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Mathews, Dananjaya assist SL to huge win in dead-rubber

Mathews, Dananjaya assist SL to huge win in dead-rubber

SOUTH AFRICA TOUR OF SRI LANKA, 2018

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Akila Dananjaya registered his greatest bowling figures in ODI cricket to assist Sri Lanka to an enormous win within the useless rubber. © AFP

A chase of 300 was difficult however not inconceivable. The ball was turning, however the circumstances weren’t troublesome. And South Africa surrendered. Failing to choose Akila Dananjaya’s variations, they not solely handed the spinner six wickets, but in addition folded up in lower than 25 overs at R Premadasa’s 100th day-nighter.

The chase misplaced monitor within the first over itself. Peppered with three short-pitched deliveries, Hashim Amla was pushed onto the backfoot, earlier than having the highest of his offstump hit with a fantastic outswinger from an excellent size spot. Nonetheless, with Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock crusing easy, the primary wicket appeared solely a blip.

Regardless of a couple of edges, they had been largely fluent of their partnership and added 31 runs in 29 balls earlier than Markram returned a half-hearted drive straight to Dananjaya. Reeza Hendricks, who had scored a century on his debut on this sequence, perished off the primary ball, enjoying the flawed line to a googly. Heinrich Klaasen adopted quickly after leaving the guests reeling at 39 for 4.

De Kock, who appeared essentially the most settled of all of the batsmen, held his personal. He introduced out the slogs and stepped out towards the spinners. In firm of JP Duminy, he promised to revive South Africa’s innings and hold them within the chase. However their 46-run alliance ended abruptly when Duminy, very like Markram, gave a smooth lob to Dhananjaya de Silva.

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That dismissal opened one other spherical of procession, one which did not finish until the innings was over; with Dananjaya being the wrecker-in-chief. Amidst all this, de Kock appeared to be going sturdy. And with a deep batting line-up, the hard-hitting southpaw’s keep within the center was wanted to pose any menace to Sri Lanka’s whole.

Nevertheless, within the 18th over, quickly after mentioning his half-century, de Kock did not learn Dananjaya’s googly and performed down the flawed line to be castled. All hopes went up in air. The guests had been right down to 94 for 7, and left with solely finishing the formalities.

Ultimately, Dananjaya completed with a 6-fer – his greatest figures in ODIs – and South Africa had been bowled out for 121, 171 wanting the hosts’ whole.

Earlier within the day, Sri Lanka posted 299 for eight after electing to bat, with skipper Angelo Mathews being the spine of the innings. South Africa had are available in with two adjustments – with Lungisani Ngidi and David Miller rested for Kagiso Rabada and Markram.

Sri Lankan openers struggled towards Rabada’s tempo, however scratched their solution to a half-century stand, earlier than Upul Tharanga departed. Sri Lankan batsmen confirmed a much more disciplined approachon Sunday, however did not make good use of their begins. Because of this, they ended up placing on 4 fifty stands – Tharanga and Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Dickwella, Mathews and Thisara Perera, and Mathews and Dasun Shanaka however none may prosper for lengthy.

The hosts stored dropping wickets at common intervals, and amidst helpful contributions, Mathews remained a gentle fixed. Coming in to bat on the fall of the third wicket within the 19th over, he batted until the tip. His assured presence allowed the opposite batsmen to go on the offensive. Shanaka made essentially the most of it, and blasted a 15-ball 21 to present Sri Lanka’s innings a late surge.

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Mathews, needing a boundary of the final ball to carry up his century, managed solely a single with a pull to deep mid wicket. He remained unbeaten on 97 however walked again to a standing ovation from the group and his teammates. His innings set the platform for Sri Lanka’s huge win, and even in a sequence defeat, allowed them to stroll away on a excessive.

Transient Scores: 299/eight in 50 overs (Angelo Mathews 97*, Niroshan Dickwella 43; Willem Mulder 2-59, Andile Phehlukwayo 2-60) beat South Africa 121 in 24.Four overs (Quinton de Kock 54, Aiden Markram 20; Akila Dananjaya 6-29, Lahiru Kumara 2-34) by 178 runs

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