Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Proteas crumble to Sri Lanka's spinners in Colombo

Proteas crumble to Sri Lanka's spinners in Colombo

His figures of 9 for 129 was the best by a South African bowler after readmission to the Test fold in 1991 and second best overall for South Africa after off-spinner Hugh Tayfield's 9 for 113 against England at Johannesburg in 1957.

Till date, only Englishman Jim Laker (10/53) and former India skipper Anil Kumble (10/74) have picked all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match.

Sri Lanka, who made 338 in the first innings, won the opening test in Galle by 278 runs inside three days.

South Africa's Keshav Maharaj tries to stop a ball next to Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne.

Theunis de Bruyn's gutsy century went in vain as Sri Lanka completed a 2-0 series sweep after Rangana Herath spun the hosts to a comprehensive victory against South Africa in the second and final Test on Monday.

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De Bruyn registered the first fifty by a South African in the series, which he eventually converted into his maiden Test hundred, and soon there was another as Bavuma followed suit.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis top scored with 48 runs.

Sri Lanka ended the day with an emphatic lead of 365 runs.

Dimuth Karunaratne was batting on 59 at stumps, his fourth successive 50-plus knock in the series, with Angelo Mathews on 12 at the other end. South Africa were 19-3 at lunch in its first innings and lost the remaining seven wickets in the afternoon session. Dananjaya remained unbeaten on 43. Sri Lanka's spinners took all 20 wickets in the match, to finish the series with 37 of South Africa's 40 wickets.

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