|Sri Lanka||South Africa|
|157/10 (40.3 ov) - R/R 3.88||302/10 (75.4 ov) - R/R 3.99|
|211/10 (56.5 ov) - R/R 3.71||67/0 (13.2 ov) - R/R 5.03|
|Aiden Markram||not out||36||53||4||0|
|Dean Elgar||not out||31||27||5||0|
|Current Partnership||Last Wicket 0/0 (0)|
67 (67) R/R: 5.02
Aiden Markram 36(53)
Dean Elgar 31(27)
0 0(0) S.R (0)
That's your lot for the day. It was a ruthless show by South Africa to win the Test series and now they will prepare for the challenge in Pakistan. For Sri Lanka, it was a tour to forget and they will return home to host England. We look forward to your company for future games. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
South African skipper, Quinton de Kock doesn't think it was a revenge series for them and mentions that after a year like 2020, they just wanted to get off to a good start in their next season. Tells that he is quite impressed with a lot of performances and adds that the seniors also fulfilled their roles. Mentions that Keshav Maharaj was a bit unlucky but he understands his role. Confirms that there is no major injury concern with Maharaj. Praises his four seamers and feels that they will get better with more experience. Shares that it's mixed emotions travelling to Pakistan as he is keen to play some cricket but the bubble life can be frustrating.
Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne starts by saying that they had a good start with the bat but then suddenly lost a few quick wickets. Feels that they fought back hard but only in patches. Counts the positives and names Kusal Perera who performed well and also praises Asitha Fernando and Vishwa Fernando. Hopes to take the positives into the England series. Shares that Mathews might come back, Chandimal is also recovering and that's good news for them. Feels that they can dominate at home and they have a couple of spinners to trouble England.
DEAN ELGAR GETS THE MAN OF THE MATCH AND SERIES AWARD! Says that he was frustrated after getting out in the 90s in the first Test but he just wanted to keep that aside. Adds that he had some success in these conditions and it's great to contribute. Regarding his improved scoring rate, Elgar jokes that they are now calling him the Kusal Perera of South Africa. Mentions that he is not taking a lot of unnecessary risks and this is something that has come with experience. States that he just looks to score and stay positive. On the upcoming tour of Pakistan, Elgar shares that he has never been there and it's going to be an awesome challenge, something that every cricketer has to experience. Talks about his partnership with Markram and tells that they have worked really hard and opening the batting for the same team in domestic cricket has helped. Feels there is good chemistry between them and they help each other in getting better.
There were big hopes from the pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella but they encountered a motivated South African bowling attack. Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje bowled a hostile spell and then it was the same old story with the Lankan batting. Lutho Sipamla finished things off and Sri Lanka managed to set a target of only 67 which was easily overhauled by the home team.
The evening of Day 2 was all about the Sri Lankan fightback with Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne leading the charge. They added 85 for the second wicket and things started to return to normalcy for the visitors. However, a mini-collapse in the evening pushed them back slightly. They entered Day 3 ahead by 5 runs and with the hope to build a big lead.
Getting bundled out for only 157 in a little over 40 overs on Day 1, as a team, you are always behind the 8-ball. That was the case with Sri Lanka as well. Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen compounded their misery with a record partnership for the second wicket at this venue. Through Vishwa Fernando's magnificent 5-wicket haul, the touring team did make a little comeback but a deficit of 145 on this pitch was always going to haunt them.
The Islanders were decimated in Centurion and the script didn't change much in Johannesburg. Depleted by injuries, they fielded a second choice XI and it was a brave decision by Dimuth Karunaratne to bat first on a spicy Wanderers pitch. Soon that call was proved to be wrong as Anrich Nortje ran amok and destroyed their batting with a 6-wicket haul. Not to forget Wiaan Mulder's contributions too as his first spell showed the African bowlers the path after an unconvincing beginning.
Commanding victory for South Africa and they win their first Test series since 2018. By doing so, they have also avenged their last Test series loss against Sri Lanka. Job well done by the Proteas!
Just a little over 30 minutes taken by South Africa to score the remaining runs. The South African balcony is ecstatic and the players are now getting together to congratulate each other. Mark Boucher will be a very satisfied coach and Quinton de Kock is also happy as he starts his Test captaincy stint with a series win.
That's the winning run! Floated around middle and leg, Elgar tucks this one towards deep mid-wicket and takes a single to celebrate with his hands up. South Africa win by 10 wickets and take the series 2-0!
Floated around middle and leg, Elgar pushes this one softly towards long on and takes a couple of runs. Scores level with that two runs.
A back foot defense to complete a maiden over. 3 needed more. 64/0
Gets behind the line of the fuller length ball and pushes it back to the bowler.
On and around off, defended from the crease to covers.
Outside off, left alone.
The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.
Good length delivery outside off, pushed off the back foot to covers.
FOUR! Put away! Short and wide outside off, Elgar doesn't need a second invitation to attack it. He rocks back, makes room and whacks it through covers. 64/0
Flatter and on middle, helped in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
Floated around off, Markram plays that one towards cover for no run.
Floated ball around off, Markram defends it towards cover.
Shortish around off, Markram works this one towards mid-wicket.
Floated around leg, Elgar tucks this one towards deep square leg for a run.
Hurls across a good length delivery outside off, shaping away, Aiden shoulders arms. 58/0