AB de Villiers fell one short of his 13th Test century but still believes South Africa already have enough runs to have put the match beyond Sri Lanka. On a pitch that has offered something to the bowlers throughout, South Africa's currently lead by 209 runs with a wicket in hand.
De Villiers was dismissed for 99 after lashing at a wide ball and being caught at point by Sri Lanka's substitute fielder Dimuth Karunaratne. He had a brief consultation with the umpire on the field and then walked off. Replays showed that that there may have been some doubt about whether the ball had carried, but de Villiers chose not to review the decision.
"I was hoping that the umpire's would go upstairs," he said. "But, like Jacques Kallis always does, I wanted to ask the fielder. Rod [Tucker] asked me if I wanted to go upstairs and I said, 'No, let's ask the fielder.' We did ask him and he said he caught it. I haven't seen the highlights or the replay but its history now. I still back the fielder, if he said he caught it, that's it."