Sri Lanka in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion
Date & Time: 06 March 2019
RR: 4.26 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 113 runs
That's it from this match. Johannesburg done. Centurion done. The action moves to Durban now where the third ODI will be played. Do join us at 1000 local (0800 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!
South African skipper, Faf du Plessis says that it was a perfect game for them. Adds that they probably would have wanted 30-40 runs more but is all praise for the way they bowled and fielded. Lauds his pacers for bowling with great intent. On Ngidi, he replies that he hits the deck hard and always provides the initial breakthroughs. Has a word of praise for Nortje as well and says that he bowled a long spell and showed good control over his line along with high pace. On his own batting form, he states that it's about the transition from a good player to a great player and it has been a mental shift. On being 2-0 up in the series, Faf replies that it gives them the chance to try a few things regarding the team composition. Hints that Dale Steyn might come back for the last two games and also mentions about JP Duminy who is supposed to return soon.
Man of the Match, Quinton de Kock praises the pitch for playing good and is happy to provide a great start to the team. Adds that they try to play the ball and not the bowlers. They just try to play the ball on merit, de Kock further adds. On his pacers bowling with fire, de Kock replies that Rabada came out with great intent and cranked it up. Smiles and says that he gave a chance to Miller to keep and he has been working with him on his keeping.
Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga (on 31/6) says that they hung in there well by varying their lines and lengths and he considers it a really good effort from the bowlers. Adds that the batsmen need to understand their value. For the next match, Malinga replies that the players need to realize that this opportunity won't come every day and they will have to value it.
Earlier on in the evening, South Africa were off to a brilliant start after being put in to bat. They though did not capitalize and after being 220/4 at one stage, ended up at 251. Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis both made half-tons but the former was especially in top form today. He would be disappointed that he missed out on the ton but happy that the team won despite them ending up with a par score. Presentations to follow...
Oshada departed soon too and from there on, wickets fell at quick intervals. The only hope was from Thisara Perera but he too failed as the away side folded for 138 runs. A disappointing batting show from the Lankans. In fact, there was not a single 50-run stand in the innings for the visitors. A superb bowling performance from the home side though, every bowler who bowled except Wiaan Mulder got at least 2 wickets. Kagiso Rabada, especially, was exceptional. He picked up 3 wickets and the Sri Lankan batsmen found him too hot to handle.
The hosts have won this game by a huge margin and how. Despite having just a par total on the board, the Proteas' bowlers have crushed this Sri Lankan reply and ensured a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series. Starting off with not much required, the away side did not plan their chase well. Rash shots from the openers and the top order saw them go on the back foot. That was mainly due to the fiery spell from Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi with the new balls. Three wickets were lost around the 10th over mark and from there, it was always going to be difficult for the Lankans to come back in the game. Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis were stitching a partnership and it looked like the boys from the Emerald Isle were in with a chance, but a moment of madness saw the game go further into the hosts' grasp as Mendis was run out.
Lungi Ngidi is back on.
David Miller is wicket-keeping now for SA, without any pads.
Vishwa Fernando is the last batsman.
Kasun Rajitha walks out at number 9.
Even Aleem Dar finds it funny! Tahir looked to appeal there and almost thought he had a wicket but Dananjaya brought his bat down at the last moment. The umpire is seen smiling sheepishly.
Akila Dananjaya walks in next, at number 8. He has an ODI fifty to his name, his team would love one tonight as well...
Kagiso Rabada is back on.
Thisara Perera is really unhappy. He walks up to the umpire to point at the sightscreen. It was not in its place for the previous ball which he swayed away from.
Thisara Perera is the new man in, featuring in his 150th ODI. Last recognized batting pair out in the middle for Sri Lanka.
Review time! Fernando is adjudged LBW by the umpire but he goes for the review immediately. Looked like it would be a little high to the naked eye.
Dhananjaya de Silva walks out at number 6.
Drinks break! The Sri Lankans did not get to the best of starts in the chase, losing 3 wickets around the 10-over mark. A small unbeaten partnership of 31 is going on between Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis. The visitors will hope it continues while the hosts would like a wicket or two more to confirm that they are firm favorites. This match is just starting to spice up...
Imran Tahir is into the attack now. He was superb in the last game. He also will not be seen post the World Cup in the 50-over format.
Wiaan Mulder is now on.
Kusal Mendis walks out at number 4. Sri Lanka need a big innings from him here.
Powerplay 2 has been signalled by the umpire. Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Anrich Nortje has also been introduced into the attack.
Fernando replaces Fernando, Oshada comes in to bat at number 4.
Kusal Perera walks out to bat at number 3.
Lungi Ngidi with the second new ball.
Run out appeal! Avishka could be out without facing a ball if he is short of the crease here. He does not look too worried though.
We are back for the chase. 252 to get, should be a good 3 hours or so of cricket now. Trust South Africa to fight hard, while Sri Lanka if they bat well should reach the target. Niroshan Dickwella and Avishka Fernando to open for the visitors. Kagiso Rabada with the first new ball. The hosts will look for early wickets. All set and ready to go, let's play!!!