Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, 1st Test: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Centurion, Dec 15-17, 2011
South Africa won by an innings and 81 runs
15,16,17 December 2011 (5-day match)
  Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal NT Paranavitana b Philander 32 104 67 4 0 47.76
22.2 80.3 mph, there's timber dust on the pitch! Vernon has snaked one past Tharanga Paranavitana's defences and made a mess of the stumps. Good length ball, bustling in from over the stumps towards off stumps, it then hits the seam and straightens. As is his wont, TP isn't entirely forward as he defends, and there's enough of a gap between bat and pads for the ball to shape through. Off and middle are bent in opposite directions. A real gem that, from Vernon. 66/3
View dismissal TM Dilshan* c Philander b Steyn 6 19 7 1 0 85.71
4.4 84.8 mph, what an unremarkable shot from Dilshan. He's gifted SA his wicket. Short of a length delivery from Steyn, lands on off stump and seams away. Dilshan attempts the good old Twenty20 across the line hoick. This isn't an IPL pitch, though, and the ball bounces enough to miss the middle of the bat by a mile and take a top-edge high up on the bat. The bat turned in his hands and he spooned it straight up and it settles in Vernon's hands at midwicket. 11/1
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c Kallis b Philander 1 3 3 0 0 33.33
5.1 82.3 mph, Sanga's turn now. Horror start for Sri Lanka. Vernon did this a lot against Australia, getting the ball to rear up from a length, without seeming to put much effort into it. Did that hit one of those verdant patches? Sanga was committed to playing at it, and once it got big on him he was in big trouble. The outside edge lobs easily into second slip's hands. 12/2
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene c Smith b Steyn 30 114 73 2 0 41.09
29.4 90.2 mph, gone. That's a huge wicket. Poor stroke from Jayawardene. He probably didn't need to play, certainly not so close after the resumption. Going to back-foot drive a back-of-a-length ball he nicks it to Smith who takes a solid catch 91/4
View dismissal TT Samaraweera c †Boucher b Philander 36 95 67 5 0 53.73
42.3 81.9 mph, huge caught behind appeal turned down and referred. Vernon looks mighty confident, he was making the T symbol even before his follow through was done. Back of a length delivery seams away and zips past the tentative defensive prod. No edge to be seen on the normal replay. Here comes HotSpot. And there's a white smidgen of something as the ball passes by. That's as wispy as a feather can get! One point to technology. Thilan's gone. He was trying hard to cover the line and the ball did just enough to touch the edge on its way to Bouch, as Thilan got squared up. 156/5
View dismissal AD Mathews c Kallis b Philander 38 89 52 6 0 73.07
46.5 80.5 mph, Vernon Philander takes five wickets every time he bowls! Three five-fors in three Tests! What a strange dismissal, though. Mathews knew he was running out of partners, and tried to make something happen by charging out of the crease. But Philo kept it short and on off stump, Mathews ended up in no position to drive and ended up steering it straight into the slips. 175/8
View dismissal JK Silva c †Boucher b Philander 0 4 1 0 0 0.00
42.4 79.6 mph, another appeal for a catch behind. This time down the leg side. Another review! This was always slipping down the leg, Kaushal lunged well forward without getting the front foot out. He was playing miles in front of his body, and kept chasing it as it went down, looking for a fine glance. Wow, there's an even fainter white nebular appearance on the glove as the ball passes. You almost have to squint to notice it. After multiple replays, the 3rd upire over-rules it, and Rod Tucker has to change his decision again! A first-baller for Kaushal Silva. 156/6
View dismissal NLTC Perera c Kallis b Imran Tahir 1 4 2 0 0 50.00
43.1 it's all happening! Another referral, this time from Sri Lanka. Googlie tossed up on off and turning across the left hander. Thisara tries to cover the line, but the ball kisses the outer edge and goes straight to Boucher, who can't pouch. It goes off his thigh, and is flying away past slip, when Jacques Kallis' left hand appears out of nowhere and plucks it. Not sure what that referral was all about. SL have lost three wickets in five balls after a really good stand. 157/7
HMRKB Herath not out 14 25 16 2 0 87.50
View dismissal UWMBCA Welegedara b Steyn 4 5 3 1 0 133.33
