South Africa 251 (de Kock 94, du Plessis 57, Thisara Three-26) v beat Sri Lanka 138 (Oshada 31, Rabada Three-43, Ngidi 2-14) by 113 runs
South Africa misplaced 6 for 31 this afternoon, however the hosts’ bowling assault then reversed the therapy to dismantle Sri Lanka’s chase below lights at Centurion. Kagiso Rabada led the assault with Three for 43 and Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje and Imran Tahir all struck twice because the guests collapsed from 92 for Three to 138 all out in pursuit of 252. On a pitch that inspired each seam and spin, South Africa had additionally been bowled out in need of their full complement of overs, and had been grateful for Quinton de Kock’s 94 and Faf du Plessis’ 57 as Sri Lanka’s bowlers, lead by Thisara Perera’s Three for 26 in his 150th ODI, additionally shared the wickets round.
Had Niroshan Dickwella and Avishka Fernando been capable of put aside fast runs and easily survive Rabada and Ngidi’s opening bursts, the job would solely have turn out to be simpler for Sri Lanka on a pitch that remained usually good for batting – cracks apart – all through. However the visiting openers as a substitute sought to go after the brand new ball, with out a lot success.
Dickwella backed away right into a wild, top-edged pull that was safely pouched by de Kock within the third over – Rabada’s 100th ODI wicket – and Avishka swiped a 4 and a top-edged six earlier than he was bowled swinging throughout the road at Ngidi not lengthy after. Rabada bowled what could possibly be his quickest spell of the summer time with the brand new ball, reaching speeds of as a lot as 151.8kph.
Nortje did not discover the dry observe on the Wanderers on Sunday a lot to his liking, however there was somewhat extra tempo on this pitch and he was off to the proper begin when he discovered the vanguard of Kusal Perera’s bat along with his first ball of the night. Whereas not fairly as fast as Rabada, Nortje topped out at 148kph in his first spell, and likewise performed his half within the subject.
His direct-hit from brief third man discovered Kusal Mendis in need of his floor and run-out for 24, with the batsman livid on the miscommunication with Oshada Fernando that introduced his downfall. Oshada quickly joined him within the dressing room, trapped lbw by Nortje with Sri Lanka within the mire at 92 for five.
When de Silva chipped Rabada tamely to du Plessis at midwicket Sri Lanka had been six down, and South Africa pressured the problem by bringing in a slip and a brief leg in and coming across the stumps at Akila Dananjaya. Imran Tahir then started working on the decrease order, a double-strike in his eighth over additional denting Sri Lanka’s chase.
Thisara Perera holed out to deep cowl the ball after he had slogged Tahir onto the grass banks over midwicket, and Kasun Rajitha was pinned in entrance by a fast googly first ball. Rabada and Ngidi returned to ship the final rites, with South Africa field-testing David Miller as a back-up wicketkeeper because the match reached a swift conclusion.
South Africa’s innings had collapsed in related style this afternoon, however the hosts had been given a robust begin by de Kock, who missed out on one other potential hundred however put collectively a 91-run opening stand with Reeza Hendricks. He appeared set to succeed in his first limited-overs hundred of the summer time when an expansive swipe into the leg facet introduced solely a high edge that was simply snaffled by Dickwella behind the stumps. Du Plessis stored the rating ticking over along with his half-century, however his dismissal sparked a collapse as South Africa slipped from 220 for four to be bowled out with nearly 5 overs of their innings unused.
De Kock burst out of the blocks with 4 boundaries within the arc between backward level and extensive long-off in Vishwa Fernando’s first over. He thrashed 11 boundaries inside the primary Powerplay, elevating a 36-ball fifty – his 20th in ODIs and sixth towards Sri Lanka.
Hendricks’ departure within the 15th over barely slowed de Kock, and with back-t0-back boundaries off Akila he motored by means of the 70s. Then he took Dhananjaya on, plundering 15 from his second over of the innings. However with a 14th ODI ton in sight, he fell towards the run of play to offer Sri Lanka the opening they had been trying to find.
Rassie van der Dussen got here and went for simply 2, whereas Wiaan Mulder batted in fast-forward, hitting the primary 4 balls he confronted to the boundary, however was then bowled round his legs by Vishwa to go away South Africa wobbling at 176 for four.
Du Plessis and David Miller shored up the innings with a 44-run stand, du Plessis elevating his fifty and going previous 5,000 runs in ODI cricket within the course of. However his dismissal, bowled by a supply from Thisara that stored low within the 37th over, began the slide in earnest.
Within the area of just below 9 overs, South Africa’s decrease order collapsed in a heap. It had been anticipated that situations right here would swimsuit the facet batting second, and all of the indications had been that South Africa had been 30 or 40 runs in need of the place they may have been. However the all-round brilliance of their bowlers meant that their 251 was lots, and they’re going to go to Durban 2-Zero up.