RESULT
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
199
faf-du-plessis
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
South Africa 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Match Details
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Dimuth Karunaratne (c) b Ngidi22202440110.00
Kusal Perera c †de Kock b Mulder1629592055.17
Kusal Mendis c Ngidi b Nortje1216282075.00
Dinesh Chandimal c du Plessis b Mulder8516125211052.79
Dhananjaya de Silva retired not out 7910614211174.52
Niroshan Dickwella lbw b Mulder49861206056.97
Dasun Shanaka not out 66871413575.86
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva  b Sipamla1820213090.00
Kasun Rajitha c Elgar b Sipamla1249802024.48
Vishwa Fernando  b Sipamla012000.00
Lahiru Kumara c van der Dussen b Sipamla0714000.00
Extras(b 16, lb 9, nb 6, w 6)37
TOTAL96 Ov (RR: 4.12)396
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 4.5 ov), 2-54 (Kusal Mendis, 9.5 ov), 3-54 (Kusal Perera, 10.5 ov), 3-185* (Dhananjaya de Silva, retired not out), 4-284 (Dinesh Chandimal, 65.4 ov), 5-296 (Niroshan Dickwella, 70.3 ov), 6-320 (Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, 76.3 ov), 7-387 (Kasun Rajitha, 93.2 ov), 8-387 (Vishwa Fernando, 93.3 ov), 9-396 (Lahiru Kumara, 95.6 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Lungi Ngidi1936413.36836100
4.5 to FDM Karunaratne, chops on! SA have a breakthrough There's been a bit of nip into the left-handers from round the wicket for Ngidi, and this one jags in sharply from back of a length off the seam. Karunaratne had shaped to cut, but changed his shot late in an attempt at damage limitation. In the event, he could only edge onto the base of the stumps, and SA are jubilant at removing Sri Lanka's captain inside five overs. 28/1
Lutho Sipamla1617644.756410103
76.3 to PWH de Silva, back of a length, and a maiden Test wicket for Sipamla! He's earned that the hard way, he's come back from a torrid start and got better with every spell. This is a delivery full of intent, Hasaranga was expecting the short ball and was almost ducking by the time he realised it was fuller than expected. A loose inside-edge into the sticks, and Sri Lanka's slide continues with the new ball looming!. 320/6
93.2 to CAK Rajitha, edged and gone! That's the way to do it! Hitting the right length at pace, with a bit of nip off the seam and good carry. Elgar at second slip accepts the fizzing edge deep in his chest, and a valiant stand is broken by the new boy. 387/7
93.3 to MVT Fernando, two in a row! And that's a sight for sore fast-bowling eyes! Full, fast, straight, an upright seam with a hint of away movement, and the off stump is uprooted! A fist-pump from Sipamla, and suddenly South Africa have a spring in their step!. 387/8
95.6 to CBRLS Kumara, edged, dropped, juggled, fumbled, snaffled! Kumara flinched into a duck, but left his bat in harm's way as he did so, a fizzing deflection took van der Dussen by surprise at first slip, and he so nearly muffed it. But having played pat-a-cake two or three times, including a useful knee, he wraps his fingers round the ball to secure Sipamla's fourth, and bring a enterprising Sri Lanka innings to an end.. 396/9
Anrich Nortje2238814.009910220
9.5 to BKG Mendis, gets his man! Horrible shot, and the result of a scrambled mind due to the pace that Nortje has been bowling. That's a proper working-over from Nortje, banging this in back of a length at 90mph/145kph. Mendis shapes to pull, looking to take the fast bowler down, but is so late on the shot. It flies up, looping into the hands of Ngidi at mid-on. Nortje has the second wicket of a high-octane innings. 54/2
Wiaan Mulder2046933.459411003
10.5 to MDKJ Perera, another one! Perera had been swinging like a rusty gate throughout this over, and his over-aggression brings about his downfall. Length ball, wide outside the off stump and enough room for Perera to free his arms once more. But his timing is awry, and he can only manage a thick edge through to de Kock behind the stumps. Mulder has a wicket in his first over, and this is looking worrying for Sri Lanka!. 54/3
65.4 to LD Chandimal, rears up off a length, takes the edge and gone! Mulder finds some extra bounce in the surface out of nowhere, and Chandimal is taken by surprise. It springs up off the pitch, with a tight line leaving Chandimal no choice but to continuing playing at it, and it flicks up off the shoulder of the bat. Markram is the only man in the cordon, at a wide-ish second slip position, but it flies straight to him at head height and he snaffles the chance to give South Africa a much-needed wicket and break the partnership!. 284/4
70.3 to N Dickwella, big appeal, and up goes the finger! This is a big moment, Dickwella reviews, it is adjacent to the line of leg-stump, but was it outside the line? Nope, that's pitched on leg, and is hitting middle!. 296/5
Keshav Maharaj1937403.89767200
South Africa 1st Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Dean Elgar c & b Shanaka9513020216073.07
Aiden Markram c Shanaka b Fernando689413214072.34
