Rangana Herath Sri Lanka South Africa 2018 Theunis de Bruyn Temba Bavuma Keshav Maharaj
Rangana Herath celebrates the wicket of Temba Bavuma (not in frame AFP

Sri Lanka wrapped up the second Test (and with it, the two-Test series) against South Africa at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, 11 overs after lunch on Day Four. Chasing 490, South Africa were eventually bowled out for 290, thus losing by 199 runs. It could have been worse, for South Africa were reeling at 113 for 5 in the final session on Day Three. However, Theunis de Bruyn (101) and Temba Bavuma (63) added 123, delaying the inevitable till Rangana Herath broke through before lunch. Herath finished with 6 for 98, his 34th five-wicket haul.

Herath first had Bavuma caught behind. Then, at the stroke of lunch, he had Quinton de Kock leg-before with one that turned almost across him. Shortly after lunch, Kagiso Rabada stepped out and lofted Herath for a humongous straight six.

De Bruyn swept Herath very fine for four to bring up his maiden Test hundred. Four balls later Herath undid him with the left-arm spinner’s one-two trick. He tossed one up and the ball beat de Bruyn’s bat as he groped forward in defence. De Bruyn failed to read the next delivery; he shouldered arms as the ball hit off.

Two balls later Dilruwan Perera had Rabada caught at slip. Lungi Ngidi smashed Dilruwan for four past mid-wicket, while Dale Steyn lofted Herath straight for six. Trying an encore, Steyn mistimed and was caught at long-off by Danushka Gunathilaka, suspended indefinitely from international cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket after the Test.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 338 (Danushka Gunathilaka 57, Dimuth Karunaratne 53, Dhananjaya de Silva 60; Keshav Maharaj 9 for 129) and 275 for 5 decl. (Danushka Gunathilaka 61, Dimuth Karunaratne 85, Angelo Mathews 71; Keshav Maharaj 3 for 154) beat South Africa 124 (Faf du Plessis 48; Dilruwan Perera 4 for 40, Akila Dananjaya 5 for 52) and 290 (Theunis de Bruyn 101, Temba Bavuma 63; Rangana Herath 6 for 98) by 199 runs.

Player of the Match: Dimuth Karunaratne.

Player of the Series: Dimuth Karunaratne.