Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath cleaned up the house in the second session, as South Africa came out to chase 352. South Africa bowlers did well to bowl out the hosts for 10 in the first session, but they failed yet again with the bat. The Proteas were once again undone by the spin with Perera taking 6 wickets and Herath cleaning up the rest. Lakshan Sandakan took the final wicket of Tabraiz Shamsi as South Africa were bowled out for 73. Sri Lanka win the first Test by 279 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 2-match Test series.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st test Day 3 Highlights:
SRI LANKA WIN BY 279 RUNS
GONE! Lakshan Sandakan dismisses Tabraiz Shamsi and Sri Lanka have defeated South Africa by 279 runs. BIG WIN for the home side.
Rangana Herath dismisses Dale Steyn and it is all but over for Proteas. Sri Lanka just need one more wicket to win the match now.
Dilruwan Perera gets his sixth wicket and Kagiso Rabada goes for a duck. Sri Lanka need just two more wickets to clinch the first Test at Galle. SA 58/8
Dilruwan Perera completes a fifer and Keshav Maharaj's resistance comes to an end. He tries to go for a big but gets caught near the boundary ropes. SA 58/7
Dilruwan Perera gets his 4th wicket and it is Quinton de Kock who has been adjudged LBW. He goes a review, but the ball was hitting the middle and leg stump. There was no spin and the umpire's decision stands. SA 36/6
WICKET! Rangana Herath strikes again and Aiden Markram's resistance comes to an end. South Africa are falling like a pack of cards at the moment. SA 32/5. Sri Lanka need 5 wickets to win.
Rangana Herath strikes one more and it is the skipper Faf du Plessis who has to make the long walk back. The ball spun and gets an edge from du Plessis. Easy catch for Angelo Mathews at slips. SA 25/4
Bavuma is gone and Perera striks again. He departs on 2 and Sri Lanka are now closing in on a big win. SA 24/3
Dilruwan Perera strikes another one and it is the danger man Hashim Amla who has to make the long walk back to the pavillion for a duck. BIG WICKET! SL 16/2
Dilrwan Perera strikes early and it is Aiden Markram who has to go after Lunch. South Africa are in trouble. They still need 340 runs to win. SA 12/1
It is the end fo the first session and South Africa have reached 5/0 in the first session after bowling out Sri Lanka for 190. The Proteas need 347 runs more to win.
South Africa start chase
Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar are out in the middle and it is the duo of Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera who are starting with the ball for Sri Lanka. Spinners again looking to do the trick.
Dale Steyn takes the final wicket and Sri Lanka are all out for 190 with a lead of 351 runs. South Africa need 352 to win the match.
Tabraiz Shamsi gets another wicket and it is Rangana Herath who is given LBW out for a duck. SL 163/9
Keshav Maharaj strikes and Angelo Mathews has been once again undone by spin. A straighter delivery from Maharaj and Mathews goes in too early into the shot as the ball went on to knock down the stumps.
150 up for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka have settled down after a flurry of wickets early on in the day and have now crossed the 150-run mark. They are currently leading with a lead of 315 runs.
300 run lead up
Sri Lanka have lost three wickets in the day but they have managed to take the lead over 300 runs in the first hour.
And another one bites the dust. Rabada is cleaning the house here and it is Dilruwan Perera who is given LBW out. SL 134/7
Kagiso Rabada strikes again! Niroshan Dickwella knicks an outswinger straight to de Kock behind the stumps. Sri Lanka lose another one. SL 132/5, lead by 293 runs.
Roshen Silva is gone for 13 and it has happened because of a real bad luck. Mathews hit the ball straight towards Rabada and the bowler gets a finger to it befor the ball knocks down the stumps. Roshen was out of the crease and he has to go because of a run out. SL 117/5, still lead by 278 runs.
HERE WE GO!
The play has started with Dale Steyn starting the attack. Roshen Silva and Angelo Mathews are in the middle. It is expected to be a tough day for both the teams today.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Hello and welcome to our Live Blog on the third day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa. The match is clearly bent towards the home team at the moment with a lead of 272 runs on the board. South Africa would be eager to finish things off and get a wriggle on in the match. South Africa need to take quick wickets on the third day to bounce back and set themselves up for an easy chase.