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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 1st Test

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
Date: 12-16 July 2018

South Africa 73/10 (28.5 Ovs) RR: 2.53 | Sri Lanka won by 278 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Aiden Markram stumped Herathstumped Herath194600
Dean Elgar stumped Dilruwan Pererastumped Dilruwan Perera41200
Hashim Amla c Dhananjaya de Silva & b Dilruwan Pererac Dhananjaya de Silva & b Dilruwan Perera0200
Temba Bavuma c Dhananjaya de Silva & b Dilruwan Pererac Dhananjaya de Silva & b Dilruwan Perera21700
Faf du Plessis c Mathews & b Herathc Mathews & b Herath1300
Quinton de Kock lbw Dilruwan Pereralbw Dilruwan Perera10920
Vernon Philander Not OutNot Out223802
Keshav Maharaj c Sandakan & b Dilruwan Pererac Sandakan & b Dilruwan Perera9920
Kagiso Rabada bowled Dilruwan Pererabowled Dilruwan Perera01000
Dale Steyn c Herath & b Herathc Herath & b Herath2600
Tabraiz Shamsi lbw Sandakanlbw Sandakan22100
Extras 2 (b 2, lb 0, w 0, nb 0)
Total 73 (10 Wkts, 28.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
12-1 (Dean Elgar,5.6), 16-2 (Hashim Amla,7.3), 24-3 (Temba Bavuma,11.4), 25-4 (Faf du Plessis,12.1), 32-5 (Aiden Markram,14.2), 36-6 (Quinton de Kock,15.3), 58-7 (Keshav Maharaj,19.1), 58-8 (Kagiso Rabada,21.5), 67-9 (Dale Steyn,24.2), 73-10 (Tabraiz Shamsi,28.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Rangana Herath14 4 38 3 2.71
Dilruwan Perera14 4 32 6 2.29
Lakshan Sandakan0.5 0 1 1 2.00
Dimuth Karunaratne0 0 0 0 0
Danushka Gunathilaka0 0 0 0 0
Dhananjaya de Silva0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Mendis0 0 0 0 0
Angelo Mathews0 0 0 0 0
Roshen Silva0 0 0 0 0
Niroshan Dickwella0 0 0 0 0
Suranga Lakmal0 0 0 0 0


It's a foolproof script that's transcended territories in Asia - call non-subcontinental sides on dustbowls and thrash them outright. The SSC shouldn't be as bad, but the demons have been nailed sure enough into the South African heads. But it's been a fun, quick Test this for the time it lasted. And on behalf of the team - Vineet Anantharaman, Pradeep Krishnamurthy and our scorer Sreenivas, until we meet next, ta ta!!

Suranga Lakmal has spoken in Sinhalese, something none of us understand, unfortunately (as yet). Roshen Abhisinghaye translates a bit, "He says captaincy isn't an easy job and thanks his coaches and the support staff, hails the spinners as he looks forward to the SSC."

Faf du Plessis: We have only got ourselves to blame. After getting a team down to 170/7, you need to get them all-out for 220, and 280 was a let off. But it was a great innings from Karunaratne, he showed our batters how you need to go about in putting big scores on the board. It was as if he batted on a different surface, given that nobody else went past 50. As much as you practice, you don't get quality spinners in the nets. It is obviously tough in these conditions and it is something we need to work with. We were surprised by the wetness of the outfield with the rain, and because of that reverse swing wasn't much of a factor in this Test and that took a lot out of our fast bowling attack.

Dimuth Karunaratne: I got injured, worked really hard with the 'A' team and got my form back. When I was left out of the national side I had to work hard, went to Bangladesh and got my place back. I always wanted to play positive and backed my strengths - which is what I do on turning tracks. After the knock I got to know of my record through social media of becoming only the second Sri Lankan to get a century in my 50th Test.

Here come the 'official' presentations.

Dilruwan Perera: Every spinner likes to bowl in Galle. I can get a lot of drift and turn here. Everytime I bowl with Rangana it helps me and it is very easy. South Africa have struggled in the past to spin and Rangana held up one end and I got wickets from the other. We have a lot of young spinners and they will step up (once Rangana retires).

Six wickets for the impressive Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath was his usual good self and Lakshan Sandakan applied the finishing touches - so much that Sri Lanka didn't even need their lone pacer to bowl. Without AB de Villiers, this South African batting unit looks pretty brittle. It was a tough examination by spin and they failed at it miserably. Plenty of thinking to do for Ottis Gibson & co. as we wait for the presentations to begin.

