SA vs SL 1st Test Highlights: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by an inning and 45 runs
RSA - 621 (Faf du Plessis 199, Dean Elgar 95; Hasaranga 4/171, Fernando 3/129)
SL - 396 & 180 (Kusal Parera 64, Wanindu Hasranga 59, Simpala 2/24, Ngidi 2/38)
A rock-solid all-round performance by South Africa as the Proteas hammers Sri Lanka by an inning and 45 runs in the opening Test being played at SuperSport Park, Centurion. With this emphatic win over the visitors, South Africa takes a 1-0 lead in the Betway Test series with a massive triumph in another Boxing Day Test. Sri Lanka will resume their second innings at 65/2 on Day 4, trailing by 160 runs with 8 wickets in hand but just managed to reach 180 runs in their second innings.
South African pace attack rattled the Sri Lanka batters since the morning session today and put them on the path to victory to finish the formalities at Centurion and takes 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. du Plessis named 'Man of the Match' for his marathon 199-run knock.
Keshav Maharaj, Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma each of the Proteas batsmen also chipped in with half-centuries to propel their team to post a mammoth total of 621/10 in 142.1 overs. For Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga took four wickets while Vishwa Fernando also claimed three wickets by conceding over 100+ runs.
In reply to Sri Lanka's stiff total of 396, Faf du Plessis, the most experienced South African batsman, made the most of this weak bowling attack and notched up his highest Test score (199 off 276) studded with 23 boundaries. Along with all these obstacles, Sri Lanka also lacked disciplined with the ball as well, allowing South Africa to score at a brisk rate and amass a lead of 225.
Earlier, Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to bat first. Sri Lankan batters Dinesh Chandimal, de Silva, and Dasun Shanaka played some handy knocks in their first inning to put a stiff total of 396. The hundred-plus stand between Chandimal and de Silva was broken due to an injury to the latter and that started a trend which only got worse.
Hasaranga and Chandimal too needed some medical attention but it was not enough for the visitors to come back from there on and eventually lost at the hands of South Africa by an inning.
The second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa will commence at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on January 3, 2021.