Suranga Lakmal helps Sri Lanka clinch rain-hit thriller vs South Africa

first_imgSuranga Lakmal bowled a tight final over to help Sri Lanka arrest their losing streak and beat South Africa by three runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method (DLS) on Wednesday in the penultimate ODI of the five-match series.Having lost the first three matches, Sri Lanka batted first and posted 306/7 after rain had reduced the match to a 39 overs-a-side game.After further interruptions from rain, South Africa were handed a revised target of 191 from 21 overs and they were well in course to chase it down before Lakmal (3/46) bowled a miser last over.The visitors needed eight runs to win in the final over but Sri Lanka’s Test captain gave away just four runs and clinch a thriller for the home side to make the series 3-1.Put in to bat, Sri Lanka enjoyed their first 50-plus opening partnership of the series from Upul Tharanga (36) and Niroshan Dickwella (34) which laid the foundation for a big total.Kusal Perera smashed 51 but it was the 109-run stand between Thisara Perera (51 not out) and Dasun Shanaka (65) that took Sri Lanka past the 300-mark.Shanaka clobbered five sixes in his 34-ball blitz as Sri Lanka plundered 105 runs from the last 10 overs.South Africa were initially set a target of 308 under the Duckworth-Lewis system but further rain interventions left them needing 191 runs from 21 overs.Hashim Amla made 40 and JP Duminy contributed 38 but South Africa suffered a middle-order collapse that left them needing eight runs from the final over with two wickets in hand.Lakmal dismissed David Miller (21) with the second ball to effectively clinch the match as South Africa finished on 187-9.advertisementThe tourists will take a 3-1 lead into Sunday’s final one-dayer in Colombo.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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