That's a wrap to our coverage of this game. Sri Lanka have issues, losing isn't a problem but losing 27 of your last 36 games certainly is. A mini calamity of sorts and they'll need to find answers soon as they cannot afford another loss in the series. SA will be pumped and shall look to continue their dominance. Hope you enjoyed our coverage, for now switch tabs to enjoy the India-England Test match. Until next time, this is Hariprasad Sadanandan signing off on behalf of Sagar Chawla and our scorer Siva. Cheers!
Du Plessis, SA captain: (On change in fortune in the ODI series) We are always renowned for fighting back. These conditions are more in favor of the home team, today was trickier but we adapted well. Was a decent surface, an ideal One-Day wicket that stayed almost the same till the end. We did well to be positive early and not to chase the game against their spinners. That's the thing we did well. Excellent bowling performance, seemed like Sri Lanka would get 280-300 but we kept getting wickets. We kept pulling it back even with them having a set batsmen. Plans were good and the execution was great. Not sure really, not thinking too much about it, just trying to be positive. Feeling good about the way I am batting and the big runs will come. Feeling like I am able to put pressure on the bowlers.
Mathews, SL captain: We give away too many wickets upfront and were always playing catch up since then. Never got going at all with the bat. Unfortunately, we didn't hold onto the catches as well because you need to take those when you are defending such a score. We were terrible in the field today. The bowlers did fairly well but we didn't field properly. Need to put it aside and move forward. He (Dickwella) has gone for a scan and should be okay I guess. (On Dananjaya's good form) Brilliant to see him do well, there are some positives and we can still stay alive in the series if we win the next game. (On his personal form) Yes, good to get runs but my hands were tied with those wickets falling, couldn't really press on as I would have wanted to. Yeah, my back is fine.
De Kock, Man of the Match: (On the change in fortunes for him) I think it's just spinning less in the ODIs and it's helping us. In the Tests, we were working to counter the spinners and it's good to see the hard work paying off. The last two months have been difficult, the excessive turn has been challenging. Anywhere in the sub-continent is always a challenge. I think the pitch played the same throughout, maybe spun a bit but mostly stayed good which is nice for the game.
21:59 Local Time: Another convincing win in the end for South Africa. 245 wasn't a threatening total but the Lankans definitely had a respectable score, considering the sluggish pitch. However, the first 15 overs of the chase saw some shambolic fielding and catching from the hosts with both de Kock and Amla dropped once each. You cannot afford to make such blunders and the duo put the South Africans in control with a fine opening stand. Amla couldn't convert the start but his partner smacked the bowling around and was unlucky to get out in the 80s. du Plessis too looked fluent though even he couldn't bat through. There was a slight hiccup at one point but Duminy and Mulder kept things in check to ensure that the visitors didn't implode. While the fielding was disastrous, Sri Lanka's bowling too looked toothless barring Dananjaya who shone again. He didn't get the required support.
Kasun Rajitha [5.0-0-38-1] is back into the attack
Shehan Jayasuriya [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Just 7 needed now. Could be done with in this over.
Regarding that LBW appeal last over against Willem Mulder, HawkEye shows Three Reds! Imagine if that was given, it would have been 7 down now and more pressure.
Andile Phehlukwayo, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Perera to Duminy, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Thisara Perera [4.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
Prabath Jayasuriya [6.0-0-34-0] is back into the attack
Willem Mulder, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lakmal to Miller, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease
With that wicket, it's time for a drinks break.
Dananjaya to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Suranga Lakmal [4.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
Akila Dananjaya [7.0-0-47-2] is back into the attack
Jean-Paul Duminy, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Rajitha to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Kasun Rajitha [3.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack
Less than 100 needed now. With eight wickets and plenty of overs in the bank, don't see SA bottling this one, even with their history of having done so many times in the past. Sri Lanka's fielding has been atrocious and the bowling just hasn't had the bite in it bar Dananjaya.
Shehan Jayasuriya, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
SL review. Bobbled up towards Kusal Perera who dived forward to take it. The umpire doesn't feel there is any bat there, hence Mathews goes for the review. Seemed like pad and arm to me. Hang on, Kusal Perera hasn't taken it cleanly at all.
Prabath Jayasuriya [3.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack
Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dananjaya to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Thisara Perera [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
Aiden Markram, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dananjaya to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
That LBW shout against de Kock in the previous over, it had indeed come off the glove. Good call
Prabath Jayasuriya, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Thisara Perera, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Akila Dananjaya, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Angelo Mathews gets his whole team together for a chat
Kasun Rajitha, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
de Kock and Amla are at the crease. de Kock is on strike. Lakmal will open the attack