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Sri Lanka beat South Africa to sweep Test series 2-0

Colombo, Jul 23 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/24/2018 12:46:46 AM IST
Rangana Herath guided Sri Lanka to a massive 199-run victory over South Africa in the second Test in Colombo to sweep the two-match series.
Rangana Herath bagged 7 wickets in the match as Sri Lanka recorded victory with a day to spare at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground on Monday.
Herath was pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, claiming 6/98 in yet another spin-dominated performance by the hosts. Chasing an improbable 490-run victory target, South Africa showed some fight in the morning session before losing their final five wickets and being all out for 290.
Theunis de Bruyn top-scored for South Africa with a gutsy 101 in yet another batting capitulation by the leaden-footed tourists who lost all 10 wickets to the Sri Lankan spinners for the second time in the match.
“Of course, pleased. Especially winning the game and the series against the No. 2 team. [Yes] I like Galle and SSC as hunting grounds. There was not much spin as the ball got softer, but we bowled well. Throughout the series. Everybody has the time to go and that’s why I have decided to stop cricket. There is one more series to go [against England], hope to do well,” Herath said after the match. Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was named the man-of-the-match and also the man-of-the-series.
“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,” Karunaratne said at the post match presentation ceremony.
The two teams will now play a five-match one day international series and a one-off Twenty20 International.
SLC suspends Gunathilaka 
Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka was on Sunday banned from all forms of international cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct’, pending inquiry.
Gunathilaka’s match fee for the ongoing Test against South Africa will also be withheld by the board, espncricinfo reported.
The suspension will come into effect immediately after the match at SSC. An SLC release said, “The decision to suspend the player was taken following an initial inquiry conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, after the team management reported that the player have violated the ‘’Code of Conduct’.” Gunathilaka has had a sequence of disciplinary issues in the recent past.

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