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Two wickets in quick succession on Thursday ended early Sri Lankan resistance, and moved the home side closer to victory as the visitors went to tea 118 for two on the fourth day of the first test.

Sri Lanka, having been set a nominal target of 488 to win, are 370 runs behind and must survive four more sessions to save the game at St George’s Park.

South Africa, who won the toss and opted to bat, amassed 286 runs in their first innings and Sri Lanka scored 205 in reply.