Saturday 17 December 2011 

South Africa Crush Sri Lanka By An Innings And 81 Runs

South Africa Crush Sri Lanka By An Innings And 81 Runs
South Africa Crush Sri Lanka By An Innings And 81 Runs
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South Africa 411 (de Villier 99, Boucher 65) beat
Sri Lanka 180 & 150 (Philander 5-49) by an innings and 81 runs
First Test, Centurion Park
| | Day Two

South Africa needed less than three days to complete an utterly convincing innings-and-81-run win over Sri Lanka in the opening Test at Centurion Park.

They extended their first innings to 411 as Mark Boucher hit 65 before Vernon Philander's fourth five-wicket haul in three matches dismissed Sri Lanka for 150.

They had managed just 180 on the opening day and Philander completed match figures of ten for 102 having also returned a five-wicket haul in the first innings.

Philander returned figures of five for 49 in 11.1 overs by dismissing Tillakaratne Dilshan (6), Kumar Sangakkara (2), Angelo Mathews (2), Rangana Herath (23) and Chanaka Welagedara (10), who was the last man to fall as Sri Lanka ended a dismal first match by lasting just 39.1 overs in their second knock.

Thilan Samaraweera top scored with just 32 before Dale Steyn (2-36), Morne Morkel (1-36) and Imran Tahir (1-15) offered Philander useful support.

Earlier, Tahir played his part with the bat, hitting 29 in 33 balls as he and Boucher extended their tenth-wicket stand to 61.

Boucher's 35th Test half-century included ten fours and he faced 101 balls in all - several more than Sri Lanka's top five batsmen, with the exception of Samaraweera, managed to play out.

While Philander was outstanding with the ball on the final day and Steyn was impressive on the opening day with four cheap wickets, AB de Villiers was South Africa's hero with the bat, scoring 99 in addition to Graeme Smith's 61 to hand his side an advantage they never looked like losing.

© Cricket World 2011