Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    7.6 he's picked out short fine leg! It was another slower short ball, rather like the one for the free hit. Kusal pivots on the back foot and pulls, but he's hit it off a bit of a top edge and lobbed a low catch to Morkel at short fine leg. Big unit needed to dive forward and did well. Claims it straight away, but Kusal wants to wait. The umpires consult each other, then throw it to the third ump who has a simple enough decision 50/1
    16.3 they've kept teasing him and teasing him and finally Dilshan manages a thick outside edge through to the keeper. Another short and wide delivery that he chased without any footwork to end a useful little innings 98/2
    37.3 this is right off the bottom of the bat, it's a steepler but extra cover has got under it. It was full and just a touch too wide and made him reach for it. Magnificent innings from Sanga, but the demands of Duckworth and Lewis and a resurgent South Africa pace attack get to him 217/7
    22.1 he's struck straight away! Brilliant catch from the keeper! It was short, it needed to be cut but Mahela only manages a healthy edge which de Kock pouches very safely. South Africa's top-notch fielding comes to their rescue again 122/3
    24.3 rush of blood and Tahir has set off for his customary run. Taps his chest in delight after luring the outside edge. Absolutely awful shot from Priyanjan as he danced down the track and went for a slog sweep against the turn. Ends up giving an asy catch to short third man 138/4
    29.1 huge strike for Morkel as he induces the outside edge of a man in prime form! Loose shot from Mathews as he threw his bat at one outside his off stump and the keeper takes a regulation catch. 164/5
    37.1 bowled him! This was full and straight and he goes for a hoick across the line. Sanga was hitting wonderfully at the other end. He threw his head back at the non-strikers' That was not the shot to play, especially considering you expose the tail 216/6
    38.2 off you go, says Styen as Kulasekara goes for a dab to third man and chops a short ball well outside off onto his stumps. The crowd in Colombo is stunned 223/8
    39.2 how bout that, the stumps are rattled and its the googly again! Senanayake pushed at the ball gingerly, he did not pick it at all and has to walk back 223/9
    40.3 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 229/10
    not out
    11 (lb 5, nb 2, w 4)
    229 all out (40.3 Overs, RR: 5.65)
    Fall of wickets: 1-50 (MDKJ Perera, 7.6 ov), 2-98 (TM Dilshan, 16.3 ov), 3-122 (DPMD Jayawardene, 22.1 ov), 4-138 (SMA Priyanjan, 24.3 ov), 5-164 (AD Mathews, 29.1 ov), 6-216 (HDRL Thirimanne, 37.1 ov), 7-217 (KC Sangakkara, 37.3 ov), 8-223 (KMDN Kulasekara, 38.2 ov), 9-223 (SMSM Senanayake, 39.2 ov), 10-229 (BAW Mendis, 40.3 ov)
    DW Steyn7.303825.06285010
    VD Philander8.004015.00243012
    M Morkel7.003925.57194020
    R McLaren6.003325.50164000
    Imran Tahir7.005037.14165100
    JP Duminy5.002404.80101000

Match Notes

Captain Fantastic


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

Prolific Pair


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

Top Stuff


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

Day Difficulty


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

Twice Triumphant


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

Big Chase


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

High Score


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


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


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

Amla tied with Kirsten


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