Sri Lanka in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban
Date & Time: 10 March 2019
RR: 5.04 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 71 runs (D/L method)
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.
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.
Last over of the chase coming. Imran Tahir to bowl it...
Isuru Udana is the new batsman.
Thisara Perera is changing his bat.
Debutant Kamindu Mendis walks in next.
Imran Tahir to continue from this end...
Thisara Perera arrives. 117 needed off 47 balls.
The players are back on the field. Tabraiz Shamsi to bowl. Here we go again...
Update 1810 local - GOOD NEWS! The rain has disappeared completely. The chase is now reduced to 24 overs and Sri Lanka need another 118 runs in 8 overs. The DLS par score is 115. Play to start in 10 minutes.
Update 1725 local - Rain has stopped and going by some Twitter handles, the covers are coming off too. Will we get second time lucky? Hoping for the best. Stay tuned for further updates...
Update 1710 local - Keep all the hopes of a resumption in the back pocket. RAIN IS BACK and the waiting game continues. We have started to lose overs already. This ain't looking very promising at the moment. Let's see what happens next.
Update 1653 local - We're hearing that it has stopped raining and there will be an inspection soon. Let's be positive and hope for a resumption soon. Stay tuned...
Update 1609 local - Nothing new to report. It continues to rain and the covers are firmly in their place. South Africa might just be regretting the fact that they didn't bowl spinners to quickly get done with 20 overs. The wait continues. Stay with us, we will keep you posted.
Update 1529 local - Oh no! The umbrellas are up in the stands as it has started RAINING IN KINGSMEAD! The covers are coming on and we are in for a delay now. The DLS par score at this stage is 110. But we are still 4 overs away from constituting a match. More covers are coming on now. Stay tuned for latest updates...
Drinks break. Sri Lanka trying to recover after early blows. The current pair is amidst a 40-run stand now and the touring team will hope that they continue for as long as possible. South Africa have done well so far and will try to maintain the same tempo in the middle overs. Let's see how this chase pans out in the next phase. 257 needed off 204 balls.
Spin time! Imran Tahir has the ball in his hand.
Bowling change as expected. Andile Phehlukwayo to have a go now.
Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir are seen warming up.
Powerplay 2 time! A maximum of 4 fielders are now allowed outside the ring. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada to continue...
Kusal Mendis walks in next.
Dark clouds have enveloped the stadium.
We're hearing that Kusal Perera has hurt his knees during a diving attempt on the field in the first innings. He is off since and won't bat in Sri Lanka's innings. Massive blow!
Oshada Fernando walks in next at number 3.
The sun is peeping out from the clouds now.
Lungi Ngidi to bowl with the second new ball.
Back for the run chase. Niroshan Dickwella and Avishka Fernando are the Lankan openers. The conditions are cloudy and the South African speedsters will be looking to make use of it. Kagiso Rabada has the first new ball in his hand. He bowled with a lot of fire in the last game. Let's see how he goes in this match. Here we go...