Steyn stars in big South Africa Test win

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Dale Steyn grabbed a match haul of 9-99 as South Africa won the first Test by 153 runs on the fifth and final day in Galle on Sunday. South Africa, currently the world No.2, can reclaim the top world ranking from Australia if they win the second and final Test in Colombo from July 24-28. Steyn’s figures, the best by a quick at the Galle ground, helped the visitors bowl Sri Lanka out twice despite a wicket which offered little help. It was only South Africa’s third win on the island and their first since 2000. Steyn was well supported by seamer Morne Morkel, who picked up four wickets as Sri Lanka’s second innings ended on 216 shortly into the… Read More →

Sangakkara launches spirited chase of 370

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An unbeaten 89-ball 58 from Kumar Sangakkara kept Sri Lanka on track for an impressive win as it reached 110 for 1 at stumps on day four against South Africa on Saturday (July 19). Sangakkara, who scored his 49th half-century, shared an unbeaten 96-run stand for the second wicket with Kaushal Silva (37) after Dale Steyn, the right-arm pacer, dismissed Upul Tharanga, the opener, for 14. Sri Lanka still need 260 runs to pull off a win. Sri Lanka had been forced on the back foot after it was bowled out for 292 to concede a huge 163-run lead in the first innings. But the declaration from Hashim Amla with South Africa at 206 for 6 in its second innings, changed the picture. Although… Read More →

Vernon Philander fined for ICC Code of Conduct breach

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ICC Media Release South Africa’s Vernon Philander has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Philander was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket, as modified by ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions clause 42.1”. The charge was laid following the conclusion of Friday’s play and after viewing television footage by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Nigel Llong, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires,… Read More →

Steyn rocks Sri Lanka with five-for

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Dale Steyn was simply scintillating, picking up a five-wicket haul on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka to put South Africa in the driver’s seat on Friday (July 18). Steyn accumulated his 23rd five-for despite bowling on a dry and flat surface in Galle, finishing with figures of 5 for 50. At stumps, Sri Lanka was 283 for 9, still trailing by 172 with just one a wicket in hand. Steyn started things off with the wicket of Kaushal Silva in the morning. Attempting a hook off Steyn’s bouncer, Silva sent it straight to Vernon Philander at long leg, who plucked it out of the air for a spectacular catch. That brought Kumar Sangakkara to the… Read More →

Bowlers lead Sri Lanka fight back after Elgar ton

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Dean Elgar scored a fine century to hand South Africa the initiative on the opening day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium, but Sri Lanka’s bowlers fought back admirably to restrict it to 268 for 5 by stumps on Wednesday (July 16). After Hashim Amla opted to bat in his first Test as captain, Elgar scored a 187-ball 103, including 11 boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught behind off Suranga Lakmal. Elgar first put on a quick 70 for the opening wicket with Alviro Petersen – their partnership came off 101 balls – as South Africa got off to a decent start. Petersen then fell to Dilruwan Perera’s off-spin, trapped leg before for 34, but… Read More →