Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka was able to obliterate South Africa in the first Test match by a gargantuan margin of 278 runs at Galle. In fact, the Proteas were behind the eight ball when they got skittled out at the paltry total of 126 in the first innings.

The Lankan bowlers bundled out South Africa for just 73 in the second innings which is their lowest total after readmission.

Furthermore, the tourists didn’t help their cause as they surrendered in the second outing as well. Sri Lankan spinners were the chief destroyer in the second innings.

SL Vs SA, 1st Test: Twitter Reacts as South Africa Plummets to Ignominious Defeat
Sri Lanka celebrates a wicket. (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka spinners were too good for South Africa:

In fact, Dilruwan Perera scalped six wickets to put Proteas on the backfoot. Furthermore, Perera had scalped four wickets in the first innings. The veteran spinner Rangana Herath also took three wickets in the first innings.

Meanwhile, South African batsmen also played some disappointing shorts in the second innings. The visitor’s openers danced down the wicket when the chips were down.

In fact, only three South African batsmen were able to get to the double-figure mark. Simultaneously, it was a disappointing display from the South African batsmen.

Dale Steyn
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Meanwhile, Dimuth Karunaratne was the chief architect of Sri Lanka’s win with the bat. The southpaw batsman carried his bat in the first innings as he scored a fine 158.

Moreover, the left-hander was able to carry his confidence in the second innings as well. Karunaratne scored a fine 60 to strengthen Sri Lanks’s lead.

On the other hand, speedster Dale Steyn was able to level with Shaun Pollock as the leading wicket-taker in the Test format for the Proteas. Consequently, Steyn now has 421 scalps under his bag in the red-ball form.

The Galle pitch assisted the spinners. Thus, the visiting batters were exposed against their Achilles Heel.

The second Test match will be held at Colombo from July 20.

Here is how Twitter reacted to South Africa’s big loss:

https://twitter.com/beingsudhanshu_/status/1018057485553262592

Gautam Chauhan

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