South Africa Beat Sri Lanka By Six Wickets In Fourth ODI

Upul Tharanga

Upul Tharanga

But it was not almost 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 again lamented the failure of the top-order batting.

The bowling unit struggled to take regular wickets whilst they also failed to slow the scoring rate down and despite needing 193 from 24 overs in their adjusted run chase, Sri Lanka couldn't score runs quickly enough as they fell well short in their quest.

Hashim Amla will miss the two remaining ODIs against Sri Lanka after CSA granted him compassionate leave following an illness in his family.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (capt), Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Aiden Markram, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Nortje (3-57) had earlier been the chief destroyer of the Sri Lankan top order in reducing them to 131-9, taking the wickets of Avishka Fernando (29) and debutant Priyamal Perera with consecutive balls.

"The selectors have made a decision to add Reeza Hendricks to the squad".

"I have been working on my batting", he said.

"The last two overs didn't go according to plan but it is a nice learning curve", Nortje said after the match.

Rixon, the fielding coach, will take charge of the team for the three T20 games between March 19 and 24, Silva said.

Hashim Amla has been withdrawn for the last two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka‚ a development that is set to strengthen Reeza Hendricks' bid to make South Africa's World Cup squad.