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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 3rd ODI

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Date & Time: 05 August 2018

Sri Lanka 285/10 (45.2 Ovs) RR: 6.29 | South Africa won by 78 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Upul Tharanga c Willem Mulder & b Lungi Ngidic Willem Mulder & b Lungi Ngidi191711
Niroshan Dickwella c du Plessis & b Lungi Ngidic du Plessis & b Lungi Ngidi101020
Kusal Perera lbw Phehlukwayolbw Phehlukwayo271740
Kusal Mendis c Willem Mulder & b Lungi Ngidic Willem Mulder & b Lungi Ngidi313440
Thisara Perera c de Kock & b Willem Mulderc de Kock & b Willem Mulder161420
Angelo Mathews lbw Shamsilbw Shamsi324231
Dhananjaya de Silva c de Kock & b Phehlukwayoc de Kock & b Phehlukwayo846683
Akila Dananjaya c Lungi Ngidi & b Phehlukwayoc Lungi Ngidi & b Phehlukwayo374240
Suranga Lakmal c Lungi Ngidi & b Lungi Ngidic Lungi Ngidi & b Lungi Ngidi121510
Prabath Jayasuriya bowled Shamsibowled Shamsi0200
Lahiru Kumara Not OutNot Out71310
Extras 10 (b 0, lb 0, w 10, nb 0)
Total 285 (10 Wkts, 45.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
20-1 (Niroshan Dickwella,3.4), 37-2 (Upul Tharanga,5.3), 63-3 (Kusal Perera,8.5), 81-4 (Thisara Perera,11.3), 124-5 (Kusal Mendis,19.3), 155-6 (Angelo Mathews,26.3), 250-7 (Akila Dananjaya,39.2), 273-8 (Dhananjaya de Silva,41.5), 275-9 (Prabath Jayasuriya,42.2), 285-10 (Suranga Lakmal,45.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Kagiso Rabada8 0 34 0 4.25
Lungi Ngidi8.2 0 57 4 6.95
Andile Phehlukwayo9 0 74 3 8.22
Willem Mulder6 0 34 1 5.67
Tabraiz Shamsi10 0 62 2 6.20
Jean-Paul Duminy4 0 24 0 6.00
Quinton de Kock0 0 0 0 0
Hashim Amla0 0 0 0 0
Reeza Hendricks0 0 0 0 0
Faf du Plessis0 0 0 0 0
David Miller0 0 0 0 0


Not quite a thrilling ODI this, but South Africa won't mind one bit. Sri Lanka will have to do something to reverse their fortunes. As Mathews remarked, they will have to start thinking out of the box and play some fearless cricket to put all the criticism to bed. Else, we might soon find Sri Lanka playing qualifier games. I know that's quite a bold statement to say, but a gander at Sri Lanka's record in the last couple of years only adds fizz to my notion. [The last time they won a bilateral ODI series at home was in November 2015 (vs Windies)] . That's all we've got folks. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Until next time, this Raju Peethala waving goodbye on behalf of Abhinand Raghavendran, Sriram AS and Siva Duraisamy. Ta-ta!!

Faf du Plessis, Proteas Captain: Brilliant today. The batting was fantastic. The guys kept batting aggressively. To see someone play like that on debut was remarkable and that's the great thing about our batting line-up. We have guys putting their hands up every game and putting match-winning performances. Today obviously less spin, but slightly two-paced. We just keep taking wickets with the ball which is the best way to keep the scoring in check. It's about giving guys opportunities and we will try and do the same in the next two as well. I will see how my young (*chuckles*) shoulder reacts tomorrow and assess from there.

Mathews, Sri Lanka captain: Pretty disappointed with the way we started with the ball. Last 10 overs didn't go to plan. 360 was a bit too high on this track. We didn't execute our plans. We want to look forward and get better as a team. Lot of positives in Dhananjaya and Lahiru Kumara, they showed some fight, but Reeza played superbly and JP finished well. We need to try and think out of the box if we are to win a game. As a team we need to play on good wickets and win. Still got two games to go and if we can win those, it would be ideal.

Reeza Hendricks, Man of the Match: I played T20 cricket before, but this was a lot different. I was very happy to make my debut today and most importantly contribute for my team. It's quite difficult to breakthrough into this South African side, quite fortunate today and I managed to score some runs. Wicket was very good and the boys played very well. It's quite similar to back home and as batsmen we were quite happy with that. I didn't know that (when asked if he knew that his knock was the fastest ODI ton by a debutant).

17:54 local: Sri Lanka's ODI miseries multiply with each passing series. Dhananjaya de Silva achieved his highest score in ODI cricket and that has been the only shining light in an otherwise sorry-looking scorecard. They lost 4 wickets inside 12 overs and the move to promote Thisara Perera didn't produce the desired outcome either. The partnership between Dhananjaya de Silva and Akila Dananjaya - 95 - only proved to be effective in reducing the defeat margin. The track was a belter and Sri Lanka will, most definitely, feel that they've missed out on a great opportunity here. Ngidi and Phehlukwayo shared seven wickets between them. In contrast, the hosts' frontline pacers could only manage 2. You know where the game's lost, ain't it?

