Sangakkara hands Sri Lanka victory in Johannesburg

January 23, 2012

by Dhammika Heenpella

Fifth one-day international: Johannesburg
Sri Lanka (312-8) beat South Africa (312-4) by 2 wickets

Sri Lanka finished their tour of South Africa with a second successive ODI win, as they head home after being defeated 3-2 in the series.

After Sri Lanka won the toss, they inserted South Africa hoping it would be easier to bat under lights, and this proved to be the case.

There were centuries from Graeme Smith (125), and AB de Villiers (125*) as the home side posted 312-4 from 50 overs. Going into the game, Smith was under pressure from certain parts of the media after not scoring an ODI century since 2009, but answered his critics with a superb hundred that included 9 fours, and 4 sixes.

De Villiers who was recently appointed South African one-day captain upped the rate towards the end of the innings, as he smashed 125 from 98 balls in an innings that thrilled the home fans.

South Africa were hot favourites to defend this total but Kumar Sangakkara had other ideas. Sri Lanka’s former captain helped steer the visitor’s home as he made 102 from 97 balls as Sri Lanka won with one ball to spare.

The Scoop 23/01/2012

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