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COLOMBO---Hashim Amla led South Africa s recov-
ery to 98-3 in reply to Sri Lanka posting 421 on day
two of the second cricket Test yesterday. Mahela
Jayawardene was run out for 165 on his home ground
at Sinhalese Sports Club, hastening a Sri Lanka col-
lapse from 385-5.
Sri Lanka removed both South Africa openers within
nine overs, but captain Amla held firm to reach stumps
on 46 not out off 134 balls, with AB de Villiers on 11.
South Africa trailed by 323 runs on the first innings.
"The way South Africa batted today was interesting,"
Jayawardene said. "They scored only 90 runs in 50
overs. That s encouraging for us. We have to be patient,
and we should not give them a big first-innings total."
With Sri Lanka playing three specialist spinners,
Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera claimed wickets
in their first overs. Herath came into the attack in the
second over of the South Africa innings and accounted
for Alviro Petersen on 2, while Perera came in as first
change in the sixth over and had Dean Elgar caught
at short leg by Kaushal Silva for 1.
Amla and Francois du Plessis added 58 runs off 30
overs before du Plessis was spectacularly caught by a
diving Niroshan Dickwella down the leg side. The Sri
Lanka wicketkeeper has been making a heady debut,
having rushed from England where he was playing for
Sri Lanka A. Earlier, he contributed with the bat, adding
100 runs for the sixth wicket with the retiring Jayawar-
dene. Jayawardene, who came to bat at 16-2 on Thurs-
day, was finally dismissed midway through the first
session. He was run out attempting a second run after
playing a sweep shot to fine leg. He batted for more
than seven hours for his 34th test hundred and 11th
at SSC, and hit 17 fours and a six off 284 deliveries.
"If not for the two run outs we would have got a few
more on the board," Jayawardene said. "But we have
400-plus and it s a good score. It s not an easy wicket
and it s slowing down."
This is his second-to-last test series, which Sri Lanka
was hoping to square after losing the first test in Galle
by 153 runs. Dickwella was also run out when he
chanced wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock s arm. He
made 72. He faced 116 deliveries and hit eight fours
and a six.
"The way he handled the attack was good, and he
showed a lot of maturity," Jayawardene said. "He has
improved over the last two years since he was at school."
Sri Lanka lost its last five wickets for 36 runs, as Dale
Steyn, Vernon Philander and JP Duminy all finished
with two wickets apiece. But some tight bowling by
the Sri Lanka spinners brought them back into the
match, as South Africa scored less than two runs an
Sri Lanka 421 all out (Mahela Jayawardene 165,
Niroshan Dickwella 72, Angelo Mathews 63; Vernon
Philander 2-52) leads South Africa 98-3 (Hashim Amla
46 not out; Suranga Lakmal 1-13) (AP)
SOUTHAMPTON---The India cricket board wasn t
satisfied with a guilty verdict against Ravindra Jadeja
for an incident with England bowler James Anderson,
and still believed its allrounder was not to blame.
The International Cricket Council released the deci-
sion yesterday, after a hearing the previous night
involving both players.
Jadeja was found guilty of "conduct contrary to the
spirit of the game" for a confrontation at lunch on day
two of the first test at Trent Bridge, on July 10.
ICC match referee David Boon found Jadeja not
guilty of the original level two charge, but guilty of a
lesser level one offence, and fined him a maximum 50
percent of his match fee.
"I was in no doubt that confrontation did occur,
and that such conduct was not in the spirit of the
game and should not have taken place," Boon said in
an ICC release.
A first level one offence cannot be appealed, although
the Board of Control for Cricket in India said it reserved
"The BCCI wishes to make it clear that it is not
satisfied with the verdict," honorary secretary Sanjay
Patel said in a statement. "The BCCI believes that
Jadeja was not at fault, and supports him fully."
Anderson, facing a level three charge and a possible
four-test ban, has a disciplinary hearing on Aug. 1.
The third Test starts in Southampton tomorrow.
Jadeja fined for incident
Amla leads S Africa revival
after Jayawardene's 165
Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, left, congratulates teammate Niroshan
Dickwella for scoring a half century against South Africa on the second day of
their second cricket Test match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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