Cricket - Sri Lanka victory push held up by rain in Colombo

Sri Lanka's hopes of securing a series-levelling victory over South Africa were thwarted by two rain delays on the fifth morning of the second test that restricted play to just 30 minutes on Monday.

Cricket - Sri Lanka victory push held up by rain in Colombo

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Sri Lanka's captain Angelo Mathews looks back as ground workers pull covers as the match was stopped due to rain on the fifth and final day of their second test cricket match against South Africa in Colombo (Reuterrs)

In between the showers, South Africa lost the wicket of Dean Elgar to reach 55 for two wickets before umpires took the players off for an early lunch.

At the interval, Quinton de Kock was unbeaten on 28 with skipper Hashim Amla on four with the tourists needing to survive two more session to avoid defeat and reclaim the number one test ranking with a series victory.

Chasing an unlikely 369 runs for victory, South Africa are more likely to ensure they hold on for a draw than pursue the 314 runs required to sweep the two-match series.

Sri Lanka captured Elgar's wicket from the second ball after the first break for rain when a Dilruwan Perera delivery beat the opening batsman's forward prod to hit off stump.

Elgar lasted 65 balls and shared a partnership of 43 with De Kock before the second, heavier shower forced the players off the field again.

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