PORT ELIZABETH – Tail-ender Isuru Udana hit a rapid half-century to lift a poor Sri Lankan batting performance in the fourth one-day international against South Africa at St George’s Park on Wednesday.
Batting at number nine, Udana hit 78 in a Sri Lankan total of 189.
Sri Lanka, trailing 3-0 in the five-match series, faced humiliation when Udana walked in with his team reeling at 97/7, after being sent in on what looked a good batting pitch.
But Udana, who has hit two centuries in first-class cricket, struck the ball cleanly in a 57-ball innings which included seven fours and four sixes.
Udana was particularly severe on fast bowler Anrich Nortje, one of the main destroyers in the early part of the innings.