Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball as Sri Lanka crushed South Africa by 87 runs in the second One-Day International between the two teams on Wednesday (July 9) to bring the three-match series level at 1-1.
Dilshan scored 86 off 90 balls first and then took 3 for 40 to play the lead, While Lasith Malinga also played a big part with two early wickets on the way to figures of 4 for 24 as South Africa was bowled out for 180 off 38.1 overs while chasing 267.
Hashim Amla fought hard, making a 102-ball 101, but failed to find support from the other batsmen.
Malinga gave Sri Lanka crucial breakthroughs when he sent back Quinton de Kock and Jacques Kallis in consecutive overs early.
At the other end, Amla did his best, stringing a 75-run stand with AB de Villiers (29), before reaching his 14th ODI century. But de Villiers’s dismissal by Dilshan in the 20th over triggered a collapse that derailed the South African innings.
Earlier, Sri Lanka looked in line for a bigger total but lost its last five wickets for just 11 runs and that was because of Ryan McLaren, who picked up four of those five wickets on his way to figures of 4 for 48.
South Africa suffered a setback when Dale Steyn was forced to leave the field after sustaining a bruise on his right thumb while bowling his third over. Steyn, however, came back to bat later after tests ruled out a fracture.
Sri Lanka got off to a flying start with Dilshan going after the attack, but South Africa struck at regular intervals to peg back the scoring.
Kusal Perera was the first to go, lobbing the ball to Amla at short midwicket off Vernon Philander for 7. Sangakkara, who had scored a fine 89 in the first match, was out for an identical score when his attempted pull off Morne Morkel went to the wicketkeeper.
Imran Tahir then got rid of Lahiru Thirimanne (36) and then JP Duminy picked up Dilshan with one that deflected off the glove on to the stumps.
Mahela Jayawardena was given out lbw when he was on 6, but the decision was overturned on review. He went on to score a patient 48 off 70 balls and shared a 71-run stand with Angelo Mathews (34) to steady the innings.
Ashan Priyanjan provided some late impetus, hitting Morkel for a six and a four off consecutive deliveries in a 25-run cameo.
South Africa won the opening game on Sunday by 75 runs. The third and final game will be played in Hambantota on Sunday.