SL 299/8 (50.0ov)
SA 121 (24.4ov)

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 178 runs

MOM: Akila Dananjaya

  • That is it! South Africa are seen posing with the trophy. All smiles in their camp and they deserve all the applause they are getting from the crowd. They have been brilliant in the ODI series, except for the last match. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have shown great improvement as the series progressed. Now the two teams will turn their attention to the shortest format which will be played on the 14th of August at 1900 local (1330 GMT). Till then you can catch the action of the Test match going on between England and India. Goodbye.
  • South Africa skipper, Quinton de Kock, says it is good to win the series. Admits it is not easy to come here and win. Emphasizes the importance of the series win and credits the way Sri Lanka played today. Reckons the toss did not make a lot of difference. Ends by saying Akila is a very good bowler and it is not easy facing him.
  • Man of the series, JP Duminy, says that it is a bitter-sweet feeling. Adds that he is disappointed about today but with the series win, he is happy. Says that being 3-0 up in Sri Lanka is not easy and they will take positives from it. On retiring from Test cricket he says that it was not an easy decision but so far so good for him. He says that he has been working on his batting and is happy to reap rewards from it. About the team he says that the batting has been good and their mindset has been positive. Ends by saying that he is looking forward to the T20I game as he is the captain of the side.
  • Sri Lanka skipper, Angelo Mathews, says this is the performance they were looking for but it came a touch too late. Mentions they take a lot of positives from the game and he feels everybody chipped in today. Further adds the wicket was a bit on the slower side but once he got in, scoring became easier. Credits the way South Africa played. Ends by saying they are trying to improve and looking to get better each and every day.
  • Sri Lanka skipper, Angelo Mathews, says this is the performance they were looking for but it came a touch too late. Mentions they take a lot of positives from the game and he feels everybody chipped in today. Further adds the wicket was a bit on the slower side but once he got in, scoring became easy. Credits the way South Africa played. Ends by saying they are trying to improve and looking to get better each and every day.
  • Man of the Match, Akila Dananjaya, says today was his best performance and he is very happy. Adds further he wanted to be the best bowler of the series and he feels he has achieved it. Mentions he is looking forward to excel in all the formats. Ends by saying he has worked hard on his variations and they are coming out well.
  • That is where the procession started as Reeza bagged a first ball duck and Klaasen too walked back cheaply. Duminy and de Kock tried to steady the ship but the former fell prey to another spinner, Dhananjaya de Silva. The visitors never recovered after that as the last 5 wickets fell for less than 30 runs. De Kock, their skipper, fought a lone battle but never got any support.
  • After posting a target which I felt was above par, courtesy four 50 plus-run stands and an outstanding 97 from Mathews, the Lankans came out all guns blazing with the ball. Lakmal started things off with an absolute beauty, getting rid of Amla for nought. Markram and de Kock did try and counter-attack but the former's woes against spin continued as he fell prey to Akila.
  • An excellent batting performance has been followed up with an even better show with the ball. I did mention in my first innings text that with the wicket providing assistance to the spinners, Akila will hold the key and hasn't he delivered in some style! A 6-fer, he has ran through the battling line up of South Africa and helped Sri Lanka win quite comprehensively.
  • 24.4LKumara to JDala

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    OUT! That's that! South Africa are all out! Kumara lands one short and wide outside off, Dala looks to cut it but finds Dhananjaya at point. He cannot take it on the first attempt but manages to hold on to it. Sri Lanka win by 178 runs.
  • 24.3LKumara to JDala

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    FOUR! Kumara digs this one short own the leg side. Dala pulls it away fine and it goes on the bounce to the fine leg fence.
  • 24.2LKumara to KRabada

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    Back of a length ball on the leg side, Rabada tucks it away for another run.
  • 24.1LKumara to JDala

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    Short and wide outside off, Dala guides it to third man to get off strike.
  • 23.6ADananjaya to KRabada

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    Another leggie by the bowler, Rabada defends it.
  • 23.5ADananjaya to KMaharaj

