Cape Town - Kyle Abbott
struck the decisive early blows as the Proteas needed just 40
minutes to take the remaining five Sri Lankan wickets and claim victory by 206
runs in the first Test which finished at St George’s Park on Friday.
As it happened: Proteas v Sri Lanka, 1st Test
Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews in the third over of the day with Dhananjaya
de Silva following four overs later. Both were dismissed leg before wicket by
deliveries that would have hit the top of off-stump. They were the last two
batsmen to offer any sort of hope of Sri Lanka making a fight of the final day.
Philander then took a superb one-handed return catch to dismiss Rangana Herath
before Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj wrapped up proceedings with a wicket
appropriate that the wickets should be shared around as the South African
attack is very much a team effort at the moment.
It left both Philander (148
career wickets) and Rabada (48) on the verge of important milestones as they
head for next Monday’s second Test match at Newlands.
the most pleasing aspect for South Africa in this second innings has been the
bowling of Maharaj who returned figures of 3/86 in 30.3 overs (7 maidens) and
could easily have earned his first five-wicket haul.
was named man of the match for his aggregate of 176 runs in the match
including his third century at this level.
Africa thus finished 2016 with a Test match record of 5 wins, two draws (one a
virtual wash-out) and two defeats and the No 4 spot on the ICC rankings.