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Steyn, Morkel lead South Africa to victory

Sri Lanka’s resistance ends midway into Day 5 as Hashim Amla marks his Test captaincy debut with 153-run win

Steyn, Morkel lead South Africa to victory - Cricket News
Dale Steyn starred with the ball returning match figures of 9 for 99.
Dale Steyn starred with the ball, returning match figures of 9 for 99, as South Africa registered a 153-run win on the fifth and final day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium on Sunday (July 20).

Despite playing a pitch offering little help for the pacers, Steyn’s heroics - the best by a pacer in Galle - helped South Africa bowl out Sri Lanka twice in the match. It was only South Africa's third win on the island and its first since 2000.

Steyn was well supported by Morne Morkel, who picked up four wickets as Sri Lanka's second innings ended on 216 just after drinks in the second session. JP Duminy also picked up two wickets including the crucial scalp of Kumar Sangakkara, who made a fighting 76 to give Sri Lanka hope. 

When play started on Sunday, Sri Lanka needed 260 runs with nine wickets in hand to pull off a come-from-behind win. But it lost the remaining wickets for just 106 more to go down tamely in the end.

In the first session, Sri Lanka added just 51 in 24 overs while losing five wickets. Steyn, who had taken a five-wicket haul in the first innings, struck in the fourth over of the day to give his side the breakthrough. His victim was Kaushal Silva (38), who nicked one behind and Quinton de Kock dived to his right to take a stunning catch.

Silva's dismissal ended a 104-run stand with Sangakkara for the second wicket, the highest of the innings.

Sri Lanka dealt a bigger blow first ball after the drinks break when Morkel had Mahela Jayawardene caught behind for 10. Sangakkara, who was dropped on 65, failed to take advantage of the reprieve, pulling Duminy to short midwicket where Hashim Amla took a fine catch. He hit nine fours and a six in his 145-ball innings.

Lahiru Thirimanne was then caught by AB de Villiers off Steyn for 12, while Morkel accounted for Dinesh Chandimal soon after.

Sri Lanka lost Dilruwan Perera to Steyn in the second over of the post-lunch session after Perera offered an edge to de Kock, who took five catches in the innings. Duminy then finished things off when De Villiers caught Rangana Herath as he tried to sweep the spinner.

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