Sri Lanka in South Africa Test Series - 1st Test

South Africa v Sri Lanka

South Africa won by an innings and 81 runs

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4.4

Steyn to Dilshan, OUT, what an unremarkable shot from Dilshan. He's gifted SA his wicket. Short of a length delivery from Steyn, lands on off stump and seams away. Dilshan attempts the good old Twenty20 across the line hoick. This isn't an IPL pitch, though, and the ball bounces enough to miss the middle of the bat by a mile and take a top-edge high up on the bat. The bat turned in his hands and he spooned it straight up and it settles in Vernon's hands at midwicket.

TM Dilshan c Philander b Steyn 6 (19m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

Sri Lanka 11/1   NT Paranavitana 4* (21b)   DW Steyn 2.4-1-4-1

5.1

Philander to Sangakkara, OUT, Sanga's turn now. Horror start for Sri Lanka. Vernon did this a lot against Australia, getting the ball to rear up from a length, without seeming to put much effort into it. Did that hit one of those verdant patches? Sanga was committed to playing at it, and once it got big on him he was in big trouble. The outside edge lobs easily into second slip's hands.

KC Sangakkara c Kallis b Philander 1 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Sri Lanka 12/2   NT Paranavitana 4* (21b)   VD Philander 2.1-1-6-1

22.2

Philander to Paranavitana, OUT, there's timber dust on the pitch! Vernon has snaked one past Tharanga Paranavitana's defences and made a mess of the stumps. Good length ball, bustling in from over the stumps towards off stumps, it then hits the seam and straightens. As is his wont, TP isn't entirely forward as he defends, and there's enough of a gap between bat and pads for the ball to shape through. Off and middle are bent in opposite directions. A real gem that, from Vernon.

NT Paranavitana b Philander 32 (104m 67b 4x4 0x6) SR: 47.76

Sri Lanka 66/3   DPMD Jayawardene 21* (58b 1x4)   VD Philander 7.2-2-25-2

29.4

Steyn to Jayawardene, OUT, gone. That's a huge wicket. Poor stroke from Jayawardene. He probably didn't need to play, certainly not so close after the resumption. Going to back-foot drive a back-of-a-length ball he nicks it to Smith who takes a solid catch

DPMD Jayawardene c Smith b Steyn 30 (114m 73b 2x4 0x6) SR: 41.09

Sri Lanka 91/4   TT Samaraweera 13* (31b)   DW Steyn 7.4-1-16-2

42.3

Philander to Samaraweera, OUT, huge caught behind appeal turned down and referred. Vernon looks mighty confident, he was making the T symbol even before his follow through was done. Back of a length delivery seams away and zips past the tentative defensive prod. No edge to be seen on the normal replay. Here comes HotSpot. And there's a white smidgen of something as the ball passes by. That's as wispy as a feather can get! One point to technology. Thilan's gone. He was trying hard to cover the line and the ball did just enough to touch the edge on its way to Bouch, as Thilan got squared up.

TT Samaraweera c †Boucher b Philander 36 (95m 67b 5x4 0x6) SR: 53.73

Sri Lanka 156/5   AD Mathews 35* (43b 6x4)   VD Philander 10.3-2-36-3

42.4

Philander to Silva, OUT, another appeal for a catch behind. This time down the leg side. Another review! This was always slipping down the leg, Kaushal lunged well forward without getting the front foot out. He was playing miles in front of his body, and kept chasing it as it went down, looking for a fine glance. Wow, there's an even fainter white nebular appearance on the glove as the ball passes. You almost have to squint to notice it. After multiple replays, the 3rd upire over-rules it, and Rod Tucker has to change his decision again! A first-baller for Kaushal Silva.

JK Silva c †Boucher b Philander 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sri Lanka 156/6   AD Mathews 35* (43b 6x4)   VD Philander 10.4-2-36-4

43.1

Imran Tahir to Perera, OUT, it's all happening! Another referral, this time from Sri Lanka. Googlie tossed up on off and turning across the left hander. Thisara tries to cover the line, but the ball kisses the outer edge and goes straight to Boucher, who can't pouch. It goes off his thigh, and is flying away past slip, when Jacques Kallis' left hand appears out of nowhere and plucks it. Not sure what that referral was all about. SL have lost three wickets in five balls after a really good stand.

NLTC Perera c Kallis b Imran Tahir 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Sri Lanka 157/7   AD Mathews 35* (44b 6x4)   Imran Tahir 4.1-0-16-1

46.5

Philander to Mathews, OUT, Vernon Philander takes five wickets every time he bowls! Three five-fors in three Tests! What a strange dismissal, though. Mathews knew he was running out of partners, and tried to make something happen by charging out of the crease. But Philo kept it short and on off stump, Mathews ended up in no position to drive and ended up steering it straight into the slips.

AD Mathews c Kallis b Philander 38 (89m 52b 6x4 0x6) SR: 73.07

Sri Lanka 175/8   HMRKB Herath 13* (15b 2x4)   VD Philander 12.5-2-49-5

47.3

Steyn to Welegedara, OUT, Steyn sends the off stump on a roller-coaster ride. Chanaka stays on leg stump line, the feet are just incidental to his batting, and looks to heave in hope. Length ball from Steyn, angles in, lands on middle and off and straightens past the shot to smash the stump out of its groove. I think it is still cart-wheeling.

UWMBCA Welegedara b Steyn 4 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Sri Lanka 180/9   HMRKB Herath 14* (16b 2x4)   DW Steyn 10.3-3-18-3

47.4

Steyn to Fernando, OUT, those stumps must be sore now! They are lasered out of their groove once again, and you can almost hear them sighing, "Oh no, not again". Similar ball to the previous one, only faster - 147 kph, lands on a length and straightens like a missile guided at off stump would. Fernando is not in line and swishes the bat in hope. The ball misses and scuds out off stump. SL lose 7 for 104 in the session.

CRD Fernando b Steyn 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sri Lanka 180/10   HMRKB Herath 14* (16b 2x4)   DW Steyn 10.4-3-18-4
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Series Results
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Cape Town - Jan 3-6, 2012
South Africa won by 10 wickets
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Durban - Dec 26-29, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 208 runs
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Centurion - Dec 15-17, 2011
South Africa won by an innings and 81 runs
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Dec 17, 2011

Vernon Philander appeals for one of his five wickets, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Centurion, 3rd day, December 17, 2011

Vernon Philander appeals for one of his five wickets

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Dec 17, 2011

Imran Tahir celebrates having Thisara Perera caught at slip, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Centurion, 3rd day, December 17, 2011

Imran Tahir celebrates having Thisara Perera caught at slip

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