With South Africa winning the third ODI against Sri Lanka by 6 wickets, the host nation have secured the series after getting a 4-0 unassailable lead, with 1 more games to be played.
Sri Lanka batting first were bundled out for 189 in the first innings, thanks to a late cameo by Isuru Udana who scored a quick fire 78 (57). Though his efforts was praiseworthy with the bat, the total score just wasn’t enough as a fifty by Quinton De Kock, along with a 43 (38) by du Plesis, and an unbeaten 31 (21)*by Duminy, as well as a 25 (33)* by David Miller assisted the Protease in easing past the target on the 33rd over.
The South African skipper – Faf du Plesis was extremely pleased with the all round performance by his squad and also added further detail about the flexibility in his side’s batting line-up which will serve to be beneficial for South Africa in the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
“I thought today went really well. Very pleasing to see JP and Miller finish it off for us, which is what we want to see from our middle order, which is to get in and get stuck to finish matches for us. Lungi has been fantastic for us through the series, Andy (Phehlukwayo) has been fantastic as an all-rounder as well. It was a weird feeling going on in the head, because I wanted the guys to get an opportunity with the bat and then also wanted to finish it off myself.”
I like batting at three, I enjoy three. Aiden (Markram) has batted all his game up the order and it will be easy for him to move up there. Even Rassie (van der Dussen) bats really well at three. The beautiful thing which we have is that guys can bat at different positions and that is going to help us going into the World Cup.
Faf du Plesis also expressed his excitement for the twelfth edition of the IPL which is just a few days away from initiation, as he gets set to wear the yellow jersey for the defending champions – The Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
“We are playing some really good cricket, all the things that should have happened in the last six months have happened. We wanted to be clear in what we wanted as a team and from the balance point of view and that's where we are at the moment. It's going to be an exciting week and the next couple of months with the boys going into the IPL.”
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