Pallekele - Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara pulverised South Africa's
bowling as Sri Lanka took a decisive 3-1 lead in the one-day series with
an eight-wicket victory in Pallekele on Sunday.
unbeaten on 115 and Sangakkara made 91 during a record partnership of
184 runs to steer the hosts past South Africa's 238 all out in the 44th
over of the day-night match.
The emphatic victory by the 2011 World Cup finalists reduced Wednesday's fifth and final match in Colombo to a formality.
17th one-day century and the second against South Africa was studded
with 16 boundaries. Sangakkara kept pace with his partner with eight
fours and two sixes.
The pair put on Sri Lanka's highest one-day
stand for any wicket against the Proteas after opener Mahela Jayawardene
had been removed for 12 in the 10th over.
missed his second hundred in the series when he holed out in the deep
off Morné Morkel when just 10 more were needed for victory.
Ragged South Africa paid dearly for conceding 20 extras that included 17 wides and a no-ball.
JP Duminy hit 97 and a fit-again Hashim Amla made 77 to lift South
Africa to 238 after the tourists won the toss and elected to bat.
But the Proteas undid a good start by losing eight wickets for 87 runs after cruising at 118-1 in the 22nd over.
lashed seven boundaries and two sixes before he was last man out in the
49th over, bowled by unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis three runs short
of a century.
Mendis finished with four for 51, while sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga claimed three for 52 and Dilshan took two wickets.
batting for the first time in the series after being injured while
fielding in the only other game he played, anchored the start with a
fluent half-century that contained nine boundaries.
Duminy shared a second-wicket stand of 101 with Amla after Quinton de Kock had been bowled by Malinga in the third over.