Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

608dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Steyn, Morkel bowl SA to big win

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

608dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Eranga out of Colombo Test

Shaminda Eranga has been ruled out of the second Test against South Africa as a result of a split-webbing injury

608dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

A quintessential Sri Lanka collapse

Sri Lanka had a platform to spring towards an unlikely victory in Galle, but their batting line-up succumbed to the same weaknesses

608dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Only ourselves to blame for defeat - Mathews

Despite a ball-tampering row that cast a shadow over the Galle Test, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews laid the blame for the team's heavy defeat at their own doorstep

608dFirdose Moonda in Galle

I owe it to Donald - Steyn

Dale Steyn has said his inspiration to give his best is his bowling coach Allan Donald, while Hashim Amla said the declaration was based on the ground's chasing history

608dFirdose Moonda in Galle

South Africa pacers deliver when it counts

South Africa's seamers had no right to dominate in Galle like they did, but when their spinners failed to produce the goods, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel showed their class

608dFirdose Moonda and Andrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

SLC ensure tampering footage aired

Sri Lanka Cricket was able to ensure that the television footage of Vernon Philander's ball-tampering was aired 48 hours after the incident took place

Day 4

608dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Sri Lanka strong in chase of 370

Hashim Amla gave Sri Lanka four sessions to chase 370 and the hosts began strongly, knocking 110 off the target with Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten fifty

608dFirdose Moonda in Galle

SA need to be careful with the ball - Domingo

South Africa either need to become more discreet in their management of the match ball or stop trying to manipulate it to their advantage, was the message from Russell Domingo

608dFirdose Moonda in Galle

SA's tampering offences expose lenient laws

South Africa have been associated with three ball-tampering offences in nine months. That all incidents have passed with little fuss shows that the ICC needs to enforce stricter laws to prevent it from recurring

608dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Atapattu confident of SL victory

Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu has said that he is confident his team can chase down 370 to win the Galle Test

608dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Mathews the captain reveals attacking side

Mathews has shown signs that he is beginning to ditch the conservatism he has become associated with - judging by his field placings - and begun to follow the footsteps of his famous predecessors

Day 3

608dFirdose Moonda in Galle

SL a tough place to play cricket - Steyn

South Africa have made the heat and humidity sound bigger than the opposition but you only need to look at their desperation to cool down at drinks' breaks to have some understanding

608dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Chandimal, Thirimanne continue to test patience

The blow-hot-blow-cold performances by Sri Lanka's young batsmen must be frustrating the selectors who had invested in them. And Chandimal, worryingly, has yet to sort out his short-ball weakness

608dFirdose Moonda in Galle

Philander fined for ball-tampering

Vernon Philander has become the second South African in the last nine months to be charged and fined for ball tampering after an incident during the ongoing Galle Test

Day 2

608dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Duminy century leads SA to 455

JP Duminy swept and reverse-swept South Africa to their second-highest total in Sri Lanka as the hosts toiled for little reward on a largely docile pitch

608dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

What ails Rangana Herath?

Sri Lanka's lead spinner is bowling with all the control and guile of old, but seems to have lost some of his bite since the turn of the year

Day 1

608dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Sri Lanka hit back after Elgar century

At 195 for 1, South Africa had made a near-perfect start to the Tests after the victorious ODI series, but Sri Lanka hit back with four wickets after tea to edge the day on a flat, dry pitch

608dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Sri Lanka avoid the Sri Lanka treatment

South Africa looked all set to hand Sri Lanka a taste of their own medicine, but an unrelenting spell of accuracy from Suranga Lakmal meant the hosts had other ideas

608dFirdose Moonda in Galle

Elgar's application hints at long-term promise

By becoming the first South African opener to score a century in Sri Lanka, Dean Elgar suggested he might have both the talent and the temperament to succeed at international level

608dFirdose Moonda in Galle

Elgar lauds Sri Lanka's quicks

Dean Elgar lauded the way Sri Lanka's pacers exploited their home conditions, as the visitors were pegged back by quick wickets towards the end of the day

Others

608dBishen Jeswant

South Africa look to break 21-year jinx

South Africa have played 12 away series since 2007 and haven't lost a single one. Their last away series defeat, in 2006, was against Sri Lanka

608dFirdose Moonda in Galle

De Kock inclusion could change batting dynamics

The temporary change in wicketkeeping duties, even for a Test, could indicate how South Africa's new-look batting will present itself, with at least three young players waiting to be tested

608dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Mathews' journey of self-discovery

Angelo Mathews' captaincy has been on an upward trend but will he go for the kill in his first assignment at home against South Africa, who are traditionally off-colour in Sri Lanka?

Terrific Travellers

1.36

South Africa's win-loss ratio in Asia, the best for a non-Asian team

Simply The Best

80

Wickets taken by Steyn in Asia, the most by a non-Asian fast bowler

Twin Triumphs

2

Number of Sri Lankans with fourth-innings centuries in victories - Jayawardene and Aravinda de Silva

Final Stand

151

The highest fourth-innings partnership in Galle, between Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan, in 2012

Strong Finish

54

Jayawardene's fourth-innings average at home, with three centuries

Final Five

5

Number of times Sri Lanka have scored 300 or more in the fourth innings of a home Test

Solid As Ever

45.56

Kumar Sangakkara's fourth innings batting average

Tough Targets

95

The highest successful chase in Galle, by Sri Lanka against India in 2010

Hanging In

210/9

Highest fourth-innings total in a drawn game in Galle, by England in 2003

Triple Threat

69.8

Hashim Amla's third-innings batting average, his highest

Third Shot

225

Average third innings score in Galle

Oriental Success

76

Wickets taken by Steyn in Asia, the second-most for a non-Asian fast bowler

Serious Striking

41.2

Steyn's strike-rate in the first and second innings of a match, next only to Syd Barnes' (min 100 wickets)

Starting Blues

41.60

Mathews' batting average in the first innings of a match, his lowest