Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day July 20, 2014

Steyn, Morkel bowl SA to big win

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'Sri Lanka batted way below their ability'

South Africa 455 for 9 dec (Elgar 103, Duminy 100*) and 206 for 6 dec (De Villiers 51, D Perera 4-79) beat Sri Lanka 292 (Mathews 89, Tharanga 83, Steyn 5-54) and 216 (Sangakkara 76, Morkel 4-29, Steyn 4-45) by 153 runs
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Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel bowled South Africa to only their third Test win in Sri Lanka with 16 wickets in Galle, including seven on the final day. South Africa's lone specialist spinner Imran Tahir went wicketless in the final innings, but that did not prevent them from wrapping up proceedings before tea to start Hashim Amla's captaincy on a high in the country where they last lost an away Test series, in 2006.

Kumar Sangakkara was the biggest obstacle in the visitors' path, and he was dropped off Morkel, but gave away his wicket to a JP Duminy long hop to complete a perfect morning session for South Africa. Sri Lanka began the day on 110 for 1, 260 runs adrift of the target of 370. Sangakkara had come into the match with a record seven successive fifty-plus scores and had looked in no trouble in the first innings before chopping a pull on to his stumps off a wide delivery. He had purred his way to 58 on the fourth afternoon, and Kaushal Silva had defended and left superbly in an unbroken 96-run partnership. South Africa's spinners had bowled too many boundary balls.

The onus was on the fast bowlers on the fifth morning, and they promptly stepped up. Morkel hit Silva in the opening over and also beat him. Steyn had Sangakkara edging first ball but it did not carry to the cordon. In his second over, he had Silva pushing at one close to off stump and de Kock pulled off a diving one-handed take to his right.

Four balls later, Morkel had Sangakkara driving but de Kock put down a simpler chance. Sangakkara was on 65. Amla used his fast bowlers in short spells and Steyn and Morkel gave way to Vernon Philander and Tahir. The legspinner bowled with much better control than at any time in the match. But neither he nor Philander carried the threat Steyn and Morkel did. Tahir offered the inevitable full toss and Jayawardene deposited it over midwicket. Next ball, Sangakkara clipped Philander through midwicket for four more.

Amla brought Morkel back immediately after drinks and the fast bowler had Jayawardene feathering the first ball following the break through to the keeper. Jayawardene had looked ultra-cautious during his 31-ball stay and it was a top delivery to nail him, holding the line just outside off.

Morkel was given just two overs in that spell, and replaced with Duminy, who began with possibly one of the longest long hops ever. It was a half tracker that sat up way outside off stump, but Sangakkara picked out Amla at midwicket, the pull causing his downfall again. De Kock's drop had cost South Africa just 11.

Amla was on a roll now with the bowling changes. In came Steyn again. Thirimanne had tended to drive with an open face in the first innings too, and Steyn had him edging behind in his second over on return. Amla saw the chance to squeeze in another over from Morkel before lunch. Dinesh Chandimal was hurried on the hook by a bouncer and given caught behind by umpire Billy Bowden. Replays were not conclusive enough to prove there was no glove before the ball flicked the left sleeve, and Chandimal's review was in vain.

Sri Lanka had lost 5 for 40 in 18.2 overs, and Angelo Mathews had been left alone on the burning deck again. Like in the first innings, he fought. Like in the first innings, Rangana Herath fought with him briefly. South Africa could not bring down Mathews, but they eventually broke through at the other end.

Sri Lanka sent out the injured Shaminda Eranga to bat for the second time in the match, but Morkel ended the match with two wickets in two balls.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • SLFan-2200 on July 20, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Congratulations to SA.! It shows how well Amla accessed our potential batting depth, against his bowlers on 4th & 5th day Galle deck! That is why he did not hesitate to give SL ample time (4 sessions) to score 370. He knew the target & the survival over 4 sessions were well beyond reach!

    The only positive thing that SL saw in this Test was, the long delayed recall of young Upul Tharanga to a National Squad! It instantly brought some relief to a team filled with Technically Brittle, Inexperienced youth among a very few experienced stalwarts about to retire! Among the young, only skipper Mathews found his feet against formidable sides. Without his contribution & Upul Tharanga`s valuable contribution, SL would have certainly faced an INNINGS DEFEAT against SA in the 1st Test!

  • samanjith on July 20, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Well Done SA for fine performance in the 1st session of Final Day to seal the victory! Sri Lanka needs to strengthen middle order batting in all formats. Whether to Persist with same players who repeatedly fail to convert their starts to a big score or fails at other times is something for Selectors to consider seriously. World Cup is approaching and giving opportunity to few other Middle Order Batting prospects is a must.

    Sometimes recalling some past players who is in form works. e.g. Tharanga did well in this test overall. This happened after many requested to include him in ODI's for months. Hope he will be included in Pakistan ODI's. Probably one of the Openers Dilshan, Kusal or Tharanga can be tried as a Middle Order Batrsman in Pakistan ODI's.

  • satchander on July 22, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    @IndiaRulesEverybody: Dude, lets not be disrespectful to any country just because the lost. It is really not funny to read your comments (From a fellow Indian fan)

  • top_SPIN on July 21, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Congratulations to SA team and fans. Ball tampering is becoming a common allegation against SA, and that seems the only worry for SA team now.

    Steyn has been the best fast bowler in the last decade or so. He still delivers and he made the difference between two teams.

    Sri Lankan middle order woes dates back to 90s and still it is there. Lets hope Mahela could deliver something at SSC before he will be eventually dropped. People are asking for the heads of Chandimal & Thirimanna but result could have been different if Mathews had the guts to promote himself up and make a partnership with Sanga.

    Unless SL pitches are improved, it is impossible to think about becoming a considerable force in test cricket. The team who wins the toss gets an unfair advantage in these conditions.

  • SLC-2020 on July 21, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    @Sam_Liyanage: I agree, only silver-lining in the dark cloud was, Tharanga's batting display. If not for his contribution, the end result certainly would have been an innings defeat. We saw how well Tharanga handled the fearsome attack of pace & some spin! He stayed at the wicket for more than 3 hrs and faced 155 deliveries in the 1st inning (majority from Steyn & Morkel). He played some beautiful cover drives, straight drives etc to collect collect 83 valuable runs with 14 boundaries We didn't see such a score (Vs any formidable side) from any of the openers tried during the past few years in any format (apart from Dilshan)! So, Tharaga's APPEARENCE AFTER 7yrs is certainly a POSITIVE one.

    These are the top scorers for SL in of 1st Test: Mathews- 89+27*=116, Av 116.0 Sanga- 24+76=100. Av 50.00 Tharanga- 83+14= 97, Av 48.5 I think Tharanga should be able to play long innings & add a few big hundreds to the side from the top, as he did before in ODIs. Hope for the Best, Good Luck SL.

  • anver777 on July 21, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Well bowled Steyn & co !!! your hard work in SL hot conditions really paid off....... its hard to believe on a spinning/slow Galle Pitch (history says) SA pace battery stole the limelight & dominated the match !!!

  • priceless1 on July 21, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Juts a few months back Chandimal took time off from premier league tournaments to work on his batting , if he still cannot bat means he should quit cricket and fins some other profession which suits his talents...

  • RoshanF on July 21, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    What a superb performance by South Africa and especially Steyn and Morkel in tandem. Barring Sangakkara and Mathews nobody looked like putting up a real fight in the 4th innings. For all their brilliance, Steyn and Morkel had only to contend with these two batsmen and Tharanga in this match. There is no doubt about it that Sri Lanka have the " Longest Tail" in test cricket beginning with Thirimanne at no. 5. Not for the Lankan tail the gutsy heroics of the Kumar's, Shami's or the Andersons. The latter are prepared to go down fighting but the Lankan tail goes down, inevitably, trying to blaze away with gusto. Not even experienced hands like Herath or whenever he is picked, Kulasekara try. Coming back to the SA bowlers, Steyn's performance is surely only bested by Brett Schultz among non-sub-continent pacies who wrecked SL batting line-ups. And Schultz's is only better because he blew away a very good list of SL batsmen much unlike this weak crew. Expect another hammering at the SSC.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on July 21, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Tigers/Lions or whatever the SL fans like to call themselves got mauled in their own dens! Mighty funny! :))

  • srinideva on July 21, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Looks like chandimal and thiramanie are well and truly the future of srilankan cricket. LOL

  • SLFan-2200 on July 20, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Congratulations to SA.! It shows how well Amla accessed our potential batting depth, against his bowlers on 4th & 5th day Galle deck! That is why he did not hesitate to give SL ample time (4 sessions) to score 370. He knew the target & the survival over 4 sessions were well beyond reach!

    The only positive thing that SL saw in this Test was, the long delayed recall of young Upul Tharanga to a National Squad! It instantly brought some relief to a team filled with Technically Brittle, Inexperienced youth among a very few experienced stalwarts about to retire! Among the young, only skipper Mathews found his feet against formidable sides. Without his contribution & Upul Tharanga`s valuable contribution, SL would have certainly faced an INNINGS DEFEAT against SA in the 1st Test!

  • samanjith on July 20, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Well Done SA for fine performance in the 1st session of Final Day to seal the victory! Sri Lanka needs to strengthen middle order batting in all formats. Whether to Persist with same players who repeatedly fail to convert their starts to a big score or fails at other times is something for Selectors to consider seriously. World Cup is approaching and giving opportunity to few other Middle Order Batting prospects is a must.

    Sometimes recalling some past players who is in form works. e.g. Tharanga did well in this test overall. This happened after many requested to include him in ODI's for months. Hope he will be included in Pakistan ODI's. Probably one of the Openers Dilshan, Kusal or Tharanga can be tried as a Middle Order Batrsman in Pakistan ODI's.

  • satchander on July 22, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    @IndiaRulesEverybody: Dude, lets not be disrespectful to any country just because the lost. It is really not funny to read your comments (From a fellow Indian fan)

  • top_SPIN on July 21, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Congratulations to SA team and fans. Ball tampering is becoming a common allegation against SA, and that seems the only worry for SA team now.

    Steyn has been the best fast bowler in the last decade or so. He still delivers and he made the difference between two teams.

    Sri Lankan middle order woes dates back to 90s and still it is there. Lets hope Mahela could deliver something at SSC before he will be eventually dropped. People are asking for the heads of Chandimal & Thirimanna but result could have been different if Mathews had the guts to promote himself up and make a partnership with Sanga.

