South Africa delivered another formidable bowling performance to complete 5-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka in the final game played at Newlands, Cape Town. The home side picked up wickets at regular intervals to restrict Sri Lanka to just 226 runs. In reply, Aiden Markam led the way with the way to see South Africa complete 41-run win via Duckworth-Lewis method.
Chasing 226 runs to win, opener Quinton de Kock was dismissed early in the innings as Lasith Malinga provided early breakthrough with the new-ball. Aiden Markram and Captain Faf du Plessis came together to rebuild the innings for South Africa. The duo added 70-run partnership to see South Africa scoring at a decent rate.
Markam was certainly aggressor and picked up boundaries to put pressure back on the bowlers. On the other hand, Du Plessis struggled to get going in his innings and was dismissed by medium-pacer Thisara Perera in the 17th over of the innings. He scored 24 off 42 balls with the help of one boundary.
Markram notched up a crucial half-century and added 57 runs with Rassie Van Der Dussen to see South Africa completely placed at 135 for 2 after 28 overs. With the home side needing another 91 runs to win, the game was delayed due to floodlight failure at Newlands. Without situation not getting better, South Africa were declared as the winners of the game via Duckworth-Lewis method.
Bowlers, Aiden Markam led the way to see South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 41-runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in the final one-day game of the series played at Newlands, Cape Town.
Earlier in the game, Upul Tharanga and Avishka Fernando were dismissed early in the innings as Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada provided breakthroughs with the new-ball. Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando added 49 run partnership to rebuild the innings for Sri Lanka. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir produced a special delivery to get rid of Fernando in the 18th over of the innings.
Kusal Mendis played well and scored 56 off 84 balls with the help of three boundaries. He added 62 runs with Angelo Perera to see Sri Lanka placed in a good position. The dismissals of Perera and Mendis triggered a collapse as Sri Lanka were bundled out for 225 runs in 49.3 overs.
For South Africa, pace bowler Kagiso Rabada was standout bowler in the game with three wickets to his name. Anrich Nortje and Imran Tahir also picked up two wickets apiece to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par score at Newlands.
Quinton de Kock was named man of the series after scoring more than 300 runs against Sri Lanka. Aiden Markram was awarded man of the match for his brilliant half-century.
The home side will take on Sri Lanka in the three-match T20I series that starts from Tuesday in Cape Town.