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Kusal Fernando and Oshada Fernando shared the first century partnership of the entire Test Series to enable Sri Lanka to inflict a chastening 8-wicket victory on South Africa at St. George’s Park on Saturday.

In all their third-wicket partnership was worth 163 as Sri Lanka coasted to victory in the morning session on the third day as slightly less than 30 overs were required to score the remaining 137 runs needed for victory with 73 runs being scored in the first hour and the remaining 64 in a slightly extended second hour.

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Suranga Lakmal and part-time spinner Dhananjaya de Silva shared seven wickets to cause a major Standard Bank Proteas second innings collapse and give Sri Lanka a wonderful chance on Friday of winning the Test Series at St. George’s Park.

Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier had earlier also shared seven wickets to give the Proteas a lead of 68 runs on the first innings but, as they have done throughout the series, Sri Lanka continued to match the home side punch for punch to dismiss the Proteas for 128 runs and set a victory target of 197.

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South Africa produced an uncanny replica of their first innings batting effort in the first Castle Lager Test match against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead when the second Test match got under way at St. George’s Park on Thursday.

The end result was that they got dismissed for 222 runs compared with the 235 they made in Durban. This is, however, a contest between two struggling top-orders and they were still well in the game at the close of play with Sri Lanka on 60/3 still trailing by 162 on the first innings.

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Theunis De Bruyn put down his marker for an extended run in the Proteas Test team with his maiden Test century on the fourth and final day of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Monday.

He was unable to prevent Sri Lanka from clinching the inevitable win by 199 runs and a 2-0 series victory but both he and Temba Bavuma will have gone a long way to restore credibility for South Africa’s ability to make runs on the sub-continent.

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Cricket West Indies announced today the schedule for the International Home Series between Windies and Sri Lanka next year. The Windies will face the Sri Lankans next June in three Tests in Trinidad, Barbados and St. Lucia.

Sri Lanka have previously played Tests at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (formerly Beausejour Cricket Ground) in St. Lucia – but this will be the first time they will play a Test at the iconic Kensington Oval in Barbados.

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Patience and persistence, they say, are the providers of progress which Rahkeem Cornwall continues to learn every time he takes the field.

The 24-year-old from Antigua was the most successful Windies “A” bowler in the second “Test” against Sri Lanka “A” which ended in three days last Saturday at the Trelawny Multiplex.

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The Windies women completed a double series whitewash over Sri Lanka after they won the third and final T20 International by 31 runs at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua yesterday.

The victory was extra special, as Deandra Dottin struck her second T20 century, becoming the first woman to achieve such a feat. She scored 112 from 67 balls. Hayley Matthews hit 34, as the Windies Women posted 159/6 from their 20 overs. 

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