Sri Lanka in South Africa, 2 Test Series, 2020-21

South Africa vs Sri Lanka - 1st Test

Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion

Date: 26 December-30 December, 2020

Sri Lanka 180/10

RR: 3.9 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 45 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Dimuth Karunaratne bowled Lungi Ngidibowled Lungi Ngidi6810
Kusal Perera c Quinton de Kock & b Anrich Nortjec Quinton de Kock & b Anrich Nortje6487100
Kusal Mendis c Rassie van der Dussen & b Lungi Ngidic Rassie van der Dussen & b Lungi Ngidi0500
Dinesh Chandimal bowled Wiaan Mulderbowled Wiaan Mulder254540
Niroshan Dickwella c Quinton de Kock & b Wiaan Mulderc Quinton de Kock & b Wiaan Mulder101520
Dasun Shanaka c Quinton de Kock & b Lutho Sipamlac Quinton de Kock & b Lutho Sipamla63500
Wanindu Hasaranga c Temba Bavuma & b Lutho Sipamlac Temba Bavuma & b Lutho Sipamla5953121
Vishwa Fernando run out (Wiaan Mulder / Keshav Maharaj)run out (Wiaan Mulder / Keshav Maharaj)0100
Kasun Rajitha c Keshav Maharaj & b Anrich Nortjec Keshav Maharaj & b Anrich Nortje02700
Lahiru Kumara not out not out 0500
Dhananjaya de Silva absent hurt absent hurt
Extras 10 (b 4, lb 2, w 0, nb 4)
Total 180 (10 Wkts, 46.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
10-1 (Dimuth Karunaratne,3), 22-2 (Kusal Mendis,4.5), 85-3 (Dinesh Chandimal,19.5), 99-4 (Niroshan Dickwella,24), 114-5 (Kusal Perera,28.4), 142-6 (Dasun Shanaka,35.5), 148-7 (Vishwa Fernando,37), 179-8 (Wanindu Hasaranga,45.2), 180-9 (Kasun Rajitha,46.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lungi Ngidi10 2 38 2 3.80
Anrich Nortje10.1 1 47 2 4.65
Wiaan Mulder12 1 39 2 3.25
Lutho Sipamla5 0 24 2 4.80
Keshav Maharaj6 3 20 0 3.33
Aiden Markram3 2 6 0 2.00
Dean Elgar0 0 0 0 0
Rassie van der Dussen0 0 0 0 0
Faf du Plessis0 0 0 0 0
Quinton de Kock 0 0 0 0 0
Temba Bavuma0 0 0 0 0

So that is it from this game! The South Africans have ended up taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Everything to play for then in the second Test for Sri Lanka which begins on the 3rd of January at 1000 local (0800 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

The South African skipper, Quinton de Kock, starts off by saying that he is feeling good. Adds that on Day 1, they were slightly disappointed with their bowling but that they came back nicely towards the end of their bowling spell and they showed great character to finish off nicely. Feels that it was a good start by Markram and Elgar and they showed great intent. Says that they are not looking to do anything too different in the next game.

Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lankan captain, starts off by saying that they were in the driving seat as they scored nearly 400 and they did well as a batting unit. Credits his batters for their approach. Says that as a captain, they lost their main bowler and they did well in the first day but they have a couple of youngsters, who can come and do a job for him in the second test. Feels that they need to keep the momentum and a positive mindset and that the bowlers have done a good job for them, whenever the team has required them to. Tells that they want to take the positives from this game and move forward.

The Player of the Match is Faf du Plessis! He says that it was a good win and that they bowled alright but they showed good character as a batting unit and it is always good to contribute to the team. Adds that the important thing as a batting unit, is that they wanted to start well and they did that. Feels that he took his time to get going. Tells that as you look up at the scoreboard and see a deficit, you work on a partnership and then score more freely and they did that well. Feels that it was a good test match pitch and if you hit that channel while bowling, it would be good. Credits the groundsmen and adds that this was a free scoring match as well. Adds that he was feeling good in the lead up to this series and it was unique since he has not played red ball cricket in over a year and he wanted to just focus on the basics.

Tey took a lead of over 200 before declaring and from there on, it was a very difficult task for the Lankans to get back into the game. In the second innings, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Perera at the top and Hasaranga lower down the order showed some fight. The two scored half tons but a lot more was needed from them. In the end, it was a very one-sided game. Stay tuned for the presentation!

