Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath cleaned up the house in the second session, as South Africa came out to chase 352. South Africa bowlers did well to bowl out the hosts for 10 in the first session, but they failed yet again with the bat. The Proteas were once again undone by the spin with Perera taking 6 wickets and Herath cleaning up the rest. Lakshan Sandakan took the final wicket of Tabraiz Shamsi as South Africa were bowled out for 73. Sri Lanka win the first Test by 279 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 2-match Test series.
South Africa in Sri Lanka, 2 Test Series, 2018Galle International Stadium, Galle 18 July 2018
Sri Lanka 287 (78.4) & 190 (57.4)
South Africa 126 (54.3) & 73 (28.5)
Match Ended ( Day 3 - 1st Test ) Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 278 runs
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st test Day 3 Highlights:
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st test Day 3 Highlights: Sri Lanka’s slow bowlers spun a web around South Africa who collapsed for a meager 126 to concede significant first innings lead on a spin-dominated second day of the opening Test on Friday. Touring captain Faf du Plessis spent his 34th birthday trying to save his team’s blushes but even his fighting 49, the only 20-plus score in the innings, could not stop South Africa from registering their lowest total in Sri Lanka. Boosted by a first innings lead of 161, the hosts drove home the advantage to finish the day on 111 for four for an overall lead of 272 runs with six wickets in hand and a victory in sight. Former captain Angelo Mathews, who was batting on 14 at stumps, and Roshen Silva on 10 will return on Saturday hoping to bat South Africa out of the contest in the first match of the two-Test series.