Dwaine Pretorius justified his promotion up the South African batting order by leading the Proteas to a 45-run victory in the third and final Twenty20 international between the sides.

South Africa had already wrapped up victory in the three-match series but made sure of the whitewash in a closing encounter interrupted by rain.

All-rounder Pretorius came in at three and hit 77 off 42 deliveries, inspiring the home side to 198-2 at the Wanderers, while Reeza Hendricks (66) also impressed.

Pretorius also claimed the first Sri Lankan wicket, before Andile Phehlukwayo dismantled the tourists with career-best figures of 4-24, taking two wickets each side of a downpour that saw the target trimmed to 183 from 17 overs.

The result means South Africa have completed a clean sweep in both the ODI and T20 series.

After Aiden Markram was caught by Lasith Malinga for 15 off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal (1-38) in the sixth over, Sri Lanka struggled to snap a fruitful partnership between Hendricks and Pretorius.

The duo racked up 90 runs before Jeffrey Vandersay (1-35) took out Hendricks' leg stump, although skipper JP Duminy proved a similarly assured presence as he added 34 before the end of the innings.

Pretorius, playing on his home ground, then made the first dent in Sri Lanka's run chase, trapping Dhananjaya de Silva lbw for eight runs.

Niroshan Dickwella (38) followed in the next over after being impressively caught behind off Phehlukwayo, who then dismissed Avishka Fernando (1) leg before three deliveries later.

From there, Sri Lanka's hopes of salvaging a result disappeared at pace, as both Kamindu Mendis (1) and Angelo Perera (15) were caught by David Miller off Junior Dala (2-29) before Thisara Perera (8) was run out by a precise Hendricks throw.

A downpour merely delayed South Africa's march to victory, as the hosts cleaned up the tail within five overs of the restart, with Phehlukwayo and Lutho Sipamla (2-22) taking two wickets apiece to finish the job.

Lasith Malinga intends to retire from cricket after next year's T20 World Cup.

The 35-year-old seamer has enjoyed a superb career for Sri Lanka, standing sixth on their all-time list of Test wicket takers with 101 and behind only Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas in ODIs, having claimed 322 dismissals.

In T20s, he leads the way for his country with 97 wickets, and it is in the shortest format that Malinga intends to make his final bow.

Speaking after defeat to South Africa on Friday, the Sri Lanka T20 captain said: "I don't think I can go on much more.

"After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending. I want to play T20 World Cup, and then end my career."

Malinga will miss the first six matches of the upcoming Indian Premier League season to ensure he can play in this year's 50-over World Cup in England. Sri Lankan players have been told by selectors they must feature in their domestic Super Provincial One Day Tournament to be considered.

The 2020 T20 World Cup takes place in Australia. Malinga helped Sri Lanka win the tournament in 2014 when they beat India in the final.

South Africa's bowling attack blew Sri Lanka away as the Proteas claimed a 16-run win and the series in the second Twenty20 international.

Big efforts from Reeza Hendricks (65) and Rassie van der Dussen (64) with the bat took South Africa to 180-3, but it was the work of the bowlers early in Sri Lanka's innings that made all the difference.

Chris Morris claimed three wickets while Dale Steyn and Tabraiz Shamsi took two apiece as the Proteas threatened to rattle through the Sri Lankan batsmen.

They at least saw out the 20-over innings, but Isuru Udana's unbeaten 84 could not carry Sri Lanka back into the match and they fell short on 164-9.

South Africa made a sloppy start with the bat as Aiden Markram swiftly chipped to Lasith Malinga, yet they then took complete control and Hendricks and Van der Dussen each cruised past half-centuries.

The score was still a little on the low side as those two departed, however, and it fell to skipper JP Duminy to give their total an ultimately decisive boost.

Duminy made 33 not out from 17 in a late flurry and the Proteas concluded their innings with 15 from the last over.

And South Africa optimism soared further thanks to a stunning start with the ball as Steyn (2-34) took a pair for five runs from his first six deliveries.

Morris (3-32) weighed in with his own double-wicket over shortly afterwards, with further dismissals following steadily thereafter.

Only Udana offered any sort of resistance, but eight fours and six maximums from his 48 balls - plus another 15-run final over - could not stop the Proteas sealing a comprehensive victory.

South Africa recovered from a late batting collapse to record a Super Over triumph at the end of a dramatic first match in their Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

Replying to the tourists' below-par total of 134-7 in Cape Town, the Proteas required 18 from the last four overs but ended up having to scramble a bye from the final delivery just to tie the scores.

