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SA vs SL 3rd ODI: Rain interrupts after Proteas score big (Post-Match)

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI


1st Innings: De Kock’s great form with the bat continues

South Africa lost the toss and was put in to bat first by Srilanka who would have looked to bounce back and take early wickets. Quinny started off brilliantly but lost Hendricks early at the other end. Udana got his first wicket in ODI’s as Hendricks chipped it straight to mid-off.

Quinney was joined by Faf at the crease and the pair put up a very commanding 97 run stand. Quinney brought up his half-century as he hit the bowlers all across the park for some sumptuous boundaries. Faf supported him very well, scoring 36 off 27 before he faltered to Malinga.

De Kock was involved in another 66 runs stand with van der Dussen as the pair continued the onslaught. De Kock brought up his well deserved century, after falling short in the previous 2 ODIs. He scored all over the ground as he brought up his century in just 88 balls.

The partnership was finally broken by Rajhita when De Kock edged one to Dickwell but not before playing an innings that included 18 boundaries. David Miller took the crease as van der Dussen also brought up his half ton. They put up a 44 run stand before Mendis trapped him (50) plumb in front.

Phehlukwayo’s Clinical hitting

Miller continued to Anchor the innings at one end he remained unbeaten on 41. However, it was the other end that saw two brilliant cameos. First up was Pretorius, who scored a quick-fire 31 off 26 but it was the power hitting of Phehlukwayo that steered the Proteas over the 300 mark. Smashing the bowlers for fun, he scored an unbeaten 38 from 17, 6 boundaries, as South Africa finished with 331/5 on the board in their 50. Udana starred with 2 wickets.

2nd Innings: Rain stops play

Srilanka started the innings on the back foot as they lost Dickwella early for just 2, Rabada getting his first of the night. Fernando fell soon after, failing to capitalize on the start that he got. He faltered for 23 as Ngidi got his first of the night.

Oshada Fernando and Mendis took the crease and were involved in an unbeaten 40 run stand before rain interrupted play. Srilanka was 75/2 in their 16 overs at that time.

A mammoth task for Srilanka

The play resumed after what was a very long break. The conditions were significantly revised under the D/L system as Srilanka now required 118 from 48 balls.

And starting their innings off, they got off to a poor start. Fernando (25) edged Shamsi’s second ball after the delay straight into De Kock’s hands. Mendis hit a couple but he soon faltered as well, caught and bowled by Imran Tahir for 41.

It required a big effort from Srilanka to start with and the rain delay made it even more difficult. Imran Tahir got another one as Srilanka were unable to cope up with the strong bowling line-up of South Africa. They fell 71 run (D/L) short as the Proteas took the series.

Test series’ loss avenged!

With this win, South Africa go 3-0 up and take the series. After a humiliating Test series loss at the hands of a fragile Srilankan team, they have bounced back very strongly as they make a case for their World-Cup campaign. Srilanka, on the other hand, has not yet found their right combinations and they have plenty of work to do for a successful World Cup campaign.

Up next

The 4th ODI between the two teams is scheduled for 13 March.

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