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Theekshana stars as Sri Lanka thrash South Africa to clinch ODI series 2-1 | Cricket News – Times of India


COLOMBO: Debutant spinner Maheesh Theekshana claimed 4 wickets as Sri Lanka hammered South Africa by 78 runs within the third one-day worldwide to clinch the series 2-1 on Tuesday.
Theekshana, an off-spinner with a deadly carrom ball, returned figures of 4-37 as the hosts bowled out South Africa for 125 in 30 overs whereas chasing a goal of 204 in Colombo.
The 21-yr-outdated Theekshana made an instantaneous influence with a wicket of his first supply in worldwide cricket as he despatched opener Janneman Malan trudging again for 18.
Rain then stopped play briefly.
He then lower quick wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen’s innings on 22 to additional dent the Proteas chase.
Andile Phehlukwayo, who made 17, and George Linde, who scored 18, put up some resistence with a partnership of 36 for the seventh wicket.
Theekshana mixed with leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who took two wickets to polish off the tail with 20 overs remaining within the innings.
Pace bowler Dushmantha Chameera took two early wickets together with Reeza Hendricks, for one, and Rassie van der Dussen, for 5, to rattle the South African high-order.
Earlier skipper Keshav Maharaj took three wickets as Sri Lanka made 203 for 9.
Charith Asalanka high-scored with 47 and Chameera, coming in at quantity 9, hit a helpful 29.
Maharaj struck first, getting Avishka Fernando lbw for 10, and returned figures of 3-38 together with his left-arm spin. Fellow spinners George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi claimed two wickets every.
South Africa efficiently reviewed the openers’ wickets of their favour after Fernando and Dinesh Chandimal, out lbw for 9 off left-arm orthodox Linde, got not out by the on-discipline umpires.
Spinners stored hanging as Aiden Markram despatched again Dhananjaya de Silva for 31 and Maharaj bought two together with skipper Dasun Shanaka and Hasaranga as Sri Lanka slipped to 121-6.
Asalanka survived a reprieve on 36 when he was caught at mid-wicket off Linde however the supply was adjudged a no ball with extra fielders exterior the interior circle than allowed.
Shamsi, a left-arm wrist spinner, lastly bought Asalanka caught behind to deny the left-hand batsman a half-century.
The two sides will now play three Twenty20 internationals beginning Friday on the identical venue.



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