Overs: 124.1 / 0.0
Overs: 45.4 / 0.0
That's lunch on the opening day. Will that chance knock the stuffing out of Sri Lanka? They've removed the openers and Amla is struggling. Plenty happening off the pitch. An interesting second hour to that session. We'll be back at 12.40pm for the resumption.
|24.6||RAS Lakmal to JP Duminy, BYES, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, oh dear, that's gone very wrong...a full toss flung down the leg side, Chandimal has no chance and that's a horrid way to end a session. Throw in a dropped catch, too.|
|24.5||RAS Lakmal to HM Amla, 1 run, full outside, again his feet don't move and he's driving away from his body, a thick edge scoots between his legs.|
|24.4||RAS Lakmal to HM Amla, No run, short outside off, too wide, Amla can watch it go through.|
Schalk: "Any news on AB? Will he be going to New Zealand?" A hope he'll be ready for the last T20 v Sri Lanka
|24.3||RAS Lakmal to HM Amla, No run, in the channel outside off, left alone.|
|24.2||RAS Lakmal to HM Amla, No run, dropped, that's a huge moment! Full outside off, drawing him into a flat-foot drive and it carries low to gully. Should have been held by de Silva.|
|24.1||RAS Lakmal to HM Amla, No run, short, wide outside off, harmless and left alone.|
Probably the last over before lunch
Robert Brown: "Is the over rate slow, as looks like about 25 overs before lunch or did i miss something rain or ?" Yep, slow again. Although there was a delay for a ball change
|23.6||N Pradeep to HM Amla, 3 runs, full, straight, and flicked through midwicket as the bottom hand comes into play, was a little uppish but split the fielders.|
|23.5||N Pradeep to HM Amla, No run, back of a length at off stump, defended to the on side.|
|23.4||N Pradeep to JP Duminy, 1 run, presses forward into a full delivery, pushes into the covers and that's another smart single.|
Noel: "JPD to score a hundred today. He has been bit more focused these last few tests. A great hundred against Aussies followed by a fine counter attacking 60 something against Lankans has made him look more confident!"
|23.3||N Pradeep to JP Duminy, No run, fuller, outside off, 135kph and left alone.|
|23.2||N Pradeep to JP Duminy, No run, on middle and off, played towards mid-off.|
|23.1||N Pradeep to JP Duminy, No run, defended from off stump, Pradeep gets across in his followthrough.|
And now Pradeep returns as well
|22.6||RAS Lakmal to HM Amla, No run, wide outside off, left alone.|
|22.5||RAS Lakmal to JP Duminy, 3 runs, round the wicket, and another lovely straight drive, this time to the on side of the stumps, and not quite with the same force as the previous one.|
Jan: "If Kumara would have hurt himself, would it count as an external blow?" Yes
|22.4||RAS Lakmal to JP Duminy, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, that's a dreamy stroke, comes forward into a full ball and drives it beautifully straight down the ground.|
|22.3||RAS Lakmal to JP Duminy, No run, full, slips down the leg side.|
Kumara has just left the field. Having some treatment on his hand
|22.2||RAS Lakmal to JP Duminy, No run, back of a length, defended towards point.|
Oh dear...the fielder has collided into the advertising boards. Kumara hits them with a good thud, but he seems okay
|22.1||RAS Lakmal to JP Duminy, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, on a length at off stump, runs off a thickish outside edge between gully and third slip to the third-man rope.|
Lakmal returns for a second spell shortly before lunch
|21.6||AD Mathews to JP Duminy, 1 run, pushes a length ball into the off side.|
|21.5||AD Mathews to JP Duminy, No run, full outside off, 122kph, left alone.|
Rob: "Morning Gnasher. I'm in total confusion as I don't know which games to follow, The Saffa Test Match, England's warm up or the BBL. I don't have enough eyes" Tabbing is your friend, Rob
|21.4||AD Mathews to JP Duminy, No run, defended into the off side.|
|21.3||AD Mathews to HM Amla, 1 run, takes his bottom hand off the bat as he defends a length delivery, deflects behind square on the leg side.|
Jon: "Please excuse my ignorance, but when is lunch? I need to plan when to do my groceries..." In 15 minutes
|21.2||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, full outside off, defended to the covers.|
|21.1||AD Mathews to JP Duminy, 1 run, full outside off, he comes forward and plays it square to the off side...that's a well-judged single as gully can't get in quick enough.|
|20.6||CBRLS Kumara to HM Amla, No run, full and straight, defended back to the bowler.|
|20.5||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, 1 run, back of a length at off stump, 144kph, push-and-run into the covers.|
|20.4||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, drags this from way outside off, it was a short ball, and pulls it through straight midwicket...not sure he realised the ball was quite as wide as it was.|
