South Africa crash to 73, Sri Lanka win by an innings and 278 runs

Sri Lanka's Dilruwan Perera, center, is congratulated by his team members after they defeated South Africa by 278 runs in the first test cricket match in Galle, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP

Sri Lanka off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took six wickets in the second innings for a match-haul of 10, as the hosts registered a thumping 278-run win over South Africa inside three days of the opening Test on Saturday.

South Africa were all out for 73 in their second innings, the worst for them in Sri Lanka. They were bundled out for 126 in the first innings on Friday, their previous lowest total in the island nation.

Perera followed up his first-innings figures of 4-46 with 6 for 32 in the second, his best bowling figures in Tests, with veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath picking up three.

Earlier, Sri Lanka were all out for 190 in their second innings, leaving South Africa a target of 352 on a surface providing lot of turn for the spinners. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took 4-58 for the touring side.

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