Sri Lanka won a one-day international series for the first time in 19 months when it sunk South Africa for 125 runs on Tuesday.
A third and final match that was expected to be ripe for the batsmen was instead dominated by the bowlers, as 19 wickets fell in 80 overs, 16 to spinners, the second most in men’s ODI history.
Sri Lanka struggled to 203-9 but still won by 78 runs.
Offspinner Maheesh Theekshana, given his Sri Lanka debut, got a wicket with his first ball and finished with 4-37 and 10 valuable runs.
Legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva took 2-38, and fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera 2-16 and the player of the match award for an invaluable 29 at the tail that frustrated South Africa.
Charith Asalanka was also an award contender, contributing a maiden ODI wicket after a team-best 47 runs, just shy of a third consecutive fifty.
Asalanka held the batting together. He was also clever….