Sri Lanka has squared the Test series against South Africa, leaving the decider to be played in Cape Town. The win was by a resounding margin of 208 runs and was Sri Lanka’s first Test win since the retirement of Murali. They went 15 matches without a win.
Notably, South Africa went into the match without pace bowling sensation, Vernon Philander. He was injured before this match and was a great loss. Since his debut against Australia recently, he has played an incredible three Tests and taken 24 wickets at 12.37, bagging five wickets in an innings on four occasions. Not all nations boast Australia’s embarrassment of pace bowling riches and they were big shoes to fill.
But full credit to Sri Lanka. Their trouble in the AM (After Murali) era has been bowling other teams out and they did it in style this Test, mowing down South Africa for 168 and 241.