Sri Lanka wrap up series win

  • Last Updated: July 28 2013, 18:10 BST

Tillakaratne Dilshan struck a brilliant unbeaten century and Kumar Sangakkara a superb 91 as Sri Lanka wrapped up a series triumph over South Africa with an eight-wicket win in the fourth one-day international at Pallekele International Stadium.

Tillakaratne Dilshan: Guided Sri Lanka to victory
Tillakaratne Dilshan: Guided Sri Lanka to victory

The Proteas, trailing 2-1 in the series, were all out for 238 in 48.4 overs after opting to bat first. JP Duminy top-scored with 97 before being the last man out, while recalled opener Hashim Amla contributed 77 from 71 balls.

The hosts always looked in control in pursuit of their 239 target, with the required run-rate never straying too far from the four-an-over mark.

Dilshan (115 not out) and Sangakkara's 184-run stand for the second wicket put the hosts on the brink of victory before Lahiru Thirimanne (one not out) arrived to see Dilshan hit the winning run - clipping a Morne Morkel delivery off his pads to square leg to round off an emphatic success with six overs to spare.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe had made the breakthrough in the 10th over of the Sri Lanka innings, inducing a loose shot from Mahela Jayawardene (12) which was snaffled by Amla at gully.

But that was as good as it got for South Africa, who were powerless to prevent Dilshan and Sangakkara from cruising over the line.

Dilshan's knock completed a fine all-round display, the 36-year-old having earlier claimed the key wickets of Amla and AB de Villiers with his off-spin.

Ajantha Mendis (four for 51) and Lasith Malinga (three for 52) also finished with handy figures as the Proteas - Duminy and Amla apart - struggled to get going.

Quinton de Kock was first to go, bowled by the final ball of Malinga's second over for eight. Having clipped two neat boundaries off Angelo Mathews in the previous over, the opener was beaten for pace as he looked to play across the line and powerless to prevent the ball hitting the base of his middle stump.

That saw Duminy join Amla in the middle, the pair sharing a 101-run partnership which ended when the latter was trapped lbw by Dilshan.

Amla, who missed Friday's third ODI due to a knee injury, was caught on the back foot to one that kept low as Dilshan bowled round the wicket, with HawkEye showing the ball would have hit off and middle stumps.

Dilshan's off-spin was troubling the tourists' top order and he did for De Villiers (four) in his next over, the South Africa skipper's attempted paddle-sweep lobbing into the safe hands of wicketkeeper Sangakkara.

Duminy and Faf du Plessis put on 46 for the fourth wicket before three quick dismissals saw 172 for three swiftly become 173 for six.

First Du Plessis (23) was the victim of a nifty stumping by Sangakkara off the bowling of Rangana Herath, then David Miller and Farhaan Behardien were bamboozled by the leg-spin of Mendis. Miller was bowled between bat and pad for one, with Behardien (nought) snapped up by Thirimanne at short leg two balls later.

Duminy continued to plug away at one end but all of a sudden found himself batting with the tail - and it failed to wag.

Robin Peterson hung around for long enough to add 13 to the total before bottom-edging a short one from Malinga - Sangakkara making no mistake behind the stumps.

Rory Kleinveldt was next to perish when he top-edged to Dilshan at point for eight in the 44th over. And in the next over Morkel was trapped plumb lbw by Mendis for nought.

Fast running out of partners, Duminy picked up the pace in a bid to reach three figures but, two balls after smashing Mendis over wide long-on for six, he went for another big hit and was outfoxed by the spinner to leave South Africa 238 all out with eight balls of the innings remaining.

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