Sri Lanka vs. South Africa, 3rd ODI: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2014

South African bowler Jean-Paul Duminy, center, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne with teammates during the third one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Sooriyawewa, Sri Lanka, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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South Africa brought an end to Sri Lanka's rich vein of 2014 form on Saturday, putting the finishing touches on a 2-1 series win, their first-ever such triumph in Sri Lankan territory.

Strong performances from AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla proved decisive as the South Africans scored 339-5, winning by 82 runs after then managing to stop their hosts at 257.

South Africa: 339-5 (50.0 Overs)
BatsmanCatcher (Bowler if applicable)BowlerRunsMinutesBalls4s6s
Amla c Senanayake b Herath 48 82 61 4 0
de Kock c A Mendis b Senanayake 128 161 127 12 3
Kallis lbw b Herath 4 15 10 0 0
AB de Villiers c Priyanjan b A Mendis 108 100 71 11 4
Duminyc and b A Mendis 29 41 24 2 1
Miller not out 4 7 4 0 0
McLaren not out 2 5 3 0 0
Extras 0nb 9w 4b 3lb 16
Total for 5 (50.0 ovs) 339
Malinga 10.0 0 85 0
Senanayake 10.0 0 66 1
Mathews 6.0 0 43 0
A Mendis 7.0 0 48 2
Herath 10.0 0 48 2
Dilshan 7.0 0 42 0
BBC Sport

Agence France-Presse confirmed the result, while ESPN CricInfo made sure to praise the display of De Villiers, who finished the third one-day international with a terrific 108:

That wasn't to be the highest score of the day, however, as Quinton de Kock opened as partner to Amla and notched 128. Cricket writer Mazher Arshad illustrated just how steadily the youngster's progress is building:

ESPN CricInfo also illustrate just how proud De Villiers and his men should be of their achievement after managing a second tour victory in Sri Lanka, especially considering the form their foes have enjoyed of late:

The captain was quoted by ESPN CricInfo as saying of the victory:

Very happy with the boys. It's our first series win here, so we'll celebrate tonight. I thought we slipped up a little early but we made it up in the end. Sri Lanka bowled well in that Powerplay, but later on I was seeing the ball really well.

It's not a World Cup, but for us it's a huge step in the right direction. Angelo and his boys have been playing a lot of good cricket. I'm exceptionally proud of the boys, there's no one or two guys that stand out. I'm just proud of the team." If you hadn't guessed it, AB is the man of the match as well. 

Saturday's story, however, was in some way a product of Sri Lanka's own design. Missed catches, pedestrian bowling and the absence of a standout leader in the batting order all contributed to their failure in hunting down the Proteas.

Sri Lanka: 257 all out (44.3 overs)
BatsmanCatcher (Bowler if applicable)BowlerRunsMinutesBalls4s6s
K Perera c AB de Villiers b Parnell 37 29 25 4 2
Dilshan run out (AB de Villiers) 30 63 24 5 0
Sangakkara c de Kock b McLaren 36 41 23 6 0
M Jayawardene c Steyn b Tahir 2 12 8 0 0
Thirimanne b Duminy 22 43 37 1 0
Mathews c M Morkel b McLaren 58 125 81 5 1
Priyanjan c de Kock b McLaren 30 71 46 3 0
Senanayake c Kallis b M Morkel 13 21 16 2 0
Herath c de Kock b M Morkel 1 7 4 0 0
A Mendis not out 0 4 1 0 0
Malinga c and b Duminy 0 2 3 0 0
Extras 2nb 20w 2b 4lb 28
Total all out (44.3 ovs) 257
Steyn 7.0 0 55 0
M Morkel 7.0 0 49 2
Parnell 4.0 0 38 1
McLaren 8.0 0 37 3
Tahir 10.0 0 29 1
Duminy 8.3 0 43 2
BBC Sport

Lasith Malinga is undoubtedly a menace when on form, but the veteran failed to take a wicket on Saturday, and Angelo Mathews did his best job to lead the revival, getting his side's highest score with 58.

After the result, captain Mathews spoke of his acceptance at the result, per ESPN CricInfo:

We don't deserve to win the way we played today. We were flat on the field, let go of a few catches and didn't play well. It was a depressing performance. Losing to a foreign team is not the end of the world. I'm happy with my own batting, but it doesn't mean anything, since we lost.

South Africa now divert their attention to the Test series, beginning against Sri Lanka next Wednesday, where they'll hope to maintain similar momentum against their hosts.