Plays of the day
SHOT: There was some beautiful straight driving by De Villiers, but the top shot goes to Kallis, and the most perfectly executed cover drive in the 52nd over. He got himself into a lovely position and eased the ball through the cover region. He was unfortunately left a little shaken up later. BALL: More like a good over from Mathews to Prince, who worked away just outside the off-stump and drew the batsmen into the stroke with the final ball of the 90th over. It was a workman-like effort from Mathews who is still not fully fit to bowl and in fact injured himself again yesterday. CATCH: Thilan Samaraweera goes all ‘Superman’ on proceedings, flinging himself to his left and poaching the ball high above him with his right hand to get rid of Morné Morkel. Top effort in the final hour of the day. HERO: AB de Villiers really reined himself in yesterday. The situation of the game, state of the pitch, the excellent Sri Lankan bowling demanded he do so. His partnership with Prince was the vital one for the day, and gave South Africa the ascendancy after they were wobbling at 173/5. VILLAIN: Kaushal Silva, the Sri Lanka wicketkeeper, dropped two catches and his keeping was generally scrappy. QUOTE: “I can’t wait to see our bowlers on this wicket. If a certain Angelo Mathews can get it to bounce and hit my gloves I can’t wait to see Dale and Vernon. If you hit the right areas there is more than enough to work with.” – AB de Villiers, reckons there is still plenty in the surface. CONDITIONS: Very hot, a day for the pool, which was well-populated at the lunch and tea breaks. The pitch is still offering plenty of assistance to the seamers and for the first two sessions the Sri Lankans made excellent use thereof. The moisture has been baked out of it and it will be better for batting today.