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Sri Lanka seal 2-0 series win despite De Bruyn title

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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Sri Lanka set South Africa unlikely 490 run target

Theunis de Bruyn grabbed the opportunity to fill the key No. 3 batting position on his sub-continent debut to keep the Proteas alive on the fourth day of the second Test match against Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Sunday.

His unbeaten 45 off 97 balls (7 fours) held the Proteas second innings together as they reached the close on 139/5 in pursuit of an improbable victory target of 490 to square the series. He still has Temba Bavuma for company with Quinton de Kock to follow so hopefully they will follow De Bruyn’s lead in taking some batting pride out of the series.

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Philander bowls South Africa to 3-1 series triumph

Vernon Philander needed just three overs to complete the double of 200 career Test wickets and 50 wickets against Australia before completing a quick-fire demolition with career-best figures of 6/21 on the final morning of the fourth Sunfoil Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Tuesday.

The day’s play lasted little more than an hour as the Proteas achieved the huge winning margin of 492 runs, the biggest ever in South Africa’s history. It completed a 3-1 series win, giving the Proteas their first home Test series win over Australia.

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South Africa squeeze out 400 run lead against Australia

South Africa had to overcome stubborn Australian resistance as they ground out a 400-run overall lead on the third day of the final Sunfoil Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

The Proteas first ran into opposition from the overnight batting pair, captain Tim Paine and Pat Cummins, who put on 99 for the seventh wicket before the last three wickets fell relatively quickly to give the home side a huge lead of 267 runs on the first innings. Remarkably, this one major partnership was Australia’s biggest of the entire series.

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Bavuma sets up excellent day for Proteas against Australia

Temba Bavuma led the way as the Standard Bank Proteas produced the near-perfect performance on day two of the final Sunfoil Test match against Australia at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. The day could be summed up in statistics as the Proteas scored 175 runs while losing their last four first innings wicket and then Australia crashed to 110/6 by the close.

The only disappointment for the Proteas was the fact that Bavuma ran out of partners after reaching 95 (194 balls, 13 fours) when he so richly deserved to go on to his second career century and his first against Australia.

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