Lungi Ngidi to Lakmal, out Caught&Bowled!! South Africa seal the series with 2 games to go. What an emphatic turnaround this has been from the Proteas. Meanwhile, this is Sri Lanka's 11th straight loss to South Africa in ODIs. The end: Lakmal pulls a short ball high into the air, it kept swirling for an eternity...Ngidi calls for it and plucks it safely, QDK too came rushing in for the catch, but Ngidi completed the catch sans any fuss. QDK pointed his mitts towards the sky, but he could only reach as far as Ngidi's chest. In the end, they share a smile and hug briefly before the mandatory handshakes. Lakmal c and b Lungi Ngidi 12(15) [4s-1]

Lungi Ngidi to Lakmal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

Lungi Ngidi to Lakmal, no run, pitched up just outside off, Lakmal slogs and finds mid-on
Shamsi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, punched back to the bowler
Shamsi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, pitches on off and spins away past the wafting blade of Kumara
Shamsi to Lahiru Kumara, FOUR, one-bounce and over the ropes!! Picks the flight on this and whacks it clean over mid-on
Shamsi to Lakmal, 1 run, half-tracker down leg, Lakmal clears his front leg and slogs to deep mid-wicket
Shamsi to Lahiru Kumara, 1 run, lifts it high in the air. A perfect miscue that, no-one at mid-off and he'll buy a single
Shamsi to Lakmal, 1 run, dragged down around middle and leg, Lakmal gets across and pulls to deep backward square
Lungi Ngidi to Lahiru Kumara, 2 runs, a wild heave-ho across the line, fetches the ball from outside off and nearly claims a boundary. Mid-wicket runs back and dives near the boundary triangles to keep it down to a couple
Lungi Ngidi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, stays leg-side of the delivery and pushes it meekly back to the bowler
Lungi Ngidi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, thuds straight into the hip, pacy delivery angled in and Kumara had nowhere to go. It was aimed at the body and Kumara was late to react
Lungi Ngidi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, stays back and punches a good length delivery to cover
Lungi Ngidi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, fiery bumper just outside off, Kumara ducks under it
Lungi Ngidi to Lakmal, 1 run, heaves across the line and drags it off the bottom half towards deep mid-wicket

Lungi Ngidi [7.0-0-54-3] is back into the attack

Shamsi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, smothers the spin into the leg-side
Shamsi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, bunted down the pitch
Shamsi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, presses forward and diffuses the full float up on the off-side
Shamsi to Lahiru Kumara, no run, pitches just outside off and spins past the outside edge

Lahiru Kumara, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Shamsi to P Jayasuriya, out Bowled!! Cleans him up. Draws him forward with the flight and beats the inside edge on the drive and smashes the leg peg. Dream dismissal for any spinner. Jayasuriya left a big bat-pad gap as he leant into the shot and by the time he could turn back, his stumps were in disarray. P Jayasuriya b Shamsi 0(2)

Shamsi to P Jayasuriya, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Shamsi to P Jayasuriya, wide, spins past leg-stump, wided
Shamsi to Lakmal, 1 run, stays on the back foot and whip-flicks the googly wide of mid-on
Phehlukwayo to P Jayasuriya, no run, full outside off, driven into the off-side

Prabath Jayasuriya, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Phehlukwayo to de Silva, out Caught by de Kock!! South Africa review: Dhananjaya Silva caught behind? Fair delivery and there's a big spike on UltraEdge. That will and should be out. It's a clean catch from QDK and the verdict from the TV. ump is O-U-T. Slower ball from Phehlukwayo, de Silva gave himself a bit of room and threw everything into that shot, with deafening noise around umpire Nigel Llong fails to spot the tiniest of nicks behind. QDK was pretty confident from the time he caught it and the review was instant and sans hesitation. de Silva c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 84(66) [4s-8 6s-3]

Phehlukwayo to de Silva, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Phehlukwayo to de Silva, SIX, makes room and smears the juicy half-volley high and handsome over extra cover for a flat maximum
Phehlukwayo to de Silva, no run, attempts to slog and can't get the connection right this time
Phehlukwayo to de Silva, SIX, slower length ball has been clobbered into the stands over cow corner. Stand and deliver stuff. Highest score in ODIs for Dhananjaya de Silva.
Phehlukwayo to Lakmal, 1 run, he continues to fire the short balls, Lakmal rolls his wrists and gets the pull down to deep square. Collected on the bounce
Shamsi to Lakmal, 1 run, wild hack at a full floater and all he could manage was a single down to long-on
Shamsi to Lakmal, no run, prods forward and negates the googly into the leg-side
Shamsi to Lakmal, no run, firm defence off the front foot
Shamsi to Lakmal, no run, appeal for leg before as Lakmal misses the flick. It was skiddy and pinned Lakmal around the knee roll, no issues with where it pitched, but the turn would have surely taken it down leg
Shamsi to Lakmal, wide, pitches on leg-stump and spins down further
Shamsi to Lakmal, 2 runs, on the pads, flicked away to the right of fine leg
Shamsi to de Silva, 1 run, shimmies out and works the leg-stump delivery on the leg-side

Tabraiz Shamsi [7.0-0-48-1] is back into the attack

Phehlukwayo to Lakmal, no run, 132ks, pounds it on back of a length and gets the ball to skid onto the batsman, Lakmal was late on the pull an he cops a blow on his thigh pad
Phehlukwayo to Lakmal, no run, darts the slower full ball around off, nurdled to mid-on
Phehlukwayo to Lakmal, FOUR, quick bumper, Lakmal had no idea where that was going, pulls in hope and gets the top-edge flying over the leaping keeper
Phehlukwayo to de Silva, 1 run, fullish outside off


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