South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2006 / Commentary

South Africa in Sri Lanka Test Series - 2nd Test

Sri Lanka v South Africa

Sri Lanka won by 1 wicket

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara batted themselves into the record books at Colombo. Their record partnership set the platform and Muttiah Muralitharan's relentless spell took Sri Lanka to a commanding win in the first Test. The lead is unassailable but it's not over yet for South Africa. They did put up an inspired fightback in the second innings and at the end of the day it was their first-innings debacle that cost them the Test. It is a must win situation for South Africa and it will be interesting to see how they approach the second Test. A series-levelling win is the best they can accomplish now but given the stunning form the Sri Lankans are in the odds are against them.

Return of the giants - Chaminda Vaas, who missed the first Test with a hamstring injury is back in the playing eleven in place of Dilhara Fernando and Shaun Pollock who opted out of the first Test because of the birth of his second daughter replaces Andre Nel. However, South Africa are still without their captain Graham Smith and allrounder Jaques Kallis. Hopefully Pollock's return will lend some much needed experience to the battered South African line-up.

Ashwell Prince has won the toss and elected to bat first. P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo is bathed in sunshine and we are all set for the start of day one.

Mahela Jayawardene has said he expects South Africa to come back hard at them in the second Test - "I am quite positive that the second Test is not going to be as easy as the first one but if we do the hard work and have the commitment that we have being showing out there we can get the result our way," "South Africa will be a different team with the return of Shaun Pollock. Their combination will be different. Shaun is a seasoned campaigner and we know what to expect from him. He will definitely strengthen their batting in the middle order."

Ashwell Prince, South Africa's stand-in captain, was confident that his batsmen were coming to terms playing Murali. "In the first innings he applied a lot of pressure on our batsmen who tried to take liberties with the other bowlers and lost their wicket," said Prince. "But in the second innings we played him better and better. Although he took six wickets he had to bowl 60-odd overs. We are quite confident of taking him on. I hope the pitch breaks up more in the last couple of days of the Test to give our bowlers a better opportunity to win the match. Not only [Nicky] Boje but our quicks will also be able to make use of the wear and tear of it." Click here for more.

My name is Sajan Nair, and I will be your commentator for the day.

It will be Herschelle Gibbs and Andrew Hall to open the innings for South Africa. For the record - Gibbs, who averaged 26.5 in his last 14 Tests only managed 19 and 18 in the first Test and he is a man under pressure.

0.1

Vaas to Gibbs, no run, good length delivery, drifting down the leg side and Gibbs leaves it through to the keeper

0.2

Vaas to Gibbs, OUT, what a start! Vaas signals his return with a classic delivery, pitched on middle and off and shaping back into the right-hander, Gibbs pushes forward to defend but fails to make contact and is trapped stone dead. That was hitting middle and leg and umpire Bowden had no hesitation in raising his finger

HH Gibbs lbw b Vaas 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Gibbs's batting slump continues, this time he walks back without troubling the scorers - South Africa in trouble here. Jacques Rudolph is the next man in.

0.3

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, line and length, Rudolph leaves the ball through to the keeper

0.4

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, just short of a length, too wide to trouble the batsman

0.5

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, line and length, another stunning delivery from the vetran - Rudolph is sucked forward into the defensive prod and the ball zips past the outside edge

0.6

Vaas to Rudolph, FOUR, off the mark in style. slightly fulller in length and bit wide outside the off stump, Rudolph quickly gets into a good position and square drives it past the fielder at point, lovely shot to break the ice

Malinga to share the new ball with Vaas.

End of over 1 (4 runs) South Africa 4/1
JA Rudolph    4* (4b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-4-1
AJ Hall    0* (0b)     

1.1

Malinga to Hall, no run, good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and shaping away - Hall pokes at it tentatively and the ball goes past the outside edge, Malinga right on target

1.2

Malinga to Hall, no run, and again, another good delivery outside the off stump and once again Hall is beaten outside the off stump

1.3

Malinga to Hall, no run, bit wide outside the off stump and Hall leaves it through to the keeper

1.4

Malinga to Hall, no run

1.5

Malinga to Hall, no run, good length delivery, pitched wide outside the off stump and slanting away from the right-hander, Hall goes for the drive, playing well away from his body and for the third time in the over the ball zips past the outside edge

1.6

Malinga to Hall, no run, and the saga continues. pitched close to the off stump line and shaping away late, bit of a skidder - Hall is sucked into the drive and once again the ball goes past the outside edge - that was panifully close, Malinga starts off with a fantastic over.

End of over 2 (maiden) South Africa 4/1
AJ Hall    0* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0
JA Rudolph    4* (4b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    1-0-4-1

2.1

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, line and length, Rudolph defends on the back-foot and the ball rolls away towards cover

2.2

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, good line and length delivery, Rudolph leaves it through to the keeper

2.3

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, good line but over-pitched, Rudolph defends, fielded by Vaas

2.4

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of away swing, defended watchfully

2.5

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, good line and length delivery, Rudolph defends on the front foot

2.6

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, short of a length and shaping away from the left-hander, Rudolph shoulders arms and the ball goes through to the stumper

Back to Hall v Malinga

End of over 3 (maiden) South Africa 4/1
JA Rudolph    4* (10b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-4-1
AJ Hall    0* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-1-0-0

3.1

Malinga to Hall, no run, goodness me! another skidder outside the off stump and Hall is beaten outside the off stump, went at it with no real footwork and the ball just missed the outside edge by a whisker

3.2

Malinga to Hall, no run, and again. similar line and length, Hall once again fails to get bat on ball

3.3

Malinga to Hall, OUT, and the inevitable! another good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and slanting across the right-hander, once again Hall drives away from his body, and after 6 close misses he finally makes contact, Dilshan at second slip goes low down and snaffles it cleanly - South African two down and in deep trouble here.

