SL vs SA 3rd ODI Highlights today Tuesday, 9-7-2021 – ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, 3rd ODI (D/N), South Africa tour of Sri Lanka from R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
SL won the toss and chose to bat.
South Africa are unchanged but the hosts have made three changes. Rajapaksa, Dananjaya and Bhanuka are out. Dinesh Chandimal, Maheesh Theekshana and Kamindu Mendis are in. “Mendis has made heads turn with his ambidextrous finger spin, but that’s a little misleading – batting is by far his better suit. And his batting is why he’s in the team. He was outstanding in the recent T20 competition,” Andrew tells me.
Sri Lanka team: Avishka Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama.
South Africa team: Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Match Timings: 09:00 GMT | 14:30 Local
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Lyndon Hannibal
TV Umpires – Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match number – ODI no. 4318
Post Match Presentation.
Dasun Shanaka: It’s been hard, we haven’t won a series at home for the last few years, so this counts a lot. The boys played really well, so lots more series win to come hopefully. We knew the toss will play a major role in the game so winning the toss had a good impact on the match. First I thought 230 would be an ideal score on this pitch, but 200 also turned out to be a very good total. Theekshana was our trump card.
He’s more of a T20 bowler but I used him wisely in this match. He’s a real prospect going forward. (On his form) I should have stayed more in this game and I think I must contribute more than I did in this series. Today I wanted to bat longer, and really wanted to contribute today because I wanted a series win badly.
Keshav Maharaj: I think the bowlers did a really good job. Yes, it was slow and turning but the boys did well. Obviously, the batting didn’t go according to plan but full credit to Sri Lanka. I don’t think so (the toss being a factor). It came on better. I think the Sri Lankan bowlers bowled well in the powerplay and set us back. In the first two games, the approach was pleasing and positive. Today our plans weren’t up to scratch, but lots of positives to take. We’ve got a few of our senior players back for the T20Is so hopefully, that’ll give us the boost we need.
Asalanka is the Player of the Series: It’s always great to be the Player of the Series in an international tournament. It’s my first one. I could see from the dressing room the pitch was helping spinners. My role was to bat longer, and I’m happy to do the job for my team. Initially, I was looking at a score of 230-240 but later I thought 200-210 could do the job.
Chameera is the Player of the Match: The pitch was a bit slow. I didn’t try too much, just tried to bowl a good length. That’s why I think I got success. I’ve had a lot of injuries in the past few years, so I’ve done extra fitness work for my bowling. I practiced well for the past few months. That’s why I’ve managed to play continuously now.