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RESULT
1st Test, Galle, July 16 - 20, 2014, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
455/9d & 206/6d
(T:370) 292 & 216

South Africa won by 153 runs

Player Of The Match
5/54 & 4/45
dale-steyn
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Scorecard summary
South Africa 455/9(166.2 overs)
1st INNINGS
Dean Elgar 103 (187)
Dilruwan Perera4/162 (53.2)
Sri Lanka 292/10(104.5 overs)
1st INNINGS
Dale Steyn5/54 (23)
Morne Morkel3/49 (18.5)
South Africa 206/6(50.2 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Sri Lanka 216/10(71.3 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Morne Morkel4/29 (13.3)
Dale Steyn4/45 (17)

So that's this Test done and dusted. Join us on Thursday in Colombo. South Africa have answered a lot of questions about their potency in the subcontinent. Will they continue the momentum in the capital, or will Mathews get his wish and his batters step up? I'll let you guys be the judge. This is Alagappan Muthu, fading away into the darkness

"It's not easy, credit to the boys, they put the hands up today. We had a challenging third overs last night but they came back and did really well,"Hashim Amla says, "didn't doubt the declaration, we needed a lot of overs and 370 was good enough I thought. The toss was pretty crucial. It was pretty difficult in the third and fourth innings. Dean got a hundred, JP got one as well and they set it up. Steyn, Morkel, Philander, I can call them at any time and they would give 100%. They're the best. On surfaces like this you can't rely on one bowler. The others did well too. It was a group effort. On a different day, a glove, a top edge could have gone. The spinners did well"

Dale Steyn is the Man of the Match Collects it in some snazzy shades. "It's never easy, but someones got to do it. I look at myself as someone who tries to build the character of the side and the captain turns to me. Short spells, two three overs. Have to conserve the energy. hashim rotated us well and the spinners did well as well. Our side's pretyt good, great team with great cricketers and when you play with guys like AB, Faf, Amla, Philander, JP, it brings the best out of you"

2.15 pm "South Africans outplayed us on all five days and that's why they are the No.2 team. It was a disappointing peformance, dont mind losing games after good cricket but this game we were disappointing," Angelo Mathews says. "We were pretty flat, the heat gets to us too. It's going to hard work winning a Test and well all know that but South Africa got the better of us. The first innings total cost us the game, if we had added a bit more runs we could have been in with a chance. The batter need to improve when we go to SSC"

mahmudmoni: "when SL were 138/1, I made a comment that next 100 runs would be crucial. now, SL made a blunder, SA did what they are best. Fierce pace crushed SL. Well done SA."

chinthaka: "Thirimanne and Chandimal struggling to get substantial scores ?? so what about DPMD?" He got two peaches that outdid him

Sri Lanka did amazingly well last evening, so well that talks of a poor declaration was making the rounds. Sanga and Kaushal recorded the first 100 partnership of this tour, but today the visitors adjusted their plans and their intensity forced the home side on the back foot and smothered them. Angelo Mathews tried to lead a rearguard, but he just didn't have enough company. He will also have to fend off a few queries about the state of the middle order, with Thirimanne and Chandimal struggling to get substantial scores

Daniel Alexande: "SL last lost a test on 20th January and lose again on 20th July, end of good six months of test cricket "

2.00 pm South Africa are huddled by the pitch, Amla is leading the discussion. The entire squad is out there. Steyn also gets a few words in and off they break. This is their third Test win in the country. Great debut in the top job for Hashim. He had wanted his spearhead to bowl fast and blow oppositions away and that's what Steyn has done in Galle, to record the best figures by a quick at the ground. Nine wickets are evidence of his menace and Morkel also chipped in, finishing with four in the second innings.

71.3
W
Morkel to Eranga, OUT

bounced out! South Africa go 1-0! This was short and nasty, Eranga couldn't duck under it or weave away, fends it away and short leg picks up an easy catch after skipping a few steps behind square

Shaminda Eranga c Elgar b Morkel 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Yes, Eranga is walking out, with eight stitches in his bowling hand. He talks with his captain, who is presumably asking if he is up for it. Eranga nods

71.2
W
Morkel to Lakmal, OUT

take at long leg! Short ball, a little off line and Lakmal sought to help it away but doesn't keep it down. Tahir is the man down there, takes it and rests on the ground. Mathews stays out there, which means...

