Sri Lanka in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Date & Time: 13 March 2019
RR: 5.78 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets
Alright. Another match, another loss. Sri Lanka look like a team wondering, when will this end? South Africa, on the other hand, would be wondering that as well. Both teams would like some rest. The Proteas, after a terrific run. The Lankans, after a horrible one. Will 5-0 be a possibility? Join us on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 1 pm local (1100 GMT) for the final ODI in Cape Town. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious South African captain, Faf du Plessis, feels that South Africa did really well in this game. Is pleased to see Duminy back in the mix. Praises the entire bowling unit, not only in this game but the entire series. On being informed that more than 60 percent of the runs are being scored by himself and de Kock, Faf admits that he could have given the opportunity to some other players but he wanted to finish the game too. On being asked which is his preferred position to bat, du Plessis says that he would love to bat at 3 but feels that Aiden Markram is potentially a top-order player and Rassie van der Dussen usually bats in the top 3 too. So for the team, he reckons batting in the middle order would be better. Promises more opportunities for the guys on the bench in the final game. Regarding the World Cup plans, Faf says that as a team, the graph is upwards and all guys know what they need to do, promising an exciting couple of months coming up.
ISURU UDANA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH, FOR HIS 78 FROM 57 WITH THE BAT. Says that he enjoyed his innings with his side being 9 down. Adds that he looked to attack the bowlers bowling into the wind. Also says that he has been working hard on his batting for the last 3-4 months. On being asked what was going through his mind when he came out to bat at 97/7, Udana says that the initial plan was to give the strike back to Dhananjaya de Silva but it didn't work, so he took it upon himself to get some runs.
Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga, says that he has nothing much to say after tonight's game. Feels that the track was flat but the batsmen let the team down. Admits that after being 6 down in the 18th over, it is very difficult to come back into the game, that too, against a great side like South Africa. Hopes that the team figures it out before the World Cup and people grab their opportunities. He is confident though that both factors will be achieved and the unit will give its best in the final game. On Isuru Udana, Malinga says that he is an all-rounder in domestic cricket and is a great positive for them from this game.
Earlier, after electing to field, South Africa did not actually set the world on fire but had Sri Lanka 2 down inside the 4th over. Then, they enforced a collapse from 51/2 to 131/9 before a record last-wicket stand stretched them a bit. Everyone generally bowled well, with the ball seemingly seaming around on a flat deck, with a bit of bounce. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
South Africa have won convincingly but they will not be too happy with it. Hendricks continued his poor form while Markram could not convert his start. Ideally, they would have wished for a 8 or 9-wicket win but they will take this for now.
4-0. One more match to go. Can Sri Lanka pull off an inspiration from somewhere and avoid a whitewash? Doesn't seem so. The batting is not performing while the bowling looks toothless. Today, their bowlers cannot be blamed as they were defending a paltry 189. The main bowlers are not able to take wickets, so a part-timer, Dhananjaya de Silva, bowls 10 overs and takes 3. Ouch. No swing, no seam movement. An easy run chase in the end for the Proteas.
'Great reflection of the Sri Lankan effort. No energy in it.' says a sad Russel Arnold on air. Michael Holding smiles. But Arnold hit the nail on the head. It was like the Lankan team arrived, participated in the game but did not have their heart in it at all. What a total one-sider.
Lasith Malinga returns. 5-0-25-0 so far.
Thisara Perera into the attack now.
JP Duminy walks in at number 6, replacing his skipper.
Kasun Rajitha is back on. 3-0-15-1 so far.
David Miller walks in at number 5, replacing de Kock.
Dhananjaya de Silva is back on. 5-1-20-1 so far.
DRINKS! South Africa are running away with the game but have lost two wickets in the process. Sri Lanka are leaking runs but Malinga has done well to keep it tight. The visitors do not have a big score to defend. Meanwhile, OSHADA FERNANDO is introduced.
Faf du Plessis walks in at number 4, replacing Markram.
Kasun Rajitha into the attack now.
POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over, if it goes till that time. ISURU UDANA, the hero with the bat, comes on to bowl.
Aiden Markram walks in at number 3, replacing Hendricks.
Lasith Malinga to bowl with the second new ball.
Welcome back for the run chase. 190 to win for South Africa to go 4-0 up. How costly will that last wicket stand prove? The players are back out in the middle. Dhananjaya de Silva to start off proceedings with the first new ball. Quinton de Kock to face. Reeza Hendricks to partner him. Here we go...