Steyn fifer leaves Lanka struggling

Steyn fifer leaves Lanka struggling

Paceman Dale Steyn took five wickets as South Africa seized control on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Friday.

Steyn unleashed some fiery bowling without much help from a dry and flat track to finish with figures of 5-50, his 23rd five-wicket haul in Tests.

At stumps, Sri Lanka were 283 for nine, still trailing the visitors by 172 runs with just one wicket in hand.

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews fought back valiantly with an 89-run knock before being bowled by Imran Tahir.

Mathews also shared 71 runs with Rangana Herath for the eighth wicket, the highest partnership of the innings.

His effort was especially commendable since Sri Lanka’s two big scorers — Mahela Jayawardene (three) and Kumar Sangakkara (24) — failed with the bat.

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