Sri Lanka clinch rain-marred thriller to end losing streak
KANDY: Suranga Lakmal bowled a good ultimate over to assist Sri Lanka win the rain-hit fourth one-dayer towards South Africa by three runs below the Duckworth-Lewis technique on Wednesday and snap their dropping streak. Having misplaced the five-match collection following three defeats, Sri Lanka batted with a conspicuous freedom to submit 306-7 after the rain had decreased the match to 39 overs-a-side.
Extra rain interruptions left South Africa with a revised goal of 191 from 21 overs however Lakmal (Three-46) conceded 4 runs within the ultimate over to seal an exhilarating victory within the stop-start sport.
Put in to bat, Sri Lanka loved their first 50-plus opening partnership of the collection from Upul Tharanga (36) and Niroshan Dickwella (34) which laid the muse for a giant complete.
Kusal Perera smashed 51 nevertheless it was the 109-run stand between Thisara Perera (51 not out) and Dasun Shanaka (65) that took Sri Lanka previous the 300-mark. Shanaka clobbered 5 sixes in his 34-ball blitz as Sri Lanka plundered 105 runs from the final 10 overs.
South Africa had been initially set a goal of 308 below the Duckworth-Lewis system however additional rain interventions left them needing 191 runs from 21 overs.
Hashim Amla made 40 and JP Duminy contributed 38 however South Africa suffered a middle-order collapse that left them needing eight runs from the ultimate over with two wickets in hand. Lakmal dismissed David Miller (21) with the second ball to successfully clinch the match as South Africa completed on 187-9.
The vacationers will take a Three-1 lead into Sunday`s ultimate one-dayer in Colombo.