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Kusal Mendis shines in South Africa

Sri Lanka today became the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa.

Sri Lanka arrived in South Africa in a state of utter turmoil – both on and off the field? After less than seven days of cricket, they surmounted tremendous odds and became only the third visiting side – after England and Australia – and the first Asian team to clinch a Test series in South Africa.

It was Kusal Mendis who spearheaded the famous win with a regal, unbeaten 84 off 110 balls in a chase of 197. He found an adventurous partner in Oshada Fernando, as they peeled off 163 off 213 balls – the first century stand of the series.

Sri Lanka 154 (Dickwella 42, Rabada 4-38) and 197 for 2 (Mendis 84*, Oshada 75*, Olivier 1-46) beat South Africa 222 (De Kock 86, Vishwa 3-62, Rajitha 3-67) and 128 (Du Plessis 50*, Lakmal 4-39, de Silva 3-36) by eight wickets.

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