Bursts of brilliance ensured hosts Sri Lanka put forth their best batting display in the five-match ODI series so far, on Wednesday (August 8), as they posted 306 for 7 in their allocated 39 overs after rain played spoilsport on more than one occasion at Pallekele.
A steady opening stand was followed by swashbuckling fifties from Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera and Dasun Shanaka to see the hosts through to a daunting total in a curtailed match.
“We’ll have a drink tonight,” is what an elated Mathews said in that post-match interview. It’s a happy Sri Lankan outfit out there, while South Africa too aren’t really disturbed much by this loss because they have already sealed the series with a game to go.
Quite an experience for de Kock on his captaincy debut. To be honest, he was a bit nervous in that presentation ceremony. He is looking forward to enjoying this new responsibility. We’ll see how it all pans out. These two teams will meet again for the final ODI in Colombo on Sunday.
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“It was very important to win today, extremely proud of the way we fought. The batters put up a decent score on a good pitch to bat on, it was a fantastic effort by the bowlers as well.
The batters are starting to score runs on good wickets, credit to the groundstaff for working hard for getting the ground ready in time with the rain breaks.”
Quinton De Kock said: “It was disappointing to lose a game like that, but it was a good game. Not too sure what went wrong, but credit to Sri Lanka for putting pressure on us. I love the responsibility of captaincy.”
Sources : ceylontoday
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