||South Africa Vs Sri Lanka
|4th ODI: South Africa Vs Sri Lanka
|Date: 8th August, 2018
|Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
|Umpires: Lyndon Hannibal, Paul Reiffel
|Toss won by: South Africa, elected to field first.
|Sri Lanka’s Innings: 306/7 (39 Overs, RR: 7.84)
|Batting: MD Shanaka 65 off 34 balls, Thisara Perera 51 off 45 balls, Upul Tharanga 36 off 41 balls, Kusal Perera 51 off 32 balls, Niroshan Dickwella 34 off 35 balls.
|Bowling: Lungi Ngidi 2/65 in 8 overs, JP Duminy 2/35 in 6 overs, PA Mulder 1/51 in 6 overs, Keshav Maharaj 1/37 in 5 overs
|Target (DLS-adjusted): 191 runs from 21 overs
|South Africa’s Innings: 187/9 (21 Overs, RR: 8.9)
|Batting: Quinton de Kock 23 off 13 balls, Hashim Amla 40 off 23 balls, JP Duminy 38 off 23 balls, David Miller 21 off 17 balls, Keshav Maharaj 17 off 14 balls.
|Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 3/46 in 5 overs, Thisara Perera 2/32 in 4 overs, De Silva 1/26 in 4 overs
|Result: Sri Lanka won by 3 runs (D/L method)
|Man Of The Match: MD Shanaka
|Highlights & Analysis
|South Africa Vs Sri lanka: Sri Lanka 1st Innings
- With the series already secured by 3-0, South Africa gave a chance to youngsters by adding the pacer Dala into the squad and trusting Quinton De Kock with the captaincy.
- Rain delayed the start of the match and the overs got reduced to 45 per each side.
- Toss was won by Proteas and keeping in mind the dewy conditions, Proteas chose to bowl first.
- The Sri Lankan openers, Dickwella and Upul Tharanga came out to bat. For South Africa, the new ball was shared between Ngidi and Dala from each end.
- A decent start was made by the two batsmen, as Sri Lanka reached 41 runs in 8 overs.
- This is when rain stopped play once again. Play resumed after rain with the overs further reduced to 39 overs a side.
- The partnership between the two batsmen reached 50 runs and now JP Duminy was introduced into the attack.
- This bowling change proved to be fruitful, as Duminy got the wicket of Dickwella, and South Africa got their first breakthrough.
- Now, Kusal Mendis joined Upul Tharanga. A swift partnership was added between the two and now Mulder was introduced into the attack.
- Again, this bowling change also went in favor of Proteas as Mulder broke the 31 run partnership by claiming the wicket of Tharanga.
- Kusal Perera joined Kusal Mendis. But, this partnership lasted only one over, as Maharaj claimed the wicket of Mendis in the very next over.
- Now, with Matthews and Kusal Perera on the crease, Sri Lanka were 3 wickets down for a 100 runs with 23 overs remaining in their innings.
- Another wicket could have fallen in the next over, however Mulder dropped the catch of Matthew’s off his own bowling.
- This mistake cost Proteas as Perera and Matthews added another 59 runs to the total after which Ngidi finally claimed the wicket of Matthews.
- De Silva joined Kusal Perera. The pair added another 24 runs as Perera reached his half century. However, this partnership was broken in the very same over as Ngidi claimed the wicket of De Silva.
- Thisara Perera joined Kusal Perera. Duminy was brought back into the attack by Quinton De Kock.
- And, once again the off spinner struck early by claiming the big wicket of Kusal Perera.
- Now, with Shanaka and Thisara Perera on the crease, Sri Lanka had scored 195 runs with 5 wickets and 11 overs in hand.
- The batting pair displayed a solid example of power hitting by reaching their 50 run partnership in less than 8 overs.
- Post this milestone, the pair became more aggressive and soon reached the 100 run stand with both batsmen reaching their individual half centuries.
- Shanaka lost his wicket in the last over, however it did not matter as Sri Lanka finished on a total of 306 runs.
South Africa Vs Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka 2nd Innings
- With 308 runs to win from 50 overs, South African openers, Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock came out to bat.
- For Sri Lanka, Lakmal and Danajaya were given the new ball by the Sri Lankan captain.
- A blazing start was made by the duo as the pair reached 21 runs in 2 overs.
- However, rain stopped play once again. This time it was a lengthy shower and the overs further reduced to 21 with a target of 191.
- Play resumed as the Proteas pair walked out to bat. Lakmal continued from the other end and struck straightaway by shattering the stumps of Quinton De Kock.
- The centurion from last game, Hendricks joined Amla. However, this partnership lasted only one over as Shanaka took the wicket of Hendricks.
- Now, JP Duminy joined Amla. The pair launched an attack from both sides of the wicket and soon brought up their fifty run stand.
- At this point, South Africa were the clear favourites to win this match (South Africa vs Sri Lanka).
- This partnership went on to 57 runs after which Dananjaya finally got the wicket of Hashim Amla.
- Henry Klaasen joined Duminy. A swift partnership of 21 runs was shared between the pair, after which De Silva bowled a match changing over by taking the wicket of Klaasen.
- And, on his very last ball he also snuffed the wicket of Duminy. Now, with Miller and Phehlukwayo on the crease, South Africa needed 61 runs from 48 balls.
- Another 19 runs were added by the pair after which Thisara Perera got the wicket of Phehlukwayo.
- Mulder joined Miller but he departed in the very next over to Lakmal. Now, Maharaj joined Miller with Proteas requiring 36 runs off 27 balls.
- It all came down to getting 16 runs off 12 balls. Maharaj who was batting brilliantly lost his wicket in the penultimate over to Thisara Perera.
- In the last over, Lakmal shattered the stumps of Miller and won the match for Sri Lanka.
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Q de Kock (Capt.) (Wkt.)
AD Mathews (Capt.)
DM de Silva
N Dickwella (Wkt.)
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