Sri Lanka beat South Africa in the 3rd ODI to win a first series win in more than year and a half.
This is the 2nd consecutive series win for Sri Lanka after winning the T20 series against India in July.
It has taken eight years for Sri Lanka to beat South Africa in an ODI series. Last series came in 2013 when Sri lanka beat 4-1 at home.
Sri Lanka 203/9
Charith Asalanka 47
Dhananjaya de Silva 31
Keshav Maharaj 3/38
South Africa 125
Heinrich Klaasen 22
Maheesh Theekshana 4/37
Dushmantha Chameera 2/16
Wanindu Hasaranga 2/32
Sri Lanka limped to 203/9 in the allotted 50 overs. South Africa were bowled out for 125 giving Sri Lanka the vital win by 78 runs in the decider.
Charith Asalanka won the Man of the series for his consistent batting performance while seamer Chameera was the man of the match.
South Africa went all-in with spin in the last One-Day International against Sri Lanka, successfully adopting a strategy that in the long term – given where the next World Cup will be played – could serve them well.
Keshav Maharaj opened with spin, bowled spin through the middle, and spin at the end, taking advantage of a dry surface. It proved a difficult chase for the South Africans as they went in search of a third consecutive ODI series win in Sri Lanka, and importantly the 10 points needed for the ICC World Cup Super League.
Forty out of the 50 overs were bowled by spinners, including Aiden Markram’s part-time off-breaks. It was good recognition on the part of stand-in skipper Maharaj, who had opened the bowling and in his first over ripped two deliveries passed Avishka Fernando’s outside edge, disturbing the top of the surface on both occasions.
After a brilliant all-round performance in the opening match, the Sri Lankans struggled to replicate it in the second ODI. Early wickets meant that they were always on the backfoot in Colombo and will now have to return to the drawing board in order to seal a victory on home turf.
The Proteas were given a momentum boost with the players delivering the goods with both the bat and the ball. While Janneman Malan scored big, Tabraiz Shamsi worked his magic with his left-arm wrist spin, notching up figures of 5/49.
With only two points separating the sides on the CWCSL table, plenty will be at stake during the series decider in Colombo.
It’s Sri Lanka’s first ODI series win since 2020 February and a first ODI series win vs South Africa since 2013.
Sri Lanka move to 5th spot in ICC ODI Super League.