Sri Lanka Beat South Africa Won 2nd Test by 208 Runs at Kingsmead

Sri Lanka Beat South Africa Won 2nd Test by 208 Runs at Kingsmead: Sri Lanka Beat South Africa Won 2nd Test by 208 Runs at Kingsmead on 29 December 2011.Sri Lanka in sight of victory against Proteas there is great and huge victory of SL vs SA in 2nd Test match. Sri Lanka leveled the three-match series defeating South Africa by a huge margin of 208 runs on penultimate day of the second Test match here at Kings Mead on Thursday.

Chasing an improbable target of 450 runs, South Africa were bowled out for 241 before the final session ended on fourth day.Slow left-arm bowler Rangana Herath captured five wickets for 79 runs and finished with match figures of nine for 128.Sri Lanka moved within sight of an historic win as South Africa lost five wickets between lunch and tea on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead on Thursday.

Set to make 450 to win, South Africa were 136 for six at tea, a distant 314 runs short of the target.South Africa’s problems started when fast bowler Dilhara Fernando dismissed South African captain Graeme Smith for 26, surprised by a ball which lifted sharply for him to be caught at first slip off the shoulder of his bat.

Hashim Amla and Jacques Rudolph stabilised the innings with a second wicket stand of 51 but the match swung dramatically in Sri Lanka’s favour in the first over after lunch when Rudolph fell to a spectactular diving catch at second slip by Mahela Jayawardene off Thisara Perera.

Jacques Kallis completed his first ‘pair’ in 149 Tests when he was caught at short leg off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath when he attempted a sweep, the ball skidding off a top edge onto his helmet and then up in the air to present Tharanga Paranavitana with an easy catch.

Sri Lanka’s chances of winning a Test in South Africa for the first time – and achieving their first Test win of the year – soared when Amla, after making a fluent 51, drove Herath to Chanaka Welegedera at mid-on and set off for a suicidal run. Batting partner Ashwell Prince did not respond and Amla was given out when both batsmen found themselves at the wrong end when the wicket was broken.

As predicted the Durban Test was a one-sided affair, except that it was the no-hopers from Sri Lanka who were doing the dominating. A year that has gone rapidly downhill for Sri Lanka since their World Cup final appearance in April, including an interminable run of series defeats and a bankrupt board struggling to pay players, ended on the most unexpected of highs as they secured their first Test success in South Africa.Sri Lanka Beat South Africa Won 2nd Test by 208 Runs at Kingsmead

A Sri Lanka victory that will rank alongside the path-breaking one at The Oval 15 years ago as the greatest in their history was within reach as South Africa’s batting crumbled after lunch on the fourth day at Kingsmead. The parties in Sri Lanka were delayed by a long stand between AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, who batted out most of the final session before Rangana Herath struck minutes before close to ease any anxiety building up. The final three wickets went down in four deliveries and a fantastic year for Test cricket ended with the biggest upset of 2011.

Sri Lanka in sight of victory against Proteas.South Africa’s batting had been solid in the morning session as well, and they would have been satisfied with the start to their attempt at a world-record chase of 450 despite losing the wicket of Graeme Smith. With Hashim Amla in imperious form, South Africa had reached a reasonably comfortable 86 for 1 by lunch, but over the next hour they lost four wickets and even their flimsy hopes of ending their three-Test losing run at Durban evaporated.

The collapse began in the first over after the break, when Jacques Rudolph’s resistance ended – and with it perhaps his recently-revived Test career, temporarily at least. As so often in his second coming at the Test level, he was caught in the slip cordon – this time nicking a wide delivery from Thisara Perera.

Jacques Kallis has been in patchy form recently, including a duck in the first innings, but his record in the second innings of Tests is unimpeachable. If South Africa were to salvage something from the Test, they needed another Kallis special. Unfortunately for him, there were no match-turning heroics as he top-edged a sweep on to his helmet to give short leg a catch. In his 149th Test, he bagged his first pair.

If that blow left South Africa unsteady, they were on the mat soon after as Amla, till then producing a masterclass in off-side strokeplay, was run out after attempting a kamikaze single. He punched the ball straight to mid-on and dashed across for the run though Ashwell Prince showed no interest, and stayed firmly at the non-striker’s end. Prince, with his Test career on the line, then had to face a lifter from Dilhara Fernando, that he could only glove towards slip. With South Africa at 116 for 5, the fans could start partying in Sri Lanka.

The Prince dismissal was an almost exact replica of Smith’s earlier in the day. Fernando, used as early as the ninth over this time after his delayed introduction in the first innings, started with his usual no-ball, raising snickers, but there was no laughing later in the over when he got a delivery to leap at Smith. The batsman attempted to ride the bounce, instead of dropping his hands and letting the ball through, and could only glove a catch to slip.

The out-of-form Prince fell to another lifting delivery from Fernando, caught at first slip, and a miserable afternoon for the hosts was completed when Herath trapped Mark Boucher leg before wicket, leaving AB de Villiers, on 17, as the last recognised batsman.

Sri Lanka were all out for 279 in their second innings earlier in the day, losing their last three wickets for 23 runs. Two of the wickets fell to fast bowler Dale Steyn, who took five for 73. It was his 17th five-wicket haul in Tests.

South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test at Centurion by an innings and 81 runs.

The main scorers for South Africa were AB de Villiers (69), Hashim Amla (51) and Dale Steyn (43).

Summarised scores:
Sri Lanka 338 (Thilan Samaraweera 102, Dinesh Chandimal 58; Marchant de Lange 7-81) and 279 (Kumar Sangakkara 108, Dinesh Chandimal 54; Dale Steyn 5-73)
South Africa 168 (Hashim Amla 54; Chanaka Welegedara 5-52, Rangana Herath 4-49) and 241(Hashim Amla 51, AB de Villiers 69; Rangana Herath 5-79).

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