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Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten 74 off 51 deliveries to take Sri Lanka to a six-wicket consolation win in the third and final Twenty20 match over South Africa which had secured the series 2-1.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis led from the front scoring 85 in his team’s imposing 163 for three in 20 overs after electing to bat first. Jean-Paul Duminy continued his top form with a run a ball unbeaten 51.

Sri Lanka took off to a strong start as Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene added 67 runs before Jayawardene (33) was out in the sixth over.

20 runs in the 18th over by Thisara Perera enabled Sri Lanka to chase down the score with 11 deliveries to spare.

Brief Scores:

South Africa 163-3 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 85, Jean-Paul Duminy 51 not out; Suranga Lakmal 1-29)

Sri Lanka 164-4 in 18.1 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 74 not out, Mahela Jayawardene 33; David Wiese 2-24).


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