A series that didn’t serve the purpose

Neither did the batsmen nor the bowlers came up with any noteworthy contributions that could have placed their names of the national cricket selectors’ short list for the World Cup.

All what Sri Lanka had to show was just three half-centuries in the entire series batting wise and the emergence of Dhananjaya de Silva as a useful batting all-rounder with his ability to bowl off-breaks and take wickets, which could lend a nice balance to the side now that Angelo Mathews has been restricted strictly to batting only.

Earlier Mathews played the role of all-rounder with his ability to bowl medium-pace deliveries, but his continuous run of injuries when he does bowl has reduced that option and being a valuable and experienced ODI campaigner his presence in the middle as a batsman has overweighed everything else.

Sri Lanka’s inexperience to front up with South Africa’s world class pace attack of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, newcomer Anrich Nortje and Andile Phehelukwayo and the leg-spin of Imran Thahir on the fast and bouncy pitches saw them hardly give the Proteas a real contest in the series.

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