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South Africa romp to 10 wicket win in Newlands to win Series 2-1 despite Samaraweera ton

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South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets at Newlands to capture their first series triumph on home soil since overturning Bangladesh in 2008. The Lankans, who enjoyed a wicketless first session today, battled hard to deny the Proteas an innings victory. A super 142 run stand between Thilan Samaraweera (115*) and Angelo Mathews (63) salvaged a bit of Lankan pride. The dominant South Africans bowled out Sri Lanka for 342 just before tea. 'Player of the Match' Jacques Kallis was lethal with the ball on the fourth day and returned figures of 3-35. Having to chase a meagre 2 runs, South Africa romped home with a day to spare.

With their backs to the wall the overnight batsmen, Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews exhibited a great deal of resilience to help Sri Lanka see through the fourth morning session without losing a wicket. Barring a couple of close run-out calls, it was smooth sailing for the visiting Lankans. The in-form Thilan Sawaraweera followed the good old Test match virtues of patience and circumspection to fend off the South African attack. Angelo Mathews kept him good company. The  Lankan vice-captain got going with a superbly controlled four through mid-wicket off a juicy full toss off legspinner Imran Tahir. Samaraweera earned his fifty on the last ball prior to the first drinks break. Soon after, Mathews also got to his half-century.

Though the Proteas pacers were persistent with their lines of attack, they were unable to make break the partnership. While Dale Steyn was bang on target, the other two fast bowlers were guilty of bowling a touch short. Tahir got a few balls to jump and spin out of the rough. The local hero, Kallis, also operated with unmitigated venom to to make the batsmen sweat for runs. But the stubborn pair guided Sri Lanka to lunch at 220, with still 6 wickets standing. South Africa, who took the new cherry on the stroke of lunch were hoping to break the fighting partnership and warp up the game quickly.

The first over of the post-lunch session saw Samaraweera plunder 3 boundaries off Vernon Philander. However, the lion-hearted pacer came back strongly in his next over to break the gutsy 142 run stand by getting Mathews lbw for 63. It was a touch unfortunate for the Lankan vice-captain as the ball kept low and gave him no chance at all. The new batsman, Dinesh Chandimal (1) paid the penalty for pushing at a delivery away from his body and was caught in the slip cordon.The door towards an innings win was prized ajar. But Sri Lanka's highest run-scorer of the Sunfoil series kept the hosts waiting. Samaraweera was at absolute ease against both the pacers and Tahir. The 35-year old picked up his second ton in as many tests with a four past point in the 99th over of the innings.

Thisara Perera (30) swung his bat around to score 4 boundaries before he was undone by Tahir. Although Rangana Herath did not trouble the scorers a couple of lusty blows from the tail accompanied by dropped catches allowed the Lankan lions to erase the deficit. The valiant Lankans thereby forced South Africa to bat again. Tahir had Dhammika Prasad (16) stumped while Welegedara(14) was clean bowled by Kallis.The guests were skittled out for 342 which meant South Africa had to score 2 runs to win the game.

Dhammika Prasad delivered a no-ball first up and Alviro Petersen punched it down the ground to seal the victory for the Proteas.

After exchanging blows in the ultimate form of the game, Sri Lanka and South Africa will resume their battle in a 5-match One Day series which begins with the first ODI at Paarl on January 11.


Sri Lanka: T Dilshan (captain), L Thirumane, K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, T Samaraweera, A Mathews (vice-captain), D Chandimal (keeper), R Herath, T Perera, C Welegedara, D Prasad.

South Africa: G Smith (captain), A Petersen, H Amla, J Kallis, AB de Villiers (vice captain), J Rudolph, M Boucher (keeper), V Philander, D Steyn, M Morkel, I Tahir.


South Africa 1st Innings 580-4 declared (139 overs, 4.17 rpo)
J Kallis 224 (325) D Prasad 2-154
AB de Villiers 160 (205) C Welegedara 1-107

Sri Lanka 1st innings: 239 all out (73.5 overs, 3.23 rpo)
T Dilshan 78 (79) V Philander 3-46
K Sangakkara 35 (72) D Steyn 3-56

Sri Lanka 2nd Innings : 342 all out (107.5 overs, 3.17 rpo)
T Samaraweera 115* (215) I Tahir 3-106
A Mathews 63 (124) J Kallis 3-35

South Africa 2nd Innings 4/0 (0. overs, 4.17 rpo)
J Kallis 224 (325) D Prasad 2-154

South Africa win by 10 wickets