South Africa 223-7 (Miller 85no) beat
Sri Lanka 167 (T Perera 65) by 56 runs
Third One-Day International, Pallekele
Seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe and leg-spinner Farhaan Behardien shared seven wickets as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 56 runs in the third One-Day International in Pallekele.
The pair combined to dismiss Sri Lanka for 167 after a brilliant late charge of 85 not out in 72 balls from David MIller had hauled South Africa up to a score of 223 for seven.
Tsotsobe almost ended up as the villain of the piece when he dropped big-hitting Thisara Perera (65 in 49 balls) late in Sri Lanka's innings but his fumble did not prove to be a costly one.
South Africa's first win in the series pegs Sri Lanka's lead at 2-1 with two games remaining.
Both innings plotted similar courses - not many runs early on as the bowlers got on top before a reliance on the middle and lower order to get out of trouble.
South Africa managed it more effectively, with Ab de Villiers making 47 in 72 balls and Miller smacking four fours and five sixes, lifting the visitors from a precarious 148 for six to their finishing score.
Ajantha Mendis picked up three for 35 and Perera two for 51 only to look on helplessly as Sri Lanka's top order was swiftly despatched by left-arm quick Tsotsobe.
Upul Tharanga (5), Tillakaratne Dilshan (6) and Kumar Sangakkara (0) were all caught out and Tsotsobe's fourth wicket came when Angelo Mathews was caught behind for 14.
Mahela Jayawardene, with 24, and Dinesh Chandimal, with 29, worked hard to rebuild the innings and put on 55 for the fourth wicket but a double-strike from South Africa as Peterson bowled Jayawardene and Ryan McLaren had Chandimal caught by Quinton de Kock reduced the home side to 78 for five.
When Angelo Perera made just one before becoming Behardien's first victim, it was 81 for six and Mathews' departure left the scoreboard reading a desperate 93 for seven.
Thisara Perera had little to lose but he showed how quick runs could be scored and he must have induced a few jitters among the South Africans until he was caught by Faf du Plessis off Behardien having put on 72 runs with Rangana Herath (12 not out) for the eighth wicket.
The end, as it so often does in such matches, came quickluy as Behardien bowled Lasith Malinga first ball and JP Duminy had Mendis caught by Tsotsobe without scoring.
The fourth game in the series, also in Pallekele, is on 28th July.
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