Aiden Markram was the night's big winner. © AFP Aiden Markram hit an unbeaten 67 to put South Africa in a dominant position before floodlight failure ended the fifth and final one-day international against Sri Lanka at Newlands on Saturday. South Africa won by 41 runs according to the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method when no further play was possible. The hosts were on 135 for two after 28 overs in reply to Sri Lanka's 225 all out. The win clinched a 5-0 series clean sweep for South Africa, continuing a horror run for the tourists. It was their fourth whitewash defeat in a five-match series in less than two years.Markram was the night's big winner. Left out of South Africa's one-day team for the first eight matches this year, he was recalled for the final two matches of the Sri Lanka series on the back of outstanding form in domestic games. Saturday's innings seems certain to ensure that he is part of South Africa's squad for the Cricket World Cup later this year. He was named man … [Read more...] about Aiden Markram Helps South Africa Clean Sweep Sri Lanka In ODI Series
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South Africa cruised to a six-wicket win and a 4-0 lead in the series. © AFP A blazing innings by tailender Isuru Udana could not prevent another heavy defeat for Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international against South Africa at St George's Park on Wednesday. Batting at number nine, Udana hit 78 in a Sri Lankan total of 189. But it was not nearly enough as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket win and a 4-0 lead in the series with 17.1 overs to spare. Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga again lamented the failure of the top-order batting. "This wicket is very suitable to the bat," he said. "They (the batsmen) didn't realise their value and take the opportunity to play a long innings."Quinton de Kock hit his fifth successive ODI half-century for South Africa, making 51 before he became one of three victims for off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva, who opened the bowling and took three for 41.Udana apart, it was a dismal batting performance by Sri Lanka, marked by soft … [Read more...] about South Africa Beat Sri Lanka By Six Wickets In Fourth ODI
Quinton de Kock hit 121 in a South African total of 331 for five. © AFP Quinton de Kock ended a streak of near misses with a scintillating century, setting up a series-clinching win for South Africa in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead on Sunday. De Kock hit 121 in a South African total of 331 for five, highlighting what captain Faf du Plessis described as a "brilliant" team batting effort. Sri Lanka, chasing a revised target of 193 in 24 overs after a lengthy rain delay, made 121 for five.South Africa's 71-run win, according to the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern formula, gave them a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Sri Lanka were 75 for two after 16 overs at the rain break and faced a near-impossible task of scoring another 118 off 48 balls when play resumed, especially with Kusal Perera out of action with a leg injury.Perera, star of Sri Lanka's upset win in the first Test at the same venue last month, left the field in the seventh over of the … [Read more...] about 3rd ODI: Quinton De Kock Steers South Africa To Rain-Hit Win Against Sri Lanka
May 29, 2019 Osman Samiuddin at The Oval Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Faf du Plessis is sexy as hell. Try and deny it. If that's a bit too in your face, let's put this another way: he's the kind of guy some of us want to be like and the kind of guy some of us want to be with. 'Charismatic' works, 'magnetic' maybe even more so, because there's no escaping that he has this intrinsic pull that is the gift, sadly, of only a chosen few.Another land, another industry, who knows? A younger, leaner Joaquin Phoenix might've aspired to look like Faf, and at the very least auditioned to be his stunt double. Listen to that deep drawl and then imagine a slow, dirty beat synced to it in the background. Turn that gold up.What has any of this to do with anything? Nothing, it could be argued, except that, as we're in that time of our lives again when South Africa and captains of South Africa come into sharp view, it does feel relevant. Not least because … [Read more...] about Can smouldering Faf du Plessis sex up South Africa’s World Cup chances?
Jul 15, 2017 Firdose Moonda at Trent Bridge Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Turning a team's mood, mindset and match-day performances around can take months but Faf du Plessis was able to achieve that with his South African side in less than a week. Since returning to the squad following the birth of his first child, du Plessis has challenged, chastised and commiserated with his men following their Lord's defeat. And he has also inspired for them to fight a little harder just by doing that himself."It's quite easy for everyone to say how good Faf is," Chris Morris said. "It's just his character. He lives for playing for the Proteas and is what a Protea should be. He lives for the team and he leads by example. He puts his body on the line and he doesn't mind batting for three days to save a Test. When a guy leads from the front, a lot of guys will follow."Though du Plessis only scored 19 runs before he was caught down the leg-side off a ball … [Read more...] about Morris credits du Plessis’ captaincy for South Africa revival