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SA selectors given food for thought in Sri Lanka series

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Among the bowlers, Lungi Ngidi entrenched his position as one of the leaders of the attack with 10 wickets in the series

Sri Lanka taught the Proteas a lesson in final ODI at the Premadasa Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

JP Duminy boosted his 2019 World Cup selection hopes as he ended as the leading run-scorer for South Africa in the five-match ODI series against hosts Sri Lanka which concluded on Sunday.

South Africa won the series 3-2, and Duminy piled on 227 runs at an average of 56 at an impressive strike-rate of 135. In his four knocks he scored two 50s with a highest score of 92.

The all-rounder also returned commendable figures with the ball, bowling 26 overs during the series and picking up two wickets. The 34-year-old claimed 2/38 in the fourth ODI in Kandy, in a losing cause as Sri Lanka won by three runs in a rain-shortened affair.

While Duminy re-ignited the flame the SA selectors may hold for him, Reeza Hendricks made a spectacular start to his ODI career with a century on debut.

His innings of 102 from 89 balls in the third ODI provided a starring role for his side, as South Africa claimed an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. Though Hendricks failed in the final two ODIs with scores of 0 and 2, his match-winning ability will not go unnoticed.

Among the bowlers, Lungi Ngidi entrenched his position as one of the leaders of the attack with 10 wickets in the series. Ngidi took 4/57 in the third ODI, and returned an average of 20 in the four matches he played.

Andile Phehlukwayo was another stand-out performer as he continues to cement his place in the team. Phehlukwayo claimed nine scalps at an average of 28 with a best of 3/45 in the second ODI.

Tabraiz Shamsi also improved his stock with six wickets in the three matches he played at an average of 23. His best performance was his 4/33 in the first ODI which helped his side to a convincing victory and set the tone for the series.

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