An outstanding day at the Wanderers

 

 

Spectators were treated to sensational cricket at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, as an unstoppable seam-led South African bowling attack utterly smashed Sri Lanka on the third day of the third test, giving the Proteas a win by an innings and 118 runs, and a 3–0 series whitewash over The Lions.

Sri Lanka started the day on 80 runs for four wickets, chasing South Africa’s first innings total of 426, and would have liked to crawl their way back into the game. But a relentless bowling attack on the part of the Proteas’ four seamers on 14 January, meant that the visitors could only put 51 more runs on the board before being bowled out for 131.

Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis and his team were eager for a win and, seeing the overcast conditions, made Sri Lanka bat again, trailing by 295 runs. The conditions indeed favoured the bowlers, and wickets fell throughout the day, with the only mentionable stand being that of Dimuth Karunaratne with 50 runs off 78 balls. Sri Lanka were bowled out in their second innings for 177 runs.

It was a memorable test match debut for Duanne Olivier (24) who bagged five wickets for 57 runs in the match. Wayne Parnell took six wickets for 89 runs, Kagiso Rabada took five wickets for 94 runs, and Vernon Philander took four wickets for 63 runs.

While some would have said the game was over too quickly, as many Joburgers could only come to the stadium on the weekend, what the crowd was treated to on Saturday was special.

“It has been great entertainment. It is good to see Kagiso Rabada do so well,” said spectator, Sphile Sibaya. For Jacques Mackenzie, the one-sided cricket was “brilliant”. “We smashed them, I love it,” he said. Llewellyn Patrick commented, “The vibe is always great at the Wanderers, it has been a great day. It is actually nice that we bowled them out so quickly, so the Proteas can rest on Sunday.”

Louise Fitzgerald, Tessa Fitzgerald, Janice Briscoe, Lara Davies, and Llewellyn Patrick behind them, enjoy the match.

Louise Fitzgerald, Tessa Fitzgerald, Janice Briscoe, Lara Davies, and Llewellyn Patrick behind them, enjoy the match.

Charl Joubert, Div de Villiers, Jaap de Villiers and Jacques Mackenzie are loving how South Africa are playing.

Charl Joubert, Div de Villiers, Jaap de Villiers and Jacques Mackenzie are loving how South Africa are playing.

Sasha Gunn, Matthew Spacey, Gary Hannibal amd Alex Mew dress up for the game.

Sasha Gunn, Matthew Spacey, Gary Hannibal amd Alex Mew dress up for the game.

Hashim Amla impersonators watch the game.

Hashim Amla impersonators watch the game.

Georgie Barrow, Stuart Grondel and Bruce Phelp put on Hashim Amla beards.

Georgie Barrow, Stuart Grondel and Bruce Phelp put on Hashim Amla beards.

Peter Searle, Gordon Kernick, Gordon Japp and Oliver Abrahams don Hashim Amla beards.

Peter Searle, Gordon Kernick, Gordon Japp and Oliver Abrahams don Hashim Amla beards.

The Sibaya family: Brightwell, Zama, Hluli and Sphile enjoy the cricket.

The Sibaya family: Brightwell, Zama, Hluli and Sphile enjoy the cricket.

A group of friends and family enjoys the game.

A group of friends and family enjoys the game.

Brian Johnson, Brendan Engelbrecht, Dylan Johnson and Jade London relax at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

Brian Johnson, Brendan Engelbrecht, Dylan Johnson and Jade London relax at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

The crowd spends lunch on the field.

The crowd spends lunch on the field.

 

  AUTHOR
Nicholas Zaal
News Editor

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