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Wayne Parnell and debutant Duanne Olivier took 11 wickets between them as South Africa annihilated Sri Lanka by an innings and 118 runs in Johannesburg to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.
For the Proteas, not only does the continue their winning streak in regards to Test series, but it was also their third-largest margin of victory over Sri Lanka.
Starting off the day on 80/4, Sri Lanka were only able to add 10 runs to their overnight score before wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal was caught behind off the bowling of Vernon Philander for five runs.
Olivier and Parnell mopped up the lower order in fairly quick time as the tourists were skittled out for 131 in their first innings, which gave South Africa a 295-run lead.
Philander and Kagiso Rabada picked up three wickets apiece, while Parnell and Olivier snapped up two wickets each.
Instead of batting again, South Africa opted to enforce the follow-on and only had to wait until the seventh ball of the second innings to get their first wicket as Kaushal Silva was caught behind off the bowling of Rabada for a golden duck.
Sri Lanka had just begun rebuilding their innings before Kusal Mendis was clean bowled by Parnell for 24.
Olivier then made his presence felt with the wickets of Dhananjaya de Silva and captain Angelo Mathews, who made 12 and 10 respectively.
Chandimal did not last long either, while Dimuth Karunaratne managed to make 50 off 78 balls, which included five boundaries, before being cleaned up by Rabada.
Herath only managed to score 10, while Upul Tharanga made 26 and Suranga Lakmal belted a quickfire 31 before their side were bundled out for 177.
Parnell was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Olivier took three, Rabada got two and Philander claimed one.
Mathews was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “Nothing much to say really. We kept making the same mistakes, it was very sporty here with a bit of unevenness which made it difficult. No way of getting 400 on this wicket. Unfortunately we haven’t played good enough cricket to win here. Credit to the South African boys.”
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was thrilled to have whitewashed Sri Lanka, and said: “Once again, a complete performance, to get runs on a wicket like that was amazing. [A great] innings [from JP and Hashim], and once again our bowlers were spectacular. It’s been tough work for the batters since day one. It was a big thing for us to step up and dominate to win 3-0 without a session when Sri Lanka were controlling us.”
South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy was named Man of the Match for his knock of 155, and said: “Pretty happy we batted first on that wicket. I’ve tried to be as positive as possible in body language and approach.”
Proteas opener Dean Elgar was named Man of the Series for scoring 308 runs, which included a century and two fifties, at an average of 61.60.
“It was about mental application,” he said. “The most important ball you have to worry about is the next one. This is a big moment for me, my first Man of the Series.”