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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 2nd Test

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo
Date: 20-24 July 2018

South Africa 290/10 (86.5 Ovs) RR: 3.34 | Sri Lanka won by 199 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Dean Elgar lbw Dilruwan Pereralbw Dilruwan Perera378040
Aiden Markram lbw Herathlbw Herath142430
Theunis de Bruyn bowled Herathbowled Herath101232120
Hashim Amla bowled Herathbowled Herath61810
Faf du Plessis c Mathews & b Dananjayac Mathews & b Dananjaya71310
Keshav Maharaj lbw Dananjayalbw Dananjaya0100
Temba Bavuma c Dickwella & b Herathc Dickwella & b Herath639840
Quinton de Kock lbw Herathlbw Herath81210
Kagiso Rabada c Mathews & b Dilruwan Pererac Mathews & b Dilruwan Perera183721
Dale Steyn c Gunathilaka & b Herathc Gunathilaka & b Herath6601
Lungi Ngidi Not OutNot Out4410
Extras 26 (b 16, lb 5, w 1, nb 4)
Total 290 (10 Wkts, 86.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
23-1 (Aiden Markram,8.1), 80-2 (Dean Elgar,23.3), 100-3 (Hashim Amla,30.1), 113-4 (Faf du Plessis,35.1), 113-5 (Keshav Maharaj,35.2), 236-6 (Temba Bavuma,73.1), 246-7 (Quinton de Kock,75.5), 280-8 (Theunis de Bruyn,84.5), 280-9 (Kagiso Rabada,85.2), 290-10 (Dale Steyn,86.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Rangana Herath32.5 5 98 6 3.02
Dilruwan Perera30 4 90 2 3.00
Akila Dananjaya19 2 67 2 3.53
Suranga Lakmal2 0 8 0 4.00
Dhananjaya de Silva2 0 5 0 2.50
Danushka Gunathilaka1 0 1 0 1.00
Dimuth Karunaratne0 0 0 0 0
Kusal Mendis0 0 0 0 0
Angelo Mathews0 0 0 0 0
Roshen Silva0 0 0 0 0
Niroshan Dickwella0 0 0 0 0


South Africa taste life post-ABD, it was an utterly bitter one. But to be honest, even the great man wouldn't have made any difference to the final outcome of the series. They need to sort out their mental demons before coming back to the sub-continent again for red ball cricket. So, another series where hosts thoroughly dominated the visitors. This has been the trend over the last decade or so. Kohli and company would look to defy this when they take on England at Edgbaston on the first of August. Do not forget to join us for that mouth-watering series. Until then, this is Varun Dixit signing off on behalf of Abhinand and Sultan.

Suranga Lakmal: "We worked really hard and the results are due to the hard work of the team. Sri Lanka has some of the best spinners in the world and that is the reason they have troubled the South African batsmen. I am not thinking too far about the captaincy as it is a team game."

Dimuth Karunaratne, Man of the Match and Man of the Series: "I did really well in the series so I was sure I will be the man of the series. For the first few overs it came nicely onto the bat but old ball spun a lot. I stick to my basics and try to get maximum runs. We always take series by series, now we will prepare for the England series and then we will prepare for New Zealand and then Australia."

Faf du Plessis: "The guys played well in the last innings, de Bruyn played an exceptional knock and showed it is possible to get big runs in these conditions. Credit to Sri Lanka, they were outstanding. They beat us in all departments of the game that we played in the last eight days. We have some lessons to learn but we did manage to put in some good performance. Keshav Maharaj was exceptional, he put up a record bowling performance for South Africa. He has a good future ahead of him. For Sri Lanka, there wasn't 6 or 7 batsmen putting runs on the board there were just one or two. That's what you need. Right through the series we failed to get partnerships. We only got 3 fifty plus partnerships right through the series and that is very low. Looking at the wicket, we definitely would have played an extra spinner, our thinking was it is an abrasive surface and ball will reverse. There was zero reverse swing. It is a lesson to learn, when we come to sub-continent we need to pick an extra spinner as pitches are very dry. So, It was a mistake on our part not to play an extra spinner."

Rangana Herath: "Winning the game and winning the series, against the number two side - very pleased with it. Wherever you go and take wickets, you like the ground, especially SSC. The harder ball gives a bit of assistance for the spinners. Spinners bowled really well throughout the series. I know everybody has a time to go. That's why I have decided to stop playing cricket. Hopefully, in the series against England, I will do my best."

The toss was pivotal, Sri Lanka won and their openers piled on runs. Maharaj had an exceptional match, he ended with 12 wickets in the match and 9 in the first innings but he had no support from the other end. The part-time spinners weren't penetrative enough and the pitch had absolutely nothing in it for the fast bowlers. The prodigious turn on offer was always going to trouble South Africans and their first innings was bundled out in a haste. The handy contributions from Karunaratne and Mathews in the second innings ensured that they set an impossible total for Proteas to chase. South Africa aided by luck showed resistance, the performance of de Bruyn and Bavuma was certainly a positive for them to take out of this series. They toiled hard but the great man Rangana Herath was too hot to handle, he finished things off in style for the hosts and handed them a comfortable victory. Time for the presentations.

