SL vs SA, 3rd ODI: Theekshana, Asalanka lead Sri Lanka to 78-run win against South Africa, seal series 2-1 – Charith Asalanka’s 47 and Maheesh Theekshana’s four wickets helped Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 78 runs and seal ODI series 2-1 at R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday. The win also gave Sri Lanka crucial 20 points in the World Cup Super League to keep their chances alive for a direct qualfication.
Chasing a target of 204 runs, South Africa tumbled and lost wickets at regular intervals. Heinrich Klaasen led South Africa’s fightback for a while but it wasn’t enough as the visitors failed against Sri Lanka’s spin and folded for 125.
Earlier, Riding on incredible performances from spinners, South Africa restricted Sri Lanka to 203/9 in 50 overs in the third and final ODI of the series here at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Tuesday. Captain Keshav Maharaj, George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi were the star performer of the South African side while for the host Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva and Dushmantha Chameera scored runs to help their side reach past 200.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. The pitch was expected to favour spinners, thus captain Maharaj started bowling in the second over of the innings. He along with Linde bowled beautifully. Maharaj removed three Sri Lankan batsmen while Linde and Shamsi took two wickets each. Aiden Markram and Wiaan Mulder also chipped in with one wicket each. South Africa used as many as four spinners while the three pacers completed the remaining 10 overs.
|Janneman Malan||c D de Silva b M Theekshana||18||19||2||0||94.74|
|Aiden Markram||c D de Silva b P Jayawickrama||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Reeza Hendricks||b PVD Chameera||1||7||0||0||14.29|
|Rassie van der Dussen||c PHKD Mendis b PVD Chameera||5||5||1||0||100.00|
|Heinrich Klaasen (WK)||lbw b M Theekshana||22||30||3||0||73.33|
|Wiaan Mulder||b W Hasaranga||2||7||0||0||28.57|
|Andile Phehlukwayo||c LD Chandimal b KIC Asalanka||17||36||2||0||47.22|
|George Linde||c PHKD Mendis b W Hasaranga||18||24||2||0||75.00|
|Kagiso Rabada||c D de Silva b M Theekshana||8||13||1||0||61.54|
|Keshav Maharaj (C)||c LD Chandimal b M Theekshana||15||17||2||0||88.24|
|Tabraiz Shamsi||Not out||9||19||0||0||47.37|
|Extra||8 (b 0, w 6, nb 1, lb 1)|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||3||0||18||0||6.00|
Over 5: WICKET! South Africa in deep trouble. Van der Dussen departs.
Charith Asalanka top-scores for Sri Lanka with 47 as they post 203/9 in their 50 overs.
— ICC (@ICC) September 7, 2021
On the other hand for Sri Lanka, Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka build a small partnership after losing quick wickets at the top. de Silva scored 31 while Asalanka missed out on well deserved fifty as he got out on 47 runs. In the end, Dushmantha Chameera gave Sri Lanka the much-needed push to help their score past 200.
The pitch will continue to assist spinners and the chase will be an interesting one if Sri Lanka takes early wickets.
SL vs SA, 3rd ODI LIVE Updates
203/9 (50 ovs)
|Avishka Fernando||lbw b KA Maharaj||10||18||2||0||55.56|
|Dinesh Chandimal (WK)||lbw b GF Linde||9||12||1||0||75.00|
|Kamindu Mendis||c & b GF Linde||16||29||2||0||55.17|
|Dhananjaya de Silva||c H Klaasen b AK Markram||31||44||2||0||70.45|
|Charith Asalanka||c H Klaasen b T Shamsi||47||71||2||0||66.20|
|Dasun Shanaka (C)||c Wiaan Mulder b KA Maharaj||13||12||1||0||108.33|
|Wanindu Hasaranga||c RR Hendricks b KA Maharaj||6||10||0||0||60.00|
|Chamika Karunaratne||lbw b T Shamsi||16||39||1||0||41.03|
|Dushmantha Chameera||c JN Malan b Wiaan Mulder||29||39||3||0||74.36|
|Maheesh Theekshana||Not out||10||26||0||0||38.46|
|Praveen Jayawickrama||Not out||2||4||0||0||50.00|
|Extra||14 (b 0, w 8, nb 4, lb 2)|
SL vs SA, 3rd ODI LIVE: Toss Report
Sri Lanka have opted to bat in the third #SLvSA ODI 🏏
Who is going to clinch the decider? pic.twitter.com/2i32csZrqR
— ICC (@ICC) September 7, 2021
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opeted to bat first in the series decider against South Africa here at the R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Tuesday. The series is level at 1-1. Sri Lanka has a chance of beating South Africa in ODI series after nine years. South Africa are unchanged while the hosts have made three changes. Rajapaksa, Dananjaya and Bhanuka are being replaced by Dinesh Chandimal, Maheesh Theekshana and Kamindu Mendis.
21-year-old off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana makes his ODI debut for Sri Lanka today 👏
— ICC (@ICC) September 7, 2021
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Avishka Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Kamindu Mendis, Praveen Jayawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana
South Africa (Playing XI): Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj(c), Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
SL vs SA, 3rd ODI LIVE Preview
Riding on spirited performances of Janneman Malan and Tabraiz Shamsi, South Africa managed to level the series on Saturday. Now the Keshav Maharaj led side will aim to continue the momentum in the series decider which will take place on Tuesday at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. While on the other hand, Sri Lanka will aim to bounce back in the third ODI. Dasun Shanaka’s side kick start the series on high by winning the first ODI of the series. Avishka Fernando and Charith Asalanka were the star with the bat in the first ODI. However, they could not continue the same form in the second game.
Sri Lanka have not won an ODI series against South Africa since 2013, when they registered a 4-1 victory against Proteas. Since then they have lost three series but would like to make amendments after an inspirational series win against India in the shortest format.
SL vs SA 3rd ODI
September 7, 2021 Tuesday, 02:30 PM IST
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
— ICC (@ICC) September 4, 2021
Players to watch out for
- Janneman Malan
- Tabraiz Shamsi
- Avishka Fernando
- Akila Dananjaya
SL vs SA – Pitch and Weather report
The pitch at the R Premadasa Stadium is batting friendly, it has even bounce and batsmen will aim to make most of it in the series decider. The pitch will also continue to assist spinners as we have seen in the last two matches. All in all, another high scoring thriller is on the cards. There is a high possibility of rain in the morning and the conditions will be cloudy throughout the day.
Probable Playing XI
SL vs SA – Sri Lanka likely to go unchanged
Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama
SL vs SA – Same XI for South Africa
Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Wiaan Mulder, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj (c), George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi
Live streaming of SL vs SA 2nd ODI in India
Sony Sports Network will live stream the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka in India. Fans can catch the SL vs SA LIVE Streaming on the SonLiv app while Sony Ten 2 will live telecast the match on TV for the Indian audience.
India: Sony Ten 2, Sony LIV
Sri Lanka: Siyatha TV, Dialog TV, Peo TV, SLC YouTube, SLCB
Bangladesh: T Sports
England: Sky Sports
Canada: Willow TV
Pakistan: Ten Sports, PTV Sports
South Africa: SuperSport
USA: Willow TV