47.3 89.2 mph, Steyn sends the off stump on a roller-coaster ride. Chanaka stays on leg stump line, the feet are just incidental to his batting, and looks to heave in hope. Length ball from Steyn, angles in, lands on middle and off and straightens past the shot to smash the stump out of its groove. I think it is still cart-wheeling. 180/9
View dismissal CRD Fernando b Steyn 0 2 1 0 0 0.00
47.4 90.2 mph, those stumps must be sore now! They are lasered out of their groove once again, and you can almost hear them sighing, "Oh no, not again". Similar ball to the previous one, only faster - 147 kph, lands on a length and straightens like a missile guided at off stump would. Fernando is not in line and swishes the bat in hope. The ball misses and scuds out off stump. SL lose 7 for 104 in the session. 180/10
Extras (b 1, lb 7, w 4, nb 6) 18
  Total (all out; 47.4 overs; 236 mins) 180 (3.77 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets DW Steyn 10.4 3 18 4 1.68 52 0 0
4.4 to Dilshan, 84.8 mph, what an unremarkable shot from Dilshan. He's gifted SA his wicket. Short of a length delivery from Steyn, lands on off stump and seams away. Dilshan attempts the good old Twenty20 across the line hoick. This isn't an IPL pitch, though, and the ball bounces enough to miss the middle of the bat by a mile and take a top-edge high up on the bat. The bat turned in his hands and he spooned it straight up and it settles in Vernon's hands at midwicket. 11/1
29.4 to Jayawardene, 90.2 mph, gone. That's a huge wicket. Poor stroke from Jayawardene. He probably didn't need to play, certainly not so close after the resumption. Going to back-foot drive a back-of-a-length ball he nicks it to Smith who takes a solid catch 91/4
47.3 to Welegedara, 89.2 mph, Steyn sends the off stump on a roller-coaster ride. Chanaka stays on leg stump line, the feet are just incidental to his batting, and looks to heave in hope. Length ball from Steyn, angles in, lands on middle and off and straightens past the shot to smash the stump out of its groove. I think it is still cart-wheeling. 180/9
47.4 to Fernando, 90.2 mph, those stumps must be sore now! They are lasered out of their groove once again, and you can almost hear them sighing, "Oh no, not again". Similar ball to the previous one, only faster - 147 kph, lands on a length and straightens like a missile guided at off stump would. Fernando is not in line and swishes the bat in hope. The ball misses and scuds out off stump. SL lose 7 for 104 in the session. 180/10
View wickets VD Philander 13 2 53 5 4.07 55 7 0 (3nb, 2w)
5.1 to Sangakkara, 82.3 mph, Sanga's turn now. Horror start for Sri Lanka. Vernon did this a lot against Australia, getting the ball to rear up from a length, without seeming to put much effort into it. Did that hit one of those verdant patches? Sanga was committed to playing at it, and once it got big on him he was in big trouble. The outside edge lobs easily into second slip's hands. 12/2
22.2 to Paranavitana, 80.3 mph, there's timber dust on the pitch! Vernon has snaked one past Tharanga Paranavitana's defences and made a mess of the stumps. Good length ball, bustling in from over the stumps towards off stumps, it then hits the seam and straightens. As is his wont, TP isn't entirely forward as he defends, and there's enough of a gap between bat and pads for the ball to shape through. Off and middle are bent in opposite directions. A real gem that, from Vernon. 66/3
42.3 to Samaraweera, 81.9 mph, huge caught behind appeal turned down and referred. Vernon looks mighty confident, he was making the T symbol even before his follow through was done. Back of a length delivery seams away and zips past the tentative defensive prod. No edge to be seen on the normal replay. Here comes HotSpot. And there's a white smidgen of something as the ball passes by. That's as wispy as a feather can get! One point to technology. Thilan's gone. He was trying hard to cover the line and the ball did just enough to touch the edge on its way to Bouch, as Thilan got squared up. 156/5
42.4 to Silva, 79.6 mph, another appeal for a catch behind. This time down the leg side. Another review! This was always slipping down the leg, Kaushal lunged well forward without getting the front foot out. He was playing miles in front of his body, and kept chasing it as it went down, looking for a fine glance. Wow, there's an even fainter white nebular appearance on the glove as the ball passes. You almost have to squint to notice it. After multiple replays, the 3rd upire over-rules it, and Rod Tucker has to change his decision again! A first-baller for Kaushal Silva. 156/6
