Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    26.4 got him! Poor stroke from Rudolph. A length ball wide of off stump, absolutely no need to play whatsoever but he's chased it, drunk on emotional thoughts of a big match-winning hundred, and got a thick outside edge. A very good catch at second slip diving high to his left to take with both hands 88/2
    9.5 Smoking guns! Dilhara has blasted the captain out! What a huge breach, this. Dilhara thumped that in short of a length and got it to take off on Smith, who was hopping on the crease to ride the bounce and fend it. No luck, the ball went higher than he thought and kissed the shoulder of the bat as he leaped and jabbed. It looped low in front of Mahela at second slip. Well taken, tumbling in front. Smith has a look of resignation as he walks back. That ball had his name on it. 37/1
    33.2 what a shocker. Amla pushed down the ground and called for a single that was never there. Prince, rightly for me, refused, Amla was 3/4 down the track and had no chance to get back to beat the throw to the keeper 106/4
    29.5 Kallis sweeps and a catch pops up to short leg, the Sri Lankans are convinced, not out given, but referred. The replay shows a definite top edge onto the helmet before it loops up to the fielder. This is out...decision changed, Kallis gone for nought 97/3
    38.3 Dilhara bumps out Prince! Pure brutality. Prince walks out looking helpless and desolate. Almost a replay of the Smith dismissal. Short ball thudded down short of a length and rearing up. It jumps up extra thanks to the shoulder Dilhara put into it. Even the tall Smith couldn't climb atop Dilhara's extra bounce. The short Prince had no chance. Fends it off the back foot and it pops into first slip's hands. 116/5
    83.4 Given out lbw, AB reviews it. His first reaction suggested he knew he was in trouble as soon as he was hit on the pad. He plays back to a ball that skids on with the angle. It lands outside off and hits the pad first before hitting the bat. Hits him in front of middle and off, and thudding into the furniture. Three red lights, and AB is gone. Sri Lanka will breathe a silent sigh of relief. Good stand that, was worth 99. 232/7
    49.3 Caught on the crease now! Davies gives Bouch out and he reviews it. I think he's a goner. Flighted on middle and leg, and straightening down the line as Boucher presses forward. It wasn't a huge lunge, and the ball hit him on the shin. HawkEye says it was crashing into middle and leg. Gone! 133/6
    87.1 and another one bites the dust. Steyn's resistance is over. Just seemed to misread the lack of spin on this new ball - that can happen after batting for so long against an old one that was twirling around madly. He was playing down the wrong line as Herath slid this in, and by the time Steyn's bat came through to the left, the ball hit the pad in front of the stumps. 241/9
    86.6 Morkel's gone. Given lbw. He wanted to review it, but South Africa are out of reviews. Tossed up on off stump, he wanders across to the off side and heaves again, but the ball was too full for him to get under. It went under the bat and hit him on the back thigh as he kneeled down to slog. Hit in front of off, crashing into middle. Kettleborough got this one dead right. 241/8
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    87.3 Superb scenes to sign off international cricket for 2011! Sri Lanka have won in South Africa at long last, and they are cock-a-hoop! Tossed up on the stumps and it goes straight through past de Lange's limp slog to the leg side. Stumps are disturbed by the ball, and then grabbed out by exuberant Sri Lankans. They join in a huddle in the middle. Swampy Marsh trots out with barely concealed glee on his face. A proud moment for each member in that team - they all played a part in this win. 241/10
    11 (b 6, lb 1, nb 1, w 3)
    241 all out (87.3 Overs, RR: 2.75)
    Fall of wickets: 1-37 (GC Smith, 9.5 ov), 2-88 (JA Rudolph, 26.4 ov), 3-97 (JH Kallis, 29.5 ov), 4-106 (HM Amla, 33.2 ov), 5-116 (AG Prince, 38.3 ov), 6-133 (MV Boucher, 49.3 ov), 7-232 (AB de Villiers, 83.4 ov), 8-241 (M Morkel, 86.6 ov), 9-241 (DW Steyn, 87.1 ov), 10-241 (M de Lange, 87.3 ov)
    UWMBCA Welegedara16.053302.0610
    NLTC Perera13.004813.6900
    CRD Fernando13.032922.2321
    TM Dilshan11.023513.1800
    HMRKB Herath30.377952.5900
    AD Mathews3.00903.0000
    TT Samaraweera1.00101.0000

Close of Play

  • Mon, 26 Dec - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 289/7 (TT Samaraweera 86*, 89.3 ov)
  • Tue, 27 Dec - day 2 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 7/1 (NT Paranavitana 0*, KC Sangakkara 3*, 2.1 ov)
  • Wed, 28 Dec - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 256/7 (NLTC Perera 6*, HMRKB Herath 5*, 70.3 ov)
  • Thu, 29 Dec - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 241 (87.3 ov) - end of match

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