Sri Lanka Win Rain-Ruined Match
Sri Lanka 223-9 (Chandimal 43) beat
South Africa 104-5 (Herath 2-16) by 17 runs (D/L)
Second One-Day International, RPS
Sri Lanka won a hugely rain-affected second One-Day International by 17 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method in Colombo. Their innings was twice interrupted by rain as they made 223 for nine from just short of 50 overs.
South Africa’s target was then revised to 176 off 29 overs following a lengthy shower during the interval. Shorn of the services of Hashim Amla, who injured himself whilst fielding, they collapsed to 69 for five. Then, just as David Miller and Ryan McLaren were beginning to rebuild, the rain arrived once again to call the match off for good, with the tourists behind the D/L par score by 17 runs.
Robin Peterson opened both the bowling and the batting for South Africa. He was promoted following the injury to Amla but departed in the first over to Lasith Malinga. Rangana Herath then removed Alviro Petersen (24) and Faf du Plessis (8) after Thisara Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan had also struck early.
Miller and McLaren then kept up with the required run rate briefly, but South Africa were never likely to win and the rain spared the two teams from further play in what was a thoroughly unsatisfactory match due to the weather.
The pitch hadn’t helped matter earlier either as Sri Lanka’s top-order struggled against an improved, but still at times ill-disciplined, Proteas attack on a slow R Premadasa track. The bowlers sent down 14 wides between them, with Morne Morkel the worst offender with five. However, he did have Upul Tharanga caught in the fourth over and then dismissed Dilshan when he was well set.
Dilshan added 59 with Kumar Sangakkara, but the pair took more than 14 overs to compile the runs and, Dilshan in particular, struggled to find the boundary. Aaron Phangiso separated them by having Sangakkara caught by Alviro Petersen for 37. Mahela Jayawardene (17) and Lahiru Thirimanne (13) then also struggled before Dinesh Chandimal upped the tempo slightly in making 43 off 51 balls.
Still Sri Lanka could muster less than 60 from their last 10 overs, or 9.2 as it turned out to be because of the rain. That would have posed a problem for South Africa even if they had been able to call upon Amla, who missed the first match due to a stiff neck, but he went for a scan after landing awkwardly on his knee in the field, and they were never in the hunt.
The third ODI is on Friday in Pallekele, with Sri Lanka expected to recall captain Angelo Mathews following his two-match ban for a slow over-rate, and South Africa likely to again be without Amla.
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