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South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2016/17


South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2016/17: Sanath Jayasuriya Emphasizes On Importance Of Winning Overseas

In the last few years, Sri Lanka have endured an absolute lull, as the retirements of legends like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene has created an irreplaceable void. The inexperience of fringe players within the ranks hasn’t been an ideal sign; as the Sri Lankans have gone on to lose more games than they have actually won. The tour of England last year was a complete disaster, as reflected upon by a win-less tour.

After annihilating Australia 3-0 in their own backyard, expectations were a bit high from the team once they left for South Africa. However, in Tests and now in the ODIs, the visitors have been massacred without any mercy and are on the verge of a whitewash.

Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya spoke about his team’s run off late, and maintained that it was imperative to win overseas as well.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a dearth of talent but we don’t produce those champion cricketers as much as we did in the past,” Jayasuriya said.

“I don’t think it’s a problem with the domestic structure or the school structure, because it’s the very system that produced all those champion cricketers in the past. So, we need to assess this situation and find out where the problem is and correct it.

“The problem I see here is not lack of talent but their inability to adjust quickly to situations and handle the pressure. You can’t play cricket, if you can’t absorb pressure,” the southpaw added.

The Matara Mauler added that in order to enrich the skills of individuals, sending them abroad for learning tours would be a decent move.

“If we can do a player program at least at the Under-19 level that will do a world of good for the players.

“We sent Kusal Mendis to England and we all know how well he performed in England last year. We’ve also seen South African players being sent to India to get used to spin wickets. This is one area we could really look at in the future,” he concluded.

Being The Captain Makes Me Play Better: Faf du Plessis

On Tuesday, Faf du Plessis’ 185 against Sri Lanka at Newlands helped South Africa gain a four-nil lead in the ODI series, and the batsman credited Test captaincy for the bloom in his form.

Racking up 16 boundaries and three massive sixes, Du Plessis helped himself to register his highest ODI score, surpassing his previous best of 133 against India in 2015. He has been in some form lately, having scored two centuries in past three matches. Riding on his knock, the Proteas registered a 40-run win and are just one victory away from claiming the number one ranking in ODIs.

Calling captaincy as his morale booster, Du Plessis said he has gained momentum with wins under his belt and that it has helped him raise his standard as a batsman too.

“Being a captain makes me play better. That’s possibly been a reason for [my good form]. The confidence and the momentum of that definitely helps. It just makes you raise your own bar of performance, you want to be a better player. My challenge to myself was to be a good player and now it’s to become a great player. So it’s just about lifting the bar and making a mind shift.”

Had Faf scored three or more runs during the match, he would have broken Gary Kirsten’s record of 188 runs, highest by a South African in One-Dayers. Talking about the milestone, Du Plessis said he wasn’t aware about the record in first place and nor was 200 in his mind. He though claimed that he was happy to cross the 180-run mark.

“I didn’t know about the record. I am very happy that I got to 180. The record is something that would have been nice but not for one second did I think of it and 200 was also not on my mind. I was just trying to get as many runs as possible.”

Glaring at records, South Africa have won all of their last nine ODI games at home and another shot at victory in Centurion would take the tally to 10-0. Post the series, the Proteas will tour New Zealand in February for a five-match ODI series.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2016/17: Faf du Plessis Played An Exceptional Knock, Says AB de Villiers

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has hailed Faf du Plessis’ 185-run knock during the fourth One-Day international against Sri Lanka.

The Proteas were in a spot of bother early on when Hashim Amla was dismissed for only one but a career-best innings by du Plessis helped the hosts post a mammoth 367 for 5 in 50 overs at Newlands on Tuesday (February 7). The 32-year-old came at the crease in the second over and batted until the last, when he was caught on the boundary while looking for a six that would have taken him past Gary Kirsten’s 188, the highest individual ODI score by a South African. His 185-run knock came off only 141 balls and was studded with 16 fours and three maximums.

The 368-run target was always going to be a tough one for a team which had failed to cross the 190-run mark in the last three matches but the visitors led by a brilliant century from their stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga gave the hosts a run for their money before eventually falling short by 40 runs. The left-handed batsman scored 119 runs from only 90 balls to lay the foundation of the chase but the failure of other batsmen saw South Africa taking a 4-0 lead in the 5-match series.

Speaking after the game, de Villiers said:

“Faf played an exceptional knock. Tharanga also played a fantastic knock but there wasn’t a lot of panic. I felt comfortable with the variety we had in our bowling.”

Meanwhile, speaking on his team’s batting performance, Tharanga said:

“We needed to get a good start and it was a much better batting performance. Unfortunately we lost too many wickets later.”

Du Plessis, meanwhile, credited Quinton de Kock and de Villiers, with whom he shared century stands, for taking the pressure off him which allowed him to play freely.