46.5 to Mathews, 80.5 mph, Vernon Philander takes five wickets every time he bowls! Three five-fors in three Tests! What a strange dismissal, though. Mathews knew he was running out of partners, and tried to make something happen by charging out of the crease. But Philo kept it short and on off stump, Mathews ended up in no position to drive and ended up steering it straight into the slips. 175/8
  M Morkel 10 1 48 0 4.80 45 7 0 (3nb, 2w)
  JH Kallis 8 2 31 0 3.87 37 6 0
View wicket Imran Tahir 6 0 22 1 3.66 21 1 0
43.1 to Perera, it's all happening! Another referral, this time from Sri Lanka. Googlie tossed up on off and turning across the left hander. Thisara tries to cover the line, but the ball kisses the outer edge and goes straight to Boucher, who can't pouch. It goes off his thigh, and is flying away past slip, when Jacques Kallis' left hand appears out of nowhere and plucks it. Not sure what that referral was all about. SL have lost three wickets in five balls after a really good stand. 157/7
  South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal JA Rudolph c Paranavitana b Perera 44 227 140 4 0 31.42
49.1 Rudolph is on his way now, and Sri Lanka continue to impress. Thisara has got the ball to dart this way and that quite prodigiously, and unlike Chanaka, he is doing it at decent pace too. Rudolph was sucked into nicking it as he lunged forward without moving the feet, and ended up guiding it to Paranavitana, who held it low at first slip. All over. That will help Thisara's average no end. 136/4
View dismissal GC Smith* lbw b Fernando 61 145 105 7 0 58.09
32.5 89.4 mph, Superbly bowled! Smith is gone. The previous ball did the trick. Dilhara smartly pitches this one up at good pace. Smith's mind was clearly still on the brute that he got last up. He didn't get forward and was a sitting duck as he stayed back in the crease. The ball landed on middle and leg and straightened down the line. Heading for the middle of middle. Smith wisely doesn't waste a review. 88/1
View dismissal DW Steyn run out (Herath) 0 13 5 0 0 0.00
35.2 from Welegedara, needless mix-up and Steyn's gone. Back of a length and uncomfortably on the pads, and he nudges it to the leg side. The ball heads straight to Herath trotting in. Steyn takes a couple of steps out, looks at Rudolph and then runs a couple more steps. Herath does well to pick up and hurl down the stumps before Steyn can get back in. I daresay, Kallis, AB or Amla wouldn't have believed there was a single in it. 90/2
View dismissal HM Amla c Mathews b Perera 18 49 33 3 0 54.54
45.6 82.3 mph, that's the end of Amla. Good take from Angelo at third slip. Thisara hits a lovely length, tempts Amla to drive with the illusion of a driving length, but that was at least a yard shorter than ideal for that shot. Amla threw his arms through the line, but got a thick edge that was travelling to the right of Angelo who tumbled and pouched with both hands. 125/3
View dismissal JH Kallis c Mathews b Welegedara 31 78 56 5 0 55.35
60.6 83.7 mph, pouched by third slip and Kallis goes. Big wicket. The change of ends works for Welegedara. A previous ball drifted in to Kallis but this slides across him, he's once again driving and gets a big outside edge. Sharp, low catch to the fielder's left. 173/5
View dismissal AB de Villiers c sub (FDM Karunaratne) b Perera 99 228 135 12 0 73.33
97.2 79.6 mph, disaster for de Villiers. He's cut a ball to point. Didn't get on top of a wide delivery and a very sharp catch taken 303/7
View dismissal AG Prince c †Silva b Mathews 39 127 98 4 0 39.79
89.6 77.4 mph, reward for a good over from Mathews. Probed away and now Prince has nicked one and a good catch from Silva diving away low to his left. Enticed the batsman to play once more and Prince was caught on the crease and it was a good edge. 270/6
View dismissal MV Boucher c †Silva b Welegedara 65 145 101 10 0 64.35
121.6 80.0 mph, and that's the end. Boucher is gone, nicking to Silva, who holds on to a fine catch. Doesn't make up for the ones he clanged last evening, though. The manner of dismissal will worry SL no end - it was one of those balls that jumped up extra from short of a length. Boucher was shaping for the cut, but the ball got big on him and kissed the outside edge to fly to the right of Silva. He dived to the right to grab it. 411/10
