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Faf guides Proteas to 4-0 series lead against Sri Lanka

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 8, 2017
Faf guides Proteas to 4-0 series lead against Sri Lanka

Faf du Plessis achieved the second-highest ODI score from a South African batsman when he tallied 185 runs from 141 balls against Sri Lanka to accentuate the Proteas total of 367/5 after their 50-over spell.

The highest-holding ODI score projected by a Protean was Gary Kirsten’s unbeaten 188 against United Arab Emirates in 1996, which is the 12th highest in all of ODI scores. Du Plessis’ 185 is the 15th highest in all with the all-time highest being Rohit Sharma’s 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014.

The Proteas managed to rear that stern total off from any alleviation, after they had much for the innings been downed by Sri Lanka in the run-rate comparison. Only until the 46th over, did South Africa’s run-rate transpire to the dissemination of the Sri Lankan innings through the loss of rapid wickets – ultimately winning the game by 40 runs.

Throughout the first 46 overs, Sri Lanka’s score projection was well-upheaved and was on par to achieving the total through stern batting from Upul Tharanga (119), Niroshan Dickwella (58) and Sandun Weerakkody (58).

However, after these front-liners were picked off, Sri Lanka could not manage to maintain the same ascendency and consistency throughout their batting line-up, with the team suffering a late innings collapse. Six of their further batters scored single-digit scores, as the Proteas’ bowling onslaught beamed too much, getting Sri Lanka all out for a respectable 327. Sri Lanka lost six wickets in the last six overs.

Also contributing at the crease for the Proteas was AB de Villiers’ 64, Quinton de Kock’s 55 and Farhaan Behardien polishing the innings off with 36 not out. Wayne Parnell was the most impactful with the ball, achieving 4/58 figures. Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir also all took two wickets apiece.

The Proteas now lead the series 4-0 and have also now won 10 successive ODI matches. Their fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka will be at Centurion on Friday, 10th of February.

Image: Faf du Plessis playing a cover-drive in his 185 score projection.