South Africa was bowled out for its lowest total since readmission to global cricket on Saturday, handing Sri Lanka a 278-run win in the first Test with two full days to spare. The biggest weapon that they had was their consistency.
Wessels added: "South Africa needed to make the Sri Lankan bowlers work much, much harder for their wickets. That's what I always do on turning tracks". "I think over the last two or three years away-records have definitely gone down, and games are finishing a lot sooner than they used to". We expected it to be tough coming here.
Only three of the visitors made it into double figures, and the highest partnership yielded just 22, as batsmen repeatedly fell in their attempts to take on the Sri Lanka spinners.
"We've only got ourselves to blame", he told reporters after the game.
Dilruwan also finished with career-best match figures of 10-78, while Herath moved past Steyn and Pollock to go ninth on the list of all-time Test wicket-takers.
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"We were trying not to let a batsman settle". "If you play six batters on pitches that are not flat - whether it be green or spinning, it puts a lot of pressure on your top six to score the runs". Here you get the ball that turns and bounces and gets the edge, and you miss as well. In the process, they became only the fourth pair of spinners to open the bowling in each innings of a Test. H Trumble/ M Noble were the first to do it in 1902. "I think even in South Africa you'll still prepare the conditions the way you prepare them now, but you just make sure that you bring some balance. When you are playing spin you need to have a defence, but more than that you have to dominate the spinners before they dominate you". When Sri Lanka toured in 2016-2017, both Centurion and the Wanderers were prepared to be as seamer-friendly as possible.
South Africa succumb to a massive defeat against Sri Lanka in the first Test match at Galle International Stadium on Saturday.
Revenge pitches are part of the game but the team that asks for them knows it will only get a more vengeful surface on its next trip, and that's what South Africa were expecting.
South Africa did not have the quality spinners to exploit the conditions to the fullest on Day 1. Having been as inhospitable to Sri Lanka as they could 18 months ago, they thought Suranga Lakmal and co would return the favour, but they didn't have to.
Hashim Amla was caught at leg slip for a duck in Perera s next over, and Temba Bavuma was caught for two by the same fielder shortly after, reducing South Africa to 24 for 3.