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Sri Lanka spinner Dilruwan Perera scythed through South Africa’s batting line-up with a career-best six wickets to lead his side to a 278-run win on the third day in Galle.
Starting off the day on 111/4, Sri Lanka lost batsman Roshen Silva early on as he was run out by Kagiso Rabada for 13.
Rabada then proceeded to take out wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera in the space of three balls as Sri Lanka slumped to 134/7.
Angelo Mathews ended up scoring 39 before being clean bowled by Keshav Maharaj.
Rangana Herath fell shortly after as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Tabraiz Shamsi for a duck.
Sri Lanka ended up being bowled out for 190, which set South Africa a target of 352 to win when Lakshan Sandakan was caught by Temba Bavuma at point off the bowling of Dale Steyn for six runs.
With the wicket of Sandakan, Steyn brought him level with Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s joint-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 421 victims.
Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Rabada took three, and Steyn and Shamsi chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 352 to win, South Africa took a cautious approach at the start of their innings, but it didn’t stop Dilruwan from getting an early breakthrough as Dean Elgar was stumped by Dickwella for four runs.
Dilruwan then proceeded to take out Hashim Amla and Bavuma for a duck and two runs respectively.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis couldn’t save his side as he was sent packing by Herath for one run.
With Aiden Markram being stumped off the bowling of Herath for 19, the Proteas found themselves in a world of trouble at 32/5.
Dilruwan returned to dismiss Quinton de Kock, Maharaj and Rabada in quick succession, before Herath and Sandakan removed Steyn and Shamsi respectively.
As a result of Sri Lanka’s spin barrage, South Africa were skittled out for 73, which is their 11th lowest score in Test history.
Dilruwan was the most successful bowler with six wickets, while Herath took three and Sandakan claimed one.
Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was named Man of the Match for scoring 158 not out and 60.