South Africa collapsed dramatically against Sri lanka’s spin to crash to 73 all out in the first Test in Galle on Saturday, their lowest total since readmission to international cricket.
The dismal performance came a day after they were bowled out for just 126, which had been their previous lowest Test innings in Sri Lanka.
Offspinner Dilruwan Perera took six for 32, and veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed three for 32, as the pair bowled in an unbroken partnership for 28 overs, after Sri Lanka set South Africa a target of 352 for victory.
Herath moved to ninth on the all-time wicket tally, with 423 career dismissals to his name, while Perera’s five-wicket haul was the sixth of his career.
South Africa’s match aggregate of 199 was 20 runs fewer than Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne’s individual score across both innings.
The scores: Sri Lanka 287 & 190 bt South Africa 126 & 73 (D. Perera six for 32, R. Herath three for 38)
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