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What was a momentous year for Test cricket had an almost perfect ending. The last match of 2011 saw Sri Lanka snap a prolonged win drought in the five-day format with a superb win at Durban to draw level. While South Africa coasted to an innings victory at Centurion and were expected to steamroll the visitors owing to their supremely talented pace attack. However, things unfolded a little differently and the hunter became the hunted.
Given the off-field controversies that have surrounded Sri Lanka in the recent past, it was no mean achievement to beat South Africa at home, in conditions that have troubled even best of the subcontinental teams. No wonder, it was the first ever Test victory for Sri Lanka on South African soil. Having been unable to clinch a win ever since the retirement of bowling great Muttiah Murlitharan in July 2010, Durban would have tasted sweet, especially for skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan, regularly under fire for the team’s below-par performance.
It is no secret that Sri Lanka’s failure to perform as a unit has contributed to their gradual slide. However, everything fell in place during the Boxing Day Test. In the batting department, Thilan Samaraweera silenced his critics by posting a patient century and then Kumar Sangakkara came to the party with a classy 108 in the second innings. Incidentally, only Hashan Tillakaratne is the other Sri Lankan to score a century in South Africa. If the batsmen gave them the advantage, it was the bowling of Chanaka Welegedara and Rangana Herath that made it count.
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