South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day

South Africa win first home series since 2008

The Report by Nitin Sundar

January 6, 2012

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South Africa 580 for 4 decl. (Kallis 224, de Villiers 160*, Petersen 109) and 2 for 0 beat Sri Lanka 239 (Dilshan 78, Philander 3-46, Steyn 3-56) and 342 (Samaraweera 115*, Kallis 3-35) by 10 wickets
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Thilan Samaraweera cuts Imran Tahir through the off side, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 4th day, January 6, 2012
Thilan Samaraweera chiselled his second century of the tour, but Sri Lanka had little else to take from Cape Town © AFP
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South Africa won their first home series since 2008, a period in which they had been denied on five occasions, prevailing over Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to take the rubber 2-1. An innings defeat seemed the most likely result at the start of the day, but a wicketless pre-lunch session and another century from the resurgent Thilan Samaraweera helped Sri Lanka barely avoid that ignominy.

Needing two runs to win in the fourth innings, South Africa got home without facing a legal delivery, with Dhammika Prasad over-stepping and Alviro Petersen punching down the ground to trigger relief and smiles in the home camp. Graeme Smith has now captained his side to 41 Test wins - joint second with Steve Waugh in the all-time list. Only Ricky Ponting, with 48, lies ahead.

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  • Sri Lanka have now lost all the four series they have played in South Africa. However, this is the first tour in which they have won a match.
  • South Africa regained form by winning their first home series since 2008. Their last home series win came against West Indies in 2008 (excluding Bangladesh matches). Since then, they lost to Australia and drew series against England, India and Australia.
  • South Africa improved on their Cape Town record with another victory. They have now won 16 matches and lost just three at the venue since their readmission. Their only losses have come against Australia.
  • The win is South Africa's sixth by a margin of ten wickets (excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe matches). It is also their second ten-wicket win in Tests in Cape Town after the victory against England in 1995-96.
  • Thilan Samaraweera, who scored his second century of the series, becomes the first Sri Lankan batsman and the 11th visiting player to score two or more centuries in a series in South Africa since 1990..
  • Samaraweera became the seventh Sri Lankan player to score 5000 runs in Tests. His average of 53.42 is the second-highest among Sri Lankan players who have 5000-plus runs.
  • Jacques Kallis became the second South African player to take six catches in a Test. Only five players have taken more catches (7) in a Test.
  • Kallis also became only the fourth player to score a century and take six of more catches in the same Test. Matthew Hayden, Garry Sobers and Frank Woolley are the others to achieve this.
  • Dale Steyn went wicketless in a completed innings for the second time in the series. While in Durban, he bowled 23 fruitless overs, on this occasion, he went 20 overs without success.

Once again, Vernon Philander made the breakthroughs for South Africa in a passage when they were beginning to look listless. Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews had extended their overnight association to 142 runs, and were looking at ease against the second new ball, when Philander ended the fun with a double-strike. The tail slogged along merrily, while Samaraweera chiselled his way to three-figures. Jacques Kallis and Imran Tahir side-stepped his defiance, and ended the innings at the stroke of tea.

Samaraweera's effort took his series tally to 339 runs, and put to rest all doubts over his ability to handle conditions outside the subcontinent. His century was only the fourth by a Sri Lankan in this country, with three of them coming on this tour, but it wasn't enough to extend the match to the fifth day.

As on the third evening, South Africa were persistent with their lines of attack at the start of play, but the rewards were not so readily available. The closest they came to getting a wicket before lunch was when Samaraweera was stranded mid-pitch following a misunderstanding with Mathews. Petersen picked up rapidly in the covers and had a good sight of the stumps as he threw, but missed. A little later, Mathews came close to being run out, but this time Hashim Amla's throw went wide.

Barring those two scares, Sri Lanka had few concerns in the morning. Samaraweera got going with a neat flick through square leg off the day's second ball, and a couple of controlled edges through the off side. Thereafter, he settled down to wait and pick off the leg-stump offerings that came his way. He got to his fifty by steering Tahir to third man as the first hour drew to a close. Mathews' first boundary of the morning came off a thick edge that flew past the cordon, but he gradually buckled down to seal his end. Progress came through dabs and tucks, until Tahir slipped a full toss on the pads that Mathews whipped expertly to the boundary.

With the pitch slowing down and seam movement absent, Smith moved the cordon from behind the wicket to front. Armed with the old ball, Kallis sent down an energetic spell of fast bumpers, with slip, short leg, short cover, silly mid-on, and later leg slip, in place, but Samaraweera stayed firm. The gambit had failed, and it was over to Philander with the second new ball.

