DILSHAN'S MEN OUTSHINES RSA
Dilshan finally fights his poor run and series of defeats against RSA in the 4th ODI. Dilshan scored 87 valuble runs and Perera scored 69 runs for his M.O.M
Sri Lanka celebrated a
rare success Friday on their tour of South Africa with a five-wicket
victory in the fourth one-day international. Big knocks from
captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (87), man-of-the-match Thisara Perera (69)
and Dinesh Chandimal (59) lifted the visitors to 304-5 after the home
side reached to 299-7 with skipper AB de Villiers (96) to the fore.After
keeping close to the six-run-an-over target at the De Beers Diamond
Oval for much of the innings, the Sri Lankan batsman hit out against a
South African attack sorely missing rested fast bowler Dale Steyn. Unfortunately,
the win came too late for the tourists to effect the five-match series
with the Proteas taking a winning 3-0 lead three days ago thanks to a
four-run win in Bloemfontein.
"This was a fantastic effort as we
were hoping to restrict South Africa to 250 or 260 runs," said Dilshan,
"and on a personal note it was nice getting a big score again."
averaged a run a ball in a 112-minute stand that included nine fours
and two sixes while Perera was even quicker, taking just 44 balls with
three fours and five sixes.
Before the ODI matches began Sri
Lanka lost a Test series 2-1, prompting the government to order a probe
into a "crisis situation" after losses to England, Australia and
Pakistan as well.De Villiers hit eight fours and three sixes off
76 balls before being bowled by Perera with the ball slamming into
middle stump after an attempt to steer it down leg side backfired.
Smith returned to form with 68 runs after managing only six, 28 and two
in the first three matches of the series, triggering a media and public
outcry that led to De Villiers coming out in support of the Test
captain.He struck seven fours and a six off 69 balls in the
northern Cape city before being caught by Dilshan off the bowling of
Lasith Malinga.His dismissal 23.5 overs into the innings was
soft with the bat turning in his hand as he attempted a leg-side shot
off a delivery that was short of a length.