Johannesburg - The Proteas cruised to a seven-wicket victory with 18 overs to spare
to take a winning 3-0 lead over Sri Lanka in their ODI series with two
matches still to be played.
As it happened: Proteas v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI
They now have the chance to complete their second
clean sweep this season with victories in the two remaining matches at Newlands on Tuesday and at SuperSport Park next Friday.
this season they also had a 5-0 series sweep against Australia.
also won 12 ODIs in a row on home soil which constitutes a South African record.
Lanka it was a repeat of what has happened throughout the series with their
batsmen again failing to post a total in excess of 200 under batting conditions
that suggested they needed to put at least 250 on the board after being sent
started with a good opening stand of 60 between Niroshan Dickwella (74 off 80
balls, 7 fours) and his captain, Upul Tharanga (31 off 45 balls, 5 fours) but
thereafter there was no consolidation and they lost their last 7 wickets for 48
runs to set the Proteas a meagre target of 164.
Kumara back in the side to give their attack some teeth they gave one of their
better bowling performances of the series but they were unable to apply consistent
pressure with such a small total to defend.
loss of three cheap wickets AB de Villiers and JP Duminy finished off the job
with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 72 in 13.2 overs which allowed the
Proteas captain just enough time to complete his half-century (60 not out off
61 balls, 5 fours). He has now made 706 runs in 10 innings at the Wanderers for
an average of 100.85 (3 centuries and 3 50s) with a strike rate in the region
Plessis celebrated his 100th appearance by taking yet another
sensational catch while Quinton de Kock also took a very good reaction catch to
dismiss Dickwella and complete 100 dismissals in ODI cricket.
Pretorius, who was given a run with Wayne Parnell being rested, returned career
best figures of 3/19 to be named man of the match.