Sensing the pivotal moment of the day, Samaraweera took Philander on. He cracked one square, plastered another down the ground, and pulled emphatically to take three boundaries in an over. Philander persevered, though, and dispatched Mathews in his next over, with an indipper that kept low to hit the pads. Two overs later, Dinesh Chandimal perished to a lazy waft away from the body, giving Kallis his fifth sharp catch in the match, all of them in the slips. He would later come on to hold a sixth off his own bowling, to go with three wickets and a double-century. The Man-of-the-Match adjudicators had an open-and-shut case in front of them.

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Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (January 8, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

...And now SA should prepare for the NZL series keeping in mind that there are two tougher tours up next after that - the mouth-watering ENG and then against old-rival AUS. I hope this time they polish their skills and iron out their faults against NZL because if they want to do that in ENG in order to get to the Numero Uno Ranking, they won't get the opportunity there. I hope there are no slip-ups like against SRL and this year they have enough tests to to prove themselves, shut up the critics and get to the Top.

Posted by Manee94 on (January 7, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

I would like to point out that I believe that there may be a mistake in the scoring at the end of this game. I believe that Petersen hit a 4 to win the game, not a single which is recorded, even though in the description it says it went for four. I apologise in advance if I have made a mistake, but thought I would point it out.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 7, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

Congratulations to SA. But a series victory against SL at home in nearly 3 years has taken the sheen off it a bit. SA are a much better team than their below par record suggests.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

If not samaraweera Durban win is a dream only.Because of his batting we had a first inning lead and it create presure for SA.Not to forget bowlers performance as well.But still we have lot of issues to solve to make our team good.First we have think our opening pair Dilshan is ok but he need to bat sensibly.Tharanga also should play Test.Thisara should not play instead Ajantha must play.Lasith also return to test, then we can make good Test Team.If Lasith played in SA the result could have been differant.His yorkers will be very handy to the tailenders.Even for top order. And specialy our batsmans were thrown their Wkts on no of occasions.Eg. Dilshan (twice),Sanga,Mahela,Angy, etc.Hence here after our batters should be very careful in SA,ENG,AUS etc.

Posted by Hush78 on (January 7, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Series ended with south Africa having more problems than Sri Lanka.sf should have got 3-0 where as it ended at 2-1 with sl first win in sf.recent uncertainty in sf batting was again expose by lankans and I believe though they can get a 2 nd chance in their home they will suffer abroad with current set up.I predict sf will loose to nz in nz since this sf team is not reliable.

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (January 7, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

I believe with all my heart that being a fan is all about being there for a team when it wins and loses... Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't played a sport or simply doesn't understand all that it takes; For every team brings the possibility of a loss to the table when it settles down to win... Never a fan of victory - Always a fan of Sri Lanka Cricket..

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (January 7, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

True, winner takes it all ! But nvr forget ! Looser gonna get thr vry soon ;-) . . . No regrets :-D !

Posted by   on (January 7, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

I guess that there is just a little odd comes up with a sub continent batsman that he would struggle in pace tracks regardless how great player he is. The same can be said about a non sub continent batsman who will struggle against spinners in Asian tracks. It is something coming from origin. Asians are not big in size or strong enough as non Asians. They used to do things tactically. Similar to Chinese/ Singapore Net ball players who use their quickness and agility plus some highly planned strategies to come over with their size disadvantage. Asians are preferred to do things in slow but an effective manner. For the others it is a different ball game. I can give even more examples but it is clear as you said. This is a different world. The thing is that both venues(Sub-continent and outside) should be treated the same way and a good player means who ever performed fair enough in both. Sachin who has a fair enough average outside India (It doesn't need to be higher than in India) s

Posted by   on (January 7, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

this is something i saw on yahoo answers, i think this should get more attention bcz i post it here.

I heard once Mahela Jayawardene came to bat and as his stats were shown on the screen, the commentator Kepler Wessels said that he is a good player but he has to improve his stats outside Asia. You know what? That is right. He certainly should. But I have never heard a commentator saying that Rickie Ponting should improve his performances in India! Many of those non Asian commentators and cricket experts say that a good batsman should have to have a better record outside Asia and it is a must. But no one says that a good batsman should have a fairly good record at sub-content too. And that is really surprising. Both spin and greenish pitches should be accepted in the same manner. The point is that every country does pitch doctoring. Australia often curate the pitches to make the Asian batsman struggle. Once Ranatunge said that it was quite hard to recognize the pitch from the groun

Posted by SAMBANDH on (January 7, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

