Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene stroked a superb 123 to help his team to a dramatic one-wicket victory over South Africa on the final day of the second and final Test here on Tuesday, giving the hosts a 2-0 series win.
Sri Lanka, resuming the day on 262 for five and needing 90 for the win, added 71 in the morning for the loss of just one wicket to leave them just 19 runs shy of victory at lunch.
But left-arm spinner Nicky Boje tempted Jayawardene into a lofted extra-cover drive with Sri Lanka needing just 11 runs and Herschelle Gibbs snapped up a sharp chance at slip to trigger one final dramatic twist to a remarkable Test match.
Chaminda Vaas (four) was then brilliantly caught by a diving AB de Villiers at third slip and Muttiah Muralitharan (two) was bowled by Andrew Hall as he tried to slog the winning runs, leaving Sri Lanka still needing two runs.
However, Farveez Maharoof (29 not out), who batted for 120 deliveries, held his nerve with a drive down the ground to tie the scores and last-man Lasith Malinga drove Boje through mid-on to clinch victory.
Jayawardene’s sublime innings, which spanned 245 deliveries and included 11 boundaries and two sixes, provided the foundation for the victory. His 16th test century carried him to an aggregate of 510 runs in the series, the fifth highest in a two-match series.
Sri Lanka’s 352-run chase was the highest on home soil. It was also Sri Lanka’s highest successful chase and the sixth highest in Test cricket history.
All-rounder Andrew Hall gave South Africa early hope with a reverse-swinging delivery that trapped wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene lbw for 30, ending a 78-run sixth-wicket stand.
The touring side then missed Maharoof, on two, twice in an over as Mark Boucher fumbled a stumping opportunity and Hashim Amla spilled a chance.
South Africa were handicapped by a hamstring injury to pace bowler Makhaya Ntini that failed to respond to intensive overnight treatment. Ntini, South Africa’s premier pace bowler, was woken up every two hours during the night by team physiotherapist Shane Jabaar for ice treatment.
South Africa now hope he will regain fitness in time for the second stage of a tri-series also involving India starting on August 14. Sri Lanka won the first Test of the two-match series by an innings and 153 runs.
South Africa won toss
South Africa 1st inns 361 (H M Amla 40, A G Prince 86, A B de Villiers 95, S M Pollock 57*; M Muralitharan 5-128)
Sri Lanka 1st inns 321 (S T Jayasuriya 47, C K Kapugedera 63, H A P W Jayawardene 42, M F Maharoof 56, W P U J C Vaas 64; M Ntini 4-84, D W Steyn 5-82)
South Africa 2nd inns 311 (H H Gibbs 92, M V Boucher 65; M Muralitharan 7-97)
Sri Lanka 2nd inns (overnight 262-5)
W U Tharanga c Gibbs b Ntini 0
S T Jayasuriya c Amla b Boje 73
K C Sangakkara c Amla b Pollock 39
*D P M D Jayawardene c Gibbs b Boje 123
T M Dilshan c Gibbs b Boje 18
C K Kapugedera c de Villiers b Boje 13
†H A P W Jayawardene lbw b Hall 30
M F Maharoof not out 29
W P U J C Vaas c de Villiers b Hall 4
M Muralitharan b Hall 2
S L Malinga not out 1
Extras (b4, lb8, w4, nb4) 20
Total (9 wkts, 113.3 overs) 352
Fall: 1-12, 2-94, 3-121, 4-164, 5-201, 6-279, 7-341, 8-348, 9-350
Bowling: Ntini 7.2-2-13-1; Steyn 22.4-2-81-0 (2nb, 3w); Boje 39.3-11-111-4; Pollock 19-2-60-1 (2nb); Hall 25-3-75-3 (1w)
Result: Sri Lanka won by 1 wickets
Series: Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 2-0
Man of the Match: Mahela Jayawardene
Player of the Series: Muttiah Muralitharan
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and B F Bowden (New Zealand). TV umpire: T H Wijewardene. Match referee: J Srinath (India)
First Test: July 27-31 SSC Colombo, Sri Lanka won by an innings and 153 runs
Source:The NewsMore on:Mahela Jayawardene, South Africa in Sri Lanka 2006, Sri Lanka
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