Sri Lanka registered their second biggest win over South Africa in terms of the number of runs. The Island nation cruised to 178 runs win after South Africa could not put up a fight in the final match. However, the Proteas won the five-match series by 3-2 after they had taken an impregnable lead of 3-0 in the series. We bring you the Match Report.
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews inspired the side total to a competitive 299-8. Mathews played a run-a-ball inning of unbeaten 97 runs to take his side to a good total. The hosts got off to a good start after electing to bat first. Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella put together a partnership of 50 runs.
Sri Lanka was able to get the much-needed wins under their belt.
On the other hand, no South Africa batsman was able to get going as Akila Dananjaya wreaked havoc. The mystery spinner took his second six-wicket haul as he became the fourth spinner to achieve the illustrious feat.
Meanwhile, South Africa stand-in skipper Quinton de Kock scored a valiant fifty. However, no other South Africa batsman was able to provide him assistance.
In fact, the tourists lost wickets in a cluster as they went down like a house of cards. South Africa could not read Dananjaya and it was a fine comeback from the hosts. The off-spinner was expensive in the first few matches. Therefore he was able to make a stronger return.
Meanwhile, the last time Akila Dananjaya had scalped six wickets was against India. Sri Lanka could not go on to win that match as MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar came to India’s rescue.
Therefore, Sri Lanka would be happy with their performances in the last two matches. They had struggled in the first three matches against the visitors and these two wins must have given them a shot in the arm.
JP Duminy was the Man of the series.
The one-off T20I will take place at Colombo on 14 August.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 299-8, Angelo Mathews 97 (97), Willem Mulder 2-59.
South Africa 121-10, Quinton de Kock 54 (57), Akila Dananjaya 6-29.
Sri Lanka wins by a gargantuan margin of 178 runs.