How can people be so critical about the team, which lost just one series. Srilanka is good team which has produced different brieds of crickeketers, may not be greats of the game but certainly quality cricketers

Posted by stormy16 on (January 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

SL did reasonably well to delay things but that was a comprehensive victory for SA who bowled really well to take 20 SL wickets on a wicket SA made 500+ for 4 wickets. Philander continues to do amazing things with the ball but Tahir should be dissoppointed with his return on a dry track. Two of his wickets were lefthanders with a huge rough outside their off stump and the 3rd was a wild slog from a tailender. The end result is a reflection of the gap between the two teams. SL should be awfully dissoppointed with Sanga and Mahela both out twice in the same day on a flat track when they were most needed.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

one thing we all forgot or deliberately forgetting... SL's current tour in SA is the best tour we are having in SA since gaining the test rights... even though we lost the series we were being able to win a test match which is an achievement we couldn't achieve even when we had our legendary players like Muralidaran, Aravinda etc. and especially in a difficult time like this where our senior players are getting retired, almost all ballers got injured, players are not getting paid and most of all political interferences became a deciding factor for SL cricket... so considering all these things well done SL team a team of iron men who are capable of anything despite all the obstacles... just a little bit of confidence and you can take everyone by surprise... you are the best... we are proud of you...

Posted by KosalaDeSilva on (January 7, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

ICC ranking updating..

.... it's so funny the way that works as they didn't bother to update the ranking end of the year, but today.well they they should have wait till end of the Aus Vs India Tests. Bit strange isn't it? Same when they was talking every day and night about ranking when England was near to get number one. But not when SL won the second test..But of course Now..they update it.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 7, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Paul Eccles..samaraveera or rahul dravid may be better players..but surely they cant win matches..to win match sangakara ,jayavardeane or laxman or sehwag type of player to score runs ...bcso thir run always counts on opponent..

Posted by   on (January 7, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

One day series would be easy for the SA . SA. Will win the series 4-1. I wouldnt be surprised if it is an whitewash.

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (January 7, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Our Man Dilshan Bowls on Wickets that are conducive for batting,Bats on wickets conducive for Bowling,For God's sake where is this man's Brain's... Dilshan made da right call,bt made da wrong decision.... da kingsmead z lk da SSC da 1st one and a half hours or 1 hour will assist da paces then aftr tht its a batting paradise...... and da last 2 days it will turn , da wicket will be slow and might be low..... OUR captain wins da toss see's a wicket lk ssc and decides 2 bat, South african media was telling da grass content its minimum and itz dry and it wud be easy 2 bat on than last time a test match was played, da sri lankan media specialy da news paper ADA says win toss and ball, i mean these ppl dont travel thr, thr maiden launch z 2day and thr gvng a pitchh report as if thr journalist r thr, thrs only 1 journalist in da rainbow nation 4rm SRI LANKA ......... and end of da day its a total mockery and last test match win also goes down da lane invain.....

Posted by   on (January 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

dropping kallis when he ws on 1 was the turning point..if it was taken SA should be 60 runs for 3 ..who knows,,another SA collapse..but we let the chane.and they took the maximum advantage..anyway congratzz to proteas...but lankans will come hard u at ODIS if both malinga and mendis play.fasinating ODI tour expected...gud luck sri lankans..we love our team(but dilshan should retire from captaincy)mahela should do it..maybe mathews will captian ODI AND T20 AND MAHELA TESTS..

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (January 7, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

I think We Should Make some drastic changes in the team.Mahela to Captain the Test Team,Because he has the right Strategic cricketing Brain and temperament much needed to win matches,Sanga To Captain ODI'S and Dilshan 2 captain da T20... Dilshan is the most reckless and careless player the cricketing fraternity has ever seen...I remeber Chapeli telling why isn't dilshan playing in that match whn he's a attacking batsman and da rght 1 to win matches agnst aussies 4 S.L,few years down da line in da CPL he says unlike GAYLE, DILSHAN will give away his wicket even when he can score runs easily b coz he's so reckless... So you don't want a player of that caliber ruining all forms of SRI LANKAN CRICKET just b coz he says i play attacking cricket .... And we should also groom players like MATHEWS,CHANDIMAL,KAPUGEDERA for future captain positions not now, not tomorrow but slowly but surely when the time is right to take Sri lankan Cricket Forward....

