Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Best performances - Batsmen

AD Mathews
97(97) 11x4 - 1x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 29 runs
  • 4x4 - 1x6
4 1 3 6 11 16 21 35
Q de Kock
54(57) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 11 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 6 5 7 7 7 5 15

Best performances - Bowlers

A Dananjaya
O9
M0
R29
W6
Eco3.22
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
CBRLS Kumara
O5.4
M0
R34
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

9.05pm Phew. De Kock collects the series trophy, and it's a big achievement for South Africa to have won here, especially after the Test series trouncing, but it feels like both teams will have a good feeling as the curtains come down. Sri Lanka have a lot of options if everyone's fit, and they will spend the next few months narrowing down their combination for the World Cup. South Africa will go back pleased with the result but with a clear idea that they need to work on their game against spin. All in all, an intriguing series even if the trophy was won after just three games. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. Until next time, goodbye!

Quinton de Kock: "Always nice getting ahead when you're in Sri Lanka. Not easy coming here and winning. It's always important, we know coming to the subcontinent isn't easy. I think they batted really well and bowled really well once again, they kept the pressure on us, Angie led them really well. Akila knows what he's doing with the ball. It's hard to take him on, he's got a lot of variations - we have batted well against him in this series, but today he bowled really well."

JP Duminy is the Player of the Series. "Looking back on the series, pretty happy with the way we're playing. Going 3-0 up in Sri Lanka is not easy. It was a tough decision to retire from Tests, but it's good to spend a lot more time with the family, and you come into these kinds of tournaments fresh. So far so good. The bowling is something I've been working on a lot with Claude Henderson, pleased to see the results coming in. I think the batting has really been good, just the mindset we've been approaching our batting with in the last four games. Hopefully we can dominate in the World Cup in a few months' time. Looking forward to the opportunity of captaining the side in the T20 game."

Angelo Mathews: "This was the performance we were looking for, unfortunately a bit too late. Lots of positives. The way Akila bowled today, Dhananjaya de Silva chipping in with the ball. Wicket was on the slower side, I was struggling initially. Pleased with the way I batted, good to contribute. Credit to the South Africans the way they played after having bad days in the Test series. It's a work in progress (for Sri Lanka ahead of the 2019 World Cup). We've still got time for the World Cup, we'll see how it goes."

Akila Dananjaya is the Player of the Match. "His plan was to be the best bowler in the series, and he's pleased about achieving it," is how Roshan Abeysinghe paraphrases his Sinhala replies. "He also wants to improve on his variations."

Malith: "Where is Chandimal, "Karthik " -- I don't think he gets into the first XI in ODIs. Could be in the squad, though.

Hasitha: "Karthik can you name a World Cup XI for SL?" -- Hmmm, this is a difficult one, but let me try. Gunathilaka, Dickwella, Kusal, Kusal, Mathews, Gunaratne, Dasun/Dhananjaya de Silva (depending on conditions), Thisara, Dananjaya, Lakmal, Rajitha/Kumara. Would look so much more balanced if Mathews were still able to bowl.

Romesh Kaluwith: "For a side that got whitewashed in 3 ODI series, lost an ODI series at home to Zimbabwe, and only managed a draw with Bangladesh, these last two ODIs have been a huge relief. Hopefully it injects some confidence to the players, especially the misfiring ODI top order."

Soham Basak: "In case any South African fan is feeling distraught at this capitulation, fret not. Just look at India's score against England and you will feel better."

8.38pm Akila Dananjaya was magnificent, and he wraps up a very good all-round performance from Sri Lanka at the Premadasa. Angelo Mathews was back to near his best, but South Africa's bowling was patchy, and I felt 299 was too big a first-innings total on this pitch. Now it looks like Sri Lanka could have defended 220 comfortably. Plenty of help for the spinners, and Dananjaya made it count by bowling brilliant lengths right through. South Africa really need to work on reading spin from the hand; they lost a home ODI series for the same reason earlier this year, against India's wristspin pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

This is South Africa's third-worst ODI defeat ever, in terms of runs.

24.4
W
Kumara to Dala, OUT, short and wide, and that is that. Sri Lanka have pulled it back to 3-2. Slaps it firmly, but can't keep it down, hits it straight to point at around waist height, and he catches it one-handed on the rebound after spilling it on the first attempt

CJ Dala c de Silva b Kumara 5 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

24.3
4
Kumara to Dala, FOUR runs, bouncer, quick one, angling into the batsman's left shoulder. Swivels round to pull, and though he's a little late on it, he plays it pretty well, stepping across and keeping his eye on the ball. Helps it away to the fine leg boundary
24.2
1
Kumara to Rabada, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, whipped away to deep square leg
24.1
1
Kumara to Dala, 1 run, bangs it in short outside off. Reaches out and stabs it towards third man

END OF OVER:
24 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 115/9 (185 runs required from 25.2 overs, RR: 4.79, RRR: 7.11)

  • K Rabada11 (17b)
  • CJ Dala0 (0b)
  • A Dananjaya9-0-29-6
  • CBRLS Kumara5-0-28-1
23.6
0
Dananjaya to Rabada, no run, back of a length slider from round the wicket, zeroing in on middle and leg stumps. Rabada defends watchfully off the back foot

Junior Dala is in at No. 11.

1.1 overs left to bowl for Dananjaya, and he has 6 for 29. Can he sneak between Vaas and Murali?

23.5
W
Dananjaya to Maharaj, OUT, another legbreak, slower with more flight, and Akila has his sixth wicket. Maharaj jumps out and gives it a big heave. Not quite to the pitch of it, and he slices it high in the air, descends for a simple catch at mid-off

KA Maharaj c Lakmal b Dananjaya 8 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0HM AmlaQ de Kock
2nd31Q de KockAK Markram
3rd0RR HendricksQ de Kock
4th8Q de KockH Klaasen
5th46JP DuminyQ de Kock
6th7Q de KockPWA Mulder
7th2Q de KockAL Phehlukwayo
8th1KA MaharajAL Phehlukwayo
9th20KA MaharajK Rabada
10th6CJ DalaK Rabada