The Multiply Titans have again had strong performances in national colours, on their ongoing tour to Sri Lanka. After a tough Test series, the South African one-day international side has bounced back emphatically, cruising to a 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.
At the forefront of that resurgence have been several Titans stars, who have all made meaningful contributions to the success of the team. Led by life-long Titan Faf du Plessis, the Standard Bank Proteas won the opening match of the series by five wickets, with Du Plessis himself weighing in with a well-paced 47.
Tabraiz Shamsi, who continues to challenge for a bigger role across all formats, then took four for , as South Africa cruised to early ascendancy in the 50-over series. The second clash, again in Dambulla, saw Quinton de Kock flying the Titans flag high, blazing a typically pugnacious 87 at the top of the order. Du Plessis chipped in with 49, to chase down 245.
There was no coming back for Sri Lanka after the third ODI at the Pallekele International Stadium, which is supposedly modelled on SuperSport Park Centurion, with large grass areas – and a very good pitch for batting. It was the turn of the bowlers to shine, though, as Lungi Ngidi kept his composure to strike at regular intervals, despite some slugging from the home side, eventually finishing with four for 57.
Shamsi again came to the party, as his wrist-spin was very useful in the middle-overs, with the home side getting increasingly desperate. Shamsi finished with figures of two for 62, as the Proteas sealed the series at the earliest opportunity.
With the series already won, and still two matches to spare, there may well be a chance for other Titans in the squad to make their mark. Heinrich Klaasen has been patiently waiting for a batting slot to open up, while Junior Dala will surely relieve one of the fast bowlers from their duties in one of the final, two matches.
There may also be a chance for Aiden Markram to try and sign off his tough tour to the island with a bit of momentum, if one of the senior batsmen is rested. The series continues on Wednesday, with a day-night match in Pallekele.