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    OUT! In the air... taken! 6-fer for Akila. The game keeps getting better for him. These are also the best figures at Colombo for a spinner. He tosses this one up, it is the leg spinner. Maharaj dances down the track does not get to the pitch of it. Still goes ahead with the shot and all he manages to do is hit it up in the air towards mid off where Lakmal takes it.
  • Junior Dala is the last man in.
  • 23.4ADananjaya to KMaharaj

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    Flatter on middle, kept out.
  • 23.3ADananjaya to KRabada

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    Hits this through long off for a run.
  • 23.2ADananjaya to KRabada

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    Just over! An excellent work in the deep from Kusal Perera. Rabada steps down the track and goes inside out over covers. KP in the deep runs after the ball, dives and saves a couple for his side.
  • 23.1ADananjaya to KRabada

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    Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.6LKumara to KMaharaj

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    Length ball on off, Maharaj blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 22.5LKumara to KRabada

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    Back of a length ball down the leg side, flicked away through square leg for a run.
  • 22.4LKumara to KRabada

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    FOUR! Another one! This time from the bat off Rabada. Kumara bowls one short outside off, Rabada cuts it over the slip region. It's too fine for the third man fielder to stop it.
  • 22.3LKumara to KRabada

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    Back of a length ball around off, Rabada taps it to the off side.
  • 22.2LKumara to KMaharaj

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    Pushed to the cover region by KM. One run added to the total.
  • 22.1LKumara to KMaharaj

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    FOUR! Short and outside the off pole, Maharaj lashes hard at it and gets a top edge which flies over the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 21.6ADananjaya to KMaharaj

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    Serves in a juicy full toss on middle, Keshav hits it along the turf for one.
  • 21.5ADananjaya to KMaharaj

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    Loopy ball on the pads, flicked away to square leg.
  • 21.4ADananjaya to KRabada

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    Tosses this one up on leg, played to mid-wicket.
  • 21.3ADananjaya to KRabada

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    Off spinner outside off, Rabada leaves it alone.
  • 21.2ADananjaya to KMaharaj

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    Mix up but safe. Maharaj drives this towards extra cover. They hesitate but finally make it.
  • 21.1ADananjaya to KMaharaj

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    Inside edge! Comes forward to block this but the ball takes an inside edge which saves him.
  • 20.7LKumara to KRabada

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    Another ball on the shorter side, Rabada punches it to mid on.
  • 20.6LKumara to KRabada

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    On a good length around off, the batsman blocks it out.
  • 20.5LKumara to KRabada

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    Good length on off, the batsman defends.
  • 20.4LKumara to KRabada

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    Another bouncer on middle, the batsman ducks under it.
  • 20.3LKumara to KRabada

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    A bumper on middle, the batsman ducks under it. It has been wided.
  • 20.2LKumara to KRabada

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    Back of a length on off, the batsman tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 20.1LKumara to KMaharaj

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    Back of a length on off, the batsman defends it.
  • 19.6ADananjaya to KRabada

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    Down the leg side, Rabada flicks it through mid-wicket. No fielder there and a brace results.
  • 19.5ADananjaya to KRabada

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    On off, Rabada prods forward and blocks it.
  • 19.4ADananjaya to KRabada

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    Loopy ball on middle, Rabada defends it.
  • Kagiso Rabada walks out to bat.
  • 19.3ADananjaya to APhehlukwayo

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    OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Guess who is the wicket taker? Akila Dananjaya. He gets a fifer. What a performance by the young lad. He seems to be getting better after each game. Another beauty. Flighted ball on off, this one pitches and then turns away. Andile just like his captain plays inside the line. The ball kisses the outside edge and settles into the mitts of the keeper. He catches it and appeals and the umpire raises his finger. 2 wickets away now are Lanka.
  • 19.2ADananjaya to APhehlukwayo

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    Slower through the air on middle, it turns away. Andile lunges and bloks it out.