Kimberley (South Africa): South Africa 'A' was leading the touring Sri Lanka team by 349 runs with five second innings wickets in hand at the close of play on Sunday in their four-day match at De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley.
Resuming its first innings on 166 for four in reply to South Africa A's 483 for eight declared, the Sri Lankans were restricted to just 54 runs for the loss of two wickets in the 31-over, pre-lunch session on the third day of the match. Opener Marvan Atapattu, who started the day on 74, went to his 37th first-class century by hitting successive boundaries off left-arm spinner Robin Peterson. Peterson had the Sri Lankan vice-captain caught by Dale Benkenstein in the covers for 104. Hasantha Fernando and Chaminda Vaas then added 61 runs before Steve Elworthy dismissed Vaas for 25. In quick succession, Fernando was run out by Justin Ontong's direct hit for a well- played 45 and Dilhara Fernando was caught by Andrew Hall off Peterson. Sanath Jayasuriya immediately declared the Sri Lankan innings on 292 for nine. The accurate Peterson finished with four for 58 and Steve Elworthy with three for 115. Enjoying a lead of 211 runs, Benkenstein chose to bat again. Young opener Jacques Rudolph was once again dismissed early, playing on to Vaas for two. After tea, South Africa 'A' added another 118 runs for the loss of four wickets. Boeta Dippenaar scored a seven-boundary 33 and Alviro Petersen contributed 43.
Lanka scores 166/4 at stumps, SA 'A' declares at 483