3rd ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Sep 7 2021, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
(30/50 ov, target 204)125
Sri Lanka won by 78 runs
Player Of The Match
29 (39) & 2/16
Player Of The Series
196 runs • 1 wkt
end of over 304 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 125/10CRR: 4.16 RRR: 3.95 • Need 79 runs from 20 overs
Tabraiz Shamsi9 (19)
Maheesh Theekshana 10-0-37-4
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 8-3-32-2

9.54pm: Right, that concludes this ODI series from us. There's a T20I series coming up soon between these two teams, so make sure you join us for that one. Till then, on behalf of Sreshth and Ranjith and team, this is Saurabh Somani bidding you goodbye.

Dasun Shanaka: It's been hard, we haven't won a series at home for the last few years, so this counts a lot. The boys played really well, so lots more series win to come hopefully. We knew the toss wil play a major role in the game so winning the toss had a good impact on the match. First I thought 230 would be an ideal score on this pitch, but 200 also turned out to be a very good total. Theekshana was our trump card. He's more of a T20 bowler but I used him wisely in this match. He's a real prospect going forward. (On his form) I should have stayed more in this game and I think I must contribute more than I did in this series. Today I wanted to bat longer, and really wanted to contribute today because I wanted a series win badly.

Keshav Maharaj: I think the bowlers did a really good job. Yes it was slow and turning but the boys did well. Obviously the batting didn't go according to plan but full credit to Sri Lanka. I don't think so (the toss being a factor). It came on better. I think the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled well in the powerplay and set us back. The first two games, the approach was pleasing and positive. Today our plans weren't up to scratch, but lots of positives to take. We've got a few of our senior players back for the T20Is so hopefully that'll give us the boost we need.

Asalanka is the Player of the Series: It's always great to be the Player of the Series in an international tournament. It's my first one. I could see from the dressing room the pitch was helping spinners. My role was to bat longer, and I'm happy to do the job for my team. Initially I was looking at a score of 230-240 but later I thought 200-210 could do the job.

Chameera is the Player of the Match: The pitch was a bit slow. I didn't try too much, just tried to bowl a good length. That's why I think I got success. I've had lot of injuries in the past few years, so I've done extra fitness work for my bowling. I practiced well for the past few months. That's why I've managed to play continuously now.

Sampath has another great stat: The 16 wickets by spinners in this game are the second-most in a men's ODI, behind the 19 that fell to spinners in a Bangladesh vs Pakistan game in 2011.

Tim : "Just realised Shamsi scored his first ODI runs in his 30th game" -- well something to cheer for South Africa then, at least...

9.36pm: Huge win for Sri Lanka, and they've sealed the series with it too. Winning by 78 runs when defending 203 is as big as it gets. South Africa's chase was always teetering, and they had no answers to the spinners. Great debut for Theekshana, who ends with 4 for 37. Asalanka showed the best batting chops, and took a wicket too for good measure. Chameera was game while batting and incisive while bowling, making quick, early inroads that pushed South Africa back. The spinners then kept them pinned.

Theekshana to Maharaj, OUT

it's all over with a snick behind. Quicker one outside off, he's looking to keep it out, takes a thin edge that Chandimal gobbles up. Carrom ball on a length, moved away enough to take the edge. Theekshana struck with his first ball, and also with his last to end the game.

Keshav Maharaj c †Chandimal b Theekshana 15 (32m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.23
Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

good length outside off, punched to cover

Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

gets some drift into him but it's a very full ball, defended back

Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

fuller on off, bunted to cover

Theekshana to Maharaj, FOUR runs

imperious. Tossed up on off, steps forward confidently and lofts the drive over extra cover

Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

spins into him from outside off, he defends from the crease

Willem: "As a South African supporter at this point I just want Shamsi to score 23 to give our other batters some perspective on their performance."

end of over 29Maiden
SA: 121/9CRR: 4.17 RRR: 3.95 • Need 83 runs from 21 overs
Tabraiz Shamsi9 (19)
Keshav Maharaj11 (11)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 8-3-32-2
Maheesh Theekshana 9-0-33-3
Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

goes for a big swipe to one tossed up, inside edges onto pad

Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

skids through straight outside off, he goes for the cut but can only connect with air

Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

googly, but he seemed to have read it, stayed back and punched nicely to point

Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

squared up again to one that's turning, gets an outside edge that's clear of slip. No single with short third man closing in

Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

quicker, slides down leg. He's looking to tickle it fine but can't connect

Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

big-spinning leg-break, pitches on leg and goes right across him, he's right behind it though so is able to defend

Dan: "Didn't u say 25.1 was a noball? Then how is it a dropped catch?" -- Kamindu didn't know it was a no-ball when going for it. Technically not a dropped catch, true.

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