“When you’re feeling in good touch you’ve got to score big runs. That’s my job,” said Du Plessis. Quinny was striking the ball nicely and that took the pressure off me, then AB was brilliant running between the wickets.”

The fifth and final match of the series will be played on February 10 in Centurion.

SA vs SL, 4th ODI: Upul Tharanga’s Spirited Ton In Vain As Proteas Go 4-0 Up

Sri Lanka were 307 for 4 in the 43rd over in pursuit of South Africa’s mammoth 367 before a familiar for that has been their nemesis throughout the ongoing tour came back to haunt them again as they collapsed dramatically to lose their last five wickets for only 30 runs to hand the Proteas a victory by 40-runs.

Chasing a gigantic 367, nobody would have given Sri Lanka even an outside chance to even get close to South Africa’s score. The visitors had failed to cross the 200-run mark even once in the last three ODIs and chasing down such a huge total was always going to be a herculean task. However, Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga had other plans in their mind as they fired on all cylinders right from the start to bring their back in contention to surprise their fancied opponents. The duo added 139 runs off only 96 balls before Dickwella was sent back by Dwaine Pretorius for 58. Another 64-run stand between Tharanga and Kusal Mendis for the second wicket had Sri Lanka on the drivers seat but three wickets inside 25 runs brought the hosts right back into the game. More importantly, the Proteas managed to dismiss the dangerous Tharanga, who scored the first century by a Sri Lankan batsman on this trip.

However, Sandun Weerakkody, who was playing in just his second ODI, kept the visitors in hunt with a fighting fifty. But he got little support from other batsmen as Sri Lanka’s last five batsmen could contribute only 10 runs with four of them scoring only 1 as the hosts took a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.

Earlier, a batting masterclass by Faf du Plessis propelled the Proteas to a huge total. After AB de Villiers decided to bat first on a flat pitch, the home team made a poor start as Hashim Amla (1) returned to the hut cheaply. However, two century stands between Quinton de Kock (55) and du Plessis and the latter and de Villiers (64) set the platform for a big total. In the meantime, du Plessis scored his eighth ODI ton off only 89 deliveries. The 32-year old’s monumental innings eventually came to an end when after scoring 185 runs, he was caught on the boundary while looking for a six that would have taken him past Gary Kirsten’s 188, the highest individual ODI score by a South African. Farhaan Behardien too chipped in with a quickfire 36 to help the hosts cross the 350-run mark.

Brief scores:

South Africa 367 for 5 (du Plessis 185, Pathirana 2-55) beat Sri Lanka 327 (Tharanga 119, Dickwella 58, Weerakkody 58, Parnell 4-58) by 40 runs

South African coach Russell Domingo said De Villiers was looking nervous out on the pitch in the 3rd T20I against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2016/17: AB de Villiers Urges Proteas To Be Ruthless

The flashing danger signs are already out for Sri Lanka, as South Africa are ready to welcome them at Johannesburg in their annual Pink jersey affair. In the Pink outfit so far, the Proteas have been profusely ruthless and have maintained a 100% win record. It was in this very outfit, where AB De Villiers played that epic knock against the West Indies in January 2015 and registered the fastest ever century in ODIs.

Ahead of the third game, which could well turn out to be the one where the series gets sealed, De Villiers has urged his side to be ruthless. The iconic batsman was of the view that if the Proteas are to excel in ICC events such as the upcoming Champions Trophy, it is essential to win a series in comprehensive style.

“If we are going to win big tournaments, you’ve got to win five or six games in a row sometimes. We’ve got to get that habit going of winning series 4-1, 5-0, instead of 3-2 like we’ve done in the past because when you get to a World Cup, 3-2 is not good enough,” said an optimistic De Villiers ahead of the third ODI.

Speaking about his love to perform in sell out games, De Villiers said:

“I enjoy big crowds and big moments and there’s a bit of hype and a lot of noise around this game. I love playing at the Bullring. Once I get going and I get to 50 or so and the crowd gets a bit louder, it gets me going as well.”

The South Africa captain maintained it is essential for his team to cash in on the home advantage.

“Everywhere you play around the world teams try and cash in on home ground advantage. It’s important for us to – not make it ridiculous – but to play to our strengths.

“That’s why touring is so difficult, especially to the subcontinent and there’s nothing wrong with that. They make pitches the way that they feel they’ve got the best chance to win. We’ve probably haven’t got it right in that last T20 and one or two of the ODIs but this wicket looks really good.”

South African batsman Faf du Plessis said he was impressed with his side's fielding performance against Sri Lanka in Durban ODI.