    Unless SL pitches are improved, it is impossible to think about becoming a considerable force in test cricket. The team who wins the toss gets an unfair advantage in these conditions.

  • SLC-2020 on July 21, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    @Sam_Liyanage: I agree, only silver-lining in the dark cloud was, Tharanga's batting display. If not for his contribution, the end result certainly would have been an innings defeat. We saw how well Tharanga handled the fearsome attack of pace & some spin! He stayed at the wicket for more than 3 hrs and faced 155 deliveries in the 1st inning (majority from Steyn & Morkel). He played some beautiful cover drives, straight drives etc to collect collect 83 valuable runs with 14 boundaries We didn't see such a score (Vs any formidable side) from any of the openers tried during the past few years in any format (apart from Dilshan)! So, Tharaga's APPEARENCE AFTER 7yrs is certainly a POSITIVE one.

    These are the top scorers for SL in of 1st Test: Mathews- 89+27*=116, Av 116.0 Sanga- 24+76=100. Av 50.00 Tharanga- 83+14= 97, Av 48.5 I think Tharanga should be able to play long innings & add a few big hundreds to the side from the top, as he did before in ODIs. Hope for the Best, Good Luck SL.

  • anver777 on July 21, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Well bowled Steyn & co !!! your hard work in SL hot conditions really paid off....... its hard to believe on a spinning/slow Galle Pitch (history says) SA pace battery stole the limelight & dominated the match !!!

  • priceless1 on July 21, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Juts a few months back Chandimal took time off from premier league tournaments to work on his batting , if he still cannot bat means he should quit cricket and fins some other profession which suits his talents...

  • RoshanF on July 21, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    What a superb performance by South Africa and especially Steyn and Morkel in tandem. Barring Sangakkara and Mathews nobody looked like putting up a real fight in the 4th innings. For all their brilliance, Steyn and Morkel had only to contend with these two batsmen and Tharanga in this match. There is no doubt about it that Sri Lanka have the " Longest Tail" in test cricket beginning with Thirimanne at no. 5. Not for the Lankan tail the gutsy heroics of the Kumar's, Shami's or the Andersons. The latter are prepared to go down fighting but the Lankan tail goes down, inevitably, trying to blaze away with gusto. Not even experienced hands like Herath or whenever he is picked, Kulasekara try. Coming back to the SA bowlers, Steyn's performance is surely only bested by Brett Schultz among non-sub-continent pacies who wrecked SL batting line-ups. And Schultz's is only better because he blew away a very good list of SL batsmen much unlike this weak crew. Expect another hammering at the SSC.

  • India_Rules_Everybody on July 21, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Tigers/Lions or whatever the SL fans like to call themselves got mauled in their own dens! Mighty funny! :))

  • srinideva on July 21, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Looks like chandimal and thiramanie are well and truly the future of srilankan cricket. LOL

  • on July 21, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    For sri Lanka I feel that angelo must bat earlier to give him more opportunities to score big runs as he is the one batsman on form.

    Vernon did not take wickets, but kept it tight. He did beat the bat on occasions, but was unlucky. Lets hope his form comes back.

  • on July 21, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Have seen the last day of match. SA is blessed with the best pacers in world and Steyn is the killer to any batsman. By the way, I liked the captaincy and decision of Amla, who have lot of courage, confidence and trust towards his team. Way to go #Amla #SA

  • katch47 on July 21, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    2007 WC Marvan Atapattu, 2011 WC Sanath Jayasuriya, 2015 WC Mahela? you never know how patterns work...

  • ms2000 on July 21, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    How many people must have written here for the last couple of months that Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne shuld not be in this test side. It is very strange that the selectors keep on including them to the team. They must be kiving in another world to do this. Mahela's days are over. He must step downgrafully . These 3 players did nothing. Schoolboys would have done muc better than those. I have said befire that Mathews should concentrate more on his field setting. He had mny faults in his foeld placing. Lonf way to g Sri Lanka, a long way to go in test Cricket. Learn Lessons fro India. Look at how their batsmen play !

  • on July 21, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    feel sorry for this fantastic captain, angie,aline worrier who have no support from the team. selectors should give proper players that suits to occation. considerig the last match there if we played with 6 specielist batsman and 5 specialist bowlers we could have won the game. no half bowlers. like dilruwan .my team for ssc match 1.tharanga 2.kaushal 3. sanga 4.mathews (he should bat up the order it is a must) 5.mahela(definitely he will score some runs in ssc.) 6. chandimal (still believe best young batter in sl , srilankan srlectors has ruined his carrier).7.herath 8. dammika 9.lakmal 10.tharindu kaushal.11 . a leg spinner( I cant guess who).we cant win ssc match with 3 specialist bowlers and a half bowler( last match with injured we actually played 2 specialist bowlers )

  • on July 21, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    One thing is sure, that is Thirimanne and Chandimal are not playing in a responsible way or are not up to the mark. Also Mathews must bat up the order rather than at 5 or 6, probably at 4 and shoulder the team with Kumar. May be Mahela is going down hill very fast and since the next test is crucial, he should bat down the order. To make Chandimal and Thirimanne realize how important it is to take responsibility, they should be replaced. Perhaps Prasanne J would be better bet than Lahiru.

  • saravananunga on July 21, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    hats off to southafrica for their massive win ,srilanka need to do some soul searching after losing ODI's now going to loose test series also .Since 2010 tour by westindies srilanka continuously not able to give convincing test series win against good teams at home ,though they won one test match against england they are not able to use that talent again why ? need to anlyse that and come back strongly in pakistan tour atlest SA will either draw or win next test so plan for next series

  • Marcel_Ci on July 21, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    I don't know why guys like mathews r not utilizing himself to the fullest. he is a good player & should come at 3/4th position both in tests as well in ODIs. Mahela time to go. don't spoil this team. u wr nevr a match winner for SL away from SL. it was all Sanga who did his best to take team through always.

  • on July 21, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa for yet another superior performance outplaying Sri Lanka in all departments of the game. When you lose 9 wickets for a mere 106 runs there is absolutely no chance of winning. Poor application and commitment in addition to rash and irresponsible stroke play contributed to the downfall. Mahela's loss of form is yet another worry for SL although you cannot write off a good player in his class. Chandimal & Thirimanne should take much of the responsibility for this poor batting display as they have not justified their places in the team. The selectors are now in a quandary as the younger players have not shown the promise & commitment to adjust to playing test cricket as they are still in the ODI mode. Hopefully, SL will strengthen the middle order and go with 5 specialist bowlers on possibly a placid pitch at the SSC in the next test. This is needed as Mathews is showing reluctance to bowl longer spells as seen in the recent past.Lets hope for a better display

  • Prem2248 on July 21, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    always been sent to bat at wrong places as in the case of Chandimal& Mathews,while fleet-footed, aging, rusty stoke-makers occupies the most vital batting positions. Both Chandimal & Mathews could joined the Team early mostly due to their all-round skills but not for their exceptional batting skills alone. As an ardent follower of SLan Cricket I'd like to see Roshen Silva & AngeloPerera or even Niroshan Dickwella, KusalMendis,Sadeera Samarawickrema, in the Team rather than the 2 veterans.

  • Prem2248 on July 21, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    It is total ignorance of whomever responsible to employ batters that couldn't handle pace when they were 11 Ys younger to handle pace of Styn & Morkel in No 3 & 4 positions. Two veterans have known history of inability to bat under pressure (Hardly won a home-series since 2007) have always made things difficult for the middle order. One can't handle quality bowlers in doing reckless hitting (missing, edging, lofting & pre-planning), he ought to have lightening reflex combined with controlled hitting to overcome quality pace bowling. It is established practice among other Test playing countries to evaluate a batter by the quality, the manner he executes his strokes and the consistency but not by the number of runs he gets, a thing which the local selectors (of last 15 Ys) are very much ignorant of. The promising youngsters excelled both at School & Domestic scene, have to be brought straight in as it happens with other Test-playing countries. Even at times, they were picked they have

  • Kushal.Veerarathne on July 21, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    When Mahela announced his retirement last week, my fella SL fans cried that a legend is leaving the game and today after his yet another poor performance, the same people are asking him to retire without waiting for his next test.

    I'm an ardent SL fan and I have always maintained that SL did produce only 1 legend to the game and that is Muralidharan. There were some very good players like Aravindha and sanga and the list ends there. Its hard to count a player averaging in 30s into the greats' list after playing around two decades.

  • on July 21, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Hello SL boys, it is OK, Lift your game in the 2nd test, we will need a win, you did great in England, winning outside is much bigger achievement. Chandimal not sure what is wrong with you, you need to pull your socks fast. Re-focus, MJ is is sure to end on high note, Boys you can do it, I am sure you will.

  • ChandraPrince on July 21, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    I don't want to take anything away from South Africa in their fantastic test win at Sri Lanka's home turf─ but I keep noticing over and over how shabbily Sri Lanka captain Mathews sets his field. Every drive to the mid off or mid-on area at least costs 2-3 runs. It was obviously easy for the South African batsmen to score with shots to Mid-on, Mid-off, Midwicket─ fielders were placed near the boundary; by the time they ran up to fetch the ball, two and often enough even three runs were conceded.

  • MeTalHeD69 on July 20, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    To all those calling for Philander's head, give the man a break. You don't drop someone after one bad performance. By his standards this was poor, but it was inevitable. He didn't go for as many runs as Tahir and he did bowl some genuinely good deliveries. Dropping him also weakens the lower order's batting. Maybe giving Dane a chance would help in the next game, and SA could replace Tahir. Consider that SA have stuck with Alviro Peterson who has consistently failed as an opener. Hash could open, JP could move up to 4 after Faf at 3 and SA could include Dane Piedt and Stiaan van Zyl if they need to. Calling for Vernon to be dropped is a knee-jerk reaction, possibly because, by comparison, his form wasn't as good as Dale or Morne's. Vern is still a good bowler. Dropping him for Wayne would be sacrificing accuracy for speed. SA has plenty of speed already. They need better control and form from guys like Imran and Alviro who are just not getting over the first hurdle.

  • on July 20, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    I guess the heading should say Steyn, Morkel and Vernon bowl SA to big win. Not forgetting Vernon's contribution with the "ball".