Posted by SuperSharky on (January 7, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

Missing Legends like Chaminda Vaas, Da Silva, Muralitharan, Jayasuriya, Fernando, ect.., one still feels that this was one of Sri Lanka's best SA Tours due to their first ever Test-win in South Africa (Durban). If this was another Two-Test-Series like the previous ones (against England and Australia), then this was another draw series and South Africa still without their series win. Sri Lanka just seemed to be a bit tired in the third Test. They've achieved a win in Durban and didn't came out hunger for a win in Cape Town. If Vaas and Da Silva was there, there heads would have been positive.

Posted by HongKongSam on (January 7, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Honestly speaking this is what our "big headed" SLC Board should do, simple but it would work, at least no harm giving it a go. a) make Tilan as capt. but give him full authority to pick and choose the players according the situation without "politician" involved. b) get rid of some of the "cargos" in our team whom are either going downhill or doing absolutly nothing for younger blood. It may not work in a flash but for long run, would have excellent results inastead of far..ng around with non-performers. c) why on earth Mr. Upul Tharanga labeled as only a 1 day player? he certainly has the ability and patient to be a test opener compare to our flashy Mr. IPL operner Dilshan. d) send Dilshan to bat down the order. e) give Ajatha Mendis more opportunity in test cricket. (surprise by he's been dropped for the S.A. tour), pathetic. f) IPL the instead noodle is killing our cricketers ability and please don't let our players participate in IPL.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (January 7, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

The grey stuff between Dilshans ear to ear may be circumspect but dont blame him for everything. As for his place as an opener I would rather have him in front rather than the streaky,edgy, super slow, boring, Paranavitana & Tirimanne. Dilshan can turn a match around on his own steam, Tests or shorter form. Consider this. SL = Bankrupt board, Lunatic chief selector, Politics & corruption, players not paid, Sanga's infighting, Mahela's horrible run (never dropped), Mediocre bowling coach, Other intrests Head coach (Marsh watching OZ matches during match time on the Pak tour), Constant injuries (bad PT).....Its a wonder Dilshan agreed to captain and oh! he didnt take PERSONAL credit for the 2nd test win...

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

well done to SA on a deserved series win as overall, they play the better cricket..we showed that we are still capable in the second test, but we need a captain who knows what he is doing..we also need three fit young fast bowlers for the future and we need to remember why we have a lion on our flag and get back to our best..good luck for the future SL..

Posted by   on (January 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Jacques Kallis has only a few less wickets than zaheer khan and a few more hundreds than rahul dravid... so there. And yes, at 35+ he bowls faster than our umesh yadav and ishant sharma. no hype around him, he gets a double hundred, picks up six catches, takes three wcikets in a match while our media is obseesed with sachin's 100th hundred. Ha! Jacques is easily the greatest allrounder the game has ever seen, and the greatest cricketer since the great sir don.

Posted by Prema1948 on (January 7, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

The selectors of last 2&1/2 decades have developed an allergy to batsmen who have had total control over their stroke play. instead they (the selectors ) have always very much enjoyed watching reckless risky stroke makers in action. They have very different views in picking bowlers as well.Their thinking has been somewhat unauthodox to that of other Cricket playing nations, that is why one may find spinners that can't spin (without the help of the foot-holds of fast bowlers)the ball and erratic fast bowlers without proper high arm action.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (January 7, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

India & SL cannot play pace . Aus,Eng & RSA cannot play spin. Barring a few tests, here and there, India & SL will/can never win outside the subcontinent.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

The approach and temperament required to play test cricket is the totally lacking in Dilshan. True he managed to get two starts but there were many occasions in those two outings he would have got out. He is not a test opening batsman and it is like gambling making him to open. His captaincy regime has been a disaster. He is unable to lead by example. Continuing with his leadership will see Sri Lanka plunging down the rankings. Durban win was as a result of some individual contributions and he has no right to take credit for that. The decision to bowl first on this wicket cost us the match. Although Dilshan is pointing to some chances not taken. In the first session ball hardly beat the bat. Only one wicket was lost to a good ball. That itself shows poor judgement in the part of the captain. Dishan should resign as captain but he will not do that as his place in the team will be in jepoardy. My suggestion is Thilan as interim test captain and may be Sanga in ODIs.

Posted by espnchekmate on (January 7, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

I believe with all my heart that being a fan is all about being there for a team when it wins and loses... Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't played a sport or simply doesn't understand all that it takes; For every team brings the possibility of a loss to the table when it settles down to win...

Never a fan of victory - Always a fan of Sri Lanka Cricket..

Please ...Please ....Post This As A Comment...!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't Throw This in To The Garbage Can...

