The South Africa fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel ripped through the Sri Lanka batting lineup to seal a 153-run win in the first Test on Sunday as Hashim Amla started his captaincy in fine style in Galle.
Steyn took four for 45 and Morkel finished with four for 29 to dismiss the hosts for 216 shortly before the tea break and seal a first win in Sri Lanka for 14 years. The hosts started the final day on 110 for one, optimistic of chasing the 370 victory target after Amla had declared on 206 for six, but collapsed under the pressure of the two quicks to lose nine wickets for 106 runs.
Steyn ended with match figures of nine for 99 to take the man of the match award after the best bowling figures by a quick bowler at Galle.
“His figures speak for themselves, he bowled excellently,” Amla said of Steyn. “The lengths he bowled, the pace, the aggression – a great performance from a great bowler. I could look in the dictionary for a million adjectives to describe him, but I think it suffices to say that it was a great performance by a great bowler.”