It was a sorry performance from Sri Lanka as they went down in the third ODI against South Africa at Johannesburg. South Africa easily chased down the target of 164 and did it inside 32 overs.
Cricketsoccer lists down the talking points from the contest:
Niroshan Dickwella stands out: It was NIroshan Dickwella’s 74 off 80 balls that took Sri Lanka to 163. Other batsmen, including the middle order failed to contribute substantially as Sri Lanka’s sorry performance in the series continued.
Sri Lanka lose 10 for 103: Sri Lanka lost the last 10 wickets for just 103 runs out of which 74 was scored by Niroshan Dickwella. Once Dickwella was dismissed, the procession of wickets started and Sri Lanka was bowled out for 163 inside 40 overs.
Protea bowlers shares wickets: All the South Africa bowlers shared the wickets amongst each other with Dwaine Pretorious picking up 3 for 19 in his seven overs.
De Villiers and co set up victory: The middle order of AB De Villiers, JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis set up a comfortable victory for South Africa. It was a thoroughly professional performance from South Africa who are improving with every game and peaking at the right time just before the Champions Trophy.
Bees interfere the contest: Bees swarmed the pitch in the middle of the 26th over, of the Sri Lankan innings, forcing players to momentarily hit the ground, then returned the next over, this time parking themselves very close to the pitch. One faction was even drawn by the Protea crest on Quinton de Kock’s wicket keeping helmet. Eventually, when it became clear the bees were not moving off, the players left the field and the ground staff set about trialling several bee-removal strategies. The bees were in the field just over an hour to interrupt the game.