CRICKET NEWS - South Africa won the third Momentum ODI by 72 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain forced a three-hour delay at Kingsmead in Durban on Sunday afternoon shortly after Sri Lanka had begun their reply to the Proteas' challenging total of 331 for five.
When rain intervened at 3.30pm CAT (SA, GMT+2), Sri Lanka had reached 75 for two in 16 overs. When play resumed at 6.20pm in front of a virtually empty stadium after a major mopping-up operation, the visitors were given the task of scoring a further 118 for victory – 193 in all – in just eight overs, a nearly impossible task.
Kusal Mendis smacked Tabraiz Shamsi for a couple of sixes, but when he departed, caught and bowled by Imran Tahir for 41, the Sri Lankans accepted the inevitable and batted out the remaining overs, finally finishing on 121 for five.
The result means that the Proteas have taken a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series with the two remaining games in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday and in Cape Town on Saturday.