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Sri Lanka handed a white-wash

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South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2021
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The hosts, South Africa, comfortably clinched the Betway Test series against Sri Lanka as they recorded a comprehensive 10-wicket win inside 3 days at the Wanderers.

Day three of the match began with Sri Lanka looking determined to drag this game deep. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who was on 91 runs at the start of play, raced to a hundred with back-to-back boundaries at the start of play. 

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Sri Lanka started the day on 150 for 4 and stumbled down to the ground pretty soon as they were wrapped up 18 overs into the day’s play. The first to go was the skipper who got too fancy trying to hit a short delivery from Anrich Nortje over mid-wicket, just after reaching his hundred. It was too ordinary from a batsman who was on 103 and looking to bat time to keep his team in contention. 

It was yet again the same elementary mistakes from the Lankan batters, chasing after the ball. Niroshan Dickwella was batting on the off-stump, with his leg-stump visible behind him and still kept slashing at deliveries away from his body. He eventually connected a couple but 90 % of the deliveries went whizzing past the edge and gave an immense sense of confidence to the bowlers. 

Dasun Shanaka chipped one in the air off Wiaan Mulder by playing a half-hearted stroke while Wanindu Hasaranga was castled by Lutho Sipamla. These two were the only hope for Sri Lanka to post a 3-figure target but they perished with scores of 8 and 16 respectively. The tail did not wag for long as Sipamla took care of things at the end. 

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Sri Lanka was written off for 211 runs with an unchallenging target of 67 runs set for the Proteas which they chased down without losing a single wicket.

Seamers, Lungi Ngidi and Lutho Sipamla were the top two in the bowling chart as they returned figures of 4 for 44 and 3 for 40 respectively. 

Sri Lanka came into this Test as a depleted team and were never really in the game from the start. Debutant Asitha Fernando was impressive in the way he bowled even though Sri Lanka clearly lacked in the batting department even with 6 experienced batsmen in their top 7.

Sri Lanka lost their win streak against the Saffers as a result of this series defeat, having won their last 4 games against the Proteas. There were some decent performances from the Lankans but none to write home about apart from Karunaratne’s century and Vishwa Fernando’s 5-fer – with the likes of Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and co, who all performed below par.

The team will now return to Sri Lanka and begin preparations for their 2-maatch series against England, which is set to commence on the 14th of January.



Result


South Africa
302/10 (75.4) & 67/0 (13.2)

Sri Lanka
157/10 (40.3) & 211/10 (56.5)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunarathne c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 2 32 0 0 6.25
Kusal Perera c Aiden Markram b Wiaan Mulder 60 67 11 0 89.55
Lahiru Thirimanne c Faf du Plessis b Wiaan Mulder 17 30 3 0 56.67
Kusal Mendis c Rassie van der Dussen b Wiaan Mulder 0 4 0 0 0.00
Minod Bhanuka c Rassie van der Dussen b Anrich Nortje 5 10 1 0 50.00
Niroshan Dickwella c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 7 10 1 0 70.00
Dasun Shanaka c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 4 17 0 0 23.53
Wanindu Hasaranga c Quinton de Kock b Lutho Sipamla 29 27 5 0 107.41
Dushmantha Chameera c Quinton de Kock b Anrich Nortje 22 29 4 0 75.86
Vishwa Fernando not out 2 11 0 0 18.18
Asitha Fernando b Anrich Nortje 4 6 1 0 66.67


Extras 5 (b 0 , lb 5 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 157/10 (40.3 Overs, RR: 3.88)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Lungi Ngidi 10 3 44 0 4.40
Anrich Nortje 14.3 1 56 6 3.92
Lutho Sipamla 9 3 27 1 3.00
Wiaan Mulder 7 3 25 3 3.57
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar c Lahiru Thirimanne b Dushmantha Chameera 127 163 22 0 77.91
Aiden Markram c Kusal Mendis b Asitha Fernando 5 21 0 0 23.81
Rassie van der Dussen c Niroshan Dickwella b Dasun Shanaka 67 127 12 0 52.76
Quinton de Kock c Kusal Mendis b Vishwa Fernando 10 20 1 0 50.00
Faf du Plessis c Niroshan Dickwella b Dasun Shanaka 8 15 1 0 53.33
Temba Bavuma lbw b Vishwa Fernando 19 30 3 1 63.33
Wiaan Mulder lbw b Vishwa Fernando 7 17 1 0 41.18
Keshav Maharaj c Niroshan Dickwella b Asitha Fernando 2 8 0 0 25.00
Anrich Nortje c Kusal Mendis b Vishwa Fernando 13 16 2 0 81.25
Lutho Sipamla c Dasun Shanaka b Vishwa Fernando 5 19 1 0 26.32
Lungi Ngidi not out 14 18 3 0 77.78


Extras 25 (b 8 , lb 14 , nb 0, w 3, pen 0)
Total 302/10 (75.4 Overs, RR: 3.99)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 23.4 0 101 5 4.32
Asitha Fernando 19 5 61 2 3.21
Dushmantha Chameera 14 1 53 1 3.79
Dasun Shanaka 15 4 42 2 2.80
Wanindu Hasaranga 4 0 23 0 5.75
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunarathne c Wiaan Mulder b Anrich Nortje 103 128 19 0 80.47
Kusal Perera b Lungi Ngidi 1 7 0 0 14.29
Lahiru Thirimanne c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi 31 57 7 0 54.39
Kusal Mendis c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi 0 1 0 0 0.00
Minod Bhanuka c Keshav Maharaj b Anrich Nortje 1 7 0 0 14.29
Niroshan Dickwella c Temba Bavuma b Lungi Ngidi 36 68 6 0 52.94
Dasun Shanaka c Lutho Sipamla b Wiaan Mulder 8 24 1 0 33.33
Wanindu Hasaranga b Lutho Sipamla 16 32 2 0 50.00
Dushmantha Chameera c Quinton de Kock b Lutho Sipamla 0 10 0 0 0.00
Vishwa Fernando not out 1 7 0 0 14.29
Asitha Fernando b Lutho Sipamla 0 2 0 0 0.00


Extras 14 (b 9 , lb 2 , nb 2, w 1, pen 0)
Total 211/10 (56.5 Overs, RR: 3.71)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Lungi Ngidi 15 5 44 4 2.93
Anrich Nortje 19 2 64 2 3.37
Wiaan Mulder 13 3 52 1 4.00
Lutho Sipamla 9.5 1 39 3 4.11


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dean Elgar not out 31 27 5 0 114.81
Aiden Markram not out 36 53 4 0 67.92


Extras 0 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 67/0 (13.2 Overs, RR: 5.03)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Vishwa Fernando 4 0 23 0 5.75
Asitha Fernando 4 1 20 0 5.00
Wanindu Hasaranga 2.2 0 16 0 7.27
Dasun Shanaka 3 1 8 0 2.67