David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen - who had shared a stand of 66 earlier in proceedings - managed to pick up 14 runs in South Africa's extra over, the former taking Lasith Malinga for a six and a four.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir then conceded just five - two of which were wides – to secure victory for the hosts, who go 1-0 up with two games to play.

Quinton de Kock kept wicket for the Super Over but it was Miller who had donned the gloves earlier in proceedings, a decision taken by South African team management with this year’s Cricket World Cup in mind.

The stand-in claimed a catch from his second delivery on the job and also completed a stumping as Sri Lanka laboured with the bat, despite Kamindu Mendis hitting three fours and two sixes in his 41 from 29 deliveries.

Thisara Perera (19) and Dhananjaya de Silva (14) made late contributions without putting too much pressure on the home bowlers, Andile Phehlukwayo the pick of the attack with 3-25.

Miller and Van der Dussen's fourth-wicket partnership, the duo making 41 and 34 respectively, put South Africa on course after a slow start yet both fell in the same over from Malinga, who ended with excellent figures of 2-11 from his four overs.

Isuru Udana held his nerve at the death, mixing up his pace superbly to leak just four runs, but wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella crucially missed a shy at the stumps to clinch victory off the last ball, allowing South Africa to draw level.

Miller then made the most of his second opportunity in the middle as South Africa eventually prevailed, meaning they can clinch the series at Centurion on Friday.

Uncapped trio Aiden Markram, Anrich Nortje and Sinethemba Qeshile have been named in South Africa's squad for the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

In-form opening batsman Markram guided the Proteas to victory over Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 67 at Newlands on Saturday, sealing a 5-0 one-day international whitewash.

Markram could make his debut in the shortest format in Cape Town on Tuesday, while paceman Nortje and 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Qeshile have also been called up.

Qeshile will not be involved in the opening match, but is set to make his bow at Centurion on Friday.

JP Duminy, who this week announced he will end his ODI career after the Cricket World Cup, will captain the side for the second and third matches of the series to give Faf du Plessis a rest.

Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will also only feature in the first rubber of the three-game series.

 

South Africa squad for the first T20: Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

South Africa squad for second and third T20s: JP Duminy (captain), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Sinethemba Qeshile, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

Aiden Markram starred as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method to seal a 5-0 ODI series whitewash.

South Africa were cruising towards their target of 226 at Newlands on Saturday and were on 135-2 after 28 overs before a floodlight failure halted play.

Repairs were attempted for two hours before umpires called time on the match, giving the home side victory, with Markram's career-best unbeaten 67 proving decisive.

Promoted to opener in place of the omitted Reeza Hendricks, Markram was dropped twice and capitalised by hitting seven boundaries in a 75-ball knock.

Sri Lanka failed to pass 250 for the fifth time in the series. Any hopes of the tourists setting a competitive total were ended when Kusal Mendis was run out for 56.

Kagiso Rabada took 3-50 for South Africa, while Imran Tahir shone with 2-33 and snatched two catches. It was the last ODI on home soil for Tahir and JP Duminy, who will retire from the format after this year's World Cup. 

Lasith Malinga had called for more application from his batsmen but, after winning the toss, saw openers Avishka Fernando (9) and Upul Tharanga (2) fall inside the first 25 deliveries.

Mendis attempted to anchor the innings by putting on 49 with Oshada Fernando (22) and 62 with Angelo Perera (31), only for Tahir to end both partnerships by drawing edges collected by home skipper Faf du Plessis at slip.

His patient fifty brought up in 72 balls, Mendis looked well set until a dreadful mix-up with Priyamal Perera ended his effort, a third run out in his last six innings.

The efforts of Priyamal Perera, who put on 33 before being caught and bowled by Rabada in the penultimate over, ensured Sri Lanka reached a defendable total, as did those of Isuru Udana (32 off 29 balls), who impressively followed up his 78 in Port Elizabeth.

Sri Lanka's innings was ended with three balls to spare but South Africa did not make a fluent start to their reply, with the in-form Quinton de Kock (6) falling to Malinga in the third over, while Udana dropped a caught and bowled opportunity to remove Markram two balls later.

Makram was dropped again - this time by Oshada Fernando - in the 10th over off Udana's bowling, but the 24-year-old took full advantage of those let-offs, putting on 70 with Du Plessis, who fell for 24 after edging Thisara Perera behind.

