Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 28th 2014 Contents A52
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, July 28, 2014
COLOMBO---Sri Lanka s Rangana Herath
picked up an early wicket to put South Africa
under pressure as the visitors, chasing 369
to win the second Test, finished day four on
Opening the bowling, the left-arm spinner
had opener Alviro Petersen caught by
Kithruwan Vithanage without scoring with
the total on four.
Quinton de Kock batting on 21 and Dean
Elgar (13) took a bad light offer and left the
field needing to score 331 in three sessions to
win the match today or bat out the day for
a draw and clinch the two-match series 1-0.
After three interruptions, the match is
scheduled to start 30 minutes early today with
minimum of 98 overs to be bowled.
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara said
after the day s play that his team hoped to
drive the advantage home.
"I think the chances are pretty good. I
thought the wicket on the left with Rangana
bowling into the rough is going to be a bit
difficult (for batsmen)," Sangakkara said.
South Africa s AB de Villiers said his team
would not give up.
Sri Lanka earlier declared its second innings
Sangakkara (72) and captain Angelo Math-
ews (63 not out) made hasty half-centuries
to increase Sri Lanka s lead and give them
hope of levelling the two-match test series
on a turning Sinhalese Sports Club pitch.
South Africa won the first test in Galle.
Sangakkara took 90 balls and hit three
boundaries while sharing 81 runs for the fourth
wicket with Mathews, who faced 83 deliveries
and hit two sixes and two boundaries.
Fast bowler Morne Morkel returned 4-45
for South Africa and in the process reached
his 200th test wicket. Dale Steyn and Imran
Tahir picked up two wickets each.
Resuming the fourth day on 11-0 Sri Lanka
reached 108-3 at lunch but heavy rain during
the interval caused a 30-minute delay in start-
ing the second session.
Resuming under cloudy conditions, San-
gakkara and Mathews showed urgency in scor-
ing, taking quick singles and twos.
Sangakkara was dismissed trying to charge
Morkel and was caught behind by de Kock.
Both Vithanage (7) and Niroshan Dickwella
(16) fell going for big shots. The hosts lost
three wickets in the morning session while
adding 97 runs.
Upul Tharanga was out for 30, caught
behind off Steyn, while Kaushal Silva was
dismissed for 26 after spooning a catch to
Vernon Philander off Morkel. Mahela Jayawar-
dene, who top scored for Sri Lanka in the first
innings with 165, was out without scoring.
Jayawardene attempted to sweep leg spinner
Imran Tahir and was caught brilliantly by
Elgar who dived across the pitch from silly-
mid-on. He reviewed the decision given by
English umpire Nigel Llong unsuccessfully
even though television replays were incon-
clusive as to whether the ball had touched
the glove. (ESPNCricinfo)
Sri Lanka s debutant wicketkeeper
Niroshan Dickwella has been fined
ten per cent of the match fee and
received an official reprimand, for
claiming an unfair catch on day three
of the second Test against South
Dickwella had admitted to the Level
1 breach of the ICC s Code of Conduct,
and accepted the sanction imposed by
match referee Jeff Crowe. He was found
to have breached article 2.1.8 of the
code, which concerns conduct that is
either "contrary to the spirit of the
game" or "brings the game into dis-
The incident had occurred in the
seventh over of the day---the 59th of
South Africa s first innings---when AB
de Villiers gloved a ball from Suranga
Lakmal down the leg side. Dickwella
collected the deflection on the bounce,
and immediately threw the ball in the
air and appealed, while the batsman
stood his ground.
Umpire Nigel Llong then conferred
with square leg umpire Richard Ket-
tleborough before sending the decision
to third umpire Billy Bowden. Replays
conclusively showed the ball had
bounced inches short of Dickwella s
Dickwella had been flown in from
the UK, where he had been with the
Sri Lanka A team, to take part in the
match. He scored 72 and 16 on debut,
and took a catch and effected a stump-
ing in South Africa s first innings.
Luke Wright produced an incredible
innings as he smashed an unbeaten
153 from 66 balls to lead Sussex to a
seven-wicket triumph over a shell-
shocked Essex side at Chelmsford.
It represented the highest score in
English domestic Twenty20 cricket,
eclipsing the unbeaten 152 by Graham
Napier when the sides met on the same
ground six years ago. Wright s aston-
ishing effort contained 12 fours and 11
sixes, the last of which came off Napier
to equal his mark, and he followed it
up by pushing the allrounder for a single
to set a new record.
Sussex looked down and out in the
face of a daunting target of 226 when
they arrived at the five-over mark with
only 48 on the board and two wickets
down. They lost another soon after-
wards, that of Harry Finch, but then
Matt Machan joined Wright in a part-
nership that yielded 159 runs in 12.1
Wright had a packed crowd taking
evasive action as he repeatedly sent the
ball into orbit, with none of Essex s six
bowlers able to stem the flow of runs.
Wright s heroics came after Chris
Nash was bowled by David Masters
without a run on the board and Napier
had breached the defences of Craig
Cachopa with the total on 14.
Essex must have thought then that
they were poised for an easy triumph
but the brilliant Wright had other ideas.
Machan was content to play the sup-
porting role in the unbroken fourth-
wicket stand, although his 41 came
from only 26 balls.
It must have all left the table-topping
home side wondering what they had
to do to finish victorious after Tom
Westley and Jesse Ryder had helped
post what had appeared a winning
SCORE: Sussex 226 for 3 (Wright
153*) beat Essex 225 for 3 (Westley
109*, Ryder 75) by seven wickets
Herath strikes early to give Sri Lanka edge
Sri Lanka 1st inns: 421 all out.
South Africa 1st inns: 282 all out.
Sri Lanka 2nd Inns: (Overnight 11-0):
UTharangacDeKockbSteyn. . . . . . . .30
KlSilvacPhilanderbMorkel. . . . . . . . . .26
K Sangakkara c De Kock b Morkel . . . .72
MJayawardenecElgarbTahir. . . . . . . . .0
KVithanagecDuPlessisbMorkel . . . . .7
NDickwellacDeVillersbSteyn . . . . . . .16
RHerathcDeVilliersbMorkel. . . . . . . . .4
TOTAL:(For8wicketsdec). . . . . . . . . .229
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-82, 3-83, 4-164, 5-
174, 6-203, 7-214, 8-229.
To bat: Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal.
Bowling: Steyn 13-1-59-2, Philander 11-3-
35-0, Tahir 18-0-76-2 (1nb), Morkel 9.4-1-
45-4, Elgar 1-0-9-0, Duminy 1-0-2-0.
Dickwella fined for unfair catch
Wright makes record
153 in huge chase
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