  • wazza85 on July 20, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    Another typical SL collapse. Pathetic batting both in the ODIs and Tests cost SL the series. I dont understand why Mahela is hanging on. His poor performance just dropped his batting average below 50. Our meddle order has always been a problem, and SL has no patients to consolidate runs.

  • proteasfire on July 20, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Massive win for the Proteas. Sri Lanka has always been a place of mystery for South Africa and they've failed here more often than any other country. To win a test match is absolutely special for them and Amla has already made strong start to his captaincy career. No words to describe the genius of Dale Steyn well supported by the tall Morne and they ripped through the SL lineup as best as they can. Overall commanding team performance from South Africa. SL will hit back hard in the second test and if SA can play like in first test they have a chance to create some history in the island nation winning both ODI and Test series. Good luck Proteas!! Kudos to the entire team for a collective performance!!

  • Bhatin on July 20, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    An over-rated club level team beaten by a test team miles ahead of them.

    Its high time that Jawardene is dropped and also Sangakkara quit rather than being embarrassed again and again due to lack of support. A complete overhaul of the entire system is needed in Sri Lankan domestic cricket. If club level players like Chandimal, Thirimane and others are best they have, its better they stop playing test cricket.

  • on July 20, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    It's really sad to see selectors persisting with Thirimanna when he keeps on dissapointing everybody day in and day out. Chandimal continues get him self out in identical fashion every other inning he plays. I feel bad for Angelo Mathews as he has really developed him self as a captain, whilst scoring runs and taking wickets but the rest of the line up (except for Sangakkara) continues to dissapointing him. And we as fans has nothing left but to feel jealous about how well the youngsters in other teams have started making winning contributions.

  • mahenjaye on July 20, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and like many love to watch a good game irrespective which side wins. SL lost this match fair and square. Well played SA. What I can't understand is how come players like Thirimanne and Chandimal continue to get picked to represent SL despite their continued poor performances while players of the caliber of Thissara Perera are over looked. The time has come to select the right selectors and kick the present lot out. Sanath was a delight to watch when in full flight but as a selector there is much to be desired. Players must put country before self (Sangakkara included.)

  • JaranNirsi on July 20, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    SA got a well-deserved win; certainly not easy beating SL at home. But the ball-tampering issue is a lost opportunity for the powers that be; ban the culprit if he is genuinely culpable, for the rest of the series, if not for a year. The message should be clear, and unequivocal. A repeat offence should get a permanent ban. Cricket should not only be clean, but be seen to be clean.

  • on July 20, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    As a die-hard Protea supporter I strongly urge SL selectors to drop Mahela. He is going to score heavily at the SSG in Colombo especially if it is a featherbed pitch again! He always does. I reckon Mathews must bat at four or at least five. I hope the pitch is spiced up a bit to give the bowlers of both sides a sporting chance. SL needs a result! On SA side, I feel both Tahir and Philander skould be dropped for Parnell and Piedt. Philander is very good on "swinging pitches" but has had no success on the sub-continent and in Australia and cannot reverse swing the ball. That is why IPL teams are not interested in him despite his good test record. He is a must on SA pitches and in England. He will not be dropped though.

  • on July 20, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Three things. Mahela should retire early without waiting for next test and clear the way for a young talent. Drop Thirimanne and Cahndimal both. Let them play for A team and come back when they get back to their form. Selectors, please make this happen before the 2nd test. Please.

  • HFernando on July 20, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    I think SL cricketers should have right mentality with strong determinations! Every cricketer has a good time, peak and then when they can not perform they should think about the nation, the national side and give the others a chance to groom without blocking the side while being a burden to the side. SL and many nations have produced many good cricketers and they all have understood their time to retire. I think it is SL, the players still want to hang even when they can not perform the way they did in the past.

  • HFernando on July 20, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE IN CONSISTENCY IN SL CRICKET? I think the guys have the talent and potential though they don't deliver it. Also think there is a lot to do with having the right mentality and determination. I think the blame should partly go to the team selection and media. One reason for this is, making Chandimal vice captain when he was just about to groom in international cricket. And media made an unwanted exaggeration of Chandimal as a cricketer. All theses might have put as a burden with non-realistic hopes from media resulting a stressful situation for a young, and much to do, cricketer. Same for Thirimane. I don't understand why SLC can not leave the Vice-caption position vacant or hand over to Sanga or Mahela? Every cricketer in the world has a peak and then to retire. Dilashan did that though he could play more tests and his performance was still good, he thought about the SL side and so did Chandimal by stepping down in T20. Why Mahela didn't think this earlier?

  • St.John on July 20, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Mahela J has earned a reputation for taking the high road and as a symbol for fair play. Its therefore puzzling that he wants to continue despite failing time and again. True, the selectors keep on selecting him, but he can take a leaf from Chandimal's book and give up his place to someone else. Time to practice what you preach sir!

  • chechong0114 on July 20, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    What an epic test match and a great result. If there are still lingering questions as to what will make test cricket a more formidable game that can win the hearts and interest of its ever depreciating fan base Hashim Amla has answered the question. No disrespect to the Sri Lankan people but had this game been played in ENG, AUS or even India I am almost certain that the last day would have had a sold out crowd at the venue. This is what paying patrons want to see in test cricket. A RESULT! And the sport must begin to reward its few faithful. Each team must be given the opportunity to bat twice over five long days and in the end there must be a winner and a loser. Simple little things like this will have a huge impact on a game that is struggling to survive.

  • kbza86 on July 20, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    I hear people wanting to give Piedt a chance in the final match.but I have to say I'm scared for him a bit..He will be expected to do well in spin friendly conditions and if he fails against top players of spin he might fall into the wilderness.just like phangiso last year.now phangiso is falling away from the national team.However,after that tahir performance, we are left with no choice.next 11: Alviro,Elgar,Faf,Hash,AB,JP,Quinny,Parny,Dale,mornas,piedt

  • Peternarendra on July 20, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene has been the biggest problem in Sri Lankan middle order for a long period of time. Number of occasions he has created pressure by throwing away his wicket though top order could make a foundation in large run chases. If he will be selected for the next ODI world cup, it will be a serious fault. Due to MJ, young players like chandimal and kapugedera couldn't perform well at the right position. MJ cannot strike hard when the asking rate is high. He cannot bowl as a part timer. He can't bat well in fast tracks. Sri Lankan team has number of players who are selected only as batsmen (MJ, Chadimal, Thirimanne). But they can't give their only contribution to the team. The great batsmen ever produced by Sri Lanka had the capability of bowling and hitting hard (Aravinda, Jayasuriya, Mathews).Sangakkara is the only great batsman who cannot bowl. MJ is well behind those players. Now, selectors should find 2 or 3 players for the middle order before next world cup.

  • cricat16 on July 20, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    @Prasad Weerakoon . I agree Mahela , Thirimanna useless. Are you out of mind . Drop chandimal ? Do you think No7 Wicket keeping batsman to be dropped for a lost of a match . As a number 7 wicket keeper his runs are a bonus . But i dont think in cricket no 7 wicket keeper batsman need to be very consistent batsman. He is given chance in last Test in ENG because Prassanna injured. And scored some valuable runs for last test match win . Didnt score much in this mach and suddenly all taking to drop him . Sri lankan People / Media / Selectors are very harsh on him. he have almost 50 average in Tests but plays at No7 . If selectors need a big amount of runs from him they will put him at No 4, 5 . Batsman who likes to score freely must given a batting position to score freely like 3,4,5 .

  • Andrew-Silva on July 20, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    If not for the superb display of cautious, but aggressive batting by Tharanga (83 facing 155 balls - 14x4 + 1x6 ), Sanga (76 facing 145 balls - 9x4 + 1x6) & Mathews (89 facing 182 balls - 14x 4 +1x6) against the terrific pace attack of Steyn & Morkel, SL could have ended up with an Innings defeat! If the other batters could come up with similar contributions and live up to their potential (at least in one inning) reaching a winning goal is not beyond SL

    Some points to ponder before the next Test: 1- Not to throw-away your wickets in absolutely unnecessary fashion, after doing all the hard-work towards coming so close to top the Century mark! The way they were batting, Tharanga, Sanga & Mathews could have easily extended their contributions well beyond that milestone & turned them in to BIG 100s as they have archived many time before!

    2- When you have 4 sessions to chase 370, it makes NO SENSE at all, trying to chase it with an urgency similar to final ovrs in an ODI (Upul 107 SR)

  • Andrew-Silva on July 20, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    If not for the superb display of cautious, but aggressive batting by Tharanga (83 facing 155 balls - 14x4 + 1x6 ), Sanga (76 facing 145 balls - 9x4 + 1x6) & Mathews (89 facing 182 balls - 14x 4 +1x6) against the terrific pace attack of Steyn & Morkel, SL could have ended up with an Innings defeat! If the other batters could come up with similar contributions and live up to their potential (at least in one inning) reaching a winning goal is not beyond SL

    Some points to ponder before the next Test: 1- Not to throw-away your wickets in absolutely unnecessary fashion, after doing all the hard-work towards coming so close to top the Century mark! The way they were batting, Tharanga, Sanga & Mathews could have easily extended their contributions well beyond that milestone & turned them in to BIG 100s as they have archived many time before!

    2- When you have 4 sessions to chase 370, it makes NO SENSE at all, trying to chase it with an urgency similar to final ovrs in an ODI (Upul 107 SR)

  • sam16231 on July 20, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    @sara2a: You must be joking. Thrimanne's technique is awful, he would never be even half good as sanga. First of all his grip is horrible. Holding the bat higher like gilchrist would suit him better, his shots are using too much elbow reducing the power and free flow, he wastes his high backlift, anyother guy with such a backlift would send balls to the stands with ease. His timing is good though. This is the problem, Thrimanne technique is horrible, so even if you give him 100 chances if he doesn't fix his technique he is going to be a failure. The reason why angelo matthews is doing well is because he has a greater technique. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on July 20, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Funny to see Aussies commenting here. Think it suggests they themselves know who the real # 1 team is. This SA team might not be the great Aus team that dominated for 10 years, but they are on their way and are definitely the best most talented team right now and have been for the past 6 or 7 years. We are still carrying 2 or 3 players (Alviro, Tahir and maybe Peterson on slow wickets) who undoubtedly would be out performed by any of the top contenders that replace them. SL are a tough nut to crack so if we can finish this off with a win or a draw it will go down as one of our best tours ever.

