SA vs SL: South Africa avenge the previous series loss, beat Lankans by 10 wickets

South Africa won the second test of the series convincingly as they win the series 2-0. South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets. South Africa dominated for most of the match and the Lankans couldn’t answer the Protean questions.

Sri Lanka won the toss in the second test and elected to bat first. They came into the match after losing the first match of the series. Sri Lanka was looking to set a high total in the first innings but couldn’t face the African pacers. Mulder and Nortje broke the Lankan top order as they were reduced to 93 for a loss of 6 wickets. Karunaratane was the only batsman in the Sri Lankan batting order who provided some runs at the top. He was dismissed at 60 by Mulder. Lankan lower middle order provided some crucial runs as Hasaranga and Chameera made 29 and 22 respectively. After their dismissal, the Lankan innings was soon wrapped up at 157. Nortje picked 6 wickets as he was well supported by Mulder to get rid of the top order. Mulder too picked 3 wickets while Sipamla picked 1.

South African top order provided the runs they needed to get a comfortable lead in the first innings. Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen added 184 run-stand for the second wicket. Both the batsmen fell in quick succession as they were dismissed by the Lankan bowlers. Elgar scored his 14th test ton while van der Dussen got to his 5th test half-century. No other Protean batsmen could provide any notable contribution as they went from 218 for loss of 1 wicket to getting all out for 302. Vishwa Fernando got his maiden fifer in the tests as Lankans got success in stopping the African batsmen for a low score after a strong start.

Sri Lankan captain Karunaratane played cautiously as he had to deliver in order to stay alive in the series. He was well supported by Thirimanne and Dickwella in the middle. Karunaratane became the fourth opener from Asia score a ton in South Africa. Thirimanne and Dickwella scored 31 and 36 respectively. No other notable contribution came from the Lankans as they were all out for 211. Each African bowler contributed to wickets as Ngidi came out at the top. Ngidi picked 4 while Sipamla got 3.

South Africa got a target of 67 in the fourth innings. Elgar and Markram chased down the target easily as Proteas won the Test by 10 wickets. Dean Elgar was declared as Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series. South Africa won the series 2-0 and got the revenge of loss in 2019 against Sri Lanka.

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