South Africa delivered another pitch-perfect performance to beat Sri Lanka in the fourth game of the one-day series played in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. Tail-ender Isuru Udana’s late blitz helped Sri Lanka post 189 runs in 39.2 overs. In reply, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis produced crucial scores to see South Africa win the game by six wickets. With this result, South Africa take unassailable 4-0 lead in the one-day series.
Chasing 190 runs to win, Quinton de Kock got South Africa off to good start. Reeza Hendricks poor form continued in this game as he was dismissed for a low score. Aiden Markam looked good at the crease and added 56 runs with de Kock to see South Africa scoring at a good rate.
Once again, Markram once again perished after scoring 29 off 32 balls with the help of three boundaries. South Africa still have concerns as Hendricks and Markram have done enough to book their place in the squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Quinton de Kock notched up another half-century and has certainly looked form player for South Africa during this series. He scored 51 off 57 balls with the help of six boundaries. Off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva dismissed de Kock to see South Africa lose their third wicket with 110 runs on the board.
Captain Faf du Plessis once again chipped in with crucial score for the side. He scored 43 of 38 balls with the help of five fours and a six. He added 34-run partnership with David Miller to see South Africa move one step closer towards another victory. Dhananjaya picked up his third wicket as he dismissed Du Plessis in the 26th over of the innings.
David Miller and JP Duminy put on unbeaten 46-run stand to see South Africa complete the chase in the 33rd over of the innings. Miller chipped in with 25 off 33 balls with the help of one four and one six. Duminy, who made a comeback for South Africa in this game, scored unbeaten 31 runs off 21 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
South Africa continued their winning streak in the one-day series after beating Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI played at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
Earlier in the game, South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first. Sri Lanka got off to a worst possible start as Dale Steyn and Lung Ngidi produced crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball.
Anrich Nortje came into the attack and dismissed Avishka Fernando, Priyamal Perera and Kamindu Mendis to see Sri Lanka reeling at 69 for 5 after 17 overs. Medium-pacer Andile Phehlukwayo also picked up the wicket of Kusal Mendis to see Sri Lanka in all sort of trouble.
Dhananjaya de Silva scored 22 off 46 balls to see Sri Lanka push their score beyond 100-run mark in their innings. Isuru Udana, who produced a valiant effort with the bat and added 58 run partnership with Kasun Rajitha. Udana launched the onslaught by smashing three consecutive sixes off the bowling of Anrich Nortje.
Nortje certainly lost the plot with the ball after being attacked by Udana. It was due to Udana’s late blitz that saw Sri Lanka register 190 runs on the board. Udana scored 78 off 57 balls with the help of seven fours and four sixes.
For South Africa, pace bowler Anrich Nortje was standout bowler with three wickets. Despite losing his way with the ball in the second spell, Nortje has certainly made a strong impression in the front of the selectors, who will have tough time in selecting the squad for Cricket World Cup.
Dale, Steyn, JP Duminy, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phelukwayo also picked up wickets for the side in this game.The fifth and final game of the one-day series will be played at Newlands, Cape Town on Saturday.