  • AKS286 on July 20, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    African Deadly Barrage (Steyn, Morkel, Phil, De Lange, Tsotsobe, Abott) again proved that they destroy any fortress no matter what pitch they are playing and where are they playing.Full Credit to Steyn, JP & Elgar. The pitches are not ideal for Phillander, Phil is a swing bowler with no pace, So in sub- continent Saffers must add Parnell or Abbott love to see if De Lange bowls with Steyn & Morkel. Tahir line & length is soo poor. Piedt is the only option because no Robin is in the squad.

  • on July 20, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Funny to see Aussies commenting here. I think it suggest they know who the real a# 1 team in the word is. This SA might not be the great Aus team that dominated for 10 years, but we are definitely on our way there and unquestionably the best and most talented team over the last 5-7 years. Think we are still carrying 2 maybe 3 players . Alviro, Tahir and Peterson (on slow wickets) will probably be out performed by any of the top contenders who replace them.

  • on July 20, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Mahela time to go , Thirimanna and Chandimal time to drop before further damage to the team

  • sara2a on July 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Quite naturally, a lot of people are questioning the places of Thirimanna, Chandimal & Mahela. But we must not forget that Thirimanna is the best choice we have, to replace Sanga in future in terms of both technique & temperament. His performances in Sydney & Adelaide last year showed everyone what he is capable of. He's going through a rough patch right now, but I am sure he'll bounce back. But the selectors have to keep an eye on whether the burden of vice-captaincy is playing a role in the bad run he's having. As for Chandi, I think he doesn't really understand what test match batting is… (despite having a healthy test average). Mahela… well… I personally believe he's one of the biggest under-achievers the world has ever seen. He turned only half of his talent into meaningful runs... But cannot forget that he's one of the most elegant & clinical batsmen the world has ever seen too… And the best tactician ever to captain SL… Let's just wish him good luck for his last three tests…

  • mshyder on July 20, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    It is understandable that it s difficult to let go of the fame and money that easily but I always thought Mahela was very honest and sincere and would not hang around undeservingly but may be I was wrong. Mahela, thirimanne and chandimal are major non performers, wonder why are they being persisted with.

  • LAKINGSFAN on July 20, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Predictable outcome. Bits and pieces don't work against a solid team like SA. I appreciate Amla's timing of the declaration. He's like Michael Clarke. Test cricket needs captains like that. The game at SSC will be a high scoring draw.

  • samanjith on July 20, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    My XI for the 2nd Test: Tharanga, Kaushal, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Kithruwan, Chandimal ,Dilruwan, Lakmal, Herath, Dhammika Prasad

    Changes: Kithruwan comes in for Thirimanne, Dhammika Prasad comes in for injured Shaminda Eranga,

    Chandimal plays as a Wicket Keeper and bats at #7. In this capacity his batting is a bonus. To benefit from his batting skills he should be tried at #3 or #4. Mahela plays only 3 more tests for Sri Lanka and he should play. He has always played well in SSC and let's respect the Great Player.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 20, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    My Summary and prescription for the 2nd Test. cricinfo pls post. Sri Lanka: Batting order is very solid from 1-3, the openers of Thuranga and Silva are rock solid and aggressive and then Sanga at 3 is in great touch. From 4 - 7 seems to be the problem. For me Matthews bats far too low down. I would even put him in at 4, he is in great touch.

    SA: Spin was really disappointing, as tracks dont get any better to spin on. Tahir proved again that he is no Test bowler and should stick to the shorter formats. Dane Piedt - SA leading wicket taker as a spinner should debut in the 2nd Test at either Philander or Tahirs place. I would be tempted to play Abbott or Parnell instead of Philander and Piedt instead of Tahir for 2nd Test.

  • on July 20, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    really fed up of chronic poor perfromances in the team,feeling really sorry for matthews,but am sure mahela,thirmanne,chandimal will play in the next match also,infact they will never be dropped even if they make noughts in every match,really there is no point playing intenational cricket fielding this sort of team,cos might as well declare the opposition winners without bothering to play any cricket...

  • chandimasl on July 20, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    The past selectors could remove Thilina kandamby due to his poor performance in one England tour even when he was the vice captain. Why cant these selectors do it to the current vice captain. But I do not mean to end his career. Give him enough exposure to get his form. Because he can be a better batsman. SLC please do not ruin the youngsters.

  • chandimasl on July 20, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    The middle order should be strengthened by an experienced batsman. Therefor I can agree with the comment @ ram our indian frien, to bring in jehan mubarak. Because he had a successfull domestic season as well. Anjelo perera too had a successful season. I am bit nervous about kithruwan because he tries to score quickly. But at the moment we need a batsmen to make the things solid and absorb the pressure. Mubarak,Anjelo or Kandamby can be useful here.

  • chandimasl on July 20, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    This is a good lesson for SLC to think about its major positions and few players. The chief selector, head coach and the vice captain should be immediately removed. It shouldnt be too late as the world cup is not too far. There shoyld be a transparency in selecting players to the side. If it is not done properly those who are responsible for the duties should be removed because they may not retire untilyhey are removed.

    Bring thisara as the t20 vice captain and tharanga as a middle order batsman in odi s the vice captain. He can be the test vice captain as well.

    For the next match it is essential to make few changes. Prasad should be in for eranga as he is unjured. I can not see dilruwan as an attacking bowler. He gotwicjets in this match when SA tried to increase their run rate. Unless they faced him pretty well. So the best option is tharindu kaushal. Please bring him in.

  • rajcan on July 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Now the game moved to SSC, flat wicket, Mahlea scores big runs, all of a sudden his average increases, masking his continues failure in fast track or in any track against good pace bowling, like what happened in Galle.

    I hate to see youngsters with loaded talents been wasted and Sl selectors giving endless opportunists to past heroes, have to realize, one person cannot occupy crease for 20 yrs in a playing XI and not giving opportunity to others, unless player drops himself or the Selectors has to do.

  • Starry2801 on July 20, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Well done to the Proteas! To win the series there will need to be changes made to the attack, however. Philander has only taken 7 wickets and conceded 427 runs in his last four tests and should be replaced by Abbott or Parnell. Tahir has proved his incompetence at test level and Dane Piedt deserves a chance. Pleeeze selectors consider this.

  • rajcan on July 20, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    I cant wait to see SL selectors selecting teams based on performances not based on popularity.

    What records support Mahela's selection in the team against paced packed teams? His record is laughable. In this match also, twice dismissed by paced bowl.

    Snagakara is a great batsman, he can play spinners and pacers. He will definilly needs to be in the team and he is in great touch.

    Mahlea occupying a place, sidelining other good youngsters to play in the team. Thissara Perera is an all rounder, on a given day, he can make score more than 3 and 10 which Mahela is producing now a days against pace bowling.

    Wake up SL selectors, have some courage, if you were able to drop Maravan when he was still playing well, if you can drop Tharanaga after scoring fastest 5000, why not Mahela?

    Other great teams have done, India droped Shewaq, Australia dropped Pontin, is Mahela bigger than a game?

    Mahela and Kushal Perera still in the team despite last 25 ODI without any significant bat contribution

  • on July 20, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    There is a time for everything, time to stay and time to move on, Mahela must go! There was so much pressure on Jayasuriya to quit. Now its Mahela's turn. Chandimal may be good at State level but looks clueless at international level. Please strip Thirimana[s vice captaincy role and fit him in the team as a batsman. If these changes are not made Sri Lanka will go down the same path the West Indies had gone. Mahela must step down today not tomorrow. The selectors must support Mathews and Sangakkara.

  • Sbora on July 20, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    @kbza86 I think Botha is currently contracted to South Australia Redbacks if I'm not mistaken.

  • Amol_Gh on July 20, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Congrats to SA for a very important critical tough rare win. After losing to AUS they need to build their own confidence again before facing AUS again and there is no other better way to do so than beating SRL in SRL 2-0.

  • crickexp on July 20, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Chandimal should play at no 4 and Mahela should bat after Mathews.. don't forget Chandimal has played only 12 test matches and 22 innings and he has made 3 centuries and 8 fifties where his average is almost 50, yes he has been struggling in ODI for last 1-2 years but don't forget he is a specialized batsmen for no 3 position.. He has played 15 ODI matches at no 3 and average is 45+.. selectors should identify those areas.. He may not the best batsmen under pressure but he needs time to build his confidence and consistency..

  • Alberteinstien on July 20, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Dwaine pretorius and David wiese should be given opportunity in ODIs and T20s because they both are hard hitting allrounder who can easily get million dollar bid in IPL auction next year.As of now no IPL team is paying attention to uncapped player and if its going to continue then it will be unfortunate for these allrounders as well as country economy. Chris morris is also a million dollar men who can win matches with bat as well as bowl and should be given more oppurtunity.

  • on July 20, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    SA could have done better.(not playing Tahir). my team for next match : Alviro Petersen,Dean Elgar,Faf du Plessis,Hashim Amla (c),AB de Villiers,Quinton de Kock (wk),Jean-Paul Duminy,Morne Morkel,Dale Steyn,Kyle Abbott,Dane Piedt. Tahir needs to be dropped for young Piedt and Philander dropped for Abbott, he looked a bit out of sorts.Sri Lanka also needs to have a long look at their team

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on July 20, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    We need to complete new team with fresh young blood. Mahela and Thri should immediately drop with Chief Selector Jayauriya and Head CoachMarvan Attapattu.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 20, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa. Quite clinical in the end; how England could do with some bowling tips from Steyn et al.

  • SandipManjrekar on July 20, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Let's accept the fact that Saffers get benefited of adjusting to the subcontinental environment because of IPL though it is different version & even slightly different much slower wickets. People criticizing smith here shouldn't forget the fact that same guy had successfully brought SA from sudden deep in 2003. This unit has better fighters as we had seen in Hansie era. On the other hand SL were lucky to win ENG series as they were on the brink of defeat in first test which they narrowly escaped. SL won the second test which was headed for almost draw. The present ENG unit is weakest in last 15 years. It was also wrong to put blame on mahela, Chandi, Thiru & attapatu that many fans are putting fingers across them. SA played serious cricket this time in SL & is being paid the dividend. If they had played sensibly in 2nd ODI, it would have been memorable tour for them with complete white wash including tour match. Well done Preoteas!! You deserved this!!!!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 20, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    @SamRoy Totally agree on your points on Tahir as a Test bowler, he is terrible with an average of 45!! In ODI and T20 cricket he is brilliant but as you say, he doesnt have control or patience which is required in Test cricket.

