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Sri Lanka overcome South Africa rearguard to complete sweep

COLOMBO: Rangana Herath's 6/98 helped Sri Lanka overcome dogged South African resistance to win by 199 runs in the second and final Test in Colombo. It completed a 2-0 sweep in the series for the hosts. Needing 351 runs at the start of the fourth day after Sri Lanka had set them 490 to win, South Africa were bowled out for 290 early in the second session on Monday. This despite a maiden Test century by Theunis de Bruyn (101) and a half-century by Temba Bavuma (63). South Africa had managed just 124 runs in their first…

Brace for yet more spin, Sri Lanka warns Proteas

Rangana Herath warned South Africa Thursday to expect yet more spin in the second Test after the visitors were skittled for their lowest total since the Proteas’ readmission to international cricket. Sri Lanka are chasing their first Test series win against the Proteas since 2006 and need just a draw to clinch the honours against the world’s second ranked Test side. South Africa lost the opening Test in Galle inside three days after being dispatched for 126 in the first innings and 73 in the second. Herath said pitch…

Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath ponder retirement in November

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath might retire from international cricket after the three-match test series against England in November, the left-arm spinner has said. Herath has notched up 418 wickets in 90 test matches for Sri Lanka and is the country’s highest wicket-taker after Muttiah Muralitharan, who has a staggering 800 test wickets to his name. “Maybe my final series will be the England series later in the year,” the 40-year-old told BBC Sinhala. “There comes a time for every cricketer, when they have to…

Pakistan given tough 317 for series-levelling win against Sri Lanka

DUBAI: Paceman Wahab Riaz grabbed four wickets and left-arm spinner Haris Sohail took three to dismiss Sri Lanka for 96 in their second innings on the fourth day in the day-night Test in Dubai on Monday. Riaz, who had taken three wickets on Sunday, finished with 4-41 while Sohail grabbed his three in one over to give Pakistan a target of 317 to win the Test and level the series. Sri Lanka had won the first Test by 21 runs in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan needed early gains and Riaz provided them with the important wicket…

Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 259 runs in the first Test

GALLE: Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 259 runs in the first Test in Galle to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series on Saturday. Skipper Rangana Herath claimed 6-59 runs as the hosts dismissed Bangladesh for 197 runs in the second innings in less than two sessions on the fifth day after the visitors resumed their batting on 67-0 in the morning. His 23rd five-wicket haul in Tests took Herath’s tally to 366 wickets in Test cricket, making him the most successful left-arm spinner in Test history, overtaking New…

Herath guides Sri Lanka to victory vs Zimbabwe  in 2nd Test

HARARE: Spinner Rangana Herath thrived as Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain, taking 8-63 to seal a 257-run win over Zimbabwe in the second Test on Thursday with a 2-0 series sweep. Herath finished with 13 wickets in the match after replacing regular skipper Angelo Mathews as the Sri Lankan captain for this tour. Continuing on 180-7 and still needing 311 runs to win, Zimbabwe didn’t last long on the final day of the series, just 13 overs, with Herath taking all three wickets. Herath had Craig Ervine caught for 72 to get…