View dismissal VD Philander c Jayawardene b Dilshan 4 37 30 0 0 13.33
106.6 Sri Lanka are holding their catches at long last. Dilshan slides one across Vernon, who pushes forward inside the line and gets a thick edge that flies into Mahela's lap at first slip. 344/8
View dismissal M Morkel c Samaraweera b Welegedara 4 7 4 1 0 100.00
108.4 79.2 mph, Samaraweera takes a stunner at gully! Reminiscent of Collingwood snaffling Matty Hayden. It was short of a length and wide enough for the cut, and Morne looked to go up and over gully. He got decent leverage on that, but Samaraweera thought otherwise. He leaped high with the right arm jutting out like a periscope and plucked it mid-air. Hall-of-fame stuff. 350/9
Imran Tahir not out 29 57 33 5 0 87.87
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 3, nb 12) 17
  Total (all out; 122 overs; 561 mins) 411 (3.36 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets UWMBCA Welegedara 31 4 96 3 3.09 142 13 0 (1nb, 1w)
60.6 to Kallis, 83.7 mph, pouched by third slip and Kallis goes. Big wicket. The change of ends works for Welegedara. A previous ball drifted in to Kallis but this slides across him, he's once again driving and gets a big outside edge. Sharp, low catch to the fielder's left. 173/5
108.4 to Morkel, 79.2 mph, Samaraweera takes a stunner at gully! Reminiscent of Collingwood snaffling Matty Hayden. It was short of a length and wide enough for the cut, and Morne looked to go up and over gully. He got decent leverage on that, but Samaraweera thought otherwise. He leaped high with the right arm jutting out like a periscope and plucked it mid-air. Hall-of-fame stuff. 350/9
121.6 to Boucher, 80.0 mph, and that's the end. Boucher is gone, nicking to Silva, who holds on to a fine catch. Doesn't make up for the ones he clanged last evening, though. The manner of dismissal will worry SL no end - it was one of those balls that jumped up extra from short of a length. Boucher was shaping for the cut, but the ball got big on him and kissed the outside edge to fly to the right of Silva. He dived to the right to grab it. 411/10
View wickets NLTC Perera 24 1 114 3 4.75 95 18 0 (1w)
45.6 to Amla, 82.3 mph, that's the end of Amla. Good take from Angelo at third slip. Thisara hits a lovely length, tempts Amla to drive with the illusion of a driving length, but that was at least a yard shorter than ideal for that shot. Amla threw his arms through the line, but got a thick edge that was travelling to the right of Angelo who tumbled and pouched with both hands. 125/3
49.1 to Rudolph, Rudolph is on his way now, and Sri Lanka continue to impress. Thisara has got the ball to dart this way and that quite prodigiously, and unlike Chanaka, he is doing it at decent pace too. Rudolph was sucked into nicking it as he lunged forward without moving the feet, and ended up guiding it to Paranavitana, who held it low at first slip. All over. That will help Thisara's average no end. 136/4
97.2 to de Villiers, 79.6 mph, disaster for de Villiers. He's cut a ball to point. Didn't get on top of a wide delivery and a very sharp catch taken 303/7
View wicket AD Mathews 9 4 13 1 1.44 47 2 0
89.6 to Prince, 77.4 mph, reward for a good over from Mathews. Probed away and now Prince has nicked one and a good catch from Silva diving away low to his left. Enticed the batsman to play once more and Prince was caught on the crease and it was a good edge. 270/6
View wicket CRD Fernando 28 2 128 1 4.57 117 16 0 (7nb, 1w)
32.5 to Smith, 89.4 mph, Superbly bowled! Smith is gone. The previous ball did the trick. Dilhara smartly pitches this one up at good pace. Smith's mind was clearly still on the brute that he got last up. He didn't get forward and was a sitting duck as he stayed back in the crease. The ball landed on middle and leg and straightened down the line. Heading for the middle of middle. Smith wisely doesn't waste a review. 88/1
View wicket TM Dilshan 7 1 17 1 2.42 30 1 0
106.6 to Philander, Sri Lanka are holding their catches at long last. Dilshan slides one across Vernon, who pushes forward inside the line and gets a thick edge that flies into Mahela's lap at first slip. 344/8
  HMRKB Herath 23 4 41 0 1.78 104 1 0
  Sri Lanka 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal NT Paranavitana c †Boucher b Steyn 4 32 21 1 0 19.04
