Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has surpassed the 400 wicket mark in one-day cricket, but that did not stop South Africa from beating Sri Lanka by nine runs at a limited-overs tri-series match in Adelaide, Australia.
Opener Boeta Dippenaar anchored South Africa's innings with a personal best of 125 runs Tuesday, while Herschelle Gibbs added 68 as the South Africans scored 263-5 in their 50-overs.
Sri Lanka needed 11 runs on its last over but fell short with Tillakaratne Dilshan stranded on 83 and a total of 254-8.
At the midpoint of the three-nation series, Australia leads with 10 points, Sri Lanka has nine and South Africa has eight. Sri Lanka plays Australia Thursday in Adelaide. Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.