South Africa batted quickly through the first two sessions on day 3 as they set a mammoth target of 507 for the visitors. Dean Elgar (55) smashed a fifty while leading the second inning of the hosts. The other batsmen made sure to keep the run rate up where Faf du Plessis scored 41(49) and Quinton de Kock scored a quick 29 (24).
After reaching a total of 224, South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, decided to call off their inning while giving visitors a target of 507. For Sri Lanka, SurangaLakmal looked great during his spells and managed to take 4 wickets.
As Sri Lanka came down to chase down this mammoth target of 507, Philander made sure to start the things from where he left off in the first inning by striking early and sending Sri Lankan opener DimuthKarunaratne (6) and KusalMendis (4) back to the pavilion. Rabada soon followedPhilander’s footprints and struck twice in two consecutive overs.
By the time of stumps on day 3, Sri Lanka’s score is 130/4 and South Africa has two more days to register their inevitable victory in this match.