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Philander takes another 5 wicket haul as Srilanka were all out once again for 150 runs !!! Making RSA to win the 1st test match.

Vernon Philander claimed his third five-wicket haul in as many Test
matches as South Africa dominated the first day of the first Test
against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park on Thursday.

Srilankan Skipper Tilakrathnae Dilshan continued his poor captaincy and poor batting.

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Sri Lanka were bowled out for 180 and South Africa replied with 90
for one, with captain Graeme Smith hitting 61 before he was out eight
balls before the close.

Philander took five for 53 and fellow fast bowler Dale Steyn grabbed
four for 18 as Sri Lanka struggled after being sent in on a green pitch
which offered bounce and movement to the South African quicks.

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Philander continued to pile up the records with match figures of 10 for
102 to make it four five-wicket hauls in six Test innings.

.Facing a deficit of 231 on a surface offering help to the quicks was a
daunting prospect and Sri Lanka soon started to crumble. Tillakaratne
Dilshan departed first against some skilful seam and swing bowling from
Philander who produced a delivery that nipped back then straightened to
find the edge low to Mark Boucher.

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The home side's bowlers needed just 39.1 overs to dismantle the
opposition batting line-up for a second time to reinforce the pre-series
predictions that this could be a very one-sided contest

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Philander performed great against Aussies and now against the Lankans also he has proved himself....
mona23feb on 23 Dec 2011, 06:33 AM
Philander is looking great we should buy him for IPL 5.....
mona23feb on 23 Dec 2011, 06:32 AM
sri lanka is suffering back to back beats by south africa due to their poor batting & bowling performance. need to improve!!!!!
teksmark on 23 Dec 2011, 04:32 AM
philander lucky fellow
lucky4rcb on 22 Dec 2011, 07:24 AM
We should make an attempt to buy Philander in the upcoming auctions ....as he is also handy with the bat...
kaushiki on 20 Dec 2011, 06:13 AM
Philander is just rocking......At his best
kaushiki on 20 Dec 2011, 06:12 AM
gud philander..
tussar on 20 Dec 2011, 05:50 AM
Super 10 wickets by Philander! He was rocking. Finished a 5 day Test match in just 3 days. Real tough times for SL.
foram@RCB on 19 Dec 2011, 11:39 PM
philander super bowling
lucky4rcb on 19 Dec 2011, 04:36 PM
Missing Steyn,Kallis and Boucher very much.
karthik-shetty4 on 18 Dec 2011, 08:36 AM