Colombo : Sri Lanka on Monday completed a 2-0 Test sweep of South Africa to record their first series win over the Proteas since 2006 after Rangana Herath wreaked havoc with six wickets. The visitors were all out for 290 in the second session of day four in Colombo, 200 runs short of their highly improbable winning target of 490 on a bone-dry wicket.
It was South Africa’s first Test whitewash since they went down in the island nation 2-0 in a two-match series almost 12 years ago.
Sri Lanka had wrapped up the first Test in Galle within three days, reducing South Africa to 73 in the second innings — their lowest Test total since readmission to international cricket. “Right through the series we didn’t have that ability to score partnerships. I think we only had three partnerships of 50 and above the whole series,” Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s skipper, said Monday.
“But once again you have to give credit to the opposition. They were able to put us under pressure for long periods of time. We made a lot of mistakes,” he said.
“In hindsight I think we definitely would have played a second spinner. Our thinking was on this surface that the ball would reverse (swing) but there was zero reverse swing this innings.”
In the second Test, Sri Lanka scored 338 in their first innings and South Africa could only respond with 124 as versatile off-spinner Akila Dananjaya made hay, taking five wickets.
The hosts then scored 275 for five before declaring halfway through the afternoon session on day three.
They were already five wickets down for 139 at stumps on Sunday, with Dananjaya dismissing du Plessis for seven and Herath getting Hashim Amla for six.
Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma kept the spinners at bay for most of the first session on Monday, putting on a valiant sixth-wicket stand of 123. After lunch de Bruyn recorded his maiden century — South Africa’s only one of the series — but was on 101.
Lanka cricketer suspended
Colombo : A Sri Lankan Test cricketer has been suspended after a Norwegian woman accused his friend of raping her in a hotel room where he was present, an official said Monday.
Dhanushka Gunathilaka and his friend, who cannot be named, took two Norwegian women to the hotel where the player was staying in Colombo in the early hours of Sunday.
One of the women later accused the second man, a British passport-holder of Sri Lankan origin, of raping her and police arrested him. The 26-year-old “is under arrest and we are continuing our investigations,” a police said.
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