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So the South Africans are handed the trophy and they are now posing with it. They have bounced back really strongly after losing the Test series. Cricketing action though does not end between the two sides as the T20I series is yet to be played. The first game of the shortest format is on the 19th of March at 1800 local (1600 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
South African skipper, Faf du Plessis, Says tonight they would have preferred playing the full game but says the team has got better with each performance. On his bilateral series record, he says, that he wanted to do better in each one. Mentions he like chatting with the bowlers and find ways to get dismissals. Further adds the X factor they had was ability to take wickets. On the WC squad, he reckons, that he is quite sure who will travel. Ends by saying this tour has been a satisfying one for the squad.
Man of the Series, Quinton de Kock, says he is pleased with the manner he is contributing for his team. Further adds he is confident about his game at the moment. He believes he still has a lot more runs left in his tank and he hopes he gets selected for the World Cup and does well.
Man of the Match, Aiden Markram, says it is a good feeling. Feels restricting them under 250 was really crucial and he credits the bowlers for their performance. On his own performance, he admits it is a good feeling and it's a very important lesson to learn and reckons it was rewarding to be unbeaten at the end of the match. On his spot in the World Cup squad, Aiden says he is unsure about his spot but he just wants to do his work.
Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga, says that they tried hard but were not able to post a good total. Feels that the team has realized its potential. Mentions Udana and Mendis played well. Reckons the bowlers did well and a couple of wickets today would have changed it. On the World Cup squad, Malinga states, that the senior players are getting back and they have a local tournament and he expects someone to do really well and seal their place in the squad.
The technicians then tried their best to get the problem solved but could not do so. After a long delay, the umpire's finally decided to rule the game in favor of the home side courtesy (DLS).
The home side did lose de Kock early but then Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram got the chase back on track with a 70-run stand. The dismissal of the former did give the Lankans a chance to get back in the game but Rassie and Markram, who scored a half ton, ensured the hosts continue having the upper hand in the game and added another vital 57-run unbeaten stand before the players were asked to walk off due to bad light.
Once again it was all South Africa in this game, similar has been the story of the series. Another day where the hosts' bowlers dominated and bundled the Lankans out for 225 which was surely an under par total.
A disappointing end to Tahir's and Duminy's last ODI in home soil. They though will be happy with the victory but it would have tasted a lot sweeter had it been a full game.
Another easy win for the South Africans, yes, it was a shortened game but they were way ahead of the 8-ball game. They have managed to inflict the whitewash on the Lankans.
The light issue hasn't been resolved and there is no further play possible tonight, which means, South Africa win the 5th ODI by 41 runs (DLS).
So the players are off! One of the floodlight tower is not being switched on and the umpires feel there is not enough light to continue play. FOR NOW, BAD LIGHT STOPS PLAY. Let us hope the issue is resolved quickly.
27.6LMalinga to vander Dussen
Another pull shot another miss! Goes short again but once again Rassie is a little late on the pull shot.
27.5LMalinga to vander Dussen
Another short one and this one takes off after pitching. It is outside off. Rassie looks to pull but misses.
27.4LMalinga to AMarkram
That has been clubbed! Short and Markram was waiting for it. He pulls it right off the middle but on the bounce to the fielder at deep square leg for a run.
27.3LMalinga to vander Dussen
On the shorter side, it hurries onto the batsman. He looks to pull but it hits the glove and goes down to fine leg for a run.
27.2LMalinga to AMarkram
Slower ball on off, Markram waits for it and then guides it down to third man for a single.
27.1LMalinga to vander Dussen
Starts off with a delivery on the leg pole, Rassie works it towards wide mid on for a quick run.
Lasith Malinga brings himself back on.
26.6ADananjaya to AMarkram
Flatter delivery on middle and leg, defended with ease.
26.5ADananjaya to vander Dussen
RvD shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot towards the cover region. They pick up a single.
26.4ADananjaya to vander Dussen
Back of a length delivery on off, van der Dussen blocks it.
26.3ADananjaya to AMarkram
Full on off, defended.
26.2ADananjaya to vander Dussen
A full length ball on leg, van der Dussen flicks it to square leg for a single.
26.1ADananjaya to vander Dussen
A flighted delivery around middle, RvD brings out the reverse sweep down to the cover region. Double added to the scoreboard.
25.7IUdana to AMarkram
Good length ball on off. Markram looks to defend it. He does so but it almost goes on to hit the stumps. Markram then looks for a quick single but Mendis comes and saves it.
25.6IUdana to vander Dussen
Good length delivery on middle, Rassie milks it to long on and rotates the strike. Singles coming very easily for South Africa.
25.5IUdana to vander Dussen
WIDE! Udana attempts a bouncer but misses it completely. He bowls it way over and down the leg side. Wided.
25.4IUdana to AMarkram
Back of a length on off, Aiden defends it with soft hands and gets to the other end.
25.3IUdana to vander Dussen
Full length delivery on off, Rassie hits it wide of mid off and takes a single.
25.2IUdana to AMarkram
Good length delivery outside off, Markram runs it down to third man for a run.
25.1IUdana to vander Dussen
Shorter in length on the body. Rassie pulls it away towards fine leg for a single.
24.6APerera to vander Dussen
Full on middle and leg, Dussen drives towards the mid off region for a single.
24.5APerera to vander Dussen
A flighted delivery on off, Dussen dances down the pitch but the ball kept low. Dussen just flicks it straight to mid-wicket.
24.4APerera to vander Dussen
A short of length delivery on off, Dussen puts it away.
24.3APerera to vander Dussen
Full on off played straight to the bowler.
24.2APerera to vander Dussen
FOUR! A flighted delivery around off, RvD dances down the track and strikes it straight over the head of the bowler. A one bounce four.
24.1APerera to AMarkram
A short delivery outside off, Aiden plays a late cut towards the third man region and runs for a single.
23.6IUdana to AMarkram
In the air...but short of the man at third man. Length delivery outside off, Markram hits it uppishly towards third man. The fielder misfields it while trying to take it on the bounce. Luckily for him that does not cost any run for his side.
23.5IUdana to AMarkram
Good length delivery on off, this time Markram plays it straight to the fielder at mid off.
23.4IUdana to AMarkram
FOUR! Exquisite. Overpitched delivery outside off, Markram gets on his front foot and hits it through backward point for a boundary.
23.3IUdana to vander Dussen
Back of a length delivery outside off, Rassie hits it on the off side and takes a single.
23.2IUdana to AMarkram
Full length delivery outside off, Markram comes down the track and looks to hit it across the line. He gets a feather on it. The Sri Lankan players appeal but the umpire turns it down. They think to review it but Udana tells his captain not to.
23.1IUdana to vander Dussen
Back of a length delivery outside off, Rassie runs it down to third man for a single.