GALLE – Dale Steyn finally equalled Shaun Pollock’s national Test record of 421 wickets to bring a close to Sri Lanka’s second innings just before lunch on the third day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium.
Lakshan Sandakan could only manage to fend off a rising Steyn delivery straight to Temba Bavuma at point.
The dismissal, however, came a little late in the piece, with Sri Lanka having already stretched their overall lead to 351 after being bowled out for 190 in their second innings.
Hashim Amla said overnight that the Proteas hoped they could at least restrict the hosts to a target within the region of 320.
But Angelo Matthews (35) and captain Suranga Lakmal (33 not out) ensured Sri Lanka added a further 80 runs to their overnight total.
South Africa had a bit of good fortune early in the morning when a Matthews straight-drive ricocheted off Rabada’s hand and into the stumps at the non-striker’s end to initiate the first breakthrough.
Roshen Silva was the unlucky batsman and had to return to the pavilion for 13.
This was a fruitful little period for the Proteas, with Rabada going on to pick up another two wickets within three balls to become the youngest bowler to claim 150 Test wickets.
Dilruwan Perera was the unlucky 150th victim, trapped lbw for two by the 23-year-old fast bowler.
Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj picked up a fourth scalp to add to his three on the second day to finish with the impressive figures of 4/58, while Tabraiz Shamsi also chipped with another scalp of his own.
South Africa’s openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram endured a tense little three-over period before the interval, and although Markram once again had an LBW scare, the duo survived into the second session.
Day 3, Lunch
Sri Lanka: 287 and 190 (Karunaratne 60, Maharaj 4/58, Rabada 3/44)
South Africa: 126 and 5/0 (Elgar 3*, Markram 2*)
South Africa still require 347 runs to win