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Steyn strikes as Sri Lanka stumble

 CAPE TOWN, Jan 5 (AFP): South African fast bowler Dale Steyn took three wickets to plunge Sri Lanka into deep trouble on the third day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Thursday.

Sri Lanka were 219 for seven at lunch, still 361 runs behind South Africa’s first innings total of 580 for four declared.

Steyn dismissed Kumar Sangkkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews as Sri Lanka slumped from their overnight 149 for two, adding only 70 runs for the loss of five wickets, despite a flurry of scoring by Dinesh Chandimal, who was unbeaten on 25.

Steyn had figures of three for 56, with his three wickets during the morning costing 16 runs in eight overs.

The other wickets fell to Vernon Philander, who had Thilan Samaraweera caught at second slip during a testing spell of one for three in six overs, and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who bowled Thisara Perera with the last ball of the morning.

Steyn struck with the third ball of the day when Kumar Sangakkara sliced a drive to point without adding to his overnight score of 35.

Jayawardene and Samaraweera stayed together for more than an hour before Philander accounted for Samaraweera.

SCORECARD

South Africa 1st innings: 580-4 dec

Sri Lanka 1st innings (overnight 149-2): Thirimanne b Morkel 23, Dilshan c Smith b Imran Tahir 78, Sangakkara c Amla b Steyn 35, Jayawardene c Kallis b Steyn 30, Samaraweera c Kallis b Philander 11, Mathews c Boucher b Steyn 1, Chandimal not out 25, Perera b Imran Tahir 5. Extras: (B-6, LB-3, NB-2) 11. Total: (for 7 wkts in 66.5 overs) 219. Fall of wickets: 1-70, 2-126, 3-149, 4-184, 5-189, 6-194, 7-219. Bowling: Steyn 20-5-56-3, Philander 16-6-37-1, Morkel 13-2-74-1, Tahir 17.5-1-43-2.

Saina in quarters of Korea Open

New Delhi, Jan 5 (PTI): Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal sailed into the Korea Open Super Series quarterfinals after notching up a straight-game victory over Shao Chieh Cheng of Chinese Taipei in the second round in Seoul today.

Fourth seed Saina registered a 21-14, 21-10 win over Cheng in a 36-minute battle in women’s singles. The Indian will next take on the winner of the match between China’s Yanjiao Jiang and Inthanon Ratchanok of Thailand.

Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, however, were defeated by the formidable combo of top seed Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu of China 10-21, 17-21 in 34 minutes.

Saina didn’t break much sweat against the world number 11 Cheng and tired her rival by engaging her in rallies.

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