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South Africa vs Sri Lanka

Match info: Test Series 1st Test at Centurion Park - First Test

Date: 17th Dec 2011 Status: Day 3 of 5 Umpires: S J Davis and R J Tucker

Home team and score Away team score

South Africa

411 All out (122.0 Overs)


Sri Lanka

180 All out (47.4 Overs)
150 All out (39.1 Overs)

South Africa won by an innings and 81 runs.

  • Last Updated: December 17 2011, 14:00 GMT

Vernon Philander furthered his growing reputation as South Africa thumped Sri Lanka by an innings and 81 runs in the first Test at Centurion.

The South Africa players celebrate an easy win
The South Africa players celebrate an easy win

Philander completed the wide-margin victory with his 10th wicket of the match as Sri Lanka were skittled for 150 to lose inside three days.

After taking five wickets in the first innings, Philander followed it up with figures of five for 49 as Sri Lanka's batsmen capitulated for the second time in the match.

It was Philander's fourth five-wicket haul, in just his third Test, and with Dale Steyn the 26-year-old is fast forming one of the most threatening new-ball partnerships.

After South Africa were eventually bowled out for 411 early this morning, when Mark Boucher edged behind off Chanaka Welegedara, Philander immediately got to work.

The right-armer removed Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, both caught by wicketkeeper Boucher, with the new ball as Sri Lanka crashed to four for 37.

Boucher , who took six catches in the innings, was in the action again when Steyn located the edge of opener Tharanga Paranavitana's bat before Jacques Kallis ran out Mahela Jayawardene.

The tourists' miserable start was made worse as Jayawardene was caught short attempting the run that would have made him the first Sri Lankan to reach 10,000 Test runs.

Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews briefly stopped the flow of wickets, in a 29-run stand, but Philander was in inspired form and he produced a delivery that left Mathews just enough to catch the edge and fly through to Boucher.

Four balls later Samaraweera followed, edging yet another catch to Boucher off Morne Morkel, to depart for 32.

The wickets continued to tumble before Philander wrapped things up when he removed the final two to complete his 10-wicket haul.

He first held on to a catch off his own bowling after Welegedara top-edged an ambitious slog before finishing matters when, fittingly, he had Rangana Herath caught by Boucher.