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South Africa have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series

Two in two for Nortje

Just when it looked like the consolidation process was on, Avishka attempts a pull and gets cramped for room. Seemed like it was all a ploy from South Africa having a man at short mid-wicket. The opener is hit high on the bat and feeds a dolly to Duminy. Very next ball, Priyamal Perera - the debutant - follows suit. Getting strangled down the leg-side as Sri Lanka slip further. However, Kamindu Mendis denies Nortje a hat-trick.

Oshada Fernando bags a duck

One of the form batsman for Sri Lanka, Oshada was looking a bit fidgety in the middle. In order to break free, wafts at an away-seamer from Ngidi without any feet and went with hard hands. Couldn't cope the bounce on the delivery and as a result, feeds an outside edge straight into the hands of Hendricks at first slip.

Redemption for Dale Steyn

Alright, spoke too soon. Rush of blood for Tharanga as he gets carried away. Gets into a bit of tangle against this short ball from Steyn which is too hot to handle for the opener. Is rushed by the pace and bounce, splices it to mid-on where Shamsi settles under it.

"This is a nice batting surface," quips Shaun Pollock on air as Avishka Fernando takes a leaf out of Tharanga's book, making Lungi Ngidi pay for his mistake of hurling in a half-volley. Duly dispatched to the sweeper cover fence. Caps the final ball to behind point for four. Positive start for Sri Lanka

Upul Tharanga is up and running

Tharanga needed just three balls to get off the mark. Doesn't show any rustiness and straightaway gets lunging across and drives a fuller ball through covers. Is this the sign of things to come?

The return of Steyn-gun

Dale Steyn is back and looks like he's raring to go with the new cherry.

It's time for the national anthems as both teams assemble in the field. First Sri Lanka's, followed by South Africa's


Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Upul Tharanga, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Priyamal Perera, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga(c), Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha

South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

South Africa have won the toss and have opted to field

Toss time!


Hello and welcome to the fourth ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka. The hosts haven't put a foot wrong ever since losing the Test series and showed that they are a different kettle of fish in the limited-overs format. They have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and are slowly ironing out their flaws ahead of the World Cup. The return of Aiden Markram and JP Duminy should be an additional boost for the hosts; Reeza Hendricks managed to earn a late call-up to the side after Hashim Amla withdrew on compassionate grounds but it seems highly unlikely that Hendricks will be included in the playing XI today.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are crumbling in all departments. Their patchy run in ODIs continue as they have lost three games so far, something which won't augur well with World Cup around the corner. The visitors will be seeking to salvage some pride in the final two games. As far as the team changes are concerned, Upul Tharanga is set to be back in Kusal Perera's absence. The southpaw was ruled out of the final two ODIs due to a hamstring injury. Anyway, toss and other updates coming up shortly.

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