Twitter Reactions: Fernando and Embuldeniya keep Sri Lanka’s hopes alive

Embuldeniya picked up a five-wicket haul.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka
South Africa vs Sri Lanka. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

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Going into the third day of the opening Test at the Kingsmead in Durban against Sri Lanka, South Africa already had a lead of 170 runs. But they had lost four wickets. The game was in the balance and both teams had equal chances of getting each other on the mat. By the end Day 3, the game has tilted a tad towards Faf du Plessis and Co as the visiting team needs 221 runs to win the match.

Du Plessis and De Kock march on

The skipper and Quinton de Kock were the overnight batsmen and they carried on with their good work with a partnership of 96 runs for the fifth wicket to stretch the Proteas’ lead to 235 runs. Lasith Embuldeniya broke the ominous-looking stand, getting rid of the dangerous De Kock, who notched 55 quickfire runs from 62 balls and his knock was carved with six scorching boundaries.

Vernon Philander turned out to be an appropriate foil for his captain, Du Plessis, who looked good for a century. Vernon was cleaned up by Embuldeniya. Left-armer Vishwa Fernando trapped Du Plessis in front and cut short his knock of 90 from 182 balls with 11 fours. The Islanders bowled the hosts out for 259, thereby setting a target of 304. Embuldeniya picked up a five-wicket haul.

South African pacers dominate

Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne put their heads down and started Lanka’s run-chase in a cautious manner. The partnership put on 42 for the opening wicket in 15.5 overs following which Kagiso Rabada removed Thirimanne to strike first blood. The left-handed batsman could manage only 21 runs with three fours. Debutant Oshada Fernando joined Karunaratne in the middle.

Unfortunately, the visitors lost Karunaratne in the very next over. This time around, Vernon Philander picked up his first wicket. The Lankans found themselves in dire straits as Kusal Mendis perished for an eight-ball duck. On the other hand, Fernando didn’t look flustered and remained not out on 28 from 39 balls with four boundaries. At the other end is the left-handed Kusal Perera.

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