Rassie van der Dussen c †Dickwella b Kumara1542662035.71
Faf du Plessis c Karunaratne b PWH de Silva19927641224072.10
Quinton de Kock (c)†c sub (HDRL Thirimanne) b PWH de Silva18111930163.63
Temba Bavuma c †Dickwella b Shanaka711251907056.80
Wiaan Mulder c †Dickwella b PWH de Silva3663704157.14
Keshav Maharaj c PWH de Silva b Fernando731061576268.86
Anrich Nortje c †Dickwella b Fernando036000.00
Lutho Sipamla lbw b PWH de Silva014000.00
Lungi Ngidi not out 29170022.22
Extras(b 9, lb 18, nb 7, w 10)44
TOTAL142.1 Ov (RR: 4.36)621
Fall of wickets: 1-141 (Aiden Markram, 28.4 ov), 2-200 (Rassie van der Dussen, 42.6 ov), 3-200 (Dean Elgar, 43.4 ov), 4-220 (Quinton de Kock, 47.1 ov), 5-399 (Temba Bavuma, 90.4 ov), 6-476 (Wiaan Mulder, 107.4 ov), 7-609 (Faf du Plessis, 137.5 ov), 8-610 (Anrich Nortje, 138.6 ov), 9-611 (Lutho Sipamla, 139.2 ov), 10-621 (Keshav Maharaj, 142.1 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Vishwa Fernando31.1312934.1312617130
28.4 to AK Markram, loose drive, and gone! Markram throws his head back in frustration. He had looked a million dollars throughout, but this was one big shot too many. Sri Lanka have their first. Fernando persevered with his round-the-wicket ploy, bowling wide on the crease and hanging a wide ball, slightly full of a length, outside the off stump. Markram threw the bat at it, getting a thick edge, and Shanaka, the man at backward point or wide gully, took a sharp catch at head height. 141/1
138.6 to A Nortje, Nortje swishes in the channel and nicks off! Rather flaccid shot from the big No. 9, with SA sitting on a handsome lead and freedom to swing the long handle... Fernando picks up a second wicket of the innings, and SL will surely be batting this evening, one way or another. 610/8
142.1 to KA Maharaj, No higher, evidently. A length ball, on middle stump, Maharaj swivels as he attempts to pull, skies it and there's a man there to take the catch. The hobbling Hasaranga makes excellent ground running round to his right towards third man and looks thrilled to have snaffled the ball. 621/10
Kasun Rajitha2.101607.3883001
Dasun Shanaka28.529823.3913014003
43.4 to D Elgar, spanked back to the bowler, and Elgar is gone! What a way to give away a century, almost his first false stroke. A slap through the line, on a slottable length, and Shanaka was just in the right place in his followthrough, sticking out a reflexive pair of mitts to swallow the chance to his left, almost behind him in the end! That glimmer is a genuine shaft of golden sunlight now!. 200/3
90.4 to T Bavuma, outside-off line, Bavuma slashes wildly at that and gets and edge through to the keeper. Or has he? Replays showing no contact between bat and ball but Bavuma immediately tucked his bat under his arm and walked off! Wow.. 399/5
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva45517143.8017820101
47.1 to Q de Kock, another one gone, and it's a ripper too! Hasaranga has his maiden Test wicket and it's a superb topspinner, pitching and biting with extra bounce, squaring QDK up with feet going nowhere, and a sharp take at slip too as the ball fizzed off the edge. Sri Lanka have found their second wind after a forlorn first three hours in the field. This is getting lively!. 220/4
107.4 to PWA Mulder, gottim this time! Spin and bounce from a full length and Mulder can only guide an edge into the keeper's gloves! Too close to cut and well held by Dickwella. Delayed gratification for Hasaranga, who's just found a nice line and picks up his second wicket. SL need a few more to limit the full extent of the damage, though. 476/6
137.5 to F du Plessis, Faf fluffs it! Looks to go over the top but picks out mid-on! Oh dearie me, he's in the Ian Bell club... A simple catch for Karunaratne, and du Plessis threw back his head in disappointment. The same emotion is etched on the faces of his team-mates and the SA management. Pats on the back from SL players, but they'll be glad to see the back of Faf after a mighty knock that ends just shy of fulfillment. 609/7
139.2 to L Sipamla, does him with the googly, and up goes the finger! Sipamla reviews, was it sliding down leg...? Miles away from the inside edge, and I reckon it'll be clipping at least. Hasaranga's not a big turner of the ball, and Hawk-Eye has it thumping into leg stump, so it's a golden duck on his first outing as a Test batsman! Hasaranga, also on debut, is one away from a five-for. 611/9
Lahiru Kumara21.1010314.868416020
42.6 to HE van der Dussen, edged, and finally, Kumara snags one in the channel! He's earned that one, probing away. Rassie leans forward, not totally committed to the in-between length, and snicks the thinnest of deflections to Dickwella. A glimmer for Sri Lanka. 200/2
Dimuth Karunaratne6.503605.26214000
Kusal Mendis704105.85192102
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 
BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Dimuth Karunaratne (c) b Ngidi68131075.00
Kusal Perera c †de Kock b Nortje648714310073.56
Kusal Mendis c van der Dussen b Ngidi059000.00
