Sri Lanka vs. South Africa, 1st Test, Day 5: Highlights, Scorecard and Report

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Sri Lanka vs. South Africa, 1st Test, Day 5: Highlights, Scorecard and Report
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South Africa wrapped up a 153-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle as Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel proved too hot for the hosts to handle.

Sri Lanka had made a breezy start to the chase of 370 on Day 4, but the Proteas came back at them with renewed energy on the final day and bowled them out for 216.

The victory means they hold a 1-0 lead with the final Test in Colombo taking place next week. If they manage to overcome Sri Lanka in their home conditions, it will represent a remarkable start to Hashim Amla's tenure as captain.

Sri Lanka added just eight runs from their overnight score when the first wicket of the day fell, Kaushal Silva. It took an inviting ball from Steyn to draw the edge, and an impressive catch from wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to finish it off.

It brought Mahela Jayawardene to the middle, but his visit was brief, bested by a jaffer of a delivery from Morkel and edging behind after the drinks break.

With Kumar Sangakkara still at the crease, Sri Lanka would have hoped to regroup and work toward the draw but a moment of thoughtlessness on 76 sealed his fate.

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Batsman Dismissal Bowler Runs Mins Balls
Tharanga c de Kock b Steyn 14 7 13
K Silva c de Kock b Steyn 38 148 98
Sangakkara c Amla b Duminy 76 210 145
M Jayawardene c de Kock b M Morkel 10 42 31
Thirimanne c de Villiers b Steyn 12 35 23
Mathews not out 27 109 70
Chandimal c de Kock b M Morkel 1 8 6
D Perera c de Kock b Steyn 0 13 7
Herath c de Villiers b Duminy 20 29 18
Lakmal c Tahir b M Morkel 12 31 18
Eranga c Elgar b M Morkel 0 1
Extras 1nb 0w 0b 5lb 6
Total all out (71.3 ovs) 216
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Steyn 17.0 4 45 4
Philander 11.0 4 34 0
M Morkel 13.3 6 29 4
Tahir 19.0 3 64 0
Duminy 10.0 4 38 2
Elgar 1.0 0 1 0


JP Duminy bowled him a dreadful long hop, and somehow the left-hander managed to spoon the ball straight to Amla at short midwicket.

A collapse was sparked, with Steyn returning to remove Lahiru Thirimanne and Dilruwan Perera, while Morkel accounted for Dinesh Chandimal. Suddenly 118-1 had become 161-7.

Angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath were the most defiant pairing left, but even their resistance lasted just seven overs.

Duminy picked up another wicket before Morkel returned to finish off the tail.

The final Test takes place on Thursday. 

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