SA prevail over Lanka in tense clash

Updated on Jan 24, 2006 07:04 PM IST

Andrew Hall bowled five dot balls in the final over to restrict Sri Lanka to 254 for eight off 50 overs, who missed the target by nine runs.

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None | ByAgence France-Presse, Adelaide

South Africa produced a brilliant bowling performance at the death to snatch a tense nine-run victory over Sri Lanka in their triangular series one-day match in Adelaide on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka were chasing South Africa's 263 for five after Boeta Dippenaar had scored a career best 125 not out before Johan van der Wath and Andrew Hall combined to take wickets and restrict runs in the final overs.

Tillakartne Dilshan (82 not out) and Mahela Jayawardene (52) had combined to score 107 runs and were cruising to victory in the 45th over before Jayawardene was bowled by Van Der Wath.

Hall then bowled Russel Arnold and ran out Malinga Bandara on successive balls to swing the game back in South Africa's favour.

He then bowled five dot balls in the final over to restrict Sri Lanka to 254 for eight off 50 overs.

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