South Africa’s Fielding Standards Are A Delight To Watch, Says Faf Du Plessis

Up high from the ground and attempting to grab the ball with just one hand, Faf du Plessis took a blinder during the second ODI in Durban against Sri Lanka. The attempt, which cost opener Dickwella his wicket, seemed all but acrobatic on the screen. To say the least, that was just a beginning of great fielding show by the South Africans.

Out of all Sri Lankan wickets, seven were catches, and going by the recordings they were all terrific to look at. Early on, it was Faf and David Miller, who put hundreds on the board to help hosts gain 2-0 lead in the five-match series on Wednesday. However, it was the ground fielding which stood for Faf du Plessis.

Talking about his personal brilliance on the field, du Plessis said he was once told about a mantra to succeed as a fielder, which he often follows.

“Someone once told me that if you fear getting hit on the finger or if you fear what happens when you fall, that’s when you are going to get hurt because you go into it 50-50. But if you go into balls-to-the-wall, if I can say that, then you are going to be okay.”

Calling his side the best in terms of out-fielding, du Plessis said he isn’t the only superstar out there and that all players are capable of pulling stunners every now and then. He further tagged New Zealand’s players as one of the better fielders in recent past, saying they set the trend and now he wants this young South African side to do something similar.

Crediting the trainers for helping the players polish their acrobatic skills, he said they have right people in the management to train them hard.

“We are very lucky. If you look at the guys in the ring – they are all brilliant fielders. There’s not any fielder there that’s a bowler. It’s all quality fielders, who field at point or cover for the different franchises. We’ve got the right personnel and with that you can obviously make sure you train hard and then you can change games with them. New Zealand have been a great example of that for many years and we are right up with them now.”

South Africa and Sri Lanka will face each other in the third One-Dayer at Johannesburg on February 4.

Graham Ford Excited To See Sri Lanka Youngsters’ Batting Performance

One of the biggest factors of Sri Lanka’s dismal show on the ongoing tour of South Africa has been the failure of their batsmen. Poor batting saw them getting whitewashed in Tests despite the bowlers having the Proteas on backfoot on several occasions. Winning the subsequent T20 series gave them some respite but poor batting has once again come to haunt them in the ongoing ODI series.

The visitors are trailing 2-0 in the series after losing the second ODI by 121 runs and are yet to cross the 200-run mark in the series. However, their head coach, Graham Ford is not too much worried with the team’s batting performance and said he was excited to see the way his team’s young batsmen began their innings. Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva are still finding their feet in international cricket and Ford insisted his batsmen have got what it takes to excel at the highest level.

Speaking after the second match, Ford said:

“I was quite excited with what I saw today. Unfortunately none of our batsmen converted starts but they certainly showed they have got the talent to play at this level and to make an impact at this level. I feel when I look at the number of games so many of them have played and the ages of some of them, if they are looked after and shown the right kind of support, in time, they could be a very good Sri Lankan side.”

“For some of the guys it’s a bit of a jolt to come and see how tough it is to play in foreign conditions and to play in South Africa,” Ford said.

“From that point of view, it’s got to be a learning opportunity. If we are realistic and we look at the players we’ve got and the ages and the amount of games they have played, it is about learning and it is about improving. At times we’ve shown improvement, at times I have hoped for more improvement. On tonight’s performance, I was quite excited about what I saw.”

With Champions Trophy just a few months away, Ford admitted his team needs to improve if they want to do well in tough English conditions.

“It’s pretty clear there is a lot of improvement that needs to take place. From what I saw from some of these young batsmen, they showed they can handle this sort of bowling attack,” he said.

“Conditions in England might not suit them as much as today’s conditions so we will have to do a bit of thinking about balance of side and the way we can try and disrupt them in those conditions but we will have to improve a lot in all three disciplines.”

Sri Lanka’s misery has been further compounded by the absence of their skipper Angelo Mathews. The all-rounder flew home after injuring his ankle in the second T20I.

“In white-ball cricket, Angelo is a fantastic allrounder. He is the leader of the group so it is a setback but if I look at where we are at, it gives us a chance to groom a couple of other guys in the set-up and hopefully it will pay us back down the line.”

Dinesh Chandimal’s poor form has not helped the visitors either. One of the most-experienced players in the team, Chandimal has scored only 58 runs in the two ODIs after scoring a 85 and 33 in the Test and T20I series respectively.

Speaking on Chandimal, Ford said:

“In recent weeks, he has started to look a lot better, started to time the ball and shown he is not far away. He started this tour a little under-done because of that serious finger injury but we all know what a capable player he is. He will get one score score hopefully in the next game and hopefully he won’t look back.”

