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By Shiamak Unwalla
Jul 9, 2014
South Africa lost to Sri Lanka by a huge total of 87 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) of their series, thereby squaring the series 1-1. Hashim Amla scored his second consecutive — and 14th overall — ODI ton, but it was a lone effort as almost none of the other batsmen managed to score runs against an attack that was supremely confident despite a loss in the last game.
South Africa were in trouble at 129 for seven after 30 overs. A 53-run alliance between Dale Steyn and Amla helped the Proteas recover, but the match was over soon after, as Amla was dismissed for 101. South Africa could not score another run after his dismissal, as they were bowled out for 180.
After AB de Villiers holed out to substitute fielder Thisara Perera for 29, wickets keep falling. At the other end, Amla was virtually impenetrable, as he scored well over 60 percent of the total runs scored by South Africa. Quinton de Kock, Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, and Vernon Philander were all dismissed for single-digit scores.
Quinton de Kock was the first one to go, cleaned up by Lasith Malinga for four. Hashim Amla was in pristine form at the other end, even as veteran Jacques Kallis edged to Kumar Sangakkara for one off Malinga. New man AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla ensured that there were no further hiccups, as South Africa looked secure at 66 for two in 13 overs.
Earlier, Angelo Mathews and Ashan Priyanjan staged an assault, but Ryan McLaren struck repeatedly at the death in the second One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Pallekele after Dilshan got Sri Lanka off to a flier early on. Sri Lanka could have got much more than the 267 they finished with, but McLaren took four wickets in seven balls to halt their progress.
Sri Lanka got off to a good start, but Dale Steyn injured his hand while fielding off his own bowling, going off the field just 2.2 overs into his spell in the process. Dilshan made his intentions clear very early on, hitting Steyn down the ground for four in the first over of the match. He followed it up with two more boundaries in his next over.
Vernon Philander broke through with the wicket of Kusal Perera in the next over, and Kumar Sangakkara suffered a rare failure as well, getting cramped for room while going for a pull shot against Morne Morkel. Lahiru Thirimanne was the new man in for Sri Lanka. After a period of quiet play, Sri Lanka were soon on their way again, as Thirimanne started scoring boundaries to make up for his slow start. However, just as he started looking good, he holed out to Hashim Amla in the deep off the bowling of Imran Tahir.
Rain soon stopped play, albeit briefly with Sri Lanka’s score on 257 for eight at the start of the 48th over. In the end, they were left perhaps 20 runs short of what they would have been happy with.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to bat first. Both teams were unchanged, as Sri Lanka were searching for a win to stay alive in this series. Dilshan’s affinity for Pallekele came through again, as he averages over 90 in ODIs at the venue.
Sri Lanka 267 (Tillakaratne Dilshan 86, Mahela Jayawardene 48; Ryan McLaren 4 for 48) beat South Africa 180 (Hashim Amla 101; Tillakaratne Dilshan 3 for 40, Lasith Malinga 4 for 24) by 87 runs.
Man of the Match: Tillakaratne Dilshan
(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)
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