Test Cricket Cricket Game Report: 2020-21 South Africa v Sri Lanka Series, 3rd & Final Day of the 2nd Game

Sri Lanka picked up where they left off in Day 2 at 150-4. And they just hold a small lead of 5 runs. South Africa may have to bat again. But all they can do it limit the opposition run lead tally as low as possible. Then SA will have a easy target.

Dimuth Karunathne may have struck a century for Sri Lanka. But quickly dismissed for 103. He unable to get hold of the pull shot early. When it scooped so high as Wiaan Mulder took the catch off Anrich Nortje. Niroshan Dickwella also suffered a similar mistimed slog as Karunathne. That one cost him on 36 thanks to Temba Bavuma at mid wicket.

The tables turns to the all-rounders of Wanindu Hasaranga. And Dasun Shanaka. Both have a handy batting reputation in the domestic circuit. Dasun hesitated with the slog sweep that gone to Lutho Sipamla’s hands. Hasaranga may have gone just past the single figures mark. But made a nothing wreckless shot through the gate on 16. Sipamla is getting better from game to game. Bowled a good line before connected the speed. Then there goes the off stump ripped apart.

Sipamla went on to close out the Sri Lankan batting card. While Ngidi shared his workload with the dismissal of Vishwa Fernando. Both wasted no time to clear the remaining tail card 17 mins before lunch. Sri Lanka all out for 211 at a lead of 66 runs. South Africa only needs just 67 runs to win. And win the series 2-0.

South Africa protected their journey on the run home. They were 24-0 by lunch with Dean Elgar & Aiden Markram in the middle. And stayed there afterwards to wrap up the game without losing their wicket. Dean Elgar only needed a safe single off Hasaranga. And sealed the win for South Africa. The home team win by ten wickets. As well as the 2-0 series whitewash v Sri Lanka in Johannesburg.

This winning side fired off nicely with the ball. Wiaan Mulder proved that he is the jack of all trades. When Wiaan hammered the SL top order. Before Anrich Nortje handled the rest to earn his 6fer. And limited them to just 157. The initial batting performance is decent at the start. That was between the end of Day 1 & Day 2 AM. We saw Dean Elgar secured 13th his 100. As well as Rassie Van Der Dussen get his 4th Test half-ton. But stuck in a rut unfortunately as soon Dean and Rassie left. SA have made 300 for sure. A lead of just 150 may be doubtful by that stage.

But their of bowling is undoubtedly questioned. Lungi Ngidi cleaned bowled Kusal Perera just before tea. Before Ngidi cleared both men in SL Top order. And Nortje denied that debutant the start he need in Minod Bhanuka. Except when the skipper in Karunathne still hangs on at the end of day 2. He wasted no time secured his century. But Nortje at last caught him out. As he makes way for his other seamers to demolish this 2nd Sri Lankan batting card. Especially with credit coming from Sipamla. This boy is settling well at Test match level. Not only he can connect the line and speed to make the batsman play. And make the false shot. But that 3rd and final wicket was mind blowing through the gate. This turnaround run for SA gave them an easy target of 67. It was not difficult to nail down. And they deserve the series win. The first time to do so since 2018-19 home tests v Pakistan.

Sri Lanka showed encouragement and attitude. The away side have oversaw unfortunate hammy strains. And had to wait until the 2nd game to have a couple of young guys in the squad. It took time to fire off. Especially after a sub par initial batting card of 150. But they came out of nothing to eventually get one of the opposition openers out. Before SL robbed the rest of the guys below them with just average runs. And profit into a great spell on the field. Thanks to Vishwa Fernando who secured a 5fer. As well one of the experienced quicks in this squad (age 29).

They never gave up when SL have to get eat the 150 run trail. Even though they just lead this game. It is still a long shot to pull off a competitive total. And make South Africa impossible to nail down. It did not happen unfortunately when the top/middle order hesitated. Despite hard work shown from the skipper in Dimuth Karunathne. Then things turned upside when Dimuth departed his wicket. And it ultimately ended the game. This team is without doubt a difficult side to face v every other test nation. A lack of pre-match warm up combined with hammy niggles. And a few uncapped guys rushed is the not the series SL want to see.

Author: Sports Benches

Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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