South Africa today completed a comprehensive win against Sir Lanka by 206 runs and managed to get a 1-0 lead in the series at the end of first Test at Port Elizabeth.
Sri Lanka team was dismissed for 281 runs making it huge margin win for the Proteas. Kyle Abbott and Vernon Philander made life difficult for the visitors as they were dismissed cheaply.
South African captain Faf du Plessis stated: “We had to toil for this one. But from day one we played some good cricket, very happy with how the game went. Last six months has gone very well. Everything went exactly that we would have liked. The wicket was green and we got a hundred stand. Thought we could have got 50 more, but to get an 80 lead was a fantastic effort. Boys worked hard yesterday but got their rewards today.
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews said: “I thought the bowlers did pretty well but it was hard work for the batters. If we can bat well from the beginning then we don’t have to fight back. We’ve only got a couple of days to regroup. We’ll try our best to start well in the second Test. We know we are up against a good-quality side. There were lots of positives but not enough for win.”
It could have been a tight match if Sri Lankan batting order had shown some power and solidity at the crease. It was a sloppy batting show by the visitors that made the Proteas get such a big victory.