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ON TARGET:Ajantha Mendis celebrates after getting through the defence of David Miller.— photo: AP
ON TARGET:Ajantha Mendis celebrates after getting through the defence of David Miller.— photo: AP

Sri Lanka defeated South Africa by eight wickets in the fourth one-day international here on Sunday to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

The host reached the target in 44 overs, riding on opener Tillakaratne Dilshan’s unbeaten 115 (130b, 16x4) and Kumar Sangakkara’s 91 (101b, 8x4, 2x6). They added a record 184 runs after Mahela Jayawardena departed early.

Earlier, J-P Duminy hit 97 and a fit-again Hashim Amla made 77 to lift South Africa to 238.

The Proteas undid a good start by losing eight wickets for 87 runs after cruising at 118 for one in the 22nd over.

Duminy hit seven boundaries and two sixes before he was the last man out in the 49th over, bowled by spinner Ajantha Mendis three runs short of a century.

Four for Mendis

Mendis finished with four for 51, while fast bowler Lasith Malinga claimed three for 52.

Tillakaratne Dilshan took two wickets. Amla, batting for the first time in the series after being injured while fielding in the only other game he played, anchored the start with a fluent half-century that contained nine boundaries.

Duminy shared a second-wicket stand of 101 with Amla after Quinton de Kock had been bowled by Malinga in the third over. Dilshan then removed Amla and A.B. de Villiers quickly to make it 126 for three. — Agencies

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