South Africa have been simply shocking with the bat and they have lost all 10 wickets inside a session. We saw Afghanistan and Bangladesh doing so in recent times, but not many would have added the Proteas into the mix. Lack of application and an inability to play spin - South Africa have to search answers for such probing questions within the next 5 days. It all started with Dean Elgar running down the pitch and getting stumped, Amla and Bavuma were trapped into offering catches to leg-slip, Faf du Plessis edged one to first slip, Markram followed in his opening partner's ways, De Kock tried to hit out and failed, the lower order then had too much to do.

Sandakan to Shamsi, out Lbw!! Loud shout for LBW and Sri Lanka want a review. It's a fair delivery, looks like there's no bat on that, where's the impact though? Might turn out to be umpire's call, no bat and UltraEdge confirms it. Three Reds and it's all over. Sri Lanka have demolished South Africa by 278 runs. This is also South Africa's lowest ever 4th innings score, their lowest since readmission in 1991-92. Celebrations in the middle as the hosts go 1-0 up in the 2-Test series. Coming to the ball, this was tossed up on middle, turned around the right-hander, opened him up like a can of worms and rapped him on the pads, the impact was in front of off-stump, would have been crashing into the off-stump. Shamsi lbw b Sandakan 2(21)

Sandakan to Shamsi, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

Sandakan to Shamsi, no run, the leg-break from Sandakan, Shamsi was nearl;y turned inside out, just about gets his bat down in time and defends
Sandakan to Shamsi, no run, turn for Sandakan, but it turns way down the leg-side, left alone
Sandakan to Philander, 1 run, fraction short and on the stumps, worked away past mid-wicket for a single
Sandakan to Philander, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended back at the bowler

Lakshan Sandakan, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack

First change with Sandakan replacing Herath, a slip, leg slip and a FSL in place

Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, tossed up on Shamsi's pads, turned towards backward short leg

Five men round the bat

Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, Dilruwan tosses one just outside off, pushed into the vacant point region and they decide against a single

back to round the wicket

Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, slower and drifting down the leg-side, Shamsi was looking to tuck and missed
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, Dilruwan tosses one on off, Shamsi shuffles across and blocks
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, tossed up outside leg and spinning down, Shamsi watches it go by
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, flighted delivery on Shamsi's pads, clipped straight to leg slip
Herath to Shamsi, 1 run, Herath tosses one on Shamsi's pads, nudged away behind square on the on-side for a single
Herath to Shamsi, no run, appeal for LBW, but the angle was taking it down the leg-side, Shamsi was a long way across as he missed the tuck, but those can't be given
Herath to Shamsi, no run, just short of Roshen Silva at silly-point, Shamsi was completely opened up by the away going drift, pushed with hard hands and nearly popped a straightforward catch to silly-point
Herath to Shamsi, no run, Herath drifts this one down the leg-side, Shamsi was looking to nudge and missed
Herath to Shamsi, no run, flighted delivery and spinning away from outside off, Shamsi shuffles across and lets it go
Herath to Philander, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Philander goes back and works it towards long-on for a single, exposes Shamsi to the strike
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, flighted on off and drifting away, Shamsi prds forward and toe-ends it towards the off-side
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, tossed up outside off and going with the angle, Shamsi shuffles across and is beaten by a long way

Dilruwan, from round the wicket

Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, Dilruwan tosses one on off, Shamsi gets well forward as he blocks
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, appeal for LBW, but Shamsi was so far across that the impact would have been well outside off, he stumbled across to one that drifted across him, pushes forward and is beaten on the outside edge
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, flighted delivery on off, Shamsi gets half-forward and blocks
Dilruwan Perera to Shamsi, no run, not sure if Shamsi bats in this way, the off-break from Dilruwan and he stumbled across, managed to keep it down

South Africa's lowest 4th innings score is 79 - against India, in Nagpur, 2015. Can they go past it today?

Herath to Philander, no run, slower and spinning away from off, that bounced off the deck as well, Philander does well to play with soft hands as he prodded
Herath to Philander, no run, flighted on off, Philander gets half-forward as he defends
Herath to Philander, 2 runs, Philander gets lucky, this was tossed up outside off and ripped away from a length, Philander was backing away on the cut and was taken aback by the extra bounce, manages to stab it behind square on the off-side for a couple of runs
Herath to Shamsi, 1 run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Shamsi prods forward and gets an inside edge behind square on the on-side, a single to get off the mark

Tabraiz Shamsi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Herath to Steyn, out Caught&Bowled!! The ninth wicket is down, all too easy for Sri Lanka. This was tossed up on the stumps, Steyn leant forward on the drive, played it a bit too early, hit it well but straight back at the bowler. Herath moved across to his right and cusped the overhead return catch. As easy as it gets. Steyn c and b Herath 2(6)

Herath to Steyn, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

Herath to Steyn, no run, tossed up on middle and straightening, Steyn gets his bat in front of the pad and then blocks


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