Sri Lanka clinch South Africa series 4-1

Dilshan torments tourists again in comprehensive 128-run win.


July 31, 2013
Tillakaratne Dilshan missed his second successive century by one run as Sri Lanka piled up 307 for four. PHOTO: AFP

COLOMBO/ AFP: Sri Lanka routed South Africa by 128 runs in the fifth and final One-Day International in Colombo yesterday to wrap up the series 4-1.

The hosts piled up 307 for four after electing to bat and then shot the Proteas out for 179 in 43.5 overs in the day-night game at the Premadasa stadium.

The only notable performance came from South Africa captain AB De Villiers, who scored a fighting 51, including one six and five boundaries.

The rest of the batsmen failed to contribute as Suranga Lakmal and Ajantha Mendis claimed three wickets each to dismantle the tourists.

Earlier, Tillakaratne Dilshan missed his second successive century by one run as Sri Lanka piled up 307 for four.

The aggressive opener, who hit an unbeaten 115 in the fourth game in Pallekele on Sunday, plundered 13 boundaries before he was bowled for 99 by Ryan McLaren in the 39th over.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2013.

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