Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Sri Lanka spinners wreak havoc to beat S Africa inside…

Sri Lanka spinners wreak havoc to beat S Africa inside…

South Africa have slumped to their lowest test total since readmission to global cricket, bowled out for 73 on Saturday as Sri Lanka won the first game of their two-match series by 278 runs in Galle with two full days to spare. Veteran spinner Rangana Herath started Sri Lanka's dominance by sending back nightwatchman Maharaj early, and Perera soon took crucial wickets including the unsafe Hashim Amla for 15.

The duo are past masters in their own conditions, causing confusion not through vicious spin but rather deception of trajectory, speed and most importantly manipulation of the opposition's minds.

South Africa were 36-6 after Quinton de Kock was trapped in front trying to heave Dilruwan into the leg side and the right-arm tweaker saw the back of Maharaj to claim his five-wicket haul in the 19th over.

But for all the brilliance of the Sri Lankan spinners, the South African batting unit's shot-selection left a lot to desired, which was epitomised by the fact that both openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram were stumped. "The biggest weapon that they had was their consistency". That is what makes it hard. "Today, it spun a little bit more than yesterday".

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The only answer then is to play more high-pressure matches in the subcontinent, something the new FTP does not make a lot of provision for.

"We didn't expect to get them bowled out for 126, though". "If the wicket is turning, I tend to change those angles", said Perera.

"I think there's good lessons for us to learn". There weren't any demons. "But we weren't good enough in this game, and Sri Lanka showed us why they were better".

"After I got injured, I worked really hard in the A team to get my form back", Karunaratne said.

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It was South Africa's first test defeat in Sri Lanka since 2006. Though they lost a series in England in mid-2017, they won in Australia in late 2016 and they have enjoyed two successful home summers, beating Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, India and Australia. He went one better and took his sixth when he set Kagiso Rabada up with one that turned away sharply and followed up with one that went straight on, from around the wicket, to bowl him as he shouldered arms.

"Even if we came a month earlier, it would not have mattered if you not practising on facilities that doesn't spin". The quality of spin in this Test match and how they controlled it was fantastic.

Star South African pacer Dale Steyn on Saturday (14th July) equalled Shaun Pollock's record by becoming the joint highest wicket-taker in the Test cricket of the rainbow nation.

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