Galle - Dale Steyn has grabbed a match haul of 9-99 as South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by 153 runs on Sunday on the fifth and final day of the first Test.
As it happened: SL v SA - Day 5
Steyn's figures, the best by a quick at the Galle ground,
helped the visitors bowl Sri Lanka out twice despite a wicket which
offered little help.
It was only South Africa's third win on the island and their first since 2000.
was well-supported by seamer Morne Morkel, who picked up four wickets
as Sri Lanka's second innings ended on 216 shortly into the second
The hosts needed to make another 260 runs on the final
day with nine wickets in hand to pull off a come-from-behind win. But
they lost their remaining wickets for just 106 to go down tamely in the
South Africa made 455-9 declared in their first innings
before bowling out the home side for 292. In their second knock, South
Africa declared at 206-6 to set Sri Lanka a target of 370.
The victory was especially sweet for Hashim Amla, who was leading the side for the first time in Test cricket.
He celebrated his winning start by hugging his teammates and exchanging high fives.
"It (winning) was not easy, credit to the boys, they put their hands up today," Amla said.
had some challenging overs last night but the bowlers came back and did
really well. Dean (Elgar) got a hundred, JP (Duminy) got one as well
and they set the game up for us."
South Africa, currently the
world number two, can reclaim their top world ranking from Australia if
they win the second and final Test in Colombo from July 24-28.
spinner Jean-Paul Duminy picked up two wickets including the crucial
scalp of Kumar Sangakkara, who made a fighting 76 to salvage some pride
for the hosts.Sri Lanka, who had resumed on their overnight 110-1, added just 51 off 24 overs in the first session while losing five wickets.
"South Africans outplayed us on all the five days," said Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews.
"We don't mind losing games if we have played good cricket but in this game we were really disappointing," he said.
first innings total (292) cost us the game, if we had added a bit more
runs we could have been in with a chance. The batters need to improve
Steyn, who had taken a five-wicket haul in the first
innings, struck in the fourth over of the day to give his side the
breakthrough they needed.
His victim was opener Kaushal Silva (38)
who nicked the seamer behind the wickets, where Quinton de Kock dived
to his right to take a stunning catch.
Silva's dismissal ended a 104-run stand with Sangakkara for the second wicket, the highest of the innings.
Lanka were dealt a bigger blow off the first ball after the drinks
break when Morkel had big-hitter Mahela Jayawardene caught behind for
Sangakkara was dropped on 65 but failed to take advantage of
the reprieve, pulling Duminy to short midwicket where Amla took a fine
He hit nine fours and a six in his 145-ball innings.
The dismissal of Sangakkara and Jayawardene in quick succession infused new energy into the visitors.
Thirimanne was caught by AB de Villiers off Steyn for 12, while Morkel
had Dinesh Chandimal (one) caught behind by de Kock.
lost Dilruwan Perera (zero) to Steyn in the second over of the
post-lunch session, the tailender offering an edge to de Kock who took
five catches in the innings.
Rangana Herath (20) was caught by de Villiers as he tried to play the sweep shot against Duminy.
Steyn, who was named man of the match, said it felt great to help his side win the game.
"Every time I come down to the sub-continent, I want to do well," he said.
"Nobody cares if you take five-for on a green top. But on a wicket like this, it really makes a difference."