SA failed trial by spin spectacularly on the dry pitch on the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo to lose the third and final ODI and the series 2-1 to Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
The Proteas, who luxuriate in no longer won an ODI series since they beat Australia about 18 months ago, dropped a chief 10 ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup Expansive League sides as a results of this 78-hasten defeat.
Nevertheless there is gentle a long system to scuttle. The South Africans luxuriate in dropped exterior the automatic qualifying areas for the 2023 World Cup, while Sri Lanka luxuriate in refreshed their hopes by forcing their system into the top eight on the Expansive League standings.
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and selected to bat and they reached 203/9 in their 50 overs with Charith Asalanka their perfect scorer with 47. He was adopted by Dhananjaya de Silva (31) and Dushmantha Chameera (29).
In retort, the Proteas stuttered out of the blocks as they collapsed to 54/6 after 16 overs as Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Wiaan Mulder and Heinrich Klaasen perished early without contributing a lot.
The Proteas had been in a roundabout draw meekly bowled out for 125 after 30 overs as they failed to retort to the Sri Lankan spin wizardry of Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmantha Chameera Praveen Jayawickrama, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka.
The take dangle of of their bowlers was debutant Theekshana who lived up to his billing as the mystery spinner with impressive figures of 4/37, and he was adopted by Chameera and Hasaranga de Silva with two every.
Theekshana accounted for Janneman Malan (18), Heinrich Klaasen (22), Kagiso Rabada (8) and Maharaj (15) and Chameera claimed Reeza Hendricks (1) and Rassie van der Dussen (5) while Hasaranga de Silva got Wiaan Mulder (2) and George Linde (18).
Diversified contributors had been Praveen Jayawickrama and Charith Asalanka who got Aiden Markram (2) and Andile Phehlukwayo (17) respectively.
Theekshana was the third Sri Lankan bowler to shield a wicket with his first ball in ODI cricket to join TCB Fernando and MTT Mirando. All-rounder Asalanka also got his first ODI wicket.
For SA, there was nothing a lot to enthuse about with the bat as Klaasen was their perfect scorer with 22 and was adopted by Phehlukwayo with 17 as the leisure failed to convert their begins.
Earlier in the match, Proteas started the spin occasion in the favourable conditions with captain Keshav Maharaj striking his the unhurried bowlers to bowl a file 40 overs.
Maharaj persevered with his spinners, together with himself, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde and Aiden Makram, and they repaid the religion shown in them with eight wickets.
Fast bowlers Rabada, who bowled eight overs, and Phehlukwayo, who bowled one over, ended their spells with out a mentions in the wickets column, while Mulder, who also bowled one over, claimed one scalp.
It was the first time that SA bowled 40 overs of spin, which was seven extra overs than their previous file of 33.
Maharaj accounted for Avishka Fernando, captain Dasun Shanaka and Hasaranga de Silva, Shamsi removed Asalanka and Chamika Karunaratne, Linde got Dinesh Chandimal and Kamindu Mendis.
Markram got Dhananjaya de Silva, Mulder removed Chameera and with the bat Asalanka stood out for the Sri Lankans with a aloof 47.
The various critical ratings for Sri Lanka had been Dhananjaya de Silva with 31 and Chameera with 29, while the leisure failed to transfer past the 20 runs price.
They now turn their attention to the three-match T20 series that begins on Friday.