South Africa have slumped to their lowest test total since readmission to worldwide 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. However, Kagiso Rabada drew a thick outside edge that saw him Karunaratne finally dismissed, with Maharaj (3-37) enabling South Africa to get into the Sri Lanka middle order before Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva reached the close unscathed.
"We were trying not to let a batsman settle". "I think the numbers would say yes", the South African skipper said. The shape that he has is a lot different than the pace you can practice against. When Quinton de Kock completely missed the ball to be bowled, South Africa were in deep trouble at 36/6. South Africa do not play Tests in Sri Lanka or Bangladesh at all between 2019 and 2023, but will tour India in October next year for three Tests and need to be better equipped for the challenge.
10 - Although this is South Africa's lowest Test total since re-admission.
Perera made the first breakthrough in the third over after lunch, having opener Dean Elgar stumped, after the batsman ran down the pitch and failed to connect with a turning delivery.
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"Every spinner likes to bowl in Galle".
However, Sri Lanka weren't done yet. It was worse than the 126 they posted in their first attempt and their lowest total since readmission.
It was not until left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj joined Philander at the crease with the score on 36 for 6 that South Africa began to show any resistance, and even that partnership was snuffed out in 22 balls. I think I always want to play positively and back my strengths. "Batters from both teams found it hard to bat, barring one or two batters - Karunaratne batted exceptionally well, which basically got them to their score in the first innings".
South Africa's reputation for starting series slowly, especially on the subcontinent, will undoubtedly come under the spotlight again after this shattering 278-run defeat. Skipper Faf du Plessis top-scored with 49 before the South African innings folded in the second session. We expected it to be tough. "But we weren't good enough in this game, and Sri Lanka showed us why they were better".
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.