Since the younger generation has taken over center stage in international white-ball cricket, both Sri Lanka and South Africa have gone under a re-building phase. But even when the Lankan lions were deemed as the underdogs in ODI series, they have been able to prove their critics wrong. When South Africa was scheduled to play a 3-match ODI series against the Lankans, it was always going to be a tough task for the Proteas.
South Africa are currently ranked fifth in the ICC ODI rankings, whereas Sri Lanka have slipped to number 9 in the table. Having won the first ODI, it seemed like the hosts are building upon their upward trajectory, but South Africa managed to bounce back in a rain-affected match, courtesy of Janneman Malan’s terrific 121.
Having said that, come the final showdown, Sri Lanka managed to post a below- par total of 204 runs on the scoreboard, which seemed quite simple for the Proteas. But with everything on stake, it seems like the pressure was way too much for the South African batsman to handle as half of their batting order collapsed in less than 15 overs.
However, fans took out their frustration on Twitter as the South African batsmen delivered a poor batting performance. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan fans praised the bowlers for their disciplined bowling. Sri Lanka looked to be cruising towards victory midway through the 2nd innings with Proteas losing 7 wickets. With the World no.9 ODI side within touching distance of their second consecutive ODI series victory, let us look upon the best tweets regarding the match.
Check out the best tweets here:
Since losing Aiden Markram in the second over, the Proteas never looked comfortable and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. As a result of which, South Africa are currently on the brink of defeat at 119/9, with Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi at the crease.