PALLEKELE: Batsman Reeza Hendricks smashed a century on his one-day international debut to set up South Africa’s series-clinching 78-run victory over Sri Lanka in the third match in Pallekele today.
Hendricks made 102 off 89 deliveries to help South Africa post-363-7 and then bowl out the hosts for 285 in 45.2 overs. They took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Dhananjaya de Silva tried to keep the chase alive with a career-best 84 but Sri Lanka’s batting crumbled under the ever-increasing run-rate.
Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi claimed four wickets while fellow paceman Andile Phehlukwayo took three.
But it was Hendricks, a right-hand batsman who has played 12 Twenty20 internationals, who set up the win for his side that had been swept aside in the two Tests.
The 28-year-old became only the third South African batsman to register a hundred in his first ODI. Colin Ingram and Temba Bavuma are the other two.
Jean-Paul Duminy’s 92 off 70 balls, and half-centuries by Hashim Amla and David Miller, also contributed to South Africa’s imposing total after being put into bat first.
“Brilliant today. Once again, the batting was fantastic. We played aggressively,” said skipper Faf du Plessis, who injured his shoulder while attempting a tough catch in the 10th over and stayed away for the rest of the game.
“And obviously, for a debutant to play that freely was great to see. Every game, there’s one or two guys putting their hands up,” du Plessis said of Hendricks.
Amla gave South Africa a brisk start with his run-a-ball 59 before being bowled by medium-pacer Thisara Perera, who returned impressive figures of 4-44.
Hendricks, who has been around since 2014 when he first played a T20 against Australia, built crucial partnerships including a 78-run fourth-wicket stand with Duminy.
Hendricks celebrated his century in just 88 balls with a boundary off paceman Lahiru Kumara but was dismissed on the very next delivery.
Duminy, who got his second fifty of the series to lead the batting chart with 177 runs, maintained the momentum with a blazing knock laced with eight fours and four sixes.
Duminy got support from fellow left-hander Miller as the two put on 103 for the fifth wicket to pulverize the bowling. Miller’s quickfire 51 and Phehlukwayo’s unbeaten 24 off 11 balls gave South Africa 98 off the last seven overs.
Sri Lanka was never in the hunt with South African bowlers getting wickets at regular intervals.
A 95-run, seventh-wicket partnership between de Silva and Akila Dananjaya, who scored 37, raised the hosts’ hopes of making a go of their target.
But Phehlukwayo broke the dangerous-looking stand, dismissing Dananjaya and then having de Silva caught behind. Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews saw several positives – “Dhananjaya batted well, some bowlers bowled well.”
“But credit to Reeza and Duminy. We need to think out of the box if we need to win away. I know we aren’t doing well, but we need to play on good wickets to develop. We’re playing for pride and we want to finish the series off well.” The fourth match is slated for Wednesday at Pallekele.
Sri Lanka v South Africa 3rd ODI scoreboard
Final scoreboard of the third one-day international between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Pallekele today:
H. Amla b T. Perera 59
Q. de Kock K. Perera b Kumara 2
R. Hendricks b Kumara 102
F. du Plessis c Lakmal b T. Perera 10
JP Duminy c de Silva b T. Perera 92
D. Miller c de Silva b T. Perera 51
A. Phehlukwayo not out 24
W. Mulder b Dananjaya 2
Extras (b4, lb3, w13, nb1) 21
Total (7 wickets, 50 overs) 363
Did not bat: K. Rabada, T. Shamsi, L. Ngidi
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (de Kock), 2-101 (Amla), 3-137 (du Plessis), 4-215 (Hendricks), 5-318 (Duminy), 6-340 (Miller), 7-363 (Mulder)
Bowling: Lakmal 9-1-59-0 (nb1, w2), Kumara 10-0-67-2 (w6), Dananjaya 10-0-81-1 (w5), T. Perera 10-0-7-4, P. Jayasuriya 6-0-42-0, De Silva 5-0-32-0
U. Tharanga c Millder b Ngidi 19
N. Dickwella c du Plessis b Ngidi 10
K. Perera lbw b Phehlukwayo 27
K. Mendis c Mulder b Ngidi 31
T. Perera c de Kock b Mulder 16
D. de Silva c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 84
A. Mathews lbw b Shamsi 32
A. Dananjaya c Ngidi b Phehlukwayo 37
S. Lakmal c and b Ngidi 12
P. Jayasuriya b Shamsi 0
L. Kumara not out 7
Extras (w10) 10
Total (all out, 45.2 overs) 285
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Dickwella), 2-37 (Tharanga), 3-63 (K. Perera), 4-81 (T. Perera), 5-124 (Mendis), 6-155 (Mathews), 7-250 (Dananjaya), 8-273 (de Silva), 9-275 (Jayasuriya), 10-285 (Lakmal)
Bowling: Rabada 8-0-34-0 (w1), Ngidi 8.2-0-57-4 (w2), Phehlukwayo 9-0-74-3 (w4), Mulder 6-0-34-1 (w1), Shamsi 10-0-62-2 (w2), Duminy 4-0-24-0
Toss: Sri Lanka
Result: South Africa won by 78 runs
Series: South Africa lead the five-match series 3-0
Umpires: Raveendra Wimalasiri (SRI), Nigel Llong (ENG)
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)