4.6 89.0 mph, ah, well. Parna is not so full of life now. On your way, young man. The SAf seamers aren't taking too long to work these batsmen over. Parna has been beaten several times outside off by the seamers, and it was eventually a question of Steyn doing lesser with the ball in order to convert the misses into edges. He did that on this occasion, getting just enough seam away from the straight. Parna meekly opened the face and guided it to Bouch. 11/2
View dismissal TM Dilshan* c †Boucher b Philander 6 25 9 1 0 66.66
3.5 83.0 mph, did that carry? Yes, Dilshan is gone. It was coming. Vernon's got the ball to buzz this way and that with each of his 12 balls, this one seemed to angle in and then straightened just enough to catch the edge as Dilshan defended from the crease. The edge looped through and was dying on Boucher, who gets the gloves under it in time. Dilly seemed to expect it to come in sharply like one of the previous balls, but this did much lesser than he thought. In fact, it did very little and he was playing down the wrong line. 11/1
View dismissal KC Sangakkara c †Boucher b Philander 2 17 8 0 0 25.00
7.1 81.6 mph, this could end very very soon. Double failure for Sangakkara. Again done in by subtle seam work. Vernon pitches this up on off stump, not devilishly quick, no unusual bounce or anything of the sort. Just a sweet bit of away nip from the seam. Sanga gets the front foot out and looks to drive, the ball deviates away and takes a thin edge to Bouch. Three in three for him. Vernon takes just four balls or so to work over the world's No. 1 rated batsman. Speaks volumes of his skills. 19/3
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene run out (Kallis) 15 46 31 3 0 48.38
14.6 from Kallis, Sri Lanka won't even get the one shred of solace - Mahela's 10,000th run - from this Test. So it goes. Was he thinking of the milestone? Mahela had some wretched luck there. Short ball outside off from Kallis, Mahela rides it really well and drops it at his feet. The ball then spins sharply after landing on the crease and runs down the track, even as Mahela takes off for the single. Kallis charged down after it, picked up cleanly and threw down the stumps at the other end, with Mahela less than a yard away from his 10,000th run. Mahela kept looking behind as he ran that one - I am going on record saying that the subcontinent's obsession for landmarks seems to have cost Mahela his wicket. 37/4
View dismissal TT Samaraweera c †Boucher b Morkel 32 71 54 6 0 59.25
22.3 88.9 mph, and another. Aha! Morne dear boy, well done lad. Identical dismissal to Mathews, little bit of wobbleage as Dominic Cork would call it and a little nick to Boucher's right once more. 70/6
View dismissal AD Mathews c †Boucher b Philander 5 31 17 1 0 29.41
21.5 83.6 mph, much better. Super bowling, length on off stump, the batsman has to play, a little deflection to Boucher's right and he bags another one. 66/5
View dismissal JK Silva c Kallis b Imran Tahir 17 71 45 1 0 37.77
36.4 50.4 mph, I think Tahir just won the Nobel Prize, the Oscar, and a big lottery. At least the celebration says so as he charges around, yelling with his arms aloft and his head banging. Lovely ball, mind you. Holds the length back and turns it past the face of Silva's bat as he looks to cover the spin off the front foot. The ball licks the edge and pops into slip's hand. 133/8
View dismissal NLTC Perera c Smith b Steyn 21 46 27 1 1 77.77
31.2 88.6 mph, start the Gautrain. Thisara has been gunned out by Steyn. Poor shot in the circumstances. Back of a length, angled across at pace and it bounces extra. Thisara has a flat-footed carve at it and gets a thick edge that hurtles at first slip's chest. Easy does it. 104/7
View dismissal HMRKB Herath c †Boucher b Philander 23 37 18 2 2 127.77
39.1 82.6 mph, Vernon has five again. Boucher has eight catches in the match, six of them in this innings, and Vernon has ten for the game, and it is all over before tea on day three. Are we even halfway into the Test match? Just about. Typical Vernon ball, nipped away off the seam, Herath looked to play it to the off side, but the ball did enough to sniff at the edge and carry through to Bouch. The nick was quite faint, even Bouch didn't see it. Only Vernon appealed, Umpire Davies doesn't say anything, but Herath walks. Everyone else follows. 150/10
View dismissal UWMBCA Welegedara c & b Philander 10 7 8 1 1 125.00
37.6 Vernon has four, can he get 10 for the game? Chanaka tries to put a satellite in orbit, backing away and slashing with gusto. Despite his best efforts, it drops back down towards the planet and lands in Vernon's hands. It was one of those steeplers that hung in the air for so long that practically any of the 11 fielders could have taken it. But Vernon called. 145/9
