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1st Test, Gqeberha, December 26 - 30, 2016, Sri Lanka tour of South Africa
286 & 406/6d
(T:488) 205 & 281

South Africa won by 206 runs

Player Of The Match
59 & 117
South Africa 1st Innings
Sri Lanka 1st Innings
South Africa 2nd Innings
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
Match Flow
South Africa 1st Innings 
c †Chandimal b Lakmal591251477047.20
c †Chandimal b Lakmal45981645045.91
c †Chandimal b Lakmal20761072026.31
lbw b Herath639514110066.31
c Karunaratne b Lakmal37731075050.68
lbw b Herath318220016.66
b Pradeep37681065054.41
c Chameera b Pradeep1333452039.39
c †Chandimal b Lakmal036000.00
run out (Perera/†Chandimal)034000.00
not out 0612000.00
Extras(lb 3, nb 5, w 1)9
TOTAL98.5 Ov (RR: 2.89, 434 Mins)286
Fall of wickets: 1-104 (Stephen Cook, 35.3 ov), 2-105 (Dean Elgar, 39.2 ov), 3-178 (Hashim Amla, 59.5 ov), 4-213 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 70.6 ov), 5-225 (Temba Bavuma, 74.5 ov), 6-253 (Faf du Plessis, 83.6 ov), 7-276 (Vernon Philander, 94.4 ov), 8-276 (Keshav Maharaj, 95.3 ov), 9-281 (Kyle Abbott, 96.2 ov), 10-286 (Quinton de Kock, 98.5 ov)
35.3 to SC Cook, lovely bowling and Cook falls. That's a superb delivery. Pitched the ball on a good length on off, the ball moved away late towards a fourth stump. Cook, it seemed, was squared up in his attempt to flick. Closed the bat face early, the ball took the outside edge and carried low to Chandimal's right. Good take.. 104/1
39.2 to D Elgar, edged and taken. Another one. Lakmal has been stunning after the break. Hangs this outside off, wide enough for Elgar to leave. More on a fifth-stump channel. Elgar wanted to play all along, but the ball moves away late. Kisses the outside edge and travels straight to first slip, but Chandimal gets across and takes a good two-handed grab. Always easier for the keeper if he sees and moves early. Fantastic bowling. 105/2
59.5 to HM Amla, and Amla nicks off. Lakmal does it again. Great bowling. Not an Amla stroke at all. Fullish delivery outside off - pitched on a fifth-stump line. The ball, like it has been doing for Lakmal, moves away late. Amla hangs his bat out in line with the ball, which would have been safe had he not gone chasing after it. Gets a thick edge which is well accepted by Chandimal, diving to his right. 178/3
83.6 to F du Plessis, edged and gone! The new ball does the trick! Just a nibble of movement away from the bat, and the extra bounce takes the splice and carries comfortably to Karunaratne at first slip, who scoops the chance with a tumble to his left. Du Plessis had looked solid and unflustered, but he's gone, and suddenly, South Africa are in danger of squandering a day that they seemed to have been dominating with ease. 253/6
95.3 to KA Maharaj, edged and that's five for Lakmal! They might not even get 300 now, though. Ideal delivery. In the channel, just outside off, forces the batsman to play, a hint of movement away to take the edge. A good catch from Chandimal, to atone for the early miss, as he dives in front of first slip. 276/8
94.4 to VD Philander, taken at deep square leg! Pradeep makes the breakthrough with a short ball. Philander has been keen to pull this morning. Doesn't even try to keep this down, goes high in the air and it's a good catch in the deep by Chameera who had to run to his left. A curious shot with the fielder out there, perhaps he thought he could clear the rope. Tight to the frontline, but it was okay (not that they checked on this occasion - there was a missed no-ball in a previous over). 276/7
98.5 to Q de Kock, cleaned up! Fantastic delivery to end the innings. Pradeep gets his yorker in from round the wicket, spears under de Kock's bat as he tries to jab down and the off stump goes flying. Great sight for Pradeep. 286/10
70.6 to JP Duminy, given! Umpire Oxenford gives Duminy. Only a question of where the ball hit him. Duminy reviews. A slow delivery through the air, but Herath is wily enough not to bowl it too full. Duminy is through his sweep, and the ball hits him on the pad just in front of off. No bat on that. All about impact for this review. All reds on HawkEye, struck him in line and Duminy's enterprising knock ends. Was that the wisest choice of stroke with him not having any problems with the straight bat? Easy in hindsight, though.. 213/4
74.5 to T Bavuma, raucous appeal, and Sri Lanka are taking a review. And sure enough, it's out! Pinned on the crease, Bavuma was struck on the back pad, and though it looked leg-sided, the ball didn't have much further to travel. Striking leg stump, and Sri Lanka have prised their fifth wicket of a doughty day's work. 225/5
Sri Lanka 1st Innings 
b Abbott510150050.00
lbw b Philander16591093027.11
c †de Kock b Philander713140053.84
c †de Kock b Abbott098000.00
c Elgar b Rabada39691155056.52
lbw b Philander2864925043.75
c †de Kock b Philander43701205061.42
lbw b Maharaj2432424075.00
c Amla b Abbott1951652037.25
c Abbott b Philander4541080.00
