SA 331/5 (50.0ov)
SL 121/5 (24.0ov)

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 71 runs (D/L method)

MOM: Quinton de Kock

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  • Our coverage of this game comes to an end. Two inconsequential matches are still left in the series and both teams will take that as an opportunity to try different team compositions and game plans. The fourth ODI is on Wednesday, 13th March and we look forward to your company at 1300 local (1100 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!
  • South African skipper, Faf du Plessis says that the batting was one thing they were looking forward to. Opines that they were brilliant today. Praises Dwaine Pretorius' knock and lauds the way Miller and Phehlukwayo finished the innings. States that scoring runs at the death is critical and to have big hitters in the tank is something they are blessed with. He is happy that the talking they did after the last game was put into action today. He is overall satisfied with today's work. On winning the series, du Plessis replies that it's great and they are looking forward to the next two matches. Mentions that regardless of the result, they will be trying out new combinations.
  • Quinton de Kock is once again the Man of the Match for his fine century. Says that he does just the top-ups to stay in the groove and he tries to train as less as possible as it can be tiring. Adds that scoring is just a mental thing and he is going with a strong mindset at the moment. He is happy to finally convert his 80s and 90s into a big score. As a team, de Kock wants to keep doing what they are doing currently.
  • Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga says that their bowling was not up to the mark and they misfielded quite a bit also. Adds that they didn't get a good start and the DLS revised target was a bit too much. Feels the rain came at the wrong time as Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando were doing a good job. Considers Kamindu's bowling as a positive. On the World Cup plans, Malinga replies that they want to give opportunities to players to gain confidence and do their job.
  • Chasing a target in excess of 300, Sri Lanka required a quickfire start but it never came. Niroshan Dickwella fell early and then after a bit of resistance, Avishka Fernando also departed. The pair of Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis looked good in the middle but the rain intervened and ate out too much time from the chase. When the chase resumed, Sri Lanka were handed almost an impossible task of scoring 118 runs off 48 balls. South Africa bowled Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi post that and the spin twin finished the job efficiently.
  • An easy win for South Africa and they take an unassailable lead in the 5-match ODI series. It was a professional effort from them with the bat. Quinton de Kock led with a fine century and all the other batsmen, barring Reeza Hendricks, played good hands. Partnerships were the main feature of their innings as they went on to post a big total on the board. The Sri Lankan bowling once again was listless and apart from debutant Kamindu Mendis, the rest struggled.
  • 23.7ITahir to IUdana

    Missing leg! That will be it then, SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 71 RUNS (DLS Method)! A well-disguised googly by Tahir. He lands it full and around off, Udana tries to defend it off his front foot but misses. He is rapped on the pads and they put in an unsuccessful appeal. Imran wants to get it reviewed and a smiling Faf obliges. The replays roll in and they show that it's turning down too much. Now, the players are shaking hands in the middle.
  • Huge shout for an lbw! Not given. Doesn't matter much but Tahir wants to review it. Faf du Plessis smiles and signals for it.
  • 23.6ITahir to IUdana

    Flatter and fuller on off, defended watchfully.
  • 23.5ITahir to IUdana

    Loopy and full on off, it's pushed back to the bowler.
  • 23.4ITahir to KMendis

    The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 23.3ITahir to KMendis

    Strides forward to defend but is first hit on the pads and then it takes the inside half of his bat. Rolls through the keeper's legs and short third man cuts it off.
  • 23.2ITahir to KMendis

    Lunges to a full ball and pushes it to covers.
  • 23.1ITahir to KMendis

    Wide! Flatter and shorter, wide outside off and turning further away, Mendis leaves it.
  • Last over of the chase coming. Imran Tahir to bowl it...
  • 22.7TShamsi to IUdana

    Watchfully defended off the front foot to the off side.
  • 22.6TShamsi to IUdana

    Floated one landing full on middle, it's defended back off the front foot.
  • 22.5TShamsi to IUdana

