Player of the Match
Player of the Match
922dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Du Plessis' 185 makes it 4-0 for SA

Faf du Plessis struck the second-highest score by a South African in ODIs to help them win by 40 runs and move within one win to become the No. 1 ranked team.

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

F du Plessis
F du Plessis
185(141) 16x4 - 3x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 35 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
6 35 6 14 52 22 26 24
WU Tharanga
WU Tharanga
119(90) 11x4 - 7x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 23 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
3 9 5 11 44 14 7 26

Best performances - Bowlers

WD Parnell
WD Parnell
O9.1
M0
R58
W4
Eco6.32
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
K Rabada
K Rabada
O9
M1
R50
W2
Eco5.55
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa led the 5-match series 4-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00 Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15

Match days

7 February 2017 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

9.20pm SA secure their 13th successive win at home in ODIs. Oh boy! they seem unstoppable. A clean sweep will carry them to the No.1 ranking. SL, who had not topped 200 until this match, made a proper fist of a 368 chase. Thranga and Dickwella gave the visitors a rollicking start; the SL captain went onto hammer a 73-ball hundred - his 14th in ODIs - but the lower-middle order simply fell away in the slog overs. SL lost their last six wickets in just 28 balls to be dismissed for 327. Do stick around for the presentation.

Tharanga: We needed to get a good start. Someone had to get that start for us. It was a much-better batting performance. Till the last 10 overs, we were in the game. It is a really good wicket. Credit to Faf and AB, they batted really well. There is little turn for the spinners. Our main concern is batting, this was better, hopefully we do well on Friday.

De Villiers: The batting was great. Faf played an exceptional knock. Great be there in the middle with him. You don't often get such days. Very happy for Faf. Fudgie chipped in with clean hits. It was a bit slow in the afternoon than it was in the evening. It sped up in the later stages of the game and well done to the groundsman. Tharanga played well. There was not a lot of panic, I was pleased with the variety in the bowling. We wanted to hold KG back a little bit and bowl him in shorter spells. He was nice and fresh and when I needed him most at the end he was there. It is tricky changing the side, the guys were motivated. I am prod of the performance tonight.

Du Plessis, Man of the Match: It is going okay. When you're in good touch, you make sure you score big runs. There was something in for the bowlers - some bounce. De Kock took pressure off me. Then the innings was about risk management. My blueprint of scoring is eliminating dots. Then AB is brilliant with running between the wickets. Not once [did you think about the 200?]. If you bowl a good back of a length slower ball, it was difficult to hit and I holed out. I will take 185 and pretty grateful for that.

Sri Lanka finally turned up, and showed plenty of fight, despite the late slide. Hope you enjoyed the game as much as we did bringing it to you. Thanks for tuning in, be back for the final ODI. Goodbye and good night for now

Raees : "Collectively South African team has more than 64 Centuries vs 13 centuries for Sri Lanka , that's from a single batsman . Played with the most inexperienced cricket team in last two decades. I will take this as a win for us :) Well played boys. Let's make it 4-1 "

Aayush: "This match's first maiden comes in 98th over of the match, resembles how good game this has been"

48.1
W
Parnell to Sandakan, OUT, SA go 4-0 up. Parnell lets out an almighty roar, finishing with four wickets. Time for the dab dance in the stands. Slower delivery on the leg stump, Sandakan backs away, slogs early and that's timbaaaaah. The off-bail is tipped off

PADLR Sandakan b Parnell 1 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

END OF OVER:
48 | (maiden) | SL: 327/9 (41 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.81, RRR: 20.50)

  • Lahiru Kumara1 (7b)
  • Lakshan Sandakan1 (1b)
  • Kagiso Rabada9-1-50-2
  • Wayne Parnell9-0-58-3

SD: "Believe it or not: The 98th over of a 7 rpo match is a maiden."

47.6
0
Rabada to Kumara, no run, back of a length on leg stump, Kumara sneaks away outside leg and lets the ball go

Two slips in place, by the way

47.5
0
Rabada to Kumara, no run, back of a length and outside off, jabbed to point
47.4
0
Rabada to Kumara, no run, very full on middle, hangs back and digs it out to point
47.3
0
Rabada to Kumara, no run, just short of a good length and outside off, Kumara shuffles inside the line and lets it go
47.2
0
Rabada to Kumara, no run, short ball outside off, Kumara ducks his head out of the way

A run fest

694

Runs aggregate in this match, the fourth-highest in an ODI in South Africa. Sri Lanka's 327 is the highest by a chasing side ending in a defeat in South Africa.

After a long time

2013

Last time Tharanga scored century in ODIs, 174* vs India in Kingston. In 28 innings between these 2 100s, he made only 2 fities.

Thrilling Tharanga

4

Previous most sixes hit by Tharanga in an ODI innings. He has hit more than four sixes today.

Solid start

100

Runs scored by Sri Lanka in the first ten overs of the innings, their second-most in ODIs since 2001. They had made 133 against England at Leeds in 2006.

Career best

133*

Faf du Plessis' previous highest score in ODIs, which came against India in Mumbai in 2015-16. He has gone past that mark today.

Faf's fantastic series

2

No. of centuries for du Plessis in this series. There has been only one series in which he got more 100s, in triangular series in Zimbabwe in 2014.

De Kock gets going

35

Runs scored by de Kock in 3 ODIs in Cape Town, before today; scores of 19, 4, 12. He has scored more than that in this match.

Dominance at Newlands

12-2

South Africa's win-loss record at Newlands in their last 14 ODIs, since 2004.