Suranga Lakmal took three key wickets in a tense encounter Wednesday cut short by rain to guide Sri Lanka to their first one-day win over South Africa in 12 matches.
Dasun Shanaka hit 65 while Thisara Perera and Kusal Perera each made 51 as Sri Lanka blasted 306/7 off 39 overs. Set a target of the bad weather, South Africa ran out of inspiration and finished on 187/9. Lakmal bowled South Africa’s stand-in captain and opener Quinton de Kock and then at the climax of the game claimed the tourists’ final batting hopes Willem Mulder and David Miller. Sri Lanka had lost 11 previous one-day games against South Africa stretching back to their last win in2014 at the same Pallekele ground.
SCORES: Sri Lanka 306/7 in 39 overs (k. Paraera 51, D. Shanaka 65, T. Perera 51*) bt
South Africa 187/9 in 21 overs (Lakaml 3/46).
FROM online sources