Fiji Time: 10:23 PM on Tuesday 21 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Steyn stars in big win

Afp
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GALLE, Sri Lanka - South Africa have moved a step closer to knocking off Australia as the No.1-ranked Test team after the Proteas thrashed Sri Lanka.

Dale Steyn grabbed a match haul of 9-99 as South Africa won the first Test by 153 runs on the fifth and final day in Galle on Sunday.

South Africa, currently the world No.2, can reclaim the top world ranking from Australia if they win the second and final Test in Colombo from July 24-28.

Steyn's figures, the best by a quick at the Galle ground, helped the visitors bowl Sri Lanka out twice despite a wicket which offered little help.

It was only South Africa's third win on the island and their first since 2000.

Steyn was well supported by seamer Morne Morkel, who picked up four wickets as Sri Lanka's second innings ended on 216 shortly into the second session.

The hosts needed to make another 260 runs on the final day with nine wickets in hand to pull off a come-from-behind win. But they lost their remaining wickets for just 106 to go down tamely.

South Africa made 9(dec)-455 in their first innings before bowling out the home side for 292. In their second knock, South Africa declared at 6-206 to set Sri Lanka a target of 370.

The victory was especially sweet for Hashim Amla, who was leading the side for the first time in Test cricket.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Public access
  2. Inside Fiji sevens
  3. Forgery suspect still in remand
  4. Accused on the run
  5. The murder of the Alankar jeweller
  6. Fiji beats Lebanon, players ready to face Murri at home
  7. 'Get to know your breasts'
  8. TB cases expected to increase
  9. Marks scaling review
  10. Reflect and re-examine

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Unknown Tuwai stands out in Gold Coast tournament Wednesday (15 Oct)
  3. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  4. Fiji removes all doubts Wednesday (15 Oct)
  5. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  6. Law and order Thursday (16 Oct)
  7. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  8. THE NEW PRICES Wednesday (15 Oct)
  9. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  10. Praises for Fiji sevens team after win in Australia Thursday (16 Oct)