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A.B Devilliers won the series for the first time as a captain taking charge of the team. Du plessis lead the resistance as the proteas won by D/L method by 4 runs ahead of the D/L total!!!

A half-century from Faf du Plessis led South Africa to a
series-clinching victory in the third one-dayer against Sri Lanka on

Chasing 267 to win, the home team were 179 for five after 34 overs when rain ended play.

According to Duckworth-Lewis calculations South Africa were four runs
ahead of Sri Lanka, giving them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the
five-match series.

South Africa celebrate a wicket during their victory. Reuters

The 27-year-old Du Plessis lifted South Africa from 52 for three with
72 off 74 balls, the highest of his three half-centuries, before he
became the second batsman to be run out in the innings as he failed to
beat a throw by Angelo Mathews.

Captain AB de Villiers then took over with an aggressive 39 not out off 36 deliveries.

Earlier, fast bowler Lasith Malinga put Sri Lanka on top by clean bowling Graeme Smith for two and Colin Ingram for 13.

Sri Lanka totalled 266 for nine after winning the toss. Their top
four all scored more than 30 but only opener Upul Tharanga (58) managed a

Nuwan Kulasekara provided some impetus in the closing overs with 40 off 38 balls.

The fourth match is in Kimberley on Friday.

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yo AB u're beauty
sudhirRCCB on 03 May 2013, 10:19 PM
nd the best thing is that sa has won the series!
AwesomeRCB on 26 Jan 2012, 02:52 AM
gudd game!!
AwesomeRCB on 26 Jan 2012, 02:51 AM
enjoing the cricket game
shashiyadav on 22 Jan 2012, 06:03 AM
yupee...sa clinches series..
tussar on 22 Jan 2012, 05:28 AM
ABD is a true performer.
Raj704Jhn on 22 Jan 2012, 04:35 AM
de villiers rocks!
NidhiRCB on 20 Jan 2012, 07:38 AM
best man as captain...keep this form for ipl also our winning chances should improve
sevenross on 20 Jan 2012, 01:57 AM
Congo AB for the first achievement.Many more to come.
karthik-shetty4 on 19 Jan 2012, 09:28 PM