3rd ODI: Reeza Hendricks hundred helps South Africa win series vs Sri Lanka

first_imgReeza Hendricks smashed an 89-ball hundred on debut to register the fastest ODI hundred by a debutant and help South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 78 runs at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Sunday.With the win in the third one day international, South Arica took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Hendricks’s record-breaking fifty, which included eight four and one six, was one of the four South African batsmen to post a 50-plus score as they amassed 363-7.South Africa then returned to bowl out Sri Lanka for 285 in the 46th over to record their third successive victory in the five-match series.Put into bat on a flat track, Hendricks and Hashim Amla, who made a run-a-ball 59, took South Africa past the 100-mark following opener Quinton de Kock’s early dismissal.Thisara Perera (4-75) removed Amla and South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis (10) but Hendricks and JP Duminy kept the scoreboard ticking with their 78-run stand.That was about as perfect as you get for a debut @reezahendricks tries his best to sum it up #ProteaFire #SLvSA #Unbelievable pic.twitter.com/lDp746KQTOCricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 5, 2018Hendricks, who turns 29 this month, hit eight boundaries and a six in his 89-ball 102 before falling to Lahiru Kumara in the 35th over.Duminy clobbered four sixes in his 92 off 70 balls as he and David Miller, who made 51, continued to punish the hosts.The tourists really accelerated towards the end of their innings, plundering 71 runs in the last five overs, to post their highest total in Sri Lanka.advertisementTo accomplish the chase, Sri Lanka needed their top order to fire but that did not happen as Lungi Ngidi (4-57) removed both the openers in his successive overs.Dhananjaya de Silva kept Sri Lanka alive with a belligerent 84 but once he fell in the 42nd over, a ball after smacking his third six, the contest was truly over for his team.The teams stay put in Kandy for the fourth one-day match on Wednesday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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