Sri Lanka resilience frustrates South Africa

Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during the opening day of the third and final cricket Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf emirate of Sharjah on January 16, 2014
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Kumar Sangakkara hits a half-century to keep Sri Lanka in contention on day four of their first Test against South Africa.

Sri Lanka showed resilience with the bat in the evening session on day four of their first Test against South Africa in Galle as they reached 110-1 at the close of play.

Having opened up a 369-run lead by tea, the tourists declared during the interval to bring Sri Lanka to the crease for the final session of the day.

South Africa made a strong start with the ball as Dale Steyn claimed the wicket of Upal Tharanga (8) early on.

However, Kaushal Silva (37 not out) and Kumar Sangakkara (58 not out) formed a solid partnership, with the latter completing his half-century shortly before stumps.

Despite South Africa pressing hard for a breakthrough in the final couple of overs, Sangakkara and Silva played sensibly, ensuring that both sides remain in contention ahead of the final day of the match.

Dale Steyn of South Africa appeals during day one of the First Test match between South Africa and Australia at SuperSport Park on February 12, 2014
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