Herath fifer completes historic Lankan triumph
Sri Lanka took the final three wickets in four balls to complete an historic 208-run win over South Africa on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead on Thursday.cricket Updated: Dec 29, 2011 23:28 IST
Sri Lanka took the final three wickets in four balls to complete an historic 208-run win over South Africa on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead on Thursday.
There were wild scenes of celebration on the pitch when Rangana Herath bowled Marchant de Lange in fading light with only nine balls remaining in the day. The team reserves and management ran on to the field to join their triumphant teammates.
It was Sri Lanka's first win in South Africa on four Test tours and their first win of a previously bleak 2011. It was also the team's first win under Tillekeratne Dilshan's captaincy and levelled the three-match series at 1-1.
Set to make 450 to win, South Africa were bowled out for 241. Left-arm spinner Herath took five for 79 and had match figures of nine for 128. He was named man of the match.
Sri Lanka seemed set for an early victory when South Africa lost five wickets between lunch and tea to be reeling at 133 for six shortly before the interval.
But AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn denied the tourists any further success as they put together a seventh wicket partnership of 99 which threatened to take the match into a fifth day.
Herath trapped De Villiers leg before wicket and the last three wickets fell rapidly. Sri Lanka were all out for 279 in their second innings earlier in the day, losing their last three wickets for 23 runs.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 338 and 279. South Africa 168 and 241.