South Africa cruise towards victory as floodlights fail | Sunday Observer

South Africa cruise towards victory as floodlights fail

South African bowler Lungi Ngidi celebrates taking the wicket of Avishka Fernando with his captain Faf du Plessis in the fifth and final ODI yesterday
South African bowler Lungi Ngidi celebrates taking the wicket of Avishka Fernando with his captain Faf du Plessis in the fifth and final ODI yesterday

South Africa reached 135 for 2 chasing a Sri Lankan total of 226 and were well ahead on the run rate as the floodlighting system failed at Cape Town yesterday in the fifth and final ODI.

Sri Lanka as expected caved in on yet another occasion as South Africa cruised towards a 5-0 sweep of the series after bundling out the tourists for 225 in 49.3 overs.

South Africa moved into the target with relative ease as opener Aiden Markram made an unbeaten 67 when play came to an end over the lighting failure.

The writing was on the wall for Sri Lanka as the opening pair of Upul Tharanga and Avishka Fernando fell cheaply for scores of 2 and 9 respectively after Lasith Malinga won the toss and decided to bat first on a fast paced pitch.

Only Kusal Mendis with a top score of 56 looked to keep the South African bowlers at bay but when he was run out after hitting three fours in a patient stay there was very little that the Sri Lankans could do.

Angelo Perera playing his first match on tour chipped in with 31 while Priyamal Perera made 33 followed by Isuru Udana striking a brisk 32 in 29 balls with one six and three fours.

Thisara Perera led down the team on yet another day as he made just 2 runs as leg spinner Imran Thahir plucked two wickets for 33 runs in his 10 overs.

Kigaso Rabada was the pick of the South African fast bowlers as he picked up three wickets.

Sri Lanka will take on South Africa in three T20 matches starting on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka 225 in 49.3 overs (Kusal Mendis 56, Angelo Perera 31, Priyamal Perera 33, Isuru Udana 32, K Rabada 3 for 50, Imran Thahir 2 for 33)

South Africa 135 for 2 in 28 overs (A Markram 67 not out, Faf du Plessis 24, HE van der Dussen 28 not out) 

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