    On a positive note, we brought on tour SA domestic crickets leading wicket taking spinner - Dane Piedt. Genuine spinner not part-timers like Robbie P. Dane should play in place of Tahir or Philander for the 2nd Test.

  • Jeewaka9999 on July 20, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    I think before sacking Coach and assistant coach..... better to drop these non performing triplet from the side first.(Mahela/Thiri/Chandi) Otherwise These passengers will be a big headache for the next coach....

  • Surajdon9 on July 20, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    After watching sanga Over 10 years ! I was never upset for such a badly after His Dismissal But Today His Dismissal made me cry and still i feel so bad!his motion less stay at the crease after being caught out By amla and his Expression n emotions really made me feel so bad.Dnt worry sanga u had done how much u could have!Just Sanga and Angelo can't win every matches for Srilanka. Win or Loss is part of the game but losing Test match so badly from such a strong position really hurt and hard to accept! I dnt know How Srilanka will perform after Sanga's Retirement!! Chandimal and Thirimane need to be more consistent and responsible!!Well played Sanga.True champs true legend, Proud to be your fan real team & gentle man!! All the best for 2nd test! Congratulation Hash and Proteas!! Proteas really played so hard and tough cricket.They deserve to win.Hope Lions will comeback strongly!!For Steyn No comment I can't explain his performance and dedication to the team in few words..

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 20, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Drop Thiri and Chandi. Give a chance to good batters who played in 1st class cricket. Include the best left arm fast bowler in the country right now.

  • Rizwanodayar on July 20, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    Shirilanka has given plenty of cushions to failures of batsmen ware no levy was allowed for any failure of bowlers, in addition to toiling them in heat for long time. Even then the batsmen didn't deliver, bowlers did admirable job even with there limitation of-course injury to one of them did't help there course at all. if we even thinking of wining 2nd test need to play best six batsmen including the wicket keeper and ask them to be more responsible. Should play five bowlers including a spinning all rounder. I am sure if selectors analysis first class bowling figures they could find another quality young spinner among good pool of Srilankan spinners. If Srilanka preferred to do same sin by keeping non performing batsmen like Thrimanna in, by compensating the balance of the team I can only say good luck for the second test.

  • ram91106 on July 20, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Lets spare Mahela...He would already be going through emotions and it would be highly ungrateful of us as fans if we do not show any empathy to the great man...However Chandimal and Thirimanne aren't justifying their talent...Its like having two Rohit Sharmas in the line-up...Both are flair batsmen which will definitely lead to chances being created for the opposition...SL needs someone dour and defensive..someone in Thilan Samaraweera mode...Occupy the crease for long periods,respect the good balls,punish the bad balls..Both Chandimal and Thirimanne don't seem to be able to get out of limited-overs mode...Its infuriating being an Indian I am able to know the next generation of players in England,Australia,South Africa,West Indies.However I have not got a clue about my neighbours SL,Pak,Bangladesh.Except for Gayan Maneshan,Priyanjan,Bhanuka Rajapaksha,Vithanage i don't know any nex-gen players in SL.How about Jehan Mubarak makes a Test-comeback as a middle-order player?Comments please.

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Despite all the hoopla and criticisms fans from certain countries, Amla has shown he has what it takes to lead his country. Instead of waiting for things to happen, he set the pace by reading the game well. Declaring early and asking Sl to bat shows, despite his passive nature, he is a man of his convictions. Also, you don't need to yell, sledge and get in the face of your opponents to be a so called great captain. Anyway, SL and SA are both my favourite teams after pakistan. So, wish all the best to both teams/fans. Cheers :)

  • Steven_Scott on July 20, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Conditions in South Africa and Australia are so similar cricket-wise that neither Aus nor SA feel they are in alien conditions when touring the other. But subcontinent performances are a very good indication of judging their strengths away from home. Over the years, SA has always provided good a good fight and has even won and drawn subcontinent series. England have done well occasionally (surprisingly) but Australia is by far the worst of the lot. They have lost 6 consecutive tests in india and not won a test (let alone series) there for a decade. SA and England have won/drawn series there during this period. The difference right now is bowlers like Steyn, Morkel, Anderson etc who can adapt on tracks not assisting pace bowling. Swann/Panesar are much better than Tahir and Lyon, who are both innocuous. Compare this to the likes of Siddle and Johnson who can bowl well only on helpful tracks. There is a reason why SA are much better tourists than anyone else. And I am an Aussie.

  • warneneverchuck on July 20, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    SL is playing good cricket since while but I think they shud be worried at the same time...mahela is retiring sanga in his last few years...I cant see youngsters coming through particularly batsmen...may be ther r few but likes of chandimal and others r getting chances even after repetitive failures

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Why malinga not playing test,srilanka missing him badly. Batting is dependent on sanga,k silva nd matthews.they surely need some one good. Chandimal.looks.good among thirmanne nd others, he should be.persisted.

  • kbza86 on July 20, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    @Sam Roy..maybe I missed that article, but why in the world is Both not playing for South Africa anymore? is it form? politics? I miss him soo bad as he had an element of mystery to him and batted well in the lower order.. as for the SL fans, hard luck. regardless of what anyone says I still think you are the toughest sub continent team to beat in subcontinent...I know you'll come out blazing in the next match

  • nimalgamage on July 20, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    I don't understand how the player called Chandimal is getting so many chances when there are so many talented players waiting outside the team. Then why can't selectors give chances to Kapugedara also after some time to see whether he will grab his opportunity at least now. This will definitely a demotivating factor for the other youngsters in Sri Lanka.

    We should make proactive decisions rather than reactive decisions by changing the squad for 2nd test match. Give the players like Kusal Perera (If he is with the SL A squad in Eng then we do not have time. But did not see him playing in the first two games), Roshen Silva, Yashodha Lanka, Kithuruwan Vithange by dropping specially Chandimal and then Thirimanne. Chandimal is an utter waste in the team.

  • AS7777 on July 20, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    This is a very good South African side compared to the side that got hammered last series. In fact Sri Lanka lost because of fast bowling attack of SA. Flatter the wicket it will more suited to SA than Sri Lanka as they got the pace, bounce and reverse. Sri lanka can't win matches with only two batters, Mathews and Sanga.

  • on July 20, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    cong to s.a. for wonderful efford. frm Indian fan...

  • CricketChat on July 20, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    While we can't go back in time, I do think this is the of situation (chasing a not too formidable 370 with plenty of time) where an agressive opener like Dilshan would have made a huge difference in chase by taking the fight back to the opposition. I thought SL was a bit more diffensive even after getting their eye in. In addition, a long tail and middle order comprising non-firing Thirimanne and Chandimal (almost got a pair this match) and declining Mahela, it is always going to be difficult once the top order is removed by SA pacers. That's exactly what happened. SL needs to bolster batting for the next tests.

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Mahela, Thirimanee and Chandimal should go to Jimmy Anderson Batting Academy.

  • sl_supporter on July 20, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    First of all congratulations to SA. Now that SL need a clean up quickly otherwise 2015 will be the most disappointing World Cup campaign ever played by SL . It need to start from head coach and he is responsible for most of young guns batting failures. I would only retain Vass as the bowling coach. SL need a foreign coach no matter how good are the locals. Now Mahela should retire immediately from all formats and preserve his average and reputation.

  • HatsforBats on July 20, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    @mikkkk, my point stands, this SA side haven't been the best side over a 4 yr cycle, that side is gone. This is a new cycle, Aus are now at the top after beating SA in SA (I don't think that win was easy, do you?) and only a fool wouldn't take them seriously. You're right though, no one took India seriously as #1.

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Great captaincy by Amla. Exactly how test cricket should be played. I was very impress with his declaration and the way he used his bowlers.

  • Felix1025 on July 20, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    We need to go with 4 front line bowlers. For SSS if injury free, Lakmal, Eranga, Prasad or Pradeep plus Rangana or D Perera. If D Perera is a good batter, let all 5 play and drop 2 from Chandi, Lahiru , Mahela. Bring back Dimuth K to open either with Tharanga or Kaushal. P. My team : Dimuth K. , Kaushal, Sanga, Tharanga, Mahela / Thirimanna , Mathews, Dilruwan/Chandi, Prasad, Rangana / Dilruwan, Eranga, Lakmal, If Chandimal is not selected let Kaushal keeps, bat at no 4 or 5, and let Dimuth opens with Tharanga. Keep an eye on Shehan Jayasooriya, Angelo Perera, Rumesh Buddika etc. to fill middle order. Pls Make sure Thisara. Perera won't leave cricket due to stupid selections. He must play all T20s plus ODIs whenever possible, since we need him WC in 2015

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    @letsgoproteas. You say Mitch was lucky in first test and didn't feature afterwards? Did you even watch the series as he took over 20 wickets in 3 tests ha ha. As for Warner every batsmen gives chances , not Warners fault SA couldn't catch.

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    of god ,when will sl selctors get rid of mahela.chandimal,thirimanne..guess they will play the next test also..so it means a 2-0 whitewash for us,,,the whole sL team is angelo and sanga...all the others are useless..

  • Jeewaka9999 on July 20, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Please drop Chandimal and Thirimamanne... They hv been useless passengers in the side for last 2-3 yrs. They lack form and confidence.. Don't let they play till they regain and confidence in the National side... SL selctor's this tactic has been already proven wrong.( Mubarak.Kapu.Silva) Don't keep these 2 due to past performance ( 2-3 yrs back)... Ple drop them.. Let them play more Domestic and A tours... Once they regain form and confidence , give them a chance again( like Marvan)... otherwise these overrated players never learn/ want a lesson... Ple don't be hurry to bring back them following one good inning...where is our well payed selectors???

  • Prem2248 on July 20, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    We badly need youngsters maintained-consistency both at School & Domestic scenes at these vital posisions, of Khausal Silva's class. No 3 & 4 positions are meant for batters of lightening reflex that possess solid controlled neat stroke-play. One can't start their innings in missing, edging & lofting from the very first ball they face, at these positions. Pre-planned & risky stroke-play at the top only will boost confidence in opposition bowlers thus making things difficult for the batters to follow. Early loss off Khausal could be considered as a main factor, SL had to lose the Match. The risky chancy stroke-makers that SL employs at these positions, for the last 10 years, is the biggest obstacle for the lower-order batters(hardly won a series @ home since 2007)). We need Chandimal (Averages around 50 batting as a front-liner) & Mathews (both have excelled brilliantly from very young age) to come at these positions rather than making them to come to bat at difficult circumstances.

