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South Africa v Sri Lanka 3rd ODI preview & live at Johannesburg

South Africa v Sri Lanka 3rd ODI preview & live at Johannesburg

The third ODI, of what has so far been a very one sided contest between South Africa and Sri Lanka, takes place at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday. The hosts will play in pink, to help raise awareness for breast cancer.

The Proteas took a 2-0 series lead at Kingsmead last Wednesday when they defeated the tourists by a massive 121-run margin, and that after being put into bat by the visitors.

When the home side were faltering on 108-4, that decision looked a wise one. However, Faf du Plessis and David Miller steadied the ship with a partnership of 117, both going on to post centuries, and the Proteas final total of 307-6 was always likely to be too many for a fragile Sri Lankan batting line up.

The Sri Lankan reply was all too predictable and in truth pathetic, as they subsided to just 186 all out inside 38 overs, with only Dinesh Chandimal making it past 30, as he top scored with 36.

The Wanders provided one of the few highlights of the tour for the Sri Lankans, when they won a low scoring T20I earlier in their visit. However, the Proteas played two ODI’s at the venue in 2016 and were successful in both fixtures.

Against England they chased down a target of 263, with just 1-wicket remaining, while later in the year they raced to 361 against Australia, with du Plessis scoring 111, as they eventually won the game by a huge margin of 142-runs.

Those wins extended the Proteas winning streak at the venue to five, since they were beaten, ironically by Sri Lanka in January 2012, by 2-wickets.

After his heroics of the second ODI, David Miller will now have to sit out the rest of the series due to a finger injury, that was caused during the second ODI in Durban, when he suffered a cut as he tried to get underneath a diving catch. The injury requiring stitches, and sidelining the player for 7-10 days.

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