SL is heading down the same path- Malinga

2019-03-14 at 14:57

Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga was left frustrated after his team slipped to a fourth successive defeat against South Africa, losing the fourth one-day international at Port Elizabeth by six wickets.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for a paltry total of 189 as Anrich Nortje took 3/57 before Quinton de Kock continued on his fine run of form, bringing up his fourth fifty-plus score of the series to help South Africa coast home with 17.1 overs to spare.

Barring Isuru Udana’s counter-attacking 67-ball 78 at No.9, no other Sri Lankan batsman could pose a challenge to the South African bowlers even as four of the visitors’ top seven departed for single-digit scores.

Malinga rued “We are going on the same path. The wicket was very suitable for the bat, but the batsmen didn’t realise the value and the opportunity to play a long innings. And with the ball, we could only get four wickets.”

This series is Sri Lanka’s last against a Test-playing nation before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, and Malinga implored the players to “realise their job for the national team”.