Sri Lanka vs South Africa Test series Match 1 Day 3

Ruben Holloway
July 16, 2018

South Africa collapsed for the second time in three days in Galle to hand hosts Sri Lanka a comprehensive 278-run win in the first Test, reported ICC. The biggest weapon that they had was their consistency.

Dean Elgar (8) edged Perera to slip to leave South Africa 13-3, Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma briefly stemming the tide before the former flicked the same bowler to short leg for 15. "That's what I always do on turning tracks", Karunaratne said. I think often it was the ball that didn't spin as much as we thought that got us out. We expected it to be tough coming here. He got behind the line of the ball and played good defensive shots.

A humbled South Africa side has slumped to its lowest test score since readmission into test cricket back in 1991 in a heavy loss to Sri Lanka.

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While the Proteas should be sharper in overall terms for the second Test, after hitting Galle so "cold", it must be a concern that several of the present batsmen run the risk of only becoming increasingly spooked by their pretty regular, low-return experiences against quality spinners ... "When we face offspin in the nets, it's a coach trying to bowl offspin at you". "I think the numbers would say yes", the South African skipper said.

"If you play six batters on pitches that are not flat - whether it be green or spinning - it puts a lot of pressure on your top six to score the runs", the skipper explained. When Quinton de Kock completely missed the ball to be bowled, South Africa were in deep trouble at 36/6.

It was South Africa's first test defeat in Sri Lanka since 2006.

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Instead, Du Plessis, who is one of the more prominent captains in the global game, having led a World XI in Pakistan a year ago, is more concerned about the product Test cricket is serving up at the moment. That way South Africa's best batsmen will be able to see for themselves that conditions are not as bad as they might think. New Zealand, meanwhile, have won 14 and lost only three of the 21 most-recent Tests they have played at home.

With his domineering presence in the middle-order missing, the Lankan spinners easily scythed through the Proteas line-up in the first innings as the visitors appeared to be in two-minds and looked to defend their way out of trouble.

Revenge pitches are part of the game but the team that asks for them knows it will only get a more vengeful surface on its next trip, and that's what South Africa were expecting. And he was shown to be a real handful even for the Sri Lanka batters. In South Africa games hardly reach the end of day four anymore.

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