|20.3||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, full outside off, driven to cover.|
|20.2||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, a well-directed bouncer, Duminy goes for the pull and is beaten over the top edge.|
|20.1||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, full at off stump, 141kph, defended to the covers.|
|19.6||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, full, wide outside off, some gentle swing on this one, left alone.|
|19.5||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, fuller, on off stump, stretches forward and defends.|
|19.4||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, beaten! This jags away sharply off the seam from back of a length. Lots of movement. If it had been a touch fuller might have found the edge.|
|19.3||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, wider outside off, 125kph, left alone.|
|19.2||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, fuller, brings him forward, played to the bowler.|
|19.1||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, on a length outside off, 123kph, defended to the covers.|
James: "Nick, that was Mathews' first wicket of the series and this is the third test. I think that's the point. Mathews is a fine test batsman, but no more than a fill in bowler."
|18.6||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, a touch too short and wide, 130kph, left alone.|
|18.5||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, short of a length, pushed across outside off, left alone.|
|18.4||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, gets forward to a fuller delivery, punches it firmly towards mid-on...was in the air for a little while.|
|18.3||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, a strangled appeal for lbw as Duminy plays across the line, but that pitched outside leg stump.|
|18.2||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, a bouncer, over middle and off, comfortably avoided.|
|18.1||CBRLS Kumara to HM Amla, 1 run, full outside off, 144kph, pushed into the covers and he gets off the mark.|
nick : "This continued Mathews-bashing (if you've seen the feedback over the first hour) seems a little unfair. Mathews is an experienced bowler who's finding something in this greenish pitch (he has a wicket after all), and he brought himself on only an over or two before Kumara. "
|17.6||AD Mathews to JP Duminy, No run, full at off stump, takes an inside edge into the pads as he plays forward.|
|17.5||AD Mathews to JP Duminy, No run, back outside off stump, 122kph, left alone.|
|17.4||AD Mathews to JP Duminy, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, loses his line, on the pads and it's tickled down to fine leg.|
Abbas Mahvash: "Gnasher, are you seeing more movement with this second new ball?" It has certainly started to do things in the last few overs
|17.3||AD Mathews to HM Amla, LEG BYES, 1 run, a big appeal for lbw as Amla shuffles across his crease, glances off the pads to long leg...seemed to be heading leg side.|
|17.2||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, defended into the on side.|
|17.1||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, more tricky bounce off a good length, jags away off the seam as well and squares up Amla...the glove falls short of slip.|
Qaaid: "And now, Mathews will be bolder in bowling himself early. Not sure the long term effects of that wicket will be in Sri Lanka's best interests"
|16.6||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, left alone outside off.|
|16.5||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, that's well bowled! Things are happening. On a full length, bounces and scoots past the outside edge as Duminy tries to get forward.|
|16.4||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, short of a length, 138kph, Duminy plays back and defends down by his feet.|
|16.3||CBRLS Kumara to JP Duminy, No run, full at off stump, driven back to the bowler.|
|16.2||CBRLS Kumara to D Elgar, OUT, No run, and another! One brings two, as they say. Bit of a loose shot from Elgar. A back-of-a-length ball outside off, angling across, he's playing a long way from his body, a cross between a cut and a back-foot drive, and gets a thick top edge to first slip.|
|16.1||CBRLS Kumara to D Elgar, No run, full outside off, left alone.|
Three slips, gully and a short leg greet Duminy
|15.6||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, well bowled, another one bounces off a good length. Takes Amla on the glove and he's in some pain. Grimaces and takes the glove off. That did spit..|
|15.5||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, angled in at off stump, 121kph, straightens a touch off the seam and defended.|
|15.4||AD Mathews to HM Amla, No run, full outside off, good line, left alone.|
