Twitter Reactions: The Proteas cruise through to another simple win
Despite the hosts resting two of their frontline bowlers, Sri Lanka couldn't perform well with the bat.
Published - Mar 14, 2019 11:05 am | Updated - Mar 14, 2019 11:05 am
South Africa’s domination in the ODI series against Sri Lanka continues as they won the fourth match as well. The bowlers led by Anrich Nortje put up a superlative performance. Even though Isuru Udana tried to fight back, his efforts were never sufficient. Chasing a meagre score turned out to be a cakewalk for South Africa.
Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis, the men in form, continued with their good work. In the end, the Proteas registered a 6-wicket win and are just one step away from accomplishing the clean sweep. Sri Lanka’s performance in this series has been hopeless and the alarm bells have been ringing forever for them ahead of the World Cup 2019.
Isuru Udana counter-attacks after the collapse; puts up a fight back
South Africa rested their premier bowlers Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada for this match. They put the visitors into bat first after winning the toss. However, Sri Lanka struggled yet again with the willow. The pacers broke through the top-order and the middle-order. Wickets kept tumbling one after another as Anrich Nortje picked up three.
The side was reduced to 97/7 and then 123/8. At this stage, Isuru Udana put up a brilliant fight back with the tail. He didn’t let Lasith Malinga or Kasun Rajitha take much of the strike. He attacked the bowlers and scored 78 runs off just 57 balls before Andile Phehlukwayo dismissed him. Sri Lanka was eventually bundled out for 189 runs in 39.2 overs.
Quinton de Kock notches up yet another fifty
Reeza Hendrick’s torrid time in this series is continuing as he was dismissed for just 8 runs. Quinton de Kock was yet again impressive. The left-hander scored 51 off 57 balls before he was dismissed. Aiden Markram, who made a comeback into the side looked good during his brief stay in the middle. He scored 29 runs before Rajitha dismissed him.
Faf du Plessis tried to take the attack to the bowlers. He fell for 43 runs when the home team was 46 runs shy of a win. David Miller and JP Duminy finished things off for South Africa towards the end. Coming back into the side after a while, Duminy was highly impressive. He remained unbeaten on 31 off 21 balls while Miller scored 25 runs. South Africa won the game by 6 wickets and Twitterati was delighted with the result.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
— Aswin Sankar (@aswin_loyolite) March 13, 2019
— Sampreet shetty (@Sampreethshett5) March 14, 2019
South African pace bowlers did a great job & special mention of the new bowler, Nortje, who generated a lot of extra bounce to get his 3 wickets. Lungi Ngidi was very economical. South Africa once again got a head start from the prolific opener in the series, De Kock 51 of 57.
— Ram (@ram574) March 14, 2019
Q De Kock ODI record is too impressive
Only Sanga with 359 matches had 23 centuries and surely he will pass him before his 250th match. And Gilchrist 16 in 282…
— Naman (@NamanSinghania_) March 14, 2019
Quinton de Kock remind me of Hansie 🏏
— Noks Dickmolo (@nokkks) March 13, 2019
Quinton De Kock’s form right now🔥
— Louis V (@KhuzwayoLuvuyo) March 13, 2019
i'm praying Quinton de Kock keeps this form all the way into the world cup and beyond. he is sensational.
— Your Grace (@Mothupiii) March 13, 2019
De Kock might b the game changer for MI..
Thanks to RCB.. https://t.co/VoSjWQsTF0
— THE ILLUSIONIST ™️ (@JamesKL95) March 14, 2019
— Asutosh007 (@asutosh007) March 13, 2019