Markram's fifty arrived off 58 balls as he built another partnership, this time of 57, with number four Rassie van der Dussen (28no).

The failing lights denied Markram a chance for a ton in a bizarre end to the series. The first of three T20 internationals between the sides takes place in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha will not oversee his side's Twenty20 international series against South Africa amid reports he is set to be sacked.

After back-to-back Test wins over the Proteas, Sri Lanka have lost the first four one-day internationals in South Africa.

The final match of that series is to come on Saturday, after which Hathurusingha has been ordered to return to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Cricket says Hathurusingha will "discuss the Sri Lanka team's preparation for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup", but it is reported that the board are unhappy with the team's form.

Fielding coach Steve Rixon will instead lead the team in their three T20 fixtures.

Sri Lanka have named a squad for the forthcoming series, with Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Asitha Fernando and Sadeera Samarawickrama all included.

Dasun Shanaka has been dropped, while there is no room in the group for Oshada Fernando or Dinesh Chandimal.

Sri Lanka T20 squad in full: Lasith Malinga, Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan.

 

Lasith Malinga was scathing of his Sri Lanka team-mates after another poor display with the bat contributed to their six-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa on Wednesday.

The tourists were rolled out for just 189 in the fourth ODI in Port Elizabeth as the Proteas took a 4-0 lead with one match to come in the series.

Only two of Sri Lanka's top six managed double figures and they were indebted to a late blitz from number nine Isuru Udana, who crashed seven fours and four sixes in his entertaining 78 from only 57 balls.

Following the second ODI, which saw the visitors skittled for only 138, Malinga said his side "must understand their own value" on the international scene and the veteran seamer was similarly critical after this latest loss at St George's Park.

"You can't say much," said the captain. "We are going on the same path. The wicket was very suitable for the bat, but the batsmen didn't realise the value and the opportunity to play a long innings.

"Being six down inside 18 overs, it's very hard to come back. We always talk about taking responsibility and putting our hands up to bat through the full 50 overs, but the last few years, we've been struggling to do that.

"Before we get to the World Cup, we have to realise that and get there. Some people don't realise their value and do their job for the national team.

"This is a good, tough side to play before the World Cup. All the players need to realise these are the conditions we need to prepare for at the World Cup."

Winning skipper Faf du Plessis, meanwhile, was glad to see David Miller and JP Duminy steer the chase home after he and Quinton de Kock had fallen when well set.

"It's really pleasing to see JP and Dave finish it off for us," he said. "That's what we want our middle order to do for us.

"Big picture, it's not the worst thing that Quinton and I got out today, because it gave those guys a chance.

"We're playing some really good cricket. All the stuff that needed to happen over the last six months or year has happened. One more [match] to go, and then the guys off to IPL, and then it's an exciting two months for us."

Quinton de Kock's fine run of form continued as South Africa comfortably defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets to move 4-0 ahead in their ODI series.

The wicketkeeper-batsman made 51 off 57 balls in a successful chase of 190 after the tourists were bundled out with more than 10 overs remaining in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

That half-century followed De Kock's previous scores of 121, 94 and 81 in the series, and the left-hander has now passed fifty in eight of his past nine knocks across all formats as the Proteas cruised home inside 33 overs.

South Africa would have been celebrating victory much earlier had it not been for Isuru Udana, who came in at number nine and lifted Sri Lanka from 97-7 by thumping seven fours and four sixes in a brutal 57-ball 78.

His effort put the top order to shame, the innings faltering badly at 51-4 when Anrich Nortje claimed two scalps in as many balls – including Priyamal Perera gloving down the leg side for a golden duck on his international debut.

Batsmen continued to come and go with regularity and the tourists' plight was summed up when captain Lasith Malinga lazily failed to ground his bat and was run out, before Udana let rip.

He launched Nortje for three successive sixes to begin the 36th over – the third soaring out of the ground to bring up his maiden international fifty – and the same bowler came in for more punishment in his next over as Udana thumped two fours and another maximum, which caused some damage to the LED scoreboard.

He eventually holed out as Andile Phehlukwayo ended the assault and Sri Lanka were made to rue Dhananjaya de Silva shelling a tough caught-and-bowled chance when De Kock had made just four.

Another drop did not prove costly as Reeza Hendricks could only muster eight before De Kock earned solid support in the shape of Aiden Markram (29) and Faf du Plessis (43).

