South Africa toil for win
South Africa took the last five wickets in the first 14 overs of the final day to beat Sri Lanka by 206 runs in the first Test yesterday. Kyle Abbott removed Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews for 59 in the third over of the morning to begin the slide as the tourists were dismissed for 281, adding just 41 runs on Day 5 for the loss of those five wickets. Kagiso Rabada had three for 77, fellow seamer Abbott two for 38 and spinner Keshav Maharaj three for 86 for South Africa, who ended 2016 on course for a third straight series win and on the way back up after losing their No 1 ranking at the start of the year.
“We had to toil for this one,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said. “But from Day 1 we played some good cricket. It’s about being consistent.”
The second of three Tests begins in Cape Town on Monday.