South Africa toil for win

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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.

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