Sri Lanka suffered a massive 78 run defeat and as a result, lost the series 3-0 after the 3rd One Day International at the Pallekale International Stadium on Sunday. It was a dream come true for Reeza Hendricks who settled for nothing less than a century on his ODI debut.
Sri Lanka came up with a much better performance on the field but the bowlers were all over the place, particularly in the last 10 overs of the innings. They conceded over 100 runs and the Proteas posted 363 for 7 in the allocated 50 overs. Sri Lanka subjected to another top-order collapse and they were soon 6 down for 155 in the 26th over.
The two Dhananjayas made a few inroads but it was a little too late as the unfledged tail collapsed in just a matter of minutes. Dhananjaya De Silva made 84 in just 66 for Sri Lanka.
“360 to chase was too much. Our execution with the ball was poor, but this is the brand of cricket we want to play. Want to play positive cricket. But a bunch of positives today: Dhananjaya batted well, some bowlers bowled well. But credit to Reeza and Duminy. We need to think out of the box if we need to win away. I know we aren’t doing well, but we need to play on good wickets to develop. We’re playing for pride, and we want to finish the series off well,” said Angelo Mathews at the post-match presentation.
Sri Lanka may have lost the One Day International series but they still have 2 ODIs and 1 Twenty20 to fight for. If they can somehow win all three games, they’ll end the tour as the better side of the two. However, it’s a tough ask and it’s important for them to be positive and to play positive cricket to swift the momentum.
Du Plessis ruled out of tour
Proteas skipper Faf Du Plessis will play no further part in the tour after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder. He will need up to six weeks to make a full recovery.
“Faf sustained an injury to one of the rotator cuff tendons in his right shoulder and will, unfortunately, be unavailable for the rest of the tour. He will need a rehabilitation period of up to six weeks to make a full recovery. His return date back to South Africa will be confirmed in due course,” said Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa’s team manager.
Sri Lanka will most likely go with the same side for the 4th One Day International at Pallekale. However, Chandimal is set to return and he will play in the final ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Will Malinga return for the T20s?
Lasith Malinga who has not been part of the side since the Champions Trophy might return for the final T20 against South Africa later this month. However, we are yet to receive an official announcement from the selectors.
“Lasith Malinga is in the big picture. I hope he agrees to play in the T20 against South Africa later this month,” said Thilan Samaraweera in a recent press conference.
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