SL stun SA to seal historic series win | 2019-02-24 |

SL stun SA to seal historic series win

Afp, Port Elizabeth

23rd February, 2019 09:28:09 printer

Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne hailed his happy, united team after they completed an historic series triumph against South Africa at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis propelled Sri Lanka to an eight-wicket win on the third day of the second Test, playing exactly the sort of cricket that Karunaratne wanted.

Fernando (75 not out) and Mendis (84 not out) attacked the South African bowlers from the start of play on Saturday, taking Sri Lanka from an overnight 60 for two to the victory target of 197 in just over two hours of uninhibited stroke play.

Remarkably, the Lankans consistently played positive cricket despite having been away from home for the better part of three months.

They arrived after two heavy Test defeats in Australia, which led to Dinesh Chandimal being fired as captain, coach Chandika Hathurusingha having his powers curtailed and major changes in personnel, some caused by injuries.