South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Pretorius, De Villiers wrap up series for South Africa

Pretorius finished with figures of 3-19 off seven overs

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Pace bowler Dwaine Pretorius took three wickets and captain AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 60 as South Africa not only waltzed their way to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third ODI in Johannesburg, but also secured an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

Being put in to bat first, Sri Lanka made a strong start to their innings as Niroshan Dickwella and stand-in captain Upul Tharanga amassed a 60-run partnership before Tharanga was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada for 31.

Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva all fell shortly after before a swarm of bees invaded the Wanderers and stopped play for a short while initially before the players had to leave the field for just over an hour.

Once play resumed, South Africa continued to chip away at Sri Lanka’s batting line-up as Asela Gunaratne became Rabada’s second victim, while Dickwella went on to make 74 off 80 balls, which included seven boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Pretorius.

Dickwella raises his bat upon bringing up his second ODI fifty

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Sri Lanka were unable to recover after Dickwella’s departure as they went from 149/6 to being bowled out for 163.

Pretorius was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir snapped up two wickets apiece. Chris Morris, meanwhile, chipped in with one.

Chasing 164 to win, the Proteas lost opener Quinton de Kock early on for just eight runs, while Faf du Plessis, who was playing in his 100th ODI, was on his way back to the pavilion not long after as he was dismissed by debutant Lahiru Madushanka for 24.

Hashim Amla made an encouraging start to his innings before he was run out by Sachith Pathirana for 34.

De Villiers and all-rounder JP Duminy finished things off with an unbeaten 72-run partnership, during which De Villiers brought up his fifty, as South Africa won the match with 18 overs to spare.

De Villiers finished on 60 off 61 balls, which included five boundaries, while Duminy remained undefeated on 28 off 40 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

De Villiers scored his 49th ODI fifty

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Madushanka and fellow debutant Lahiru Kumara claimed one wicket each.

Pretorius was named Man of the Match.

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