South Africa complete 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka after 41-run win in final ODI

Sport360 staff 23:42 16/03/2019
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A dominant display by South Africa in the ODI series.

The five-match ODI series between South Africa and Sri Lanka came to an abrupt end with the final clash at Cape Town cut short by a floodlight failure.

The hosts were ultimately declared winners by 41 runs via the Duckworth Lewis System (DLS), thereby completely a 5-0 clean sweep of the ODI series.

South Africa were batting on 135-2 after bowling Sri Lanka out for 225 runs when the floodlights at the Newlands cricket ground malfunctioned.

No further play was possible after a two-hour delay leading to the officials calling off the match.

Earlier, South Africa pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje shared five wickets between themselves with Sri Lanka’s batsmen finding the going tough.

Kusal Mendis top-scored for the visitors with 56 but none of the other Sri Lanka batsmen were unable to push on despite getting good starts. Veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir picked up two wickets in his home ground on what his final ODI appearance on South African soil.

In response, Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga removed Quinton de Kock early but Aiden Markram and Faf du Plessis forged a 70-run stand for the second wicket to get the hosts back on track.

Markram was unbeaten on 67 while Rassie van der Dussen was batting on 28 when the match was ultimately called off.

The two teams will now square off in a three-match T20 series which begins at Cape Town on Monday.

BRIEF SCORES

Sri Lanka: 225 all out

Kusal Mendis: 56 (84)

Kagiso Rabada: 3-50

South Africa: 135-2 (28 overs)

Aiden Markram: 67 not out (75)

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