Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

TM Dilshan
86(90) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 1 2 0 4
HM Amla
101(102) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %54%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 1 0 0 4 3

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
O6.0
M1
R24
W4
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
R McLaren
O10.0
M0
R48
W4
Eco4.80
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

Presentation:

AB de Villiers: "Thought we started really slowly with the ball. Still in with a chance. We pulled it back to 260 from 300 and above. Hash played an amazing innings and not enough partnerships around him. I got out to a soft dismissal. Dale showed that if you spent enough time you could do. I got out but there are other batsmen too."

Dilshan is the Man of the Match: "I'm really enjoying playing here in Pallekele. I got the message that 260-270 was a good total. It turned later in the evening. Not easy to bowl with the new rules. But I'm enjoying it. I have returned from Tests and I am focusing on the next World Cup now."

Mathews: "I was a bit concerned after we collapsed, thought 30-40 runs short. Dilshan played a great knock. All spinners contributed. We knew the South Africans were coming hard at us. Looking forward to the third game."

That's it from us here. Thanks for your company. Argentina v Netherlands coming up. And after that, on Saturday, is the decider at Hambantota. It's a day game. We will see you then. Goodbye!

End of match: Sri Lanka keep the series alive going into the third game. The game was slipping away until AB de Villiers played that shot. He ducked his head as soon as the ball dipped towards the long-on fielder. Nobody knew it at that point but Sri Lanka were given an escape route and only Amla stood in their way. Their spinners brought them back but Amla's dismissal all but confirmed the win.

Some records still stand - SA are yet to beat SL in two consecutive matches in their backyard and they are yet to beat them in an ODI when set 250 or above. On the 13 occasions before this one when Amla has scored an ODI century, South Africa have emerged victorious. Until tonight.

The choice for the Man of the Match should be unanimous. Dilshan stood out with bat and ball yet again. Presentation coming up.

Mazher Arshad: "Tillakaratne Dilshan in 11 ODIs at Pallekele has 768 runs at an average of 96.00 and 9 wickets at average 16.66."

38.1
W
Mendis to Steyn, OUT, Steyn's been given out lbw and Steyn is reviewing it, it was the googly, Steyn was trapped on the back foot, the ball hits the top flap of the pad first and then the bat, height was the doubt and Hawkeye shows the ball hitting the top of the off stump, umpire's call stands, Steyn's gone and that's the match

END OF OVER:
38 | (wicket maiden) | SA: 180/9

  • Imran Tahir0 (2b)
  • DW Steyn23 (34b)
  • SL Malinga6-1-24-4
  • SMSM Senanayake7-1-36-1
37.6
0
Malinga to Imran Tahir, no run, this time he keeps it out to the off side
37.5
0
Malinga to Imran Tahir, no run, another yorker and there's a big shout for the lbw and he was not given, they review it, bizarrely the ball went under the bat, spun back in and hit the pads, not in front of the stumps though so he is safe

Rohit Yadav: "Amla's weakness sorted out, It's 'full-toss'.. :)"

37.4
W
Malinga to Morkel, OUT, another yorker but this time Morkel couldn't keep it out, it was in fact the slower ball, Morkel played all around it and the ball struck the off stump
37.3
0
Malinga to Morkel, no run, he gets a yorker and he digs it out back to the bowler

Will Steyn shepherd Morkel?

37.2
W
Malinga to Amla, OUT, it's a full toss and Amla has holed out! On the body and he looks to swing it over the infield but a very easy catch for Senanayake at midwicket, they check if the ball was above waist height but it was within the limit

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

TM Dilshan
86(90) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 1 2 0 4
HM Amla
101(102) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %54%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 1 0 0 4 3

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
O6.0
M1
R24
W4
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
R McLaren
O10.0
M0
R48
W4
Eco4.80
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Lone man scoring

1

Hashim Amla is the first South African and the sixth batsman to score a ton with the team being bowled out for under 200

Chasing history

1

No. of times South Africa's final three wickets have scored more than 100 runs in a win. They needed 141 when Amla and Steyn came together

Favourite Ground

4/4

Tillakaratne Dilshan's best bowling figures came at Pallekele. He averages 96 with the bat and 17 with the ball

The Mighty Hash

65.50

Hashim Amla's batting average against Sri Lanka

Lower order goes poof

11/5

Sri Lanka were 255 for 5 before being bundled out for 267

Stifling

6.38

South Africa's run-rate in the last 10 overs since 2001. They are the most economical death bowling team in the period

Sri Lanka booming

449

No. of runs Angelo Mathews has in ODIs this year. He is one of three Sri Lankans on the list

Bogged down

14-0

Sri Lanka's score between the 24th and 29th overs

Beware SA

49.65

Tillakaratne Dilshan's batting average against South Africa. His last three innings against them were 115* (at Pallekele), 99 and 40.

Field First

7:5

Seven games in Pallekele have been won by the side chasing, five by the one batting first

Home Truths

1.00

Sri Lanka's win-loss ratio in Pallekele, their poorest at a home venue