Player of the Match
Player of the Match

6.11pm That's all from us at Pallekele. The visitors make it 3-0, and it's also time to say goodbye at ESPNcricinfo. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. See you for the fourth ODI. Till then, adios!

6.05pm Time for the presentation.

Faf du Plessis, the winning captain: "Brilliant today. Once again, the batting was fantastic. We played aggressive. And obviously, for a debutant to play that freely was great to see. Every game there's one or two guys putting their hands up. Today was less spin and a good one-day wicket. Was nice to see even our bowlers getting a bit of pressure but coming out on top. We just keep taking wickets and that's a great way to plug the run flow. The plan is to test the bench strength now that the series is over. It was good to see Reeza do well in a crunch game. Let's see how I pull up tomorrow, and then decide whether I'll play the fourth game."

Angelo Mathews, the losing captain: "360 to chase was too much. Our execution with the ball was poor, but this is the brand of cricket we want to play. Want to play positive cricket. But a bunch of positives today: Dhananjaya batted well, some bowlers bowled well. But credit to Reeza and Duminy. We need to think out of the box if we need to win away. I know we aren't doing well, but we need to play on good wickets to develop. We're playing for pride, and we want to finish the series off well."

Reeza Hendricks is the Man of the Match: "This is lot different than T20I cricket, and happy to contribute. The wicket was pretty good, and the total made it fairly difficult for Sri Lanka. I didn't know I was the fastest debutant to get an ODI hundred."

Lungi Ngidi: We saw our batsman bat well, so we knew it'll be high scoring. I expected the ball to grip a bit more, but it didn't. I think it was similar to South African surfaces, but if you bowl well you'll earn some bounce. The main chat has been to play positively and look for ways to pick wickets. And with a total like 360, we knew we didn't have to necessarily defend too much. A good return after losing the Test series.

wap36: "Though a SA fan, I am really happy about the positive attitude shown by the SL batting line up and making this a match. Specially at 6/155, there was no "give-up" attitude by De Silva and Dananjaya. "

Sandaru Herath: "Here is something for the sri lankan fans to cheer about Sl u19 beat Ind u19 by 7 runs and lead the 3 match series 2-1"

Buddika: "Mathews did two things right today; calling the toss and telling that his men could chase 270"

5.51pm That's the series for South Africa, as they take an unassailable 3-0 lead. It was always going to be a difficult chase, but Sri Lanka have themselves to blame for that. Poor bowling from the hosts, combined by some very thoughtful batting by the visitors, took them to 363, which was just too much for a fragile Sri Lankan line-up. There was hope, of course, when Dhananjaya and Dananjaya kept the scoreboard ticking, but when those wickets fell in a heap, it was one-way traffic thereafter. Mathews and Faf have a chat in the dressing room, while the rest of the players shake on the ground. Lungi Ngidi shined with his four-for, but even Andile Phehlukwayo was impressive with his three-for.

Ngidi to Lakmal, OUT, is this it? Bowler and keeping converging, but Ngidi takes the catch! Slices this in the air and South Africa win by 78 runs!

RAS Lakmal c & b Ngidi 12 (15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Stoffels: "Even though Sri Lanka have improved in their batting, I still feel this is at least a 300 par wicket!" -- Yes, it's a true surface

Ngidi to Lakmal, no run, full outside off, but Lakmal's in the mood to tee off for every ball. Clears his front leg, but the attempted slog goes to midwicket

45 | 7 Runs | SL: 285/9 (79 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.33, RRR: 15.80)

  • Lahiru Kumara7 (13b)
  • Suranga Lakmal12 (13b)
  • Tabraiz Shamsi10-0-62-2
  • Lungi Ngidi8-0-57-3
Shamsi to Kumara, no run, good length outside off, and punched back to the bowler off te back foot
Shamsi to Kumara, no run, turn and bounce! Full outside off, and spinning away from the batsman, eventually going into Amla's hands at first slip
Shamsi to Kumara, FOUR runs, full on off, and that's been drilled! Showing the rest of his team how to bat. Clears his front leg, and thumps it to the long-on boundary
Shamsi to Lakmal, 1 run, good length outside leg stump, and he opens his stance to slog tp deep midwicket
Shamsi to Kumara, 1 run, full outside off, and the attempted slog over cover is sliced! In the air, but falls in no man's land. Mid off missing

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

20WU TharangaN Dickwella
17WU TharangaMDKJ Perera
26MDKJ PereraBKG Mendis
18NLTC PereraBKG Mendis
43AD MathewsBKG Mendis
31AD MathewsDM de Silva
95DM de SilvaA Dananjaya
23RAS LakmalDM de Silva
2RAS LakmalNGRP Jayasuriya
10RAS LakmalCBRLS Kumara