JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has won this three-match series, but this was a dreadful game that ended with a horrible error, which in that single moment summed the game up in its entirety.
Neither side will have walked away from the match pleased at the way they fielded. In the case of the hosts, they gifted the Sri Lankans about 20 extra runs, while for the tourists, their fielding cost them the game. Three of South Africa’s last four boundaries - in what had turned into a tense chase - were the result of Sri Lankan miss-fields.
Besides the batting, their fielding is an area South Africa have spent a lot of time working on recently, but that work was not reflected here. Two catches were missed, there were overthrows and miss-fields.
It’s somewhat ironic then that the match turned on two superb pieces of fielding by Tumi Sekhukhune. First a wonderful diving catch that ended Umesh Thimashini’s innings in the 18th over, when the 20-year-old came in off the long-on boundary and threw herself to her right.
“We were mocking her afterwards saying it was a straightforward catch she just waited to make it look good,” Player of the Match Sune Luus, said afterwards. “That set the tone for the rest of the innings.”