South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2018, Fifth ODI, Sri Lanka vs South Africa – Sri Lanka won by 178 runs
Sunday, August 12, 2018, R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sri Lanka made a miraculous comeback at the fag end of the five match ODI series against South Africa to finish it with a margin of 2 – 3. Lost all the first three ODIs upfront to concede the series victory to South Africa and won the last two ODIs in Pallekele and Premadasa.
All-rounder Dasun Shanaka in the fourth ODI and spinner Akila Dananjaya in the fifth ODI of the series put to display their brilliant performances to help Sri Lanka turn the tide against South Africa. Shanaka registered his maiden fifty in the fourth match while Dananjaya registered his second 6-wkt haul in the fifth ODI.
In the fifth ODI, Sri Lanka who opted to bat first were off to a cautious start with openers adding 50 runs for the first wicket. Though they later lost wickets, Captain Angelo Mathews along with Thisara Perera and Dasun Shanaka helped Sri Lanka finish with 299 for 8 in their 50 overs. Unfortunately, Angelo Mathews left stranded on 97* in as many deliveries.
South Africa, in reply, were never in the game losing wickets at regular intervals. Captain Quinton de Kock is the lone performer in this game with a half century and only their three other batters got to double figures. South Africa bowled out for just 121 conceding Sri Lanka a 178-run victory, their second highest (in terms of runs) win in this format.
Safe to say this is not going to be South Africa’s team in the upcoming ODI World Cup in 2019. They will have Faf du Plessis leading them in the mega tournament while a lot many changes will take place in their bowling department. Mainly, Imran Tahir will be back to lead their spin department who is rested for this series.
Sri Lanka – 299/8 in 50 overs (Angelo Mathews – 97*, Niroshan Dickwella – 43, Willem Mulder – 2/59, Andile Phehlukwayo – 2/60) beat South Africa – 121 all out in 24.4 overs (Quinton de Kock – 54, Aiden Markram – 20, Akila Dananjaya – 6/29, Lahiru Kumara – 2/34) by 178 runs
Player of the Match:
Akila Dananjaya (SL) – 6 wicket haul
Player of the Series:
JP Duminy (SA) – 227 runs and 2 wickets
Playing XI: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara
Bench:Lakshan Sandakan, Prabath Jayasuriya, Kasun Rajitha, Shehan Jayasuriya
Playing XI: Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Willem Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Junior Dala, Kagiso Rabada
Bench:Tabraiz Shamsi, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi
** Image credits to Associated Press