  • cricexpt on July 20, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Congratulations to Hashim Amla for being a good tactician and by declaring early, He has shown that he is a hard nut to deal with. Great Captain in the making for SA, another feather in the already crowded cap Amla.

    SL what have u done? Platform was set yesterday by Sanga N Kausal. In selection matter, How on the earth can you drop Dammika Prasad? Especially after he was instrumental for your win in England. Come on wake up selectors.

  • ranilranathunga on July 20, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    How long they will take to drop Thririmanne...He is playing very selfishly in all formats and still cant get runs...He strike rate is always low and now his average is even bad...PLEASE DROP THIRIMANNE BRING KUSAL INTO THE TEST SIDE...

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Only 1 difference between the 2 teams "DALE STEYN"

  • kc69 on July 20, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Well I said it didnt I, SL are always losing if someone gets Sanga's wicket.It really seems the amount of cricketing talent in SL is directly proportional to the hair density of Sanath Jayasurya.Second test depends on hos Sanga performs.

  • SLFan-2200 on July 20, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Congratulations to SA.! It shows how well Amla accessed our potential batting depth, against his bowlers on 4th & 5th day Galle deck! That is why he did not hesitate to give SL ample time (4 sessions) to score 370. He knew the target & the survival over 4 sessions were well beyond reach!

    The only positive thing that SL saw in this Test was, the long delayed recall of young Upul Tharanga to a National Squad! It instantly brought some relief to a team filled with Technically Brittle, Inexperienced youth among a very few experienced stalwarts about to retire! Among the young, only skipper Mathews found his feet against formidable sides. Without his contribution & Upul Tharanga`s valuable contribution, SL would have certainly faced an INNINGS DEFEAT against SA in the 1st Test!

  • mikkkk on July 20, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @HatsforBats

    Nonsense, what any side has to do to credibly claim #1 status is to go through full 4 year cycle and end up on top. SA did it, Eng did it. Aus havent. They may end up #1 because the other sides all drop away (as india did a few years ago) but nobody outside of india took their position seriously and the same will go for Aus if the same thing happens. Gaining #1 should be difficult if it is to mean anything. Getting there by default, as you seem to be suggesting after a couple of series wins would make them just as laughable.

  • B.C.G on July 20, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan-Oh come on.Oz deserved to win but Steyn barely playing the final test was surely a factor.

  • on July 20, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    First of all series still alive. Second yes Mahela should be drop. How he has been batting. You know what as for the service he done for SL cricket, we must endure his decision on retirement and respect him. the problem with Mahela that he thinks he does not have to prove anything and still go with his gut when playing shots. It's time to stop childish play become genuine bat if he want to play in the next World Cup. The point is playing with his gut will only contribute one in dozen matches. We donts need that. Chandimal where is your batting gone? Out of all the batsmen Mathews only second to Sanga. Even pro mma fighters and wrestlers don't have more injuries than SL bowlers.

  • John-Orford on July 20, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Just a word for Quinton de Kock - he made 87 runs, a stumping and 8 catches. Yes, he did drop one and I'm sure he's distraught about it. This might be a flash in the pan - after all caught behind is due as much to the bowler - but I rather think he's arrived. If he takes the gloves, AB can move up the order. If two specialist spinners are needed, I'd sooner see Peterson miss out than QdeK.

  • letsgoproteas on July 20, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Well done boys!

    Steyn talking with wickets once again. What a hero!

  • modernaussie on July 20, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    good win by the saffers , away from home , but they are still behind aus in being the most dominat force in world cricket.australia to beat india 4-0 at home and then to claim what has always belonged to us the world cup

  • letsgoproteas on July 20, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Jamie Moneghan - "easily turned over" haha what a joker... Warner got 9 lives and Mitch was fortunate in the first test(didn't feature in the others). Any average batsmen who gets 9 more wickets than another team should always put a few extra runs on the board.

    I look forward to the next match up - Protea win, given.

  • GermanPlayer on July 20, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Great Stuff Amla. I wouldn't have been disappointed even if we had lost this. You made a brave decision and that's why we won. If we had kept batting, Srilanka would have just played out for a draw. They were looking for runs which is why they gave more chances...Great Stuff.

    Certainly tells that the man has brains even though he doesn't look like he can lead a team. He just looks a passive and quiet guy who might not be able to control a group of guys.

    On another note, yes Smith would not have declared so early but Smith was a legend in his own right and it was his habit of not giving the opposition even an inch of space that made him so successful. I'm a happy SA supporter today.

  • saifkhanBD on July 20, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Time for all those who doubted Amla to eat their words. He declared early and showed great deal of intent to go for the win. Some captains, especially those just starting would have taken more of a defensive approach by batting longer. Well done. Showed great deal of belief in his team, just what a great captain suppose to do. Hard luck to our Sri-Lanka brothers but better team won the match.

  • dunger.bob on July 20, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    The best possible start for Amla the captain. His team played brilliantly and backed up his excellent declaration. It could hardly have been better. Maybe a few more runs himself, but that's splitting hairs really.

  • yohandf on July 20, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Kudos to South Africa. They came with a plan and executed . SL assisted that playing irresponsible cricket . It s good now that our weak middle order exposed and selectors have a job in hand . Don t pick players on reputation instead on merits . give strong signals to everybody by dropping failures .My team for 2nd test - Kaushal (wk) , Tharanga , Sangakkara ,Ashan Priyanjan ( called back from Eng) , Angelo , Kusal Perera ( called back from Eng) , Dimuth Karunarathne , Herath , Dilruwan , Lakmal , Welagedara

  • on July 20, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    I am proud of my prediction which went fully correct.. Amla knows 370 is something never be possible with his firing beams to substandard lions flock. Poor Angelo deserted , but still up right without water. Its time to learn Sl batsmen what it is their duty for the country and why selectors have picked them out screening beach boys who plays cricket on the sea shore.The way they throw away their bat is the best example. Question remains in spectators mind still is about what SL players do in the net..

  • on July 20, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Srilankans are Deeply Concern and disappointed the way our Players Performed Ist Test Match on the Final Day.Chasing 370 Runs Sl Pair Sanga And Silva did the Hard Work Yesterday. and Made the Platform Within the Victory Target. Having 90 Overs With full Day Available Just to Score 260 Runs.and 9 Wkts in Hand.The Question Arise if they can.t score 260 in 90 Overs then How they Play one day Games which allowed only 50 overs. SL Selectors must pay Special Attention on out of form players.currently Mahela and chandimal not playing well Lakmal place should be given to Dhammika Prasad.Thisera Perera must be included in the team.Congratulations to South African Team.

  • HatsforBats on July 20, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    @mikkkk, Australia have done enough to be no. 1 (for now). That SA side is gone, they're still good (they might be better!) but it's not the side that was undisputed #1. They're starting all over again.

  • on July 20, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    just think of quality of dale and morkel they have done a fantastic job in spinning conditions. simply superb. amla u should bat at no3. well played sanga

  • on July 20, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    we can't imagin SL test team without sanga I think no one fill his place. we done amla and co. sanga really deserved a superb ton but very unfortunate

  • John_Geo on July 20, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Persist with Mahela and Sri Lanka is in for a series defeat. Please drop Mahela and try-out some fresh blood. Mahela is anyway not contributing - so the experiment is not going to be too risky. By continuing with Mahela SL is not only losing but also ruining the reputation of a fine player who once was.

    Please drop Mahela and give him an early send-off! He cannot play this SA attack and they have figured out how to dismantle him with pin point accuracy.

  • Lord.emsworth on July 20, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Lots of inputs here saying SA have the best batting and bowling line ups in the world, and a few questioning SL coach Atapattu. Yes, undoubtedly SA have quickies on par and even better than Mitch Johnsson & co. and bat really deep but Sri Lanka are no novices. SL have won world cups and been in many finals. Just a month ago England were put to the sword. Whats ailing SL is a very weak Middle order and 3 non performing key batsmen in Mahela, Thirimanne and Chandimal and why on earth did the SL selectors disrupt the opening duo of Karunaratne and Silva? They did in de facto give SL very decent starts. As for Atapattu he can only work with the material provided.....

  • shockValue on July 20, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Win or loose we still support SL :). Its a game. Sometimes you win sometimes you loose Hope for the best next time.

  • patg on July 20, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Well done SA. Whatever the excuses are SA was the better team. It is time to drop Thirimanne and may be Chandimal and MJ. Silva can keep wickets. It won't hurt to give chance to young players such as Kithuruwan Withange. I hope Anjelo will have the guts to drop Thirimanne. He is been a passenger .

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 20, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Anjelo is these days batting with PASSENGERS and TAIL ENDERS.Good on Anjelo. Passengers have to perform otherwise better to start to kick them out. It is good to keep Upul to open for few more matches.

  • St.John on July 20, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    The lack of a decent middle order, the useless inputs of Thrimanne and Mahela J. and the continued obstinacy of Chandimal trying to hook caused this massive defeat. One wonders if the SL cupboard is really bare for the selectors to continue using, Mahela, Thirmanne and Chandimal? The recalling of Tharanga strengthens an argument of a bare cupboard.

  • mikkkk on July 20, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    "If Aus win against pak then I can say that Aus is at par with SA"

    ?? Aus need to do a hell of a lot more for a hell of a lot longer to be considered on a par with SA.

  • on July 20, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Headache for SL selectors. Earlier their batting was being blown away on pacy, seamy , swing, bouncy conditions. Now their batsmen are being blown away by pace at home too!!! This shows a genuine weakness against pace and bounce. It could have been understandable had SL collapsed against spin - as in the 3-0 whitewash at home against Aussies in 2004 with even a rusty Shane Warne getting 26 wickets in 3 tests on tracks that had been prepared for Murali. We could have said that the ball was turning and thats why batsmen found it difficult. However, getting blown away on a relatively flat wicket and that too against mostly 2 bowlers, it shows a genuine weakness against pace.

  • legfinedeep on July 20, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @tommytuckersaffa: you can bet your boots that Smith would have batted through to well beyond 400 lead and put SL in to bat probably half an hour into the close of play at best, or the next day at worst. In which case SL would have just played it out sedately. Smart of Amla to dangle a nice juicy carrot, and the Sri Lankans bit.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    well done south africa, is it Amla's 1st test win as a captain?

