The Sri Lankan Captain, Mahela Jayawardene led the team from the front against the lethal bowling attack of England by thrashing unbeaten 168.
South Africa dominated against New Zealand with a superb spell by Vernon Philander who grabbed six wickets and the visitors are anticipating winning the match.
Alviro Petersen and Jean-Paul-Duminy smashed tons as South Africa declared at 474 for nine wickets and New Zealand was responding well at 65 for no loss.
South Africa tightened their grip on a rain affected second day of the third Test against New Zealand and cruised at 246-2 on stumps.
South Africa got off to a great start in the third Test against New Zealand and had reached at 136 for the loss of two wickets on the rain affected first day.
South Africa took command of the second Test by grabbing four wickets in the second innings of New Zealand who still trail by three runs.
The batting of New Zealand crumbled against the quality bowling of South Africa led by Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn which let them down for 185 in the first innings.
Chris Martin made the difference by grabbing three wickets in just four deliveries which restricted South Africa to 191 for the loss of seven wickets as New Zealand takes command of the first Test.
The flamboyant cricketer of New Zealand, Daniel Vettori was convinced that his team can bounce back in the forthcoming Test series against South Africa with positive attitude.