Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 3 runs (D/L Method) in fourth ODI

In a nail-biting encounter in Pallekele, Sri Lanka held their nerves and etched the victory by 3 runs (D/L Method)

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 10, 2018 2:11:17 am
Sri Lanka vs South Africa 4th ODI: Quinton de Kock has been made captain for the remainder of the tour. (Source: Reuters)

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 4th ODI: Sri Lanka finally won a match in this ODI series in Pallekele as they defeated South Africa by 3 runs (D/L Method). A rain-affected game between the two sides saw a nail-biting finish as Suranga Lakmal defended 7 runs in the last over to guide his team to a win. Earlier, Sri Lanka posted a mammoth 306/7 in allotted 39 overs. South Africa began the chase and the match was interrupted just after two overs due to rain. Sri Lanka got two quick wickets after the break but JP Duminy and Hashim Amla held their nerves and scored 57 runs for the third wicket. But some good work in the field by the Sri Lankan fielders got them back in the game. Mathews held on to a brilliant catch in the covers to send Klaasen back while Shanaka’s direct throw sent Duminy packing. In the last over, Lakmal got rid off David Miller and eventually won the game for his side. The two teams will now meet on August 12 for the last game.

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23:51 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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In a nail-biting encounter in Pallekele, Sri Lanka held their nerves and etched the victory by 3 runs (D/L Method)

22:57 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Another one bites the dust and its a brilliant effort from Shanaka who hits the bull's eye at the non-striker's end to send JP Duminy packing for 38. South Africa now are 130/5

22:54 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Angelo Mathews holds on to a stunning catch in the cover region to send Klaasen back in the hut. South Africa have lost 4 wickets for 129 runs and need 62 off 52 to win

22:35 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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JP Duminy and Hashim Amla have been clincial in this chase. They are scoring runs at a quick pace and have kept their wickets intact in Pallekele

22:15 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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South Africa lose a couple of wickets in quick succession. First it was Quinton de Kock and now its Hendricks who has been sent back. South Africa are 51/2

22:07 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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South Africa have lost a wicket just after resuming the play. The visitors need 154 runs in 21 overs (D/L method) but they-have lost an important wicket of Quinton de Kock who has been castled by Lakmal

20:48 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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South Africa need 287 runs (Match reduced to 39 overs per-side due to rain) - Rain stops play. They are 21/0 after 2 overs in the chase

20:42 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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South Africa begin the chase against Sri Lanka. Quinton de Kock reaches 4000 ODI runs in 94 innings, making him the sixth-fastest to the milestone

20:19 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Sri Lanka post 306/7 in 39 overs. The hosts have capitalised well on the start they have got. Sri Lanka have already lost the five-match series after losing three games on the trot but they have showed mettle in this clash

20:14 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Sri Lanka bring up 300 runs with a massive six over fine leg boundary. The two batsmen are on fire right now and South Africa will have a huge a target to chase now

20:06 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Sri Lanka are back on track with Shanaka and Thisara Perera at the crease. Sri Lanka are now 274/6. They have put 74 for the seventh wicket and have resisted well

19:14 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Dhananjaya de Silva takes the aerial route against Lungi Ngidi but doesn't time his shot well and gives a catch to Junior Dala in the deep

19:03 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Just when Sri Lanka were looking stable they have lost another wicket in the form of Angelo Mathews. Mathews has departed for 22 as Lungi Ngidi picks up his wicket

18:26 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Another one goes down and this time its Upul Tharanga has been cleaned up by Mulder for 36. Sri Lanka are 92/2. Sri Lanka started to increase their scoring rate but Mulder has an important wicket

18:26 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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WICKET! South Africa have a wicket after the break. Niroshan Dickwella tries to sweep a tossed up delivery from JP Duminy but edges and the ball goes in the air. Quinton De Kock completes and an easy catch to send the batsman back in the hut for 34

18:01 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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The match has now been reduced to a 39-over-a-side game. South Africa have already won the series after they went up 3-0 courtesy a win in the last match

16:54 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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And now the covers are coming off. Match starts and it is now a 43-over-a-side game. Until next time then Zeus, although next time could be 10 minutes away. 

16:41 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Rains after the first over: Dickwella managed a four off the first over bowled by Ngidi before the players walked off again. A spattering of rains and the ground has come under covers once again. 

16:25 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews (capt), Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (capt, wk), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Willem Mulder, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Junior Dala

16:14 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to bowl first, the match will be a 45-overs-a-side contest. For now. 

15:10 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Nope, here come the rains and the covers.The match was going to be reduced anyhow, it is going to lose more overs now.

14:45 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Covers coming off:Well how about that. Covers are coming off and word is coming that the toss might be about 15 minutes away. Stay on this page, we will keep you posted.

14:35 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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Toss delayed: Covers rule the day for now. Heavy overnight showers are the cause for this and it seems there will be even more rains in Kandy today. 

13:49 (IST) 08 Aug 2018
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But we don't have such welcome news first up. It seems dark clouds are covering the skies above Pallekele and the ground is covered by covers. This means that for some time, the coverage of this cricket match might cover the weather in Pallekele more than the match itself. Sri Lanka are in an absolute rut right now - their defeat in the 3rd ODI was their 11th in a row against South Africa and that is a sequence that runs all the way back to 2014 - and whether they hope the covers on the ground and the skies remain or come off depends upon how confident they are feeling anyway. If there is a gloom of self-doubt covering their thoughts then its best for the hosts that covers stay on and the sky remains covered by clouds. Covers, covers everywhere.

Sri Lanka vs South Africa Live score Live streaming 4th ODI: David Miller during a practice session ahead of the fourth One Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka. (Source: REUTERS)

Sri Lanka vs South Africa Live score Live streaming 4th ODI: South Africa took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka after beating them by 78 runs on Sunday. Chasing 364, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 285. The ODI series has thus far been the opposite of the Test matches. While Sri Lanka dominated in the latter, they have meekly surrendered to South Africa in the matches that have been played in ODI rubber so far. This and the next match will be a chance for them to salvage some pride.