|15.3||AD Mathews to SC Cook, OUT, No run, given! Mathews has taken one...at last. But Cook calls for the review. Bounce can be factor at this ground, but this looked good. Hang on, has he overstepped?! This is very tight. A millimetre of heel means he's ruled okay. It's a full delivery, hits well below the knee roll and it's slamming into middle stump.|
Shafeeq: "Hows the crowd looking now? Has wanderers picked up? (No tv at work sadly)" Not many in at the moment. Better ticket sales for the weekend we hear
|15.2||AD Mathews to SC Cook, No run, gets right across outside off and works this with a closed face to the leg side.|
|15.1||AD Mathews to SC Cook, No run, full outside off, he presses forward and the ball dribbles to square leg.|
Here's Amla in his 100th Test
MrGarreth: "Luckily in general storms don't last that long here in Joburg. They're scary but in short bursts. Also mostly later in the day and at night. Should get a lot of cricket" Been caught in a few!
|14.6||CBRLS Kumara to D Elgar, BYES, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, shoved way down the leg side, Chandimal can only palm it away diving to his right and it dribbles into the boundary.|
|14.5||CBRLS Kumara to SC Cook, 1 run, short of a length, angled into the body, nudged off the hip to long leg.|
|14.4||CBRLS Kumara to D Elgar, 1 run, that's a nasty delivery! Spits from just back of a length and rams into Elgar's top hand as he fends towards the off side.|
|14.3||CBRLS Kumara to D Elgar, No run, back of a length at off stump, 139kph, defended on the back foot towards gully.|
ianbell: "Weather doesn't look great over the next few days according to BBC weather what's the local opinion?" Always a chance of storms in Joburg
|14.2||CBRLS Kumara to D Elgar, 2 runs, a short ball, he's quickly into a pull through square leg. Not quite timed so long leg can get around.|
|14.1||CBRLS Kumara to D Elgar, No run, good start, full and straight, Elgar jabs down and the ball squirts off the face towards the slips.|
At last. Here's Kumara
|13.6||AD Mathews to SC Cook, No run, full outside off, 121kph, hint of movement away as Cook leaves alone.|
|13.5||AD Mathews to D Elgar, 1 run, that's good batting, he knocks a length delivery square into the off side to rotate the strike.|
|13.4||AD Mathews to D Elgar, No run, back of a length, angled across outside off, left alone.|
|13.3||AD Mathews to D Elgar, No run, gets across the crease, defends into the leg side.|
|13.2||AD Mathews to D Elgar, No run, forces himself well forward, 117kph, defended to the off side.|
|13.1||AD Mathews to D Elgar, No run, edged! But short of third slip. A full length outside off, Elgar drawn into pushing at it but just loosens his grip enough to make the ball go to ground.|
Hello everyone. Solid start from South Africa. Sri Lanka have bowled a touch short
That will be drinks. Probing work from Sri Lanka, but South Africa's openers have been equal to the task. Here's Gnasher to take you to lunch
|12.6||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, No run, keeps a touch low outside off stump.|
Gary MacLennan: "I cannot think of any captain who would bring Matthews on after 11 overs. Benign is the word I would use to describe his deliveries. Kumara is so much faster and more dangerous. But then Matthews has the plan in his head long before the battle begins. Gary"
|12.5||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, 1 run, fuller length, fenced into the leg side.|
|12.4||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, tighter line on leg stump. Defended with a perpendicular bat.|
|12.3||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, LEG BYES, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, down the leg side and was that a drop? Nope, leg-byes are signalled. A big deflection, clangs off Chandimal's webbing and away to the boundary.|
|12.2||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, that's a good line, bending back into the left-hander at pace. Left alone.|
|12.1||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, 1 run, climbing off a full length and flinched into the leg side.|
|11.6||AD Mathews to D Elgar, No run, outside off, through to the keeper.|
Janitha: "Really poor captaincy form mathews. Should have brought kumara with the old-new ball" It does seem like a missed trick, but perhaps he'll appear at the other end shortly
|11.5||AD Mathews to D Elgar, No run, outside off, no stroke offered.|
|11.4||AD Mathews to D Elgar, No run, wicket-to-wicket line, blocked back down the pitch.|
|11.3||AD Mathews to D Elgar, No run, tight line on a full length, no stroke this time.|
|11.2||AD Mathews to D Elgar, No run, fuller and tighter, defended back down the pitch.|
|11.1||AD Mathews to D Elgar, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, floaty length outside off, that's a lollipop to launch his spell, and Elgar leans it clean through long-off.|
So, Angelo Mathews is awarding himself first use of the new (old-new) ball
