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4th ODI - South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in Port Elizabeth

Isuru Udana Sri Lanka - Player of the Match in Port Elizabeth for his fantastic 78 off 57
Quinton de Kock just misses out on stumping chance
4th ODI - South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in Port Elizabeth

South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, today.

Match Summary

Sri Lanka 189 (Isuru Udana 78; Anrich Nortje 3-57, Andile Phehlukwayo 2-21)

South Africa 190-4 (Quinton de Kock 51, Faf Du Plessis 43, JP Duminy 31*; Dhananjaya De Silva 3-41)

Result – South Africa won by 6 wickets


Sri Lanka were bowled out for 189 and' but for Isuru Udana 78, their total would have been a lot less. Batting at number 9, Udana hit 7x4s and 4x6s in his cameo innings, which took Sri Lanka to an improbable total of 189; Anrich Nortje 3-57 and Andile Phehlukwayo 2-21 were the pick of the Proteas bowlers.

In reply, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock 51, hit another ODI half century and put them in strong position to win, when he was out with the score 110-3. After that skipper Faf du Plessis 43, David Miller 25* and JP Duminy 31* saw the Proteas home, winning by 6 wickets.

De Kock record sets up comfortable win for Proteas - CSA Match Report

Quinton de Kock completed five successive ODI half-centuries to equal the South African record he already jointly holds with Jonty Rhodes to set the Standard Bank Proteas on their way to a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka with more than 17 overs to spare in the fourth Momentum One-Day International at St. George’s Park on Wednesday.

They now lead the series 4-0 and have the opportunity to complete a clean sweep in the final match at PPC Newlands on Saturday (13h00).

Sri Lanka put up one of their weakest performances of their entire tour as they were shot out for 189 in 39.2 overs and it would have been a lot worse but for a cavalier innings by Momentum Man of the Match Isuru Udana who came to the crease at a disastrous 97/7 at the end of the 25th over and scored 78 (57 balls, 7 fours and 4 sixes) out of the remaining 92 runs in the innings. This included making 55 out of the 10th wicket partnership of 58 with Kasun Rajitha – the other three were made up of wides) – that constituted a Sri Lankan record for the final wicket.

Anrich Nortje returned career best figures of 3/57 in 8 overs, having had figures of 3/19 after his first 6 overs and then bearing the brunt of the Udana onslaught in his later spell.

De Kock (51 off 57 balls, 6 fours) soon put the result beyond doubt after sharing a second wicket stand of 56 with the recalled Aiden Markram and a further stand of 43 for the third with Faf du Plessis. When De Kock was dismissed the target was down to 80 runs with 29 overs still available and, although Du Plessis also departed, the finishing touches were comfortably supplied by David Miller and JP Duminy.

The latter, making his comeback from injury, was in sparkling form, scoring an unbeaten 31 off 21 balls (4 fours and a six) and, although there was little for him to do when he came to the crease, his innings was probably one of the biggest plusses on the evening for the Proteas.

The Proteas once again underlined the depth of their bowling resources with both Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir being rested, giving Dale Steyn his first outing of the series and allowing a further opportunity for Tabraiz Shamsi who bowled as well as anybody for his return of 1/34 from a full complement of 10 overs


South Africa - Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock(wk), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Sri Lanka - Upul Tharanga, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Priyamal Perera, Kusal Mendis(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga(c), Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha

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