SA thrash Sri Lanka by 10-wkt to sweep Test series

SA thrash Sri Lanka by 10-wkt to sweep Test series
Dean Elgar watches the ball after playing a shot as Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella looks on Tuesday. (AFP)
London, Jan 5 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/5/2021 11:07:37 AM IST

Mark Boucher won his first Test series as South Africa coach as the Proteas thrashed England’s next opponents Sri Lanka within three days in the second Test.

Dimuth Karunaratne moved to his first overseas century since 2017, before Sri Lanka lost their final six second-innings wickets for 35 runs, Lungi Ngidi taking 4-44. That left South Africa needing just 67 to win and Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram wrapped up the 10-wicket win in just 13.2 overs. Sri Lanka’s two-Test series against England starts on January 14. Former wicketkeeper-batsman Boucher took over as South Africa head coach in December 2019 and lost his only previous Test series against England 3-1.

Sri Lanka, who were ranked fifth in the world - above South Africa - before the series, have suffered two heavy defeats on this tour after losing the first Test by an innings and 45 runs in Centurion last week.

They started day three with a slender five-run lead, and Karunaratne and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella added 26 before the former was dismissed by Anrich Nortje’s short ball.

Dickwella fell to the impressive Ngidi four balls later before pace bowler Lutho Sipamla, in just his second Test, took three wickets to wrap up the tail.

Markram and Elgar - who made a century in the first innings - made light work of the required target to seal a convincing Test and series win.

BRIEF SCORES: Sri Lanka 157 & 211 (Dimuth Karunaratne 103, Niroshan Dickwella 36; Lungi Ngidi 4/44) vs South Africa 302 & 67/0 (Aiden Markram 36 not out, Dean Elgar 31 not out; Asitha Fernando 0/20)

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