That’s all from us for tonight, but stay tuned for Andrew Fidel Fernando’s close report – which will appear here shortly – plus Firdose Moonda’s analysis of an excellent day for South Africa. Otherwise, thanks from Chandan, Alan and Matt, and we’ll be back for more tomorrow.
5.31pm: Well, four overs before lunch on the first day, Sri Lanka’s decision to bat first seemed to be paying off, with Kusal Perera rocketing along on 60 and the team total on 71 for 1. But here we are at the close, and they are only nine runs ahead – and South Africa have nine first-innings wickets in hand. Wiaan Mulder’s three wickets before lunch altered the complexion of the day, before Anrich Nortje rattled through the middle and lower order, returning a career-best 6 for 56. And with the ball, despite Asitha Fernando’s bustling opening spell, Sri Lanka have not hit their straps: Dean Elgar has flown to 92* overnight, with Rassie van der Dussen looking increasingly comfortable alongside him. There’s a long way to go yet in this Test, but it’s going to take something special for them to return home with anything other than a 2-0 series defeat.
SL Lions fan: “Ahhh I feel sorry for our boys, not a good performance with the bat but the bowling looked promising but lacked the result. The Sri Lankan team were walking off the field in different packs which says a lot of the morale of the team. Regardless don’t give up boys. Cricket can change in an instance and tomorrow can hopefully be our day”
Andy: “Elgar’s success is not surprising as he is one of the four Classical players in Test history alongside Wagner, Greig and Strauss.”
Donovan: “Less than 80 overs played today? Seriously???” — Yup, only 77.3 in total. Not great!