not out 810281080.00
Extras(lb 4, nb 3, w 5)12
TOTAL64.5 Ov (RR: 3.16, 310 Mins)205
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 3.2 ov), 2-19 (Kusal Perera, 6.2 ov), 3-22 (Kusal Mendis, 7.6 ov), 4-61 (Kaushal Silva, 21.5 ov), 5-94 (Angelo Mathews, 31.1 ov), 6-121 (Dinesh Chandimal, 41.3 ov), 7-157 (Rangana Herath, 50.1 ov), 8-181 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 57.1 ov), 9-185 (Suranga Lakmal, 57.6 ov), 10-205 (Dushmantha Chameera, 64.5 ov)
6.2 to MDKJ Perera, and there's that edge! Was only a matter of time. That was a pretty horrid innings. Back of a length outside off, a hint of width, Perera throws his hands through an attempted square drive and provides a simple chance for de Kock. 19/2
21.5 to JK Silva, the appeal is upheld this time! But Silva has called for the review. A straight delivery, takes him on the front pad as he comes forward. Nipped back a touch, hit the knee roll. Height doesn't look an issue. Philander was convinced, he didn't even turn to the umpire as he appealed. And it's smashing middle. Lovely bowling, away, away, away and then the one which holds its line.. 61/4
41.3 to LD Chandimal, gone this time! Chandimal called for the review, but more out of hope than expectation. It looked out. Tight for the no-ball, but's fine. Nips back to beat the inside edge, misses the front pad and hits the back one. May have glanced front pad, actually, but looks very good for Philander. Yes, hitting middle two-thirds of the way up. More classy bowling from Vern as the nip-backer brings reward. 121/6
57.1 to DM de Silva, what a start! Edged behind. A pearler of a delivery to get first ball of the day. Pitches just back of a length at off stump, moves away late, squares up de Silva, and nicks the outside edge. Can really blame the batsman there, feet slightly slow first up but was a lovely delivery. 181/8
57.6 to RAS Lakmal, and another! Five for Big Vern. A very soft shot from Lakmal. Full and straight, just clips a catch low to mid-on. The bottom hand took over. They are checking the no-ball but he is fine. 185/9
3.2 to FDM Karunaratne, dragged on! Abbott strikes early. Full outside off, Karunaratne is lured into the drive, foot wasn't to the pitch, playing away from his body and the inside edge crashes into leg stump. 10/1
7.6 to BKG Mendis, drives, edges, good catch from de Kock! Full outside off, Mendis can't resist a drive this time, wasn't really full enough and the feet didn't move much either. A thick outside edge and de Kock leaps in front of first slip to snaffle it. 22/3
64.5 to PVD Chameera, and that's done it...pushing without any footwork at a length delivery outside off and this time it takes the edge, offers a simple waist-high catch to Amla at first slip. 205/10
31.1 to AD Mathews, edged, taken at third slip! That will help lift Rabada. A loose poke from the Sri Lanka captain. It was full, quite wide outside off, Mathews pushing well away from his body and the edge is grabbed low down by Elgar. 94/5
50.1 to HMRKB Herath, and he's given this time! Misses the reverses sweep, the ball is full and straightened into off stump. Dar's finger is raised. Impact was umpire's call. Lbw 9999. 157/7
South Africa 2nd Innings 
c †Chandimal b Chameera11717824511065.73
c Mathews b Lakmal521021334050.98
lbw b Pradeep4853825090.56
c Mathews b de Silva2536492069.44
not out 67861253077.90
c Mendis b de Silva81081080.00
lbw b Herath6986986080.23
Extras(b 5, lb 2, nb 10, w 3)20
TOTAL90.5 Ov (RR: 4.46, 373 Mins)406/6d
Fall of wickets: 1-116 (Dean Elgar, 32.1 ov), 2-221 (Hashim Amla, 50.6 ov), 3-245 (Stephen Cook, 57.6 ov), 4-267 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 62.4 ov), 5-277 (Temba Bavuma, 64.4 ov), 6-406 (Quinton de Kock, 90.5 ov)
32.1 to D Elgar, a breakthrough! A short ball outside off, Elgar tries to pull it over midwicket but just gets a top edge which loops to mid-on who only has to take a couple of steps to his left. Perhaps came on a little quicker than he expected. 116/1
50.6 to HM Amla, and he's gone! There's the 10,000th lbw in Tests! Full, straight, Amla walking across his crease again, this time he misses and that was dead straight. He doesn't bother with a review. 221/2
57.6 to SC Cook, well, that could change things for Chameera! Cook fiddling outside off, trying to angle the ball towards deep point or third man, feet stuck in the crease, playing well away from the body and provides a thin edge. 245/3
90.5 to Q de Kock, and this time he's given...and now it's de Kock's turn to review. De Kock went for a slog sweep, the full ball went under the bat and struck his front pad. Looks out on first replay. Hits in line and smashing middle. Herath has one. 10,001 lbws in Test cricket. 406/6
62.4 to JP Duminy, edged, taken at slip! Lovely bit of bowling, and an offspinner gets Duminy. Pitched around off stump, JP came forward to play, was reaching for it a little. Didn't actually turn that much, just took the outside edge and it was a neat, low catch by the captain. 267/4