Sri Lanka go back for a second opinion on the state of the ball, and sure enough, this time they have relented. A switch is on the cards, maybe a change of fortune too? The umpire has taken out a new ball, and is currently battering it on the pitch to remove the shine! Dean Elgar looks distinctly unimpressed. He's already seen off the new nut!
|10.6||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, No run, through to the keeper.|
Indunil: "Andrew, Can we please talk about SL vs SA here? ;)" Err ... I'm fairly sure that's the match I'm watching!
|10.5||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, 1 run, on the pads, tucked down to fine leg.|
RAV: "Time for a change in bowling and SL's fortune. I smell a wicket here. Bring on LK" Larry Who? Yahoo!
|10.4||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, on the back foot, and punched through backward point. No boundaries for ten overs, now two in two balls.|
Some suspicion that the ball is going out of shape, but the umpires are unimpressed for now
|10.3||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, forward and defended, all the way to the fence! The first four of the day, and it was timed to perfection, right under the eyeline.|
Pamela: "@Theresa, the cricket is competing with Rory. The golf course is packed." Indeed. Rory McIlroy at the SA Open is drawing the crowds
|10.2||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, 2 runs, up on the toes, punched through the covers off the back foot.|
|10.1||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, solidly into line to defend.|
|9.6||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, full length, probing stuff.|
navin: "Andrew you must be a happy man seeing your team's performance at the warm ups!!!" Gosh, how did they get to 282? David Willey is a handy No.11!
|9.5||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, through to the keeper once again.|
|9.4||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, very full and searching. Jabbed back to the bowler on the back foot.|
|9.3||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, half-left on a full length. Point tidies up.|
|9.2||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, back of a length and too wide to threaten the bat. Left alone.|
|9.1||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, outside off, nipping off the seam and through to the keeper.|
Sugz: "I'm impressed with the fact that Faf chose to bat on a green top. It shows the confidence that he has in his batting lineup. The great Australian teams of the past would almost always bat first regardless of the circumstances. " Fair point
|8.6||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, on the hip, tucked into the leg side.|
Aashish Calla: "Not a single boundary in over half an hour since the start! That's pretty tight stuff from the Lankan pacers this morning." Word
|8.5||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, worked into the leg side.|
|8.4||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, that's another beauty, nailing his length now, leaping past the bat at splice height. Elgar obliged to come forward but play back.|
|8.3||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, very full again, left alone but that was a tempting length, and nibbling off the seam too.|
Indunil: "What happened to Shaminda Eranga, The bowler once I thought had capability of taking wickets? Injured?" He had a tough time of it in England, including a heart scare. Let's hope he comes back strongly
|8.2||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, extravagant movement from back of a length, leaping past the edge.|
|8.1||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, banged in short, defended into the off side on the back foot.|
|7.6||N Pradeep to D Elgar, 1 run, tip and run, a well-judged quick single.|
|7.5||N Pradeep to SC Cook, 1 run, flicked round the corner, off an inside edge. Well bowled, a good probing length that Cook is neither forward nor back to.|
|7.4||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, curling towards the slips, Cook leaves alone with a flourish.|
|7.3||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, banged in short, gathered down the leg side.|
Mvubu : "Please may I have the conditions, makes no sense why we're batting...it's been raining and overcast most of two weeks. I can only imagine moisture and grass on the pitch." Overcast, but not raining. For now
|7.2||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, outside off, wobbling a touch off the seam, too wide to tempt a stroke.|
|7.1||N Pradeep to SC Cook, 2 runs, full length, Cook picks it up from off stump and eases it through the leg side. That's a calmly picked-off stroke.|
|6.6||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, through to the keeper, tidy probing line.|
|6.5||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, pings off the seam, well wide of off stump.|
