CENTURION – All-rounder Thisara Perera sparked a turnaround for Sri Lanka in the second one-day international against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
Perera took 3/26 as the Proteas were bowled out for 251 after being sent in.
South Africa seemed set for a huge total when Quinton de Kock gave them a blazing start, hitting 94 off 70 balls.
But the innings changed dramatically when Perera, playing in his 150th one-day international, had De Kock caught behind when the batsman tried to flick a ball outside his leg-stump, and the ball looped off a leading edge to wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella.
De Kock, who made 83 and 81 in his previous two one-day internationals, and had innings of 86 and 80 in two Tests against Sri Lanka, hung his head in disappointment after missing another chance of making a century.