Sri Lanka has lost all eight ODIs under Lasith Malinga’s captaincy. On Wednesday, South Africa beat Sri Lanka by six wickets during the fourth one-day international at George’s Park. Isuru Udana received another heavy defeat for Sri Lanka. Udana came to batting at the ninth time and hit 78 and Sri Lanka scored total 189. But it was not nearly enough as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket win and a 4-0 lead in the series with 17.1 overs to spare.
Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga has expressed his sorrow over the failure of the top-order batting.
“This wicket is very suitable to the bat,” he said. “They (the batsmen) didn’t realize their value and take the opportunity to play long innings.”
Udana apart, it was a dismal batting performance by Sri Lanka, marked by soft dismissals, with none softer than the run-out of Malinga.
Lasith Malinga, the captain came to bat at number ten while he came to bowling midwicket.
Udana made 55 runs in a 58-run last-wicket partnership with Kasun Rajitha while Sri Lanka scored 131 for nine.
Nortje’s double-strike only added to Sri Lanka’s peril, before small contributions from Kusal Mendis (21) and Dhananjaya de Silva (22), and Udana’s impressive hitting helped lift them to a total of sorts.
Udana said, “I have been working on my batting. Once we were nine down I had to take my chance.”
Captain Faf du Plessis made 43 before David Miller and JP Duminy, the latter returning from a long-term injury, closed out the match with an unbeaten 44-run stand.
“Our bowling unit has been very consistent in this series and in the last two games the batting is starting to tick,” said Du Plessis.
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