Johannesburg: Sri Lanka 157 & 211; before England series, South Africa 302 & 67-0Tourists suffer a 10-wicket loss.
The South Africans managed to win by 10 wickets on the third day of the second Test match against Sri Lanka. The goal for the hosts, who got through Dean Elgar (31, not out) and Aiden Markram (36, not out) to win at Wanderers Stadium with two and a half days left to play, was 67 runs without loss. Australia will be anxious to see Will Pucovski make his test debut against India | Adam CollinsRead more On Monday, Sri Lanka showed signs of fight, but on Tuesday morning, their batsmen conceded their last six wickets within 95 minutes.
The captain of the tourists, Dimuth Karunaratne, began with 91 and reached his 10th test hundred in 123 balls, but a misjudged pull shot caused him to be caught off Anrich Nortje’s bowling by Wiaan Mulder. He was dismissed for 103 and the start of the end was marked by his departure. In the next over, Niroshan Dickwella (36) followed, while Lungi Ngidi (4-44) picked up another vital wicket to end the resistance of the lower order.
With three wickets in 12 balls, including Wanindu Hasaranga bowling for 16, Lutho Sipamla cleaned up to finish with a tally of 3-40. “We wanted to put the pressure on South Africa but unfortunately they bowled very well,” said Karunaratne afterwards.
In their first innings, Sri Lanka, who won the coin toss and elected to bat, scored 157 and South Africa answered with 302, with Elgar the top scorer with 127. A convincing innings and 45-run triumph in the first Test in Pretoria last week follows the performance of the Proteas in Johannesburg and reverses the bad Test form of last year. We wanted to get a good start to the year off and it was great to see our experienced batsmen among the runs as well as our young bowling line-up having a hand,”We wanted to get the year off to a good start and it was good to see our experienced batsmen among the runs and also our young bowling line-up having a hand,” Joe Root’s team is already in Sri Lanka, but Moeen Ali’s positive Covid 19 test has interrupted their preparations. The first match starts on January 14 in Galle, while South Africa is now looking forward to its first 14-year visit to Pakistan, where two tests and three T20 matches will be played later this month.