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South African cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2006

The South African cricket team toured Sri Lanka for cricket matches in the 2006 cricket season. South Africa are scheduled to play two Test matches against Sri Lanka, one warm-up first class game over three days against Sri Lanka A, and at least four One Day Internationals as part of a triangular series. Sri Lanka took the Test series 2–0 after winning the final Test by one wicket, their second successive home Test series win against South Africa after their win in 2004.


South Africa[1]
Ashwell Prince cLHB, SLACape Cobras
Mark Boucher wkRHBWarriors
Hashim AmlaRHB, RMDolphins
Nicky BojeLHB, SLAEagles
AB de Villiers wkRHB, RMTitans
Boeta DippenaarRHB, OBEagles
Herschelle GibbsRHB, RMCape Cobras
Andrew HallRHB, RFMLions
André NelRHB, RFMTitans
Makhaya NtiniRHB, RFWarriors
Shaun PollockRHB, RFMDolphins
Jacques RudolphLHB, LBGTitans
Dale SteynRHB, RFTitans
Thandi TshabalalaRHB, OBEagles
Graeme Smith withdrew on 11 July due to an injured ankle. Prince was named replacement captain.
Pollock missed the first match after remaining at home for the birth of his second daughter.[2]
Sri Lanka[3]
Mahela Jayawardene cRHB, RMSinhalese SC
Kumar Sangakkara wkLHBNondescripts CC
Prasanna Jayawardene wkRHBSebastianites C&AC
Malinga BandaraRHB, LBRagama CC
Tillakaratne DilshanRHB, OBBloomfield C&AC
Rangana HerathLHB, SLAMoors SC
Sanath JayasuriyaLHB, SLABloomfield C&AC
Chamara KapugederaRHB, RMColombo CC
Farveez MaharoofRHB, RFMBloomfield C&AC
Lasith MalingaRHB, RFMGalle CC
Muttiah MuralitharanRHB, OBTamil Union C&AC
Upul TharangaLHBNondescripts CC
Chaminda VaasLHB, LFMColts CC
Michael VandortLHB, RMColombo CC


Sri Lanka A v South Africans (22,23,24 July 2006)

South Africa South Africans465/4 declared&245/8 declaredMatch drawn[4]

J. A. Rudolph 157
D. N. T. Zoysa 1/54

A. B. de Villiers 75
U. D. U. Chandana 3/80

Colts CC Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Umpires: S. S. K. Gallage (SL) and C. B. C. Rodrigo (SL)

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka A162&89/1

U. D. U. Chandana 51*
A. Nel 4/39

D. A. Gunawardene 37
N. V. Boje 1/27

1st Test: Sri Lanka v South Africa (27,28,29,30,31 July 2006)

South Africa South Africa169&434Sri Lanka won by an inning and 153 runs[5]

Sinhalese SC Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Umpires: M. R. Benson (Eng) and B. F. Bowden (NZ).
E. A. R. de Silva (SL) stood for Benson during day five.

A. B. de Villiers 65
M. Muralitharan 4/41

J. A. Rudolph 90
M. Muralitharan 6/131

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka756/5 declared

D. P. M. D. Jayawardene 374
D. W. Steyn 3/129

In Sri Lanka's innings, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara (who made 287) shared a partnership worth 624 for the third wicket, a new world record in first class cricket for any wicket. Jayawardene eventually made the highest score by a Sri Lankan in Test cricket. Muralitharan then bowled 64 overs, taking six South African wickets as they were bowled out midway through the afternoon session on the final day to lose by an innings and 153 runs.

2nd Test: Sri Lanka v South Africa (4,5,6,7,8 August 2006)

South Africa South Africa361&311Sri Lanka won by one wicket[6]

P. Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and B. F. Bowden (NZ).

A. B. de Villiers 95
M. Muralitharan 5/128

H. H. Gibbs 92
M. Muralitharan 7/97

Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka321&352/9

W. P. U. J. C. Vaas 64
D. W. Steyn 5/82

D. P. M. D. Jayawardene 123
N. V. Boje 4/111

Sri Lanka took the final Test by one wicket, in a match "neither side deserved to lose".[7] South Africa opted to bat first, lost openers Gibbs and Hall for ducks, but captain Ashwell Prince shared a fifth-wicket stand of 141 with de Villiers, and Shaun Pollock also made an unbeaten half-century with the tail before Makhaya Ntini was caught on the final ball of the first day to close on 361.

Ntini then took four top-order wickets in the morning session, his final wicket being that of Sanath Jayasuriya three short of a half-century, and Sri Lanka were 86 for five, needing 275 for the final five wickets to restore parity. However, the sixth wicket stand between Chamara Kapugedera and Prasanna Jayawardene yielded 105 runs before both were bowled in successive over, and Farveez Maharoof and Chaminda Vaas then batted out 37 overs to add 117. Steyn then rounded off the tail, claiming his first Test five-for in 13.1 overs, and Sri Lanka were bowled out 40 short.

On the third day, Gibbs made a four-hour 92, as Muralitharan and Kapugedera stood for most of the wickets; Kapugedera had Jacques Rudolph and Hashim Amla run out, while Muralitharan got credited with seven wickets while bowling. The final wicket was that of Andrew Hall, the first of the innings, who was caught behind off Farveez Maharoof with the score on 76. Mark Boucher hit 65 with the tail before he was last out, setting Sri Lanka 352 to win in five sessions.

South Africa got an immediate breakthrough, with opener Upul Tharanga caught off Ntini for 0 in the third over. However, that was to be Ntini's only wicket; in his eighth over, he limped off with a hamstring injury, never to return. South Africa were left with four main bowlers, and as Steyn could not find his first innings effectiveness, and Mahela Jayawardene stood up with a six-hour 123, Sri Lanka managed the chase. At lunch on day five, they needed 19 with four wickets in hand, but Jayawardene was caught by Gibbs in the eighth over after lunch, with 11 still needed. Andrew Hall then claimed the wickets of Vaas and Muralitharan in the same over, but also conceded two runs. Maharoof hit Boje for a single, and Lasith Malinga could hit the winning run on the only ball he faced in the innings.

Withdrawal from Unitech Cup

Originally, South Africa was set to play Sri Lanka and India in the tri-nation Unitech Cup one-day cricket tournament. Following a series of bomb blasts in the Sri Lankan capital, relating to the renewal of ethnic conflict plaguing that country, Cricket South Africa employed an independent security consultant to determine the risk posed to players. The risk to the team was determined to be "unacceptable" and South Africa's involvement in the tour came to a premature end.[8] Following South Africa's withdrawal, Sri Lanka and India were scheduled to play a One-day International series, but this was rained off.


  1. ^ South Africa Test Squad, from Cricinfo, retrieved 30 July 2006
  2. ^ Pollock returns to boost South Africa, Cricinfo, retrieved 8 August 2006
  3. ^ Sri Lanka Squad - 1st Test, from Cricinfo, retrieved 30 July 2006
  4. ^ Cricinfo - Tour Match: Sri Lanka A v South Africans at Colombo (Colts), Jul 22-24 2006, from Cricinfo, retrieved 30 July 2006
  5. ^ Cricinfo - 1st Test: Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC), Jul 27-31, 2006:, from Cricinfo, retrieved 30 July 2006
  6. ^ Cricinfo - 2nd Test: Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (PSS), Aug 4-8, 2006:, from Cricinfo, retrieved 8 August 2006
  7. ^ Mahela magic seals dramatic one-wicket win, by S Rajesh, Cricinfo, 8 August 2006
  8. ^ South Africa to fly home, Cricinfo, 16 August 2006
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