None of that trio could see out the job but it mattered little as David Miller (25) and JP Duminy (31) ticked off the remaining runs.

Hashim Amla will miss the remainder of South Africa's ODI series against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds due to his father falling ill.

Amla had been called up on Monday as the Proteas sought to rotate him with Reeza Hendricks, who dropped out of the squad for the final two matches.

But Hendricks has now returned to the group due to Amla's absence, with South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee sending the departing star's family his best wishes.

"Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODIs of the current series against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill," he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Hashim and his family during this difficult time and we understand that family obligations always come first.

"The selectors have decided to add Reeza Hendricks to the squad. It was always the intention of the selectors to rotate Hashim and Reeza during this Sri Lanka ODI series."

South Africa have won the first three matches of the five-match series, having previously lost both Tests to Sri Lanka in spectacular fashion.

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera will miss the remainder of the one-day international series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury.

Kusal did the damage while fielding in the Proteas' series-clinching victory in Durban on Sunday.

Cricket Sri Lanka on Monday announced that Kusal will not feature in the fourth and fifth matches as the tourists attempt to avoid a whitewash.

Kusal, who has been sidelined by hamstring injuries on two previous occasions, will not be replaced in the squad.

The 28-year-old did not bat as Sri Lanka slumped to a 71-run Duckworth–Lewis–Stern loss in the third ODI.

 

Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy have been recalled to the South Africa squad for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka.

The Proteas took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series at Kingsmead on Sunday and the experienced trio will return for the remaining rubbers in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Markram has forced his way back in with his impressive form, including back-to-back centuries, helping the Titans to the top of the One-Day Cup table.

Former captain Amla was rested for the first three matches and will hope to impress in South Africa's final series before the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Duminy also returns to the fold having made his comeback from over three months out due to shoulder surgery with the Cape Cobras.

"Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the World Cup. It is great to see how well JP has regained his best form after being out of action for so long," said selection convener Linda Zondi.

"What has also been highly encouraging is to see how well the Proteas have played when they have returned to franchise cricket. It is important that they should dominate at this level and that their skills should rub off on our emerging talent.

"JP, Aiden and Dwaine Pretorius have all made significant contributions to their franchises in recent matches.

"We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned."

Reeza Hendricks and Wiaan Mulder will sit out the final two games, with the squad growing to incorporate 15 players.

South Africa ODI squad: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

Quinton de Kock ended his near 18-month wait for an ODI century as South Africa sealed a series triumph over Sri Lanka by taking a 3-0 lead with a 71-run win on the DLS method at Kingsmead.

Opener De Kock had failed to convert his past six ODI half-centuries into a ton – including in the first two rubbers of the five-match series – and let out a shout of delight after finally reaching triple figures in a fine knock of 121 off 108 balls.

Rassie van der Dussen contributed 50 before Andile Phehlukwayo fired an unbeaten 38 off 15 deliveries to see the Proteas reach 331-5 at the end of their innings.

Sri Lanka were 75-2 after 16 overs when rain interrupted the match and they never looked like getting the 121 runs needed from the 48 balls remaining when play eventually restarted.

Reeza Hendricks was the only Proteas batsman not to make a telling contribution in Durban, a score of four taking his total for the series to just 34.

In contrast, De Kock was confident and composed from the off and he really kicked into gear in the 13th over, beginning a spell that saw him claim 39 runs off 14 balls faced by smashing Akila Dananjaya (0-56 from nine overs) over the ropes at wide long on.

The opener added another seven boundaries before Lasith Malinga returned and drew a leading edge from Faf du Plessis (36), but De Kock would not be moved and brought up his first hundred since October 2017 with a sweet shot past point.

After sending Kasun Rajitha to the boundary three times he edged a full and wide delivery behind to Niroshan Dickwella in the same over, but Van der Dussen and David Miller (41 not out) ensured there was no collapse from the strong position of 187-3 with 19 overs remaining.

South Africa finished with a flourish thanks to Phehlukwayo, the all-rounder contributing five fours and one maximum in a brilliant cameo, with a miscommunication in the field costing Sri Lanka the chance to remove him in the final over.

Sri Lanka lost openers Dickwella (2) and Avishka Fernando (23) inside eight overs and their hopes of reaching an unlikely adjusted total was dealt a blow when Tabraiz Shamsi snared Oshada Fernando with the first ball after the restart.

Kusal Mendis racked up four fours and a pair of maximums before being caught and bowled by Imran Tahir (2-19), leaving Sri Lanka playing solely for pride.

