Sunday, 28 July 2013

4th ODI: Sri Lanka beat South Africa and Lead the Series by 3-1

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets with 36 balls remaining against South Africa in the 4th ODI Cricket Match Played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on 28th July 2013. Dilshan scored an unbeaten 115 while Sanga hit 91 as SL won the fourth ODI by 8 wickets to take an unassailable 3-1 lead. Click here for the Full Scorecard Update

South Africa: 238 (48.4 Ovs)
Earlier South Africa won the toss, and elected to bat first and the opener Quinton de Kock loss the wicket very early. 100+ partnership of the second wicket was steady the South Africa Innings Hashim Amla scored 77 runs in 71 balls and Jean-Paul Duminy scored a 97 runs. After that A tale of missed opportunities for South Africa. They looked to he heading towards a big score when Amla and Duminy were out in the middle. Sri Lanka fought back through their spinners in the middle overs and at 205/9, it looked like South Africa would be way short of posting anything significant. Duminy rotated the strke intelligently and was well supported by Tsotsobe as the visitors finished with 238.

Sri Lanka: 239/2 (44.0 Ovs)
To chase a 239 target, A dominant partnership between Dilshan and Sangakkara ensured that SL won the match with a huge degree of comfort. Dilshan scored his 17th ODI hundred while Sangakkara chipped in with 91. The duo added 184 runs for the 2nd wicket and all but sealed the victory for the hosts. South Africa did not go for a review when Duminy trapped Sangakkara plumb in front very early in the piece and they paid a heavy price for it. Sri Lanka go 3-1 ahead and deservingly so.


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