South Africa whitewashed Sri Lanka after the visitors lost 16 wickets on the third day of the final Test to lose the match by an innings and 118 runs at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.
Resuming on 80 for 4, still trailing South Africa’s first innings total by 346 runs, the visitors could add only 51 runs to their overnight score. Only Upul Tharanga (24) could provide some resistance as none of the batsmen except Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews, who started the proceedings on the fateful day, could cross the double-digit mark. Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada both took three wickets in the first innings, while debutant Duanne Olivier and left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell took two apiece.
With the conditions still good for bowling and a healthy lead of 295, South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis asked Sri Lanka to follow on. Rabada backed his captain’s decision by sending back Kaushal Silva on the first ball of the second over. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis provided a stiff resistance to the Proteas’ hostile bowling but the flood gates opened again after the latter was clean bowled by Parnell. Olivier dismissed Dhanajaya de Silva and Angelo Mathews, both with the help of catches at second slip. Philander opened his account when he had Dinesh Chandimal caught at first slip. Suranga Lakmal tried to delay the inevitable by scoring an entertaining 31 as he and Upul Tharanga (26) added 43 for the eighth wicket. But once Tharanga was dismissed, the visitors lost their last three wickets inside 10 balls.
South Africa 426 all out (Jean-Paul Duminy 155, Hashim Amla 134; Nuwan Pradeep 4-78, Lahiru Kumara 4-107) beat Sri Lanka 131 & 177 f/o (Dimuth Karunaratne 50, Suranga Lakmal 31; Wayne Parnell 4-51, Duanne Olivier 3-38) by an innings and 118 runs.