.
Width from Steyn and Mathews punches the ball through the covers for four. A single as Mathews works the ball on the leg side through midwicket. A couple of dots and then four more, Mahela hits the last ball behind point for four. 9 from Steyn's over.
A couple of singles to start the over, Philander into his 8th over now. Four dots to end the over, just two runs from it.
Mathews works the length ball from Steyn through square leg for a couple of runs. Five dots to end the over.
Philander from the other end after lunch. Mathews whips the ball on the leg side for three runs. Mahela blocks out the rest of the over.
Steyn will start the second session. Four, Mahela starts with a boundary, he is in fine touch today and flicks the ball off his pads for four to fine leg. A couple of dots and then a single to square leg for Mahela. Mathews gets off the mark with a couple of runs to square leg. 8 runs from the first over after lunch.
Morkel overpitches it and Mahela pushes this through mid-on for three runs, a long chase for the man in the deep. Three from the over, Sri Lanka 44 for 2 after the first hour of play. First drinks break of the day.
Lunch: Lunch Day One - It is lunch on day one and the game is poised nicely on a flat pitch. Steyn picked up two early wickets to put South Africa in front. After Sanga's golden duck, Mahela and Silva batted well to steady the innings and milk the spinners to increase the run rate to above four per over. Just when Sri Lanka were looking like they had won the session, Duminy picked up the wicket of Silva to pull Sri Lanka back. Mahela is on 53, Mathews is at the crease with him at lunch.
Wicket: This could be the last over before lunch, Duminy to bowl it. Mahela takes a single from the first ball. WICKET! Duminy gets the breakthrough, AB takes the catch and Silva has to go back to the pavilion before lunch. Sri Lanka lose a wicket just before lunch, after scoring heaps of runs against the spinners. Mathews promotes himself, comes out to bat with Mahela. Mathews plays out four dots to go to lunch. South Africa will be happy after breaking the partnership.
Steyn is brought back before lunch. A couple of dots and then Mahela takes a single to bring Silva on strike. Three dots to end the over, just one run from it.
50: Four, Mahela comes out of his crease and hits Tahir's first ball down the ground for four. Then he picks up an easy single through the covers, moves on to 48. Silva takes a single, 6 runs from 3 balls already this over. Mahela hits a four, gets his 50 in quick time, he paddles the ball to fine leg for four, gets his 49th fifty in 58 balls. 9 runs from the over, Tahir under pressure.
50: Four, Mahela comes out of his crease and hits Tahir's first ball down the ground for four. Then he picks up an easy single through the covers, moves on to 48. Silva takes a single, 6 runs from 3 balls already this over. Mahela hits a four, gets his 50 in quick time, he paddles the ball to fine leg for four, gets his 49th fifty in 58 balls. 11 runs from the over, Tahir under pressure.
Three dots to start and then Mahela inside edges the ball to square leg for a single. A single from the over,
100: Tahir has a chat with Faf, Duminy and Amla and then goes around the stumps. Silva takes a single as he pushes the ball to square leg from the leg stump. Another single and then Silva outside edges the ball away from the slips to get a couple of runs and bring up the 100 for South Africa. A couple of singles to end the over.
Amla brings Morkel back into the attack, a couple of dots to start. Four, Mahela rocks on to his back foot and hits the short ball over slips for four. A couple more runs as Morkel overpitches and Mahela pulls the ball through midwicket. 6 from the over.
Four dots to start the over and then Silva hits the full toss from Tahir to midwicket for four. Four more to end the over, Silva hammers another boundary through the midwicket region.
Four, Sri Lankans are comfortable against spin, Duminy tosses it up and Silva comes down the track early and hits it through the covers for four. Four more, fuller ball from Duminy and Silva drives it through the covers for four more. A single past slip brings Mahela on strike. Four to end the over, Mahela ends the over with another boundary. 13 runs from the over.
