Sri Lanka make history

2011-12-30 00:00

SRI Lanka made history by winning their first-ever Test in South Africa yesterday, taking five wickets in the afternoon session on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead to set up the victory.

The visitors’ main wicket takers were veteran fast bowler Dilhara Fernando 2/29 and man of the match Rangana Herath, who picked up his seventh five-wicket haul when he picked up 5/79.

Earlier Dale Steyn had made up for the fact that he went wicketless in the first innings by taking his 16th five wicket haul.

After an early start to the day’s play, Steyn struck in the second over when he had Thisara Perera (12) caught in the slips after delivering a sharp bouncer that the batsman could not keep out.

He then gave more of the same to Chanaka Welegedara (10), who fended the ball straight to Hashim Amla at backward square leg.

Morne Morkel was rewarded for his good morning spell when he pitched a short ball to Fernando (three) which he guided to Aswell Prince in the gully.

This brought the Sri Lankan innings to an end on 279, which gave them a 450-run lead.

As in the first innings, Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph played positive shots and got off to good starts. But Fernando fired in a fierce bouncer which Smith (26) edged to first slip.

This brought the highest scorer of Proteas’ first innings, Amla, to the crease. He continued with his positive form by cutting and cover driving the ball with relative ease.

South Africa did well to go to lunch with only one wicket down, but the fight-back didn’t last long after lunch, when Sri Lanka had their best session.

Perera continued the strategy of peppering the batsmen with short balls and Rudolf chased a wide delivery and edged it to Mahela Jayawardene at second slip.

This brought Jacques Kallis to the wicket, who played a Herath delivery on to his helmet and was caught at short leg. Kallis walked back to the pavillion after recording a pair of ducks for the first time in his career.

But while the wickets were falling at one end, Amla was pressing matters at the other and hit a glorious cover drive for four to bring up his second fifty of the match.

This ended two overs later when he pushed a Herath delivery square of the wicket. Prince was not interested in the run and turned his back on Amla, who was two-thirds down the wicket. Amla was run out by Welegedara and Chandimal.

Prince (seven) never lasted long after that and was dismissed when he chased a Fernando delivery that was caught in the slips.

There was a huge appeal two overs later when Herath struck Mark Boucher on the pads and everything pointed to it being out.

Sri Lanka went for the review and the only thing that saved Boucher was that the ball had gone over the stumps. He didn’t survive the second appeal in the next Herath over when he was given out LBW.

Steyn and AB De Villiers put on resistance, with De Villiers playing a gritty innings.

The pair almost reached a 100-run partnership when, with five overs left in the day’s play, De Villiers (69) misread a Herath delivery and was given out LBW.

Morkel (five) was the next to go when he was given out in a similar fashion with one over left during the day.

In the first ball of the next over Herath picked up his fourth wicket when he got Steyn out LBW for a well played 43.

He then bowled Marchant de Lange to secure the historic victory by 208 runs.


Sri Lanka first innings 338 (T. Samaraweera 102, D. Chandimal 58; M. de Lange 7-81).

South Africa first innings 168 (H. Amla 54; C. Welegedara 5-52, R. Herath 4-49).

Sri Lanka second innings (overnight 256-7)

T. Paranavitana c Prince b Morkel 9

T. Dilshan c Smith b Steyn 4

K. Sangakkara c Smith b Tahir 108

M. Jayawardene lbw b De Lange 14

T. Samaraweera b Tahir 43

A. Mathews c Boucher b Steyn 3

D. Chandimal c Boucher b Steyn 54

T. Perera c Kallis b Steyn 12

R. Herath not out 8

C. Welegedara c Amla b Steyn 10

D. Fernando c Prince b Morkel 3

Extras (b-5, lb-3, w-1, nb-2) 11

TOTAL (all out, 78.2 overs) 279

Fall of wickets: 1-4 2-20 3-44 4-138 5-141 6-245 7-245 8-262 9-276 10-279.

Bowling: Morkel 18.2-4-46-2, Steyn 20-3-73-5, De Lange 13-2-45-1 (w-1, nb-1), Kallis 11-1-43-1, Tahir 16-1-64-2 (nb-1)

South Africa second innings

J. Rudolph c Jayawardene b Perera 22

G. Smith c Jayawardene b Fernando 26

H. Amla run out 51

J. Kallis c Paranavitana b Herath 0

A. Prince c Paranavitana b Fernando 7

AB de Villiers lbw b Herath 69

M. Boucher lbw b Herath 7

D. Steyn lbw b Herath 43

M. Morkel lbw b Dilshan 5

Imran Tahir not out 0

M. de Lange b Herath 0

Extras (b-6, lb-1, w-3, nb-1) 11

TOTAL (all out, 87.3 overs) 241

Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-88, 3-97, 4-106, 5-116, 6-133, 7-232, 8-241, 9-241

Bowling: Welegedara 16-5-33-0 (w-1), Perera 13-0-48-1, Fernando 13-3-29-2 (nb-1, w-2), Dilshan 11-2-35-1, Herath 30.3-7-79-5, Mathews 3-0-9-0, Samaraweera 1-0-1-0.

The three-match series is tied 1-1.

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