Twitter Reactions: Clinical South Africa seal the series
Dhananjaya de Silva tried to make a meal out of the chase with his 84-run knock but it was too late for the hosts.
Updated - Aug 5, 2018 6:08 pm
South Africa have sealed the ongoing five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka with two more matches to go. The visitors were once again clinical in their approach and didn’t give any chance to their opponents to make a comeback in the contest. The hosts are left with more questions to ponder over with the World Cup only 11 months away now. They lost the game comfortably by 85 runs and the full house at Pallekele had to go disappointed once again.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first on a placid track which looked a graveyard for the bowlers as the visitors dropped Aiden Markam and handed over a debut to Reeza Hendricks. He immediately responded and batted superbly at number 3. He came in at the fall of Quinton de Kock‘s wicket who scored only a couple of wickets and bossed the game from the word go.
Hashim Amla also found his groove as he smashed a half-century. But Thisara Perera castled him with a brilliant delivery even as Faf du Plessis failed to deliver today. At 137/3 in the 23rd over, Sri Lanka hoped to pick a few more wickets and restrict the visitors to a below par score. But the duo of Hendricks and JP Duminy didn’t give them the chance. The former smashed a ton on his debut but failed to carry on.
Duminy took the charge of the innings then and scored a stroke-filled 92-run knock. Even David Miller had some fun in the death overs while Andile Phehlukwayo’s 11-ball-24 helped South Africa go past 350. In the end, they posted a mammoth total of 363 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs.
De Silva stars in the chase but in vain
Sri Lanka needed one of the top order batsmen to play a big knock to gun down such a total. But their poor form continued for the third successive game and the visitors pounced on. The likes of Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera failed and they were reduced to 81/4 within 12 overs in the chase. Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis tried to rebuild the innings but the required rate was always soaring.
They succumbed to the pressure and soon they crumbled to 155/6 in the 27th over. Then began the fightback from Dhananjaya de Silva and Akila Dananjaya who added 95 runs in less than 13 overs. The former was exceptional in his approach as he took calculative risks and his partner played a sort of second fiddle to him.
They had kept the team alive somehow in the chase but it was only a matter of time when they would get out. Akil was dismissed for an impressive 37 and then his partner followed soon on 84 to end the competition in the game. Eventually, they were bundled out for 285 in the 46th over. Lungi Ngidi picked 4 wickets and the other bowlers also chipped in when it mattered the most.
South Africa have won the series now and would be looking to test their bench strength for the rest of the series. They would also be looking to whitewash the hosts and pile on the agony for them.
Here’s how Twitter reacted during the course of the game:
Srilanka becoming bangladesh.
Loosing every game in a series… #SLvSA
— Misal Raj 🇮🇳 (@MisalRaj_) August 5, 2018
Another home ODI series GONE. Not sure whether our ODI team is ready for the WC19. Congratulations SA ! #SLvSA
— Aruna Jayawardena (@aruna_jaya67) August 5, 2018
— Bhekisisa (@khanyanorman) August 5, 2018
Unassailable 3-0 lead. Well done Proteas. Last 2 matches we experiment. #SLvSA
— Kgauza wa Lecowza (@KgaugeloSM) August 5, 2018
— ACF (@VishuddikaSri) August 5, 2018
— Craig Smith (@CraigSmith_6) August 5, 2018
— Dwain Trollip (@dwain_trollip) August 5, 2018
Series clinched, 3-0 👏🇿🇦 let's make it 5-0. #SLvSA
— Naeemah (@NaeemahBenjamin) August 5, 2018
South Africa win by 78 runs and wrap up the series 3-0 with two games to play. Amla, Hendricks, Duminy and Miller laid the platform and the bowlers didn't disappoint with Ngidi and Phehlukwayo leading the way. Congratulations to the Proteas 👏👏👏 #SLvSA pic.twitter.com/iRGPQwqksv
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) August 5, 2018
— Naviin (@NaviinRF) August 5, 2018
Superb from Ngidi in first 3 matches. SA win ODI series in SL, without AbD.. #SLvSA
— Srini (@srinivas2112) August 5, 2018
Last 11 ODIs btw #SAvSL #SLvSA
WON by 82 runs
WON by 9 wickets
WON by 8 wickets
WON by 121 runs
WON by 7 wickets
WON by 40 runs
WON by 88 runs
WON by 96 runs
WON by 5 wickets
WON by 4 wickets
WON by 78 runs@OfficialSLC @OfficialCSA
— ONE FOR ALL (@mohsinstats) August 5, 2018
— Thato (@ThatoMamathuba) August 5, 2018
Although that was not our best bowling performance, we batted amazingly. #SLvSA
— Matthew (@LegBreakGoogly1) August 5, 2018
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 5, 2018
The end of the Road for SL .Proteas win the match and the siries #SLvSA
— Shaka Zulu Jr (@CpheDexter) August 5, 2018
The result is pretty obvious when you give a batting paradise to a strong South African batting line up. 🤷🏽♂️
Sri Lanka needed something special to chase this and Dananjaya almost provided that with a special innings. But he didnt get much help from senior batsmen.#SLvSA
— Sakun Sankalana (@Sakun_SD) August 5, 2018
"They keep losing wickets, with monotonous regularity".. #SLvSA
— Maxwell Motloung (@shmaxxtypical) August 5, 2018
I believe that #angelo mathews is nort a match winner becoz of he plays till 50match cannot be win instead he will make his own mark at runs by selfish
— vital (@SainthVital) August 5, 2018