The Castle Lager Proteas added Colombo 2014 to the defiant memories of Adelaide 2012 and Johannesburg 2013 as they fought their way to a tense draw in the final Test match against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club on Monday.
South Africa need 331 runs to defeat Sri Lanka with nine wickets remaining after day four of the second Test ended with the hosts piling up a total of 229 runs in their second innings on a day that saw rain and bad lighting conditions.
At the close of the third day Sri Lanka had scored 11/0 in their second innings in five overs for an overall lead of 150 runs after Amla 139 not out.
The Castle Lager Proteas face an enormous test of both character and skill as they go about the job of fighting their way back into the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.
Former captain Mahela Jayawardene hit a classy unbeaten century to help Sri Lanka close on 305 for five on the first day of the second Test against South Africa on Thursday.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to bat in final Test against South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo on Thursday.
An upbeat South Africa will look to carry their winning momentum in the second Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday.
Dale Steyn grabbed a match haul of 9-99 as South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by 153 runs on Sunday on the fifth and final day of the first Test.
Kumar Sangakkara smashed his 49th half-century as Sri Lanka launched a fightback on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa on Saturday.
Dale Steyn struck five decisive blows for the 23rd time in his stellar career to set the Castle Lager Proteas up for what should be a substantial first innings lead on the third day of the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle on Friday.