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PHOTOS: Steyn, Morkel star as Proteas register rare win in Lanka

Last updated on: July 20, 2014 17:28 IST

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South African 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.

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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.

Sri Lanka had started the final day on 110 for one, optimistic of chasing down the 370 victory target after Amla had declared on 206-6, 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 at Galle.

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Image: South Africa's Dale Steyn (centre), captain Hashim Amla (3rd from right), Alviro Petersen (3rd from left) and AB de Villiers (right) celebrate after winning their first Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle on Sunday
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Steyn started South Africa's victory push by grabbing an early breakthrough on Sunday when he had Kaushal Silva edge to wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock to end his innings on 38 and the second wicket stand of 104 with Kumar Sangakkara.

Morkel then struck with the first ball after the drinks breaks when Mahela Jayawardene edged behind for 10 to leave Sri Lanka on 138-3.

The hosts still held hope, though, with Sangakkara holding firm against the barrage before the former skipper fell to one of the worst balls of the day.

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Image: South Africa's Dale Steyn (left) celebrates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva during the fifth day of their first Test in Galle on Sunday
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The left-hander pulling a woeful long hop delivery from JP Duminy straight to Amla at mid-wicket to depart for 76 and leave the hosts in big trouble on 149-4.

Sangakkara could not believe what he had done, staring at the pitch before walking off with his head down.

Lahiru Thirimanne was the next to go, falling in similar circumstances to the first innings as he edged a ball from Steyn outside his stumps to AB de Villiers in the slips for 12.

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Image: Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara reacts as he walks off the field after his dismissal by South Africa's Jean-Paul Duminy on Sunday
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Dinesh Chandimal then completed the miserable session by departing for one as he gloved an attempted pull off Morkel to de Kock to leave the hosts six down at lunch.

Steyn returned in the second session to take his fourth wicket when he had Dilruwan Perera caught by de Kock for his second duck of the match. It was the fourth wicket to go down for only 12 runs as the hosts fell to 161-7.

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Image: South Africa's captain Hashim Amla (R) celebrates with teammate Morne Morkel (2nd from left) after dismissing Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal on Sunday
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Duminy then ended Rangana Herath's 18-ball cameo for 20 when he top edged a sweep and was caught by a darting De Villiers, who ran from slip to short fine leg to take the catch.

Morkel wrapped up the victory by claiming the final two wickets in two balls, dismissing Suranga Lakmal at long leg for 12 and then Shaminda Eranga fending a short ball to short leg to leave Angelo Mathews unbeaten at the crease on 27.

The second Test starts in Colombo on July 24.


Image: South Africa's captain Hashim Amla (left) and bowler Dale Steyn celebrate after their win in the first Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday
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