Clinical Proteas power to easy victory

30 December 2016

South Africa paceman Kyle Abbott celebrates the key wicket of Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews // Getty


Rabada, Maharaj and Abbott star as South Africa hammers Sri Lanka in first Test

South Africa v Sri Lanka Tests, First Test


Kyle Abbott struck twice in the first seven overs to set up a 206-run win for South Africa on the fifth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at St George’s Park on Friday.

It took South Africa just 70 minutes and 13.3 overs to claim the remaining five Sri Lanka wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 281 after adding 41 runs on the fifth day.

Proteas five wickets away from first Test victory

Abbott broke through with the 16th ball of the final morning when Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews went across his stumps, trying to work the ball to leg, and was leg before wicket.

Mathews was out for 59, made off 120 balls with seven fours. He had added only one run to his score on Friday.

It left Dhananjaya de Silva as the last recognised batsman but he only last for another four overs before he too was leg before to Abbott. He made 22.

Philander, Cook put Proteas on top

Rangana Herath, who was struck on the index finger of his left, bowling hand by the first ball he received from Abbott, made three before he was caught and bowled by Vernon Philander, who dived to his left to hold the ball which looped up from a leading edge.

Suranga Lakmal made a quick 19 not out but Dushmantha Chameera was caught behind off Kagiso Rabada and last man Nuwan Pradeep was bowled by left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.

Rabada finished with 3-77 and Maharaj took 3-86, while Abbott’s spell of two for seven in five overs on Friday enabled him to finish with 2-38.

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