Result
3rd Test, Johannesburg, Jan 12-14 2017, Sri Lanka tour of South Africa
426
(f/o)
131 & 177 (42.3 ov)
South Africa won by an innings and 118 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
SL 2nd Innings
Full commentary
end of over 430 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 177/10CRR: 4.16 
Nuwan Pradeep0 (4)
Wayne Parnell10.3-1-51-4
Duanne Olivier9-2-38-3

4.30pm So, Faf receives the series trophy, and that is the end of that. Don't forget to read Alan Gardner's match report, and there's still time to bombard Firdose and Fidel with your #PoliteEnquiries. From myself, Gnasher, Thilak and the rest, cheers for tuning in, and see you for the white-ball leg of the tour.

4.20pm Time for some presentations. "Nothing much to say really," says Angelo Mathews. "We kept making the same mistakes, it was very sporty here with a bit of unevenness which made it difficult. No way of getting 400 on this wicket. Unfortunately we haven't played good enough cricket to win here. Credit to the South African boys."

He gives credit to his seamers, but admits his batsmen weren't up to the challenge. "But average age is between 19-23. If they keep going, they'll keep learning."

JP Duminy is man of the match for his 155. "Pretty happy we batted first on that wicket. I've tried to be as positive as possible in body language and approach."

He took a blinding catch, along with several of his team-mates. "We pride ourselves on our fielding, and it's great when it comes off."

Dean Elgar is South Africa's man of the series, as the top run-scorer. "It was about mental application," he says. "The most important ball you have to worry about is the next one. This is a big moment for me, my first Man of the Series."

And finally, here's the winning captain, Faf du Plessis. "Once again, a complete performance, to get runs on a wicket like that was amazing innings [from JP and Hashim], and once again our bowlers were spectacular. It's been tough work for the batters since day one. It was a big thing for us to step up and dominate, to win 3-0 without a session when Sri Lanka were controlling us."

Jonathan Ellis: "Lords 2000 saw the record for most batsmen dismissed ONCE in a day (21). Walsh in Windies' first innings, then 10 Englishmen (Hoggard was the lucky survivor on 12*), then 10 West Indians with Walsh not-out. Nobody was dismissed twice, but Hoggard was the only batsman not to fall on that day."

4.12pm Lots of jubilant South Africans on the outfield and rightly so. Let's not forget, they've had a lot to overcome in this series as well, with Kyle Abbott's Kolpak revelations enough to destabilise a less focussed outfit. But they've found a way to park the politics and keep their game-heads firmly in place.

As for Sri Lanka, there's no denying how tough it must be trying to transition from the era of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, and their batting remains light-years from the required standard for pace-dominated series. But their own seamers were impressive in adversity. Particularly the luckless Lakmal and the lively Lahiru. While Nuwan Pradeep's burst on the second day was remarkable too.

Yusuf : "Of the 30 wickets only 3 were not caught. Of those 3 wickets 2 were bowled with only 1 LBW. Must be a record there somewhere?" Verily. One for the stattos! In this DRS era, that's remarkable. But testament also to the extra bounce at the Wanderers

4.07pm What can you say about that, then? South Africa brilliant, Sri Lanka abject. Roll on the ODIs.

Benji: "How on Earth did this rabble clean up the Aussies 3 - 0 just six months ago??" Different pitches, clearly. Pace and bounce here, spin and attrition there. Rangana Herath never got a look-in in this Test, as he went wicketless in a Test for the first time in more than four years.

Jonathan Ellis: "Three times in history, a complete Test side has been dismissed twice in a day. India did it in 1952 at Old Trafford (vs. Eng), Zimbabwe in 2005 at Harare (vs. NZ), and Zim again in 2012 at Napier (vs. NZ). In all three cases, 9 batsmen were dismissed twice in the day, the remaining two being dismissed once and not-out once. I believe this is the record for most batsmen dismissed twice in a day." See, there have been worse displays before. And better times can surely come again for Sri Lanka.

Myron: "Useless stat of the day : Four 6's were hit this series, all by spinners. Maharaj x1, Mendis x2, de Silva x1." My favourite type of stat

42.3
w
Parnell to Lakmal, OUT
short again, an ambitious swipe off the eyebrows, a big steepling top-edge, deep square leg steadies himself, and seals a 3-0 whitewash! Lakmal's defiance comes to an end, as does a crushingly dominant South African display
RAS Lakmal c Philander b Parnell 31 (40m 26b 6x4 0x6) SR: 119.23
42.2
Parnell to Lakmal, no run
wide of off stump, Lakmal goes fishing, but can't connect
42.1
Parnell to Lakmal, no run
short again, another damn-you-all-to-hell wipe from Lakmal, who doesn't connect this time
end of over 42Wicket maiden
SL: 177/9CRR: 4.21 
Nuwan Pradeep0 (4)
Suranga Lakmal31 (23)
Duanne Olivier9-2-38-3
Wayne Parnell10-1-51-3
41.6
Olivier to Pradeep, no run
retreats to square leg to splat a limp drive into the covers
41.5
Olivier to Pradeep, no run
sharp pace again. It's no fun out there for the Sri Lankans
41.4
Olivier to Pradeep, no run
fierce pace from back of a length. Pradeep doesn't fancy that at all

Tushar: "Silva and Mendis stitched a partnership of 47 for the second wicket. That is the Sri Lanka's highest in the match." So there was. Still pretty hopeless, alas.

41.3
Olivier to Pradeep, no run
a flinch outside off, and through to the keeper