Quinton de Kock and Ab de Villiers © Getty Images
Quinton de Kock and Ab de Villiers © Getty Images

 

By R Vishal

 

Jul 12, 2014

 

South Africa finished at a commanding total of 339 for five with Quinton de Kock and and Ab de Villiers scoring cracking tons in the third One-Day International (ODI). Barring Rangana Herath, Sri Lankan bowling attack was toothless and were hammered to all parts of the picturesque Hambantota ground. De Kock along with the in-form Hashim Amla got the visitors to a steady start but it was absolute carnage from the time De Villiers came to the crease and played in his usual Swiss-generis fashion.

 

The bowling talisman Lasith Malinga could not repeat his second ODI heroics and was carted away by de Kock. Herath then put the brakes on the scoring before De Villers went after the spinners and tore the bowling attack. JP Duminy played a good cameo towards the end but South Africa raced to the highest total at the venue and left the hosts with a mountain to climb.

 

Sri Lanka forced the South African batsmen to play a watchful game. Jacques Kallis came into the crease in the 22nd over. All of a sudden the Sri Lankans looks charged up and trying to restrain the South African batsmen from scoring runs. Kallis gave away his wicket as the Lankans made sure that he does not get away. The last 10 overs produced 95 runs and that could be the difference in the game.

 

Brief scores:

South Africa 339 for 5 in 50 Ovs (Hashim Amla 48, Quinton de Kock 128, Ab de Villiers 108; Rangana Herath 2 for 48, Ajantha Mendis 2 for 48) vs Sri Lanka