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South Africa slump to record low in Sri Lanka thrashing

15 July, 2018, 09:35 | Author: Candice Daniels
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If that makes the stomach churn like the hottest Sri Lankan curry, try digesting the fact that Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne's match aggregate of 218 was individually superior and that South Africa's second innings lasted a mere 28.5 overs that yielded 73 runs - eclipsing Nagpur's 2015 record low of 79 in the process.

Sri Lanka registered a thumping 278-run win over South Africa inside three days of the opening test on Saturday.

Having established a lead of 161, Sri Lanka quickly set about extending it when they began their second innings, with the openers putting on a 51-run partnership.

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera bowled unchanged from one end to claim career-best figures of 6-32, his seventh test five-wicket haul. The wicket took Steyn equal to Shaun Pollock as South Africa's highest wicket taker in Test cricket.

Hashim Amla, who captained South Africa to a 1-0 series win the last time the Proteas were in Sri Lanka in 2014, said 272 was already a handy lead for the pitch.

In the third afternoon at Galle, South Africa's agony came to an end as they were bowled out for 73 their lowest Test score since readmission.

South Africa s top scorer was Vernon Philander, who made 22 not out, with opener Aiden Markram batting out the most deliveries, facing 46 balls for his 19.

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"There were one or two more expansive shots than we would normally play, but the thinking behind the batting was to try and put some pressure back on the bowling, because they don't give you anything".

South Africa have never faced fewer overs in Asia than they did in this innings. Sri Lanka scored 287 in their first innings.

"After I got injured, I worked really hard in the A team to get my form back", Karunaratne said. I think that's the biggest difference when you play in the subcontinent.

Earlier in the morning, with Sri Lanka resuming on 111/4, young Rabada was in the middle of all action, causing a run-out, getting the ball to move, and taking wickets. We expected it to be tough coming here.

"No matter how much you train before a series like this, you can't face the quality of spin you'll get in the test match when you're playing in the nets", South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said after the match. When Quinton de Kock completely missed the ball to be bowled, South Africa were in deep trouble at 36/6.

Perhaps finally breaking it in Colombo next week in the second Test in what will hopefully be more favourable circumstances for the world's No 2 Test side simply have to turn it around if they are to salvage this series.



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