Sri Lanka rest top guns ahead of dead rubber versus South Africa

Skipper AB de Villiers said he wants a win to improve his nation's poor track record in Sri Lanka, where the Proteas have won just two of their 14 completed one-dayers going back to 1993.

updated: July 30, 2013 15:59 IST
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Sri Lanka and South Africa will not let the intensity slip in Wednesday's fifth and final one-day international in Colombo even though the hosts have already wrapped up the series. The day-night game at the Premadasa stadium will hold only academic interest as Sri Lanka gained an unassailable 3-1 lead following their eight-wicket win in Pallekele on Sunday.

The hosts have decided to test their bench after Lankan selectors named Kusal Perera and two uncapped players in the squad for the final one-dayer. Perera is expected to replace Upul Tharanga, who has been dropped due to poor form. While Jehan Mubarak has been axed, the Lankans are resting Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath.

Opening bat Dimuth Karunaratne, left-arm spinner and all-rounder Chaturanga de Silva and left-arm pacer Vimukthi Perera are the new additions to the Lankan squad. All three recently travelled to the West Indies with the A team. Karunaratne has been Sri Lanka's Test match opener since November last year.

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