Dilshan got England off to a flier © Getty Images
Dilshan got England off to a flier with a 40-ball 50 © Getty Images


Jul 9, 2014


Sri Lanka got off to a good start against South Africa in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Pallekele. 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.




Earlier, TM Dilshan made his intentions clear very early on, hitting Dale 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 Kausal Perera in the next over. 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.


Earlier, Sri Lanka had won  the toss and elected to bat first. Both teams were unchanged, as Sri Lanka need a win to stay alive in this series. TM Dilshan averages over 95 in ODIs at Pallekele.