DURBAN – Quinton de Kock continued his blazing run of sparkling form with his 14th career century to lay the foundation for a solid batting performance by the Proteas top and middle order in the third One-Day International at Kingsmead which ended in a 72-run victory for the hosts on Sunday.
The Proteas clinched the series 3-0 with two matches still to be played, but Sri Lanka were badly caught on the wrong end of a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) re-calculation.
In a match that was disrupted by rain, the De Kock-inspired Proteas set a target of 332 to which Sri Lanka replied with 75/2 after 16 overs before play was interrupted by rain.
When play finally resumed Sri Lanka were set a near impossible revised DLS target of 193 in 24 overs, requiring them to score 118 off the remaining 48 balls. What made matters even worse was that they had lost Kusal Perera with a hamstring injury while fielding.
Tabraiz Shamsi removed Oshada Fernando in the first over after the resumption, and although Kusal Mendis hit two sixes in Shamsi’s next over he then fell to Imran Tahir.