Sri Lanka on the verge of series whitewash

Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 2nd Test


The Sri Lankan spinners set up the game beautifully for the hosts, as South Africa ended day 3 on 139/5, needing a further 351 runs for victory. 

On another glorious morning in Colombo at the SSC, Sri Lanka resumed their 2nd innings on 151/3, 365 runs ahead of the wounded South Africans.

The South Africans were stumbling so bad on day two making the wicket look worse than what it actually was. Sri Lanka looked hardly troubled in their 2nd innings. That was the case on the third morning as well, with overnight batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews going about their business comfortably.

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Mathews who has been struggling for form during the past couple of years in Test cricket, started to look good as he inched towards a half century with the Sri Lankan lead growing fast. Karunaratne too went about his business smoothly as he closed in on a 2nd century in the series, after having gone past the half century mark in all four innings he batted.

Karunaratne though was eventually found out outside off stump, again. The introduction of Lungi Ngidi saw Karunaratne drawn into a false stroke 15 runs away from a century, to give Quinton de Kock his 150th dismissal in Test cricket.

Roshen Silva, another man short of runs and his place under threat once Chandimal comes back for Sri Lanka’s next Test,  walked in at no. 6 and survived a few nervy moments before he eventually settled down to doing what he does best, wearing down the opposition.

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Mathews finally got to a much needed half century off his 89th ball as he looked up to the heavens in relief. His knock included six boundaries as Sri Lanka went into lunch on day 3 at 237/4.

Sri Lanka crawled at a slow pace after the break. Silva was firm in defence while Mathews looked to move on before he was dismissed by Maharaj for a well constructed 71. The Sri Lankan camp decided 490 was good enough target as they declared their innings on 275/5 with Silva unbeaten on 32*.

South Africa survived a few close calls early in their pursuit of the daunting target, before Aiden Markram was trapped in front by the old man Rangana Herath for 14.

Theunis de Bruyn joined Dean Elgar as the South Africans looked comfortable in the series for the first time, though Elgar survived a few close calls especially against Dilruwan Perera.

Dilruwan had the last laugh when he finally trapped Elgar in front for 37, as that wicket opened the familiar flood gates of the Proteas during their tour of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s wagging tail

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The South Africans crumbles against the spin again. The most experienced South African batsmen Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis departed in quick succession as the writing seemed on the wall for the Proteas as they decided to promote Maharaj up the order only to see him getting a golden duck.
The spin trio of Herath, Dilruwan and Dananjaya were all over the Proteas like a rash. De Bruyn though played a lonely fighting hand as he remained unbeaten on 45* along with Temba Bavuma (14*), as the duo made sure no further damage was done.
Tomorrow is the penultimate day of the match and the visitors who ended the day on 139/5, will have to play out of their skin to get anywhere close as it will be an uphill battle facing the Sri Lankan spinners.


Full Scorecard

Sri Lanka

338/10 & 275/5

(81 overs)


South Africa

124/10 & 290/10

(86.4 overs)

Srilanka won by 199 runs

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Danushka Gunathilake c K.Rabada b K.Maharaj57107
Dimuth Karunaratne c Q.De Kock b K.Maharaj53110
Dananjaya de Silva lbw by K.Maharaj60109
Kusal Mendis c K.Rabada b K.Maharaj2134
Angelo Mathews c F.Du Plesis b K.Maharaj1024
Roshen Silva b K.Rabada2246
Niroshen Dickwella c F.Du Plesis b K.Maharaj59
Dilruwan Perera c L.Nigidi b K.Maharaj1724
Akila Dananjaya not out4391
Suranga Lakmal c A.Markram b K.Maharaj04
Rangana Herath c Dean Elgar b Keshav Maharaj3568
15 (b 4, lb 2, nb 1, w 8)
338/10 (104.1 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-116 (D Karunaratne, 34.3 ov), 2-117 (D Gunathilaka, 36.3 ov), 3-153 (K Mendis, 48.3 ov), 4-169 (A Mathews, 54.3 ov), 5-223 (R Silva, 69.6 ov), 6-238 (N Dickwella, 72.4 ov), 7-247 (D de Silva, 74.2 ov), 8-264 (D Perera, 80.1 ov), 9-264 (S Lakmal, 80.5 ov), 10-338 (R.Herath, 104.1 ov)
Dale Steyn173600 3.53
Kagiso Rabada203551 2.75
Lungi Ngidi14.21540 3.80
Keshav Maharaj41.1101299 3.14
Aiden Markram8.41240 2.86
Dean Elgar31100 3.33