Dinesh Chandimal  b Mulder2545754055.55
Niroshan Dickwella c †de Kock b Mulder1015222066.66
Dasun Shanaka c †de Kock b Sipamla635510017.14
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva c Bavuma b Sipamla595359121111.32
Vishwa Fernando run out (Mulder/Maharaj)016000.00
Kasun Rajitha c Maharaj b Nortje02727000.00
Lahiru Kumara not out 057000.00
Dhananjaya de Silva absent hurt------
Extras(b 4, lb 2, nb 4)10
TOTAL46.1 Ov (RR: 3.89)180
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 2.6 ov), 2-22 (Kusal Mendis, 4.5 ov), 3-85 (Dinesh Chandimal, 19.5 ov), 4-99 (Niroshan Dickwella, 23.6 ov), 5-114 (Kusal Perera, 28.4 ov), 6-142 (Dasun Shanaka, 35.5 ov), 7-148 (Vishwa Fernando, 36.6 ov), 8-179 (Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, 45.2 ov), 9-180 (Kasun Rajitha, 46.1 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Lungi Ngidi1023823.80476001
2.6 to FDM Karunaratne, well, an absolute gem from Ngidi! He's gone around the wicket, landed it sweetly a fraction outside off and kept low as it comes back in to hit off stump. Clean bowled!. 10/1
4.5 to BKG Mendis, pitching outside off, he draws the outside edge and Rassie van der Dussen takes a comfortable catch at first slip! That's another excellent breakthrough for South Africa and Ngidi has a second wicket already!. 22/2
Anrich Nortje10.114724.62417001
28.4 to MDKJ Perera, beastly ball from Nortje, gets Perera fencing outside off... not given on field but de Kock immediately reviews, and SA seem pretty confident here. Yes, there's a spike on UltraEdge, and this will be KJP's number! Just seamed away with Perera stuck leg side, and technology reveals a feather of an edge. Nortje amongst 'em. 114/5
46.1 to CAK Rajitha, 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.. 180/9
Wiaan Mulder1213923.25567001
19.5 to LD Chandimal, lovely delivery, it jags up off the surface and clatters into the top of off stump as he swings. Very nicely bowled and so ends a painful looking morning for Chandimal, still clearly feeling the effects of that injury suffered on the third evening. 85/3
23.6 to N Dickwella, another breakthrough for South Africa! Great bowling from Mulder. A challenging line in the fourth-stump channel, draws a thick outside edge and de Kock takes a simple catch. 99/4
Lutho Sipamla502424.80225001
35.5 to MD Shanaka, gottim, that's the perfect line! Sipamla gets his fifth wicket of what is becoming an impressive debut, drawing Shanaka forward with one that pitched on fourth stump and held its line at 138kph, de Kock doing the rest. SA closing in. 142/6
45.2 to PWH de Silva, 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. 179/8
Keshav Maharaj632003.33294000
Aiden Markram32602.00170100
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MATCH DETAILS
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Series
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Faf du Plessis
Series resultSouth Africa led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2399
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2020 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Lutho Sipamla
Lutho Sipamla
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva
Umpires
South Africa
Adrian Holdstock
South Africa
Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
South Africa
Allahudien Paleker
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Bongani Jele
Match Referee
Zimbabwe
Andy Pycroft
PointsSouth Africa 60, Sri Lanka 0
CLOSE OF PLAY
Sat, 26 Dec - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 340/6 (Dasun Shanaka 25*, Kasun Rajitha 7*, 85 ov)
Sun, 27 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 317/4 (Faf du Plessis 55*, Temba Bavuma 41*, 72 ov)
Mon, 28 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 65/2 (Kusal Perera 33*, Dinesh Chandimal 21*, 12 ov)
Tue, 29 Dec - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 180 (46.1 ov) - end of match
MATCH NOTES
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 54 balls (MDKJ Perera 21, LD Chandimal 25, Ex 5)
  • Over 15.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - MDKJ Perera (Upheld)
  • Over 18.3: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - AT Holdstock, Batsman - MDKJ Perera (Struck down)
  • MDKJ Perera: 50 off 67 balls (9 x 4)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 99/4 in 24.0 overs (MDKJ Perera 52)
  • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 24.3 overs (149 balls), Extras 6
  • Over 28.4: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - AT Holdstock, Batsman - MDKJ Perera (Upheld)
  • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 148/7 in 37.0 overs (PWH de Silva 28)
  • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 40.1 overs (244 balls), Extras 9
  • PWH de Silva: 50 off 46 balls (10 x 4, 1 x 6)
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ICC World Test Championship
TEAMMWLDPTRPWR
IND1712415201.577
ENG2111734421.12
NZ117404201.281
AUS148423321.392
PAK124532860.822
SA135802640.787
SL122642000.729
WI133821940.661
BAN7061200.601