Posted by Prema1948 on (January 7, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

(this's a continuation of the previous)The under-mention events are few heinous crimes made by the ignorant selectors of the present&past who were clueless on the subject of batting skills: 1. A batsman whose 1st Class Batting Average at the time was 23+ who has played as many as 130 1st Class matches up to that time was used as a opener against Englishmen and allowed to tour Australia in 2007/08. 2. Again the same player was preferred this time as a bowler to Ajantha to play against touring Aussies, without any valid reason, though he is yet to come within the top 25 of the 1st Class Bowling averages in the Domestic scene 3. In 2002 , the Country's previous tour to SA. Samaraweera was dropped to accomadate few VIP players though his Test Bat.Ave. @ the time was 83+ 4. Quality Batsmen the likes of Dias, Madugalle, Mahanama, Hashan,Attapatu & Samaraweera's own Brother Duleepa were forced to retire early than they should have been.

Posted by Prema1948 on (January 7, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

SLan Cricket set-up is completely different from that of all others. It is the normal behavior to play the best 11 players available, though it's not the practice with local selectors of last 2&1/2 decades. They have had no clue what to look for in a player as a result the World couldn't see many a highly talented players emerged during the last 20 years or more.The reckless hitters who have had no proper control over their stroke play have been considered as indispensable and used as front-liners.Some players are given permanent places in the Team for no valid reason. If a established player is prepared to play even if one of his limbs were missing, he is allowed to do so, in considering performances of his previous birth. Spinners who can't spin the ball nor extract bounce off the pitch are preferred to bowlers who can win matches single-handedly. Extremely talented Chandimal together with AngeloPerera & Bhanuka weren't brought into the side straight from school.

Posted by espnchekmate on (January 7, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

there was a series feautring australia, south africa n S.L, aussies n da proteas were expctd 2 mk 2 da best of 3 finals , bt S.L fought hard n some how managed to geta place in da final,this tour happen when tom moody was da coach,S.L won da 1 st final, kapugedera smahed 5 sixes, scored 3 agnst lee in 1 over ,da very next match ,aussies were 3 down for 8 runs in 6 overs when on to pose 350/5 n S.L lost da series, aftr tht. in da test match where sanga scored 192 their also S.L never had the punch to finish the game,despite giving nerveous moments 2 ponting,da 3 rd test in S.L whn aussies toured BEcz of angelo mathews century S.L lost da chance of winning da test match n lost da series, da world cup final against india, did every thing write 4rm winning da toss to batting 1st ,didn't have da gas to seal things off,yesterdays test match a match most belived S.L could have won had they played sensible cricket, i'm visiting your site for da 1 st time please post this.my 1 st comment.

Posted by AnujaS on (January 7, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

Congrats SA fir well deserved Series Win. There was lack of committment from top SL batsman except for Samaraweera. Infact Durban test victory was also possible due to the fine century scored by Samaraweera in the 1st inning even though that was over shadowed by Herath's excellent bowling and Sanga's century in the 2 nd innings. Samaraweera, great job! you showed the selectors (dumb) your capabilities.

Posted by lananad on (January 7, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

Srilanka to be blamed for the loss. They won the toss decided to bowl on a good track also team selection was not good. First God only knows why Perera is playing test cricket. He is good for shorter format of the game. They should have played for their strength which is spin. Mendis would have been ideal foil for Herath. ALso SA would not have scored so many runs on the first day if Mendis was there. Also sad to see SL tailenders going down without a fight. I think they need a lesson from Thilan on how to put a price on their wicket.Finally Dishan and Matthews got to take more responsibility.Reckless strokes cost their wickets,which you cannot afford when you play good teams.As for the future SL should have 2 captains for ODIs and Tests. If Sanga does'nt need in my books Cap should be Thilan Samaraweera, who is a very intelligent and mentally strong Cricketer. Who will lead as an example.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (January 6, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

It takes a poor ill prepared and weak SL team to give the Proteas their first home series win in three years? This is poor. Throw in the defeat in Durban and then you expect us to recognise SA? This SL team should have been well beaten in a 3-0 white wash nothing less. Samaraweera the man who was dropped initially showed the rest how to bat. SL need to rethink from head to toe (COE down) in how they are going to revive themselves.

I wonder how SA would have fared at home against a better bowling attack? Taking nothing away from Kallis who has not lost any of his pace nor batting prowess. Truly a legend. Wonderful to see him show what his is made of by shining as a true all rounder. Philip Gnana, Surrey.

