Bowlers and de kock help South Africa make it 4-0
With the great batting performance of Quinton De Kock again and bowling performance of Anrich Nortje South Africa won the 4th ODI by 6 wickets at Port Elizabeth and is in line to whitewash Sri Lanka as they lead the 5-match ODI series by 4-0.
Losing the toss, Sri Lanka’s innings started inadequately, with Upul Tharanga and Oshada Fernando losing their wickets to Steyn and Ngidi individually inside the initial four overs, before Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando endeavored a recuperation. The pair appeared to have the proportion of the South Africa bowlers before the finish of the Powerplay, yet as has frequently been the situation with this Sri Lanka group, the organization was broken before it could really develop – Avishka punching Nortje to short midwicket for 29, in the eleventh over.
From that point the wickets came as often as possible. Debutant Priyamal Perera was out first ball, gloving Nortje down the legside. Kamindu Mendis was likewise gotten behind, scratching an endeavored cut off Nortje. There was no huge association until the last-wicket stand. Kusal Mendis was out for 21 attempting to pull Phehlukwayo. Thisara Perera chipped a Tabraiz Shamsi ball back Shamsi, who took a decent find plunging forward.
Captain Lasith Malinga’s dismissal, however, was maybe the most indefensible of all. Calling Udana through for a single towards midwicket, Malinga sauntered the run, did not slide his bat, and was gotten short by the direct hit by Reeza Hendricks. When he left, Sri Lanka were 131 for 9. But still the heroics of Isuru Udana left then. Udana wasn’t eager to go down without a battle. He organized a solitary fight, using his willow at nearly everything that came his direction and blasted away to his maiden ODI fifty, off 43 balls.
The feature of his innings was three back to back sixes off Nortje’s seventh over, with one of them cruising out of the ground. Udana and number 10 Kasun Rajitha hung together a record 58-run partnership for the last wicket with the previous doing all the harm. The domination of theProteas arrived at an end when Udana was at long last caught at long-off for 78, after he’d hauled his team nearer to the 200-run mark.
Sri Lankans ended their innings at 189 runs. Nortje was the standout bowler with 3 wickets. Chasing the target of 190 runs, the Proteas started their innings shaky as Reeza Hendricks again got out early in the innings inside 5th over. Dhananjaya de Silva took his wicket with the help of Thisara Perera who took the catch of Hendricks who was just able to score 8 runs. Then the inform Aiden Markram came who just played his first match in this series.
At the other end, De Kock like previous ODIs continued his good form and scoring runs. Markram also started well. But when he just looked promising, he threw away his wicket at just 29 runs to Kasun Rajitha. So, the partnership between him and De Kock ended at 56 runs. South Africa was at 77 runs then at 15.2 overs. De Kock still continued to score runs while the Proteas captain came at no. 4 this time.
De Kock scored an another fifty and got out after this at 51 runs from 57 runs. But the run flow didn’t stop. And the host were getting closer and closer to chase the target. Just before 46 runs needed, Du Plessis was got out at quick 43 runs from 38 balls. Then Jean-Paul Duminy came for the first time after couple of months and made an unbeaten 31 runs from 21 balls to help the host to secure a 6 wickets victory.
David Miller was also unbeaten at 25 balls. De Silva took 3 wickets. Udana was named man-of-the-match despite being on the losing side. “I have been working on my batting,” he said. “Once we were nine down I had to take my chance” he said at the post match interview. The next and final ODI will take place on 16th March at Cape Town.
Brief Score: Sri Lanka 189 Isuru Udana 78(57), Avishka Fernando 29(27) Anrich Nortje 3/57, Andile Phehlukwayo 2/21 South Africa 190/4 (32.5 Overs) Quinton De Kock 51(57), Faf Du Plessis 43(38) Dhananjaya De Silva 3/41
– Khan Mutasim Billah Life (Correspondent, Bdcrictime.com)