By Jawad Hussain
KARACHI, March 13, 2019 (SNN247.com) – Quinton de Kock and Anrich Nortje sparkled as South Africa decimated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fourth One Day International at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
This was the fourth straight victory for South Africa in the five-match ODI series over Sri Lanka. They need only one more victory to seal a series whitewash.
South Africa won the first ODI by eight wickets at Johannesburg, clinched the second ODI with a 113-run margin, and claimed the third ODI with a massive 210 runs bashing over Sri Lanka.
It was the same old story in the fourth ODI as well. Sri Lankan batsmen failed to do the job with the bat yet again as South African pace attack made early inroads. Avishka Fernando (29 runs from 27 balls – 5 fours), Upal Tharanga (4 runs from 6 balls – 1 four), Oshada Fernando (Duck), Kusal Mendis (21 runs from 42 balls – 1 four), Priyamal Perera (Duck), Kamindu Mendis (9 runs from 25 balls – 1 four), and Dhananjaya de Silva (22 runs from 46 balls – 2 fours), and Thisara Perera (12 runs from 17 balls) all failed to deliver the job for the visitors.
It all came down to Isuru Udana (78 runs from 57 balls – 7 fours, 4 sixes) to do the rescue job. The all-rounder batted alongside the No. 11 batsman Kasun Rajith (0* runs from 9 balls) to add 58 precious runs to the total. Isuru Udana was declared the Player of the Match for his heroics with the bat and for showing a great resilience.
Dale Steyn (7-0-32-1) was mercurial as ever while Lungi Ngidi (5-1-22-1) also bowled a decent spell with the new ball for South Africa. The pick of the bowlers was Anrich Nortje (8-0-57-3) whereas Andile Phehlukwayo (5.2-0-21-2), Tabrez Shamsi (10-0-34-1), and JP Duminy (4-0-21-1) also kept the Sri Lankans under pressure.
The 190-run target was never going to challenge the South Africans. Quinton de Kock (51 runs from 57 balls – 6 fours) continued his rich run of form with the bat as he delivered the lethal punch right on top of the innings. Reeza Hendricks (8 runs from 16 balls – 1 four) and Aiden Markram (29 runs from 32 balls – 3 fours) couldn’t ensure a longer stay in the middle. However, skipper Faf du Plessis (43 runs from 38 balls – 5 fours, 1 six), David Miller (25* runs from 33 balls – 1 four, 1 six), and JP Duminy (31* runs from 21 balls – 4 fours, 1 six) inspired South Africa to overhaul the target in just 32.5 overs.
The fifth and the final One Day International between South Africa and Sri Lanka will be played at Cape Town on March 16.