South Africa 135 for two in 28 overs (Markram 67*, van der Dussen 28*) beat Sri Lanka 225 (Kusal Mendis 56, Rabada Three-50, Tahir 2-33, Nortje Three-35) in 49.Three overs by 41runs (DLS technique)
It was maybe a merciful ending, although an completely irritating one for spectators at Newlands. South Africa have been on track for one more large victory, with 91 runs to get – eight wickets and 132 balls remaining – when the floodlights failed. The groups went off the bottom and the gang hoped that the electricians and engineers might rectify the issues, however 90 minutes after play stopped, the umpires had had sufficient. Play was known as off – the lights state of affairs not having improved. South Africa have been 41 runs forward on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern calculations, and as such, accomplished a 5-Zero sweep of the collection.
Sri Lanka, maybe, would be the happier of the 2 groups in regards to the lights malfunction. Their bowlers didn’t appear able to halting South Africa’s advance, although they did at instances sluggish the opposition’s scoring charge. Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen, in the meantime, will likely be miffed that beneficial time within the center has been denied them. The 2 had placed on a 57-run partnership for the third wicket, with Markram batting significantly properly on 67 off 75 balls.
JP Duminy, who’s retiring after the World Cup, was additionally disadvantaged of a farewell one-day innings at his dwelling floor.
It was with the ball that South Africa received the match, nonetheless. Sri Lanka produced yet one more insipid prime order efficiency, slipping to 141 for 7 within the 41st over, earlier than a 61-run eighth-wicket stand between Priyamal Perera and Isuru Udana added a sheen of respectability to the innings, pushing them as much as 225 all out.
However regardless of the first rate end, Sri Lanka’s whole was nonetheless modest, given the nice batting situations. South Africa’s assault, searching as a pack, had been persistent and disciplined – Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada choosing up 5 wickets between them. A lot of Sri Lanka’s wounds, nonetheless, had been self-inflicted as properly. Kusal Mendis, who top-scored with 56, was run out for the second time within the collection, after a severe miscommunicaton with Priyamal. Angelo Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva departed to gentle dismissals as properly.
Rabada had South Africa’s finest figures, taking Three for 50 – two of these wickets coming in his ultimate over, when Udana, then Priyamal, holed out trying large legside photographs. By the course of the innings, Rabada had bowled with wonderful tempo, even when the Newlands observe didn’t provide a lot motion. Tahir, in the meantime, was as indomitable as common, taking 2 for 33 in his final ODI on dwelling soil – the sharp-spinning legbreak taking the surface fringe of each Oshada Fernando and Angelo Perera’s bats.
The Sri Lanka innings had all its common pitfalls, nearly as in the event that they have been following some kind of formulation for failure. The primary wicket fell within the fourth over – Avishka Fernando edging Lungi Ngidi to 3rd slip. Upul Tharanga departed subsequent over, nicking off to Rabada. Oshada Fernando and Mendis tried to rebuild the innings – slowly – placing on 49 off 83 balls. As soon as Oshada was out, Mendis tried once more with Angelo Perera – enjoying his first worldwide in nearly three years – as they placed on 62 for the fourth wicket. However at no level have been Sri Lanka in a position to construct a partnership that actually put South Africa underneath risk. After Angelo was out to Tahir, Mendis, Thisara Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva all misplaced their wickets in fast succession, and Sri Lanka appeared headed for a rating of lower than 200
Priyamal and Udana started their very own partnership with warning, not venturing a boundary for 19 balls, earlier than lastly Udana walloped a Rabada bouncer by means of midwicket for 4. By the loss of life overs, the pair have been adventurous, hitting three extra fours and a six, earlier than Udana was caught at deep midwicket by Tahir, who judged the excessive probability properly. Anrich Nortje completed off the innings, taking 2 for 35.
Lasith Malinga bowled properly with the brand new ball, dismissing Quinton de Kock for six (the primary time he is fallen for lower than fifty this collection), whereas holding the opposite batsmen’s scoring in examine. However all South Africa needed to do was wait out his spell and rating off the remaining bowlers, so modest was the goal.
Markram ought to have been out on 14, had Oshada Fernando held on to a low probability to his left at quick cowl, however because it occurred, the batsman survived and hit a number of luxurious offside boundaries. He handed 50 for less than the second time in his ODI profession and had simply moved to his highest sooner or later rating when the groups went off the sphere. Van der Dussen was on 28 not out.