6 Jan 2012

Sri Lanka heading for big defeat in South Africa

6:38 am on 6 January 2012

The Sri Lankan cricketers are staring down the barrel of an innings defeat in the third and decisive test against South Africa with the hosts needing just six more wickets to clinch their three-test series, after forcing the visitors to follow on on the third day in Newlands.

At stumps Sri Lanka were 138 for four in their second innings, still trailing by 203 runs.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who declared his team's innings closed at 580 for 4 on day two, enforced the follow-on after Sri Lanka lost their last three wickets for 20 runs in the half hour after lunch.