South Africa Win Test Match Inside Three Days & Series 2/0

South Africa Win Test Match Inside Three Days & Series 2/0

6 January 2021 06:28 pm

 

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2nd Test - Johannesburg - Day 3

South Africa wrapped up the two test Betway series in clinical style, when they went on to grab Sri Lanka's balance six wickets and knocked off the winning 67 runs needed for no loss to win the game by 10 wickets and the series 2/0, at the Wandered grounds in Johannesburg yesterday.

The match incidentally finished in 2 1/2 days.

Sri Lanka who commenced the day with a sniffing chance of making a match of it, were let down once again by poor shot selection by their remaining three recognized batsmen, who went on to merely gift their wickets.

Unlike the opening day where the ball was zipping through, which incidentally had Sri Lanka's first nine wickets all caught behind, the day two strip saw the Sri Lankan batsmen caught in front of the wicket by looping the simplest of catches.

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who after reaching a well-deserved century top edged a pull to backward square leg, whilst Niroshan Dickwella and Dasun Shanaka played two adventurous shots to be caught as near as mid-on.

The rest of the batting just crumbled to the pace of Lutho Sipamla, who  had a fine series with the ball by grabbing 10 wickets in his debut series and two test matches played.

Sri Lanka, who had a slender overnight lead of five runs and with six wickets in hand, progressed to 176 for 4, before they lost all six wickets for 35 runs to be bundled out for 211.

The South African opening pair in Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram then combined together and knocked off the required 67 runs off 13.2, with either batsmen hardly breaking a sweat.

South Africa's last series win against Sri Lanka was back in 2019.

Sri Lanka's woeful test tour to this southern hemisphere nation of South Africa finally comes to an end and one that they too would want to forget as soon as possible. 

That is at least for Head Coach Mickey Arthur, as this was a side that he himself picked way before even the Lanka Premier League T20 Tournament took place which was held prior to embarking on this tour.

Carrying a huge team of 21 cricketers, with many carrying injuries sustained during the LPL T20 tournament and with a bunch of other unfit players, the series remained a headache for the Head Coach, as many as seven of his cricketers on tour were unable for selection for this concluded second test.

Despite all of this taking place, there was still a semblance of hope and something positive that came out for the Sri Lankans, who will now go on from here to take on England in a test series, which commences on the 14th of January 2021 down in Galle. 

That is as two of its cricketers who made their debuts on this tour, namely leg spinning all-rounder Hasaranga De Silva and fast bowler Asitha Fernando performed admirably well and look destined to have bright futures ahead of them.

South Africa's Dean Elgar was named as Player of the Match and also Player of the series.