South Africa has dropped down after New Zealand to 4th rank in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Men’s Team Rankings in spite of defeating Sri Lanka by 3–2 in their 5-match series. South Africa, following the toss loss, scored an overwhelming 363 for 7 wickets in Kandy. However, Sri Lanka never appeared in the chase and was all out for in 45.2 overs 285 as the Proteas wrapped up the 5-match series. A debut century was hit by No 3 Reeza Hendricks—102 in eighty-nine balls with 8 fours and a six—prior to he was bowled by Lahiru Kumara, pacer.
JP Duminy scored 92 in 70 balls, comprising 4 sixes, prior to becoming 1 of 4 dupes for Thisara Perera (4-75). Also, 8 fours and 3 sixes were smashed by Dhananjaya de Silva, however, his 84 from 66 balls was not nearly sufficient for the opposing team, with Lungi Ngidi stating 4-57 from 8.2 overs.
With 113 points, South Africa began the series in 3rd place, one more than the 112 points of New Zealand. The series outcome witnessed South Africa drop to 110 points, whereas Sri Lanka acquired 3 points and budged to 80 points while staying in their pre-series 8th rank. England is on the table’s top with 127 points, whereas India is in 2nd place with 121 points.
In the interim, Kagiso Rabada, SA paceman, has been given the title of Wisden’s Golden Boy of 2018, an honor for the best men’s cricketer aged 23 or below in the world. A stunning start has been made by the South African fast bowler to his international profession, taking 151 wickets in thirty-two tests since his first appearance in 2015.
Rabada, 23, earlier this year, grabbed the young bowler ever tag by topping the MRF Tyres ICC Test Bowling Rankings and recently, he beat Harbhajan Singh as the youngest to the 150 Test scalps.