COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday completed a 2-0 check sweep of South Africa to document their first collection win over the Proteas considering the fact that 2006 after Rangana Herath wreaked havoc with six wickets.
The traffic were all out for 290 inside the 2d consultation of day 4 in Colombo, 2 hundred runs brief of their particularly implausible triumphing target of 490 on a bone-dry wicket.
It changed into South Africa´s first check whitewash when you consider that they went down within the island state 2-0 in a two–suit collection nearly 12 years ago.
Sri Lanka had wrapped up the first check in Galle within 3 days, lowering South Africa to 73 in the 2nd innings — their lowest test total considering readmission to global cricket.
“proper thru the collection we didn´t have that capability to attain partnerships. I assume we simplest had three partnerships of 50 and above the whole collection,” Faf du Plessis, South Africa´s crestfallen skipper, said Monday.
“however over again you need to deliver credit to the competition. They had been capable of positioned us under strain for lengthy periods of time and therefore we made a variety of mistakes,” he stated.
“In hindsight I suppose we actually might have played a 2nd spinner. Our thinking changed into in this surface that the ball would opposite (swing) however there was zero opposite swing this innings.”
within the second take a look at, Sri Lanka scored 338 in their first innings and South Africa may want to handiest reply with 124 as flexible off-spinner Akila Dananjaya made hay, taking five wickets.
The hosts then scored 275 for five before asserting midway through the afternoon session on day three, setting the traffic a notably improbable victory target.
They were already 5 wickets down for 139 at stumps on Sunday, with Dananjaya dismissing du Plessis for seven and Herath getting Hashim Amla for six.
The wickets fell no matter a comedy of errors from Sri Lanka, who dropped two catches, wasted both their opinions — on successive balls — and could have had Dean Elgar out two times in advance had Perera no longer overstepped.
Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma saved the spinners at bay for most of the first session on Monday, putting on a valiant 6th-wicket stand of 123.
Their partnership become South Africa´s great ever in a fourth innings in Asia, and turned into by means of a distance their largest of the collection, the preceding excellent having been well worth most effective 64
De Bruyn turned into particularly stunning, sweeping judiciously and defending doggedly on a hard floor, while Bavuma become additionally adept at selecting gaps on the leg side and rotating the strike.
Bavuma´s resistance ended simply after he turned into stuck in the back of off left arm spinner Herath for sixty three. He also had wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock lbw for eight on the stroke of lunch.
After lunch de Bruyn recorded his maiden century — South Africa´s simplest one of the series — however turned into bowled by using Herath for 101.
Sri Lanka, in the meantime, will take unique pleasure on this victory, because it got here within the absence of their ordinary captain and middle-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal, who changed into suspended following a ball tampering scandal.
the house facet´s train Chandika Hathurusingha become additionally no longer allowed to be within the crew dressing room for the duration of healthy days after being sanctioned over the equal incident.