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South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014: Angelo Mathews’s press conference after defeat

Jul 29 , 2014

In this video, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews speaks to the reporters about how South Africa‘s tail-enders put on a gritty effort which was led by Vernon Philander to fight off Sri Lanka’s spinners to snatch a thrilling draw in the second Test and seal a 1-0 series win at Colombo on Monday.

Hashim Amla was a picture of resistance at Tea and was cramping up quite a bit. Just after the final session began, Sri Lanka were on top with a quick double-strike. First, it was Amla who nicked Dilruwan Perera’s delivery to Mahela Jayawardene at slip and Du Plessis departed almost identically a few overs later and the hosts could smell blood. They were elated and a lot depended on the shoulders of JP Duminy. South Africa got what they wanted and there was a rain break.

After the play resumed, Duminy and Vernon Philander calmly negotiated the spinners before Perera trapped Duminy in front to provide yet another twist in the tale. Duminy’s collective score over two innings in Colombo read 5  Steyn and Philander then followed suit and the first South African series victory on Sri Lankan soil in 21 years depended on these pacers. More than an hour’s play was left to play and Philander was unfazed and was calmed the storm with the experience of a veteran and the expertise of a top order batsman.

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