Sri Lanka – South Africa 2nd Test Match Herath’s six seals series for Sri Lanka

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 DM-20-4By M. Shamil Amit

Ace spinner Rangana Herath was the toast of his side as his six-wicket haul paved the way for Sri Lanka to seal the two match series after guiding the side to record a comprehensive 199-run win over South Africa in the second Test match concluded at the SSC ground yesterday.

Despite stiff resistance put in by the overnight batsmen Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma in the morning session of play on Day Four at the SSC the complexion of the game turned the tide Sri Lanka’s way ten minutes away from the lunch break with the double blow dealt by veteran spinner Herath.

South Africa resuming from their overnight score of 139 for five wickets with the dismissal of Bavuma and Quinton de Kock went into the lunch break on 246 for the loss of seven wickets.

De Kock who came into the crease with the dismissal of Bavuma started off with a reverse sweep boundary off Herath but the bowler had the last laugh trapping de Kock and despite a review called by the batsman the decision was upheld with the bowler getting the favour.

De Bruyn along with Bavuma showed immense confidence and the pair posted their 50 runs stand for the sixth wicket while in between du Bruyn who was on 45 on Day Three needing ten balls to reach his half ton.
Bavuma who was handing support to his senior partner succeeded to reach his half ton off a single off Herath and the pair went on to post the 100-run partnership which was the instance that the South Africans are in this tour and the half tons by the pair was also first in the series.

Having added a further 23 runs the pair was separated with Herath removing Bavama who made a fighting knock of 63 which was his 11th half ton of his career, a knock made in 98 balls inclusive of four boundaries. The partnership between the pair was the highest in the fourth innings stand for South Africa in the Asian region.

South Africa were on 236 for seven at that stage and a quick wicket falling ten runs later that of de Kock put them in a spot of bother and it was left to de Bruyn to steer the side in the post lunch session.

De Bruyn held the port along with Kagiso Rabada after they came into the second session and he went on to reach his half ton off a boundary off Herath but he was unfortunate as he became Herath’s fifth victim having made a maiden ton of 101 from 232 balls that comprised 12 boundaries and South Africa were on 280 for the loss of eight wickets.

The resistance put in by de Bruyn and Bavuma only succeeded to delay an early Sri Lanka victory as the Proteas came into the game with a defeat staring them in the face having the daunting task of making a further 251 runs on the fourth day with five wickets in hand which was no doubt an uphill task.

Rabada did not last long as he was dismissed at the same score and the nail on the coffin was hit by Herath who bagged his sixth wicket, that of Dale Steyn ensuring a comprehensive 199 runs and the series for Sri Lanka. Herath’s six scalps was his 35th five-wicket haul of his career since he made his Test in 1999 against Australia at the Galle Stadium. Dimuth Karunatatne who ended the Second Test with twin half tons was adjudged the Man of the Match and his overall run aggregate of 356 runs in the two match series saw him being awarded the Man of the Series trophy.

The focus will now be the five-match ODI series, which is scheduled to be played from July 28 at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium which is a day match while the second ODI which is due to be played at the same venue on August 1 will be a day and night encounter.



Pic by kushan pathiraja