Cricket: Sri Lanka, South Africa want to light up dead rubber

COLOMBO, July 30, 2013 (AFP) – 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. “We might make one or two changes, but we certainly don’t want 11 freshers coming in. In our line-up, we have just three seniors, while the rest are all young players.”

Former captains Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan have once again provided stability to the batting, with Dilshan and Sangakkara contributing a century each.

The one-day series will be followed by three Twenty20 internationals starting in Colombo on Friday. 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.

South African captain 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.

“There is a lot to gain from the last game,” de Villiers said. “We have not won much in Sri Lanka, so we are very keen to finish on a high.

“All of us, espec