64.4 to T Bavuma, and he has another! A bit of a limp dismissal. Bavuma just looking to work this into the leg side, it turns a little, gets an inside edge (or perhaps glove) into the pad and it loops to short leg for a dolly of a catch. 277/5
Sri Lanka 2nd Innings (T: 488 runs)
run out (Duminy/†de Kock)431131435038.05
lbw b Rabada481182057040.67
c †de Kock b Maharaj613101046.15
c †de Kock b Rabada58901299064.44
lbw b Abbott591201707049.16
c Rabada b Maharaj838500021.05
lbw b Abbott2236604061.11
c & b Philander311280027.27
c †de Kock b Rabada01220000.00
not out 1920293095.00
b Maharaj49131044.44
Extras(b 4, lb 3, nb 1, w 3)11
TOTAL96.3 Ov (RR: 2.91, 434 Mins)281
Fall of wickets: 1-87 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 32.4 ov), 2-93 (Kusal Perera, 34.6 ov), 3-118 (Kaushal Silva, 46.2 ov), 4-193 (Kusal Mendis, 64.2 ov), 5-225 (Dinesh Chandimal, 77.3 ov), 6-246 (Angelo Mathews, 85.4 ov), 7-258 (Dhananjaya de Silva, 89.3 ov), 8-258 (Rangana Herath, 90.1 ov), 9-274 (Dushmantha Chameera, 93.3 ov), 10-281 (Nuwan Pradeep, 96.3 ov)
90.1 to HMRKB Herath, a lot has happened here! It's a brilliant catch to start with, Philander diving right across the pitch to get his left hand to the ball as Herath pops the ball back down the pitch. That's a stunning effort, ensures the ball doesn't pop out as he lands on the ground. But he seems to jar his shoulder in the process. Gets up rather slowly. The ball seemed to stop in the pitch, Herath early on his flat-footed poke. The ball looped to the on side and Philander managed to change direction his followthrough.. 258/8
85.4 to AD Mathews, given lbw! Mathews reviews. He moved across his stumps, missed his flick. Will he be saved by the angle? A prolonged appeal from Abbott and Oxenford's finger went up. No bat involved. Struck around the knee roll. And it's hitting a fair chunk of the bails. Umpire's call on height. 246/6
89.3 to DM de Silva, and the finger goes up again! It's Abbott's morning. De Silva, being the last main line of defence, calls for the review. He'd shuffled across in front of all three. Nips back, takes him just above the roll. Bails, again, I'd say. He's a long way back. Yep, taking the top of the stumps.. 258/7
46.2 to JK Silva, that's close, and given! Silva calls for the review. This nipped back from a fullish length, he wasn't that far forward. Height the issue. It's above the knee roll. No edge. And it's hitting leg stump flush on. Three reds. Dar gets it spot on. 118/3
64.2 to BKG Mendis, he's done it! That didn't take long. A bouncer from round the wicket, on a middle and leg line, Mendis tries to ramp it over the slips - he shuffled slightly to leg - and just gets a thin edge to the keeper. 193/4
93.3 to PVD Chameera, and that's an edge, or glove in fact...short of a length at off stump, extra bounce, nips away and that's too good for a lower-order batsman who averages five. Sparring outside off, takes the thumb of the glove through to de Kock. 274/9
34.6 to MDKJ Perera, one brings two! Surely that's the end of Perera at No.3. Going for a cut shot to ball just outside off, extra bounce from the rough, gets a top edge which is nicely held by de Kock. Didn't seem keen to take his time. 93/2
77.3 to LD Chandimal, oh jeepers, what has he done! Chandimal has given it away near the close. Came down the pitch, trying to clear the in-field again, but can only pick out mid-on. Very similar to when he offered the chance to mid-off.. 225/5
96.3 to N Pradeep, and that's it! A beauty to win the Test. Pitches on middle, spins, beats the outside edge and takes the off stump. A delightful delivery for a left-arm spinner. 281/10
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Mon, 26 Dec - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 267/6 (Quinton de Kock 25*, Vernon Philander 6*, 90 ov)
Tue, 27 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 181/7 (Dhananjaya de Silva 43*, Dushmantha Chameera 7*, 57 ov)
Wed, 28 Dec - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 351/5 (Faf du Plessis 41*, Quinton de Kock 42*, 80 ov)
Thu, 29 Dec - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 240/5 (Angelo Mathews 58*, Dhananjaya de Silva 9*, 83 ov)
Fri, 30 Dec - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 281 (96.3 ov) - end of match
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Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Over 85.4: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - AD Mathews (Struck down)
  • Sri Lanka: 250 runs in 87.3 overs (526 balls), Extras 10
  • Over 89.3: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - DM de Silva (Struck down)
  • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 274/9 in 93.3 overs (RAS Lakmal 16)
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2243
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-16.00; Close: 18:00
Match days26,27,28,29,30 December 2016 - day (5-day match)
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