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Lewis Hamilton reaffirms his class, Ferrari's flawed tyre strategy and other talking points. Sensex drops points, rupee still below mark: Sunday, 05 August, South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 78 runs. Current Partnership 10 3. After a drubbing at the hands of India at home, South Africa badly needed this series win to raise their spirits.
Remove the previous series and the one to England in England and you will find that they have actually won 9 out of their last 11 bilateral ODI series including this one, which is their second consecutive series win in the Island Nation.
Now, their next aim will be a whitewash. Can Sri Lanka avoid that? They have lost their 5th ODI series on the trot, winning just 1 out of their last 18 games. Save aside that win against India in Dharamsala in , they have struggled big time with the white ball.
Victorious South African captain, Faf du Plessis says that it was a brilliant display of cricket by his side. First praises the batting, especially the debutant Reeza Hendricks.
Then says that it is amazing to see one or two guys put their hands up almost every game. On the high-scoring game, Faf says that he did enjoy the batsmen scoring runs, even against his team's bowling, as it was a good test for his side. He also says that he enjoyed his side going for wickets in spite of the runs being scored. On his own injury, Faf says that he will assess tomorrow and then check how his 'young' shoulder responds in the morning.
Sri Lanka have demolished South Africa by runs. This is also South Africa's lowest ever 4th innings score , their lowest since readmission in Celebrations in the middle as the hosts go up in the 2-Test series.
Coming to the ball, this was tossed up on middle, turned around the right-hander, opened him up like a can of worms and rapped him on the pads, the impact was in front of off-stump, would have been crashing into the off-stump.
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England vs India, 5th Test, Day 5. England vs India, 5th Test, Day 4. England vs India, 5th Test, Day 3. But he fails to find the sweet spot of his bat. Ends up dragging it in the air towards deep square leg and Lakmal moves across to his left to catch the ball. Another growing partnership is cut short and Sri Lanka will try to capitalize now. Oh, how unfortunate for him.
He's just missed out on his century. Could have had his first one since Full on middle and off, JP moves across and looks to hammer this over the mid-wicket boundary.
Doesn't exactly get underneath it and he sends it straight down the throat of Dhananjaya de Silva who makes no mistake in taking it. JP's gone, but he's done more than his share.
Miller scores a fifty and then departs! A low full toss, Miller tries to get underneath it again and clear mid-wicket. Can't do it cleanly enough and he hands over a catch to de Silva out in the deep. He's set South Africa up perfectly towards the end, as is expected from him. Akila strikes on the final ball of the innings. Somewhat fortunate for him. Bowls it full on leg, a leg spinner, Mulder clears his front leg to go big on the leg side.
Gets an inside edge onto his left boot and the ball gently rolls behind to knock the bails over. A lethal short delivery, well-directed at the batsman, Tharanga opts to play the pull shot but is in no position to do so. Ends up mistiming his shot terribly and Mulder in front of square leg makes no mistake while catching the ball. The bounce there got big on him and the pace also hurried Upul.
Fine bowling by Lungi, he is growing in stature with every game. Dickwella has fallen into the trap! He has this habit to play his drives aerially.
South Africa have studied that flaw and hence Faf du Plessis placed himself at short cover. Ngidi bowls to the plan.
Lands it full outside off and angling away, Dickwella spots the width to play the drive but fails to keep it down. The South African skipper makes no mistake as he completes the catch by going down.
Sri Lanka lose their third wicket. Phehlukwayo switches to 'round the wicket for the left-hander and delivers a length ball around off. It shapes back sharply into the batsman, Perera is beaten for pace as he tries to work it around and is rapped on the pads. The bowler appeals vociferously, the umpire waits for him to complete his appeal and then quietly raises his finger.
Perera consults his partner and then takes the referral. The replays roll in and they find it to be clipping the leg stump. Sri Lanka are going at a good run rate but are losing wickets at regular intervals. Half the side back in the hut. The elusive run stand seems to be far away. A short ball, around middle, Mendis looks to pull but is done in by the extra bounce.