S Africa vs Sri Lanka
SA won by an inns and 81 runs
That says everything about the gulf in class between these two sides at the moment. South Africa have been extremely skillful with the ball, and have shown a ruthless edge against opponents who had lesser skills and not enough backbone. Philander leads the Proteas from the field to a rousing ovation from the Centurion crowd. It's all over by tea on the third day, and it's difficult to see how Sri Lanka can turn things around in the nine days before the second Test. Getting paid might help.
Over 40 Philander W
150 all out - WICKET! And he does! Philander has ten wickets in the match, and four five-wicket hauls in his first six Test innings. Remarkable stuff. It's a great delivery to end it as well, angling across the left-handed Herath who gets a little tickle through to Boucher. That's the keeper's sixth catch of the innings.
Over 39 Kallis 0-0-1nb-0-4-0-0
150-9 - Kallis gets the opportunity to hit Dilhara Fernando in the ear. He can't, and instead Fernando whacks the first full ball back down the ground for four. That gives Philander the chance to wrap up a ten-for.
Over 38 Philander 2nb-0-6-4-0-W
145-9 - WICKET! Welegedera decides to take the Herath approach, and while it brings him ten runs in his eight-ball stay at the crease. He somehow drives over cover-point for six, then whips through backward square for four. But the aggression catches up with him when he tries to whack a short ball and gets a top edge straight up in the air. Philander calls for it, and takes the catch when it finally comes down.
Over 37 Tahir 0-0-0-W-0-0
133-8 - WICKET! Success for Tahir, and he's ecstatic as usual when he takes a wicket. It was a lovely delivery, dipping on Silva and turning to take the edge, and Kallis takes an easy catch at slip. Tahir thinks he has Welegedera out from the final ball as well, as Rod Tucker raises the finger, but the decision is overturned on review - that didn't even come close to hitting the glove before deflecting off the chest to short leg. Still two wickets to get then.
Over 36 Philander 0-0-4-0-7nb-0-0
133-7 - Philander replaces Steyn, and Herath picks the bouncer and cracks it perfectly through backward square leg for four. The ball raced away to the boundary. Philander responds well by beating the bat, but Herath picks up the length ball and cracks that over long-on for another six! Clearly he figures that the only thing that can add an air of respectability to Sri Lanka's day is a smashing counter-attack.
Over 35 Tahir 2-0-0-0-0-0
122-7 - Silva is willing to be more patient, and after driving down the ground for a couple, he defends for the rest of the over.
Over 34 Steyn 4-1-0-1-6-0
120-7 - Herath is looking to be aggressive here, and I suspect the approach won't allow him to last long. He cracks one through the covers for four without too much footwork, then heaves across the line and gets an inside edge to fine leg. He's going to get some runs for the approach though! Later in the over he smashes a back of a length delivery over long-on for six. Everyone is expecting the short one to follow, but Steyn follows up with the full slower ball, which Herath gets behind.
Over 33 Tahir 1-0-0-0-2-0
108-7 - Tahir is pretty wild here - one delivery is so wild that it pitches very short, spins and bounces so high that umpire Rod Tucker signals that that's one bouncer for the over. Silva reads the googly, and nudges it away behind square on the off side for two runs.
Over 32 Steyn 0-W-0-0-0-1lb
105-7 - WICKET! The edge is found, but this time it's thick enough to give Boucher a break. Instead Graeme Smith takes the catch at first slip and Perera has to go. There was just a bit of extra bounce there as the left-hander tried to hit through the off side. Rangana Herath is the new batsman, and he looks like he wants to smash everything. Eventually he gets a leg-bye to keep the strike.
Another ball change
Turns out the one the umpires picked out of the case wasn't the right size! There's some conjecture that it was a kiddies ball in fact. Anyway out comes the fourth umpire again, and Steyn finally has a ball he's happy with.
Over 31 Tahir 2-0-1-6-1-0
104-6 - Imran Tahir into the attack now. He starts with a rank long-hop that's cut away for a couple by Silva, who then shuffles inside the line to clip to leg for a single. Perera isn't about to stuff about, and he climbs into a length ball and hammers it over long-on for six. The ball lands in a puddle, so it has to be changed. Difficult start for the legspinner.
Over 30 Steyn 0-1-0-4-0-0
94-6 - Silva has his customary play and miss, but then pushes into the covers for a single. Perera then plays a delightful shot - Steyn came around the wicket, and the left-hander drove on the up through the covers for four. Possibly the shot of the innings so far. Time for a drinks break.
Over 29 Morkel 1-0-0-0-2-0
89-6 - Both batsmen manage to push through the covers off the back foot, which tells you that Morkel hasn't bowled full enough in this spell - the only wicket he has got would have hit the stumps, but not many other deliveries would have.
Over 28 Steyn 2-2-0-0-0-0
86-6 - This is a really fierce spell from Steyn, and you get the feeling that Philander's form is pushing the world's No. 1 Test bowler not to be outperformed. He beats the bat twice, but Perera does well to push the ball through the off side a couple of times.
Over 27 Morkel 4-0-0-0-0-0
82-6 - Silva finally gets proper bat on ball, and although it wasn't entirely convincing he manages to drive a full ball away behind square for four. The rest of the over is arguably a touch too short from Morkel.
Over 26 Steyn 0-0-1-0-0-1
78-6 - Steyn replaces Philander, and immediately beats Perera. Twice. The second one swings between bat and pad and misses off stump by a whisker. Perera looks back astonished that he hasn't been bowled. A single to fine leg gets him off strike, and allows Silva to play and miss again. Four slips and a gully in place, if he'd only find the edge.
Over 25 Morkel 0-3-0-0-0-0
76-6 - Philander has gone off the field, but he ran up the long flight of stairs that leads to the change rooms so maybe he just needed a toilet break. Morkel continues and seems to have found a yard of pace after that wicket. Perera drives nicely through the off side for three, and then Silva misses a couple of deliveries - again by some distance.
Over 24 Philander 0-0-0-0-0-3nb-0
73-6 - A quieter over from Philander. He beats the edge of Silva's bat a couple of times, but on both occasions the batsman misses by at least an inch. Finally he gets bat on ball and drives a no-ball through mid-off for a couple.
Over 23 Morkel 0-4-W-0-0-0
70-6 - WICKET! Morkel finally gets it right. He'd just been hit for another four by Samaraweera, but finally he bowls a fuller delivery that actually targets off stump, and the batsman gets an edge through to Boucher, who's been kept very busy today. The keeper already has five catches for the innings. Thisara Perera and Kaushal Silva are the new batsmen, and you wouldn't back them to stick around for too long.
- 15th - 17th Dec 2011
- Centurion Park
- S J Davis and R J Tucker
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|Paranavitana||c Boucher b Steyn||4|
|Dilshan||c Boucher b Philander||6|
|Sangakkara||c Boucher b Philander||2|
|Samaraweera||c Boucher b M Morkel||32|
|Mathews||c Boucher b Philander||5|
|Silva||c Kallis b M I T Tahir||17|
|Perera||c Smith b Steyn||21|
|Herath||c Boucher b Philander||23|
|Total||All out, 39.1 Overs||150|