Posted by Rajeev1996 on (January 6, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

Well done SA.Kallis, De Villiers and many more have once again proved their worth. Never mind the feeble bowling attack, after the 2nd test it was still anyone's game.RSA changed that with their match winning batting. Also in the bowling department, Steyn and Philander excelled. Hope they keep Tahir, his bowling in the 3rd test on a dead wicket was great

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 22:55 GMT)

I thought Samaraweera was excellent in the series. If one of the other senior players (Sanga & Mahela) could have given him more support the Sri Lankans would have been far more competitive. They really showed what they could achieve in Durban but it seems that they have a long way to go to break the habit of losing. They were on top going in to Newlands but threw away every advantage they had on the first morning. Looking forward to an exciting ODI series now. 3-2 final result - but I haven't decided to whom yet?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

Justice is done! Well done on dishing out a good thrasing RSA!

Posted by mark2011 on (January 6, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

even though we lost. it is improved perfomance, it shows there is some good signs.it was some minor thing keep troubleing SL, if they gor act together then good results is certain. onething i cant understad is debutant from opposite side either batsman or bowler perform very well,make 100 or take 5 wickets whereas our debutant(except this time chandimal) can't do that much impresive performamce and struggle stil to even to find a place in the team.whats wrong with them?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Philander's bowling reminding me of Pollock in it's nagging accuracy.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

Samaraweera is a great batsman, I think any detractors have been finally silenced. Good series for him. Also good to see AB de Villiers, batting as well as he can! He was superb. Now for the ODI's

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

All, read my previous comments where I was always suggesting Samaraweera in Srilankan team. He is very good batsman. He needs lots of respect from the selectors. Come on guys he is the 3rd best batsman in the history of srilankan cricket. A batsman scoring 5000+ runs with 50+ AVG is done by only Mahela, Sanga and Samaraweera. What else he needs to do to retain his position in the team.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

I wonder when will we see a sub-continent captain winning 40+ tests?

Posted by Kavum on (January 6, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Samaraweera has been the only Sri Lankan batter with cojones on this test tour. Chandimal, Sangakkara, Dilshan and Mathews showed spunk occasionally but none of the rest bar sporadic flashes - not good enough in the purest and toughest form of the game. More enticing cheap thrills with T20 and 50-over cricket will ensure the demise of the genuine technician and steady batter who can set up and win games. Kallis is pure class but is of a breed that is dying out. Maybe Amla who is not tainted with the filthy lucre of the T20 brush (so far) will be the torch bearer for the next generation of test champs. Who knows?

Posted by cyniket on (January 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

who wants to criticise kepler wessels now? anybody daring enough? beaten not just by an innings, but for the loss of only 4 wickets.

Posted by Kavum on (January 6, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Well done Proteas. Commiserations to SL. Durban only proved what is possible not what is probable in the medium/long term. Dilshan is a disaster as captain. He should play on for 2-3 more years but should not be pressured to lead the side any more since no further SanathJ comebacks are needed/wanted. Mahela would be an equally bad choice, since he would not build for the future. He and Sanga have 3 or 4 more years (at best) if SL is to continue playing tests. They can make their fortunes in the ignoble profitable league (IPL) and just fade away while making a million pointless ads. Let Chandimal or some other young suitable candidate lead the team. Mathews does not have, and will never have, the pedigree to lead SL. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chatura Peiris et. al. should be drafted in ASAP. As an interim measure, ThilanS may be considered. He did alright leading the SL A team and seems to have the guts and the heart to fight for his country. After all, interim is the name of the game in SL.

Posted by SanjayRavy on (January 6, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Congratulations to SA for a truly allround performance epitomised by their great talisman Kallis. Despite the positives such as the emergence of Chandimal and the resurrection of Samaraweera, the weaknesses have been exposed and deservedly exploited on this tour.

The main concern however is Jayawardene. He should be given a break from the upcoming tour of Oz and the new guns such as Thrimanne and Bhanuka Rajapakse should be blooded. Dilshan needs to move down the order. Lets also hope SL regroups and play attacking, competitive cricket during the upcoming one dayers. Why hasn't Maharoof been given a chance in the ODIs?

Posted by OZrocks_forca_barca on (January 6, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

oh at least this inexperienced Sri Lankan side didn't lose BY AN INNING unlike their subcontinent counterpart, regarded as world's best and very experienced India!!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

it is amusing to note that south africa won in their second innings of which no legal balls were bowled... i realize it may seem fickle... but if you haven't received a single legal delivery, has the second innings actually commenced? did south africa win by an innings or by 10 wickets?

