EARLY DAMAGE: Anrich Nortje. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Sri Lanka’s limited overs tour of South Africa is turning into a disaster for the visitors.

After beating their hosts 2-0 in the Tests series, the Lankans are now 4-0 behind in the five-match ODI series after going down by six wickets in Port Elizabeth last night.

And they looked moeg getoer also, with Proteas youngster Anrich Nortje taking three quick wickets to have the visitors reeling at 71/6 after they were sent in to bat by Proteas captain Faf du Plessis.

But just as the hosts thought they were in for an early evening, Sri Lanka number nine, Isuru Udana, smashed 78 runs off 57 balls, including three sixes in a row off the bowling of Nortje, to help his team to 189 all out.

Nortje finished with bowling figures of 3/57 in eight overs, while Andile Phelukhwayo claimed two scalps for 21 runs.

MAN ON FIRE: Proteas yster Quinton de Kock scored runs again. Photo: Backpagepix

The Proteas were never going to struggle getting the winning runs, even after losing opener Reeza Hendricks for eight runs early on.

Aiden Markram (29) then joined forces with the man of the hour for South Africa, Quinton de Kock, as the duo steadied the ship for before Markram lost his wicket.

Just as De Kock (51) was about to trek los, he got out softly when playing a ball straight into the hands of Upul Tharanga at mid-wicket.

The Proteas needed 80 runs after that wicket, with skipper Du Plessis also adding 43 runs to the grand total before he became Dhananjaya de Silva’s third victim.

David Miller (25*) and JP Duminy (31*) then took South Africa home with six wickets in the bank.

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