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Sri Lanka beat South Africa in final T20

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South African cricket captain Faf du Plessis (R) is watched by Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal as he plays a shot as during the third and final Twenty20 cricket match at the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium in the southern district of Hambantota on August 6, 2013. (AFP)

Sri Lanka won the final Twenty20 international against South Africa by six wickets in Hambantota on Tuesday to retain their number one ranking in the shortest format.

Sri Lanka put on a spirited chase of South Africa's commanding 163-3 and won with 11 balls to spare as Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten 74 off 51 balls.

South Africa won the series 2-1.

Sri Lanka would have slipped to number three behind Pakistan and South Africa had they been whitewashed 3-0.