Result: South Africa cruise to victory in first Test

South Africa cricketer Vernon Philander appeals during the third day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 18, 2014
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South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 153 runs in the first Test at Galle.

South Africa have beaten Sri Lanka by 153 runs in the first Test at Galle.

After declaring on 206-6 in their second innings, South Africa set Sri Lanka 370 to win, but the hosts never came close to recording a victory.

With the exception of Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara the hosts' batsmen struggled to bed themselves in, as South Africa's attack - led admirably by Dale Steyn - whittled through the batting lineup.

Steyn took the wicket of Silva and eight others as he fell just one short of a 10-wicket haul.

If South Africa win the second Test in Colombo, which starts on Thursday, they will overtake Australia as the world's best Test side.

Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during the opening day of the third and final cricket Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf emirate of Sharjah on January 16, 2014
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