AJ Hall c Dilshan b Malinga 0 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Hall was clearly struggling from the word go and Malinga kept on hitting the right spot - in the end it was just a matter of time. Hashim Amla is the next man in - he has his work cut out here

3.4

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

3.5

Malinga to Amla, no run, closer to the off stump line, defended watchfullt

3.6

Malinga to Amla, no run, you too Amla! good length and slanting away, Amla is sucked forward and is beaten all ends up, end of a successful over

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) South Africa 4/2
HM Amla    0* (3b)      SL Malinga    2-2-0-1
JA Rudolph    4* (10b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    2-1-4-1

4.1

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, line and length delivery outside the off stump, the one that goes straight on, Rudolph leaves it through to the keeper

4.2

Vaas to Rudolph, 3 runs, closer to the off stump line, Rudolph goes right back and punches it down to long-on

4.3

Vaas to Amla, no run, good length but wide of the off stump, Amla leaves it through to Jayawardene

4.4

Vaas to Amla, no run, again left alone outside the off stump

What out for the one that comes back in.

4.5

Vaas to Amla, no run, and the inswinger - Amla had it covered, watches it carefully and leaves it through to the keeper

4.6

Vaas to Amla, 3 runs, worked away through midwicket

End of over 5 (6 runs) South Africa 10/2
HM Amla    3* (7b)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-10-1
JA Rudolph    7* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-2-0-1

5.1

Malinga to Amla, FOUR, four more. Malinga drifts down the leg side, Amla gets well inside the line and flicks it away to the fine leg fence

5.2

Malinga to Amla, no run, bouncer on the stumps, Amla reads it well and leaves it through to the keeper

5.3

Malinga to Amla, FOUR, good length delivery, drifting onto middle and leg and that's where he likes it best - flick of the wrists and the ball races away to the square leg fence

5.4

Malinga to Amla, no run, better line and length, defended towards cover

5.5

Malinga to Amla, FOUR, on the middle and leg, another good looking wristy flick and this time the ball races away to the midwicket fence, that's the third boundary of the over

5.6

Malinga to Amla, 2 runs, Dropped! this one reared off a good length and the edge is produced, ball clipped the shoulder of the bat on the forward prod, Prasana Jayawardene fails to hold on to an easy chance - what a let off

End of over 6 (14 runs) South Africa 24/2
HM Amla    17* (13b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-2-14-1
JA Rudolph    7* (12b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    3-1-10-1

6.1

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, forced away towards gully

6.2

Vaas to Rudolph, 2 runs, good length delivery, drifting in with the arm, Rudolph stays back and works it away through square leg for a brace

6.3

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

6.4

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, again bit wide outside the off stump, Rudolph not interested

6.5

Vaas to Rudolph, FOUR, pitched up and on the pad, too easy a ball for Rudolph, nice looking wristy flick and the ball races away through the vacant midwicket region

6.6

Vaas to Rudolph, no run, bouncer, pitched outside the off stump and coming in with the angle, Rudolph nicely ducks under it

End of over 7 (6 runs) South Africa 30/2
JA Rudolph    13* (18b 2x4)      WPUJC Vaas    4-1-16-1
HM Amla    17* (13b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-2-14-1

7.1

Malinga to Amla, no run, good length and wide of the off stump, Amla leaves it through to the keeper

7.2

Malinga to Amla, 1 run, good length delivery, driven through extra cover for a single

7.3

Malinga to Rudolph, no run, short rising delivery on the middle and off stump line, Rudolph stands tall on the back-foot and defends it down on the leg side

7.4

Malinga to Rudolph, OUT, Malinga strikes again! a classic round arm delivery, good length ball, pitched on and round the off stump line and slanting in with the arm - Rudolph was clueless, goes for the drive and the ball sneaks through the gap between bat and pad. Off stump is pegged back and that's a massive wicket.

JA Rudolph b Malinga 13 (35m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 65.00

Rudolph was clearly beaten for pace there, Malinga on a roll here! Ashwell Prince the South African captain walks in to face the music.

7.5

Malinga to Prince, 1 run, yorker first up, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away towards midwicket, just about managed to jam his bat down in time

7.6

Malinga to Amla, no run, follows it up with a good bouncer, Alma ducks under it, another marverllous over from Malinga comes to an end

End of over 8 (2 runs) South Africa 32/3
HM Amla    18* (16b 3x4)      SL Malinga    4-2-16-2
AG Prince    1* (1b)      WPUJC Vaas    4-1-16-1

8.1

Vaas to Prince, no run, good line and length, shaping away a touch, Prince leaves it through to the keeper

8.2

Vaas to Prince, no run

8.3

Vaas to Prince, no run, too full and on the pads, Prince works it away towards square leg, no room for a single there

8.4

Vaas to Prince, no run, leg side delivery, Prince leaves it through to the keeper

8.5

Vaas to Prince, no run, wayward delivery, pitched outside the leg stump and drifting down further, Jayawardene dives across to his left and saves runs

8.6

Vaas to Prince, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and shaping away late, Price watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

Maling to continue.

End of over 9 (maiden) South Africa 32/3
AG Prince    1* (7b)      WPUJC Vaas    5-2-16-1
HM Amla    18* (16b 3x4)      SL Malinga    4-2-16-2

9.1

Malinga to Amla, 1 run, starts off with a yorker on the middle and leg stump line, Amla picks it up early and nicely taps it away towards midwicket

9.2

Malinga to Prince, no run, quick bouncer, pitched close to the off stump line and slanting in - Price nicely drops his wrists and lets it through - well played in the end

9.3

Malinga to Prince, no run, short rising delivery on the middle and off stump line, Prince hops back, gets right on top of the bounce and defends it down watchfully

9.4

Malinga to Prince, no run, another slanting in delivery, defended on the back-foot

9.5

Malinga to Prince, no run, short of a length and outside the off stump, Prince cuts hard but fails to get it past the fielder at point

9.6

Malinga to Prince, no run, again short and wide of off stump, Prince leaves it through to the keeper

10 overs up and here comes Murali. Slip, short leg and a short midwicket in place - Murali to bowl round the stumps to the right-hander.

End of over 10 (1 run) South Africa 33/3
AG Prince    1* (12b)      SL Malinga    5-2-17-2
HM Amla    19* (17b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    5-2-16-1

10.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, tossed up on the middle and off stump line, defended down on the leg side

10.2

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, quicker delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Amla pushes forward to defend and gets hit on the pad, loud appeal for lbw turned down - probably missing leg

10.3

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, drifting down the leg side, Amla fails to make contact and the ball rolls away of the pad

10.4

Muralitharan to Amla, FOUR, bit too full and on the pads, Amla lines it up quickly and clips it away through midwicket, that's his favourite shot

10.5

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, good length delivery, pitched on middle and off and turning in, Amla stays back and turns it away straight to the fielder at square leg

10.6

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, edged away well wide of slip fielder

End of over 11 (4 runs) South Africa 37/3
HM Amla    23* (23b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-4-0
AG Prince    1* (12b)      SL Malinga    5-2-17-2

11.1

Malinga to Prince, no run, good line and length, on the middle and off and shaping in, Prince watchfully plays it back to the bowler

11.2

Malinga to Prince, no run, sends down a bouncer, Prince drops his hands and leaves it through to the keeper

11.3

Malinga to Prince, 3 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump, again skidding across the surface - Rudolph waits for the ball and drives it through the gap between the cover fielders, long chase and a diving effort saves one run

11.4

Malinga to Amla, no run, short rising delivery, drifting down the leg side and Alma leaves it for the keeper

11.5

Malinga to Amla, FOUR, drifting onto middle and leg, a rare loose delivery from Malinga - Alma happily works it away to the vacant fine leg fence, easy runs

11.6

Malinga to Amla, 1 run, short of a good length delivery, Amla on the back-foot defending, ball clips the gloves and rolls down to the short fine leg region, easy single to end the over

Drinks called for.

End of over 12 (8 runs) South Africa 45/3
HM Amla    28* (26b 5x4)      SL Malinga    6-2-25-2
AG Prince    4* (15b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-4-0

12.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, defended to short leg

12.2

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 run, worked through midwicket for a single

12.3

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, lets it go outside the off stump

12.4

Muralitharan to Prince, 2 runs, uses his feet and works to deep square leg, comes back for the second run

12.5

Muralitharan to Prince, 1 run, worked through the on side for a single

12.6

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, on the middle and leg, worked to square leg

End of over 13 (4 runs) South Africa 49/3
HM Amla    29* (29b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-8-0
AG Prince    7* (18b)      SL Malinga    6-2-25-2

13.1

Malinga to Prince, no run, short of a length, coming in with the arm, Prince hops back and defends it down on the off side, got right on top of the bounce and nicely played it into the ground

13.2

Malinga to Prince, no run, slips in a fuller length delivery outside the off stump, inviting Price to go for the drive and he falls for it. a nothing drive, ball clips the inner half of the bat and rolls back down the track - well bowled Malinga

13.3

Malinga to Prince, no run, short of a length, Prince glides it away towards gully

13.4

Malinga to Prince, no run, length ball outside the off stump, bit of extra bounce, Prince leaves it through to the keeper

13.5

Malinga to Prince, no run, another line and length delivery, played away towards point

13.6

Malinga to Prince, no run, fuller and slanting into the pads, Prince quickly goes back and works it away towards midwicket

End of over 14 (maiden) South Africa 49/3
AG Prince    7* (24b)      SL Malinga    7-3-25-2
HM Amla    29* (29b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-8-0

14.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, good line and length delivery, a genuine off-break, Amla on the back-foot defending

14.2

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

14.3

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, worked away off the back-foot to the square leg region, excellent diving stop there saves runs

14.4

Muralitharan to Amla, FOUR, tossed up on the middle and leg stump line, Amla comes down the track and turns it into a half-volley , gets well inside the line and hammers it straight back down the track to the long-off fence, mid-off was wide and he had no chance of cutting it off - excellent shot

14.5

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, tossed up and turning in, bowled from over the stumps, Amla gets behind the line and drives it straight back to the bowler

14.6

Muralitharan to Amla, 1 run, drifting into the pads, Amla waits for the ball to turn and at the last moment flicks it down to fine leg for an easy single

Vaas back on.

End of over 15 (5 runs) South Africa 54/3
HM Amla    34* (35b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-13-0
AG Prince    7* (24b)      SL Malinga    7-3-25-2

15.1

Vaas to Amla, no run, beauty! good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and shaping in ever-so-slightly, Amla had no option but to play at it and the ball rips past the outside edge, too good

15.2

Vaas to Amla, FOUR, Amla contines to impress. Another good length delivery outside the off stump, again shaping in a touch - this time Amla waits for the ball and drives it past the fielder at cover, sweetly timed and the placement was spot on

15.3

Vaas to Amla, no run, short of a good length delivery, shaping in a touch, Amla goes back and across and watchfully defends it down on the off side

15.4

Vaas to Amla, no run, length ball outside the off stump, the one that goes straight on - Amla leaves it through the keeper

15.5

Vaas to Amla, 1 run, worked away behind square on the leg side

Three slips in place for the left-hander

15.6

Vaas to Prince, 1 run, eased away on the leg side, easy single to end the over

End of over 16 (6 runs) South Africa 60/3
AG Prince    8* (25b)      WPUJC Vaas    6-2-22-1
HM Amla    39* (40b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-13-0

16.1

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, good line and length, Prince drives it straight back down the track

16.2

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, full and on the stumps, turned away straight to the fielder at short leg

16.3

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, flighted delivery, pitched on middle and off stump, this one gripped the surface and turned away sharply, Prince looking to defend it on the back-foot is beaten comprehensively

16.4

Muralitharan to Prince, no run

16.5

Muralitharan to Prince, 1 run, punched off the back-foot to the mid-on region, runs with the shot and makes it across safely

16.6

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, tossed up and turning in, defended on the back-foot

End of over 17 (1 run) South Africa 61/3
HM Amla    39* (41b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-14-0
AG Prince    9* (30b)      WPUJC Vaas    6-2-22-1

17.1

Vaas to Prince, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight back past the bowler to the mid-off region

17.2

Vaas to Prince, no run, again in the channel and shaping away late, Prince gets well forward and defends it with a straight bat

17.3

Vaas to Prince, no run, good length delivery, shaping in a touch, Prince stays back and plays it away towards midwicket

17.4

Vaas to Prince, FOUR, shot! good length delivery in the channel, Prince goes back and across and punches it straight back down the track to the long-on fence

17.5

Vaas to Prince, 1 run, eased away on the off side

17.6

Vaas to Amla, no run, hit on the pad, Amla was looking to defend on the front-foot and was beaten by the late in swing, half hearted appeal for lbw turned down - surely missing leg

End of over 18 (5 runs) South Africa 66/3
HM Amla    39* (42b 7x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-2-27-1
AG Prince    14* (35b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-14-0

18.1

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, wayward delivery outside the off stump, Prince goes for the drive off the back-foot but the shot is not timed well enough, ball clips the inner half of the bat and rolls away towards short cover

18.2

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, defended on the back-foot

18.3

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, turned away off the pads to the short fine leg region

18.4

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, quicker delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and turning across, Prince waits for the ball to turn and then taps it away towards cover

18.5

Muralitharan to Prince, 1 run, fraction short and again turning across, Prince quickly goes back and tucks it away towards midwicket, early call and they scamper through for a single

18.6

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, full and on the pads, turned away towards midwicket

Farveez Maharoof into the attack now.

End of over 19 (1 run) South Africa 67/3
HM Amla    39* (43b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-15-0
AG Prince    15* (40b 1x4)      WPUJC Vaas    7-2-27-1

19.1

Maharoof to Prince, 1 run, worked away off the pads to the fine leg region

19.2

Maharoof to Amla, (no ball) 1 run, good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and drifting in, Amla stays back and punches it well wide of the fielder at cover, diving stop there saves runs - it is a no-ball as well

19.2

Maharoof to Prince, no run, line and length delivery, defended towards cover

19.3

Maharoof to Prince, no run, another decent delivery, defended on the front-foot

19.4

Maharoof to Prince, no run, short rising delivery on the middle and off stump line, Prince stands tall on the back-foot and defends it down on the off side

19.5

Maharoof to Prince, no run, good length and wide of the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off, good shot for no runs

19.6

Maharoof to Prince, no run, good line and length, pitched on middle and off stump and shaping away, Prince gets right behind the line and strokes it away towards cover

Murali to continue - slips and a short leg catching

End of over 20 (3 runs) South Africa 70/3
AG Prince    16* (46b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-3-0
HM Amla    40* (44b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    5-0-15-0

20.1

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, turning in nicely, Amla pushes forward to defend and gets hit on the pad, loud appeal for lbw turned down, impact was well outside the line of the off stump

20.2

Muralitharan to Amla, no run, punched down to mid-on

20.3

Muralitharan to Amla, OUT, Murali too joins the party! a genuine off-break, tossed up and turning in from outside the off stump, Amla makes the cardinal mistake of playing it on the back-foot, ball turns in just enough to beat the inside edge and hits the pad, impact was probably touch outside the line of the off stump but umpire Bowden adjudicates in favour of the bowler

HM Amla lbw b Muralitharan 40 (76m 47b 7x4 0x6) SR: 85.10

Should have played it on the front-foot, Amla was done in by the length there but he was bit unlucky to be given out as the impact was touch outside the line of the off stump. South Africa four down and in all sorts of trouble here. de Villiers is the next man in.

20.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, doosra first-up, driven to covers, well played

20.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, FOUR

20.6

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

End of over 21 (5 runs) South Africa 75/4
AB de Villiers    5* (3b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-20-1
AG Prince    16* (46b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-3-0

21.1

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

21.2

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, and again, no shot offered

21.3

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, in the channel and de Villiers is not interested

21.4

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, similar line and length, de Villiers on a roll here

21.5

Maharoof to de Villiers, 1 run, driven wide of the fieldera t mid-on

21.6

Maharoof to Prince, no run, pushed to covers

End of over 22 (1 run) South Africa 76/4
AG Prince    16* (47b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-4-0
AB de Villiers    6* (8b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    6-0-20-1

22.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, comes down the track to the pitch of the delivery and defends it down

22.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, swept away to fine leg for a single

22.3

Muralitharan to Prince, 1 run, forced away well wide of the fielder at cover

22.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, FOUR, good positive shot. nicely comes down the track to the pitch of the delivery and hoicks it to the midwicket fence, clean hit

22.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, swept away to fine leg, this is turning out to be a good over for South Africa

22.6

Muralitharan to Prince, FOUR, tossed up outside the off stump, turning away a touch - Prince too comes down the track, nicely gets to the pitch of the delivery and hammers it past the fielder at mid-off, end of a massive over for South Africa

End of over 23 (11 runs) South Africa 87/4
AG Prince    21* (49b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-31-1
AB de Villiers    12* (12b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-4-0

23.1

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, punched back to the bowler

23.2

Maharoof to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers! slightly short and bit of width offered outside the off stump, de Villiers picks it up early and slaps it past the fielder at point, another good positive shot from the young man - this is excellent cricket

23.3

Maharoof to de Villiers, 1 run, close call. Forced away towards cover and they take off for a dangerous single, Tharanga moves across quickly, the pick up is spot on but he fails to hit the stumps at the striker's end - direct hit and Prince would have been history. Tharanga hit the turf hard and the ball bounced over the stumps

23.4

Maharoof to Prince, no run, angled across the left-hander and the ball goes past the outside edge

23.5

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

23.6

Maharoof to Prince, no run

End of over 24 (5 runs) South Africa 92/4
AG Prince    21* (52b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-9-0
AB de Villiers    17* (15b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    7-0-31-1

24.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, drifting down the leg side and de Villiers leaves it for the keeper

24.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, punched wide of the fielder at mid-on

24.3

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, comes down the track and plays it away on the off side

24.4

Muralitharan to Prince, 1 run, comes down the track and plays it wide of the fielder at mid-on, early call and they scamper through for a single

24.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, defended on the back-foot

24.6

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, worked away towards square leg

End of over 25 (2 runs) South Africa 94/4
AB de Villiers    18* (19b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-33-1
AG Prince    22* (54b 2x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-9-0

25.1

Maharoof to Prince, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Prince drives off the back-foot, ball clips the inner half of the bat and rolls back to the bowler

25.2

Maharoof to Prince, 1 run, driven off the back-foot to the mid-off region, takes on Malinga and makes it across safely

25.3

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, driven straight back past the bowler to the long-on region, Malinga hurtles across quickly and cuts off the single

25.4

Maharoof to de Villiers, FOUR, good length delivery, drifting onto the pads, de Villiers leans well forward, head over the ball and with a flick of the wrists sends the ball to the midwicket fence, try stopping that

25.5

Maharoof to de Villiers, FOUR, good length delivery and this time de Villiers crisply drives it through covers for the second boundary of the over, he is on a roll here

25.6

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

End of over 26 (9 runs) South Africa 103/4
AB de Villiers    26* (23b 5x4)      MF Maharoof    4-0-18-0
AG Prince    23* (56b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    8-0-33-1

26.1

Muralitharan to Prince, FOUR, tossed up on the stumps, Prince leans well forward and clips it away through midwicket, Vaas moves across quickly but gets there on the wrong foot and the ball races away to the fence

26.2

Muralitharan to Prince, 1 run, worked away towards square leg

26.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, defended on the back-foot

26.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, FOUR, doosra, de Villiers picks it up early, quickly goes low down and sweeps it away to the fine leg fence, good clean hit

26.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, hit on the pad, missing leg and the appeal is turned down

26.6

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, turned away with the spin to the fine leg region, easy single to end the over

And that's lunch on day one. What a session! Vaas and Malinga were spot on from the word go - Gibbs went early, trapped plumb in front by a beauty from Vaas, incidentally Vaas has got Gibbs three times in Tests now, all three for ducks. Hall looked like a stranger in a strange land, he played and missed 7 out of the 9 balls he faced and the one that he made contact was pouched by Dilshan at second slip. Malinga then cleaned up Rudolph, his second wicket of the morning and Murali chipped in with the wicket of Amla, who was looking good and all set for a big one. South Africa were reduced to 70 for 3 in the 21st over but since then Prince and de Villiers have added 43 runs for the fifth wicket at a rate of 6.61 per over. We will be back with all the live action in 30 minutes time, till then this is Sajan Nair signing off - be sure to join us then. . 'Early wickets dent South Africa' - Read all about it in the Bulletin by S Rajesh.

End of over 27 (10 runs) South Africa 113/4
AB de Villiers    31* (27b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-43-1
AG Prince    28* (58b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    4-0-18-0

Welcome back. So Sri Lanka are right on top here after just one session, as had happened in the first Test. Prince and de Villiers have so far put up a defiant partnership and it is imperative that they continue the good work.

Vaas to start proceedings - de Villiers on strike, here we go.

27.1

Vaas to de Villiers, no run, starts off with a good length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

27.2

Vaas to de Villiers, FOUR, another good length delivery, again angled across the right-hander, not pacey enough to trouble the batsman - de Villiers moves forward and across, gets close to the line and drills it through the gap between the cover fielders

27.3

Vaas to de Villiers, no run, defended on the back-foot

27.4

Vaas to de Villiers, no run, eased away on the leg side, watchfully played

27.5

Vaas to de Villiers, no run, on the middle and leg and angling across, de Villiers makes room, gets inside the line and punches it down to mid-off

27.6

Vaas to de Villiers, FOUR, another good length delivery, bit of width created by the angle, de Villiers cuts off the back-foot, ball clips the outer half of the bat and beats the diving fielder at point - that should have been stopped, poor effort

End of over 28 (8 runs) South Africa 121/4
AB de Villiers    39* (33b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-2-35-1
AG Prince    28* (58b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    9-0-43-1

28.1

Muralitharan to Prince, 1 run, turning into the pads, Prince stays back and tucks it down to short fine leg for an easy single

28.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, on the middle and leg and turning in shaprly, de Villiers goes right back and works it away towards midwicket, had to rush there, played it well in the end

28.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, turning in into the pads, de Villiers fails to make contact and the ball pops up off the pad

28.4

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

28.5

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, goes for the sweep and gets hit on the pad, half hearted appeal for lbw turned down

28.6

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, tight delivery, eased away on the leg side

Vaas to continue - just the one slip in place. short midwicket catching.

End of over 29 (2 runs) South Africa 123/4
AG Prince    29* (61b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    10-0-45-1
AB de Villiers    40* (36b 8x4)      WPUJC Vaas    8-2-35-1

29.1

Vaas to de Villiers, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, worked away towards square leg

29.2

Vaas to de Villiers, no run, pitched close to the leg stump line and angling across, defended on the front-foot

29.3

Vaas to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched in line and angling across, de Villiers reads it well and leaves it through to the keeper

29.4

Vaas to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery on the pads, turned away straight to the fielder at short midwicket

29.5

Vaas to de Villiers, FOUR, Vaas strays onto the pads, de Villiers stands his ground, let the ball come on and at the last possible moment flicks it away to the fine leg fence, excellent use of the wrists, de Villiers racing away at this stage

29.6

Vaas to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front-foot

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 127/4
AB de Villiers    44* (42b 9x4)      WPUJC Vaas    9-2-39-1
AG Prince    29* (61b 3x4)      M Muralitharan    10-0-45-1

30.1

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, tossed up and turning away, Prince comes forward and taps it down on the off side

30.2

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, pushed wide outside the off stump and turning away, Prince goes for the sweep but fails to make contact, keeper goes up for a caught behind and Murali joins in, Bowden not interested

30.3

Muralitharan to Prince, no run

30.4

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, turned away to short midwicket, much better shot

30.5

Muralitharan to Prince, 1 run, punched off the back-foot to the cover region

30.6

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, tossed up and turning in, defended on the front-foot - solid shot

End of over 31 (1 run) South Africa 128/4
AB de Villiers    44* (43b 9x4)      M Muralitharan    11-0-46-1
AG Prince    30* (66b 3x4)      WPUJC Vaas    9-2-39-1

31.1

Vaas to Prince, no run, on the stumps, defended

31.2

Vaas to Prince, FOUR, half-volley, pitched close to the off stump line and Prince punches it straight back past the non-striker's end stumps to the long-off fence, presented the full face of the bat and the ball just sped away off the middle of the blade

31.3

Vaas to Prince, no run, in the channel outside the off stump, defended watchfully

31.4

Vaas to Prince, no run, bouncer on the stumps, Prince comfortably ducks under it

31.5

Vaas to Prince, no run, Vaas once again drags it short, too short to trouble the batsman

31.6

Vaas to Prince, FOUR, four more - good length delivery outside the off stump, no movement whatsoever, Prince just lines it up and drives it past the cover fielder, there is no protection in the deep.

Another good over for South Africa comes to an end

End of over 32 (8 runs) South Africa 136/4
AG Prince    38* (72b 5x4)      WPUJC Vaas    10-2-47-1
AB de Villiers    44* (43b 9x4)      M Muralitharan    11-0-46-1

32.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, worked away well wide of the fielder at midwicket

32.2

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, well tossed up outside the off stump, in the slot and driven straight to the fielder at cover

32.3

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, defended on the front-foot

32.4

Muralitharan to Prince, 2 runs, drifting onto the pads, another well tossed up delivery, Prince goes low down and sweep-turns it the vacant fine leg region

32.5

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, comes down the track and drives it down to mid-off

32.6

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, flat delivery, defended down on the leg side

Vaas is out of the attack - Malinga back on.

End of over 33 (3 runs) South Africa 139/4
AG Prince    40* (77b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    12-0-49-1
AB de Villiers    45* (44b 9x4)      WPUJC Vaas    10-2-47-1

33.1

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, starts off with a bouncer on the stumps, de Villiers comfortably ducks under it

33.2

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery, slanting away, de Villiers gets behind the line and punches it away towards cover

33.3

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery, close to the off stump line and the one that goes straight on - de Villiers is beaten on the drive

33.4

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, good length and wide of the off stump, de Villiers lets it go past

33.5

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, short and down leg, not pacey enough to trouble the batsman - de Villiers gets on top of the bounce and pulls it down to fine leg, nicely rolled his wrists over to keep it down

33.6

Malinga to Prince, no run, good line and just short of a length, Prince on the back-foot defending, more of a punch drive and the ball rolls away towards extra cover

End of over 34 (1 run) South Africa 140/4
AG Prince    40* (78b 5x4)      SL Malinga    8-3-26-2
AB de Villiers    46* (49b 9x4)      M Muralitharan    12-0-49-1

34.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, turning in sharply, de Villiers fails to make contact and ball rolls away off the pad

34.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, turned away with the spin to the short fine leg region

34.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, defended outside the off stump

34.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, good length but wide of the off stump, turning in sharply, de Villiers pads up - appeal for lbw turned down

34.5

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, swept away behind square on the leg side, easy single

34.6

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, well flighted delivery outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

Current partnership 71 runs, 14.2 overs, rr: 4.95 (Prince 24, de Villiers 47)

End of over 35 (1 run) South Africa 141/4
AG Prince    40* (79b 5x4)      M Muralitharan    13-0-50-1
AB de Villiers    47* (54b 9x4)      SL Malinga    8-3-26-2

35.1

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball, drifting onto the pads, de Villiers stays back and punches it well wide of the fielder at mid-on, runs hard looking for the second but the fielder moves across quickly and cuts it off

35.2

Malinga to Prince, no run, short rising delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Prince hops back - gets on top of the bounce and defends it down nicely

35.3

Malinga to Prince, no run, worked away off the pads, midwicket fielder hurtles across and negates the chance of a single

35.4

Malinga to Prince, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Prince drives it straight to the fielder at cover

35.5

Malinga to Prince, FOUR, pitched up outside the off stump, looked like a slower delivery, Prince drives through the line and gets it past the bowler, was in the air for sometime but fell well short of Malinga

35.6

Malinga to Prince, no run, slightly short, defended on the back-foot

South African physio is out there in the middle for some running repairs - play held up.

End of over 36 (5 runs) South Africa 146/4
AG Prince    44* (84b 6x4)      SL Malinga    9-3-31-2
AB de Villiers    48* (55b 9x4)      M Muralitharan    13-0-50-1

36.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, swept away straight to the fielder at short fine leg

36.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, comes down the track, fails to get to the pitch of the delivery but goes through with the shot, played in the air and the ball falls just short of the fielder at deep midwicket

36.3

Muralitharan to Prince, FOUR, shot! comes down the track and hammers it past the fielder at cover

36.4

Muralitharan to Prince, 2 runs, tossed up outside the off stump, once again Prince comes down the track and drives hard, ball clips the outer half of the bat and races away to the third man region, easy two and that's his fifty - well played

36.5

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, line and length, Prince defends it towards cover

36.6

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, pitched outside the leg stump and turning in, Prince stays back and works it away towards midwicket

End of over 37 (7 runs) South Africa 153/4
AG Prince    50* (88b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    14-0-57-1
AB de Villiers    49* (57b 9x4)      SL Malinga    9-3-31-2

37.1

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 no ball, sends down a short one, de Villiers shapes up for the pull but decides against it at the last moment

37.1

Malinga to de Villiers, FOUR, straight full toss, yorker gone wrong - de Villiers picks it up early and clips it away to the midwicket fence, lovely shot to bring up his fifty.

37.2

Malinga to de Villiers, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, de Villiers gets a good stride in, gets close to the line and thuds it through extra cover for the second boundary of the over

37.3

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, good line and length delivery, mistimed drive and the ball rolls away towards cover

37.4

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, driven away straight to the fielder at cover

37.5

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off, missed out there

37.6

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, leg side bouncer, poor delivery - de Villiers leaves it through to the keeper

Unofficial drinks break, play held up. This partnership is now worth 92 runs and they are scoring at an impressive rate. Jayasuriya into the attack for the first time today.

End of over 38 (9 runs) South Africa 162/4
AB de Villiers    57* (64b 11x4)      SL Malinga    10-3-40-2
AG Prince    50* (88b 7x4)      M Muralitharan    14-0-57-1

38.1

Jayasuriya to Prince, FOUR, welcome. tossed up outside the off stump, Prince dances down the track and whips it away through midwicket, clean hit and the fielder at midwicket had no chance of stopping it

38.2

Jayasuriya to Prince, no run, drifting down the leg side, Prince fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away behind the stumps on the leg side

38.3

Jayasuriya to Prince, 1 run, turned away off the back-foot to the square leg region, quick single taken

38.4

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, bowled from round the stumps, turning away, de Villiers goes back and cuts it away towards short third man

38.5

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, 1 run, driven wide of the cover fielder

38.6

Jayasuriya to Prince, 1 run, turned wide of the fielder at midwicket

End of over 39 (7 runs) South Africa 169/4
AG Prince    56* (92b 8x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-7-0
AB de Villiers    58* (66b 11x4)      SL Malinga    10-3-40-2

39.1

Malinga to Prince, no run, pushed to mid-on

39.2

Malinga to Prince, no run, driven down to mid-off

39.3

Malinga to Prince, no run

39.4

Malinga to Prince, no run

39.5

Malinga to Prince, 1 no ball

39.5

Malinga to Prince, no run, defended back to the bowler

39.6

Malinga to Prince, 2 runs, turned away through square leg, easy two

End of over 40 (3 runs) South Africa 172/4
AG Prince    58* (99b 8x4)      SL Malinga    11-3-43-2
AB de Villiers    58* (66b 11x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-7-0

40.1

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, forced away towards cover

40.2

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

40.3

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line, de Villiers on the back-foot defending

40.4

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, good line and back of a length, de Villiers leaves it for the keeper

40.5

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, punched straight to the fielder at short cover

40.6

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run

End of over 41 (maiden) South Africa 172/4
AB de Villiers    58* (72b 11x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-18-0
AG Prince    58* (99b 8x4)      SL Malinga    11-3-43-2

41.1

Jayasuriya to Prince, no run, worked away towards midwicket

41.2

Jayasuriya to Prince, FOUR, tossed up outside the off stump, Prince goes for the sweep and makes contact, ball rolls down to the third man fence, risky shot but he made it look easy

41.3

Jayasuriya to Prince, no run, worked away off the back-foot to the midwicket region

41.4

Jayasuriya to Prince, 1 run, turned away towards square leg, easy single

41.5

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, forced away towards cover

41.6

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, FOUR, short in length, de Villiers quickly picks up the length and pulls it away to the midwicket fence

Drinks called for.

End of over 42 (9 runs) South Africa 181/4
AB de Villiers    62* (74b 12x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-16-0
AG Prince    63* (103b 9x4)      MF Maharoof    5-1-18-0

42.1

Maharoof to Prince, no run, short of a legth and wide outside the off stump, Prince cuts off the back-foot but fails to get it past the fielder at point

42.2

Maharoof to Prince, no run, another short of a good length delivery, hint of swing there, not sure the ball is reversing, Prince watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

42.3

Maharoof to Prince, no run, driven off the back-foot to the cover region

42.4

Maharoof to Prince, no run, Maharoof goes wider outside the off stump, Price slashes at it away from his body and gets beaten by a long way

42.5

Maharoof to Prince, no run, left through to the keeper

42.6

Maharoof to Prince, no run, another Maharoof maiden - slightly short and angling across, Prince drives off the back-foot and finds the fielder at cover

End of over 43 (maiden) South Africa 181/4
AG Prince    63* (109b 9x4)      MF Maharoof    6-2-18-0
AB de Villiers    62* (74b 12x4)      ST Jayasuriya    2-0-16-0

43.1

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, full and on the stumps, bowled from round the stumps, de Villiers comes down the track and drives it straight back to the bowler

43.2

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, quicker delivery, defended outside the off stump

43.3

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, forced away towards cover

43.4

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, driven inside out to the mid-off region, de Villiers takes off for a single but Prince stands his ground - Malinga fires the ball in at the keeper's end but hits de Villiers on the way

43.5

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, 1 run, turned away behind square on the leg side, easy single

43.6

Jayasuriya to Prince, no run, defended watchfully

End of over 44 (1 run) South Africa 182/4
AG Prince    63* (110b 9x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-17-0
AB de Villiers    63* (79b 12x4)      MF Maharoof    6-2-18-0

44.1

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, good looking drive but the ball goes straight to the fielder at short cover

44.2

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, short of a good length delivery, again close to the off stump line, de Villiers drives off the back-foot and the ball finds the fielder at point

44.3

Maharoof to de Villiers, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, begging to be hit - de Villiers quickly gets into a good position and whips it past the fielder at backward point, excellent placement

44.4

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, better line and length, eased away towards short third man

44.5

Maharoof to de Villiers, 1 run, tucked away behind square on the leg side, easy single

44.6

Maharoof to Prince, no run, defended outside the off stump

This partnership is now worth 117 runs and counting .

End of over 45 (5 runs) South Africa 187/4
AG Prince    63* (111b 9x4)      MF Maharoof    7-2-23-0
AB de Villiers    68* (84b 13x4)      ST Jayasuriya    3-0-17-0

45.1

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, FOUR, tossed up on the stumps, de Villiers comes down the track, gets inside the line and lofts it through the gap between mid-off and cover, now that's an inside out hammer

45.2

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, defended down on the leg side

45.3

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, punched down to mid-off

45.4

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, bit of width offered, cut straight to the fielder at point

45.5

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, defended outside the off stump

45.6

Jayasuriya to de Villiers, no run, played back to the bowler

End of over 46 (4 runs) South Africa 191/4
AB de Villiers    72* (90b 14x4)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-21-0
AG Prince    63* (111b 9x4)      MF Maharoof    7-2-23-0

46.1

Maharoof to Prince, FOUR, more runs! good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and slanting across the left-hander, Prince has a wild slash at it , ball clips the outside edge and flies past the fielder at gully, cheeky four

46.2

Maharoof to Prince, no run

46.3

Maharoof to Prince, no run, short of a good lenght delivery, close to the off stump line and Prince leaves it through to the keeper

46.4

Maharoof to Prince, 2 runs, drifting onto the pads and Prince turns it away towards fine leg for a brace

46.5

Maharoof to Prince, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Prince drives off the back-foot, solid shot but the ball goes straight to the fielder at cover

46.6

Maharoof to Prince, FOUR, dropped! good length delivery outside the off stump, once again Prince goes for it, a loose shot, ball clips the outside edge and goes right through Jayasuriya's hands - that should have been taken - 200 comes up for South Africa

Change of ends for Murali.

End of over 47 (10 runs) South Africa 201/4
AG Prince    73* (117b 11x4)      MF Maharoof    8-2-33-0
AB de Villiers    72* (90b 14x4)      ST Jayasuriya    4-0-21-0

47.1

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, pitched on middle and leg and drifting down the leg side, de Villiers fails to make contact, Jayawardene moves across quickly and gloves it cleanly

47.2

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, fuller in length and de Villiers clips it straight to the fielder at midwicket

47.3

Muralitharan to de Villiers, no run, turning in from wide outside the off stump, de Villiers gets hit on the pad, impact was well outside the line of the off stump and the appeal for lbw is duly turned down

47.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, driven wide of the fielder at mid-on and they scamper through for a single

47.5

Muralitharan to Prince, FOUR, half-volley outside the off stump, Prince steps forward to the pitch of the delivery and pounds it past the fielder at cover, solid drive

47.6

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, good length delivery, turning away from the left-hander, Prince watchfully plays it down to silly mid-off

End of over 48 (5 runs) South Africa 206/4
AG Prince    77* (119b 12x4)      M Muralitharan    15-0-62-1
AB de Villiers    73* (94b 14x4)      MF Maharoof    8-2-33-0

48.1

Maharoof to de Villiers, 1 no ball, good length delivery, bit of movement away from the right-hander, de Villier shoulders arms

48.1

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery, close to the off stump line, de Villiers drives off the back-foot, a good looking square drive but once again he fails to get it past the fielder at point

48.2

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery, this one nipped back in, de Villiers is beaten by the angle and the ball rolls away after hitting the pad

48.3

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

48.4

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, good length delivery, driven away towards cover

48.5

Maharoof to de Villiers, no run, another line and length delivery, hint of away movement, no shot offered, end of a fine over

End of over 49 (1 run) South Africa 207/4
AB de Villiers    73* (100b 14x4)      MF Maharoof    8.5-2-34-0
AG Prince    77* (119b 12x4)      M Muralitharan    15-0-62-1

49.1

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

49.2

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, flighted delivery outside the off stump, Prince comes down the track and defends but not cleanly, ball clips the edge and rolls back

49.3

Muralitharan to Prince, 1 run, fuller length delivery, worked away off the back-foot to the deep square leg region, fumble in the deep but the decide not to go for the second run

49.4

Muralitharan to de Villiers, 1 run, Murali keeping it up there, de Villier quickly goes down on one knee and sweeps it away through the vacant square leg region, yet another easy single added to the total

49.5

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, comes down the track and taps it to mid-off

49.6

Muralitharan to Prince, no run, defended on the back-foot

End of over 50 (2 runs) South Africa 209/4
AG Prince    78* (124b 12x4)      M Muralitharan    16-0-64-1
AB de Villiers    74* (101b 14x4)      MF Maharoof    8.5-2-34-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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