SL 287, 190 (57.4ov)
SA 126, 73 (28.5ov)

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 278 runs

MOM: Dimuth Karunaratne

  • That's it then. Sri Lanka have completely routed spin-shy South Africa to register their first win over the Proteas at home in 12 years. The second match is starting 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 and after having Sri Lanka down to 164/7, they should have bundled them out quickly. Feels 287 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 his batters how to do it. Further mentions that they prepared well but the quality they get in the middle is not the same as compared to the nets, especially that of spin. 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 a chance to prove himself. Admits that he had to work hard to get back into the national side and that's why he went to Bangladesh to prove his form. Adds that he always wants to bat positively and back his strength. Is aware that he is 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 offie says that every spinner loves to bowl in 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 in the past and with Herath at one end creating all the pressure, he managed to pick up wickets. 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 to do all the talking. Suranga Lakmal too should be praised for his field placements as he becomes only the fourth Sri Lankan skipper to win his first two Tests as 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 positives from this Test which were the bowling of Kagiso Rabada and their 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 in 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. His other partners weren't really up to the mark but he made sure to make his form count. He joined the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan to score a century in his 50th Test and narrowly missed out on the opportunity to score twin centuries (only Dilshan has done that for SL). 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, his 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.
  • 28.5LSandakan to TShamsi

    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?
  • 28.4LSandakan to TShamsi

    Tossed up ball on off, defended off the outer half of the bat to the off side.
  • 28.3LSandakan to TShamsi

    Sliding down the leg side, Shamsi tries to flick but misses.
  • 28.2LSandakan to VPhilander

    Tossed up on middle, worked past short leg for a single.
  • 28.1LSandakan to VPhilander

    Full flighted on off, defended back towards mid off.
  • 27.6DPerera to TShamsi

    Now, he tucks this through square leg.
  • 27.5DPerera to TShamsi

    Jumps across again, to the off side and somehow blocks it with an angled bat to point.
  • 27.4DPerera to TShamsi

    Down the leg side, TS thinks about the flick but then lets it go at the last moment.
  • 27.3DPerera to TShamsi

    Full and on middle, Tabraiz blocks it out somehow.
  • 27.2DPerera to TShamsi

    Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 27.1DPerera to TShamsi

    Full on middle, Shamsi gets across and tucks it - almost straight to leg gully. Lands just short.
  • 26.6RHerath to TShamsi

    Finally gets one away, off the inner half of the bat past leg gully for a single.
  • 26.5RHerath to TShamsi

    IS THAT OUT? Not given. Shamsi walked a long way across and looked to flick but missed it. The ball flew to leg gully and the Lankans appealed - I guess for LBW. The umpire ruled it not out but replays seemed to detect a tiny piece of wood!
  • 26.4RHerath to TShamsi

    Ooohhh... lucky. Full on middle, TS looks to flick but gets a leading edge. It flies but lands just in front of silly point.
  • 26.3RHerath to TShamsi

    Down the leg side this time, Tabraiz initially thinks about playing it - then lets it go.
  • 26.2RHerath to TShamsi

    Outside off, going away with the angle, Shamsi clumsily gets across and lets it go.
  • 26.1RHerath to VPhilander

    Outside off, punched through the off side for a single.
  • 25.6DPerera to TShamsi

    The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads.
  • 25.5DPerera to TShamsi

    Landed outside off, Tabriaz hops across and looks to defend but the ball goes straight on and beats the outside edge.
  • 25.4DPerera to TShamsi

    The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 25.3DPerera to TShamsi

    Once again Shamsi jumps across, looks to defend, it squared up and is hit on the pads. The Lankans appeal but in vain.
  • 25.2DPerera to TShamsi

    Jumps across and blocks.
  • 25.1DPerera to TShamsi

    Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 24.6RHerath to VPhilander

    The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 24.5RHerath to VPhilander

    Around off, solidly defended.
  • 24.4RHerath to VPhilander

    The ball takes the outside edge goes towards the slip region. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 24.3RHerath to TShamsi

    Flatter and on middle, an arm ball, Shamsi gets forward to defend but it takes the inside edge and sneaks past short leg for a run.
  • 24.2RHerath to DaleSteyn

    OUT! Caught and bowled! Herath flights it and lands it full on middle, it spins away slightly and Steyn tries to slap it over the bowler's head. Fails to execute his intentions properly and ends up hitting it straight to the bowler. Herath makes no mistake in his followthrough and South Africa are in danger of scoring the lowest every total in Galle. Also, the replay shows that the umpire was in real danger had Herath not caught that ball.
  • 24.1RHerath to DSteyn

    Flighted ball on middle, Steyn defends it in front of his pads.
  • 23.6DPerera to VPhilander

    Strides forward to a full ball and defends it to end the over.
  • 23.5DPerera to DSteyn

    Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single.
  • 23.4DPerera to DSteyn

    Steyn has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 23.3DPerera to VPhilander

    Shortish and on off, played down to covers for one.
  • 23.2DPerera to VPhilander

    Flatter one on off, defended off the back foot.