South Africa complete white-wash over Sri Lanka
The hosts South Africa have completed a 5-0 white-wash against the struggling Sri Lanka after winning the final ODI comfortably by 41 runs in a D/L method due to bad light.
Who would have thought after a stunning Test series win over South Africa, the visitors will stand no chance against the Proteas? From first ODI to the last, the home side showed no mercy to the Lions and tamed them in the limited-overs format.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka opted to bat first. Their batting department failed yet again which has been a common scenario throughout the series. The openers departed early courtesy of a stunning start from South Africa’s lethal duo Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.
However, the man in good touch Kusal Mendis showed some promise before departing for a steady 56 from 84. None of the batsman apart from him could contribute well and it was Isuru Udana once again, who played a handy knock of 32 off just 29 balls.
Rabada picked up three wickets, the most for the day while Imran Tahir and Nortje picked up two each to restrict Sri Lanka to 225.
In reply, the hosts lost Quinton de Kock early for 6. But Aiden Markram played a terrific knock of 67* from 75 balls and remained unbeaten until the stoppage of play due to bad light. At the other end, Van der Dussen also supported him well with 28* from 37 balls.
After waiting for almost 2 hours, the lights were still not possible to fix. As South Africa were 135/2 in only 28 overs and way ahead of the par score, they won the match comfortably by 41 runs in the end.
Sri Lanka 225 in 49.3 overs (Kusal Mendis 56, Priyamal Perera 33; Kagiso Rabada 3-50, Imran Tahir 2-33) lost to South Africa 135/2 in 28 overs (Aiden Markram 67*, Rassie van der Dussen 28*; Thisara Perera 1-20) by 41 runs (DLS method).