CRD Fernando not out 4 7 7 1 0 57.14
Extras (lb 1, nb 10) 11
  Total (all out; 39.1 overs; 201 mins) 150 (3.82 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets DW Steyn 10 2 36 2 3.60 45 4 1
4.6 to Paranavitana, 89.0 mph, ah, well. Parna is not so full of life now. On your way, young man. The SAf seamers aren't taking too long to work these batsmen over. Parna has been beaten several times outside off by the seamers, and it was eventually a question of Steyn doing lesser with the ball in order to convert the misses into edges. He did that on this occasion, getting just enough seam away from the straight. Parna meekly opened the face and guided it to Bouch. 11/2
31.2 to Perera, 88.6 mph, start the Gautrain. Thisara has been gunned out by Steyn. Poor shot in the circumstances. Back of a length, angled across at pace and it bounces extra. Thisara has a flat-footed carve at it and gets a thick edge that hurtles at first slip's chest. Easy does it. 104/7
View wickets VD Philander 11.1 1 49 5 4.38 55 5 2 (5nb)
3.5 to Dilshan, 83.0 mph, did that carry? Yes, Dilshan is gone. It was coming. Vernon's got the ball to buzz this way and that with each of his 12 balls, this one seemed to angle in and then straightened just enough to catch the edge as Dilshan defended from the crease. The edge looped through and was dying on Boucher, who gets the gloves under it in time. Dilly seemed to expect it to come in sharply like one of the previous balls, but this did much lesser than he thought. In fact, it did very little and he was playing down the wrong line. 11/1
7.1 to Sangakkara, 81.6 mph, this could end very very soon. Double failure for Sangakkara. Again done in by subtle seam work. Vernon pitches this up on off stump, not devilishly quick, no unusual bounce or anything of the sort. Just a sweet bit of away nip from the seam. Sanga gets the front foot out and looks to drive, the ball deviates away and takes a thin edge to Bouch. Three in three for him. Vernon takes just four balls or so to work over the world's No. 1 rated batsman. Speaks volumes of his skills. 19/3
21.5 to Mathews, 83.6 mph, much better. Super bowling, length on off stump, the batsman has to play, a little deflection to Boucher's right and he bags another one. 66/5
37.6 to Welegedara, Vernon has four, can he get 10 for the game? Chanaka tries to put a satellite in orbit, backing away and slashing with gusto. Despite his best efforts, it drops back down towards the planet and lands in Vernon's hands. It was one of those steeplers that hung in the air for so long that practically any of the 11 fielders could have taken it. But Vernon called. 145/9
39.1 to Herath, 82.6 mph, Vernon has five again. Boucher has eight catches in the match, six of them in this innings, and Vernon has ten for the game, and it is all over before tea on day three. Are we even halfway into the Test match? Just about. Typical Vernon ball, nipped away off the seam, Herath looked to play it to the off side, but the ball did enough to sniff at the edge and carry through to Bouch. The nick was quite faint, even Bouch didn't see it. Only Vernon appealed, Umpire Davies doesn't say anything, but Herath walks. Everyone else follows. 150/10
  JH Kallis 5 3 13 0 2.60 27 3 0 (1nb)
View wicket M Morkel 9 0 36 1 4.00 44 6 0 (4nb)
22.3 to Samaraweera, 88.9 mph, and another. Aha! Morne dear boy, well done lad. Identical dismissal to Mathews, little bit of wobbleage as Dominic Cork would call it and a little nick to Boucher's right once more. 70/6
View wicket Imran Tahir 4 1 15 1 3.75 17 0 1
36.4 to Silva, 50.4 mph, I think Tahir just won the Nobel Prize, the Oscar, and a big lottery. At least the celebration says so as he charges around, yelling with his arms aloft and his head banging. Lovely ball, mind you. Holds the length back and turns it past the face of Silva's bat as he looks to cover the spin off the front foot. The ball licks the edge and pops into slip's hand. 133/8

Match details


Toss - South Africa, who chose to field
Series - South Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Player of the match - VD Philander (South Africa)
Umpires - SJ Davis (Australia) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire - RA Kettleborough (England)
Match referee - BC Broad (England)
Reserve umpire - S George
Close of play
  • Thu, 15 Dec - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 90/1 (JA Rudolph 27*, DW Steyn 0*, 34 ov)
