India put 600 on the board for the second game in a row as they continued their domination in Sri Lanka. Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132) both got centuries and four other got 50+ including Ravinda Jadeja who was unbeaten on 70 not out as India declared having put a mammoth total of 622 for Sri Lanka to chase.
The first innings reply was a total collapse by Sri Lanka who were bowled all out for just 183 with Ravichandran Ashwin taking 5 wickets. Sri Lanka put more of a fight up in the second inning after India enforced the follow on. Dimuth Karanaratne hit an impressive 141 and Kusal Mendis also hit a century with 110. The size of the total was too much though with the hosts finally dismissed for 386 with 5 wickets for the excellent Jadeja for a big innings and 53 run victory.
India now only have to avoid defeat in one of the next two games to take their eight test series win in a row.
South Africa have a 4-0 lead in their five match series after posting a huge total that despite a brave attempt, Sri Lanka could not quite reach. Faf du Plessis mammoth 185 including three sixes led the way with support from AB de Villier (64) and Quinton De Kock (55) as South Africa put 367-5 on the board in their 50 Overs. In reply Sri Lanka made a good start as Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga made 139 for the first wicket. Dickwella went for 58 as did Sandun Weerkkody but Wayne Parnell took the key wicket of Tharanga who made 118 and from the point the lower order collapsed as Parnell went on to take four wickets. In the end Sri Lanka were left 40 runs short on 327 all out. South Africa will now eye a whitewash in the final game to come at Centurion Park.
ODI Game 1 in Port Elizabeth – South Africa v Sri Lanka
South Africa blow Sri Lanka away in windy Port Elizabeth
South Africa easily won the first game of their five match ODI series with Sri Lanka in the wind of Port Elizabeth. South Africa won the key toss to put Sri Lanka in and bowled them all out for just 181 as the visitors failed to handle the conditions. Kusla Mendis with 62 got the only score of note as Imran Tahir took three wickets for just 26 runs. The hosts wasted no time as Hasim Amla with 57 and Faf du Plessis with 55 not out eased South Africa into cruise control to get home with 15 overs to spare for the loss of just two wickets.
Huge effort from Stoinis not enough as New Zealand claim opener.
Marcus Stoinis produced a performance that would normally see him on the winning side, but it was not enough in Auckland as New Zealand saw off Australia in a thrilling finale at Eden Park. New Zealand had posted 286 with Neil Broom top scoring with 73. However it was 16 Not Out from Trent Boult that was to be crucial at the end as the tailender ensured those extra runs to see out the 50 overs which proved the difference. Stoinis had been the best of the bowlers taking 3 wickets and looked to be joining a lost cause when he went out to bat at 148 for 7 in reply. Stoinis did all he could with eleven sixes and nine fours in his mammoth 146 Not Out to leave Australia just six runs short with 19 balls to be bowled and just one wicket remaining. However with Stoinis trying to keep the strike led to Josh Hazlewood at the other end being run out by a direct hit from Kane Williamson which handed the Black Caps the victory and a 1-0 lead in what could prove to be an epic series.
3rd Test in Johannesburg – South Africa v Sri Lanka
South Africa secure whitewash with an inning thrashing of Sri Lanka
South Africa secured a 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka with an emphatic victory by an innings and 118 runs in Johannesburg. South Africa batted first with Jean Paul-Duminy (155) and Hashim Amla (134) helping South Africa to a total of 426. They then skittled out Sri Lanka for just 131 with Vernon Philander taking 3 wickets for just 28 runs. In a move used less often these days South Africa enforced the follow on ruthlessly exploiting their opponents lack of confidence. Only Dimuth Karunaratne with 50 put up any resistance as South Africa coasted to victory with Wayne Parnell taking four wickets to finish the series in style.
1st Test Match in Wellington – New Zealand v Bangladesh
Williamson guides New Zealand to victory in run fest
New Zealand secured an extraordinary victory against Bangladesh despite the visitors putting a huge total of 595 on the board. Shakib Al Hasan with 217 and Mushfiqur Rahim with 159 were the catalyst for the huge opening score. New Zealand hit back however, Tom Latham hit 177 and Mitchell Santner supported with 73 as New Zealand scored 539 to put themselves back in contention. Bangladesh then collapsed in their second innings bowled out for 160 with Trent Boult taking three wickets. This gave New Zealand the chance of what looked an unlikely victory and Kane Williamson with a fine 104 not out led the way with support from Ross Taylor (60) to eventually coast home with seven wickets to spare
Cook the difference as Sri Lanka fail to take their chance
Stephen Cook’s second innings 117 helped South deliver a 2nd innings score that enabled them to get away with a poor first innings as Sri Lanka failed to take advantage. The hosts only posted 286 first up with Cook getting 59 of those, however Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 205 with Vernon Philander taking 5 wickets. South Africa did not reject the second opportunity post a score of 406 finishing any Sri Lankan hopes and easing through the visitors order in the 2nd innings to post in the end a big 206 run win.
Australia completed their one day series victory over Sri Lanka with a 5 wicket win in Pallekele. Sri Lanka batted first with nobody getting past the thirties. Danushka Gunathilaka top scored with a mere 39 as Mitchell Starc took 3 Wickets restricting the hosts to just 195. Opener David Warner’s century ensured the Aussies were on top from the start. He eventually was out for 106. Despite three wickets for Dilruwan Perera the Sri Lankan’s never put enough pressure on as Australia coasted home with seven overs to spare and take a 4-1 series win which turns around their poor Test showing in which they were whitewashed. It appears their grasp of the Asian conditions came too late for the Test Series but just in time to command the one day contests.
There was no fairytale ending for Tillakaratne Dilshan who was playing his final one day game for Sri Lanka. Dinesh Chandimal did his best to put Sri Lanka in the mix with a superb 102 on a slow wicket, however there was little support with Adam Zampa taking three wickets. Sri Lanka posted 226 and Australia never looked in trouble in their reply. George Bailey top scored with 70 supported by Mathew Wade (42) and Travis Head (36). The middle order set up John Hastings and Adam Zampa to take Australia home with a full four overs left. Signs Australia are finally coming to terms with the conditions after a poor test series, they lead the 5 game ODI series 2-1.