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|Dhananjaya de Silva||30||41||1||1||73.17|
|Quinton de Kock||54||57||7||1||94.74|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||4.0||0||21||1||5.25|
A terrific over by Suranga Lakmal helped Sri Lanka claw back into the game and defeat South Africa by three runs. Although the win didn't have any impact as far as the winner of the series is concerned, it would have done world of good to the confidence of the home side. The two teams meet for the final One Day International of the series at Colombo on August 12, 2018. After an inspirational comeback from their bowlers, the hosts will be looking to finish the series off on a high and redeem themselves.
Sri Lanka needed something spectacular to turn their fate around in this series following a brutal 3-0 hammering and with some exceptional bowling coupled with stellar instances in the field, they finally managed to edge South Africa in a close encounter. This win also ended their 11-match losing streak against the Proteas.
Thanks to a collective batting display with was led by Kusal Janith Perera, Sri Lanka scored a massive total of 309 in just 39 overs. Thisara Perera and Dasun Shanaka contributed with quick fifties down the order. Chasing such a tall-total was always going to be difficult and good bowling coupled with overcast conditions. The required total was reduced to 191 in 21 overs which Sri Lanka defended by three runs.
Despite a brisk South African start, the bowlers and fielders kept the home team in the hunt by some inspirational fielding. The bowlers strangled South Africa when they needed just 69 runs off the final ten overs. Lakmal's final over of the innings summed up the game perfectly as he picked David Miller on the second delivery.
Niroshan Dickwella, WU Tharanga, Kusal Mendis , Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara.
South African bowling felt the presence of Kagiso Rabada who was rested for this match. All their bowlers were hammered for runs except JP Duminy who was the only member of their attack conceding less than six runs an over. Junior Dala and Lungi Ngidi were off their lengths as Sri Lankan opening pair took full advantage of the field restrictions.
However poor their bowling effort was, South Africa should have chased down the target after the terrific start they had with the bat. Chasing 191 to win, they were 122 in just 11 overs, but suicidal JP Duminy's runout triggered a collapse from which the Proteas never recovered.
Hashim Amla has scored runs in the recent games and he is looking in ominous touch from the visitors perspective. JP Duminy has played a key role, both with the bat and the ball. Although it was not a full-strength Proteas squad in the fourth ODI, they'd like to learn from their mistakes and perform better to seal the series with a win.
Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Reeza Hendricks, Jean-Paul Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, PWA Mulder, K Maharaj, Junior Dala, Kagiso Rabada.
Due to the dew factor, defending in Colombo has always been difficult. We expect the captain winning the toss to field first after winning the toss.
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Batting surfaces have improved massively over the course of the last month as far as this series is concerned. The evening games haven't had much assistance for seamers early in the innings and spinners haven't been able to extract as much turn as they were in the test series. Colombo will be a better surface to bowl as compared to the last match, but not by much. Batting first, a total of around 300 would be an absolute necessity to stay in the game.
It was a brilliant effort from the home team to bounce back into the series after a disappointed ODI series. South Africa, on the other hand, will be gutted to lose from where they were placed halfway through the chase. The Proteas' top order has looked in solid form and an improved bowling effort from them is certainly on the cards. We expect the Proteas to register yet another win in the series to finish it 4-1.
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