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Centurion Amla resists rampant Sri Lanka attack COLOMBO: Skipper Hashim Amla scored his 22nd test hundred to take South Africa safely past the follow-on mark but Sri Lanka retained control of the second test after capturing two more wickets in Saturday's afternoon session.Amla went to tea on the third day on 119 not out scored off exactly 300 balls (12 fours) with South Africa on 234 for seven wickets, trailing by 187 with three wickets in hand.Dale Steyn was the other not out batsman on 18.Amla, in his second test as captain, survived a dropped catch by Kaushal Silva at extra cover seven runs short of his century when he drove uppishly at a delivery from Suranga Lakmal, otherwise he was a model of concentration.Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera continued to torment the South African batsmen when he picked up his fourth wicket of the innings, bowling Vernon Philander through the gate for nine.The other wicket to fall in ...

Perera double-strike rocks South Africa COLOMBO: Dilruwan Perera grabbed two wickets in three balls to push South Africa on the backfoot despite an unbeaten 77 by captain Hashim Amla in the second Test against Sri Lanka Saturday.The off-spinner got rid of AB de Villiers for 37 and Quinton de Kock for a duck after South Africa resumed at their overnight 98-3 at the SSC ground in Colombo.At lunch, the visitors were 163-5, trailing Sri Lanka by 258 runs in the ...
South Africa 163-5 at lunch on day three COLOMBO: South Africa were 163-5 at lunch in their first innings on the third day of the final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Saturday.Skipper Hashim Amla was batting on 77 and Jean-Paul Duminy was on three.South Africa, who won the opening Test in Galle, trail Sri Lanka by 258 runs in the series decider, with five wickets in hand.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Buttler says he's no quick England fix SOUTHAMPTON: Jos Buttler tried to ease the pressure on himself ahead of his Test debut against India this weekend by insisting he alone could not "fix" England's ills.Just under two months ago, following his stunning one-day hundred against Sri Lanka at Lord's, the 23-year-old Buttler doubted if he was ready for the challenge of Test cricket.But Matt Prior's withdrawal through injury following India's 95-run win at Lord's on Monday saw Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler called up ...
Amla, De Villiers dig in for South Africa COLOMBO: South Africa batted cautiously to reach 98 for three as they try to preserve their 1-0 lead in the series in the second test and final against Sri Lanka on Friday. The touring side, replying to the hosts' 421 all out, trailed by 323 runs at the close on the second day with Hashim Amla unbeaten on 46 and AB de Villiers on 11. Amla had two escapes on 10 and 34, edging a ...
Jadeja fined over Anderson incident LONDON: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 percent of his match fee after being found guilty of "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game", the International Cricket Council announced Friday.However, he was not banned and remains free to play in the rest of the ongoing five-Test series with England.Jadeja, 25, was involved in an incident with England seamer James Anderson during the lunch break on the second day of the drawn first ...
Ajmal determined to perform well in coming test series ISLAMABAD: Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said that he was determined to play decisive role to beat Sri Lanka in forthcoming Test series.Talking to a private news channel, Ajmal said that Sri lankan team is one of the best sides of the world and it is going to be an entertaining game."In the presence of classy and mature batsmen like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene it is not easy to beat Sri Lanka on their ...


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