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Live Reporting

Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye!

    So, we'll see you all back here tomorrow, yeah?

    Jack Skelton's report from today's play is over here and we'll be back for 04:00 GMT tomorrow.

    Get some naps in, and we'll see you tomorrow - can England secure their first away series win in two years?

    Until then...

  2. How's stat?!

    Andy Zaltzman

    The Cricket Social statistician

    We have a very exciting potential record tomorrow. There have been 1198 runs in this match with no century partnerships. If there are 28 more runs scored by Sri Lanka's tail tomorrow it will break the record for most runs in a Test without a hundred partnership.

  3. Post update

    You know we were talking about amazing catches earlier?

    Glenn Maxwell has just taken an absolute blinder against South Africa, having to do some juggling on the boundary rope.

  4. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC cricket correspondent in Pallekele

    What a set up. 75 runs for Sri Lanka and you can't discount that Dickwella is such a dangerous player, he's 27 not out and he's going to have the tail around him so he's going to have license to play some shots. I'll be interested to see how they play it.

  5. Post update

    Tomorrow's big question will be how well can Niroshan Dickwella marshal the Sri Lankan tail?

    Or, more pertinently, will the rain stay away?

  6. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on The Cricket Social

    I'd be disappointed if we went down to Colombo and it was an absolute road. I like these 300 par score pitches. It tells us all that Test cricket is alive and kicking if there's a contest between bat and ball.

  7. BreakingClose of play

    Get those alarm clocks set...

    Play is done for the day. I suspect there'll be an early start again tomorrow but we'll wait for confirmation on that.

  8. Post update

    The umpires, shielded under two umbrellas, are striding purposefully off the field in Pallekele...

  9. Post update

    The approximate close of play time tonight was 11:45 GMT.

    So I reckon it's got to stop raining within the next 30 minutes or so, otherwise it's going to be too dark.

  10. How's stat?!

    Andy Zaltzman

    The Cricket Social statistician

    There have been 18 partnerships of 30 or more in this Test and no hundred partnerships. It illustrates the perfect balance between bat and ball. No team has ever got on top.

  11. Post update

    South Africa are 42-1 after three overs. THREE overs.

    You can listen here.

  12. Post update

    Adam Mountford

    Radio 5 live in Pallekele

    We may be coming back tomorrow!

  13. It's raining

    This is the weather forecast for tomorrow.

    Why must the rain ruin everything?

  14. Post update

    It is, to borrow my mother's favourite phrase, absolutely chucking it down in Pallekele.

    I'd be amazed if we got back on today.

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    Jeremy Nash: How Sri Lanka must wish the rain had arrived 15 minutes sooner.

  16. Post update

    I've momentarily switched over to the Australia match while we wait for the rain to abate.

    South Africa have taken 15 off the first over. This is in no way wryly amusing.

  17. Australia v South Africa commentary


    The rain is scuppering us in Pallekele, but it has stopped in Carrara where Australia and South Africa are to meet in a T20 international. It's the first international to be held on the Gold Coast and you can listen to it here.