Then when South Africa came out to bat, the Lankans were dealt with another blow as they lost Rajitha in the initial overs itself due to injury! Then they kept drifting away from the game. The South African batters kept piling partnerships and that too in quick time. Three 100-plus run stands with Faf being the top scorer, falling one short of a double ton.

The Test started nicely for the visitors! They elected to bat and were set a good first innings total. However it could have been a few more had de Silva did not got injured. It was his partnership with Chandimal which looked at ease. However, once he walked off injured, Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals but they still amassed close to 400.

A very convincing win for South Africa in the end! Also, like predicted, this has turned out to be the last session. It was a no-brainer though as 2 wickets is all they needed. One though has to feel bad for Sri Lanka. They did not play as bad as the scorecard indicates. They were a lot better than that. Injuries though at crucial moments cost them big time. Not saying they would have won the game but it would have surely been a better contest.

46.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, OUT! TAKEN! End of the Test and IT IS SOUTH AFRICA WHO WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 45 RUNS! A length ball around off, Rajitha looks to fend at it but it goes off the outside edge to gully who takes it.
45.6
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, On middle, it is kept out somehow.
45.5
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, Outside off, left alone.
45.4
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, Another one on middle, Kumara defends it onto the ground.
45.3
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, On middle, it is kept out.
45.3
0
Lutho Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, Shorter and on middle, Kumara does well to duck under it. It is a no ball as the bowler has overstepped!

Lahiru Kumara walks out to bat! The last man.

45.2
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, OUT! TAKEN! The hopes of avoiding an innings defeat is probably over! A length delivery, it is slapped hard but down towards long off where Hasaranga takes it. End of a good little innings from him but not enough.
45.1
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Length and this one stays down low! Hasaranga looks to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
44.6
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, A maiden to end! Shorter and on middle. Rajitha hops and defends it onto the ground.
44.5
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, On the shorter side, Rajitha once again looks to keep it out without looking. He gets hit on the thigh pad.
44.4
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, Shorter in length again, Rajitha hops and keeps it out.
44.3
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, Goes short again! This is defended.
44.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, Shorter and on the body, Rajitha looks to defend it by taking the eyes off the ball, does so.

Nortje is on!

44.1
0
Anrich Nortje to Kasun Rajitha, Shorter and down the leg side, Rajitha lets it go.
43.6
4
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Smashed! Shorter and on middle, this is hit hard down the ground and it races away to the fence. Lovely shot.
43.5
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Good length and on middle, kept out.
43.4
4
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Outside off, Hasaranga looks to push at it. It goes off the outside edge past the gully fielder and down to the third man fence.
43.3
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Length and on middle, this is defended onto the ground.
43.2
0
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, Length and around off, it is defended onto the ground.
43.1
4
Lutho Sipamla to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Fifty for Hasaranga! A very good knock from him. He is hitting boundaries at will now! This is full and outside off, it is lofted over covers for a boundary.
42.6
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
42.5
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, A low full toss on the pads, Rajitha looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad.
42.4
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, Outside off, comes in with the angle. Rajitha lets it be.
42.3
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, kept out.
42.2
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, One more ball on a length Blocked.
42.1
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, this is blocked.
41.6
6
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, SIX! The field is up and it goes a long way! Hasaranga comes down the track and smashes this right off the middle and over the long on fence for a biggie.
41.5
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, Chance of a run out but the throw is at the wrong end! On middle, this is worked to the right of the bowler. Rajitha is limping as he needs to take the single He though is sent back as that single was never going to be completed.
41.4
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, Quicker and on middle, Hasaranga stays back and defends it onto the ground.
41.3
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, Another one on middle, Hasaranga defends it onto the ground.
41.2
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, On middle, blocked.
41.1
0
Aiden Markram to Wanindu Hasaranga, This is pushed down to long on for no runs.
40.6
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, kept out again. Good over for Lanka.
40.5
0
Keshav Maharaj to Kasun Rajitha, On middle, defended.
40.4
1
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, ON middle, this is guided past third man. Hasaranga calls for two but Rajitha barely completes one.
40.3
4
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Down the ground this time! Hasaranga steps out and smashes it down to the long on fence for a boundary.
40.2
4
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Again! This time he makes room and hits it a lot flatter but gets it over cover for a boundary.
40.1
4
Keshav Maharaj to Wanindu Hasaranga, FOUR! Lovely shot! Hasaranga makes room and then lofts this over the fielder at covers for a boundary. Lovely shot.
39.6
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On the pads, it is worked to square leg again.
39.5
0
Aiden Markram to Kasun Rajitha, On the pads, worked to square leg.