Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje named in Proteas ODI squad

Du Plessis was left searching for answers after his side's incredible collapse in the second innings

Du Plessis was left searching for answers after his side's incredible collapse in the second innings

Young duo Kusal Mendis (84 not out) and Oshada Fernando (75 not out) reeled off an unbeaten 163-run stand, putting South Africa's bowlers to the sword to lead their side home.

Both Fernando and Mendis who hail from Moratuwa took Sri Lanka to safety and a historic win after resuming from an overnight 60 for 2 while needing 137 more runs for victory on the third day. But credit to the team that played the best cricket.

"A lot of the guys here are not in the ODI team and they've under-performed, I can't know what they are thinking, but for me the World Cup was not in my mind at all, I was extremely motivated to do well here". Sri Lanka remain in sixth place, but have moved up to 93 points. "Over the course of the two Tests we didn't have that, and that perhaps was the deciding factor in deciding the series".

It also means Sri Lanka are just the third side to win a Test series in South Africa, joining Australia and England.It was a remarkable turnaround after South Africa took a 68-run lead after the first innings.

In the 27-year old history of South African cricket since being re-admitted to the worldwide fold after the dismantling of apartheid or white discrimination against blacks, not even India or Pakistan were able to win a Test series in the dark continent as Sri Lanka wrapped up the two-Test series 2-0.

"When I was batting in both innings I felt it was a really good batting pitch", he said.

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South Africa vs Sri Lanka.

South Africa witnessed their run of seven consecutive home test series wins come to an end.

"There has been a lot of talk about spicy wickets", said Gibson, "but we only ask for pace and bounce".

The win gave the tourists a 2-0 series triumph after they clinched the first test in Durban by one wicket in Durban last Saturday. Zondi said he hoped that Duminy, regarded as a key to South Africa's World Cup hopes because of his batting, fielding and off-spin bowling, would be fit for the final two matches against Sri Lanka. In that time, the Lankans had played 13 Tests in the African nation before this series of which they had won only one.

He has turned out for South Africa in four Tests, 13 ODIs and seven T20Is and has given a good account of himself in all the outings."It is great to have Lungi back in the squad after a lengthy period on the sidelines caused by the injury he suffered in the white ball series in Australia a year ago", commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi.

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