South Africa wins 3rd ODI by 56 runs vs. Sri Lanka
(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) David Miller hit a career-best 85 not out and fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe picked up four wickets Friday as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 56 runs in the third one-day international to trail 2-1 in the five-match series.
Miller hit five sixes and four boundaries during his 72-ball innings at No. 7, sharing an unbroken 69-run stand with Ryan McLaren for the eighth wicket to steer South Africa to 223-7 after it had slumped to 154-7.
Thisara Perera smashed 65 off 49 deliveries, including five sixes and five boundaries, to lift Sri Lanka's hopes but his dismissal sealed the match.
Tsotsobe ran through Sri Lanka's top order, accounting for Tillakaratne Dilshan (6), Kumar Sangakkara (0), Upul Tharanga (5) and captain Angelo Mathews (14) to finish with 4-22 as the hosts were dismissed for 167 in the 43rd over.
"It's hard to explain how proud I am of the boys. It wasn't easy. We were under pressure through the game," South Africa captain AB de Villiers said.
Tsotsobe struck early in Sri Lanka's innings, having opener Dilshan (6) caught by De Villiers with the total on 14. Three deliveries later, he dismissed in-form batsman Sangakkara without scoring.
Two runs later, Tharanga was caught by Alviro Petersen.
Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal added 65 for the fourth wicket before Jayawardene (24) was bowled by Robin Peterson.
Perera walked out to bat with Sri Lanka 93-7 and nearly turned the match in Sri Lanka's favor with some aggressive batting, scoring 34 in the 33rd over from Peterson. He shared 72 for the eighth wicket with Rangana Herath. However, Perera mistimed a slow ball from Farhaan Berhardien to hit a high catch to Faf du Plessis.
Berhardien picked up 3-19.
Earlier, De Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first but his batsmen continued their poor form failing to provide a solid start.
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga removed Petersen for 8 with South Africa on 14. Quinton de Kock, called up for the injured Hashim Amla, made 20 before egding seamer Thisara Perera to Sangakkara.
De Villers scored a patient 47 off 72 deliveries as wickets continued to fall at the other end.
Miller scored 35 off the last two overs to better his previous best ODI score of 67, against Pakistan.
Spinner Ajantha Mendis broke the visitors' lower middle order, vindicating his selection over seam bowler Shaminda Eranga. He bowled Berhardien (2) and Peterson (3) and had De Villers caught by Sangakkara to finish with 3-35.
"I thought the bowlers did a brilliant job, we were good on the field. Except for the last three overs, we did well. The batters had to tough it out," Mathews said. "Thisara Perera looked like he was batting on a different strip."
Sri Lanka won the first two games in Colombo. The fourth match will be played Sunday in Pallekele.
Updated July 26, 2013