South Africa’s 1st Innings

Aiden Markram lbw by Rangana Herath720
Dean Elgar c Dananjaya De Silva b Akila Dhananjaya04
Theunis de Bruyn c Niroshan Dickwella b Akila Dhananjaya38
Hashim Amla c Kusal Mendis b Dilruwan Perera1958
Faf du Flessis c Niroshan Dickwella b Dilruwan Perera4851
Temba Bavuma c Kusal Mendis b Dilruwan Perera1120
Quinton de Kock lbw by Akila Dhananjaya3231
KA Maharaj c Dimuth Karunaratne b Akila Dhananjaya24
Kagiso Rabada c Anjelo Mathews b Dilruwan Perera110
Dale Steyn lbw by Akila Dhananjaya02
Lungi Ngidi not out02
1 (nb 1)
124/10 (34.5 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-4 (D Elgar, 1.2 ov), 2-8 (T Bruyn, 3.2 ov), 3-15 (A Markram, 8.1 ov), 4-70 (H Amla, 21 ov), 5-85 (Du Plessis, 25 ov), 6-114 (T Bavuma, 30.3 ov), 7-119 (K Maharaj, 31.5 ov), 8-124 (De Kock, 33.2 ov), 9-124 (D Steyn, 33.4 ov), 10-124 (K Rabada, 34.5 ov)
Dilruwan Perera12.51404 3.20
Akila Dhananjaya132525 4.00
R. Herath91321 3.56

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

MD Gunathilaka c Dean Elgar b Keshav Maharaj6168
D. Karunaratne c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi85136
D.De.Silva lbw by Keshav Maharaj03
BKG Mendis (runout) Aiden Markram1827
A Mathews c Faf du Flessis b Keshav Maharaj71147
R. Silva not out3299
N. Dickwella not out77
1 (nb 1)
275/5 (81 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-91 (D Gunathilaka, 18.3 ov), 2-102 (De Silva, 20.2 ov), 3-136 (K Mendis, 28.4 ov), 4-199 (D Karunarathne, 48.1 ov), 5-263 (A Mathews, 79.1 ov)
KA Maharaj4041543 3.85
Kagiso Rabada80420 5.25
Aiden Markram71180 2.57
Theunis de Bruyn50200 4.00
Dale Steyn112300 2.73
Lungi Ngidi9591 1.00
Dean Elgar1020 2.00

South Africa’s 2nd Innings

Dean Elgar lbw by D.Perera3780
Aiden Markram lbw by R.Herath1424
Theunis de Bruyn b R.Herath101232
Hashim Amla b R.Herath618
Faf du Flessis c Anjelo Mathews b A.Dhananjaya713
KA Maharaj lbw by A.Dhananjaya01
Temba Bavuma c N.Dickwella b R. Herath6398
Quinton de Kock lbw by R.Herath812
Kagiso Rabada c A.Mathews b D.Perera1837
Dale Steyn c D.Gunathilake b R.Herath66
Lungi Ngidi not out44
26 (b 16, lb 5, nb 4, w 1)
290/10 (86.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-23 (AK Markram, 8.1 ov), 2-80 (D Elgar, 23.3 ov), 3-100 (HM Amla, 30.1 ov), 4-113 (F du Plessis, 35.1 ov), 5-113 (KA Maharaj, 35.2 ov), 6-236 (T Bavuma, 73.1 ov), 7-246 (Q de Kock, 75.5 ov), 8-280 (TB de Bruyn, 84.5 ov), 9-280 (K Rabada, 85.2 ov),10-290 (DW Steyn, 86.5 ov)
R. Herath32.55986 3.02
Dilruwan Perera304902 3.00
Akila Dhananjaya192672 3.53
Suranga Lakmal2080 4.00
Dananjaya de Silva2050 2.50
Danushka Gunathilaka1010 1.00