Du Plessis’s great century lead Proteas to victory at Cape Town

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 | 0

In the fourth ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka which was staged yesterday at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, Proteas beat the Lions by 40 runs so far. Through this victory, South Africa lead the ODI series by 4 – 0. Now, the Lions have only one match left and if they want to avoid whitewash, they need to win the rest match by any mean.

De Kock made his first half century in the whole series yesterday and captain Villiers made his 50th half century. But, they were dim in front of du Plessis performance. He stroke a century yesterday and presented a remarkable victory to the team.

Du Plessis's great century lead Proteas to victory at Cape Town

To chase such high score, Tharanga made also a century after 2013 and two new players named Dickwella and Weerakkody also made a half century each but they could not change the match result. But, it is true that Sri Lanka fought well yesterday at Cape Town.

Yesterday at Cape Town, Proteas won the toss and came to bat. Amla which was one of the two openers could not stay longer but scored just one runs and out when team score was 3. Later, de Kock and du Plessis led the team to 103 when de Kock was out with his individual fifty. du Plessis and Villiers stood for long and their partnership was broken by Pathirana. By playing total fifty overs, Proteas scored 367 runs losing five wickets so far. This was the highest total for any team in the ground where previous highest was 354 runs against Kenya. du Plessis scored his career’s highest runs of 185 in 141 balls.

To answer such score, the Lions got packet by scoring 327 runs in 48.1 overs. According to the statistics, the visitor fought very well which led by Tharanga. Their opening partnership was quite well which added 139 runs to the scoreboard. Dickwella was out with his 58 runs back then. After his departure, Tharanga tried to make another partnership with Mendis and later with Weerakkody. The Lions tried hard but finally finished with 327 runs. So, now they are in pressure of being whitewash.

The last match of the ODI series between them will be staged in next 10th February, 2017 at SuperSport Park, Centurion. The Lions would better be ready for that.

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