South Africa dominated the Newlands Test from start to end, never allowing the Sri Lankans with even a foot in the game. They were highly efficient with the bat, and mighty impressive with the ball, as they clinched the game inside four days
South Africa defeated Australia 2-1 in the three-match Test series played in the latter’s home ground. While the Proteas could not inflict a whitewash as the Aussies fought back hard in the dead rubber at Adelaide, in the day-night encounter, the visitors were still the superior of the two teams
Vernon Philander’s all-round performance rescued South Africa both with the ball and the bat on Day 2 in the First Test at Johannesburg. The hosts finished the day’s play at 213 for 6 in 66 overs with a deficit of 67 runs to wipe before getting into the lead.
South Africa completed a 4-wicket win in the Newlands Test on the fourth day to seal their 3-match Test Series against Pakistan 2-0. This is the sixth series win in a row for the World No.1 Test team. Pakistan, who were holding the edge going into the penultimate day disappointed with their batting to leave the Proteas with a modest target of 182 to chase.
Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the Second Test at Port Elizabeth against New Zealand because of a hamstring injury. Philander’s absence will be a big boost for the Kiwi batsmen as the seamer had wrecked them apart on the first day of the Durban Test for a paltry total of 45.