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    5.3 a slower ball does the trick for Kusal. So often Kusal gets off to a flyer and gives it away. He's done a decent job here though. This is full outside off stump, Kusal tries to bang that over mid off, but he mistimes it and offers a simple catch to the man there instead. AB, the fielder, holds up a clenched fist. 57/1
    11.1 mayhem! SA get the breakthrough via a run out where both batsmen end up at the same end. Dilshan is not happy with Sanga. He whips it straight to shortish-midwicket and takes off, Sanga moves towards him initially, but then turns back. Not sure who made which call. Sanga gets back to the non-striker's crease first and Dilshan has to walk off. QdK takes the bails off easy. 107/2
    12.6 gone! Stangled down the leg side. Sanga goes now and that's a huge blow for this chase. That was an awful ball, waist height about six inches outside leg. Sanga tries to help it on its way, but gets an under edge. Two wickets in two overs now. McLaren had a sliver of his boot behind the white line, so it's not a no-ball, thought the umpires check it. 113/3
    13.2 gone! Sri Lanka are falling apart here. Mahela's gone now, playing a top-edged sweep that carried all the way to the man at fine leg, thanks to some help from the wind. He didn't want to sweep it that hard, but any shot to that side of the ground is going to carry further. Huge pressure on this inexperienced middle order now. They need a big stand. Imran Tahir is ecstatic. But isn't he always? 113/4
    24.2 what a ball! He's been turning a few quite sharply all innings, but this time he gets a wicket for it. He's coming in from wide of the crease, flighting it in to pitch at around off stump. The ball spins sharply, beats Thiri's blade, which is miles away, and crashes into off. Sri Lanka's woes continue. Huge job ahead. 151/5
    41.4 super catch, and that may be the game for the hosts! Again the bouncer gets rid of a batsman. Mathews doesn't control the hook shot, and the tallest man on the park is at short fine leg. Morkel sticks his giant paws up and the ball sticks to his left palm like it's a glue trap. South Africa on the brink of making ODI history here. AB plants a big kiss on Morkel's cheek. He knows what that wicket means, and he's not afraid to show it. 249/7
    39.3 gone! Priyanjan always looked uncomfortable against the slower bouncer. This one bounces less than he expected. He's trying to swat it away to the off side but it takes a thin edge through to the keeper. Mathews is now stuck with the tail and SL are still over 100 runs away. 234/6
    43.5 two in two for Morkel. That's a full toss that Senanayake tries to loft over the off side, but he's hitting into the wind and has played the shot too early in any case. Jacques Kallis gets under it at the edge of the circle and pouches it no problem. SA one wicket away from their first ODI series win in the country. 257/9
    43.4 short and a little wide, Herath tries to heave it away to the leg side, but only gets a top edge. It goes high over the keeper, but QdK runs back to complete a pretty comfortable catch. 257/8
    not out
    44.3 Malinga is down the track trying to smash it over the bowler's head, but mistimes it horribly and sends up a lob. Duminy backtracks from the crease and gets under it. Makes no mistake. 257/10
    28 (b 2, lb 4, nb 2, w 20)
    257 all out (44.3 Overs, RR: 5.77)
    Fall of wickets: 1-57 (MDKJ Perera, 5.3 ov), 2-107 (TM Dilshan, 11.1 ov), 3-113 (KC Sangakkara, 12.6 ov), 4-113 (DPMD Jayawardene, 13.2 ov), 5-151 (HDRL Thirimanne, 24.2 ov), 6-234 (SMA Priyanjan, 39.3 ov), 7-249 (AD Mathews, 41.4 ov), 8-257 (HMRKB Herath, 43.4 ov), 9-257 (SMSM Senanayake, 43.5 ov), 10-257 (SL Malinga, 44.3 ov)
    DW Steyn7.005507.85247160
    M Morkel7.004927.00217120
    WD Parnell4.003819.5096010
    R McLaren8.003734.62222001
    Imran Tahir10.002912.90380110
    JP Duminy8.304325.05304040

Match Notes

Making History


This is South Africa's first ODI series win in Sri Lanka

Captain's contribution


No. of fifties Angelo Mathews has hit in a chase. He has 20 overall

Rising to the call


Ryan McLaren's bowling average this series. He's taken seven wickets with an economy of 4.85

When It Matters


Number of centuries scored by Dilshan in four innings in successful 300-plus chases

Productive Pursuits


Dilshan's batting average in successful chases

Century Stands


Number of partnerships worth 100 or more this series, all by South Africa

No Fifties


Quinton de Kock's next highest ODI score after his five hundreds

Consistent Conversion


Number of centuries Quinton de Kock has scored in his last six ODI innings

Tapering Off


Jacques Kallis' ODI batting average after the 2011 World Cup

Falling Early


Jacques Kallis' scores this series

Pace v Spin


Ratio of wickets taken by fast bowlers and spinners on this ground

Striking Big


Highest total on this ground, by Sri Lanka against Canada in 2011