Three dots and then Mahela works the full toss from Tahir on to the leg side for three runs. A couple of leg byes as the wrong-un is padded on to the leg side by Silva. 6 from the over, the run rate is 3.88 per over.
Duminy comes into the attack, a couple of singles to start the over. Four, Silva outside edges it, past the keeper and AB at slip reacts late, four runs in the end.
A couple of singles and then a couple of dots. Mahela then comes out of his crease and hits Tahir through midwicket for four.
50: A couple of dots and then Silva inside edges the ball on the leg side for a single. Four byes, Morkel bowls a bouncer that climbs over Mahela's head and beats De Kock's jump to go for four. A dot and then Mahela pushing the last ball through the covers for three runs, pure timing in that shot.
Tahir to bowl after drinks, first sign of spin from SA. A quick maiden from Tahir.
Morkel overpitches it and Mahela pushes this through mid-on for three runs, a long chase for the man in the deep. Three from the over, Sri Lanka 44 for 2 after the first hour of play.
Three beautiful deliveries and then Silva drives the ball through deep cover for four. Just the boundary from the over.
Four, Mahela pushes the ball from the front foot straight down the ground for four to start Morkel's second over. Just the boundary from the over, good comeback from Morkel.
Another maiden from South Africa, Philander bowls it and Silva plays it out.
A maiden from Morkel to start his work for the day, Mahela plays it out.
A single as Mahela inside edges the ball to long leg, a length ball from Philander that bounces and moves away. A few dots and then Petersen drops Silva at third slip, Silva tries to cut it but ends up edging the ball. Petersen was going right first and then had to go to his left, Philander will not be happy with the drop.
Steyn on a hat trick, but Mahela has other plans. Steyn angles it into Mahela's pads and Mahela works it fine on the leg side for four. A couple of dots and then four more, Steyn over pitches and bowls it down leg, Mahela works it in front of square leg for four. A single makes it 9 from the over.
Mahela comes out to bat. A couple of singles and then a couple of dots from Philander. Four, Silva pulls this time, he is in control and he gets four to end the over.
Wicket: Three dots and then Steyn pitches it up and outside off, Silva drives the ball through the covers for three runs. WICKET! The inevitable happens, he pitches it short of a length and Tharanga tries to take his bat away to leave the ball, but ends up gloving it to the keeper. First wicket for South Africa and Sanga walks out to bat. WICKET! Sanga is out, bounced out first ball, Steyn bowls it short and outside off, Sanga tries to pull it but edges it to Tahir. First golden duck for Sanga in tests.
Philander pushes the first ball full and on the stumps, almost yorker length, Tharanga keeps it out. Four, Tharanga drives the ball into the pitch, and then ball bounces away for four down the ground.
There is no movement in the air so far for Steyn and Philander, it will be interesting to see where they pitch the ball. Some movement this time, Tharanga is caught in his crease and inside edges the ball to long leg for a couple in the end. A single brings Silva on strike.
Philander from the over end, he needs to bowl well in this test. Three dots and then Silva gets off the mark, clipping the ball on the leg side for a couple of runs. Sri Lanka 6 for no wicket.
Silva and Tharanga walk out to bat, Steyn has the new ball in his hand. This pitch was relaid last year, it is fresh and the grass has been cut really short. Four, after a couple of dots, Tharanga slices the ball through the covers for four. Just the boundary from the over.
Team News - Niroshan Dickwella makes his debut, he replaces Chandimal. Kithuruwan Vithanage takes the place of Thirimanne and Ajantha Mendis replaces the injured Eranga. Three specialist spinners for Sri Lanka. South Africa remain unchanged.
Toss: Toss - Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat first.
Greetings - Hello and welcome to our over-by-over coverage of the 2nd test between South Africa and Sri Lanka from Colombo. South Africa have won the first test and they will be eyeing the number 1 spot in tests. Sri Lanka will be looking to level the series.
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