Dilshan Helps Sri Lanka Level Series
Sri Lanka 267 (Dilshan 86, McLaren 4-48) beat
South Africa 180 (Amla 101) by 87 runs
Second One-Day International, Pallekele
Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball to help Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 87 runs in the second One-Day International in Pallekele and level the three-match series.
Dilshan top scored with 86 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 267 and he then took three for 40 as South Africa were dismissed for 180 in reply.
Hashim Amla scored his second century in as many games but lacked support as only two of his team-mates could reach double figures.
Lasith Malinga took four for 24 to end South Africa's resistance and set up the decider, which takes place in Hambantota on Saturday 12th July.
Dilshan led the way with the bat after Kushal Perera and Kumar Sangakkara both made seven in nine balls before falling to Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel respectively.
Dilshan, who hit nine fours during his 90-ball innings, then added 62 with Lahiru Thirimanne (36) for the third wicket and with Mahela Jayawardene (48), Angelo Mathews (34) and Ashan Priyanjan (25) also making contributions, Sri Lanka were well set.
However, either side of a rain break, South Africa fought back with Ryan McLaren taking four for 48, Imran Tahir two for 41 and Philander two for 49 to dismiss the home side two balls into the final over.
However, their fightback would prove to be in vain as Sri Lanka quickly hit back themselves with the ball.
Malinga bowled Quinton de Kock (4) and then had Jacques Kallis (1) caught behind, forcing South Africa to consolidate.
Alongside AB de Villiers, who made 29, Amla steered them past the 100-run mark, but they couldn't go much further before beginning to lose their way dramatically.
Dilshan removed de Villiers to make the score 101 for three, and South Africa then lost their remaining seven wickets for 79 runs.
Ajantha Mendis snapped up the scalps of JP Duminy (1) and Dale Steyn (27), Dilshan struck again to see off David Miller (4) and Philander (1) and Sachithra Senanayake had McLaren caught by Nuwan Kulasekara for three.
Malinga bowled Morkel for nought and it was Mendis who finished off the job, trapping Steyn, who had added 53 with Amla for the eighth wicket, in front.
Amla faced 102 balls and hit 11 fours but desperately needed a few more of his senior batsmen to stick around with him but on the day, Sri Lanka were just too strong.
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