Sri Lanka Vs South Africa Live Score (TEST)
Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 278 runs
South Africa 73/10 (28.5 ov) R/R 2.56 | Match Ended
- Vernon Philander 4,
- Tabraiz Shamsi 2
|Vernon Philander||not out||22||38||0||2|
6 ( 4.3 ) R/R:1.33
Vernon Philander 4(6)
Tabraiz Shamsi 2(21)
Last Wicket 73/10 (28.5 over)
Tabraiz Shamsi 2 (21) S.R (9.52)
lbw b Lakshan Sandakan
- That's it then. Sri Lanka have completely routed the spin-shy South Africa to take a lead in the 2-match Test series. The second match is staring from 20th July in Colombo and we look forward to your company at 1000 local (0430 GMT) when the action begins. Until then, you can switch over to the England vs India second ODI where the home team has elected to bat. See you soon. Cheers!
- Sri Lanka skipper, Suranga Lakmal is satisfied with his team's performance. Lauds the effort of his spinners and has a special mention for Dimuth Karunaratne. Goes on to thank the support staff and says that he is looking forward to the next Test match.
- South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis admits that they only have themselves to blame. Adds that it was never going to be a high scoring game. Feels 280 was a big total. Praises Karunaratne for his batting and mentions that it felt that he batted on a different pitch. Also states that Karunaratne showed to his batter how to do it. Feels that they prepared well but the quality they get in the middle is not the same as compared to the nets. Is all praise for the quality of the Lankan spinners. Talks about the wetness of the outfield due to the rain which didn't help them get the reverse swing and took a little bit of artillery away from their attack.
- Man of the Match, Dimuth Karunaratne smiles and says that after he got injured he worked hard with the 'A' team and got chance to prove himself. Admits that he had to work hard to get back in the national side and that's why he went to Bangladesh to prove his form. Adds that he always wants to bat positive and back his strength. He is aware that he was only the third Sri Lankan to get a century in his 50th Test and is really proud to be in that company.
- Roshan Abeysinghe catches up with Dilruwan Perera for an interview. The off spinner says that every spinner loves to bowl at Galle and adds that he gets more drift and turn here. Praises Herath and says that he helps him a lot and it becomes easy for him. Further adds that South Africa have struggled against off spinners and he was prepared for it. On Herath's retirement, Perera replies that they have a lot of upcoming young spinners and he is ready to groom them.
- We all expected Rangana Herath to be the chief destroyer on this pitch but as it turned out, Dilruwan Perera impressed the most. He stuck to the basics and allowed the pitch do all the talking. Suranga Lakmal too should be praised for his field placements as he makes it two in two for himself as a captain. Good going from him and they are looking a far superior side heading into the next match. However, they cannot neglect their batting deficiencies.
- The Proteas will like to take the positive from this Test which was the bowling of Kagiso Rabada and their main spinners. Tabraiz Shamsi was brilliant in the first innings while the second time around, Keshav Maharaj found his rhythm. They would hope that both of them perform well at tandem and give their attack another dimension. We can praise their bowling as much as we want but unless their batsmen sort out their issues, it won't help their cause much. They need to get their act together for the Colombo Test.
- One has to really admire the way Dimuth Karunaratne batted in both the innings. On a not-so-easy pitch, he made 218 runs in total and really applied himself. However, his other partners weren't really up to the mark, he made sure to make his form count. South Africa will be really disappointed with two things - first letting Sri Lanka score 287 after having them on the mat at 5/161 and then conceding the exact number of runs as a lead.
- On a pitch supposed to assist the spinners, Faf du Plessis lost a crucial toss. Still their bowlers produced a brave effort to restrict Sri Lanka. Although they failed to finish it off well. The last two wickets of Sri Lanka added in excess of 100 runs and that in a way handed the home team an upper hand. The Protea batting failed to deal with the spinners in both the innings and the result is there to be seen for all.
- A comprehensive win for Sri Lanka! Their spinners were expected to dominate proceedings and they didn't disappoint. From South Africa's point of view, it was a meek surrender. No fight offered. No application shown. They knew what was coming but lacked the desired temperament to put up a fight and failed the spin-test big time. A few unwanted records for them - This is their lowest Test total since readmission and also their lowest team total in Asia along with the lowest overall at this venue. Dismal.
- 28.5 OUT! Everything is in line and South Africa's last wicket falls. Sandakan lets out a googly around middle and off. Shamsi fails to read it and is squared up in defense. It goes past his bat and hits him on the back pad. They appeal but the umpire remains still. Sri Lanka opt for the DRS and the Ball Tracker shows three reds. All over, SRI LANKA WIN BY 278 RUNS! Happy faces all around in the Lankan camp as the players leave the field after exchanging pleasantries.
- Shout for an lbw! Not given. Is the impact outside off?
- 28.4 Tossed up ball on off, defended off the outer half of the bat to the off side.
- 28.3 Sliding down the leg side, Shamsi tries to flick but misses.
- 28.2 Tossed up on middle, worked past short leg for a single.