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

it took a long time coming finally proteas are there ,lets hope they Are some big things to come ,i hope proteas get there someday and i live to see it

Posted by Cricket_4_Blood on (January 6, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Where is Ranil_Herath? Hope he didn't commit suicide> (lol)

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 6, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

First home series win since 2008??? Hard to believe and funny that such a strong side couldn't win at home. But that is SA for you :) Also feel for Samaraweera who came in the limelight at the age of 35.

Posted by seantells on (January 6, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

well done thilan, and congrates SAF , and surely one day matches gonna be exciting!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 6, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Sri Lanka lost due to the toss blunder. Dilshan better plan wisely. Worse case, SL would have score 250 batting first whilst SA in that case would never have got over 400. Anyway, Malinga returns to the ODIs and SL can have more hope.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 6, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

now what mr duleep mendis has to say about mr samraweeras batting performance?, he earlier had said that samra is not in long term plan of SL cricket team. remember "new is silver , but old is gold".

Posted by drnaveed on (January 6, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

now what mr duleep mendis has to say about mr samraweeras batting performance?, he earlier had said that samra is not in long term plan of SL cricket team. remember "new is silver , but old is gold".

Posted by Tjoeps on (January 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

To Samaraweera, game well played! You had a great tour and worked hard! Thanks Jacques, soooo nice to see you in full cry.... GREAT game! Mister Cricket SA, for sure.... I have nearly forgiven you guys for the Kingsmead disaster. Have fun in the ODI circus, that's not really cricket, now you know were T/20 is on my radar, something NOT to watch! Again JK, you rocks!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 16:42 GMT)

Asian teams seem to be struggling in the new year.

check this out too http://cricic.com/2012/south-africa-clinch-test-series/

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (January 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Graeme Smith will smash Ponting's captaincy record very soon. That's fantastic news for world cricket.

Posted by KosalaDeSilva on (January 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

updating the ICC ranking.... it's so funny the way that works as they didn't bother to update the ranking end of the year, but today.well they they should have wait till end of the Aus Vs India Tests. Bit strange isn't it? Same when they was talking every day and night about ranking when England was near to get number one. But not when SL won the second test..But of course Now..they update it.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Well, at least the "no hopers" from Sri Lanka haven't totally disgraced themselves thanks mainly to Samaraweera. Wonder how much longer Mahela can keep out the youngsters having failed again twice on this easy pitch. Dimuth Karunaratne, Chandimal's old partner in Sri Lanka A put up a record 400 run partnership with him against South Africa A attack which included Philander though that was another Philander. If decision to field was wrong, decisive factor was lack of mental discipline mainly from the bowlers. They need to go home and pracice hitting the right lengths at will.

Posted by Blue-moon on (January 6, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Congradualations S.Africa for being in fore- front in every department of the 3rd Test, yet it is pathetic to see the Sri lankan bowling department except for rangana Herath in the second Test.I wouldn't hesitate to say that if not for the mediocre bowling dept. of the Sri Lankans, S.Africa would not pile-up a massive score. True the speed did a big impact in S.Africak attack yet There was no discipline in Sri lankan bowling. I suggest find a better opening batting pair to wear-out the new ball, or do your homework at a speedy wicket somewhere like Radalle ( Nuwara Eliya) and get acustomed to the overcast conditions before touring down under.

Posted by espnchekmate on (January 6, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Sri Lankans have this uncanny nack of winning a match they dont anticapate and lose the very next Test,ODI,T20 match against top Quality teams like Australia, South Africa. When they tour Australia and South Africa (in my mind the best 2 teams in the last decade to hold on to the top 2 ranks in Test and ODI's) even before they land their written off ,they lose the 1st match in a bad way, and then go on to win the very next match in style and then when they think they can go for a series win they never ever have the x factor,the much needed gas and the Finishing punch to seal the Tour on A HIGH!And a Series win . Sri Lanka is a nation like no other in the World Which is Blessed with Unique Talent, If you take Murali,Sanath,Vaas,Sanga,Mahela,Dilshan,Malinga,Mendis,Mathews,Chandimal.. Despite having them, Sri Lanka Never have been able to beat South Africa or Australia Comprehensively both Home and away with a series win. the Question Lies WHY? Da Answer Blowing in the Wind..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

What a match for Kallis, his 150th Test, scored 224 runs, and then took 6 catches (5 in the slips & one caught & bowled) & 3 wickets. Sensational stuff. At the age of 36, he even bowled at 144 km/h.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

