South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Bloemfontein January 17, 2012

Dilshan stops the rot and an eerie déjà vu

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka, in Bloemfontein

Trend-breaker of the day
Tillakaratne Dilshan had gone two matches without a run to his name. At the end of the first over of the third ODI, he hauled out a vicious flick to fine leg to stop the rot. Dilshan played an uncharacteristically watchful knock, with his first boundary coming after 41 balls and the Dil-scoop emerging shortly after. He was dismissed caught trying to slog-sweep after he had built a decent foundation.

Jonty Rhodes moment of the day
AB de Villiers said South Africa had given away 15 runs too many in the field in East London and demanded an improvement from his men. The response started when Morne Morkel ran across from a wide fine leg, dived to attempt a catch and, when the ball fell short, grabbed it on the half-volley, one-handed, to save four. That was overshadowed, though, by Faf du Plessis, who de Villiers says is "one of the best fielders in the world right now." Dinesh Chandimal pushed the ball to the right of du Plessis at point and du Plessis lunged, picked it up and struck down the stumps at the striker's end in a fluid, seamless movement. Kumar Sangakkara was not even halfway down the track and de Villiers had not reached the stumps yet, but du Plessis was spot on.

Yorkers of the day
Before Lasith Malinga could get his turn, Morne Morkel removed Nuwan Kulasekara with a pin-point yorker, and then Dale Steyn dismissed Malinga himself with a full, slower ball. But, it was up to the yorker king, Malinga, to bowl the best toe-crushers of the match. He fired in a low, lethal one to Graeme Smith, and then deceived Colin Ingram with a slower one, the ball after Ingram had stroked him for four. South Africa's new No. 3, Ingram, had no clue and tried to bring the bat down as the ball dipped on him, but was completely fooled.

Bungle of the day
In the tenth over, Faf du Plessis carved Rangana Herath to short fine leg for what should have been just a quick single. But the fielder there hurled in a wayward throw that went to a dawdling Lasith Malinga at long-off. Instead of hurrying to the ball, Malinga took his time, allowing for a second and then fluffed the pick-up to let du Plessis and Alviro Petersen steal a third.

Déjà vu of the day
At the start of the 34th over, South Africa were one run behind the Duckworth-Lewis par score of 172. Given that the opposition was Sri Lanka and margins were so small, there was an eerie déjà vu of the 2003 World Cup group match that knocked South Africa out; but this time, South Africa did not get their calculations wrong. De Villiers sprinted through for a couple off the first ball, scampered a single off the second and Albie Morkel put pressure on the fielder for a quick single to draw level. Then, Lasith Malinga bowled a wide to put South Africa ahead and they stayed there until the end of the over, when the rain came down.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Lalindra on January 18, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Sangakkara's dismisal was the crucial moment of the match for the Sri Lankan's had he survived that run out,it would have been a different story, he was in prime form and im sure the next innings he will blitz a century the form he's in,during the match @ Bloemfontein he was personified. i think dinesh chandimal should have walked and give sanga to continue the good work, it would have been a worth while sacrifice.... the bowling didn't choked the sf batsman or bowled economically to apply pressure.i think when bowling dilshan missed a trick or two... mahela's assistance would have been handy in this kind of situation.the way sf batted the wicket was a belter.not getting down senanayake on time and not playing SURAJ RANDIV with out a reason was costly in thy end...... mean while Kosala Kulasekera seems to be a spectator in the team.

  • nuwan on January 18, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    sri lanka lost due to negative cricket. team should target 300+ instead of 250. u need to score runa a ball or more than that. Chandimal was little bit defensive. sanga played really well. kulasekara was great too.

  • Fadzai on January 18, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    This was a way better performance by Sri Lanka. Well done. It was an enjoyable match to watch until it started raining. All the best Lions in the 4th and 5th ODIs.

  • savs on January 18, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    So frustrating for SL, they played so well but still lost. Malinga had 5 overs left as well. The DL method really is not that fair, even in the World Cup Final in 2007, SL were on track to get that big score but kept losing wickets trying to keep up with the DL method. Anyway AB and Du Plessis played aggressive knocks which put them slightly in front so credit goes to them.

  • Randika on January 18, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    gee that really was tough luck for Sri Lanka :( Should have won that match if it went the full distance! Fair play to SA though, they played really well those last 3-4 overs to get over the D/L par score!

  • Shehan on January 18, 2012, 6:11 GMT was poetic justice indeed in yesterdays 3rd one-dayer. South Africa got the Duckworth & Lewis treatment in the 2003 World Cup while playing against Sri Lanka, which knocked them out of the tournament. Yesterday the roles were reversed when Sri Lanka got the D&L treatment and lost the one-day series to South Africa. Now its only pride that SL have to play for in the 2 remaining games. Sri Lanka's cricketing woes continue...

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  • Mayuresh on January 18, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Finally SA was able to break the jinx of DL..... hey congrats guys

  • chandana on January 18, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    The Sri Lanka team mix is still not correct; i.e. they are a batsman short. KOsala K came in with a lot of hype but has not done anything to make him a #7 a-la Albie M or Mitch jhonson or Tim Bresnan. Maybe the conditions in SA has determined his inclusion ahead of Jeevan M, but we seriously need to look at a top order batter who can bowl at leat 5 decent overs. When Sanath was in the team he used to bowl 10 and the team was well balanced also with Angie bowling a few and Dilly chipping in ato make up 10 overs. Then we also had Vassy and Murali so the 50 overs could be spread among 4 bowlers and 3 batters. Now that balance is skewed towards bowlers and we struggle if the top order dont deliver bulk of the runs. May be develop Chamara Kapugedera as allrounder as he bowls medium pace like Angelo. He still has age on his side and if properly trained can easily play for at least another 5 years. Also about time we open the tests with Tharanga. Look no further than OZ with Warner. cheers

  • Johnathon on January 18, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Sri Lanka had this game. With Rangana Herath and Malinga with 5 overs each and only 15 overs left with only 5 wickets remaining, Sri Lanka had this. Luck favoring South Africa for a change. But what about Kumar Sangakkara! He has been gone to unbelievable bits of bowling/fielding. That Philander and Steyn delivery in the Test and the run out in this match. Unlucky bloke that man

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