Sri Lanka register 17-run victory over South Africa by D/L method

Sri Lanka won their second game of the five-match series against South Africa in the rain-hit second ODI at Colombo © AFP

Jul 23, 2013

In a rain-marred match at Colombo on Tuesday, South Africa fell short of the Sri Lankan target by 17 runs based on Duckworth-Lewis method to succumb to their second consecutive loss in the five-match ODI series. The already truncated match (to 29 overs) was further reduced when rain stopped play at the end of the 21st over of the South African innings when they were on 104 for five. Subsequently, play was called off and Sri Lanka were adjudged winners as the par score at that stage was 121.

Chasing 176 from 29 overs intially, South Africa were dented early by a Lasith Malinga yorker in the first over.  At the receiving end was opener Robin Peterson who, like most batsmen, couldn’t get his bat down on time.

With Hashim Amla out injured, JP Duminy walked out at No 3 to join Alviro Petersen in the middle. The duo played cautiously and added 32 runs in the next five overs. Medium-pacer Thisara Perera broke the partnership that was starting to look promising when Duminy nicked a length delivery to Kumar Sangakkara behind the stumps.

A couple of overs later South Africa were three down, with Rangana Herath trapping Alviro Petersen leg before wicket. Petersen had got his eye in and was set to play the role of the sheet anchor before Herath ruined his plans.

Regular wickets made it tough for South Africa to keep themselves ahead of the par score via D/L method, if the rains were to return.

Just two overs after Petersen’s wicket, Tillakaratne Dilshan rolled his arm over to send back the dangerous AB de Villiers. De Villiers shuffled across to play one over the deep midwicket but the ball struck him on the front pad in line. The umpire was unmoved and after a heated discussion, Sri Lanka went for a review and got the decision overturned in their favour.

Herath struck for the second time in the 14th over, to dismiss Faf du Plessis. This was his 50th ODI wicket.

David Miller and Ryan McLaren led the fightback and added an unbeaten stand of 35 runs for the sixth wicket. At this stage, South Africa were 104 for five from 21 overs, 17 runs less than what was the par score according to the infamous D/L method. A heavy shower came along and the play could not be continued, which gave the home side their second win of the series.

Read first innings report here

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 223 for 9 in 49.2 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 43, Dinesh Chandimal 43; Morne Morkel 3 for 35) beat South Africa 104 for 5 in 21 overs (Alviro Petersen 24; Rangana Herath 2 for 16) by 17 runs via D/L method.

Man of the match: Dinesh Chandimal

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