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Sri Lanka cruise to historic 2-0 series victory in South Africa

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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Sri Lanka need 137 to record famous series win in South Africa

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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Cricket U19: Suthar, Shokeen spin India to victory against South Africa

Manav Suthar and Hrithik Shokeen took three wickets each to help India under-19s clinch the opening Youth Test match against South Africa U19s by nine wickets, despite a valiant half-century from Bonga Makaka in Trivandrum on Friday. The victory gives the home side a one-nil lead in the two-match series.

Suthar and Shokeen claimed figures of 3/44 and 3/52 respectively, to restrict the tourists to 167 all out after 66 overs in the second innings, having resumed on 34/3 on the penultimate day.

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De Kock again holds South African innings together

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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Astle recalled to New Zealand Test squad

After a couple of injury setbacks, Canterbury leg-spinner Todd Astle is poised to return to the Test arena as part of a 13-man BLACKCAPS squad named to face Bangladesh.

The 32-year-old was ruled out of the second Test against England and the tour of UAE last year, but after a successful comeback from knee surgery has been included as the specialist spinner for the upcoming three-Test series.

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