DURBAN – Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock hit half-centuries as South Africa stretched their lead on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Friday.
Du Plessis just missed out on a hundred after being dismissed for 90 when Vishwa Fernando trapped him lbw as the Proteas captain left a ball that swung back into him.
The South Africans were eventually bowled out for 259, setting Sri Lanka a target of 304 for victory at Kingsmead.
Earlier, De Kock made 55 before being out lbw to debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.
Resuming on 126/4, South African captain Du Plessis and wicket-keeper De Kock were largely untroubled on an easy-paced pitch, until De Kock went back to a ball from Embuldeniya, which spun into the left-hander and kept low.