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That brings us to the end of the Test series but we aren't done yet. The two teams are set to battle in colored outfits with the 3-match T20I series and a 5-match ODI series set to follow. Sri Lanka will hope that they can compete better in the shorter formats. The first Twenty20 International begins on January 20 in Centurion from 2130 IST onwards. Do join us for that one. Till then, keep yourselves occupied with the India-England and Australia-Pakistan ODI series. Goodbye and take care.

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FAF DU PLESSIS is very happy at another clinical performance from South Africa. Praises the batsmen for the effort for getting a big score and is expectedly pleased with the bowlers' contributions. Agrees that the heavy roller livened up the pitch after day one and is glad that his side already had a good score on board despite the collapse later on. Feels that the consistency by his side in the series is a very important thing as they look to progress as a Test side. Expresses happiness at the impact made by Parnell and debutant Olivier in this game.

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DEAN ELGAR (MAN OF THE SERIES) is very pleased at his success in the series on sporting pitches. Feels that it was crucial to show a lot of mental application on such surfaces. Opines that strong concentration helped him succeed. Accepts that the catching from South Africa, especially in the slips has been great and takes the praises for his own performances as well. Says that both the recent series had their own set of challenges. Hopes that the Proteas can keep up the momentum going forward.

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JEAN-PAUL DUMINY (MAN OF THE MATCH) feels that it was good to bat first on this pitch as it got tougher on the second and third day. States that the positive approach from him this season has been a conscious effort and is glad that it's working. Says that he's continuously working on his batting and also lauds Amla for a century in his 100th Test. Praises the bowlers for their performances and also expresses pride in their fielding.

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ANGELO MATHEWS is short of words to describe the shambolic performance by Sri Lanka. Feels that the pitch quickened up with uneven bounce on day two and three but still feels that conceding 400-plus cost them the game. States that they expected the series to be tough from the outset. Laments the batting failures in the series and hopes that his inexperienced side will learn from this tough tour.

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The 292-run stand between Duminy and Amla proved to be massive in the context of the game as Sri Lanka in two innings could only tally 308 runs in total. Just goes to show how well they batted and also implies Sri Lanka's poor outing on day 1 with the ball. Pradeep, Lakmal and Kumara did redeem themselves on day two but it was too late by then. A forgettable series for the visitors as they were outplayed throughout. Certainly several questions to ponder on for them.

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It was an enjoyable outing for the Proteas bowlers as all of them shared the spoils. Rabada and Philander picked 3 scalps apiece in the first while debutant Olivier with a 4-fer and Parnell with a 3-fer were the main destroyers in the second innings for the hosts. The bowlers had a ball on the juicy Wanderers pitch after the SA batsmen had posted a total of 426 mainly due to centuries from Duminy and Amla.

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An absolute thrashing handed out to the Lankans by the Proteas. The visitors were never in the game or even in the series to be honest. The Proteas snapped up 16 wickets today in hardly 60 overs to inflict a massive defeat on the Islanders. Apart from Mendis in the first innings and Karunaratne in the second, none of the Lankan batsmen dug in on a testing surface with no partnerships at all.

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Wayne Parnell to Suranga Lakmal

OUT! It's all over for the Lankans! Wayne Parnell brings out another short ball on middle, Suranga Lakmal once again goes for the pull. This time he gets the connection but via a top edge. It skies towards deep square leg where Philander calmly settles underneath it. The home side is jumping in delight as they have NOT ONLY AFFECTED A WHITEWASH but have also sealed this BY AN INNINGS AND 118 RUNS!

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Wayne Parnell to Suranga Lakmal

Another short ball outside off, Suranaga looks to give this one a thwack and is beaten once more.

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Wayne Parnell to Suranga Lakmal

Short of a length ball on middle, Lakmal looks to pull but fails to get any wood on it.

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Duanne Olivier to Nuwan Pradeep

Pradeep pushes this full toss towards covers and survives.

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Duanne Olivier to Nuwan Pradeep

On a length and just outside off, Pradeep backs away to play at it but gets beaten all ends up.

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Duanne Olivier to Nuwan Pradeep

Back of a length ball outside off, Nuwan looks to poke at it but gets beaten.

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Duanne Olivier to Nuwan Pradeep

Short and bouncing a bit more, Pradeep leaves it alone.

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Nuwan Pradeep is the last man in!

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Duanne Olivier to Lahiru Kumara

OUT! The decision is overturned! Duanne Olivier gets his third and the end is nigh for Sri Lanka now. Short of a length ball on middle, it keeps climbing on the batsman. Kumara looks to fend it away but misses as the ball lobs off something and goes into the safe hands of Stephen Cook at short leg. They all go up in an appeal but Oxenford says it's off the shoulder. Still Faf opts for the review and Ultra Edge shows a slight spike as the ball went past the glove. That's enough for the TV umpire to change the on-field call. Smiles all around at the Wanderers as the Proteas are just a wicket away from a victory.

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South Africa have taken a review for a catch against Kumara. The umpire felt that it came off the shoulder while the Proteas feel that there was some glove involved. Let's find out.

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Duanne Olivier to Lahiru Kumara

Short of a length ball on off, Kumara looks to defend but then decides to let it be.

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Lahiru Kumara is the new man in!

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