LIVE – South Africa v Sri Lanka – 3rd Test – Sri Lanka bowled out for 239

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<p><strong>LIVE – South Africa v Sri Lanka – 3<sup>rd</sup> Test – Sri Lanka bowled out for 239</strong></p>
<p>Sri Lanka were bowled out for 239 runs in their first innings against South Africa in the final Test of the three match series at the Newlands, Cape Town on Thursday, January 5, 2012.</p>
<p>Earlier, the home team had amassed 580 runs in their first outing, losing just four wickets. The highlight of the innings was a spectacular batting display by veteran Jacques Kallis, who ended up with 224 runs.</p>
<p>This was Kallis’ second double-ton and he was simply delighted with his performance. The solid right-handed batsman was under some pressure after being dismissed for a pair in the Durban Test, which South Africa went onto lose by a huge margin.</p>
<p>Other than that, South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Alviro Petersen also scored centuries in the match. They ended up with 160 and 109 runs respectively. The latter of the two batsmen was making a comeback to the team after a gap of one year.</p>
<p>This batting display from the hosts bruised the confidence of the Sri Lankan team, which was all out below 250 in the end. Skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan was the top scorer for the team with 78 runs, but none of the other players managed to score a fifty.</p>
<p>Sri Lanka’s opening stand of 70 runs between the captain and Lahiru Thirimanne gave some hope to the side, but the latter fell after contributing 23 runs to the total.</p>
<p>However, the innings was stabilised by Dilshan and Veteran Kumar Sangakkara, who put on a 56-run stand for the second wicket. Just when things started to look good for the visitors, they lost their skipper. He batted well though, scoring 78 runs but simply
gave his wicket away in the end.</p>
<p>The Lankans were 149/2 at close of play on day two and would have expected a better show today. However, wickets kept on falling at regular intervals and the entire team was bundled up at 239.</p>
<p>South Africa’s Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander did most of the damage today, picking up three wickets each. They bowled in the right areas, troubling the batsmen throughout the innings.</p>
<p>Morne Morkel and spinner Imran Tahir also played a crucial part, taking two wickets each in the innings.</p>



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