South Africa vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI: Markram helps South Africa complete 5-0 whitewash despite floodlight failure

Aiden Markram 67 not out South Africa Sri Lanka 5th ODI Cape Town cricket

Aiden Markram struck seven boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 67

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A floodlight failure did not stop South Africa from claiming a 5-0 series win as opener Aiden Markram scored an unbeaten 67 to help them beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the fifth ODI in Cape Town.

Choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka lost opener Avishka Fernando early on as he was caught by Markram at third slip off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi for nine runs.

Upul Tharanga, who opened the batting with Avishka, only made two runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.

Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando steadied the innings with a 49-run partnership before Oshada was caught by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis at slip off the bowling of Imran Tahir for 22.

Mendis and Angelo Perera kept the runs flowing with a 62-run stand before Angelo, who made 31, suffered the same fate as Oshada.

Mendis went on to score 56, which came off 84 balls and included three boundaries, before he was run out by Ngidi.

Thisara Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva fell shortly after, but Priyamal Perera and Isuru Udana managed to add 61 runs to the score before Udana was dismissed by Rabada for 32.

Priyamal ended up falling the very next ball as he was caught and bowled by Rabada for 33.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 225 when Akila Dananjaya was caught by JP Duminy at midwicket off the bowling of Anrich Nortje for three runs.

Rabada was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Nortje and Tahir snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo, they chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 226 to win, South Africa were dealt a big blow in the third over as opener Quinton de Kock was sent packing by Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga for six runs.

Markram and Du Plessis made up for the loss of De Kock with a 70-run partnership before Du Plessis was caught behind off the bowling of Thisara for 24.

Markram and Rassie van der Dussen kept the scoreboard ticking with an unbeaten 57-run stand before the floodlight failure occurred.

Since the issue could not be resolved, South Africa were declared the winners as the DLS par score after 28 overs was 94 and South Africa were on 135/2.

Markram finished on 67, which came off 75 balls and included seven boundaries, while Van der Dussen remained undefeated on 28, which came off 37 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Malinga and Thisara claimed one wicket each.

Markram was named Man of the Match.

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