  • TEROSHAN on July 20, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    SL is better team in Out of Sri lanak - See They have many success in recent tour tour to ENG AUS NZ SA Even though some series they have lost to them team perform well out side the country..

    Eg - Dilshan 190 at Loards Thilans ton in SA Mahela Ton at eng in 2006 sangas 194 at MCG and he has continue to perform any where /..

    No wonder if we lost to PAK the series..

    SSC will bethe place to regain their pride. But Thiri Chandi Mahela are in red zone Pls Now we need a coach (Marven) So your talent as coach when team is down.. build thiri and chandi back on track

  • Chaz_SL on July 20, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Congrats SA. Replace Thiri with Thisara and Chandimal with Kusal. They can hammer Steyn. But only if SL wants to win. . Otherwise keep the same team. !

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    SL fans need to understand that over here SA were definately the better side and they cannot bkame the coaches .SL side is inexperienced whereas SA has the strongest batting and bowling lineup in the world .Faf Elgar Duminy AB De kock all batted well even alviro .Their xaptain amla even though he had a bad time with the bat is one of the best batsmen in the world. Steyn and morkel showed how good they are with duminy picking up a few too .SL bowling is as bad if not worse then India but they both are slowly improving .This was a great display from Saffas who are rightly the no 1 test side .If Aus win against pak then I can say that Aus is at par with SA as SA is the only team which has shown ability to play in any conditions for a considerable period of time .Hopefulky with time sides like SL Ind and NZ will also get there with Aus also beginning to reemerge and we will have result oriented test series which wont be washouts .

  • balajik2505 on July 20, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    No shame in losing to a team which has consistently played quality cricket.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    congats to SA team and to Mr AMLA he is really a good and sportvie captain.. more then one and half day and only 370 to chase to home team is really a brave decisen hats of mr amla..

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Congratulations Amla! Hashim Amla opened his account with a fantastic win against a good sub continent team. As a captain, he failed to glare with the bat but proved his efficiency by using his bowlers and yielded a commanding result for his team. Keep going!

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Sl were playing with only 3 bowlers for much of the match. If the 4th seamer had been fully fit I doubt SA would have got to 455/9 after being 290/6. Having said that, yes the batting needs to step up and Chandimal, Thiri (mahela to a certain extend but since he is retiring it won't matter much). I do believe it would have been a much closer game had we played an extra bowler, and if Eranga was fit. The balance of the side is the problem. We cannot afford to go in with 2 seamers and 2 spinners. We need the additional bowler.

  • Jeewaka9999 on July 20, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Thirimanne 13 test matches 26 innigs 580 runs Ave 26 ( 1 century - against B' desh and 2- 50's) R our selectors happy with his performance??? not only given a chance in the team but also he has been appointed VC of the test side... Pathetic

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    SA were looking experienced side . Among Lankans only sanga and mahela had scored more than 3000 runs.mahela failed in both the innings. Bowling attack also SA had Steyn, morkel but Lankans had only herath experienced

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    People are just saying things, soome times they say to replace kusal with upul, then say bring kusal for test,it is not the problem with the player, as all these guys were tested, and have failed, youngsters are not doing their job, what was marvan doing with these youngsters for last 3 yesrs, where he is the batting coach. Now irrespetive of his failure and poor performer like kalpage they were given the head coach position, slc earlier told marvan is for sa tour only. But we donot see any attempt to bring a new coach by the slc, it is beause money, anf the strong backup the marvan having( well every body knows his blood relationship with slc highearchy)

  • DC75 on July 20, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Great effort from Steyn and Morkel, was good to see fast men pulling one off in the SC. Good start to Amla's captaincy, he has been a underrated player for long and his captaincy started in a similar way, he has shown that he will be a tough captain to beat, did not let the last session of 4th day effect him, best of luck Amla for the rest of your tenure as Test Captain for SA. SL need to find a strong middle order, they will go through this phase as the other cricketing nations when their stars retired, hopefully they will find some good bats to replace Sanga and Mahela in the near future - Thirimanne and Chandimal are good but are not consistent enough to scare other teams

  • supacricfan on July 20, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Once KS and MJ retire,SL will be humiliated by each n every team including BAN even at home!!SL cupboard looks bare once kumar n mahela retire..Aweful young talent,need to work on their system at ground root level!!

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Good win for SA. I hope this bring the self proclaimed Lions back to earth.

  • chad_reid on July 20, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Congrats to the man AMLA, as an aussie big fan of him as a cricketer and his character

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    Yes as another Aussie hats off to Steyn as a utter legend in a day dominated by batsmen on flat pitches! Where would test cricket be without the quicks of Steyn and Johnston. Steyn come and play in the Big Bash as Australian's would love you out here on our bouncy proper fast bowling pitches.

  • Stormf on July 20, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Congratulations Hashim.You led the team well. Brilliant bowling by Steyn and by Morkel too.

  • modernaussie on July 20, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    it also seems to be quiet obvious that philander is a flat track bully , with his medium pace on dust bowls he is to slow and doesn't do enough with the ball to suggest he is a genuine threat.steyn is a class above anyone and is by far the best pace bowler in the world. great spell today , absoloutley love the bloke.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    hmmmmmmm, Mahela is a legend for SL yes it's no doubt...but..but he is just a white elephant in the team now,..so far how many matches already we lost because of him ,...TEST and ODI ,...he should have to think about it cos no one have a will power to pull him out from the team...all they respecting him for not to get such a decision against ...Thiri and Chandi too needed more training exercises ...

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Good captaincy from Amla good bowling from steyn and morne

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Pls replace marvan as coach, he was given the job in2011 as batting coach to nurture the young bloods, down te line after 3 years u see how the youngsters are performing not in this tour except in banglsdesh. Ruwan kalpage the feilding and assistant coach is a passenger and u saw the standard of our feilding in the odis. Tseveral times we have told the importance of a foreign coach. But we think about cheep money. And not to forget the politics in marvan,where team seem to be not responding to him

  • mikkkk on July 20, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    "is this the same dogged SLankan side which won in Eng showing enough grit and skills??"

    Sri Lanka have convinced themselves they beat England because they are a great side. They are not a great side (or even a good one), they were just competent enough to beat an awful England team, and even then almost managed to blow it on the last day. Sri Lanka stay at the same level they have always been and the main sides like Eng, Aus SA fluctuate up and down around them. SA have very firmly put them back in their place - it's no shame, SA are still a very good side. In fact I would go as far as to say the only decent side in the game at the moment because the standard, as represented by the other series going on is pitifully low. It seems neither side know how to win and are handing the winning position back and forth. It will probably depend who is still holding it when the music stops rather than some cricketing brilliance.

  • dinuhebbar on July 20, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    A 50 in the first innings, a decent 30s in the second. 9 dismissals behind the stumps. No one talks about Q De cock ... strange.

  • cric1965 on July 20, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Winning toss batting first in Galle is always a huge advantage. So if Sri Lanka bat first, the story would have different one. Because 5th day in Galle it is difficult to Bat. Luckily South Africa won the both decisive tosses in ODI as well.

  • modernaussie on July 20, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    dale steyn is the bowler of this generation , he has proved many wrong showing he can take wickets anywhere in the world. a true great and fastly becoming legend status. appreciated from a aussie supporter , just glad he wasn't bowling this good to us last time we played yous :)

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    @Arun Bose. If SA were the best on the planet as you say , then why were SA so easily turned over in their own backyard to Australia just recently? Hardly the form of the greatest team on the planet.

  • Jeewaka9999 on July 20, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    some fans attributed Chandimal's failure was due to his position in batting order. But out of 76 innings in ODI he played..4th position he batted 44 innings (58%).. within first 5 positions he had played 65 innings.. (85%) so I think selectors hv given enough chances for him to perform... but he average 30 in 84 ODI..Thirimanne has played 42 innings out of 56 innings within first 5 positions of the batting order(75%). He average 29 in 71 ODI matches.. I believe Selectors has given chances for both of them. Please drop these non performing inconsistent highly overrated players.

  • djdrastic on July 20, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Great performance by the boys.

    Regarding the commies on Tahirs place.Imran beat the bat quite a number of times during the match (Beat Matthews a multitude of times), whilst Vernon really looked harmless the entire match.I'd feel slightly aggrieved if I was Imran and got dropped for the next match.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Win or lose no matter what, we always Support Sri Lanka Cricket Team. We Love Sri lanka cricket team from the bottom of our heart.

  • hanumanthchavala on July 20, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    styne 9wk, and excellent support from morkel 7wk setup win for sa only styne cant help sa to win in sc because we know how hurt tailenders in sc and away in prev tests styne too good at top and morkel is DEMON for tailenders for any team tailenders hard to play morkel balls for tail, so both world class palyers

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    SL having big issues to find right combination for next match. Young guys are keep failing. SA seam are brilliantly bowled. SA may going with slight change for next match with Thahiar but, SL having so much issues to find good middle order players to face this top level SA attack. This going to be a massive challenge for Matthew to turn table towards him.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    SL once again humiliated by SA

  • cheguramana on July 20, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Are Philander's limitations finally getting exposed ? Maybe Wayne Parnell or Marchant deLange shud get a look-in next Test ?

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa !!! I was rooting for you all the way !!! I really wanted to see the Sri Lankans thrashed badly :-)

    Keep going the same way and whip the Sri Lankans by an innings in the third Test. They have been acting too smug for too long. Time they are shown their place.

  • on July 20, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    SL have no middle order. Once Sanga goes then the only other capable batsman is Mathews. The others are sitting ducks.

  • fiddlerv90 on July 20, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    If there is one thing unnoticed in this sri lankan team it is angelo mathews' poor contribution. He always put less effort when the game is even and try to slog when the game is long gone. The worst part, he doesn't protect his tailenders ... SA deserved a victory...

    The funny thing is Aussies went to top without any game being played and that's exactly how they gona go down. shame on them, they couldn't enjoy their no.1 spot on the field.lol

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    So many things were said yesterday about SL's batting and SA's declaration and here we are with the result...congratulations to SA for this comprehensive victory, no doubt that they deserve the no 1 test ranking as you will never find them winless on any tour...I guess what we are witnessing currently is unbelievable NZ winning in WI,Aus winning in SA,SA winning in SL,SL winning in Eng,such results were looking bleak in the recent past which is good for cricket that the home teams aren't dominating as earlier

  • Mervo on July 20, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Sanga used most of his 9 lives in this innings. Dropped so many times. However in the end pace blowing, quality pace bowling, triumphed. Medium pacers were pedestrian and spinners irrelevant in this match and the pitch used. One can only guess what the ground men are preparing now ...

