In the fifth and final ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka, it were the host nation which yet again prevailed as the victorious ones as they whitewashed the Sri Lanka 5-0 in humiliating manner right before the ICC Cricket World Cup of 2019.
Sri Lanka – the team to bat first could only compile a meager total of 225 for the loss of all their 10 wickets, with Kagiso Rabada leading the attack, as he scalped 3 wickets for 50 runs in his 10 over spell.
The Protease started off their run chase in formidable style, as Aiden Markram scored a solid 67 (75), while being accompanied by Faf du Plesis who scored 24 (42). Rassie van der Dussen 28 (47) concluded the match with Markram with South Aafrica’s score on 135-2 in 28 overs, as bad light dismantled play in what is a rare occasion in limited overs cricket, and handed the game to the hosts through the DLS method by 41 runs.
The Protease skipper – Faf du Plesis was extremely pleased with his side’s overall display, and has hailed his bowlers for having the ‘x factor’ for taking wickets, especially since the world cup is edging close.
“Went well tonight. Really proud of the guys. Felt we got better and better. We have been good with bilateral series. We want to get better with preparations for the WC. I always love chatting to the bowlers. Our bowling has been excellent. The x-factor has been our ability to get wickets. I think the squad is settled. We still need to confirm the squad may be next month,” Faf du Plesis said.
Wicket keeper batsman and the player of the series – Quinton de Kock was also satisfied with his own contributions for the nation, while also setting the perfect tone for the forthcoming IPL season and the World Cup.
“I think just the manner in which I have been able to contribute has been pleasing. Nice to come out and contribute for the team. Obviously I am feeling good about my game. For IPL and WC, I feel I have a lot more (runs) left in the tank. It is only 50 overs to keep and I think I should be fine (when asked about only one keeper being selected for the WC)” de Kock was quoted saying.
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