Sri Lanka outclass South Africa

Courtesy International Cricket Council:

Sri Lanka scored its ninth Test match win outside the sub-continent and probably the most significant ever when they outclassed South Africa by 208 runs with a full day to spare in the second Test at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Thursday.

It was a stunning fightback by the tourists who lost the first Test by an innings and they now go to the third Test matchstarting at Sahara Park Newlands on Tuesday with everything to play for.

Having broken their Test match losing streak in South Africa, they will now believe they can go one better and win their first series here.

“Sri Lanka outplayed us in every department,” commented Proteas’ captain Graeme Smith, “on a pitch that suited their style of play. We were poor from day one and we now need to find a way to bounce back in the third Test.”

The Proteas, set a victory target of 450, again produced a disappointing top order performance and at one stage it looked as though they might be bowled out for less than their first innings record low score of 168.

AB de Villiers (69 off 141 balls) and Dale Steyn (43 off 125balls) delayed the inevitable with a seventh wicket stand of 99 before the end came quickly against the second new ball.

The fading light caused Sri Lankan to bowl with their spinners but Man of the Match Rangana Herath would probably have bowled in any event. The harder ball gave him a bit more pace and bounce off the pitch and he finished with an innings return of 5/79 and a match return of 9/128.

The Sri Lankans produced nearly all the stand-out cricket in the match with Thilan Samaraweera and Kumar Sangakkara both scoring centuries,debutant Dinesh Chandimal getting half-centuries in both innings and both Chanaka Welegedara and Herath claiming five-wicket hauls.

Very few of the Proteas can feel satisfied with their performances. Hashim Amla scored half-centuries in both innings but did not take it on to something substantial. Marchant de Lange had an excellent debut with a first innings return of 7/81 while Steyn collected his 17thfive-wicket haul in his 50th Test match.

The batsmen would do well to reflect on the fact that Steyn made second top score in the first innings and third top score in the second. He has only been dismissed three times in four Test matches (one a run out) and has an average for the year in the mid-30s.

The Proteas have not scored a century in the current series and it is something that needs to be addressed before next week.

  • Mr.Cricket

    Lets name the one Day squad….

  • http://www.abs123.lk anona

    rest mahela & mathews from ODI pool as they genuinely seem to need rest. but include thilan & herath who are underplayed and have potential to play as workhorses, not stars. they might even endup as match winners. look at a combination with dilshan, upul tharanga, sanga, thilan, herath, chandimal as the core and add potential newcomers to make the final11-12. HOwever, we need to have a conservative dress code. no ear rings, fancy hair, jewellary etc which are distractions. currently no great players do these things in other teams, especially gold chains which is beyond many followers.

  • BHAGYA

    well done sri lanka.we are back.I think we must involve nuwan kulasekara in to side. he is one of the best swinger of the game.

    • http://www.abs123.lk anona

      ok……. he also needs to improve a bit. perhaps needs to bowl a few faster ones. his success is in subcont. can be a good stock bowler if dilshan needs such a bowler, which i doubt. of course he is a genuine trier. people will like him if he starts to be among wickets again. needs careful handling. could backfire otherwise.

  • http://SrilankaCricket Mike

    Should be include Malindra Warnapura & Schithra Senanayake for future Test Series. Also Tharanga Paranawithana & Selfish player Anjelo Mathews Should be not include SL Test team. Beacause they have been shown poor performance in past test series.

    • Raja

      Sachithra is a must but you may find 101 better batsmen who have maintained consistency from very young age than Malinda Warnapura. However young Madawa Warnapura is a far better batsman than Malinda who is in his 30s.

  • dinith

    well done SL. Anyway, pls bring in dammika prasad for thisara for the 3rd test.
    and consider playing ajantha as south africans have not seen him a lot.

    • http://www.abs123.lk anona

      dont play ajantha now- better persist with rangana herath for 3rd test.

      but replace thisara wth dammika prasad or even with the newcomer for suprise element which will sure work, if well handled by captain on field..

  • C.J

    SL needs to include Prasad to form more hostile line up in expense of Tissara

  • http://tgrtrustforpeople.blogspot.com mohammadh rikzy

    well done sri lanka. sangakara, samaraweera, chandhimal, herath and welagedara gave their best to win this test which has been very important to sri lanka. but selectors should look back to this test and understand whom are the guys who perform and do not perform. when we look into the list of names of guys who do not perform jayawardena’s name gets highlited because he hasnt done anything for the betterment of the team and if this happens in any other teams like australia england or india straight away mahela should have been rested but it never happens in sri lanka this is too bad. new emerging players like bhanuka,angelo perera and sachitra are still awaiting for their opportunity to perform. but still if the selectors would like to give him a chance in the third test its okay but if he doesnt perform even in that test it is foolish to keep him in the side for the odis. whatever it is it depends in the decisions of the selectors.

  • Alex

    Congratulations ! All boys are heroes ! Rangana magician ))

    • http://www.abs123.lk anona

      if herath gets the chances given to murali, we could easily have a genius. but it is too late. however, we must persist with herath for the next 2 years at least in tests unless another does really well to cjallenge him.

      • Lokuduwa

        Why couldn’t he do it against Pakistan at a time Pakistani Spinners were doing wonders against reckless SLan front-liners? Is there weren’t enough foot-holds in the pitch? Why couldn’t this magician and another favorite spinner of selectors failed do any thing when the Australian opening pair went on a run rampage against the pathetic bowling attack of selectors till Mendis was given the ball and won the Match (8 Aug 2011) all by himself ( it is such a player that has always been asked to carry water for some who doesn’t deserve place even in a Club side.). Although this remarkable loose-limbed bowler who has taken maximum No of International wkts in a minimum No of Int matches & being the current No one T/20 bowler has always been overlooked to provide opportunities to henchmen. Even though Mahela (the Best Captain after Madugalle) was able to take the best out of Ajatha,his predesesors have completely ruined his career by not providing the best field,and the selectors by not giving his due place in the National Side as in the case of very many other quality players the likes of Sachithra, Malinda Pushpakumara

  • Pradeep

    oh.. at last releif… ChaK de Sri Lanka CRicKet TeAm….