Dilshan to fore as Sri Lanka whips South Africa

Updated 02 August 2013
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Dilshan to fore as Sri Lanka whips South Africa

COLOMBO: Tillakaratne Dilshan narrowly missed a second successive century as Sri Lanka whipped South Africa by 128 runs in Colombo on Wednesday to wrap up the one-day series 4-1.
The hosts, already holding a decisive 3-1 lead, piled up 307-4 after electing to take first strike and then shot the Proteas out for 179 in 43.5 overs in the day-night match at the Premadasa stadium.
AB de Villiers played a captain’s knock of 51, but could not prevent South Africa from being condemned to their 13th defeat in 15 one-dayers on Sri Lankan soil.
The tourists were struggling at 137-8 when Ryan McLaren hit 29 and Aaron Phangiso an unbeaten 18 down the order to boost the total.
Seamer Suranga Lakmal and off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake marked their first appearance in the series by sharing five wickets. Ajantha Mendis claimed three for 36.
Opener Dilshan, who hit an unbeaten 115 in the fourth game in Pallekele on Sunday, plundered 13 boundaries before he was bowled for 99 by McLaren in the 39th over.
Lahiru Thirimanne, promoted to number three, scored 68 and Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 75 off 45 balls as the South African bowlers wilted in steamy conditions.
Left-handed Thirimanne and Dilshan put on 163 for the second wicket after Kusal Perera was caught behind off Morne Morkel in the fifth over.
South Africa lost wickets in a heap to plunge to 85-6 by the 20th over, with Senanayake and Lakmal grabbing two wickets each.
The Proteas were 60-1 in the 10th over when the dismissal of star batsman Hashim Amla for 18, leg-before to Senanayake, triggered a middle-order collapse.
Lakmal removed Farhaan Behardien and David Miller in the space of three balls after Faf du Plessis had fallen to Thisara Perera for six.
De Villiers and the tailenders delayed the end, but Sri Lanka emerged comfortable winners with an impressive all-round display.
In a match that held only academic interest, Sri Lanka rested regulars Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Upul Tharanga and Rangana Herath. They were replaced by Lakmal, Senanayake, Angelo Perera and Kusal Perera.
The tourists recalled McLaren and spinner Phangiso in place of Rory Kleinveldt and Robin Peterson.
The teams will now play three Twenty20 internationals, with the first match to be held at the same venue on Friday.


India drawn to face arch-rivals Pakistan at next year's cricket World Cup

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India drawn to face arch-rivals Pakistan at next year's cricket World Cup

  • England to play against South Africa in the opening match at The Oval on May 30
  • Qualifiers Afghanistan have daunting task of facing champions Australia

DUBAI: India will take on Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup next year at Old Trafford.
The draw on Thursday also pitched tournament host England against South Africa in the opening match at The Oval on May 30.
The India-Pakistan match on June 16 will be one of six matches in Manchester in the 46-day tournament, which runs from May 30-July 14.
For the 2019 World Cup, which has decreased in size from 14 teams to 10, the International Cricket Council has reverted to a round-robin format it last used at the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
All 10 teams will play the other once with top four advancing to the semifinals.
Defending champion Australia will play qualifier Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol.
The semifinals will be at Old Trafford and Edgbaston. Lord’s will stage its fifth World Cup final on July 14.