13:24 Local Time, 07:54 GMT, 13:24 IST: Handshakes and hugs all around as players make their way back into the dressing room. Sri Lankan have decimated the Proteas again who need to dig deep and introspect hard about their plan to counter spin on these rough sub-continent pitches. They clearly weren't upto the mark on this tour. Though they saved their best for the last innings of the tour. Good resistance from de Bruyn and Bavuma on the final day but it was never enough. For Sri Lanka, this might be their rebirth, they have been dismal in the past couple of years but the comprehensive manner of victory would do a world of difference to the confidence of the young guns.

Herath to Steyn, out Caught by Gunathilaka!! That's it! Sri Lanka whitewash South Africa 2-0. A comfortable victory margin of 199 runs for the hosts. Steyn wanted to replicate his glory shot, he again fails to reach the pitch and was deceived by the turn. He got the elevation but not distance, ball was in the air for an eternity but when it came down it met the safe hands of Gunathilaka who makes no mistake. Steyn c Gunathilaka b Herath 6(6) [6s-1]

Herath to Steyn, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Herath to Steyn, no run, inside edge to FSL, Herath appeals but umpire was unmoved
Herath to Steyn, no run, comes on the front foot and blocks it back
Herath to Steyn, no run, past the outside edge
Herath to Steyn, SIX, now time for Steyn to flaunt his power hitting prowess. He doesn't reach the pitch of the ball but still goes through with the shot, bat turns in his hands too but he puts enough muscles to send it over the ropes
Dilruwan Perera to Lungi Ngidi, FOUR, tossed up delivery outside off, Lungi Ngidi was enticed by it, he clears his front leg to make room and dispatches it over mid-wicket for a boundary
Dilruwan Perera to Lungi Ngidi, no run, defends it back again
Dilruwan Perera to Lungi Ngidi, no run, flighted and at the stumps, defended back
Dilruwan Perera to Lungi Ngidi, no run, huge appeal for caught behind! It went past the outside edge and into the gloves of Dickwella. Don't think there was an edge

Lungi Ngidi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, out Caught by Mathews!! Dilruwan Perera gets into the act too. I am afraid to say, end is near for South Africa. Drags his length back a touch on this flighted delivery, this new ball turned and bounced a little extra, kisses the outside edge who used delicate hands to counter it but still wasn't able to keep it down. It settles into the hands of Mathews at slip. Rabada c Mathews b Dilruwan Perera 18(37) [4s-2 6s-1]

Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, waited for the ball and defends it down
Herath to Steyn, no run, fuller length ball, blocks it back

Dale Steyn, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, out Bowled!! Herath knocks the off-pole to bag his 34th fifer in Tests! Theunis de Bruyn was probably still in awe of his ton and his concentration wasn't there. But taking nothing away from Herath. It was a beauty. It comes in after pitching, Theunis de Bruyn fails to read it, he leaves it but then it comes back and crashes into the stumps. Hours of concentration, grit and determination comes to an end due to one misjudgement. Theunis de Bruyn b Herath 101(232) [4s-12]

Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, fuller length delivery turning away, beats the outside edge
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, his back foot was slightly stuck in the crease as he blocks it back
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, back to the defensive shot, blocks it back
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, FOUR, Theunis de Bruyn has a bright smile on face as he takes his helmet off and hugs his partner. He has played a wonderful innings, one he will cherish forever. The shot was a deft one, it was at the pads, he paddles it and finds the gap, ball races along the turf
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, either he was entirely sure about his off-stump or he miscalculated the turn on this one. It came back with the air and went incredibly close to the off-pole
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, blocked back
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, brings his wrists into play to flick it to square leg for a single
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, he was down on his knees and he half-pulls half-sweeps it to leg-slip who fails to gather it cleanly and that allows batsmen to take a double
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, no run, beautiful delivery! Theunis de Bruyn played inside the line of the ball and it fizzed past his outside edge
Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 2 runs, outside edge and it went past slip for a brace. He is 6 runs away from his ton
Herath to Rabada, no run, stays in the crease and defends to the off-side
Herath to Rabada, no run, was there an inside edge? Dickwella was excited but his reaction isn't the correct source to deduce, it falls wide of slip
Herath to Rabada, no run, blocks it to the off-side
Herath to Rabada, SIX, first six of the innings! He is not going to hold himself back. He has shown better technique to tackle spin than QDK. Reaches the pitch of the ball and lofts it over the bowler's head for a maximum
Herath to Rabada, no run, straight one at the stumps, defended back
Herath to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, flighted and outside off, drills it into the ground, it bounces over short cover and that allows them to rotate strike
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, 2 runs, straying at the pads, easy pickings for Rabada who whips it wide of mid-on for a brace
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, flighted and Rabada went for an audacious drive, beaten by the turn, bit of extra bounce too as Dickwella tries to collect it over his head
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, lots of air on this one. It turned slowly and went past the outside edge
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, inside edge, used soft hands and it falls short of FSL
Dilruwan Perera to Rabada, no run, this one came in slightly after pitching. Rabada had it covered and he leaves it

Two slips, FSL and a silly point in.

Dilruwan Perera to Theunis de Bruyn, 1 run, shuffles slightly to the leg-side to make room for himself and he opens the face of the bat to cover for a single. Theunis de Bruyn is showing great trust in Rabada
Herath to Rabada, FOUR, timing of the highest order! It was a yorker at the stumps, Rabada digs it out, he wanted to defend it but the connection was stellar and it races along the turf for a four


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