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South Africa complete 5-0 series sweep with victory in final ODI

SA v SL, 5th ODI, report

South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 41 runs (DLS method) to secure a 5-0 sweep in the ODI series, after the tourists fell short with the bat once again.

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Aiden Markram scored a career-best score of 67 not out as South Africa were 135/2, before a failure in the flood-lights caused the game to be prematurely ended.

Rassie van der Dussen prevailed on 28* as the Proteas strolled towards their target, propelled to their position of dominance by a top-class bowling performance.

Numerous Sri Lankan batsmen made promising starts with the bat but Kusal Mendis was the only one to pass 50, and Faf du Plessis' attack was imperious throughout, bundling their opponents out for 225. 

Lungo Ngidi (1/15) and Kagiso Rabada (3/50) saw off openers Avishka Fernando (9) and Upul Tharanga (2) respectively, before Oshada Fernando and Mendis recovered things somewhat, albeit at a relatively slow rate. 

Imran Tahir then squeezed masterfully in the middle overs, breaking the third wicket partnership with the wicket of Fernando (22), before going onto dismiss Angelo Perera (33), ending with magnificent figures of 2/33 from his ten overs.

Mendis then departed for 56 after attempting to run two to Ngidi on the mid-wicket boundary, Priyamal Perera shouting for the second run but Mendis falling short of his ground. Thisara Perera (0) followed him back to the pavilion, lasting just the solitary delivery, as the highly impressive Anrich Nortje (2/35) duped him with the short ball and had him caught on the rope behind square on the leg-side. 

Isuru Udana once again provided the wag to Sri Lanka's tail with a useful 32, but the hosts could only amble to 225, Akila Dananjaya's dismissal in the last over wrapping up the innings for 225. 

In response, South Africa lost in-form man Quinton de Kock in the third over as Lasith Malinga struck early, breaking the Proteas wicket-keeper-batsman's run of five consecutive scores of fifty-plus in ODIs. 

Faf du Plessis then began rebuilding with the returning Aiden Markram, who looked solid from the outset, as the pair put on a stand of 70 before du Plessis edged off to Mendis behind the stumps, Thisara Perera picking up the scalp. 

Van der Dussen and Markram then batted smartly until the failure of the floodlights, and the DLS method saw the home side claim victory by 41 runs, securing an impressive 5-0 sweep.

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