COLOMBO – Charith Asalanka’s 47 and Maheesh Theekshana’s 4 wickets helped Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 78 runs and seal ODI sequence 2-1 at R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday.
The win additionally gave Sri Lanka essential 20 factors within the World Cup Tremendous League to maintain their possibilities alive for a direct qualification. Chasing a goal of 204 runs, South Africa tumbled and misplaced wickets at common intervals. Heinrich Klaasen led South Africa’s fightback for some time however it wasn’t sufficient because the guests failed towards Sri Lanka’s spin and folded for 125.
Earlier, using on unimaginable performances from spinners, South Africa restricted Sri Lanka to 203/9 in 50 overs within the third and closing ODI of the sequence. Captain Keshav Maharaj, George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi had been the star performers of the South African facet whereas for the host, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva and Dushmantha Chameera scored runs to assist their facet attain previous 200.
Sri Lanka gained the toss and opted to bat first. The pitch was anticipated to favour spinners, thus captain Maharaj began bowling within the second over of the innings. He together with Linde bowled superbly. Maharaj eliminated three Sri Lankan batsmen whereas Linde and Shamsi took two wickets every. Aiden Markram and Wiaan Mulder additionally chipped in with one wicket every. South Africa used as many as 4 spinners whereas the three pacers accomplished the remaining 10 overs. Then again for Sri Lanka, Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka construct a small partnership after dropping fast wickets on the prime. De Silva scored 31 whereas Asalanka missed out on properly deserved fifty as he bought out on 47 runs. In the long run, Dushmantha Chameera gave Sri Lanka the much-needed push to assist their rating previous 200.
SRI LANKA 203 for 9 (Asalanka 47, de Silva 31, Maharaj 3-38, Shamsi 2-31) beat SOUTH AFRICA 125 (Klaasen 22, Theekshana 4-37, Chameera 2-16) by 78 runs.