South Africa and Sri Lanka will face each other in the fourth match of their ODI series on Tuesday at the Newlands Ground in Cape Town, with the series already wrapped up in favour of the Proteas, who now lead 3-0 after their 7-wicket victory in the third fixture at the Wanderers.
All three matches have finished in large margins of victory for the hosts, who apart from the win at the Wanderers, have also won by 8-wickets in Port Elizabeth and 121 runs in Durban.
The tourists appear to have lost the will to compete, the latest defeat coming when they were dismissed inside 40 overs for a mere 163, and then took just three wickets as the Proteas raced home in just 32 overs.
David Miller, who had been so impressive in the second ODI, but was ruled out of the latest contest through injury, saw his replacement Dwaine Pretorius claim the Man of the Match award for his 3-19 in seven overs.
AB de Villiers eased his way to 60 not out from 61 deliveries, to lead the hosts to their target. Only Dickwella with 74 made from 80 deliveries showed any genuine for any length of time for the visitors.
There was a time, between 2004 and 2009, that South Africa were unbeatable at Newlands, winning 10 successive ODIs at the venue. India brought that run to an end in 2011, and Pakistan were also victorious at the ground in 2013.
Last year, the Proteas played two ODI’s at Newlands and won on both occasions. Defeating England by five wickets, with AB de Villiers scoring a century after the tourists were dismissed for just 236. Australia were then beaten by 31-runs, in a series in which South Africa won all five matches.
The Proteas had scored 327-8, and but for a magnificent 173 from opener David Warner, Australia would have got nowhere near their target.