Sri Lanka creates history; becomes first Asian team to win a series in South Africa

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Sri Lanka became the first Asian nation and third country in the world to record a Test series win in South Africa when they thrashed the Porteas by eight wickets in the second and final Test played at Port Elizabeth a short while ago. 
Chasing 198 to win, Sri Lanka lost two wickets early on day two, but Kusal Mendis (84 n.o) and Oshada Fernando (75 n.o) hit half centuries and shared an unbeaten century stand (163) to lead Sri Lanka to a crushing series win.
This victory also means Sri Lanka have won of their last four matches against Porteas. Sri Lanka beat them 2-0 at home last October.

 

Sri Lanka seamer Kasun Rajitha grabbed two wickets as South Africa limped to 91 for five at tea on day two of the second and final test at St George’s Park on Friday as the game continues to move forward at pace.

The home side have an overall lead of 159, but suffered a massive blow when they lost in-form Quinton de Kock on the last ball before the interval, caught and bowled by Suranga Lakmal.

Captain Faf du Plessis (31 not out) will resume after the break with debutant all-rounder Wiaan Mulder, seeking to push the South African lead past 200.

The home side’s top-order struggles have continued as opener Dean Elgar’s wretched form meant he was out for two on the last ball before lunch to seamer Vishwa Fernando.

Aiden Markram (18) had looked in good touch before he turned a Rajitha (2-20) delivery to Oshada Fernando at a short mid-wicket and Temba Bavuma (6) edged the same bowler to wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella.

Hashim Amla (32) was out 10 minutes before the interval when he edged part-time spinner Dhananjaya de Silva to slip, and the wicket of De Kock made it Sri Lanka’s session.

The bowlers have done superbly to restrict the home side, especially as they are without frontline slow bowler Lasith Embuldeniya, who broke his thumb attempting a caught and bowled in South Africa’s first innings and is out of the test.

Earlier, fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took four wickets as South Africa raced through Sri Lanka’s batting line-up to bowl the tourists out for 154.

Sri Lanka came out guns blazing from their overnight 60 for three, but the home side kept chipping away at the wickets column and took 90 minutes to end the tourists’ innings.

The visitors clearly had a plan to attack the home bowlers and scored 94 runs in 17.4 overs, but could not stem the fall of wickets.

Opener Lahiru Thirimanne (29) provided a caught and bowled chance for Duanne Olivier, who took three for 61, before Rabada removed nightwatchman Rajitha.

Kusal Perera, the centurion hero from the first test in Durban, continued where he left off by racing to 20 from 15 balls before he edged Rabada to wicketkeeper De Kock.

The home side made light work of the lower order, though Dickwella (42) mounted a spirited fightback before he was the last man out, a fine running catch from Elgar off Rabada, who finished with four for 38.

Sri Lanka won an epic first test by one wicket in Durban, a result that ensured South Africa’s streak of seven home series wins will come to an end.

If they avoid defeat in Durban, the touring side will become the first side from Asia to win a test series in South Africa.

Scorecard

South Africa  1st innings 222 all out (Aiden Akram 60, Quinton de Kock 86, Kagiso Rabada 22; Kasun Rajitha 3 for 67, Vishwa Fernando 3 for 62, Dhananjaya de Silva 2 for 15)

 Sri Lanka  1st innings

 Dimuth Karunaratne   c Quinton de Kock b Kagiso Rabada            17

 Lahiru Thirimanne    c&b Duanne Olivier                           29

 Oshada Fernando      b Duanne Olivier                              0

 Kusal Mendis         c Quinton de Kock b Duanne Olivier           16

 Kasun Rajitha        b Kagiso Rabada                               1

 Kusal Perera         c Quinton de Kock b Kagiso Rabada            20

 Dhananjaya de Silva  c Quinton de Kock b Willem Mulder            19

 Niroshan Dickwella   c Dean Elgar b Kagiso Rabada                 42

 Suranga Lakmal       lbw Keshav Maharaj                            7

 Extras               0b 1lb 2nb 0pen 0w                            3

 Total                (37.4 overs)                        154 all out

Fall of Wickets : 1-25 Karunaratne, 2-34 Fernando, 3-59 Mendis, 4-64 Thirimanne, 5-66 Rajitha, 6-97 Perera, 7-128 de Silva, 8-154 Lakmal, 9-154 Dickwella

Did Not Bat : Fernando, Embuldeniya

Bowling: Dale Steyn        10   2  39   0, Kagiso Rabada   12.4   3  38   4,  Duanne Olivier    10   1  61   3, Willem Mulder      3   2   6   1, Keshav Maharaj     2   0   9   1 ,

South Africa  2nd innings

 Aiden Markram    c Oshada Fernando b Kasun Rajitha                   18

 Dean Elgar       c Niroshan Dickwella b Vishwa Fernando               2

 Hashim Amla      c Kusal Mendis b Dhananjaya de Silva                32

 Temba Bavuma     c Niroshan Dickwella b Kasun Rajitha                 6

 Faf du Plessis   Not Out                                             50

 Quinton de Kock  c&b Suranga Lakmal                                   1

 Willem Mulder    c Kusal Mendis b Dhananjaya de Silva                 5

 Keshav Maharaj   lbw Suranga Lakmal                                   6

 Kagiso Rabada    c Kusal Mendis b Suranga Lakmal                      0

 Dale Steyn       c Lahiru Thirimanne b Dhananjaya de Silva            0

 Duanne Olivier   lbw Suranga Lakmal                                   6

 Extras           0b 1lb 1nb 0pen 0w                                   2

 Total            (44.3 overs)                               128 all out

Fall of Wickets : 1-10 Elgar, 2-31 Markram, 3-51 Bavuma, 4-90 Amla, 5-91 de Kock, 6-100 Mulder, 7-113 Maharaj, 8-115 Rabada, 9-116 Steyn, 10-128 Olivier

Bowling:  Suranga Lakmal       16.3   3  39   4,  Vishwa Fernando        10   1  32   1, Kasun Rajitha           7   1  20   2, Dhananjaya de Silva    11   1  36   3

Sri Lanka  2nd innings

 Dimuth Karunaratne  c Quinton de Kock b Duanne Olivier    19

 Lahiru Thirimanne   c Quinton de Kock b Kagiso Rabada     10

 Oshada Fernando     Not Out                               17

 Kusal Mendis        Not Out                               10

 Extras              0b 4lb 0nb 0pen 0w                     4

 Total               (16.0 overs)                        60-2

Fall of Wickets : 1-32 Thirimanne, 2-34 Karunaratne

To Bat : Perera, Dickwella, de Silva, Lakmal, Embuldeniya, Rajitha, Fernando

Bowling: Dale Steyn       5   0  20   0,  Kagiso Rabada    6   1  18   1,  Duanne Olivier   3   1  10   1, Willem Mulder    1   1   0   0, Keshav Maharaj   1   0   8   0

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  • RAMBO DADA Friday, 22 February 2019 09:08 PM

    SRI LANKA: THE FORCE AWAKENS! (Wishing you guys all the best, from an Indian fan of Lankan cricket)


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