AB de Villiers continued his imperious run of form with the bat at the Wanderers, Johannesburg to help South Africa clinch the one day series against Sri Lanka. South African captain led the way with the bat in the chase to take his side to win the game by seven wickets and take 3-0 lead in the five match series.
De Villiers remained unbeaten till the end as he scored 60 runs off 61 balls.He struck five boundaries in his innings. Quinton de Kock fell early in the innings as he was clean bowled by fast bowler Lahiru Kumara. Hashim Amla played well for his 34 runs off 54 balls before a suicidal call for two saw well short of his ground to be given out run-out by third umpire. South Africa were never given a scare as JP Duminy and De Villiers as duo added 72 runs to see the side knock off the runs in 32nd over.
The win was setup by South Africa bowlers as Dwaine Pretorius bowled a probing spell to end up three wickets as Sri Lankan looked out of sorts in their innings. Niroshan Dickwella was only sole contributor in the Sri Lankan lineup as top scored with 74 runs off 80 balls.He scored seven boundaries in his innings. The visitors were going nicely at one stage at 115 for 3 but lost last seven wickets for just 48 runs to get bundled out for 163 runs in 39 overs. The scene of Sri Lanka’s endless implosion never seemed to end in the tour so far as batting has been a big letdown for the side as it has cost them the one day series as well.
The game did saw an unexpected interruption as honey bees invaded the Wanderers field as players laid down on the ground to avoid any unnecessary injury. The ground officials did their best to drive the bees out of the playing arena and managed to overcome the problem successfully as almost an hour was lost in the game. Parnell was replaced by Pretorius who was adjudged as man of the match for his outstanding performance with the ball.