MikeC: "Every test at the Wanderers is poorly attended. When scheduled in the holidays, the excuse is that everyone is on holiday at the coast; when scheduled in January, excuse is that everyone is at work. Lets face it, test matches are just poorly supported at the Wanderers". How sad
|6.4||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, through to the keeper, a hint of swing.|
|6.3||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, outside off, no stroke.|
|6.2||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, beautiful delivery, and there's a definite sound as the ball curls back into the left-hander, muscles through bat, pad, past the off stump and into the keeper's gloves! The Sri Lankans appeal, but even they aren't convinced? Top of pad? Looks like it.|
kesh: "Am I the only one eagerly waiting to see this new kid, Lahiru Kumara?" Nope. I can't wait either!
|6.1||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, through to the keeper on a tight line.|
|5.6||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, well bowled, that one explodes off the seam, as Cook is lured into a hard-handed push. Gets away with it.|
|5.5||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, forward, and crunched into the covers.|
|5.4||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, left alone.|
Theresa: "Re a fairly empty Wanderers - from a crowd perspective, would make more sense to have Joburg Test from 16 to 20 December, when (almost) everyone is on holiday! " So true, but when did sense ever come into cricket scheduling?
|5.3||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, big appeal as Cook is slammed on the knee-roll by a nipbacker! Saved by the bounce, you suspect. Sri Lanka decline the review, and rightly so. That was going over. Just!.|
RAV: "Good bowling means nothing unless you backed it up with wickets." You drive a hard bargain
|5.2||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, outside off, through to the keeper with a hint of outswing.|
|5.1||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, tapped into the off side.|
|4.6||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, through to the keeper.|
MrGarreth: "Perhaps would have been worth opening with de Kock in this situation like they did against NZ. These 2 are good but SA could be missing a chance to flatten SL prior to the ODIs." I think they are flat enough, frankly. Another old-school Test steamrollering will more than suffice. No need for jazzing it up!
|4.5||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, outside off, through to the keeper.|
|4.4||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, full length again, inviting the drive, and Elgar half-obliges with a compact push to wide mid-off.|
|4.3||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, full length, wide line, left alone.|
|4.2||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, better judgement, left alone outside off.|
|4.1||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, 2 runs, playing away from the body and in the air for a while into the covers. Risky but safe in the end.|
Walt: "Whete can I find a quality analysis of Amla's dramatic falloff in performance? Or is the attitude that if we ignore it, it will become just at temporary loss of form?" Well, I can't vouch for quality, but you can analyse this. It's not been terrible ... just below his usual standards...
|3.6||N Pradeep to D Elgar, 3 runs, well played, a fraction over-pitched, and room outside off to free the arms. A punched drive, hauled back right on the edge of the rope.|
|3.5||N Pradeep to D Elgar, No run, lifting fiercely through to the keeper.|
|3.4||N Pradeep to D Elgar, No run, squared up on off stump, and that's sharp work in the slips to intercept a soft-handed edge into the cordon.|
|3.3||N Pradeep to D Elgar, No run, nudged out to point.|
Guy: "Have just logged onto the CricInfo coverage. I'm guessing, from South Africa's XI, we have quite a green pitch?" Well, they've all been a certain shade of green in this series, Guy. I'd say it's the pace rather than the movement that makes this one particularly lively
|3.2||N Pradeep to D Elgar, No run, outside off, swinging away.|
|3.1||N Pradeep to SC Cook, 1 run, squirted into the off side with a firm front-foot push.|
Shantanu: "his bowling here really makes you pity Lakmal for his poor stats despite being such a good quick -- it's a tough life being a sri lankan pacer" Very true. He's given his all in this series
|2.6||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, good lift, better leave. Lakmal ramps it up to the left-hander, tight outside his off stump.|
|2.5||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, 1 run, forward and dragged into the leg-side, not quite to the pitch of a forward press.|
Nazeem: "@ Andrew, According to you SL bowlers are excellence with the new balls, which means SA openers are that great to survive unlike SL batsman!" Something like that. Though even Sri Lanka's openers have been known to last three overs!