I was lucky enough to watch the first 3 days of the match live. What beautiful ground? To Kallis well done very nice to watch. Congrats SA. But I think I should mention the antics of Steyn he is a great bowler he does not need to rersort that idiotic attitude like throwing the bowl at the batsman. He problbly knows that the Sri Lankans would not fight back. But wot if he had hit the batsman and say it was Viv Richards or Runarko Morton he would have got the bat wrapped around his head. And they would have been well within their right to do so. It is a brainless thing to do. Mind you I don't think he is very bright anyway. And that idiot Tahir running the length of the field to celebrate his wicket

Posted by Ameega on (January 6, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

As a SL fan, it is disappointing end to the story. If had Dil decided to bat first, SL could give a better fight against this mighty SA team. Congratulations to SA. Kallis & Phillander led the way to this massive win. However I am happy about SL overall performance in the series except the first test. They converted a possible 3-0 to a 2-1, and showed they could do even 1-1 if they got a good leader. In overall, this tour boosted SL's confidence with the comprehensive win in the second test. If Mahela cannot take responsibility and contribute at hard times, he must leave to give the chance to a young blood. Wish good luck to SL team in the next series.

Posted by heshan666 on (January 6, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

No problem SL,you did enough against a top opposition.Especially before they come to SA series ,have lots of critisize.Under these circumstances ,did well.In front of a huge defeat by an inning,they showed lots of guts (especially Thilan ,Mathews) .sure you can get lots of positives 4 up coming oneday series .Keppler wessels should keep quite .SA couldn't dominate this series as he thought.So good luck SL.Bit of dissatisfaction to lost the last test.If SL chose to bat first ,things would be same to durban test.Whatever good luck SL.Hopefully, do well in ODI.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Mr. nitin sundar Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are test playing nations. Accept it... when they make run against those thems its also run, win also win and lose is also lose.... some of you always trying to humiliate bd and zim which is totally unfair... be brave and accept it they are test playing nations

Posted by espnchekmate on (January 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

A match where Sri Lanka could have restricted the Pro-teas to about 450 and scored a substancial 1st innings score and put pressure on the south Africans like in durban,and to put a big score in the 2nd innnings with da lead they would have just let's say about 150,Sout Africans after losing the 2nd test would have been in tremendous pressure and if the Lankans scored something like 625 in da 1st innnings then certainly da spirits in da proteaas camp would have been down and Da lions could have choked da Sprinboks once again to celebrate a memorable outside chance win along with a series win which no one would have anticipated.... Kallis from da very 1st few balls gave plenty of opportunities where da Lankans missed and cost them da match, had welegedera gone for that catch or if kallis would have been dismissed early from the plenty of chances he gave it would have been smooth sailing for the Lions....

Posted by   on (January 6, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

Samaraweera ton in vain ?? don't you guys know how to appreciate a hard fought century ??shame!

Posted by SunAndSea on (January 6, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Good result for the Proteas, but respect to Sri Lanka - they fought hard to save the test. India on the other hand...

Posted by KingOwl on (January 6, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

I am relieved that Thilan and Angelo put up a good fight on the final day. It was no wimpy defeat at least. Very disappointed with Mahela's performance. While I like him personally, I think he has failed to play the role that is expected of him. Thilan proved that he can play high quality fast bowling. Sanga, we always knew he could. Dilshan plays the way he always does and is great when he gets going. The newbies - Angelo and Chandimal did OK; same with Thirimanna, especially opening the inning. But Mahela confirmed that he cannot face high quality fast bowling in helpful conditions. He is elegant and all that. But we (SL) need gutsy players who can play fast bowling, more than anything else. I think it is time to limit Mahela to certain types of wickets.

Posted by likeintcricket on (January 6, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

That shows South Africa did play really bad in the 2nd Test and let Sri Lanka won that match so that people take more interest in the series. South Africa is far better than Sri lanka in all department and any surprising result like the 2nd Test would create doubt in every one's mind.

Posted by davric2008 on (January 6, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

To all the Sri Lankan supporters who ripped in to the South Africans and Wessels after the Durban test... you guys are quite quiet this week? I wonder why?

Is it because this is the second test in 3 that you guys have been hammered by the South Africans?

And this time you can't blame the pitch... no excuses... you now know who the better team is.

Posted by kazimusman on (January 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

srilanka is loosing, india had no answer infront of aussies, what is happening to sub-continent cricket...i am hoping Pakistan will do well against Englishmen.

Posted by TYJAY on (January 6, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

shocking Dilshan should be set home. I really hope Dilshan played his last Test match for SL...

Mahela's poor form continues. This is really concerning.

Apart from Tilan no body played well. I cannot believe dead pitch like this SL lost !!!

Very poor cricket by SL

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