COLOMBO - South Africa reached 104 for four at tea on the final day of a tense second Test in Colombo, with a cramping Hashim Amla still at the crease, alongside Faf du Plessis.

The Proteas are now just one session away from saving the second Test, and securing a series win. But they still have much to do, as Rangana Herath, the veteran left-arm, showed when he bowled AB de Villiers just before tea, and then almost had Faf du Plessis leg-before a ball later.

De Villiers and Amla had batted for most of the second session, with runs no longer of much consequence to them. Amla, requiring medical attention every other over due to cramp, remains on 24 off 146 balls, and will be key to South Africa’s survival.

The Sri Lankans will hope they have seen the last of the rain, and fancy their chances of getting the six wickets they need to level the two-match series.