|2.4||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, No run, full length, and worked to midwicket.|
|2.3||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, No run, extra bounce from a tight line, and Cook is tucked up. The ball ricochets out to the cordon, off his midriff.|
|2.2||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, 1 run, on the pads, tucked calmly into the gap at midwicket to get off the mark.|
|2.1||RAS Lakmal to D Elgar, No run, very full length, as Elgar faces up to his first ball of the match. Pushed to mid-off.|
Probing stuff from Sri Lanka's new-ball bowlers. So far ...
|1.6||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, well bowled, shaping down the leg-side before straightening off the pitch. Jabbed into the covers and they wisely decline the single.|
|1.5||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, through to the keeper. Good control.|
|1.4||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, outside off, much tighter line and a very good length too. Cook hauls his bat inside the line at the last split-second.|
samraat : "Hashim Amla is Currently on his Worst run of test career without single fifty in his last 10 innings.Perhaps this might be Occasion he want to end his poor run of form with Magnificient hundred" Indeed, it might ...
|1.3||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, on a fifth-stump line. No stroke once again.|
|1.2||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, a bit of swing from a wide line outside off. Easily ignored.|
Nazeem: "it would be interesting to see Herath with the new ball from one end! this may put SA openers to quickly adjest and make some mistake also herath is good with new balls too!" Nice idea, but not right now ..
|1.1||N Pradeep to SC Cook, No run, forward and fenced to short cover.|
Nuwan Pradeep to share the honours
A fine over nonetheless. Plenty in the pitch for bowlers who use it correctly, as Lakmal just did
|0.6||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, 3 runs, dabbed down the ground with a long stride and a not-entirely-committed poke. South Africa are away.|
|0.5||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, No run, stunning bowling - two that came in, then one that zips away at pace. Cook is beaten all ends up.|
|0.4||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, No run, nips back once again and raps the top of Cook's pads as he elects to leave. No appeal as that was clearly sailing over, but another fine ball.|
|0.3||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, No run, left alone once again, with a bit of zip back into the right-hander this time. Good carry too.|
|0.2||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, No run, tight line outside off, and more signs of early swing. A good leave but a fine delivery too.|
|0.1||RAS Lakmal to SC Cook, No run, decent start, a very full length and a shade of swing from leg to off. Dabbed to short midwicket.|
10am "This is Stephen Cook's first Test on his home ground," adds Firdose. "He has a top first-class score of 200 here." And he's on his way to the middle with Dean Elgar alongside him. Suranga Lakmal has the new ball. Let's get going.
9.55am Firdose is peering down from her eyrie. "So here is the mighty Hash to sing the anthem and celebrate 100 Tests. He's been given a lot of handshakes from everyone including the umpires." He's not doing a solo, I hope? Though I'm sure he has a voice like a nightingale. "No, ten other okes are with him," F clarifies.
navin: "Andrew, though out of context did you manage to watch the Ban Vs NZ @ wellington? Is Bang becoming the new Sri lanka??" An indomitable opponent that punches above its perceived weight? Sounds about right
9.42am We'll talk about them more later in the game when they take centre stage, but it's all change in South Africa's ranks following Kyle's Cape Town Kolpak-alypse.
Aj: "Is Maharaj injured? I don't think he has done that badly to be dropped?" A reflection of the Wanderers pitch, I suspect. Not sure there'll be much need for twirlymen.
