So that's it from us! South Africa have clinched the series with this win and now go into the Wanderers looking to whitewash Sri Lanka. The Islanders on the other hand, will be playing for their dignity and one will hope they'll learn from their mistakes and put their best foot forward. The last and final match will take place in Johannesburg, at the Wanderers where we'll have another good contest, hopefully. It starts on 12th January at 1000 local time, 1330 IST. Join us for it. Till then, cheers!
Man of the Match, KAGISO RABADA says it's all the hard work paying off. Mentions that he was investing in tactics and gameplans which has eventually paid off. He feels that he was struggling in the first innings but then found his rhythm and used the moment to pick as many wickets as he did. While he is humbled, he says there are other quality bowlers in the side who could have done just the same, today was just his day so is happy to contribute.
South African skipper, FAF DU PLESSIS says before this match, they wanted to dominate Sri Lanka and they have done it every single day. Adds that the Lankans weren't up for it in this game. States that the conditions are different in different places and they just have to apply themselves wherever they play. Mentions that Day 3 and 4 were tricky, the ball was stopping a bit but they did well and picked wickets as and when they came. Lets everybody know that what he enjoys most about Test cricket is that the other team is allowed to play well, and they just have to stay patient and wait for their moment. Applauds Kagiso Rabada for the way he came out and ripped through the Sri Lankan batsmen. On resting players, he is clearly adamant that he wants to put his best team out at the Wanderers and not shuffle anything around.
Sri Lankan skipper, ANGELO MATHEWS says it is disappointing especially after winning the toss. Praises Dean Elgar for his wonderful performance with the bat. Opines that his batters have let the team down giving no chance to the bowlers. Adds that you need long hours of concentration and that was the difficulty they have largely had in the first two Tests. On Kumara, he is happy with how he has done with the ball, took 6 wickets in the first innings and did really well for his age. Credits Rabada for the way he bowled in the second innings. Ends by stating that the batting department needs to do better and perform at the Wanderers.
Earlier in the match, centuries from Elgar and de Kock set South Africa up for a huge first innings' total. Then their bowlers did the magic and bowled out Sri Lanka for a paltry score of 110. Du Plessis then decided to bat again and Elgar once more stepped up, scoring a half century to set a target of 507 for the Islanders. And another superb all-round bowling performance saw the Lankan batsmen falter. If one was to point out what let them down, it would be their performance with the willow.
Mathews and Chandimal were looking good but an inspired spell from Rabada proved to be their undoing. The latter first chipped it straight to Cook while the former didn't learn from his mistake in the first innings and got out in a similar fashion. Tharanga looked to play his shots but in the end it was one too many and had to walk back. That exposed the tail. Herath gave a good fightback and remained unbeaten on 35 but nobody else supported him.
South Africa seal the deal here itself and clinch the series 2-0! It was a complete performance by the hosts. They batted well, bowled well, fielded well and got their reward. They needed 6 wickets more to win the match and they came out in style. Rabada led the bowling by picking the first 4 wickets of the morning and completed his 2nd 10-wicket hall in Tests. Maharaj and Philander did the rest by taking the next two wickets. Even though Abbott didn't pick any wickets, he kept it tight which helped the other bowlers.
Vernon Philander to Nuwan Pradeep
OUT! PHILANDER FINISHES IT IN STYLE! Full on off, Pradeep looks to go big and swings his bat hard but ends up swinging it in the air. The ball is a straight one and plucks the off stump from its root. That's 7th wicket for Philander in the match! SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY A HUGE MARGIN OF 282 RUNS!
Length delivery angling in, Pradeep stays in the crease and defends it with the angle on the leg side.
Vernon Philander to Rangana Herath
Shortish delivery, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
Full outside off, driven to mid off.
Fuller on middle and off, Pradeep defends it late with soft hands. The ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards square leg for a single.
Length delivery angling across, Herath pulls it through mid on for a single.
Keshav Maharaj to Nuwan Pradeep
The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
Pradeep prods forward and defends the ball on the pitch.
Landed outside off, Pradeep prods forward in defence but the ball spins away a touch, goes off the outside edge past second slip.
Keshav Maharaj to Rangana Herath
Tossed up on middle and off, reverse swept through point for a single.
Tossed up on the stumps, defended from within the crease.
FOUR! Full toss outside off, Herath slogs it through mid-wicket. Duminy in the deep initially looks to cut it out but then gives up on his chase. The ball races towards the fence.
FOUR! Fullish outside off, Pradeep goes for an expansive shot on the off side. But, the ball balloons off the outside edge and goes over the slip cordon for a boundary.