Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

21 July 2014

South Africa: Sri Lanka Vs. South Africa, 1st Test - Five Things We Learned

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The Hashim Amla era got off to a tantalising start with a Test that had everything from controversy to class. A solid team effort saw South Africa secure victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks out five key points from the Test.

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 153 runs in Galle in their first Test on Sunday. It was the first time ever that they had won when declaring twice away from home. Centuries from Dean Elgar and JP Duminy in the first innings helped South Africa to a solid 455 run total.

Then Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel pegged Sri Lanka back before AB de Villiers' feisty half ton helped South Africa pile on more runs. Amla's declaration challenged convention, but it could not have been more perfect. Despite a Kumar Sangakkara blitz late on day four, South Africa cruised to a massive win with Steyn once again bashing records at will.

Barring the Vernon Philander ball tampering incident, South Africa were emphatic. Amla's first Test as captain is done and dusted and it ensures that their record of not losing an away series away from home for eight years will remain...

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