PROTEAS LOSE TO SRI LANKA AGAIN
By: Nasiphi Mvunyiswa
Sri Lanka defeated the Proteas by 17 runs in the 2nd One Day International match in Colombo at the Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. Tillakarante Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal were the top scorers for Sri Lanka as their partnership produced 43 runs.
Proteas’ fast bowler, Morne Morkel, bowled impressively and he claimed three wickets. The visitors suffered a major setback when star batsman, Hashim Amla, injured his left knee while fielding and wasn’t able to continue playing.
Sri Lanka ended with a score of 223/9 from 49.2 overs when heavy rain ended the innings while four deliveries still had to be bowled.
After two hours of being off the field, a revised target of 176 from 29 overs was announced for the Proteas. The South African batting side struggled to get the necessary runs. Opening batsman Robin Peterson was out after scoring just 3 runs in the first over. JP Duminy followed with a low score of 15 while captain AB de Villiers left the crease after scoring 12 runs.
A partnership between David Miller and Ryan Mclaren looked promising when both players had scores of 22 and 14 respectively. But the heavy rain resumed and forced the match to be called off and South Africa ended with a total of 104/5 in 21 overs. According to the Duckworth-Lewis system, the Proteas lost by 17 runs.
The South African captain said that the series is not over and the Proteas can still win the following three. “It’s not over yet, there are three big games coming for us now. This was a much better game for us than the previous one. The bowling did okay, but the batting let us down,” de Villiers said.
Sri Lanka now leads the series 2-0. The third ODI will take place at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Friday.