    Quicker this time, flat and short on middle, Udana tries to punch from the back foot but it takes inside edge and rolls to short fine leg.
  • 22.4TShamsi to IUdana

    Leans forward to a full ball and drives it straight to covers.
  • 22.3TShamsi to IUdana

    Wide! This one goes straight on after pitching outside leg, Isuru tries flicking but misses.
  • 22.2TShamsi to IUdana

    Loopy and full on leg, Udana defends it off his pads to the on side.
  • 22.1TShamsi to IUdana

    Wrong 'un outside off, Isuru has no idea where this will spin. Tries getting forward and putting bat to it but misses.
  • 21.6ITahir to KMendis

    Turning back in from outside off, Kamindu goes back and defends it from the bottom half of his willow.
  • Isuru Udana is the new batsman.
  • 21.5ITahir to TPerera

    OUT! What a catch by Rassie van der Dussen! The new bat brings zero luck for Thisara. Tahir gets Perera out once again, almost in an identical manner like the last match. A flatter full ball outside off, probably a googly, Thisara goes hard at it and slices it over extra cover. Rassie in the deep charges forward and completes the catch with a slide. This chase is heading the way it was supposed to...
  • Thisara Perera is changing his bat.
  • 21.4ITahir to TPerera

    Fetches a full toss from outside off and slogs it to deep mid-wicket for two. Not finding his timing, Thisara.
  • 21.3ITahir to KMendis

    Quicker and flatter on middle, Mendis eases it past the bowler to long on for a run.
  • 21.2ITahir to TPerera

    A mistimed lofted shot over covers by Thisara for one more.
  • 21.1ITahir to KMendis

    Gets back and works it with the spin through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 20.6TShamsi to KMendis

    Goes on the back foot and punches it to sweeper cover for one.
  • 20.5TShamsi to KMendis

    Thisara Perera is hurt! Tossed up ball on middle, Kamindu drills it right back and it hits Perera on the shoulder. He immediately winces in pain as his bat falls from his hand. Seems fine to continue.
  • 20.4TShamsi to TPerera

    In the air... drops safely! Turning away from middle and off, Perera top edges his attempted heave across the line and it goes aerial. Falls safely at cover-point. They take one.
  • 20.3TShamsi to TPerera

    Up and just over point! Full and flighted outside off, Perera throws his bat at it and slices it off the outside edge. Phehlukwayo jumps but it goes just over him for a couple.
  • 20.2TShamsi to KMendis

    Walks down the track and helps it with the turn to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 20.1TShamsi to KMendis

    Shortish and on off, cut through point by Kamindu for a couple.
  • 19.6ITahir to KMendis

    Flicks a full ball with the spin to deep mid-wicket for a single. We're done with 20 overs. So, even if it rains, we will have a result.
  • 19.5ITahir to KMendis

    Turning away from the left-hander, on the shorter side, Kamindu cuts but finds point.
  • 19.4ITahir to KMendis

    Presses forward to a full ball and drives it to extra cover.
  • 19.3ITahir to TPerera

    Shortish and outside off, smashed off the back foot to deep cover for just a single.
  • Debutant Kamindu Mendis walks in next.
  • 19.2ITahir to KMendis

    OUT! Caught and bowled! Tahir bowls it a lot slower through the air. Lands his leg spinner on a fuller length outside off, Mendis tries to play the slog sweep but it spins away and takes the top edge. Tahir runs across to his left and completes the catch at short cover. 89 needed off 28 balls.
  • 19.1ITahir to KMendis

    Loopy and outside off, spinning away, Mendis allows it through thinking it will be a wide. It ain't.
  • 18.6TShamsi to KMendis

    Quicker on middle, turned in the gap at mid-wicket for a quick single. 16 from the over. But Sri Lanka need many more.
  • 18.5TShamsi to KMendis

    SIX! High and handsome! Tossed up ball on middle, Kusal once again goes with the spin and thwacks it over wide long on for a maximum.

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