Altaf : "Tell me more about abbott pls?" What? More more? You really are a sucker for punishment! Still, everything you need to know is right here. You are very welcome.
As Firdose asks, Who is Duanne Olivier anyway?
9.39am MW: "Random stat for the morning: in the 4 test matches Parnell has played, the mighty Hash averages a massive 230.66 with 4 tons, 1 half-ton and a duck from the 6 innings. Pick Parnell and let the Hash-magic return!" I love the smell of stats in the morning!
9.30am South Africa win the toss and bat. So much for the cloud cover. Faf du Plessis clearly fancies that the pitch will be true from the outset. As for team news, we will have that shortly, but Duanne Olivier can be seen warming up on the practice pitches. Could there be a debutant in the offing. Yes, it seems there will be. Good luck, youngling.
South Africa 1 Dean Elgar, 2 Stephen Cook, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 JP Duminy, 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 Temba Bavuma, 7 Quinton de Kock, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Vernon Philander, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Duanne Olivier.
Sri Lanka 1 Kaushal Silva, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Dhananjaya de Silva, 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews (capt.), 6 Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 7 Upul Tharanga, 8 Rangana Herath, 9 Lahiru Kumara, 10 Suranga Lakmal, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
9.26am Firdose Moonda has taken her pew in the press-box at the Wanderers. "Sadly there is just about no-one here to watch Hashim's 100th," she says. "First day of school today so the timing is super." Gah. Hashim's Army are supposed to be out in force today, as well...
"A fair bit of cloud around too, and feels like rain although the forecast says clear." A bowl-first day, perchance? We'll find out soon enough ...
9.16am While we wait for the toss, there's a chance to have another look at the ESPNcricinfo Awards nominees ... in particular, the Test bowling category, which features one of the more notable spells at Joburg in recent years ... Stuart Broad's demolition job in January last year. Proof, perhaps, that South Africa can be rattled in their fortress. Suranga Lakmal, take note!
Lakshitha: "Irrespective of the previous two results, Sri Lanka do possess a bunch of talent. Inexperience and lack of situational awareness cost them the last two matches. Let's hope that they have learnt their lessons and come up with a fighting performance in this match. Test cricket deserves a classy performance from this young bunch. :)"
9.06am Good morning and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the third Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Johannesburg. It's a daunting venue for visiting teams at the best of times, and so a penny for Sri Lanka's thoughts this morning after the fragility of their batting at Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The thin air, the zip off the wicket, it all adds up to another trial by pace in the coming few days - can they find a hardened resolve to avoid a 3-0 whitewash?
The toss is coming up in 25 minutes, which - barring any last-minute dramas - will signify the start of Hashim Amla's 100th Test. Firdose Moonda spoke to his team-mates, past and present, to pay tribute to a South African icon.
Stiaan: "Man oh man, how fitting will it be for the Silent Warrior to make a 100, 200, or perhaps even a 300 in his 100th game?? (that's a lot of 100's). Good luck champ!!"
DanielAlexander: "Our bowlers have given their everything in this series but the batsmen have let Sri Lanka down. need to score minimum 300 in an innings "
|FDM Karunaratne||C Q de Kock B VD Philander||0||3||4||0||0||-|
|JK Silva||C Q de Kock B K Rabada||13||66||42||2||0||30.95|
|BKG Mendis||C JP Duminy B K Rabada||41||86||58||6||1||70.69|
|DM de Silva||C T Bavuma B VD Philander||10||33||24||1||0||41.67|
|AD Mathews||C Q de Kock B K Rabada||19||84||43||3||0||44.19|
|LD Chandimal||C Q de Kock B VD Philander||5||46||30||0||0||16.67|
|WU Tharanga||C D Elgar B D Olivier||24||69||45||4||0||53.33|
|HMRKB Herath||C SC Cook B D Olivier||8||19||11||1||0||72.73|
|RAS Lakmal||C K Rabada B WD Parnell||4||18||9||1||0||44.44|
|CBRLS Kumara||not out||1||12||1||0||0||100|
|N Pradeep||C WD Parnell B WD Parnell||4||9||7||0||0||57.14|