GALLE: South Africa collapsed dramatically towards Sri lanka´s spin to crash to seventy three all out in the first take a look at in Galle on Saturday, their lowest total due to the fact that readmission to worldwide cricket.
The dismal performance came a day after they had been bowled out for simply 126, which were their preceding lowest test innings in Sri Lanka.
Offspinner Dilruwan Perera took six for 32, and veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed 3 for 32, because the pair bowled in an unbroken partnership for 28 overs, after Sri Lanka set South Africa a target of 352 for victory.
Herath moved to ninth on the all-time wicket tally, with 423 career dismissals to his call, while Perera´s 5-wicket haul was the sixth of his career.
South Africa´s suit combination of 199 become 20 runs fewer than Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne´s individual score throughout both innings.
Most effective 3 of the visitors made it into double figures, and the very best partnership yielded just 22, as batsmen time and again fell in their tries to take at the Sri Lanka spinners.
South Africa´s top scorer was Vernon Philander, who made 22 now not out, with opener Aiden Markram batting out the most deliveries, dealing with 46 balls for his 19.
Perera made the primary leap forward within the third over after lunch, having opener Dean Elgar stumped, after the batsman ran down the pitch and failed to connect to a turning delivery.
Hashim Amla changed into caught at leg slip for a duck in Perera´s subsequent over, and Temba Bavuma changed into stuck for two via the equal fielder quickly after, reducing South Africa to 24 for three.
The wickets continued to tumble as Herath commenced to strike as well, with the next three batsmen out for eleven runs in the area of 4 overs.
It changed into not till left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj joined Philander at the crease with the rating on 36 for six that South Africa began to show any resistance, or even that partnership was snuffed out in 22 balls.
Left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan became required handiest to take the very last wicket of the innings, even as paceman and stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal did now not bowl himself on this innings at all.
South Africa had all started the day 272 runs in arrears, however had bowled with field to take away the remaining six Sri Lanka wickets for 79 runs.
Kagiso Rabada had struck two times in an over inside the first hour of the day, before spinners Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Dale Steyn took one wicket apiece to finish the innings off.
Sri Lanka´s 2d innings 190 changed into built on 35 from Angelo Mathews, and a stroke-filled 33 off forty six balls from Lakmal, who got here in at No. Nine.
South Africa had been constantly going to battle with a target of 352, but the charge at which they misplaced their wickets might be reason for severe subject beforehand of the second one take a look at in Colombo.
Sri Lanka´s everyday captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended for the series after he pleaded guilty to a breach of the spirit of cricket, over an incident that occurred in the West Indies final month.