South Africa seal series win at Newlands

January 6, 2012
by Paddy Briggs

Newlands

Cape Town, 3rd Test
Day 4: South Africa 580-4 & 2-0 beat Sri Lanka 239 & 342 by 10 wickets

South Africa have claimed their first series victory at home since 2008 after defeating Sri Lanka by 10 wickets at Newlands today.

Going into day four, South Africa were hot favourites to take the reaming six Sri Lankan wickets in order to secure victory. Despite a comfortable win, Sri Lanka did show some fight today as Thilan Samaraweera recorded his 14th Test century, and was given good support by Angelo Matthews who made 63 from 124 balls. Samaraweera was left stranded by the Sri Lankan tail as he finished 115 not out, in an innings that included 14 fours.

Yet again Vernon Philander was in the wickets as he took 3-54 from 20 overs and proved what a fine bowler he is at this level. Man of the match, Jacques Kallis who made a first innings double century, picked up 3/35 in what was a memorable match for the experienced all-rounder.

Sri Lanka were eventually dismissed for 342, which handed the visitors a lead of just two runs, and South Africa went on to win the match by 10 wickets with Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen knocking the total off with ease.

The series victory came as a huge relief to Smith and his team who have failed to capitalize on good starts in recent series at home. After a heavy defeat here in Cape Town, Sri Lanka will have to pick themselves up for the one-day series which starts in Paarl on Wednesday.

The Scoop 06/01/2012

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