  • Fri, 16 Dec - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 389/9 (MV Boucher 49*, Imran Tahir 24*, 118 ov)
  • Sat, 17 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 150 (39.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • Sri Lanka 1st innings
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 33/2 in 13.0 overs (NT Paranavitana 18, DPMD Jayawardene 7)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 20.1 overs (121 balls), Extras 5
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 98 balls (NT Paranavitana 24, DPMD Jayawardene 21, Ex 5)
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 76/3 in 26.0 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 23, TT Samaraweera 6)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 34.2 overs (210 balls), Extras 14
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 134/4 in 38.0 overs (TT Samaraweera 21, AD Mathews 28)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 58 balls (TT Samaraweera 16, AD Mathews 28, Ex 7)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 40.1 overs (246 balls), Extras 16
    • Over 42.3: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - TT Samaraweera (Upheld)
    • Over 42.4: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - JK Silva (Upheld)
    • Over 43.1: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - SJ Davis, Batsman - NLTC Perera (Struck down)
    • Tea: Sri Lanka - 180/10 in 47.4 overs (HMRKB Herath 14)
    • South Africa 1st innings
    • Over 11.4: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - JA Rudolph (Struck down)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 45/0 in 19.0 overs (JA Rudolph 7, GC Smith 38)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 20.1 overs (121 balls), Extras 0
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 121 balls (JA Rudolph 11, GC Smith 39, Ex 0)
    • GC Smith: 50 off 80 balls (7 x 4)
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 90/1 in 34.0 overs (JA Rudolph 27, DW Steyn 0)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 38.4 overs (234 balls), Extras 4
    • Drinks: South Africa - 125/3 in 46.0 overs (JA Rudolph 40)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 51.6 overs (315 balls), Extras 6
    • Lunch: South Africa - 168/4 in 57.0 overs (JH Kallis 28, AB de Villiers 10)
    • South Africa: 200 runs in 67.4 overs (410 balls), Extras 7
    • Drinks: South Africa - 212/5 in 73.0 overs (AB de Villiers 29, AG Prince 22)
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 106 balls (AB de Villiers 25, AG Prince 26, Ex 0)
    • New Ball Taken: South Africa 232/5 after 80.3 overs (AB de Villiers 44, AG Prince 26)
    • AB de Villiers: 50 off 91 balls (6 x 4)
    • South Africa: 250 runs in 82.3 overs (500 balls), Extras 9
    • Tea: South Africa - 257/5 in 85.0 overs (AB de Villiers 56, AG Prince 38)
    • Over 91.1: Review by Sri Lanka (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - AB de Villiers (Struck down)
    • South Africa: 300 runs in 97.1 overs (588 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: South Africa - 344/8 in 107.0 overs (MV Boucher 32)
    • South Africa: 350 runs in 108.3 overs (658 balls), Extras 16
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 389/9 in 118.0 overs (MV Boucher 49, Imran Tahir 24)
    • MV Boucher: 50 off 86 balls (7 x 4)
    • South Africa: 400 runs in 119.5 overs (727 balls), Extras 17
    • 10th Wicket: 50 runs in 68 balls (MV Boucher 27, Imran Tahir 25, Ex 1)
    • Innings Break: South Africa - 411/10 in 122.0 overs (Imran Tahir 29)
    • Sri Lanka 2nd innings
    • Over 0.1: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - NT Paranavitana (Struck down)
    • Over 1.5: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - SJ Davis, Batsman - NT Paranavitana (Upheld)
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 19/3 in 7.1 overs (DPMD Jayawardene 6)
    • Lunch: Sri Lanka - 38/4 in 17.0 overs (TT Samaraweera 7, AD Mathews 0)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 20.3 overs (128 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: Sri Lanka - 94/6 in 30.0 overs (JK Silva 9, NLTC Perera 14)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 30.4 overs (191 balls), Extras 7
    • Over 36.6: Review by Sri Lanka (Batting), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - UWMBCA Welegedara (Upheld)
    • Sri Lanka: 150 runs in 38.4 overs (242 balls), Extras 11
 
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