Sri Lanka in SA

Proteas rip through Lankans

2011-12-15 15:12
Vernon Philander (Gallo Images)
Centurion - Fast bowler Vernon Philander claimed five wickets as South Africa dismissed Sri Lanka for 180 at tea on the first day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Thursday.

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South Africa's much-vaunted attack struggled in helpful conditions as Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews added 65 for the fifth wicket off just 80 balls.

The pair took Sri Lanka to 156 for four before Philander struck three times in four overs to complete his third five-wicket haul in three Tests.

Philander's destructive burst began with two wickets in successive deliveries, both given out on review, as Samaraweera (36) edged an excellent delivery that nipped away off the seam and Kaushal Silva brushed the ball with his glove as it flew to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher down the leg side.

Thisara Perera took a single off the hat-trick ball, but only lasted till the next over when he failed to read an Imran Tahir googly and Jacques Kallis made a stunning reflex catch at slip as the edge bounced off Boucher's thigh.

Sri Lanka had lost three wickets in five balls to slump to 157 for seven and Philander struck again to have Mathews caught by Kallis for 38.

Philander made full use of the grass on the pitch to claim five for 53 in 13 overs, becoming the first South African to claim three five-wicket hauls in his first three Tests.

Dale Steyn produced a couple of top-class away swingers to bowl Chanaka Welegedara (4) and Dilhara Fernando (0) with successive deliveries, ending the Sri Lankan innings on the stroke of tea.

Steyn had earlier removed Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene, who edged a back-foot drive into the slips for 30, the fast bowler finishing with an impressive figures of four for 18.

Captain Dilshan's rash shot got Sri Lanka off to a poor start and they battled to 76 for three at lunch after being put into bat.

Dilshan, on six, tried to on-drive a swinging delivery from Steyn on the up and looped a catch to Philander at wide mid-on.

Former captain Kumar Sangakkara lasted just three balls before Philander got a delivery to rear up and he edged the ball to second slip where Kallis took a well-judged catch.

Sri Lanka were reeling on 12 for two, but Tharanga Paranavitana and the experienced Jayawardene batted with intense concentration in a sensible third-wicket stand of 54.

Steyn's first wicket was his 250th in Tests, the 28-year-old reaching the landmark in his 49th game.

Only Dennis Lillee has taken 250 wickets in fewer Tests, the Australian fast bowler reaching the milestone in his 48th match.

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