Rabada rattles Sri Lankan middle-order in 1st Test

Doug Mendoza
July 15, 2018

The 35-year-old speedster needs three wickets to add to his 419 scalps and surpass retired quick Shaun Pollock (421) to become South Africa's leading wicket-taker in the five-day format.

Sri Lanka won the toss on Thursday, chose to bat and got off to a good start, reaching 93-2 at lunch.

He is allowed to be in Sri Lanka's dressing room throughout this South Africa series, but is not allowed to take the field. A much more accomplished South Africa seam attack awaits them in this series, but the theory is that having countered movement and pace on those hard pitches, they will be able to neutralise a tougher opposition on dustier tracks.

"At the moment they, South Africa, are the number two team in ranking". Eastern Daylight Time, 9:30 p.m.

In the only warm-up game, a two-day affair against a Sri Lanka Board XI, a lot of the South Africans showed good form: Shamsi (5/45) and von Berg (2/82) got wickets, while Hashim Amla (78), Temba Bavuma (58) and Faf du Plessis (79) scored half-centuries.

Steyn, who last played a Test in January, is expected to be a part of potent pace attack.Du Plessis said he was also banking on Kagiso Rabada to swing it South Africa's way and eventually to step into Steyn's shoes as their foremost attack paceman.

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But they grew restless once the match passed the five-hour mark, sighing and groaning with each failure to break serve. He is resilient and blessed with a strong work ethic, which enabled him to overcome a long-term hip injury.

Sri Lanka has hosted 19 Test matches since and all of them has produced a result with the hosts winning 11 and losing eight.

On a turning surface at Galle, fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (4-50) did the most damage for the touring side, while left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, playing only his second Test, returned figures of 3-91. South Africa Test match in the video below courtesy of Sri Lankan sports site ThePapare.com.

Well, for Sri Lanka, leadership has also changed - from Angelo Matthews to Dinesh Chandimal.

Kusal was Sri Lanka's top-scorer on their tour of the Windies. South Africa first 2018 Test cricket match in the United States, the best option is to sign up for a one-week free trial of the Sling TV worldwide sports package. A credit card will be required, but if the Sling package is cancelled prior to the end of the seven-day period, no charges will be incurred. In the last 10 years, the Proteas have lost away test series in India and England only, and they were last defeated by Sri Lanka in 2006.

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