COLOMBO – South Africa rode their luck during the second session on the third day of the first Test here at the SSC.
But the visitors still face a mountainous task to rescue the series.
Set the daunting 490-run target for victory after Sri Lanka declared their second innings on 275/5, the Proteas somehow reached the tea interval for just the loss of Aiden Markram (7).
Sri Lanka could easily have had a couple more wickets with firstly Markram dropped at slip early on his innings, before Dean Elgar survived a dropped chance too and a reprieve when Dilruwan Perera over-stepped the front crease with a delivery that clean bowled Elgar.
And then shortly before the tea interval, new batsman Theunis de Bruyn survived two successive lbw appeals with DRS ruling it “Umpire’s Call” despite both balls hitting the stumps.