Sri Lanka’s bowlers kept taking wickets at crucial stages to see their side to victory by just three runs (DLS method) in the fourth ODI against the Proteas in Kandy on Wednesday.
The visitors were set a revised target of 191 in 21 overs and for the most part looked to be comfortable in the chase thanks to the efforts of Hashim Amla (40 off 23 balls) and JP Duminy (38 off 23 balls).
However the home side’s bowlers always found a way to pick to pick up wickets and the Proteas eventually ended on 187/9 from the allotted overs to fall just of the target.
Earlier, Sri Lanka finally came good with the bat as struck a total of 306/7 in 39 overs after early had reduced the match from a 50-over contest.
Quick fifties from Kusal Perera (51), Thisara Perera (51*) and especially Dasun Shanaka (65 off 34 balls) saw the hosts go over the 300-mark for the first time in the series.
The Proteas now lead the five-match series 3-1 with one game left to play, in Colombo, on Sunday.
The teams will then also play a one-off T20I at the same venue to round off the tour.