After David Miller\'s late surge off 85 off 72 balls, Lonwabo Tsotsobe picked up four wickets ably supported by Farhaan Behardien (3/19) as the visitors beat the hosts by 56 runs.
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End of over No. 43.2, Sri Lanka 167 all out, chasing 224 to win: Thisara Perera's whirlwind innings of 65 off 49 balls was ended by Farhaan Behardien and the medium pacer accounted for another wicket before Duminy cleaned up Mendis to hand South Africa a 56-run victory making the five-match series 2-1.
End of over No. 40, Sri Lanka 156 for 7, chasing 224 to win: Thisara Perera hammered 35 runs in one Robin Peterson over as Sri Lanka fought back after being seven down for 93 in chase of 223. The hosts lost Angelo Mathews for 14 in the 31st over as they slumped to 93 for 7 but Thisara Perera sparked off the resurgance clobbering five sixes and a four in the 33rd over bowled by Robin Peterson. Along with Rangana Herath, Perera forged 59-run stand till the 40th over.
End of over No. 30, Sri Lanka 92 for 6, chasing 224 to win: Sri Lanka lost Mahela Jayawardene in the 25th over clean bowled by Robin Peterson for 24 runs and from there on South Africa took control of the game and picked up two more wickets in the form of Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Perera to leave the Lanakans reeling.
End of over No. 20, Sri Lanka 55 for 3, chasing 224 to win: After Lonwabo Tsotsobe's early burst of three wickets, DineshChandimal and Mahela Jayawardene went into recovery mode for the hosts. The duo scored at a very slow pace scoring 39 runs in nearly 12 overs. Ryan McLaren and Robin Peterson who were brought in as first and second change bowlers stifled the Lankans further giving away just 18 runs in their combined 8 overs so far.
End of over No. 10, Sri Lanka 24 for 3, chasing 224 to win: Lonwabo Tsotsobe jolted the hosts early scalping Tillakaratne Dilshan (6) and Kumar Sangakkara (0) in the same over - the 4th - with the score on 14 for 2. Morne Morkel at the other end complimented Tostsobe bowling a very tight line and giving away just 6 runs in his first four over. Tsotosbe then struck again in the 8th over removing Upul Tharanga for 6 to put Sri Lanka in trouble chasing 224 to win.
South Africa innings
End of over No. 50, South Africa 223 for 7: Coming to bat at number 7, David Miller scored a quickfire 85 off 72 balls going hammer and tongs in the death overs. Miller combined with Ryan McLAren (14) for a 69-run stand as South Africa accumulated 83 runs in the final 10 overs.
End of over No. 40, South Africa 140 for 6:
After some tidy bowling from the Lankans, South Africa finally found some rhythm with AB de Villiers and David Miller combining for a 48-run stand, but Ajantha Mendis scalped the Proteas skipper for 47 to arrest Porteas momentum and hand Sri Lanka the advantage. South Africa scored 36 runs in the ten overs.
End of over No. 30, South Africa 104 for 5: South Africa were dented further losing the wickets of Faf du Plessis (16) and Farhaan Behardien (11) in quick succession. The Sri Lankan spinners kept a check on the run-rate as the Proteas batsman failed to get going. 47 runs came the 10 overs at the cost of two wickets.
End of over No. 20, South Africa 68 for 3: Thisara Perera struck twice to remove Quinto de Kock and JP Duminy, which pegged South Africa right back. AB de Villier (13*) and Faf du Plessis (3*) are currently on the crease.
Quinton de Kock c Sangakkara b Perera 20 (28)
JP Duminy b Perera 23 (44)
End of over No. 10, South Africa 33 for 1: South African seamers have bowled with discipline and got enough assistance from the wicket to keep the South Africans under check after AB de Villiers decided to bat first.
Alviro Petersen c Sangakkara b Malinga 8 (17)
South Africa's quest of winning a series in Sri Lanka in ten years was dealt with a severe dent after the side suffered a second consecutive defeat in the bilateral series.
AB de Villiers' side now faces an uphill task in order to stay alive in the competition when the two teams square off at Pallekele on Friday. After being completely outplayed in all three departments, De Villiers and Co. would find it difficult to stage a comeback in hot and sultry weather conditions.
There seems to be no end to South Africa's woes. Their premier batsman Hashim Amla, who sat out of the first encounter due to a niggle in his neck, suffered a groin injury while fielding during the second ODI in Colombo. It is highly unlikely South Africa would risk playing Amla considering the seriousness of the injury and the sight of him being helped by team members off the field.