Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
109(130) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 0 2 1 2 5
KC Sangakkara
88(84) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %60%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 8 5 1 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
O7.0
M0
R50
W3
Eco7.14
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
BAW Mendis
O10.0
M0
R61
W3
Eco6.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

6.00 pm That's all we have for you. Do join us for the second ODI when South Africa will plan to wrap up a historic maiden series triumph in his country and Sri Lanka will be priming their claws for a comeback. Its bound to be a cracker and we hope to have your company again on Wednesday. That will be a Day-night affair, mind you. So until then, this is Alagappan Muthu going quiet

Daniel Alexande: "Sri Lanka should appoint Amla as SL vice-captain, that's the only way to stop him scoring "

Hashim Amla is the Man of the Match for his 13th ton in ODI cricket. "Obviously it was a good wicket to bat on, I know we managed to bowl Sri Lanka for 240 but the game went right to the 40th over./ The pitch eased out a little bit, but also the bowlers bowled really well. AB got away in our partnership and allowed me to play my game. It was a little slow, but it stayed the same throughout the game and that's fair. No, I dont think so. Obviously when the Tests start I'll put the thinking cap on, now I'm just concentrating on help AB out in the ODIs"

"Hopefully on our way, Certainly not there yet. Sri Lanka are a very goot team at home," says AB de Villiers. "We fought really well and really proud of our first innings here. I wasn;t too happy with my dismissal. I'm not going to go easy with myself. I thought the guys recovered really well. McLaren and Miller showed what this team was bout in the end. Its always a concern when Sanga walks out and Dilshan also played really well. We have to come out with some answers like we did today. We are very motivated to win our first series here, things have started really well and we'll have to go really hard in the next few games,"

5.55 pm "We had a bad day at the office. South Africans played better cricket and we were rusty," says Angelo Mathews. "After the start we got, the middle order made some poor shots selection and that cost us the game. If we'd held onto our catches, it would have been different. It was a very good wicket and the margin of error was very small. We bowed 45 overs very well. We are definitely under pressure but its pretty simple, we have to pull our socs up and win,"

South Africa had to come from behind a few times in this game. First when they lost a couple of top-order wickets together and AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla strung together a very business-like partnership. And then while bowling, Sri Lanka had got off to a rapid start and Kumar Sangakkara was batting like a dream again. But Imran Tahir, after being smacked around, and Ryan McClaren with some canny change of pace secured a well-fought victory for the visitors

5.40 pm Considering the top order's performance, Sri Lanka would feel very aggrieved with his result. But South Africa have said all along - they've learned their lessons, they have a better side this time and they were looking at Tahir as an attacking option. All of those claims came to pass today as they secured only their third win in 17 ODIs against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka

tAHIR: "5 wickets in 4 overs .. i was expecting that it ll go to 49, 50 .. but just 40.3 SL wts going on ???"

40.3
W
Steyn to Mendis, OUT, this is a mistimed hoick, McLaren gets under a swirler and South Africa take the first game in convincing fashion. Steyn goes short and Mendis backs away to try and smoke it out of the park but has fell way off the mark
40.2
0
Steyn to Mendis, no run, goes for the yorker, but it is just a little too full and outside off. Mendis sets up for a swipe over cover and is beaten
40.1
0
Steyn to Mendis, no run, shortish and outside off, Malinga backs away to flat bat it down the ground. Mistimed

Steyn takes aim at the last wicket needed for South Africa

END OF OVER:
40 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 229/9

  • SL Malinga6 (4b)
  • BAW Mendis0 (4b)
  • Imran Tahir7-0-50-3
  • DW Steyn7-0-38-1
39.6
0
Imran Tahir to Malinga, no run, another wrong 'un, quick and flat, and Malinga seems to have picked it as he pulls to midwicket
39.5
0
Imran Tahir to Malinga, no run, sneaks in a quicker delivery and Malinga, who was down the pitch, manages to skew it to backward point
39.4
6
Imran Tahir to Malinga, SIX runs, this one is into orbit. Uses his feet and launches this over long-on to bring up the first six of Sri Lanka's innings

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HM Amla
109(130) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 0 2 1 2 5
KC Sangakkara
88(84) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %60%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 8 5 1 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
O7.0
M0
R50
W3
Eco7.14
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
BAW Mendis
O10.0
M0
R61
W3
Eco6.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Captain Fantastic

1166

Number of international runs made by Angelo Mathews this year before this game, behind only Sangakkara and Williamson

Prolific Pair

5493

Number of ODI runs added by Sangakkara and Jayawardene before this match, behind only Tendulkar and Ganguly's 8227

Top Stuff

1614

Number of international runs made by Kumar Sangakkara this year, before this game. Kane Williamson is second on the list with 1172

Day Difficulty

240

The highest successful chase in a day game at Premadasa Stadium, by Sri Lanka against India back in 1997

Twice Triumphant

2

Number of times Sri Lanka have chased 300 or more successfully against South Africa, in six attempts before this game

Big Chase

289

The highest successful chase in Sri Lanka, by the hosts against Pakistan in Dambulla in 2009

High Score

304

South Africa's 304 for 5 in this match is their highest total against the hosts in Sri Lanka. Their previous best was 264 for 9, made in 2000

Record Partnership

151

The third-wicket stand between Amla and de Villiers in this match is the highest for South Africa against the hosts in Sri Lanka

Mystery Mendis

15.70

Ajantha Mendis' bowling average against South Africa, his second-best against Test-playing opposition after Zimbabwe

Amla tied with Kirsten

13

Number of ODI centuries Hashim Amla and Gary Kirsten have made. For SA, only Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers have made more