The Proteas secured a whitewash series victory over Sri Lanka as they look ahead to the Cricket World Cup. The match was called off due to a floodlight failure with South Africa winning by 41 runs based on the DLS-method.
The Proteas bowled out Sri Lanka for 225 with Kagiso Rabada picking up three wickets. Sri Lanka fell three balls short of batting out a full 50 overs, continuing a sequence that goes back to October 2018. The only time in their most recent eight matches where they were not bowled out was in the rain-shortened match last weekend.
Aiden Markram was the top scorer for the Proteas with an unbeaten 67, he was on-form, once again showing his vast array of shot-play. Markram was the night’s big star, we must recall that he was side-lined from the one-day team for the first eight matches of the year. Markram was then recalled for the final two matches of the Sri Lanka series on the back of outstanding form in domestic games. Much to the demise of Reeza Hendricks, saturday’s player-of-the-match seems set to ensure that he is part of South Africa’s squad for the World Cup later this year.
After the match, Sri Lankan captain, Lasith Malinga, spoke very highly of the Proteas, saying they have a lot of good & intelligent fast bowlers, and that they are a side with a lot of match winners.
After clinching the five-match ODI series, South Africa are now scheduled to play a three-match T20I series against the Islanders, which kicks off on Tuesday, March 19. The opening game will be played at Newlands in Cape Town followed by the second and third, at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, while the fourth and fifth plays out at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.