Sri Lanka will now have to win their remaining three matches to win the series while South Africa need to win just one to bag the series.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2016/17, 2nd ODI: Clinical Proteas Go 2-0 Up In The Series

Riding on centuries from Faf du Plessis and David Miller followed by another poor batting display from Sri Lankan batsmen, South Africa defeated the visitors by 121 runs in the second ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Miller joined du Plessis in the middle after Sri Lanka had reduced the Proteas to 108/4 in the 20th over. However, the Sri Lankan bowlers failed to capitalise on the opportunity and both batsmen added 117 runs for the fifth wicket to lay the platform for a big total. The duo started slowly and concentrated more on singles and doubles but made sure to keep the run-rate healthy throughout their stay at the crease. In between, they also enjoyed a bit of luck as du Plessis was dropped at slip on 63 off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan while Miller had a reprieve when wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal failed to grab a tough chance. But apart from those two incidents, their innings was largely error-free.

The century-stand came to an end when du Plessis, trying to hit one over the bowler’s head, failed to connect properly and gave away an easy catch to Kusal Mendis after scoring a well-deserved 105. His departure did not affect Miller as the southpaw scored 50 runs off his last 27 deliveries to finish on unbeaten 117 off only 98 balls. Chris Morris too chipped in with a quickfire 27 to help the hosts collect 90 runs off the final 10 overs and post an imposing 307 for 6.

In reply, the visitors made a cautious start. Upul Tharanga promoted himself to his old position and added 45 runs for the first wicket with Niroshan Dickwella before the latter was sent back by Wayne Parnell. Seven runs later, the left-arm pacer struck again to remove the Sri Lanka skipper and the writing was very much on the wall when Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva returned to the pavilion inside one run to leave their team reeling at 75 for 4.

A 44-run partnership between Dinesh Chandimal and Asela Gunaratne steadied the ship for a bit but once the latter was dismissed, the visitors began losing wickets at regular intervals before being eventually dismissed for 186.

Brief scores:

South Africa 307 for 6 (Miller 117*, du Plessis 105) beat Sri Lanka 186 (Chandimal 36) by 121 runs

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RSA vs SL, 1st ODI: Proteas Go One Up In Series With Thumping 8-Wicket Win

After winning the T20 series, Sri Lanka failed to carry on the momentum in the first One-Day International of the five-match series as South Africa thrashed them by 8 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers invited the visitors to bat first on a ground that has made a reputation of witnessing low-scoring games and his decision was proved right straightaway as Wayne Parnell sent back Niroshan Dickwella and Sandun Weerakkody with only 14 on the board. A 72-run partnership between Kusal Mendis (62) and Dinesh Chandimal (22) for the third wicket steadied the ship but the visitors started losing wickets at regular intervals once the latter was castled by Imran Tahir. The leg-spinner struck twice inside the next 16 runs to reduce the visitors to 102 for 5. Dhananjaya de Silva with 28 runs was the only major contributor from the lower order as the visitors huffed and puffed to 181.

In reply, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla gave the hosts a flying start by adding 71 runs for the first wicket before the former was sent back by Lakshan Sandakan. But another fifty-plus stand between Amla and Faf du Plessis set the platform for an easy chase. Du Plessis and AB de Villiers then scored the remaining runs quite comfortably to take their team home with over 15 overs remaining.

The second match will be played on Wednesday (February 1) in Durban.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 181/10 in 48.3 (Kusal Mendis 62; Imran Tahir 3-26, Wayne Parnell 3-48) lost to South Africa 185/2 in 34.2 overs (Hashim Amla 57, Quinton de Kock 55) by eight wickets.

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Lungi Ngidi, ICC World Cup 2019

Abdominal Pain Rules Young Sensation Lungi Ngidi Out of Sri Lanka ODIs

Days after South Africa’s young bowling sensation Lungi Ngidi broke into the national side for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, the 20-year-old suffered abdominal pain and now has been ruled out from the bilateral series, starting Saturday in Port Elizabeth.

Ngidi was picked for his impressive show against Sri Lanka in T20 series, where he bagged six wickets in three matches. The lanky pacer suffered an injury in the 3rd T20I at Newlands and will need around three-four weeks to recover.

Proteas manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee confirmed the news saying Ngidi landed awkwardly on his left hip while fielding at Capetown and injured himself. He said the pacer has gone through scans and results showed an abdominal muscle wall tear.

Dr Mohammed said since the injury is sensitive and will put load on him while bowling, Ngidi has been listed out of the squad.

“Lungi landed awkwardly on his left hip while fielding. Subsequent scans confirmed an abdominal muscle wall tear. It is a sensitive injury because the abdominal wall is highly loaded during the fast-bowling action so full recovery is important before he can resume bowling at 100% match intensity. He will follow a thorough rehab and treatment plan to give him the best opportunity to return to full fitness.”

In his debut against Sri Lanka in Centurion, Ngidi was named Man-of-the-Match for taking two for 12 in two overs, and followed up with 4 for 19 in his second game. His replacement is yet to be announced.

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