Result
4th ODI (D/N), Pallekele, Jul 28 2013, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
238
(44/50 ov, target 239)
239/2
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Dilshan, Sangakkara secure series

An unbeaten century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and 91 from Kumar Sangakkara carried Sri Lanka to a series win over South Africa with one match to play

Match centre 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
South Africa238(48.4 overs)
Sri Lanka239/2(44 overs)
end of over 449 runs
SL: 239/2CRR: 5.43 
Tillakaratne Dilshan115 (130)
Lahiru Thirimanne1 (8)
Morne Morkel10-1-62-1
Jean-Paul Duminy10-1-34-0

Presentation:

Dilshan is the Man of the Match: "I took a lot of confidence from my bowling. Amla's wicket was very important for us, and we bowled really well after that. The plan was to see off the first few overs, rotate strike and then take chances. Scoring 30s and 40s no point for me or the team."

AB: "No doubt we were 30 runs short. Great knock there by JP. Middle order didn't get going. The pitch turned a bit more today. Credit to Sanga and Dilshan. I asked JP what he thought about the lbw appeal against Sanga and he didn't look confident, thought it was missing leg. The boys have fought hard. I thought de Kock handled himself well so far."

Mathews: "Was a bit worried after I lost the toss, they started well. We did well to hold them back. We wanted to keep them to under 250. I wanted to use Mendis more at the latter part when the wicket has been slower. Not sure if we will experiment in the final game. We would want to beat them 4-1."

That's it from us here. Thanks for your company. More reading material on this game coming up from Andrew Fernando. We'll see you soon. Cheers!

End of match: 238 was thought of as a challenging score at the break, but the seniors, Sanga and Dilshan made it seem as if SA were at least 50 short. A lot went wrong for South Africa in both innings. They couldn't sneak in early wickets like they did the last match, and normally, when Dilshan bats through, Sri Lanka are relatively safe. Perhaps today would have been good to send in either Thirimanne or Chandimal at No.3, but for the sake of closing out the series, they went with the experienced and in-form Sanga. They can do so for the final game, which is a dead rubber.

Leehar: "Still, you can see what South Africa have been missing. Brought Amla back, the start improved. Bring Kallis back and stability will come into the middle order. Bring Steyn in, and the killer instinct will come in for the Bowlers. All the ingredients are there, just need to make the right recipe."

43.6
1
Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run
Dilshan seals a crushing win! Clipped off his pads to square leg and fitting Dilshan does the honours and Sri Lanka are 3-1 up and cannot lose the series
43.5
1
Morkel to Thirimanne, 1 run
fires this one short down the leg side and he swivels and pulls to fine leg
43.4
Morkel to Thirimanne, no run
fires this one wide outside the off stump and Thirimanne doesn't offer a shot
43.3
3
Morkel to Dilshan, 3 runs
this was fractionally short and he pulled in front of square, the fielder just pulls back before the rope, the umpire checks
43.2
Morkel to Dilshan, no run
full on the pads and he clips this one to square leg
43.1
4
Morkel to Dilshan, FOUR runs
everything going Dilshan's way, not too short to pull and yet he gets an inside edge that sneaks past the stumps
end of over 43Maiden
SL: 230/2CRR: 5.34 • RRR: 1.28 • Need 9 from 42b
Lahiru Thirimanne0 (6)
Tillakaratne Dilshan107 (126)
Jean-Paul Duminy10-1-34-0
Morne Morkel9-1-53-1
42.6
Duminy to Thirimanne, no run
defends forward and we have a maiden over in the midst of the carnage
42.5
Duminy to Thirimanne, no run
opportunity there, he dropped this shorter and Thirimanne rocked back and ended up punching to short cover
42.4
Duminy to Thirimanne, no run
quicker one and comes forward and defends
42.3
Duminy to Thirimanne, no run
shapes to cut but finds point
42.2
Duminy to Thirimanne, no run
gets forward and drives straight to mid-off
42.1
Duminy to Thirimanne, no run
quicker delivery and he gets forward and defends
end of over 4210 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 230/2CRR: 5.47 • RRR: 1.12 • Need 9 from 48b
Tillakaratne Dilshan107 (126)
Lahiru Thirimanne0 (0)
Morne Morkel9-1-53-1
Jean-Paul Duminy9-0-34-0
41.6
Morkel to Dilshan, no run
gets one to straighten and beat the outside edge, too bad Morkel didn't bowl too many of those today
41.5
Morkel to Dilshan, no run
stays back and punches it to the off side
41.5
1w
Morkel to Dilshan, 1 wide
he strays wide down the leg side

Fantastic series so far for Sanga, In line for the Man of the Series

41.4
w
Morkel to Sangakkara, OUT
we won't see twin hundreds today! Morkel pitched it up further and Sangakkara went on his knee to smash it straight, gets a top edge and Kleinveldt runs to his left from mid-off and takes the catch
KC Sangakkara c Kleinveldt b Morkel 91 (134m 101b 8x4 2x6) SR: 90.09
41.4
1w
Morkel to Sangakkara, 1 wide
too wide outside off and penalised
41.3
4
Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR runs
91 now, length ball outside off and Sanga thuds it down the ground down to long-off
Best performances - batsmen
TM Dilshan
115 runs (130)
16 fours
0 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
32 runs
6 fours
0 sixes
421371995218
JP Duminy
97 runs (121)
7 fours
2 sixes
Control92%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
24 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
2416151427127
Best performances - bowlers
BAW Mendis
O
9.4
M
0
R
51
W
4
Eco
5.27
SL Malinga
O
9
M
0
R
52
W
3
Eco
5.77
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Tillakaratne Dilshan
Series resultSri Lanka led the 5-match series 3-1
Match numberODI no. 3400
Season2013
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days28 July 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Rod Tucker
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
Richard Kettleborough
Reserve Umpire
Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft