Marco Jansen starred with bat and ball but still ended on the losing side as the South Africa Emerging team fell to a crucial 21-run Duckworth-Lewis Method defeat to their Sri Lanka counterparts in the penultimate match of their One-Day Triangular Series in Pretoria on Wednesday.
The all-rounder first clobbered six sixes in a career-best 53 not out from just 20 balls (1 four) to help the hosts amass 296 for nine in their 50 overs.
He then claimed a tidy two for 35 in eight as the tourists reached their revised target of 262 for five in 44 overs.
This thanks to a century from Pathum Nissanka, who hit a run-a-ball 104 (104 balls, 8 fours, 1 six), to anchor the chase and leave the South Africans with plenty to do in their final match of the league phase against University Sports South Africa (USSA) on Thursday.
With two wins apiece, the winner of that match will go on to meet Sri Lanka in Sunday’s final – the Asian side having won four matches in the competition.
The other key performers for South Africa in match eight were Janneman Malan (60 off 62 balls, 6 fours, 2 sixes) at the top of the order, while Sibonelo Makhanya and Kyle Simmonds chipped in with 35 apiece. A handy 30 came from all-rounder Jason Smith.
That had allowed the home side to post a useful total after losing the toss and being asked to bat first.
But, after having the Sri Lankans two wickets down with only four on the board, they let things slip to Nissanka and also Charith Asalanka (91 off 94 balls, 8 fours, 4 sixes) with the pair putting on 137 for the third wicket, before Shammu Ashan (22) and Ashen Bandara (26 not out) took their side home.
SA Emerging squad: Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Wandile Makwetu (VKB Knights), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Marco Jansen (VKB Knights), Tshepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tshepo Ndwandwa (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Tladi Bokako (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kyle Simmonds (Northerns), Jason Smith (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dayyaan Galiem (Multiply Titans), Thando Ntini (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).
Thu 11: 9th One Day Match - USSA vs South Africa Emerging (Groenkloof Oval)
Sun 14: Final - T. B. C. vs T. B. C. (Tuks Oval)
Thu 18-Sun 21: 1st Four Day Match - South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Senwes Park)
Thu 25-Sun 28: 2nd Four Day Match - South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Tuks Oval)