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Hosts Sri Lanka bounced back in style as they cruised to an 87-run victory over South Africa in the second ODI at Pallekele to level the series 1-1. The Proteas failed in their attempt to chase a target of 268 runs despite Hashim Amla scoring his second consecutive century of the tour.

Skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat first on a track that looked good for batting. Tillakaratne Dilshan gave his side a brisk start before the Sri Lankans lost opener Kusal Perera (7) early following which Morne Morkel had in-form Kumar Sangakkara caught behind for 7, leaving Sri Lanka on 63-2 in 9 overs.

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AB de Villiers hit a defiant half-century but there was little other cheer for the South Africa as they suffered their second defeat by more than 100 runs in the ODI series against Sri Lanka at Colombo on Wednesday. Sri Lanka won the final match by a substantial 128 runs to finish dominant 4-1 winners of the five-match series. Both teams will now turn their attention to the three-match T20 International series starting on Friday.

Sri Lanka always controlled the game after winning the toss and putting 307 runs on the board for the loss of only four wickets after their two in-form veterans, Tillakaratne Dilshan (99 off 110 balls, 13 fours) and Kumar Sangakkara (75 not out off 45 balls, 12 fours), had again confirmed themselves not only as the best but more importantly the most consistent batsmen on either side.

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Sri Lanka coasted to an eight-wicket victory over South Africa at the Pallekele Stadium with six overs in hand on Sunday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI series. Tillakaratne Dilshan, who hit an unbeaten 115 off 130 balls with six fours, and Kumar Sangakkara, who was caught in the deep nine runs short of his century (101 balls, 8 fours and 2 sixes), shared a second wicket partnership of 184 runs to make light work of the target of 239.

This was a record for the second wicket for Sri Lanka on home soil and only 16 runs short of the Sri Lankan overall record set by the same two players against India.

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Sri Lanka secured a 17-run win over South Africa (D/L Method) in the Second ODI Match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. Sri Lanka were 223-9 after 49.2 overs in the first innings with 4 deliveries left in their innings when rain forced the innings and the match to be called off temporarily. When the rains finally let up a couple of hours later, South Africa were given a revised total of 122 to chase from 21 overs. South Africa though fell 17 runs short, ending on 104-5 after 21 overs.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first. Sri Lanka went into the game with an unchanged squad from the first ODI, while South Africa made one change, bringing in Hashim Amla for Colin Ingram at the top of the order. The start of the game was delayed for over 90 minutes, due to a wet outfield, before some great work from the groundsmen allowed play to resume at 3:00 pm with no overs lost.

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An unbeaten century from Phil Hughes, his second of the series, helped Australia register a comfortable 32 run victory in the final ODI at Hobart to end the series with Sri Lanka level pegging at 2-2. Dropped down the order to no.3 for this game, Hughes came out to bat at 31-1 and stayed through till the very end, contributing 138 runs to help Australia post a competitive 247-5 in their 50 overs on a sluggish pitch at Hobart this morning. Sri Lanka started well in their chase, but lost 4 wickets for 20 runs in between the 12th and 21st overs to fall behind significantly in the run chase. A battling half-century from Angelo Mathews (67) helped the visitors make a game of it, but they were eventually bowled out for 215, with Moises Henriques and Xavier Doherty sharing 6 wickets between them.

There was some disappointing news for Australia at the toss this morning with an ankle injury ruling out the skipper Michael Clarke with George Bailey taking over once again. The toss went Sri Lanka's way, and they put the Aussies in, hoping to continue their trend of getting over the line chasing.

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An outstanding innings of 147 from Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan could not prevent Australia from taking a 114 run first innings lead in the first test at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Peter Siddle shared the honours with Dilshan on day 3, taking an excellent 5-fer, running through the lower middle Sri Lankan batting order, which collapsed rather dramatically in the final session of play. Australia had a 14 over spell to survive before the close of play, which they did admirably to end the day 141 runs ahead with all 10 wickets intact.

Sri Lanka came into Day 3 in trouble at 87-4 having lose veteran Thilan Samaraweera on the last ball of play yesterday. Tillakaratne Dilshan was still unbeaten on 50, and Sri Lanka's hopes of saving the follow-on lay on the shoulders of their former skipper.

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