South Africa was able to continue their domination against beleaguered Sri Lankan team as the hosts won the fifth and final match by 41 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method). Thus, South Africa was able to clean sweep the visitors by 5-0. The Proteas bowlers were right on the money after Lasith Malinga won the toss and decided to bat first. The tourists were restricted to a paltry score of 225 runs.
Man of the Match:
South Africa’s opener Aiden Markram was awarded the Man of the match for scoring a fine knock of unbeaten 67 off just 75 balls with the help of seven fours. Meanwhile, Quinton de Kock was adjudged the Man of the series. The southpaw opener amassed 353 runs with the help of three fifties and one century.
Turning Point of the Match:
Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals in their batting innings and they were unable to get any partnership in their innings. Hence, they could manage 225 runs after electing to bat first.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2019: South Africa Innings:
South Africa didn’t have an ideal start to their run-chase as they lost their in-form batsman Quinton de Kock in the third over of the innings. Lasith Malinga was able to provide the first breakthrough.
However, Aiden Markram was able to time the ball to perfection. South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram added 70 runs for the second wicket partnership before the former was dismissed by Thisara Perera.
Meanwhile, Aiden Markram and rookie batsman Rassie van der Dussen added 57 runs for the third wicket alliance. However, rain played a spoilsport as no play was possible after 28 overs. Consequently, JP Duminy who was playing his swansong in South Africa didn’t get a chance to bat.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2019: Sri Lanka Innings:
Sri Lanka lost two early wickets to get off to a bad start after winning the toss. The visitors lost both their openers when only 14 runs were added to the scorecard. However, Kusal Mendis scored a fighting fifty to bail his team out of the trouble.
In fact, the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and never got the momentum in their innings. Furthermore, their batsmen got off to starts but none of them was able to convert their score into a substantial score.
On the other hand, Kagiso Rabada was wrecker-in-chief as the fiery fast bowler bagged three wickets. Anrich Nortje, who made his debut in this series and Imran Tahir, playing his last ODI match on his home soil, claimed a brace.