South Africa took little time in closing out an innings and 45-run victory over a depleted Sri Lanka in the first test on Tuesday as the tourist’s promising start to the match and the series was undone as a string of them left the field injured.

Four of the five Sri Lankans to get hurt during the test still came out to bat on the fourth day in a vain effort to save the test, but it did not matter.

South Africa’s fast bowlers needed just over a session on the fourth day to finish of Sri Lanka’s second innings. Sri Lanka, starting the day 65-2 and facing defeat, was bowled out for 180 in 46.1 overs.

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Allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva was not able to bat because of his thigh injury, meaning South Africa needed just nine wickets in the end to win.

South Africa took five wickets in the day’s first session and finished Sri…

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