When South Africa embarked on their one-day tour to Sri Lanka, they always touted as the underdogs. The Proteas have a poor record in the Asian nation, having struggled on the low and slow spinning pitches.
South Africa bounced back after two defeats to win the Third ODI at Pallekele by 56 runs. The Proteas have kept the 5-match series alive with this much needed victory on Friday to reduce the Sri Lankan lead to 2-1.
Sri Lanka were declared as winners by 17 runs in a rain-curtailed Second ODI at Colombo. Batting first, the hosts struggled to reach 223 for 9 in 49.2 overs before heavy rain ended their innings abruptly.
When AB de Villiers and his team set off for the shores of Sri Lanka, they knew the tough challenge that was facing them. But, just one game into the series, and their headaches have increased manifold.