Twitter Reactions: South Africa wins by an innings and 45 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the Test series
Sri Lanka was dismissed for 180 as the home side took an unassailable lead in the two-Test series.
Updated - Dec 29, 2020 5:25 pm
They might have clean-swept South Africa 2-0 not too long ago in their backyard, not too long had they won at the same venue – Durban – to script a historic win, but come to the first Test series in this 2020-21 season, it was not meant to be for Sri Lanka, who have gone 0-1 down in the series, losing the Durban Test by an innings and 45 runs.
After putting 396 in the first innings on the back of some middle and lower-order grit – Dinesh Chandimal (85), Dhanajaya de Silva (79), Niroshan Dickwella 49), and Dasun Shanaka (66), a loss by an innings would not have been in the sights of the visiting party. However, credit to some lackadaisical and undisciplined bowling apart from a shower of injuries, and South Africa managed to pile a mammoth 621, taking a lead of 225.
While both Dean Elgar (95) and Faf du Plessis (199) missed crucial landmarks by margins thinner than a wafer, their efforts alongside half-centuries from Aiden Markram (68), Temba Bavuma (71), and a career-best 73 from Keshav Maharaj had already dragged the hosts out of the fear of losing the game. The day could have been any better for the hosts as after pushing Sri Lanka on the backfoot with the bat, Lungi Ngidi’s double blow was enough to stamp the third day of the match to South Africa’s credit.
Sri Lanka collapses in the second innings
Resuming from 65 for 2 on the morning of Day 4, it always seemed a matter of time for South Africa. Dinesh Chandimal (25) was cleaned up by a peach of a delivery from Wiaan Mulder, who also undid Niroshan Dickwella (10) in the same spell after the batsman flirted with a delivery slightly outside his off stump to deposit the ball into De Kock’s gloves behind the wickets.
Kusal Perera continued resiliently from his end, however, he failed to find any support. Once he was dismissed by Nortje, the slim expectations of Sri Lanka to make the hosts bat again vanished entirely. Wanindu Hasaranga (59 from 53) managed to notch up a half-century as debutant Lutho Sipamla and Nortje continued to wipe out the others. Reduced to 180 for 9, with Dhanjaya de Silva not fit to bat, Sri Lanka was dismissed for 180 as the home side took an unassailable lead in the two-Test series.
Here are the best tweets
— Buhle_Mahlangu (@Buhle_Mahlangu1) December 29, 2020
— Sooraj Ayyappan (@Sooraj_Ayyappan) December 29, 2020
The one that got away … At end of 1st day in such a strong position and soo much to look forward to at end of 1st innings .. it’s Fallen away very quickly .. it will really hurt #SAvSL And now the injuries 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️ It’s ending up as one to forget ..errr
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) December 29, 2020
Wiaan Mulder had a very impressive Test with match figures:
5-108 & 36 useful lower order runs
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) December 29, 2020
Sri Lanka scored 340 on Day 1 and still ended up losing the Test by an inngs & 45 runs.
There's only one instance of a team scoring more runs on Day 1 and losing by an innings – SL scored 366/8 vs India at Brabourne Stadium in 2009/10 and lost by innings & 24 runs.#SAvSL
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) December 29, 2020
Not often that a team can feel some pride after an innings defeat, but I think the Sri Lankans can pack their gear at Centurion knowing they put up a great fight. Given all the injuries, the lack of preparation, the conditions, this was a commendable performance. #SAvSL
— Daniel Gallan (@danielgallan) December 29, 2020
Karunaratne: "I think we did really well as a batting unit but we lost some of our key bowlers which really hurt us".
How do this team re-group for the 2nd Test?
— 🏏FlashScore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) December 29, 2020
Clearly a dominant performance by the proteas with the bat. Bowled poorly in the first innings, but got they lines and they lengths right in the second, so all in all a really comprehensive victory in the end. #ProteaFire #SAvSL
— Wayne Goliath (@WayneGoliath95) December 29, 2020
Fake crowd applause in the post-match presentations had a very awards show feel about it! #SAvSL
— Daniel Davini (@davvers605) December 29, 2020
Great to see some smiles from the Proteas camp!
Quite the victory – a game that was most likely heading to a draw after 3 days but that was quite the show.#SAvSL
— Tanzil Khawaja (@TanzilKhawaja) December 29, 2020
Yoh @QuinnyDeKock69 is chilled man!
One can't tell even when he's happy! 🤣
— Dee (@DSNhlapo) December 29, 2020