RESULT
3rd ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), September 07, 2021, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
(30/50 ov, T:204) 125

Sri Lanka won by 78 runs

Player Of The Match
29 (39) & 2/16
dushmantha-chameera
Player Of The Series
196 runs • 1 wkt
charith-asalanka
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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka 203/9(50 overs)
South Africa 125/10(30 overs)
end of over 304 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 125/10CRR: 4.16 RRR: 3.95 • Need 79 from 20 overs
Tabraiz Shamsi9 (19b)
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.

29.6
W
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 (17b 2x4 0x6 32m) SR: 88.23
29.5
Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

good length outside off, punched to cover

29.4
Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

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

29.3
Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

fuller on off, bunted to cover

29.2
4
Theekshana to Maharaj, FOUR runs

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

29.1
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 from 21 overs
Tabraiz Shamsi9 (19b)
Keshav Maharaj11 (11b 1x4)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 8-3-32-2
Maheesh Theekshana 9-0-33-3
28.6
Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

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

28.5
Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

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

28.4
Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

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

28.3
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

28.2
Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

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

28.1
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.

end of over 285 runs
SA: 121/9CRR: 4.32 RRR: 3.77 • Need 83 from 22 overs
Keshav Maharaj11 (11b 1x4)
Tabraiz Shamsi9 (13b)
Maheesh Theekshana 9-0-33-3
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 7-2-32-2
27.6
Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

tossed up on a fifth stump line, has a swipe at it, mis-times it to short midwicket

27.5
Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

good length on off, steered to point

27.4
Theekshana to Maharaj, no run

good length, spinning away from him from middle and leg, he's squared up a bit but defends it with a straight bat

27.3
1
Theekshana to Shamsi, 1 run

fuller on off, thumped to long-on

27.2
1
Theekshana to Maharaj, 1 run

tossed up on off, pushes to cover on the front foot and they take a quick single

27.1
3
Theekshana to Shamsi, 3 runs

wafts at this outside off with feet static, outside edge eludes slip

end of over 273 runs
SA: 116/9CRR: 4.29 RRR: 3.82 • Need 88 from 23 overs
Tabraiz Shamsi5 (11b)
Keshav Maharaj10 (7b 1x4)
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva 7-2-32-2
Maheesh Theekshana 8-0-28-3

South Africa have survived till the drinks break, but you have to think this is only a matter of time.

26.6
1
Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, 1 run

swings this into the legside, no timing on it at all, which is good perhaps because it drops well short of deep midwicket.

26.5
Hasaranga de Silva to Shamsi, no run

nice loop, drifts into him and it's the wrong'un that spins back in, he's lucky to get an inside edge off his attempted drive that thuds into pad

Best performances - batters
KIC Asalanka
KIC Asalanka SL
47 runs (71)
2 fours0 six
Control
90%
Productive shot
flick
12 runs
0 four0 six
411687317
DM de Silva
DM de Silva SL
31 runs (44)
2 fours0 six
Control
80%
Productive shot
straight drive
6 runs
1 four0 six
23801953
Best performances - bowlers
M Theekshana
M Theekshana SL
O
10
M
0
R
37
W
4
ECO
3.7
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
KA Maharaj
KA Maharaj SA
O
10
M
0
R
38
W
3
ECO
3.8
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021
Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka
Dushmantha Chameera
Player Of The Series
Sri Lanka
Charith Asalanka
Series resultSri Lanka won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 4318
Match days7 September 2021 - daynight (50-over match)
ODI debut
Maheesh Theekshana
Maheesh Theekshana
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Kumar Dharmasena
Sri Lanka
Lyndon Hannibal
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Prageeth Rambukwella
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsSri Lanka 10, South Africa 0
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