When South Africa posted a massive total courtesy of a swashbuckling 185 from Faf du Plessis, very few expected, the match would turn out to be a gripping contest. But the Sri Lanka batsmen shrugged off their lackluster effort in the previous matches and essayed an inspiring run chase to spoil South Africa’s plans of scripting a whitewash. Sadly, the Lankans failed yet again.
Cricketsoccer brings you the talking points from the contest:
Faf scores second highest score by South Africa in ODI’s: Faf Du Plessis scored 185 runs as South Africa piled up a score of 367at Cape Town. In the process Faf became the second highest ODI scorer for South Africa placed only after Gary Kirsten, who scored 188 against the United Arab Emirates.
The Faf – De Villiers Partnership: After adding 100 runs with Quinton de Kock for the second wicket, Faf and AB De Villiers added 137 runs for the third wicket, thereby piling the misery on the Sri Lankan bowlers who went all around the park. De Villiers ‘s innings consisted of only four boundaries which meant that there was a lot of running between the wickets and exchange of strikes.
The Lower middle order chipped in: After the dismissal of De Villiers, the lower middle order of JP Duminy , Farhaan Behardein and Wayne Parnell added important runs towards the end of their innings. Together they added 56 runs to take the score past the formidable 350 run mark.
Sri Lankan openers add 139 for 1st wicket: NIshant Dickwella and Upul Tharanga added 139 runs for the first wicket within the first 16 overs of their chase. Till the partnership flourished Sri Lanka had the upper hand in the game and the South African bowlers were left wanting for answers. Dickwella continuing his good form scored an attacking 58 from just 47 balls with 9 hits to the fence.
Tharanga’s ton went in vain: Captaining the side in this series Upul Tharanga finally came good with the bat scoring 119 in a tough chase. Once Tharanga was dismissed, it was always going to be tough for the rest of the batting line up as it turned out to be.
Weerakkody keeps them in the hunt: Sandun Weerakkody scored 58 coming in the middle order and tried to keep the islanders in the game. With Asela Gunaratne (38) he added 79 runs for the fifth wicket. At that point SL still looked favorites to win the game, but Gunaratne’s wicket again shifted the favor of the game in South Africa’s way.
Sri Lanka lose last five wickets for 20 runs: When Asela Gunaratne was dismissed the Sri Lankan scorecard read 5 for 307. Then a procession of wickets started and the Lankans lost their last 5 wickets for just 20 runs as their innings collapsed at 327 runs. At last they fell short by 40 runs.