[caption id="attachment_806934" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-806934" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Kusal-Mendis_SLC-Twitter.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="413" /> Kusal Mendis, who put up an unbeaten 163-run stand with Oshada Fernando to take Sri Lanka past the finish line in the second Test match against South Africa. @Twitter[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kusal-mendis">Kusal Mendis</a>, who put up an unbeaten 163-run stand with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/oshada-fernando">Oshada Fernando</a> to take <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a> past the finish line in the second Test match against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/south-africa/">South Africa</a>, jumped 11 points to enter the Top-20 of the ICC Player Rankings, it was announced on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-2019-2nd-test-oshada-fernando-kusal-mendis-propel-sri-lanka-to-historic-win-in-south-africa-806466">Sri Lanka's eight-wicket victory in the second Test</a> in Port Elizabeth completed a historic 2-0 sweep over South Africa, making them the first Asian team to win a Test series in the country, according to the ICC's website. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/sri-lanka-deal-south-africa-wake-up-call-806844">Sri Lanka deal South Africa wake-up call</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Mendis, who was also adjudged Player of the Match is now sitting at 18th spot. <p></p> <p></p>Fernando also gained in the rankings, sitting at No.65 after jumping 35 spots with a career-best rating of 455. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-2nd-test-karunaratne-mendis-perera-savour-sri-lankas-historic-triumph-806492">Karunaratne, Mendis, Perera savour Sri Lanka s historic triumph</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Niroshan Dickwella, who scored an important 42 to take Sri Lanka's total past 150 in the first innings, advanced eight places to grab the 37th spot. <p></p> <p></p>South Africa players, predictably, slipped down the rankings. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-2019-south-africa-slip-to-third-spot-in-icc-test-rankings-following-series-loss-against-sri-lanka-806537">South Africa slip to third spot in ICC Test rankings following series loss against Sri Lanka</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Dean Elgar, who scored just 43 runs in four innings, moved down by seven spots to No.23. Temba Bavuma also slipped to No.38 (down by five spots). <p></p> <p></p>In the bowlers' rankings, Duanne Olivier and Suranga Lakmal climbed three spots each to No.19 and No.30 respectively. <p></p> <p></p>Though South Africa had average returns with the ball, Olivier had a decent series, claiming seven wickets in two games to break into the top 20 early in his career. Vishwa Fernando, the leading wicket-taker with 12 scalps, moved up six places to No.43. <p></p> <p></p>There was no change in the top 15 in the all-rounder's rankings, with Jason Holder retaining his position at the top of the pile.