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Dilshan, Thisara shine

Sri Lanka celebrated a rare success on Friday on a tour to South Africa with a five-wicket victory in the fourth ODI.


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Big knocks from captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (87), man-of-the-match Thisara Perera (69) and Dinesh Chandimal (59) lifted the visitors to 304-5 after the home side reached 299-7 with skipper AB de Villiers (96) to the fore.

"This was a fantastic effort as we were hoping to restrict South Africa to 250 or 260 runs," said Dilshan, "and on a personal note it was nice getting a big score again."

Dilshan averaged a run a ball in a 112-minute stand that included nine fours and two sixes while Perera was even quicker, taking just 44 balls with three fours and five sixes in his tally.

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