Kandy - Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has smashed 86 off 90 balls as Sri Lanka
posted a competitive 267 against South Africa in the second one-day
international on Wednesday.
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Dilshan struck nine fours in his
quickfire innings after Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat in the
day-night match at the Pallekele International Stadium.
looked in line for a bigger total but lost their last five wickets for
11 runs, with paceman Ryan McLaren (4-48) accounting for four of these
South Africa, who won the opening game on Sunday by 75
runs, will need to score at 5.36 an over to win the game and seal the
The Proteas suffered an early setback when
pace spearhead Dale Steyn had to leave the field after sustaining a
bruise on his right thumb while bowling his third over.
were off to a flying start with Dilshan going after the attack, but the
visitors struck at regular intervals to peg back the scoring.
Kusal Perera (seven) was the first to go, lobbing the ball tamely to
Hashim Amla at short mid-wicket off fast bowler Vernon Philander (2-49).
Sangakkara, who scored a fine 89 in Sunday's match, was out for seven
when he tried to pull a short delivery from Morne Morkel but ended up
gloving it to the wicket-keeper.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir (2-41)
got rid of Lahiru Thirimanne (36) and then off-spinner Jean-Paul Duminy
deceived Dilshan with a ball that deflected off the batsman's glove onto
Jayawardene was given out lbw when he was on six but the decision was overturned on review.
He went on to score a patient 48 off 70 balls and shared a 71-run stand with skipper Angelo Mathews (34) to steady the innings.
Priyanjan provided some late impetus, hitting Morkel for a six and a
boundary off consecutive deliveries in a cameo 25-run knock.
The third and final game will be played in Hambantota on Sunday.
Sri Lanka 267 all out in 49.2 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 86, Mahela Jayawardene 48, Lahiru Thirimanne 36, Angelo Mathews 34; Ryan McLaren 4-48, Imran Tahir 2-41, Vernon Philander 2-49)
South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), TM Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Ashan Priyanjana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga