South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2006 / Commentary

South Africa in Sri Lanka Test Series - 1st Test

Sri Lanka v South Africa

Sri Lanka won by an innings and 153 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Good Morning! and welcome to the live coverage of the first Test at SSC Colombo. The weather looks fine. Chaminda Vaas is out with an hamstring injury, which he had incurred during the England tour. For Sri Lanka, Lasith Malinga will lead the bowling attack with Dilhara Fernando and Farveez Maharoof. Jayasuriya is back and he replaces Vandort and he will open the innings. Prasanna Jayawardene will be keeping, with Sangakkara concentrating on his batting.

South Africa will be without Pollock, Smith and Kallis. Prince will lead the team for the first time. It will be interesting to see how he performs.

Toss: South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat.

How does the pitch look like? It is a fresh strip, dry grass, there will be some juice for the quick bowlers on the track, moisture underneath the surface.

I am Binoy George and will take you through the first hour of play in this session. Please stay tuned.

It will be Andrew Hall and Gibbs to open the innings. Malinga will be bowling the first ball of the series to Gibbs.

0.1

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, excellent delivery swinging away, Gibbs lets it go outside the off stump

0.1

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, short in length first up, Gibbs watches it closely and lets it go through

0.2

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, defends it watchfully to the off side

0.3

Malinga to Gibbs, 1 run, Sangakkara at cover-point misifields as Gibbs pushes to the off side, he is off the mark.

0.3

Malinga to Gibbs, 1 run, Sangakkara at cover-point misifields as Gibbs pushes to the off side, he is off the mark.

Three slips and a gully in place, a short leg also in

0.4

Malinga to Hall, no run, Hall defends to Jayasuriya at gully

0.5

Malinga to Hall, no run, good length delivery in the corridor, Hall lets it go through to Prasanna Jayawardene behind the wicket

0.6

Malinga to Hall, no run, bit wide and short in length, Hall lets it go through, to end a steady over from Malinga

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0
AJ Hall    0* (3b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0
HH Gibbs    1* (3b)     

1.1

Maharoof to Gibbs, no run, short in length first up, Gibbs watches it closely and lets it go through

1.2

Maharoof to Gibbs, no run, pitches wide and moves further away, lets it go

1.3

Maharoof to Gibbs, no run, short and wide again, Gibbs lets it go

1.4

Maharoof to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, the first leg bye of the match, drifting on the pads, Gibbs fails to get a bat, strikes the pad and goes behind square leg

1.5

Maharoof to Hall, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Hall on the front foot, lets it go, Jayawardene collects it to his left

1.6

Maharoof to Hall, no run, good ball on the off stump line, Hall defends solidly to the off side

End of over 2 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 2/0
AJ Hall    0* (5b)      MF Maharoof    1-1-0-0
HH Gibbs    1* (7b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0

Problems near the sight screen.

2.1

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, drops short of Dilshan at second slip, got the outside edge from Gibbs, good ball

2.2

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, on the leg stump line, strikes the pad

2.3

Malinga to Gibbs, no run

2.4

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, defended to the on side

2.5

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump

2.6

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, wide outside the off stump, Gibbs takes a wild swing and misses

End of over 3 (maiden) South Africa 2/0
HH Gibbs    1* (13b)      SL Malinga    2-1-1-0
AJ Hall    0* (5b)      MF Maharoof    1-1-0-0

3.1

Maharoof to Hall, no run, wide outside the off stump, cuts and misses.

3.2

Maharoof to Hall, no run, on the off and middle stump line, defended to the on side

3.3

Maharoof to Hall, no run, short in length outside the off stump, Hall lets it go through

3.4

Maharoof to Hall, 2 runs, pushes neatly in gap in the off side, comes back for the second run

3.5

Maharoof to Hall, no run, moves back and lets the ball go through

3.6

Maharoof to Hall, FOUR, short ball, Hall puts it away nicely to the square leg fence, got on top of the ball well and gets the first boundary

End of over 4 (6 runs) South Africa 8/0
AJ Hall    6* (11b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-1-6-0
HH Gibbs    1* (13b)      SL Malinga    2-1-1-0

4.1

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, bouncer on target, Gibbs ducks under it

4.2

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, length delivery outside the off stump, Gibbs watches it closely and lets it go

4.3

Malinga to Gibbs, 1 run, moves back in line and pushes it softly towards extra-cover for a single

4.4

Malinga to Hall, no run, short ball, which does not bounce much, Hall on the back foot defends to the off side

4.5

Malinga to Hall, 2 runs, fuller on the legs, well played by Hall, who gets his bat down and works it nicely to deep backward square leg, Maharoof runs around from fine leg, fields the ball

4.6

Malinga to Hall, FOUR, short ball, well put away by Hall, who watches it well and pulls it in front of square leg, the ball goes to the fence in quick time.

End of over 5 (7 runs) South Africa 15/0
AJ Hall    12* (14b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-1-8-0
HH Gibbs    2* (16b)      MF Maharoof    2-1-6-0

Two slips and a gully in place

5.1

Maharoof to Gibbs, no run, length delivery outside the off stump, lets it go through

5.2

Maharoof to Gibbs, no run, left alone outside the off stump, bowled at 135.9 km/h

5.3

Maharoof to Gibbs, no run, short in length and bit wide of the off stump, Gibbs moves back and shoulders arms, through to Jayawardene.

5.4

Maharoof to Gibbs, no run, swinging into the pads, Gibbs looking to work it through the on side is a bit late on the shot, the ball strikes the pad and falls on the on side

5.5

Maharoof to Gibbs, FOUR, first boundary to Gibbs, powered it away to the point boundary, it was short ball, cut away nicely.

5.6

Maharoof to Gibbs, no run, driven on the front foot to mid off.

End of over 6 (4 runs) South Africa 19/0
HH Gibbs    6* (22b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    3-1-10-0
AJ Hall    12* (14b 2x4)      SL Malinga    3-1-8-0

6.1

Malinga to Hall, no run, wide outside the off stump, left alone. Malinga bowling too short and wide

6.2

Malinga to Hall, no run, this time on target, Hall on the front foot defends solidly to cover-point

6.3

Malinga to Hall, no run, bouncer, goes well over, Hall under it

6.4

Malinga to Hall, no run, short ball, another one banged in, Hall ducks underneath it

6.5

Malinga to Hall, FOUR, punches it nicely in the gap between the extra-cover and mid off to the fence, hit on the up.

6.6

Malinga to Hall, 1 leg bye, drifting on the pads, Hall fails to get a bat, strikes the pad, they go through with a leg bye

End of over 7 (5 runs) South Africa 24/0
AJ Hall    16* (20b 3x4)      SL Malinga    4-1-12-0
HH Gibbs    6* (22b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    3-1-10-0

A steady progress from South Africa, the first bowling change, Fernando replaces Maharoof, he will be bowling with two slips and a gully.

7.1

Fernando to Hall, no run, drifting down leg, off the pad to Jayawardene behind the wicket

7.2

Fernando to Hall, no run, good length delivery on the off stump line, Hall pushes to mid on

7.3

Fernando to Hall, 1 run, good ball on the off stump line, gets a thickish edge to the on side in front of square leg, they go through with the single

7.4

Fernando to Gibbs, no run, outside the off stump, Gibbs on the front foot, lets it go through

7.5

Fernando to Gibbs, no run, short ball outside the off stump, Gibbs on the back foot, gets behind it well and pushes to mid off

7.6

Fernando to Gibbs, 2 runs, over-pitched delivery outside the off stump, Gibbs on the front foot does not time it well, hit in the gap to deep extra-cover, comes back for the second run.

End of over 8 (3 runs) South Africa 27/0
HH Gibbs    8* (25b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-3-0
AJ Hall    17* (23b 3x4)      SL Malinga    4-1-12-0

8.1

Malinga to Hall, no run, good ball outside the off stump, swinging away, Hall on the front foot pushes down the wrong line, beats the outside edge

8.2

Malinga to Hall, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Hall this time on the front foot in line, defends to the off side, Dilshan from point moves across and fields

8.3

Malinga to Hall, no run, shorter in length, Hall defends to the off side

Problem with the ball, the umpires have a look at it, it has gone out of shape. They call the fourth umpire with the box of balls. They have found the right ball. Here we go again.

8.4

Malinga to Hall, no run, fuller and bit closer to the off stump, Hall drives and misses.

8.5

Malinga to Hall, no run

8.6

Malinga to Hall, no run, pushes it back down the track, Malinga gets a hand to it

End of over 9 (maiden) South Africa 27/0
AJ Hall    17* (29b 3x4)      SL Malinga    5-2-12-0
HH Gibbs    8* (25b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-3-0

adjustment with the sight screen

9.1

Fernando to Gibbs, no run, banged in short and down the leg side, through to Jayawardene

9.2

Fernando to Gibbs, FOUR, in the slot for Gibbs, who drives it beautifully to cover fence, lovely timing.

9.3

Fernando to Gibbs, no run, length delivery outside the off stump, Gibbs takes his bat out of the way, through to Jayawardene

9.4

Fernando to Gibbs, 1 run, fuller and on the pads, neatly worked to fine leg for a single

Overcast conditions. As Fernando was about to deliver, a man walks across the sight screen.

9.5

Fernando to Hall, no run, length ball bit wide, Hall lets it go, did not know whether to go forward or back

9.6

Fernando to Hall, OUT, bowled him! excellent delivery on the length, nips back in from outside the off stump, Hall on the front foot looks to drive through the off side, gets the inside edge and strikes the middle stump, first strike for Sri Lanka and Fernando.

AJ Hall b Fernando 17 (50m 31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 54.83

Rudolph walks into the middle

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa 32/1
     CRD Fernando    2-0-8-1
HH Gibbs    13* (29b 2x4)      SL Malinga    5-2-12-0

10.1

Malinga to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, on the pads, Gibbs again fails to get a bat, off the pad to fine leg for a leg bye

10.2

Malinga to Rudolph, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, Rudolph behind it pushes to the off side

10.3

Malinga to Rudolph, 1 run, Rudolph off the mark, works it in the gap at midwicket for a single

10.4

Malinga to Gibbs, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, Gibbs works it to midwicket for a single

10.5

Malinga to Rudolph, no run, short ball and it was rising, Rudolph keeps it down towards gully, took his eye off the ball

10.6

Malinga to Rudolph, 1 run, slower delivery, well watched by Rudolph, who works it to midwicket for a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 36/1
JA Rudolph    2* (4b)      SL Malinga    6-2-15-0
HH Gibbs    14* (31b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-8-1

Three slips and a gully in place for Rudolph

11.1

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, swinging down the leg side, fails to get the bat, through to Jayawardene, who collects it well

11.2

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, left alone outside the off stump, Umpire Bowden has a look at the run up of Fernando, who is getting into the danger zone.

Fernando changes the angle, coming round the wicket

11.3

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, angled in, Rudolph defends to the off side

an interesting field, a short backward square leg in place.

11.4

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, down the leg side, goes way down

11.5

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, length delivery outside the off stump, extra bounce, left alone

11.6

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, banged in short, goes through to Jayawardene.

End of over 12 (maiden) South Africa 36/1
JA Rudolph    2* (10b)      CRD Fernando    3-1-8-1
HH Gibbs    14* (31b 2x4)      SL Malinga    6-2-15-0

Drinks called for.

Just when one thought that the openers were starting to settle down, Dilhara Fernando got one to nip back from the perfect length and Hall was done in by the late movement. South Africa have reached 36 for 1 in 12 overs, there is another hour of play left before lunch on day one and it's going to be an interesting passage of play.

It will be Malinga to continue after the drinks break, Gibbs on strike.

12.1

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, defended outside the off stump

12.2

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, short delivery, Gibbs comfortably ducks under it

12.3

Malinga to Gibbs, no run, good length deivery outside the off stump, good line and length, Gibbs pulls away late

12.4

Malinga to Gibbs, 1 run, drifting onto middle and leg, Gibbs moves across a bit, gets well inside the line and clips it away to fine leg for an easy single

12.5

Malinga to Rudolph, 3 runs, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide and Rudolph drills it through cover point, nicely opened the face of the bat at the point of impact to get the placement right

12.6

Malinga to Gibbs, FOUR, shot! good length delivery outside the off stump, bowled with a slinging action and the ball was slanting away from the right-hander, Gibbs lines it up nicely and drives it right into the gap between the cover fielders, sweetly timed and placed to perfection - a Gibbs special

End of over 13 (8 runs) South Africa 44/1
HH Gibbs    19* (36b 3x4)      SL Malinga    7-2-23-0
JA Rudolph    5* (11b)      CRD Fernando    3-1-8-1

13.1

Fernando to Rudolph, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended towards cover point and they scamper through for a single, excellent call

13.2

Fernando to Gibbs, no run, on and around the off stump line, Gibbs drives well but fails to get it past the fielder at extra cover

13.3

Fernando to Gibbs, no run, good length delivery, in the channel and shaping away ever-so-slightly, Gibbs shoulders arms and the ball goes through to stumper Jayawardene

13.4

Fernando to Gibbs, no run, Fernando pitches it up on this occasion, bit too full and it landed in the slot, Gibbs drives hard opening the face of the bat but the ball goes straight to the fielder at point

13.5

Fernando to Gibbs, no run, defended outside the off stump

13.6

Fernando to Gibbs, OUT, Fernando strikes again! good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and once again the ball nipped back in late, Gibbs is caught on the wrong foot and in the end it was a nothing shot, leaves a yawing gap between bat and pad through which comes the dreadful sound of timber breaking

HH Gibbs b Fernando 19 (72m 41b 3x4 0x6) SR: 46.34

Gibbs gave the impression that the ball kept low but it hit the top of the middle stump.

End of over 14 (1 run) South Africa 45/2
     CRD Fernando    4-1-9-2
JA Rudolph    6* (12b)      SL Malinga    7-2-23-0

Here comes the master.

14.1

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, defended outside the off stump

14.2

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, and the doosra, Rudolph is beaten and the ball hits the pad

14.3

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended on the back-foot

14.4

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, another line and length delivery, bit flatter on this occasion, defended watchfully

14.5

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, another well bowled doosra, pitched on middle and off and turning in nicely, this time Rudolph picks it up early and taps it away towards gully

14.6

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, hit on the pad, appeal for lbw turned down, missing off by a long way - Murali starts off with an impressive over

End of over 15 (maiden) South Africa 45/2
JA Rudolph    6* (18b)      M Muralitharan    1-1-0-0
HM Amla    0* (0b)      CRD Fernando    4-1-9-2

Fernando to continue.

15.1

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, the one that goes straight on, punched away towards cover point and they scamper through for a single

15.2

Fernando to Rudolph, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, excatly where Rudolph likes it, powerful cut shot and the ball screams away to the point fence. Got right on top of the bounce and played it hard into the ground, fielder at point had no chance of cutting it off

15.3

Fernando to Rudolph, FOUR, four more, Fernando goes fuller in length, Rudolph drives off the front-foot, ball clips the outside edge and races away to the third man fence

15.4

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, yorker length delivery and Rudolph had to hurry, just about managed to get some bat on it

15.5

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, line and length delivery, defended back to the bowler

15.6

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, drifting onto middle and leg, turned away towards square leg

End of over 16 (9 runs) South Africa 54/2
JA Rudolph    14* (23b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    5-1-18-2
HM Amla    1* (1b)      M Muralitharan    1-1-0-0

16.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

16.2

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, quicker and fuller, defended straight to the fielder at short leg

Slip and a short leg in place.

16.3

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, flatter delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended on the front-foot

16.4

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, pushed quicker through the air, the one that goes straight on, bit too wide to trouble the batsman

16.5

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, worked away straight to Malinga at midwicket

16.6

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, flighted delivery outside the off stump, turning in, Amla on the back-foot defending

End of over 17 (maiden) South Africa 54/2
HM Amla    1* (7b)      M Muralitharan    2-2-0-0
JA Rudolph    14* (23b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    5-1-18-2

17.1

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, coming in slightly with the arm, Rudolph stays back, gets behind the line and punches it straight to the fielder at mid-on

17.2

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, slightly short and angling across the left-hander, Rudolph quickly sizes it up and cuts it away towards point, Sangakkara hurtles across from backward point, flings himself to his left and cuts off a certain boundary

17.3

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, better line and length, defended outside the off stump

17.4

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, in the channel outside the off stump and Rudolph leaves it through to the keeper

17.5

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, another no nonsense delivery outside the off stump, Rudolph is made to defend

17.6

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Rudolph defends on the back-foot but the shot is not timed well enough, ball clips the inside edge and crashes into the pad

End of over 18 (maiden) South Africa 54/2
JA Rudolph    14* (29b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    6-2-18-2
HM Amla    1* (7b)      M Muralitharan    2-2-0-0

18.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, fuller and turning in from wide outside the off stump, Amla gets a good stride in and sweeps hard but fails to connect

18.2

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, held it back a bit and the ball just skidded across the turf, Amla on the back-foot defending

Silly point comes in place now so three men around the bat for the right-hander.

18.3

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, turned away straight to the fielder at square leg

18.4

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, another tight delivery, Amla stretches well forward and presents the full face of the bat, ball rolls back to the bowler

18.5

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, defended down on the off side

18.6

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 leg bye, drifting onto middle and leg, ball clips the pad and rolls down to short fine leg

End of over 19 (1 run, maiden) South Africa 55/2
HM Amla    1* (13b)      M Muralitharan    3-3-0-0
JA Rudolph    14* (29b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    6-2-18-2

19.1

Fernando to Amla, no run, short of a good length delivery, driven off the back-foot and the ball goes straight to the fielder at point

19.2

Fernando to Amla, no run, again slightly short but this one came in with the angle, Amla gets right behind the line and defends it down on the off side

19.3

Fernando to Amla, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide to make the batsman play at it&

Fernando is looking tired, it won't be long before we see a change in bowling

19.4

Fernando to Amla, no run, close! Fernando and the ball that nips back in - Amla is beaten comprehensively by the late movement, gets hit on the pad right in front but the ball would have gone over the stumps, loud confident appeal turned down

19.5

Fernando to Amla, no run, driven off the back-foot to the fielder at backward point

19.6

Fernando to Amla, 2 runs, punched right into the gap between the cover fielders, they settle for two

End of over 20 (2 runs) South Africa 57/2
HM Amla    3* (19b)      CRD Fernando    7-2-20-2
JA Rudolph    14* (29b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    3-3-0-0

20.1

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, defended watchfully

20.2

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, on the middle and off stump line, turning across, Rudolph gets behind the line and strokes it away towards midwicket

20.3

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, tossed up and turning away, Rudolph picks it up early and leaves it through to the keeper

20.4

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, lands in the slot and Rudolph drives it straight to the fielder at mid-off, poor placement that

20.5

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, mis-directed doosra and the ball slides down the leg side, excellent take by the keeper saves runs

20.6

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, driven straight to the fielder at mid-on

End of over 21 (maiden) South Africa 57/2
JA Rudolph    14* (35b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    4-4-0-0
HM Amla    3* (19b)      CRD Fernando    7-2-20-2

21.1

Fernando to Amla, 3 runs, fuller in length and drifting down the leg side, Rudolph gets behinds the line and clips it away to fine leg, long chase and an excellent sliding effort from Malinga saves one run

21.2

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, left alone outside the off stump

21.3

Fernando to Rudolph, FOUR, take that! good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Rudolph gets a good stride in, gets closer to the line and drills it through the gap between mid-off and cover, no stopping that

21.4

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, another good looking drive but this time the ball goes straight to the fielder at cover

21.5

Fernando to Rudolph, 2 runs, Fernando strays onto middle and leg and Rudolph nicely tucks it away to fine leg for a brace, took on the fielder in the deep and make it across comfortably

21.6

Fernando to Rudolph, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

End of over 22 (9 runs) South Africa 66/2
JA Rudolph    20* (40b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    8-2-29-2
HM Amla    6* (20b)      M Muralitharan    4-4-0-0

22.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, driven straight to the fielder at mid-on

22.2

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps and drifting down the leg side, Amla quickly goes low down and sweeps it away to fine leg for an easy single, finally they manage a run off Murali - it took them just 26 balls

22.3

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, looping delivery, driven straight back to the bowler

Murali seems to have injured himself trying to field that ball, the Sri Lanka physiotherapist is in the middle, play held up.

22.4

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, flighted delivery, defended watchfully

22.5

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, again defended down on the off side

22.6

Muralitharan to Rudolph, no run, doosra to end the over, pushed quicker through the air and Rudolph was beaten by the wrong'un, loud appeal for lbw turned down, probably missing leg

End of over 23 (1 run) South Africa 67/2
JA Rudolph    20* (44b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    5-4-1-0
HM Amla    7* (22b)      CRD Fernando    8-2-29-2

Fernando gets a breather, Maharoof into the attack now with just 5 minutes left for lunch

23.1

Maharoof to Amla, 1 run, starts off with a short of a good length delivery, ball kept a bit lot but Amla had it covered, quick single down to mid-on

23.2

Maharoof to Rudolph, FOUR, shot! good length delivery, in the channel outside the off stump. Rudolph gets a good stride forward, gets closer to the pitch of the delivery and creams it through the gap between the cover fielders, perfect timing and placement

23.3

Maharoof to Rudolph, no run, watchfully left alone outside the off stump

23.4

Maharoof to Rudolph, no run, defended towards cover

23.5

Maharoof to Rudolph, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, Rudolph once again gets forward and drives it away through covers, bit upish on this occasion but the placement was spot-on - classic stuff

23.6

Maharoof to Rudolph, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 24 (9 runs) South Africa 76/2
JA Rudolph    28* (49b 5x4)      MF Maharoof    4-1-19-0
HM Amla    8* (23b)      M Muralitharan    5-4-1-0

24.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, doosra to start with, defended on the front-foot

24.2

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, quicker delivery and Amla is hit on the pad

24.3

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, slower through the air and turning in nicely, played straight to the fielder at short leg

24.4

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 run, and the quicker one, Murali is mixing it up nicely here, Amla on the back-foot defending and the ball rolls away towards third man

24.5

Muralitharan to Rudolph, 1 run, worked away towards midwicket for a single, waited for the ball to turn and then played it with the spin

Slip, silly point and a short leg in place for the last ball before lunch.

24.6

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, tossed up and turning in, defended down on the leg side, another over safely negotiated and that's lunch on day one

South Africa have lost two key players but Rudolph and Amla have so far added 33 runs for the third wicket and they are looking good. Murali as expected is bowling like a champion and it's going to be an exciting battle between bat and ball when the players return. Do join us in 35 minutes for the post lunch session.

'SA lose openers to Fernando' - Read all about it in the Bulletin by Anand Vasu.

End of over 25 (2 runs) South Africa 78/2
HM Amla    9* (28b)      M Muralitharan    6-4-3-0
JA Rudolph    29* (50b 5x4)      MF Maharoof    4-1-19-0

Welcome back for the post-lunch session. The first session produced 78 runs in 25 overs, it was slow going after the fall of the two wickets. At a certain length the ball is keeping a bit low. Interesting events ahead, please stay tuned.

Sri Lankan players having a conference near the boundary ropes. Here they come out into the middle, with the batsmen walking ahead of them. It will be Maharoof to continue after lunch. Two slips, gully, short cover-point and short cover in place.

25.1

Maharoof to Rudolph, no run, left alone outside the off stump

25.2

Maharoof to Rudolph, OUT, Maharoof strikes after lunch, a good breakthrough for Sri Lanka, it was outside the off stump, Rudolph bit lazy with the drive through the off side, gets the edge through to Prasanna Jayawardene behind the wicket, who takes the catch at a comfortable height.

JA Rudolph c †HAPW Jayawardene b Maharoof 29 (72m 52b 5x4 0x6) SR: 55.76

Prince the captain walks in

25.3

Maharoof to Prince, no run, left alone outside the off stump

25.4

Maharoof to Prince, 1 run, drops it to the on side for a quick single, Prince off the mark

25.5

Maharoof to Amla, no run, pacy and on target, Amla on the move back, defends to the on side

25.6

Maharoof to Amla, no run, wide outside the off stump, it was short in length, Amla lets it go through

End of over 26 (1 run) South Africa 79/3
HM Amla    9* (30b)      MF Maharoof    5-1-20-1
AG Prince    1* (2b)      M Muralitharan    6-4-3-0

Murali to continue

26.1

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, tossed up wide outside the off stump, slower through the air, left alone

26.2

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, waits on the back foot and plays to square leg

26.3

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, doosra tossed way down leg, left alone

26.4

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, good flighted delivery, looking to play to the on side, gets a leading edge to the off side

26.5

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, nicely defended on the front foot to the off side

26.6

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, doosra again slips down leg, Prince waits for it and plays to the on side

End of over 27 (maiden) South Africa 79/3
AG Prince    1* (8b)      M Muralitharan    7-5-3-0
HM Amla    9* (30b)      MF Maharoof    5-1-20-1

27.1

Maharoof to Amla, no run, short in length, Amla looking to force it through the off side, mistimes it to extra-cover

27.2

Maharoof to Amla, no run, plays inside the line to a ball pitched outside the off stump

27.3

Maharoof to Amla, 1 run, looking to play in front of the wicket, gets a thickish edge to fine leg

Two slips, two gullies and short cover in place

27.4

Maharoof to Prince, no run, defended to the off side

27.5

Maharoof to Prince, no run, extra bounce outside the off stump, lets it go

27.6

Maharoof to Prince, no run, good ball on target, right behind it and defends to the on side

End of over 28 (1 run) South Africa 80/3
AG Prince    1* (11b)      MF Maharoof    6-1-21-1
HM Amla    10* (33b)      M Muralitharan    7-5-3-0

Overcast conditions

28.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, quicker delivery outside the off stump, Amla on the back foot defends to the off side

28.2

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Amla looking to sweep, misses it , strikes the pad, appeal turned down, hit outside the off stump

28.3

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, lot of turn there, spins sharply, looking to play to the on side, strikes the pad, appeal turned down, going down leg

28.4

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, played to the on side

28.5

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, gets the edge, short of Jayawardene at first slip, it was the doosra, not picked up Amla.

28.6

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, defended on the back foot to the on side

End of over 29 (maiden) South Africa 80/3
HM Amla    10* (39b)      M Muralitharan    8-6-3-0
AG Prince    1* (11b)      MF Maharoof    6-1-21-1

29.1

Maharoof to Prince, no run, hint of away swing, Prince on the front foot defends to the off side

29.2

Maharoof to Prince, no run, good ball, this time the ball comes back in, Prince on the walk defends to the off side

29.3

Maharoof to Prince, no run, defends from the crease to mid off

29.4

Maharoof to Prince, OUT, another wonderful delivery from Maharoof, moves away after pitching, Prince looking to drive through the off side, he was not fully in position to drive, gets the edge through to Prasanna Jayawardene behind the wicket, who takes another easy catch.

AG Prince c †HAPW Jayawardene b Maharoof 1 (16m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 6.66

de Villiers walks into the middle

29.5

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, wide outside the off stump, de Villiers on the front foot, lets it go

29.6

Maharoof to de Villiers, 3 runs, driven nicely in the gap to deep extra-cover, de Villiers off the mark with a three, well timed

End of over 30 (3 runs) South Africa 83/4
AB de Villiers    3* (2b)      MF Maharoof    7-1-24-2
HM Amla    10* (39b)      M Muralitharan    8-6-3-0

30.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, doosra too short and bit wide, slow off the pitch, mistimes the shot

30.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, FOUR, good shot, tossed up, uses his feet well and drills it through midwicket to the fence, well put away

30.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, turned away nicely to deep square leg for a single

30.4

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, played to the on side

30.5

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 leg bye, bit flatter, Amla looking to sweep a fuller ball, strikes the pad to the on side for a leg bye

30.6

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot to the on side

End of over 31 (6 runs) South Africa 89/4
AB de Villiers    8* (6b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    9-6-8-0
HM Amla    10* (41b)      MF Maharoof    7-1-24-2

31.1

Maharoof to Amla, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, moves forward and defends to the off side

31.2

Maharoof to Amla, no run, short in length outside the off stump, Amla forces it back down the track

31.3

Maharoof to Amla, no run, slower delivery on the middle and leg, watched closely and defended to the on side

31.4

Maharoof to Amla, no run, bouncer, dug in short, ducks under it well

31.5

Maharoof to Amla, no run, fuller and swinging in from outside the off stump, Amla drives it to Muralitharan at mid on

31.6

Maharoof to Amla, 1 run, gets a good stride forward and pushes wide of mid off, Fernando moves quickly to his left and throws it in, Amla scampers through with the single, that was a close thing.

End of over 32 (1 run) South Africa 90/4
HM Amla    11* (47b)      MF Maharoof    8-1-25-2
AB de Villiers    8* (6b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    9-6-8-0

32.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run

32.2

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, comes forward and defends to the off side

32.3

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, doosra tossed up outside the off stump, again Amla misses a sweep.

32.4

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 run, spins down leg, worked to deep backward square leg for a single

32.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers gets his sweep right to deep backward square leg for a single

32.6

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, waits in the crease and defends to the on side

End of over 33 (2 runs) South Africa 92/4
HM Amla    12* (52b)      M Muralitharan    10-6-10-0
AB de Villiers    9* (7b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    8-1-25-2

33.1

Maharoof to de Villiers, FOUR, cut away nicely in the gap between point and cover to the fence, it was short and wide, it was there to be put away, well played

33.2

Maharoof to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, drifting on the pads, de Villiers fails to get the shot to the on side, off the pad, they go through with a leg bye

33.3

Maharoof to Amla, no run, forces it to the off side, a diving stop from the cover fielder, Sangakkara.

33.4

Maharoof to Amla, 3 runs, driven well to deep extra-cover, Sangakkara goes after it and puts in the slide and makes a save, referred to the third Umpire, wonderful save from the fielder, good stuff, saved a run

33.5

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside the off stump

33.6

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, defended back down the track, fielded by Maharoof

End of over 34 (8 runs) South Africa 100/4
AB de Villiers    13* (11b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    9-1-32-2
HM Amla    15* (54b)      M Muralitharan    10-6-10-0

Muralitharan coming round the wicket, changing the angle

34.1

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 run, doosra too short, Amla looking for the big shot, mistimes to mid off, who is a bit deep.

back over the wicket for Amla

34.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, slog sweep to deep midwicket for a single

34.3

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, comes forward and drives to mid on

34.4

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, defended to the off side on the front foot

34.5

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 run, moves back to a flat delivery and works it to square leg

34.6

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, good ball slower through the air, de Villiers on the front foot takes it on the pad, a stifled appeal, turned down

End of over 35 (3 runs) South Africa 103/4
AB de Villiers    14* (13b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    11-6-13-0
HM Amla    17* (58b)      MF Maharoof    9-1-32-2

Change in bowling, Malinga replaces Maharoof

35.1

Malinga to Amla, no run, good bouncer on target, Amla gets under it quickly

35.2

Malinga to Amla, no run, short delivery outside the off stump, Amla up on his toes, defends it down on the track

35.3

Malinga to Amla, no run, Amala on the front foot, mistimes the drive to mid off

35.4

Malinga to Amla, 1 run, full and on the legs, nicely worked to deep backward square leg for a comfortable single

35.5

Malinga to de Villiers, FOUR, full and in the slot, de Villiers times it well in the gap to extra-cover fence, classic cover drive

35.6

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, moves back to a length delivery and works it to deep midwicket for a comfortable single

End of over 36 (6 runs) South Africa 109/4
AB de Villiers    19* (15b 3x4)      SL Malinga    8-2-29-0
HM Amla    18* (62b)      M Muralitharan    11-6-13-0

36.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up full outside the leg stump, sweeps to fine leg for a single&

36.2

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 run, swept again nicely this time from outside the off stump to deep backward square leg

36.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, looking for the big shot, mistimes in front of the square leg Umpire

36.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, driven to the off side, straight to the fielder

36.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, spins in, turns it around behind square leg for a single

36.6

Muralitharan to Amla, OUT, lovely delivery tossed up, the doosra, Amla reads it wrong, comes down the track and looks to drive through the on side, beats his bat, Prasanna Jayawardene fumbles the ball slightly and then removes the bails, Amla was a long way off the crease to get back.

HM Amla st †HAPW Jayawardene b Muralitharan 19 (96m 64b 0x4 0x6) SR: 29.68

Boucher is the new man in

End of over 37 (3 runs) South Africa 112/5
     M Muralitharan    12-6-16-1
AB de Villiers    21* (19b 3x4)      SL Malinga    8-2-29-0

37.1

Malinga to de Villiers, FOUR, short ball, de Villiers gets on top off it and pulls well behind square leg to the deep, Tharanga makes a mess of it, the ball rolls into the fence

37.2

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot to cover

37.3

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, defended again, this time towards extra-cover

37.4

Malinga to de Villiers, 2 runs, short ball once again, de Villiers again pulls it around behind square leg, Sangakkara in the deep fumbles, they come back for the second run.

37.5

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, a pacy full toss, driven to mid on, hint of swing into the batsman, stopped by Muralitharan with one hand.

37.6

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, full toss once again, this time on the legs, de Villiers works it to deep backward square leg for a single

End of over 38 (7 runs) South Africa 119/5
AB de Villiers    28* (25b 4x4)      SL Malinga    9-2-36-0
MV Boucher    0* (0b)      M Muralitharan    12-6-16-1

38.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, slower through the air outside the off stump, defended to the on side

38.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, swept to Malinga at deep backward square leg for a single

38.3

Muralitharan to Boucher, 1 run, comes forward to the pitch off the ball and works it nicely to deep backward square leg for a comfortable single

38.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, moves nicely forward and drives wide of mid off for a single

38.5

Muralitharan to Boucher, no run, a slight mix-up, Boucher plays to cover-point, calls de Villiers and then quickly says no, de Villiers turns back at the right time and gets back in the crease at the non-striker's end

38.6

Muralitharan to Boucher, 1 run, swept to deep backward square leg for a single

End of over 39 (4 runs) South Africa 123/5
MV Boucher    2* (3b)      M Muralitharan    13-6-20-1
AB de Villiers    30* (28b 4x4)      SL Malinga    9-2-36-0

39.1

Malinga to Boucher, no run, driven to extra-cover, a fuller delivery outside the off stump

39.2

Malinga to Boucher, no run, another fuller delivery, Boucher mistimes the drive to mid on

39.3

Malinga to Boucher, 1 run, leg stump line, Boucher works it well to long leg for a single, thinking of the second run, they do not run

39.4

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, full and swinging in, driven well to mid on, cannot get through the fielder

39.5

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, another fuller delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to extra-cover

this over Malinga has been on the fuller side

39.6

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, full toss on the middle and leg, worked to long leg for a single

Time for drinks.

End of over 40 (2 runs) South Africa 125/5
AB de Villiers    31* (31b 4x4)      SL Malinga    10-2-38-0
MV Boucher    3* (6b)      M Muralitharan    13-6-20-1

At 105 for 5 South Africa are in deep trouble here - Boucher and Co have a fight on their hands. Murali has been spot on from the word go and the magical doosra that got rid of Amla was a treat to watch. Jayawardene has so far stuck to the combination of pace and spin, it won't be a bad idea to try out Jayasuriya given the fact that Murali is getting the ball to grip the surface.

40.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, a rare long-hop, probably the doosra gone wrong, de Villiers picks it up quickly and pulls it away to deep midwicket - there is protection in the deep

40.2

Muralitharan to Boucher, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

40.3

Muralitharan to Boucher, 1 run, drifting onto the pads and Boucher strokes it wide of the fielder at short fine leg

40.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, slightly short and turning in, de Villiers goes right back and clips it away towards short fine leg

40.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, worked away off the back-foot to deep square leg

40.6

Muralitharan to Boucher, OUT, nicely flighted delivery on the stumps, Boucher goes for the sweep and is beaten comprehensively, ball clips the top edge and balloons up towards short fine leg. Jayasuriya there moves across quickly to his left and nicely settles under it - South Africa six down

MV Boucher c Jayasuriya b Muralitharan 4 (20m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Boucher was beaten by the turn and the extra bounce there.

End of over 41 (3 runs) South Africa 128/6
     M Muralitharan    14-6-23-2
AB de Villiers    33* (34b 4x4)      SL Malinga    10-2-38-0

41.1

Fernando to de Villiers, 2 runs, pitched up and swinging in, not sure if the ball is reversing, de Villiers stays back and clips it away through midwicket for a brace

41.2

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, driven down to mid-on

41.3

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, de Villiers goes for the drive and ends up with an inside edge

41.4

Fernando to de Villiers, FOUR, fulltoss on the stumps and de Villiers takes full toll, sweetly timed on-drive and the ball races away to the long-on fence

41.5

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, forced away on the off side

Fernando gets an official warning for running onto the danger area

41.6

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 42 (6 runs) South Africa 134/6
AB de Villiers    39* (40b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    9-2-35-2
N Boje    0* (0b)      M Muralitharan    14-6-23-2

42.1

Muralitharan to Boje, no run, defended outside the off stump

42.2

Muralitharan to Boje, no run

42.3

Muralitharan to Boje, no run, hit on the pad, appeal turned down

42.4

Muralitharan to Boje, FOUR, driven wide of the cover fielder, excellent shot

42.5

Muralitharan to Boje, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended

42.6

Muralitharan to Boje, no run

End of over 43 (4 runs) South Africa 138/6
N Boje    4* (6b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    15-6-27-2
AB de Villiers    39* (40b 5x4)      CRD Fernando    9-2-35-2

43.1

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, in the channel and Fernando leaves it through to the keeper

43.2

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, wide delivery outside the off stump, de Villiers has a go at it and the ball zips past the outside edge

43.3

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, slightly short and bit wide outside the off stump, once again de Villiers fails to make contact, this time beaten trying to cut it away

43.4

Fernando to de Villiers, 4 byes, full, fast and way down the leg side, Prasanna Jayawardene had no chance whatsoever

43.5

Fernando to de Villiers, FOUR, fuller length delivery outside the off stump and that's hammered through covers

43.6

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, better line and length, defended watchfully

End of over 44 (8 runs) South Africa 146/6
AB de Villiers    43* (46b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    10-2-39-2
N Boje    4* (6b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    15-6-27-2

44.1

Muralitharan to Boje, no run, punched back down the track, Murali moves across quickly and cuts off the single

44.2

Muralitharan to Boje, 1 run, tossed up and turning away, Boje ends up with a thick outside edge and the ball rolls past the diving slip fielder

44.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, swept away to deep fine leg for an easy single

44.4

Muralitharan to Boje, no run, defended stretching well forward, bat and pad held together, appeal for lbw turned down

44.5

Muralitharan to Boje, OUT, Murali strikes and once again it's the doosra that gets him a wicket. Tossed up on the middle and off stump line, ball grips the surface and turn back in, by the time Boje realised that the ball was turning back in it was too late, impact was bit high but umpire Benson had no hesitation in raising his finger - South Africa seven down

N Boje lbw b Muralitharan 5 (16m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

44.6

Muralitharan to Nel, no run, tossed up, defended on the front-foot

End of over 45 (2 runs) South Africa 148/7
A Nel    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    16-6-29-3
AB de Villiers    44* (47b 6x4)      CRD Fernando    10-2-39-2

45.1

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, slower delivery, defended watchfully

45.2

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, pulled away to deep midwicket, de Villiers stands his ground

45.3

Fernando to de Villiers, 2 runs, tucked away to fine leg for a brace

45.4

Fernando to de Villiers, 1 run, punched away behind point, quick single taken

45.5

Fernando to Nel, OUT, Another nail goes in! slightly short and coming in with the angle, too good a delivery for Nel, he fails to get bat on ball and is caught plumb in front of the stumps.

A Nel lbw b Fernando 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Nel was beaten by the angle there and he made it easy for the umpire by opting to play on the back-foot.

Lankans are on fire and South Africa are in tatters here.

45.6

Fernando to Steyn, OUT, Dale Steyn goes for a duck! good length delivery, again the one that nips back in, Steyn was clueless, shoulders arms and the ball crashes into the off stump - as easy as it gets

DW Steyn b Fernando 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Two wickets in two balls and Fernando is on a hat-trick here.

End of over 46 (3 runs) South Africa 151/9
     CRD Fernando    11-2-42-4
AB de Villiers    47* (51b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    16-6-29-3

46.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, FOUR, driven off the back-foot to the cover fence

46.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run

46.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, FOUR, comes down the track and drives it away through extra cover and that's the second boundary of the over

46.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, worked away towards midwicket, easy single

46.5

Muralitharan to Ntini, no run, defended down on the off side

46.6

Muralitharan to Ntini, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended on the back-foot

End of over 47 (9 runs) South Africa 160/9
M Ntini    0* (2b)      M Muralitharan    17-6-38-3
AB de Villiers    56* (55b 8x4)      CRD Fernando    11-2-42-4

Fernando to continue, hat-trick ball coming up

47.1

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, this one went straight on and de Villiers watchfully taps it away towards point

47.2

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, same line and length, defended on the front-foot

47.3

Fernando to de Villiers, 2 runs, pitched up and drifting onto middle and leg, de Villier quickly goes back and clips it away through midwicket

47.4

Fernando to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a good length delivery on the stumps, ball kept a bit low after hitting the deck, de Villiers leans back and pulls it away behind square

47.5

Fernando to Ntini, no run, drifting down the leg side, Ntini gets inside the line and taps it down to fine leg, they decide not to go for the single&

47.6

Fernando to Ntini, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, did not rise as expected, Ntini gets on top of the bounce and plays it down on the leg side

End of over 48 (3 runs) South Africa 163/9
M Ntini    0* (4b)      CRD Fernando    12-2-45-4
AB de Villiers    59* (59b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    17-6-38-3

48.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, turning in sharply, de Villiers is beaten by the turn and the ball rolls away off the pad

48.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, driven off the back-foot to the cover region

48.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, worked away with the turn to the deep fine leg region, again they decide not to go for the single

48.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, doosra, on the middle and leg stump line, defended bat and pad held together

48.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, quicker delivery and de Villiers gets hit on the pad, appeal for lbw turned down - missing leg

48.6

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, driven down to long-on, easy single and de Villiers will retain the strike

End of over 49 (1 run) South Africa 164/9
AB de Villiers    60* (65b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    18-6-39-3
M Ntini    0* (4b)      CRD Fernando    12-2-45-4

49.1

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide and de Villiers runs it down to third man, easy single there but de Villiers wisely turns down the call

49.2

Fernando to de Villiers, 2 runs, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, coming in with the angle, de Villiers quickly gets into a good position and pulls it away behind square on the leg side - runs hard and comfortably comes back for the second

49.3

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, punched off the back-foot to the point region

49.4

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, in the channel outside the off stump, hint of reverse swing, de Villiers is sucked into the drive and the ball zips past the outside edge

Just the one slip in place.

49.5

Fernando to de Villiers, 1 run, low fulltoss and de Villier plays it down to fine leg

49.6

Fernando to Ntini, no run, good length delivery on the stump, drifting in with the arm, Nitini plays it away towards short midwicket, bit of edge involved

End of over 50 (3 runs) South Africa 167/9
M Ntini    0* (5b)      CRD Fernando    13-2-48-4
AB de Villiers    63* (70b 8x4)      M Muralitharan    18-6-39-3
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 4-8, 2006
Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 27-31, 2006
Sri Lanka won by an innings and 153 runs
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Jul 31, 2006

Muttiah Muralitharan took 6 for 131 in the second innings, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Colombo, 5th day, July 31 2006

Muttiah Muralitharan took 6 for 131 in the second innings

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Jul 31, 2006

The Sri Lankans troop off after beating South Africa by an innings and 153 runs, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Colombo, 5th day, July 31 2006

The Sri Lankans troop off after beating South Africa by an innings and 153 runs

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