Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test Day 4: Herath takes six as Sri Lanka secure 2-0 series win

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Rangana Herath finished with figures of 6-98 off 32.5 overs

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Veteran Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath sliced through South Africa’s batting line-up with a six-wicket haul to not only lead his side to a 199-run win, but also a 2-0 series win.

Starting off the day on 139/5, Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma converted their 26-run partnership into a 123-run stand before Bavuma was caught behind off the bowling of Herath for 63, which came off 98 balls and included four boundaries.

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Temba Bavuma scored his 11th Test fifty

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Quinton de Kock fell shortly after, while De Bruyn went on to score a career-best 101, which came off 232 deliveries and included 12 boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Herath.

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Theunis de Bruyn scored his maiden Test century

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Dilruwan Perera then proceeded to take out Kagiso Rabada before South Africa were bowled out for 290 when Dale Steyn was caught by Danushka Gunathilaka at long-on off the bowling of Herath for six runs.

Herath was easily the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Dilruwan and Akila Dananjaya claimed two wickets each.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was gutted to have lost the series, and said: “Yeah the guys played well in this last innings. Theunis showed it’s possible to get big runs in these conditions. But Sri Lanka were the best in all departments over the last eight days.

“But it’s not all dim and grim. Kesh getting a nine-for, he’s got a bright future ahead of him. In these conditions, you need runs to get together. Fifty or sixty in these conditions counts for a lot. We have only three partnerships over fifty all series. But you’ve got to give credit to the opposition who put us under pressure.

“Yes, in hindsight we should have played two spinners. Our thinking was with an abrasive surface, we expected it to reverse. Lesson learnt, maybe when we come to the subcontinent we need to play two spinners.”

Sri Lanka stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal was delighted to have won the series 2-0, and said: “Worked very hard and these are the results of that. Sri Lanka has some of the best spinners in the world and that’s why we bothered the South African batsmen. Not thinking too hard about the captaincy.”

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series, and said: “I think the first few hours it came on nicely. But once it got drier and drier it started spinning. But I stuck to my basics and rotated the strike. We always take it series by series. Now we’re prepared for the England series and then New Zealand.”

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