Akila Dananjaya’s dazzling six-for to skittle the Proteas for 121 is our Play of the Day.
The 24-year-old was exquisite during the entire series and his six-wicket haul saw him top the wickets tally with 14 wickets.
In the fifth ODI, he ripped through the Proteas top order, taking the wickets of stand-in skipper Quinton de Kock (53), Aiden Markram (20), Reeza Hendricks (nought), Heinrich Klaasen (three), as well as Andile Phehlukwayo (three) and Keshav Maharaj (eight).
His delivery to dismiss De Kock, in particular, was the pick of the bunch. The left-hander was looking to save his side from an embarrassing defeat and, as he reached forward tentatively to block the ball, it slipped past his outside edge and nicked his off-stump.
His googly was also a lethal weapon, as he flummoxed both Markram and Hendricks with successive deliveries in the sixth over.
Markram failed to read the googly and popped a catch straight back to Dananjaya. The bowler followed this with another wrong ‘un that squeezed between Hendricks’ bat and pad to crash into the wickets.
Dananjaya’s fantastic effort helped Sri Lanka claim a 178-run win and finish the series on a high.
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