Alright. Another match, another loss. Sri Lanka look like a team wondering, when will this end? South Africa, on the other hand, would be wondering that as well. Both teams would like some rest. The Proteas, after a terrific run. The Lankans, after a horrible one. Will 5-0 be a possibility? Join us on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 1 pm local (1100 GMT) for the final ODI in Cape Town. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious South African captain, Faf du Plessis, feels that South Africa did really well in this game. Is pleased to see Duminy back in the mix. Praises the entire bowling unit, not only in this game but the entire series. On being informed that more than 60 percent of the runs are being scored by himself and de Kock, Faf admits that he could have given the opportunity to some other players but he wanted to finish the game too. On being asked which is his preferred position to bat, du Plessis says that he would love to bat at 3 but feels that Aiden Markram is potentially a top-order player and Rassie van der Dussen usually bats in the top 3 too. So for the team, he reckons batting in the middle order would be better. Promises more opportunities for the guys on the bench in the final game. Regarding the World Cup plans, Faf says that as a team, the graph is upwards and all guys know what they need to do, promising an exciting couple of months coming up.
ISURU UDANA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH, FOR HIS 78 FROM 57 WITH THE BAT. Says that he enjoyed his innings with his side being 9 down. Adds that he looked to attack the bowlers bowling into the win. Also says that he has been working hard on his batting for the last 3-4 months. On being asked what was going through his mind when he came out to bat at 97/7, Udana says that the initial plan was to give the strike back to Dhananjaya de Silva but it didn't work, so he took it upon himself to get some runs.
Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga, says that he has nothing much to say after tonight's game. Feels that the track was flat but the batsmen let the team down. Admits that after being 6 down in the 18th over, it is very difficult to come back into the game, that too, against a great side like South Africa. Hopes that the team figures it out before the World Cup and people grab their opportunities. He is confident though that both factors will be achieved and the unit will give its best in the final game. On Isuru Udana, Malinga says that he is an all-rounder in domestic cricket and is a great positive for them from this game.
Earlier, after electing to field, South Africa did not actually set the world on fire but had Sri Lanka 2 down inside the 4th over. Then, they enforced a collapse from 51/2 to 131/9 before a record last-wicket stand stretched them a bit. Everyone generally bowled well, with the ball seemingly seaming around on a flat deck, with a bit of bounce. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
South Africa have won convincingly but they will not be too happy with it. Hendricks continued his poor form while Markram could not convert his start. Ideally, they would have wished for a 8 or 9-wicket win but they will take this for now.
4-0. One more match to go. Can Sri Lanka pull off an inspiration from somewhere and avoid a whitewash? Doesn't seem so. The batting is not performing while the bowling looks toothless. Today, their bowlers cannot be blamed as they were defending a paltry 189. The main bowlers are not able to take wickets, so a part-timer, Dhananjaya de Silva, bowls 10 overs and takes 3. Ouch. No swing, no seam movement. An easy run chase in the end for the Proteas.
'Great reflection of the Sri Lankan effort. No energy in it.' says a sad Russel Arnold on air. Michael Holding smiles. But Arnold hit the nail on the head. It was like the Lankan team arrived, participated in the game but did not have their heart in it at all. What a total one-sider.
T Perera to D Miller, VICTORY BY 6 WICKETS. And with 103 balls to spare. South Africa have cruised though again. A leg bye, but it counts in the scoreboard. A length ball on leg, Miller looks for a flick but the ball hits him on his pads and deflects towards square leg. The winning run is completed with ease. Another comprehensive victory by the hosts. Now they lead the series 4-0, and with this professional attitude they leave the field with heads held high.
T Perera to JP Duminy, A fuller length on middle, Duminy plays it straight to mid off and hurried for the single to prevent himself from getting run out. That was a quick single by Duminy, proving his fitness.
T Perera to JP Duminy, A back of length ball pitched on middle and off, defended on the back foot, straight to point.
T Perera to D Miller, Outside off, run down to third man for a single.
T Perera to D Miller, FOUR! What a shot from David Miller. Full and outside off, Miller drives it beautifully through mid off for a boundary.
END OF OVER: 32 | 6 Runs 0 Wkt | SA: 183/4
L Malinga to JP Duminy, On off, Duminy defends it out.
L Malinga to JP Duminy, Again on a length and outside off, Duminy drives it through point. The batsmen get two runs. Good running between the wickets.
L Malinga to JP Duminy, Length delivery on off, the left-hander plays it to point.
L Malinga to JP Duminy, FOUR! Nice shot from JP Duminy. Full and wide outside off, Duminy drives it through covers for a boundary. Just 9 needed to win the match for the hosts.
L Malinga to JP Duminy, Full and outside off, Duminy plays it to point.
L Malinga to JP Duminy, Outside off, dabbed straight to backward point.
END OF OVER: 31 | 4 Runs 0 Wkt | SA: 177/4
T Perera to JP Duminy, A short of good length on middle, Duminy cuts it to third man for a single.
T Perera to D Miller, Shorter in length, pitched on leg, Miller pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
T Perera to D Miller, Change of line, on middle this time. Miller was looking for a cut, but the ball was too close for this shot. Missed the ball completely.
T Perera to D Miller, Short of length on leg, kept away by Miller for no run.