Quinton de Kock was in destructive form with the bat and Kagiso Rabada claimed his 100th ODI wicket as South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series against Sri Lanka courtesy of a dominant 113-run win.

Having been put in by the tourists in Centurion, De Kock led the way for the Proteas with a typically aggressive 70-ball 94. However, though captain Faf du Plessis also hit a half-century, South Africa were bowled out for a modest 251.

But the failures of De Kock and Du Plessis' team-mates were rendered immaterial as Sri Lanka folded miserably in what should have been a manageable chase, South Africa skittling them for 138 inside 33 overs.

Victory means the hosts can secure revenge for their surprise Test series whitewash in Durban this weekend, when they will hope for a similar start to the one they enjoyed on Wednesday, as De Kock got them off to a flyer.

He struck 60 in 46 balls in a 91-run opening stand with Reeza Hendricks (29), and he found another capable partner in Du Plessis, with whom he combined for 40 before Thisara Perera (3-26) robbed him of a hundred.

De Kock hit 17 fours and a maximum, but an attempt to fire over short fine-leg went horribly wrong and he sent a leading edge to Niroshan Dickwella.

Kasun Rajitha took a stunning catch to give Thisara the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen, and the same bowler removed Du Plessis, who failed with his attempt to pull a shorter delivery that kept low as the skipper departed for a 66-ball 57.

South Africa had reached 220 by that point, but their innings fizzled out badly and ended with 29 balls to spare.

Yet their struggles were minor compared to those of Sri Lanka, who saw Dickwella fall in the third over to Rabada (3-43), who reached his milestone by drawing a top edge that De Kock collected.

Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera soon followed and, though Oshada Fernando (31) and Kusal Mendis (24) offered hope with a stand of 40, things became bleak when that duo fell in successive overs. 

Horrible confusion between the pair saw Mendis run out, with Fernando then trapped lbw by Anrich Nortje.

The writing was on the wall when Imran Tahir claimed the scalps of Thisara and Rajitha in the space of three deliveries, the tail surrendering meekly to put South Africa on the verge of a series triumph.

Faf du Plessis made a classy unbeaten century and Imran Tahir tormented Sri Lanka as South Africa started the one-day international series by easing to an eight-wicket win at the Wanderers.

Captain du Plessis passed 50 for the sixth time in his last eight innings after being dropped on 32 and went on to finish 112 not out off 114 balls in an emphatic win for the Proteas on Sunday.

Kusal Mendis (60) was the only Sri Lanka batsman to make a half-century as they collapsed to 231 all out, Tahir taking 3-26 and the fit-again Lungi Ngidi claiming 3-60 in his first international since recovering from a knee injury.

Du Plessis and Quinton de Kock (81 from 72 balls) put South Africa well on their way to a victory which was secured with 11.1 overs to spare, putting the hosts 1-0 up in the five-match series.

Ngidi made up for lost time by removing both openers cheaply after du Plessis won the toss, Niroshan Dickwella caught and bowled before Upul Tharanga chopped on.

Oshada Fernando smashed Kagiso Rabada and Ngidi for huge sixes and Kusal Perera dispatched debutant Anrich Nortje for back-to-back boundaries before edging behind in Tahir's first over.

Mendis was successful with a review after being given out leg before to Tahir but South Africa were celebrating again when Fernando was run out for 49 after a mix-up off the next delivery.

The stylish Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva came together at 101-4 and produced a much-needed stand, the former clattering Dwaine Pretorius for six over midwicket as he raced to a half-century.

Yet Sri Lanka capitulated after Tahir had Dhananjaya (39) stumped, the spinner also removing Mendis as Lasith Malinga's side lost six wickets for 36 runs in the space of 10 overs - Nortje claiming a first international victim.

Vishwa Fernando snared Reeza Hendricks caught behind early in South Africa's run chase, but du Plessis was in great touch as he hit Thisara Perera for three consecutive boundaries before being dropped by Lakshan Sandakan off the next ball.

Du Plessis swept Dhananjaya for six to reach his half-century and de Kock whipped Malinga for four to reach his 50 and upped his scoring rate to overtake his skipper, setting about Sandakan and Akila Dananjaya.

De Kock looked destined for a hundred until he fell leg before to Dananjaya, but du Plessis reached an 11th ODI with a quick single and Rassie van der Dussen made 32 not out in an emphatic win.

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