Opener Dean Elgar produced a splendid century and right-arm quick Anrich Norjte’s brilliant bowling performance helped South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the second and final Test played at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.
The test match started with Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who won the toss and decided to bat first on a surface that looked decent for batting.
The visitors weren’t able to capitalize on their good starts after Kusal Perera smashed a quick-fire half-century. All-rounder Wiann Mulder took three wickets in his first spell to see Sri Lanka suffer a collapse. Pacer Anrich Nortje produced his career best bowling figures of 6 for 56 to dismiss Sri Lanka for just 157 runs in the first innings.
In reply, opener Aiden Markram once again perished for a low score as debutant pacer Asitha Fernando claimed his maiden wicket for Sri Lanka. His partner, Dean Elgar, looked fluent in his innings and smashed boundaries at regular intervals. He found adequate support from Rassie van der Dussen, who took his time at the crease.
Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen put on a 184-run partnership for the second wicket to see South Africa in a commanding position in the game.
The star of the show for South Africa was Dean Elgar, who scored 127 runs off 163 balls with the help of 22 boundaries. He was well supported by Rassie van der Dussen, who chipped in with 67 runs off 127 balls with the help of twelve boundaries.
Hosts thrash visitors by 10 wickets to complete a clean sweep in the the two-Test series
Sri Lanka made a strong comeback as the home side lost their nine wickets and could only add 84 runs. South Africa were dismissed 302 runs in 75.4 overs.
With the visitors trailing by 145 runs, Captain Dimuth Karunaratne produced a valiant century in the second innings.
In their second outing, Sri Lanka weren’t able to make much progress and were bundled for 211 runs in 56.5 overs. For Sri Lanka, Dimuth Karunaratne finished the innings with the top-score of 103 runs off 128 balls with the help of nineteen boundaries.
For South Africa, Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four wickets, whereas pacers Lutho Sipamla picked two wickets. Anrich Nortje also dismissed the likes of Dimuth Karunratne and Minod Bhanuka.
With the home side needing another 66 runs for victory, openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram produced an unbeaten partnership to see South Africa cruise to comprehensive win.
Aiden Markram scored 36 not out off 53 balls with the help of four boundaries, whereas Dean Elgar scored unbeaten 31 runs off 27 balls with the help of five boundaries.
For his splendid batting performance, Dean Elgar was awarded man of the match.