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Pretorius, de Villiers surge Proteas to 7-wicket victory over Sri Lanka

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 6, 2017
Pretorius, de Villiers surge Proteas to 7-wicket victory over Sri Lanka

With Dwaine Pretorius’ bowling prowess and AB de Villiers’ batting aptitude, South Africa surged to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka with a wholesome 18 overs to spare, as they clinched the ODI series with a 3-0 lead.

The pink ODI, aimed for breast cancer awareness, was played at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, on Saturday and saw Pretorius achieve man-of-the-match bowling figures of 3/19, as Sri Lanka were derailed in a late lapse to fall 163 all out after 39.2 overs.

Pretorius also proved to be the second least inexpensive bowler with an economy rate of 2.71, after Imran Tahir’s 2.25. Tahir showed second best bowling figures of 2/21, while Andile Phehlukwayo (2/26) and Kagiso Rabada (2/39) also further bolstered the Proteas’ bowling spell to knock the visitors short in a late innings’ blunder.

Sri Lanka had the foundation laid out as they heeded 60 for no loss after 12 overs and then comfortably-placed at 115/3 in the 25th over, but a second half innings oversight saw them lose seven wickets for just 48 runs. The openers, Niroshan Dickwella and Upal Tharanga, scored 105 of the team’s 163 runs with scores of 74 and 31 respectively.

Off just about a run off every ball faced, de Villiers scored an unbeaten 60 in the Proteas’ meek target chase, as he clinically disposed any real threat opposed to him at the crease. Partnering with him to topple the run-chase, saw JP Duminy score 28 not out, with Hashim Amla’s 34 initially supplementing the chase.

South Africa now clinch the series with a 3-0 lead, and have their sights set to claim their second 5-0 ODI whitewash in a single summer after beating Australia 5-0 in October last year.

Subsequently, the Proteas have also now won nine ODI’s on the trot, and will look to further this winning streak as they conclude the Sri Lankan series and take on the Black Caps in the upcoming tour to New Zealand beginning on February 17th.

The next ODI against Sri Lanka will be on Tuesday, 7th February at Newlands, Cape Town.  

Image: Dwaine Pretorius celebrating a wicket in the Pink ODI at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.