Suranga Lakmal c Imran Tahir b Morkel 12 (32m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Morkel switches around the wicket. Short leg and deep square leg in place

71.1
4
Morkel to Lakmal, FOUR runs

this was a short ball at 113 kph, Lakmal backs away and forehands it down the ground. Thwack!

end of over 71Maiden
SL: 212/8CRR: 2.98 
Angelo Mathews27 (70b 3x4 1x6)
Suranga Lakmal8 (16b 2x4)
Imran Tahir 19-3-64-0
Morne Morkel 13-6-25-2
70.6
Tahir to Angelo Mathews, no run

tossed up just outside leg, kept out

70.5
Tahir to Angelo Mathews, no run

goes for the reverse sweep, AB at slip was primed but this took the glove and went in front of square. He runs across as fast as he could, but can't make it

70.4
Tahir to Angelo Mathews, no run

too much down leg this time, though it's tossed up nicely. Defended

70.3
Tahir to Angelo Mathews, no run

pushes at a good length ball on middle and leg

70.2
Tahir to Angelo Mathews, no run

pulls the length ball and gets the ball to zip pats Mathews' outside edge. Tahir has his hands on his knees after th edge doesn't manifest

70.1
Tahir to Angelo Mathews, no run

goes around the wicket and loops it up at the feet of the batsmen, Mathews blocks

end of over 705 runs
SL: 212/8CRR: 3.02 
Suranga Lakmal8 (16b 2x4)
Angelo Mathews27 (64b 3x4 1x6)
Morne Morkel 13-6-25-2
Imran Tahir 18-2-64-0
69.6
4
Morkel to Lakmal, FOUR runs

picked away off his toes for his second boundary. He's no mug, Lakmal. Then again, this was a poor ball from Morne

69.5
Morkel to Lakmal, no run

just short of a good length and outside off, not bothered with

69.4
1
Morkel to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

guided down to long leg as he pulls one one-leg. Lakmal to face the final two balls

69.3
Morkel to Angelo Mathews, no run

pushes him back and makes him look a little less solid than he has been. Got the ball to bounce towards his head, Mathews lifted his bat, pulled away the bottom hand to keep the ball down

69.2
Morkel to Angelo Mathews, no run

fullish on middle and off, defended despite being squared up

69.1
Morkel to Angelo Mathews, no run

slow, short ball and Mathews is too soon on the pull. Adjusts and checks his stroke. Gets a toe end

Sri Lanka, beware. That is drinks. Ten Sports has released footage shown to the match referee about Philander's ball tampering. And it's clear as day, he was scratching the ball on the rough side. Morne Morkel returns

end of over 691 run
SL: 207/8CRR: 3.00 
Suranga Lakmal4 (14b 1x4)
Angelo Mathews26 (60b 3x4 1x6)
Imran Tahir 18-2-64-0
Dale Steyn 17-4-45-4
68.6
Tahir to Lakmal, no run

kept out of his off stump as Imran bowls a little too full

68.5
Tahir to Lakmal, no run

looped up on off stump and Lakmal blocks as well

68.4
1
Tahir to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

goes back and taps it down wide of long-on

68.3
Tahir to Angelo Mathews, no run

tossed up on middle and leg, defended nicely

68.2
Tahir to Angelo Mathews, no run

leans forward to absorb the spin.

Best performances - batters
D Elgar
D Elgar SA
103 runs (187)
11 fours3 sixes
Control
94%
Productive shot
on drive
19 runs
0 four2 sixes
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JP Duminy
JP Duminy SA
100 runs (206)
10 fours0 six
Control
95%
Productive shot
sweep shot
26 runs
3 fours0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
DW Steyn
DW Steyn SA
O
23
M
8
R
54
W
5
ECO
2.34
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
M Morkel
M Morkel SA
O
13.3
M
6
R
29
W
4
ECO
2.14
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Galle International Stadium
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
Series
Season2014
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Dale Steyn
Series resultSouth Africa led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2129
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days16,17,18,19,20 July 2014 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
New Zealand
Billy Bowden
England
Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire
England
Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match Referee
New Zealand
Jeff Crowe
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