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Sri Lanka vs South Africa: Teams Look to End ODI Series on a High

South Africa have won the series already, but will want to make a statement following the loss in the fourth ODI. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will be looking to continue their fightback.

ICC |August 11, 2018, 3:47 PM IST
Sri Lanka vs South Africa: Teams Look to End ODI Series on a High

South Africa have won the series already, but will want to make a statement following the loss in the fourth ODI. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will be looking to continue their fightback.

After falling 3-0 behind in the five-match one-day international series, Sri Lanka made a thumping comeback in the fourth game. A strong batting performance was supported by a brilliant effort with the ball as the hosts clinched a three-run victory in the rain-affected game in Kandy.

Half-centuries from Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera and Player of the Match Dasun Shanaka took them past 300. Bad weather conditions meant the Proteas innings was curtailed to 21 overs with the target revised to 191. A three-wicket haul from Suranga Lakmal led the bowling charge to deny the visitors a 4-0 lead in the series.

The win in Kandy was Sri Lanka's first in 11 ODIs against South Africa, which will give them a world of confidence going into the last game on Sunday.

The pressure has been on the Sri Lankan top order to perform, and while they were among the runs in the last game on Wednesday, it was again the lower order offering the heroics. Angelo Mathews, the captain, has also identified fielding as another area for improvement.

South Africa, who are without the services of injured skipper Faf du Plessis for this game as well, will continue to be led by Quinton de Kock. Victory in the final ODI will give them momentum to take into the only Twenty20 international to follow, and continue their turnaround after a difficult Test series.

With the series in the bag, the Proteas team management had said they would use the final two games to test their bench. Reeza Hendricks, for instance, came on to strike a hundred on debut in the third ODI and Heinrich Klaasen was brought in for the fourth.

The talented Aiden Markram hasn't had a good time of it in Sri Lanka so far, and was dropped after the first two ODIs, but in the spirit of experimentation, the team could be tempted to give him another chance to play himself into form.

Squads

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c, wk), Hashim Amla, Junior Dala, Jean-Paul Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Willem Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 Australia 4320 108
3 England 5253 105
4 New Zealand 3449 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5442 111
5 Australia 5854 110
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1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 6095 265
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 5248 262
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