Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 199 runs in the second Test at Colombo. This match was also significant for Suranga Lakmal, who was debuting as captain. It so happened that his career as a captain got off to a dream start, but he also bagged a record no captain would ever want to be associated with. Suranga Lakmal is only the 12th captain to win a Test match without scoring a run, taking a wicket and 0 catches/stumpings.
That certainly is not a record to be proud of in a day and age where captains are expected to lead from the front.
Old warhorse Rangana Herath was the star with the ball with figures of 6/98 in the second innings to bowl out the visitors for 290.
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For the Proteas, it was Theunis de Bruyn who starred with the bat hitting a brilliant 101.
“Right through the series we didn’t have that ability to score partnerships. I think we only had three partnerships of 50 and above the whole series,” Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s crestfallen skipper, said Monday.
“But once again you have to give credit to the opposition. They were able to put us under pressure for long periods of time and therefore we made a lot of mistakes,” he said.
“In hindsight, I think we definitely would have played a second spinner. Our thinking was on this surface that the ball would reverse (swing) but there was zero reverse swing this innings,” he concluded.
“I am very happy, my first Test match as a captain and it is a good opportunity to lead. Three fast bowlers and a spinner did well and the entire team worked very hard right through the series,” said Lakmal the winning captain.