South Africa Clinch Historic Series Win

South Africa celebrate a wicket
Quinton de Kock (left) and AB de Villiers (centre) both scored centuries to set up South Africa's win
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South Africa 339-5 (de Kock 128, de Villiers 108)
Sri Lanka 257 (Mathews 58) by 82 runs
Third One-Day International, Hambantota

Quinton de Kock and AB de Viliers scored centuries to set up an 82-run win for South Africa over Sri Lanka that sealed a first ever One-Day International series win for them in Sri Lanka.

De Kock hit 128 and de Villiers 108 as South Africa won the toss and struck a mightily impressive 339 for five.

In reply, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 257 in 44.3 overs with only Angelo Mathews (58) reaching so much as a half-century.

Ryan McLaren picked up three for 37 to lead the way for South Africa with the ball as they clinched a 2-1 series win.

De Kock hit 128 in 127 balls, with 12 fours and three sixes and after he had put on 118 with Hashim Amla (48), de Villiers came in and struck 108 in just 71 deliveries.

He hit 11 fours and four sixes and added 116 for the third wicket with de Kock after Jacques Kallis had fallen for four.

De Kock fell to Sachithra Senanayake in the 41st over, after which de Villiers dominated an 80-run stand for the fourth wicket with JP Duminy (29).

Only the spinners found success for Sri Lanka. Senanayake took one for 66 having opened the bowling while Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath both returned two for 48.

A number of the Sri Lankan top-order batsmen then made good starts but none could go on and make a telling contribution.

Kushal Perera hit 37 in 25 balls, Tillakaratne Dilshan 30 in 24, Kumar Sangakkara 36 in 23 as the runs came quickly, but wickets came too for South Africa.

Imran Tahir had Mahela Jayawardene caught by Dale Steyn for two to leave Sri Lanka at 113 for four in the 14th over.

After that, Sri Lanka couldn't maintain their fast start and the runs came much more slowly.

Lahiru Thirimanne's 22 came in 37 balls and Ashan Priyanjan's 30 in 46 while Mathews' 58 took 81 balls.

If they were waiting for a final assault in the last 10 overs, their plan was foiled when Mathews fell in the 42nd over to leave the hosts 249 for seven and the end came quickly after that.

Morne Morkel (2-49), Duminy (2-43), Wayne Parnell (1-38) and Tahir (1-29) were the wicket-takers as Sri Lanka fell well short.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results
6th July: 1st ODI, Colombo
South Africa 304-5 (Amla 109, de Villiers 75) beat
Sri Lanka 229 (Sangakkara 88) by 75 runs
9th July: 2nd ODI, Pallekele
Sri Lanka 267 (Dilshan 86, McLaren 4-48) beat
South Africa 180 (Amla 101) by 87 runs
12th July: 3rd ODI, Hambantota
South Africa 339-5 (de Kock 128, de Villiers 108) beat
Sri Lanka 257 (Mathews 58) by 82 runs
16th-20th July: 1st Test, Galle
South Africa 455-9 dec. & 206-6 dec. beat
Sri Lanka 292 & 216 (Sangakkara 76) by 153 runs
24th-28th July: 2nd Test, Colombo
Sri Lanka 421 & 229-8 dec. drew with
South Africa 282 & 159-8 (Herath 5-40)