Herath claims six as Sri Lanka win Test series 2-0

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday completed a 2-0 Test sweep of South Africa to record their first series win over the Proteas since 2006 after Rangana Herath wreaked havoc with six wickets. The visitors were all out for 290 in the second session of day four in Colombo, 200 runs short of their highly improbable winning target of 490 on a bone-dry wicket. It was South Africa’s first Test whitewash since they went down in the island nation 2-0 in a two-match series almost 12 years ago.

Sri Lanka had wrapped up the first Test in Galle within three days, reducing South Africa to 73 in the second innings – their lowest Test total since readmission to international cricket.

Bruyn’s fighting ton

Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma kept the spinners at bay for most of the first session on Monday, putting on a valiant sixth-wicket stand of 123. Their partnership was South Africa’s best ever in a fourth innings in Asia, and was by a distance their biggest of the series, the previous best having been worth only 64. After lunch de Bruyn recorded his maiden century – South Africa’s only one of the series – but was bowled by Herath for 101. –

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