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|Dhananjaya de Silva||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Theunis de Bruyn||5.0||0||20||0||4.00|
|Theunis de Bruyn||101||232||12||0||43.53|
|Faf du Plessis||7||13||1||0||53.85|
|Quinton de Kock||8||12||1||0||66.67|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||2.0||0||5||0||2.50|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||60||109||8||0||55.05|
|Theunis de Bruyn||3||8||0||0||37.50|
|Faf du Plessis||48||51||8||1||94.12|
|Quinton de Kock||32||31||3||0||103.23|
It was a case of everything that could go wrong, going wrong for the Proteas in the first test. Just like India was to the Proteas in the ODI series, the Island nation, Sri Lanka, were ruthless to the Proteas. Galle was a dustbowl and Sri Lanka applied their tactics to knock down the visitors. We now move to Colombo for the second test and the conditions are likely to stay the same. South Africa, however, will like to get a result in their favor this time around. It is going to be difficult for them considering the result of the first match, but they certainly have the ability to survive any sort of bowling attacking regardless of the conditions.
Sri Lanka portrayed grit and determination in the first test against South Africa as their bowlers ran through them twice in two days. They handed South Africa their worst defeat ever in the subcontinent.
Sri Lanka opted to bat first after winning the toss and frustrated South Africa with some gritty partnerships on the first day of the test match. Gunathilika and Karunaratne put together 44 runs for the first wicket. While the former got out after hitting quick-fire 21, the latter went on to play big and carry his bat. Dimuth Karunaratne scored 158 runs which was more than what South Africa could manage in any of their innings. There was no other significant batting effort from the Sri Lankans and folded for 287, but their bowling came to the rescue. Karunaratne came good in the second innings as well; he played an 80-ball 60-run knock before Sri Lanka got all out on 190.
The battery of spin yielded excellent results with the ball as they never allowed South African batsmen to settle down. Skipper Suranga Lakmal picked up three wickets in the first innings after trying spinners for the majority of the innings. Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera started their innings with the ball and ended up picking 6 wickets combined. Perera completed his 10-wicket haul in the match as he claimed six scalps in the second innings.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis , Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath.
The Proteas batsmen tried everything they could to stop Sri Lankan bowlers from settling down but failed miserably. Such was their performance that only one, Vernon Philander, got to a personal score of more than 20.
South Africa needed 352 runs to win on a dusty pitch against a bowling attack they failed to crack in the first innings. They attacked, they defended, they left the ball alone, but everything they did had the same result. South Africa managed just 199 runs in their two innings which was 19 less than what Dimuth Karunaratne scored in the match.
Despite a poor performance with the bat, it was astonishing how their bowlers fared under pressure. They bowled accurately and aggressively and kept Sri Lankan batsmen from flying away. Keshav Maharaj improved from zero wickets in the first innings to four in the second. He will be a key player for the visitors in the second test which is expected to be a dust bowl as well.
Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, K Maharaj, Theunis de Bruyn, Kagiso Rabada, DW Steyn, Lungi Ngidi.
With yet another dust bowl expected and batting fourth likely to be extremely tough, expect the team winning the toss to bat first.
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Sri Lanka utilized home conditions perfectly to their advantage and we are likely to see a similar sort of wicket in the second test as well. Weather will play a crucial role in this match as there is rain predicted for all five days of the match. If the rain stays away and we get a full game in, expect the pitch to be a spinners paradise right from the word go. A total of 300 batting first will be a good score here.
South Africa were handed their most embarrassing defeat of the modern era and they have only themselves to blame. They were trying a little too hard to be positive against the Herath and Perera and paid the price. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would be ecstatic after winning despite the absence of their most prolific batsman and skipper, Dinesh Chandimal. The pitch at Colombo is expected to be similar and considering the Proteas vulnerabilities against spin in the first test, the hosts go in as firm favorites to win the second test as well, unless of course, we do not lose most of the game to the rain.
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