Bees and bowlers upset Sri Lanka as South Africa wins series

Sri Lanka's batsman Niroshan Dickwella, right, plays a shot as South Africa's wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, looks on during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
South Africa's bowler Imran Tahir, runs away from a swarm of bees during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Buthuel Buthelezi, head groundsman, sprays bees with a fire extinguishers after they swarmed onto the pitch delaying play during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Sri Lanka's batsman Niroshan Dickwella, right, plays a shot as South Africa's wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, looks on during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Sri Lanka's batsman Lahiru Madushanka leaves the field after being dismissed for a duck during the third One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
South Africa's batsman Hashim Amla, left, is run out by Sri Lanka's bowler Sachith Pathirana, for 34 runs during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
South Africa's bowler Imran Tahir, left, celebrates with captain AB de Villiers after bowling Sri Lanka's batsman Sachith Pathirana out for 18 runs during the third One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Sri Lanka's batsman Asela Gunaratne, plays a shot to be caught by South Africa's Dwaine Pretorius, for 2 runs during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Sri Lanka's batsman Niroshan Dickwella, left, and other players lay down to avoid a swarm of bees during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Buthuel Buthelezi, head groundsman, sprays the bees with a fire extinguishers after they swarmed onto the pitch during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Sri Lanka's bowler Lahiru Madushanka, right, celebrates after dismissing South Africa's batsman Faf du Plessis, for 24 runs during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

JOHANNESBURG — Allrounder Dwaine Pretorius claimed career-best figures as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third one-day international at the Wanderers on Saturday.

Pretorius came into the South African team in place of Wayne Parnell and recorded figures of 3-19 from seven overs as Sri Lanka was bowled out for just 163 in 39.2 overs.

South Africa had no trouble chasing the small target, with AB de Villiers top-scoring with 60 not out to give the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. South Africa scored 164-3 in only 32 overs.

With Sri Lanka once again failing to produce a significant score, the drama came from another source as a swarm of bees held up play for more than an hour.

Sri Lanka made a promising start, with openers Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga putting on 60 for the first wicket as South Africa had a rare bad spell in the field, dropping two catches.

But Kagiso Rabada made the breakthrough when he had Tharanga (31) caught at fine leg, and wickets fell regularly after that.

The bees arrived in the 25th over after Sri Lanka had sunk to 115-4 and soon forced the players from the field.

Ground staff attempted to remove the swarm using a fire extinguisher before a beekeeper was called in to do a more effective job.

When play resumed, it did not take long for Rabada to grab a second wicket, before Pretorius claimed two wickets in two overs as Sri Lanka collapsed once more.

Legspinner Imran Tahir picked up the final dismissal to finish with 2-21 as Sri Lanka was bowled out inside 40 overs.

Although Quinton de Kock played on during a feisty opening spell from teenage fast bowler Lahiru Kumara on his ODI debut, South Africa controlled the remainder of its chase with ease.

Hashim Amla scored 34 and Faf du Plessis contributed 24, before De Villiers and JP Duminy (28 not out) saw South Africa to victory with 18 overs to spare, giving it a record 12th straight win on home soil.

The fourth ODI takes place at Newlands on Tuesday, before the series finishes at Centurion on Friday.

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