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1st Test, Centurion, December 26 - 29, 2020, Sri Lanka tour of South Africa
396 & 180

South Africa won by an innings and 45 runs

Player Of The Match
SL 2nd Innings
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13.45 So it's sounding very much like a different Sri Lanka will take to the field in Jo'Burg, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha likely to miss the rest of the series.

With that, I will offer thanks from myself, Alan and Raghav for your wonderful company. Until next time.

13.35 Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lanka captain, hints that there will be changes forced by those injuries to his team for the second Test, starting in Johannesburg on Sunday. "As a batting unit, I'm really happy... We suddenly lost our main fast bowlers and Dhananjaya. We lost a couple of members of the squad but we have already a couple of youngsters, I hope they will do the job for me in the second Test match."

"We batted really well and we need to keep that momentum and a positive mindset when we go to Wanderers. We're not worried about the injuries. we have plenty of players, so I'm happy to go with them, still we have a couple of bowlers and we'll try to take the positives from here."

Quinton de Kock, the South Africa captain, says that despite letting Sri Lanka amass a good first-innings total, he was pleased with his side's performance. "A Test match is never easy. It's been a year since we've won one so it feels good at this moment. On day one we were a bit disappointed with our bowling performance... we came back really nicely towards the end of our bowling spell. We then came out with the bat... showed some great character. Coming into the third innings, the boys came out with great intent with the ball and to finish off the way we did, it's very pleasing."

13.25 Here's the best from Man of the Match Faf du Plessis: "Personally I'm very proud of my CV, which is 199, which unfortunately one short, but it's always good to contribute in a big way to set your team up for a win... I haven't played a red-ball game in almost a year. For me it was just making sure I get back to the basics of Test cricket."

13.09 With Dhananjaya de Silva too badly hurt to bat, so ends the pain for Sri Lanka, with the hosts wrapping up victory within half an hour of the middle session. The highlight has to be Faf du Plessis' 199 on the third day. Wiaan Mulder's bowling performance has been encouraging for one so young (he's just 22) and all of South Africa's seamers did well, with two wickets apiece for Mulder, Ngidi, Nortje and Sipamla.

Hasaranga was gallant with ball and then bat, scoring a second-innings fifty, but the talking point is undoubtedly the injuries that have decimated Sri Lanka's squad. What sort of side will they manage to stitch together for the second Test?

Nortje to Rajitha, OUT

and Nortje gets the final wicket. South Africa win by an innings and 45 runs! Short of a length, gets an outside edge as he steers to gully, where Keshav Maharaj takes a sharp catch at shoulder height.

Kasun Rajitha c Maharaj b Nortje 0 (27b 0x4 0x6 27m) SR: 0
end of over 461 run • 1 wicket
SL: 180/8CRR: 3.91 
Lahiru Kumara0 (5b)
Kasun Rajitha0 (26b)
Lutho Sipamla 5-0-24-2
Anrich Nortje 10-1-47-1
Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, no run

on off stump, turned away towards mid wicket

Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, no run

fourth-stump channel, 83mph, it goes through to the keeper

Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, no run
Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, no run

just outside off, a swing and a miss

Sipamla to Lahiru Kumara, (no ball)

bouncer, he swats at it and misses

Sipamla to Hasaranga, OUT

and that's Hasaranga gone. Back of a length and ouside off, he lofts that down the ground and Bavuma swallows the catch coming in from long off

Wanindu Hasaranga c Bavuma b Sipamla 59 (53b 12x4 1x6 59m) SR: 111.32
Sipamla to Hasaranga, no run

short ball angling back into the stumps he hits hit hard into his own pad

end of over 45Maiden
SL: 179/7CRR: 3.97 
Kasun Rajitha0 (26b)
Wanindu Hasaranga59 (51b 12x4 1x6)
Anrich Nortje 10-1-47-1
Lutho Sipamla 4-0-23-1
Nortje to Rajitha, no run

another one bouncing up has him on the hop and pulling bat and hands clear as it goes over the stumps

Nortje to Rajitha, no run

pressed to short cover, it strikes the fielder on the lower leg there, no damage done, by the looks

Nortje to Rajitha, no run

similar short ball, rearing up, looks to have hit the bottom hand and he pulled it out of the way

Nortje to Rajitha, no run

prodded away behind him

Nortje to Rajitha, no run

shorter ball, it leapt up, Rajitha stuck his bat out in front and it might have hit his finger before dropping into the pitch. He's hobbling round very gingerly in his crease

Nortje to Rajitha, no run

Hari: "The match is gone from Sri Lanka, why are they making Rajitha play with Injury? " Nortje into the action, round the wicket

end of over 4412 runs
SL: 179/7CRR: 4.06 
Wanindu Hasaranga59 (51b 12x4 1x6)
Kasun Rajitha0 (20b)
Lutho Sipamla 4-0-23-1
Keshav Maharaj 6-3-20-0

James : "I like Hasaranga's approach. SA looked like the intensity level dropped to get through some quick overs. Hasaranga took the opportunity for some runs. "

Sipamla to Hasaranga, FOUR runs

shorter ball, outside off, he chips that over the bowler's head, Sipamla, reaches up in vain as the ball finds the boundary

Sipamla to Hasaranga, no run

just outside off, driven towards mid off, where there's a man to collect

Sipamla to Hasaranga, FOUR runs

just outside off, he carves that nicely between third slip and gully it races away

Sipamla to Hasaranga, no run

angling slightly onto off stump and worked away towards mid off

Sipamla to Hasaranga, no run

prodded away in defence

Sipamla to Hasaranga, FOUR runs

well outside off and Hasaranga brings up 50 with a lovely stroke through long off

Here's Sipamla

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