Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara pulverised South Africa’s bowling as Sri Lanka took a decisive 3-1 lead in the one-day series with an eight-wicket victory in Pallekele on Sunday.
Dilshan returned unbeaten on 115 and Sangakkara made 91 during a record partnership of 184
runs to steer the hosts past South Africa’s 238 all out in the 44th over of the day-night match.
Dilshan’s 17th one-day century and the second against South Africa was studded with 16 boundaries. Sangakkara kept pace with his partner with eight fours and two sixes.
The pair put on Sri Lanka’s highest one-day stand for any wicket against the Proteas after opener Mahela Jayawardene had been removed for 12 in the 10th over.
Earlier, JP Duminy hit 97 and a fit-again Hashim Amla made 77 to lift South Africa to 238 after the tourists won the toss.
brief scores South Africa 238 in 48.4 overs (Duminy 97, Amla 77; Malinga 3/52, A Mendis 4/51) lost to Sri Lanka 239/2 in 44 overs (Dilshan 115no, Sangakkara 91).