Saturday, August 18, 2018 | ePaper

Sri Lanka end losing streak against South Africa in tense clash

  • Print
AFP, Pallekele :

Suranga Lakmal took three key wickets in a tense encounter Wednesday cut short by rain to guide Sri Lanka to their first one-day win over South Africa in 12 matches.Dasun Shanaka hit 65 while Thisara Perera and Kusal Perera each made 51 as Sri Lanka blasted 306-7 off 39 overs. Set a target of 191 from 21 overs because of the bad weather, South Africa ran out of inspiration and finished on 187-9.
Lakmal bowled South Africa's stand-in captain and opener Quinton de Kock, and then at
the climax of the game claimed the tourists' final batting hopes Willem Mulder and David Miller.Sri Lanka had lost 11 previous one day games against South Africa stretching back to their last win in 2014 at the same Pallekele ground.
South Africa already had the series sealed by winning the first three one-day games on this tour. But de Kock was still disappointed in his first match in place of captain Faf du Plessis who has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.  "They kept picking up wickets at the right time and bowled well," he said. "It always hurts more when you lose as captain."
De Kock passed 4,000 runs in one day internationals with a four in the second over before the rain came and South Africa's 39 overs were cut to 21.Hashim Amla hit a 40 with six fours and Jean-Paul Duminy smashed two sixes and three fours as South Africa seemed to be heading for a fourth straight win in this series.  But Shanaka brilliantly ran out Duminy with a direct hit throw and Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews pulled off a brilliant catch to send back Heinrich Klaasen.  Mulder also fell to a spectacular diving catch by Dhananjaya de Silva.
South Africa's batting threat ended when Miller went for 21 and Lakmal made no mistakes keeping the lid on tail enders Junior Dala and Lungi Ngidi for the final five balls.
"It was very important to win today," said a relieved Mathews.  "The batters put up a decent score on a good pitch to bat on, it was a fantastic effort by the bowlers as well."
For Sri Lanka, Shanaka hit five sixes and four fours to anchor the innings.
Thisara Perera made an unbeaten 51 and Kusal Perera also hit 51 as the home side punished South Africa's bowlers.
The final game is in Colombo on Sunday.

More News For this Category

Ireland A level series 1-1 with Bangladesh A

Hosts Ireland A leveled the three-match unofficial T20 series 1-1 beating Bangladesh A team by 51 runs in the rain-interrupted 2nd match at the Village in Dublin on Thursday.The match

Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years

Former Pakistan batsman Nasir Jamshed has been banned for 10 years by an anti-corruption tribunal for his part in the spot-fixing scandal that engulfed the Pakistan Super League in 2017,

Philippines' Raymond Almazan (left) shoots during their game against Kazakhstan at the men's basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday.

Philippines' Raymond Almazan (left) shoots during their game against Kazakhstan at the men's basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday.

AB de Villiers opens up his retirement decision

Cricketers have their fans in their respective countries. But some cricketers are blessed to have a strong fan base all over the cricketing nations. Among those players, the former South

India mourns cricket 'renaissance man' Wadekar Sir

India mourns cricket 'renaissance man' Wadekar Sir

AFP, Mumbai : Indian cricket heroes on Thursday paid tribute to Ajit Wadekar, who led the country to their first series triumphs in England and the West Indies, following his

BD A-IRE A 2nd unofficial T20 abandoned due to rain

The second unofficial T20 between Bangladesh A and host Ireland A was abandoned due to rain at the Hills Cricket Club Ground, Dublin on Wednesday. Bangladesh lead the 3-match series

Ben Stokes named in England squad for third Test against India

Ben Stokes has been added to England's squad for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge after a jury at Bristol Crown Court took less than three hours to

Akram Khan urges youngsters to perform better

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director Akram Khan is hopeful about Bangladesh doing well in the upcoming Asia Cup next month. He wants youngsters to step up along with seniors Bangladesh's

BPL 2019 could miss star foreign players

The sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League that is scheduled to be held in January 2019 is the availability of big names from overseas because of the busy international cricket

Lanka beat South Africa by three wickets in one-off T20I

Lanka beat South Africa by three wickets in one-off T20I

Sri Lanka pulled off a close three-wicket win in the only Twenty20I match against South Africa on Tuesday after the team's spinners dismissed the tourists for their lowest score in