South Africa ended the victory with an innings and 45 runs shortly after lunch on the fourth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Tuesday. Sri Lanka, which needed 225 runs to avoid an inning defeat, was eliminated for 180. Kusal Perera hit a spicy 64 of 87 balls for the tourists and rookie Wanindu Hasaranga hit 59 of 53 balls, then took advantage of South Africa seemingly tried their over-rate by running through six overs of slow bowling after lunch.
Sri Lanka resumed on Tuesday at 65 for two, but never recovered after all-rounder Wiaan Mulder fired batter Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella in quick succession at night.
Batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, who retired injured after scoring 79 in the first innings, didn’t hit for Sri Lanka. He was banned from the rest of the tour with a torn thigh muscle.
Sri Lanka suffered a spate of injuries during the game, but bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara stumbled to the fold to delay the inevitable. Both suffered groin injuries while bowling.
Sri Lanka started the game well, scoring 396 points after winning the toss, but a bowling attack with an injury gave up 621 points when South Africa batted. Former captain Faf du Plessis hit 199. Du Plessis was named man of the match.
It was South Africa’s second victory in eight games in the Test World Championship. They have suffered six defeats. Sri Lanka has won one, lost three and drawn one of their five matches.
Chandimal, who appeared to have sustained a groin injury towards the end of Monday’s game, resumed his innings on Tuesday and survived 40 minutes before being bowled for 25 by a ball from intermediate Mulder that cut the field.
Mulder, 22, followed by trailing Niroshan Dickwella. He provided the control that was lacking in much of South Africa’s bowling in the first innings during a period of two for 29 in nine overs.
Fast bowler Anrich Nortje had caught left-handed Perera behind a weak edge, with South Africa successfully revising what was originally a no-out decision. Perera hit 10 fours.
Debutant Lutho Sipamla and Nortje both ended with two wickets, while Vishwa Fernando was exhausted without scoring.
The second and final test starts on Sunday in nearby Johannesburg.
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