  • SamRoy on July 20, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    How long Imran Tahir will continue to figure in SA Test Team? He isn't fit to be a test cricketer. Doesn't have control and doesn't have patience. This is really becoming a horror story watching him play match after match. If Botha and Peterson were playing in this game SA would have won even earlier. High time Simon Harmer gets to play in place of Tahir. Even Paul Harris and Paul Adams were 100 times better. When an undeserving player is playing test cricket it really bothers me especially in fine team like SA. It is not just a question of cricket but it's a question of cricketing ethics.

  • Jeewaka9999 on July 20, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Congratulation SA... U played brilliantly.SL lose the test match after the Pakistan tour.. They also played well till this tour.. But We won mainly due to Sanga and Matthews. Our middle order is worse. What are the contribution of Mahela, Thirimanne and Chandimal for last 12 months??? They r constant failures eventhough lucky enough to get a place in the side. It is better to hv Mahela's fairwell at the end of next match. It is enough for Chandimal and Thrimanne.. why r they given lot of chances?? Is SLC team their private property??? Why do our selectors not consider Roshen Silva and other domestic players?? Roshen silva has the highest FC average(51.00) among current players?? why can he be given a game or two?? this is poor from Selectors.

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    AMLA deserved that win badly and he did

  • Albie_Hanekom on July 20, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    A tainted victory but a victory nonetheless! Well done boys!

  • 2nd_Slip on July 20, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Superb bowling by the best bowler in the world, Dale Steyn(strike rate second only to Waqar in the sub-continent). Good positive start for the Mighty Hash. Hope this is the beginning of a fearless ruthless cricketing error from our test side. Looking ahead to the next test match though, Dane Piedt should replace either Tahir or Philander.

  • legfinedeep on July 20, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Good performance by SA. But Philander did not bowl a single potentially wicket-taking delivery the entire match. That's quite concerning. Hard luck to Tahir, can't see him playing the next match. As for Steyn, just brilliant as usual. Scary to contemplate how SA will cope if he is injured in a match. He is truly a matchwinner and what's astounding is how he can bowl in ALL conditions.

  • ForeverProteas49 on July 20, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Well played men, great win, hope we can put the ball scratching issue behind us and move on, Must never happen again, Lets move onto the second test and play good clean cricket. PROTEA FIRE

  • siddhartha87 on July 20, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    @Arun Bose: Australia does bad only against India in sub continent. Actually they have beaten Sri Lanka last time by 1-0 and 3-0 before that in Sri Lanka .Similarly Pakistan have not anything against Australia since 1994

  • AllanGavaskar on July 20, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    As a fan of the Saffer's cricket it is sad that their victory today is tainted by Philander's admission of ball tampering. Surely SA could have mustered a win without resorting to such low behaviour. To achieve the credibility they deserve SA will have to not let this sort of rubbish creep into their game.

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    sbora, philander is still a great bowler. you have to choose horses for courses and you dont get pitch movement in the sub-continent.

  • Proteas_Supporter on July 20, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Great win for the Proteas and great start for Amla the captain. Well played boys! Steyn was superb and ably supported by Morkel. Now a test series win in SL is within reach!

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Fantastic win SA. Congrats. A great result for us fans.

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    SA won the game quite convincingly..is this the same dogged SLankan side which won in Eng showing enough grit and skills??never mind mathews is improving as captain..ateast way better than our Dhoni..well played SA..u r the best test team irrespective of the ranking.

  • Sbora on July 20, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Vernon Philander's wicket taking abilities has diminished, I'm afraid if he can't take wickets in the 2nd test His position will be under scrutiny. I miss Marchant deLange in South African colours.

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    "Lions" are getting hammered in their own "den" by visiting African team..What an irony! Well, SA has successfully displayed they are indeed the best test team on the planet(Way better than Australia as Australia looks clueless in sub-continent, Drubbing of 4-0 by India in India proves that).. SL must learn to respect the opposition nomatter what.. Otherwise there will be many more hammerings are awaiting for them.. I said before the test match, never ever take "THE STEYN GUN" lightly bcz he's a freak of a bowler! And also Morkel..

  • nimalgamage on July 20, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Please give more chances to Kusal Perera also on the test level as he is the undoubtedly most talented young batsman in the SL squad right now than the players like Chandimal, Thirimanne and Priyangan

  • on July 20, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    SL is pretty ordinary when it comes to test cricket. Sanga is class without doubt , Jayawardene very good but not among the greats, Matthews ok to good , rest are bits and pieces. Bowling is lacking any genuine wicket taker/ match turner. Not looking good for SL in immediate future. Still a decent limited over side though in all conditions.

  • Lion83 on July 20, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Cant beleive why SL still playing this Thirimmane and chandimal and even MJ . MJ should retire after next match at SSC, no point playing against Pakistan give a opportunity for Kusal and Kithruwan.

  • Sbora on July 20, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    No need for Eranga, hez hurts

  • Fernandezz on July 20, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    This was the expected result. Seriously how can you win a game with just a couple of international players????? Sanga and Mathews always have to drag the cart. Others are good for nothing...

  • Cricketlover54 on July 20, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Steyn and B. Kumar are two of the best bowlers in the game today. SA are by far the best Test team, no contest.

    From a SL fan

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @ AricentHarish you don't need to have a Steyn in order to be a Spontaneous captain ,if you bowlers see that you trust them to win you a match they will be motivated and bowl with high intensity to reward your faith in them ,currently a similar captain to amla is Michael Clarke because dhoni & cook they apply safety mode first which often leads to a boring draw ,he plays for the win similar to Michael Clarke.

  • priceless1 on July 20, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    so called specialist batsmen in SL Team cannot bat in their own pitches

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Another really poor performance by the Lankans. It is a really bad feeling when foreign teams come and thrash the SL team like this. The main reason for this, in my view, is we have not found any quality batsman in recent times, except for Mathews. There are also wasting Chandimal who is the only other batsman of the current generation to impress. Players like Dimuth Karunaratne and Thirimanna are yet to provide the team with anything significant to justify their continued selection. Time to try Kithruwan, Tharindu Kaushal, mmmm .... let me see...is there any other players who are good enough?

  • nimalgamage on July 20, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Why are we keeping faith on an awful player like Chandimal for such a long period of time. He is playing very poor shots and not thinking about the team because he will always grant his place in the squad.

    1. In world t20 some fellows telling that Chandi step down from the captaincy for the team benefit. No, it is the team management and authorities who decide the team in that tournament and captain like him at an age of 24 cannot decide a decision like that.

    2. Some telling that Chandi performance is affected because he is not batting at no. 4 slot in ODI's. Then why can't he perform at test levels too. No friends, individuals can't give the position they prefer. They should bat at the position what the team wants. If he can't perform on the given position give that position for a new talented player.

    Mind you his 3 test centuries came against the best attack in this world so called Bangladesh in some of the batting paradise pitches.

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Pls drop Chandimal....

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Can you believe? how match turns, that's beauty of cricket, no one can forecast about cricket yesterday this match was in SL hands but Today match goes to SA hands brilliant bowling by SA bowlers.

  • AricentHarish on July 20, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @ Velly Mtsweni, Cook & Dhoni do not have a Dale Steyn.

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    as expact SLmidle ordr..first half depend on sanga..n nxt until tail..its urs ange...

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 20, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Outstanding captaincy by Amla. It tempted Sri Lanka and Amla backed his bowlers to do a job. Setting negative targets or playing it safe, doesnt get your bowlers motivated and doesnt challenge them.

    Under SMith we were always fearful of failure and conservative. Amla is a breathe of fresh Air.

  • yogesh.gg on July 20, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Srilanka lions are roaring , Matthews and Perera will hit centuries and SL will win before tea.

  • yogesh.gg on July 20, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Lions are roaring , wow SA beware

  • on July 20, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    awesome session for SA.superb bowling from SA quick imran tahir look off colour

  • on July 20, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    gud captaincy from Amla by showing faith on his bowlers and in return they reward him. Definitely Cook & Dhoni can learn something from the Mighty Hash about spicing things up in a test match

  • on July 20, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    gud captaincy from Amla by showing faith on his bowlers and in return they reward him. Definitely Cook & Dhoni can learn something from the Mighty Hash about spicing things up in a test match

  • on July 20, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    awesome session for SA.superb bowling from SA quick imran tahir look off colour

  • yogesh.gg on July 20, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Lions are roaring , wow SA beware

  • yogesh.gg on July 20, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Srilanka lions are roaring , Matthews and Perera will hit centuries and SL will win before tea.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 20, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Outstanding captaincy by Amla. It tempted Sri Lanka and Amla backed his bowlers to do a job. Setting negative targets or playing it safe, doesnt get your bowlers motivated and doesnt challenge them.

    Under SMith we were always fearful of failure and conservative. Amla is a breathe of fresh Air.

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    as expact SLmidle ordr..first half depend on sanga..n nxt until tail..its urs ange...

  • AricentHarish on July 20, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @ Velly Mtsweni, Cook & Dhoni do not have a Dale Steyn.

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Can you believe? how match turns, that's beauty of cricket, no one can forecast about cricket yesterday this match was in SL hands but Today match goes to SA hands brilliant bowling by SA bowlers.

  • on July 20, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Pls drop Chandimal....

  • nimalgamage on July 20, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Why are we keeping faith on an awful player like Chandimal for such a long period of time. He is playing very poor shots and not thinking about the team because he will always grant his place in the squad.

    1. In world t20 some fellows telling that Chandi step down from the captaincy for the team benefit. No, it is the team management and authorities who decide the team in that tournament and captain like him at an age of 24 cannot decide a decision like that.

    2. Some telling that Chandi performance is affected because he is not batting at no. 4 slot in ODI's. Then why can't he perform at test levels too. No friends, individuals can't give the position they prefer. They should bat at the position what the team wants. If he can't perform on the given position give that position for a new talented player.

    Mind you his 3 test centuries came against the best attack in this world so called Bangladesh in some of the batting paradise pitches.