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

We showed a lot of maturity - de Villiers

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In the space of a week, AB de Villiers has gone from captaining a team for the first time at any level, to winning an international series with two matches to spare. He'd be forgiven for thinking leadership is one of the easiest things he has been asked to do. But he doesn't.

Of all the players in the South African side over the past year, de Villiers developed the most. From a rough and tumble, schoolboy-style youngster as recently as during the 2011 World Cup, he has become a reasoning, sensible man whom anyone would want to call their captain. He also showed the ability to motivate, guide, think creatively and strategise, which are essential qualities for a leader of men.

"I am very proud of the boys. We took it one game at a time. I would like to think we will keep playing this kind of cricket," de Villiers said after the victory in Bloemfontein, which gave South Africa a 3-0 lead in the series against Sri Lanka. "We showed a lot of maturity, and a lot of young guys that came in showed experience. We didn't expect it to be 3-nil but we are very happy that it is."

South Africa managed to stay one step ahead of Sri Lanka even as the visitors took large strides towards improvement. The closest South Africa came to being caught was in Bloemfontein, but de Villiers lead the charge in a pressure situation to win despite wet weather. "The game was in the balance a little bit but I'm glad we got there in the end," he said.

One of South Africa's successful tactics was the rotation of the No. 4 position between de Villiers, JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis. In the third ODI, du Plessis came up the order and made his highest ODI score, 72, and de Villiers said they would keep the position fluid. "I warned you guys that we are going to mix it up a little bit," he joked. "I needed to bat down the order because it was important to get partnerships in the front."

du Plessis said he was "grateful" to get the opportunity to spend more time in the middle. "In the previous two games, I got two or three overs at the end so it was nice to go out and express myself." He also expressed himself in the field, where he effected a run-out to dismiss Kumar Sangakkara and saved lots of runs at point.

de Villiers also lauded a "much better" fielding effort by South Africa. Although they dropped four chances and missed five run-out opportunities, they caught four batsmen and ran out three others. de Villiers, however, said they had to improve and were not "a perfect team".

With the series won, de Villiers said the focus would be on "4-nil first" in Kimberley on Friday, because thoughts turn to a whitewash. It will also provide an opportunity to test new combinations, something South Africa started in Bloemfontein but can apply with more freedom in the remaining two fixtures.

"We could have one or two bowlers coming in but the batting will stay more or less the same," de Villiers said. South Africa had a new-look top three in Bloemfontein and de Villiers said they were likely to stick with that for the next two matches. "Colin [Ingram] deserves another chance at No. 3."

de Villiers also indicated that out-of-form batsman Graeme Smith would stay in the side, despite mounting criticism. Smith's last ODI hundred was during the Champions Tophy in 2009 and he has managed only one half-century in his previous 15 matches. With Alviro Petersen in good form, talk is rife that Smith will dropped once Hashim Amla returns from paternity leave.

"His [Smith's] confidence is not very high at the moment but I am expecting runs very soon," de Villiers said. "We know he is under pressure and we have to remember that no-one is invincible. Poor form is around the corner for all of us. But he is one of those big match players and he is old enough and experienced enough to know what to do. All we can do is support him."

Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe served South Africa well but two of them may make way for Vernon Philander and Wayne Parnell in the remaining games against Sri Lanka. Philander was brought into the squad after an injury to Rory Kleinveldt, but Parnell has been part of the group from the outset but has yet to get a look in.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    my srilanka team for australia tour..............tharanga,dilshan,sangakkara,chandimal,mahela,mathews.jeevan mendis/ajantha mendis,thisara perara,nuwan kulesekara,malinga............this is perfect srilanka squad..we dont want dilhara fernando,thirimane,chamara silva,...i wish thisara perara to play as a opener like sanath jeyasuriya and wish mahela to play as a opener sometime.srilanka should find some good fast bowlers who can ball 150km with length...proud to be srilankan fans....

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 20, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Good bloke, AB. The best thing that he got right was getting rid of Botha and bringing Robin Petersen in and trying to make better use of JP Duminy. Smith was unneccesarily trying to protect Botha against Robin.

  • POSTED BY almeda_riddle on | January 19, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Well put Clint_ZA, it's hard to answer some of these comments without swearing, I despair at the bizarre assumptions, observations and accusations that get posted - I'm glad that most Sri Lankan fans seem quite magnanimous and level-headed but I don't know how some of these posts get through.

  • POSTED BY Xtra-Cover on | January 19, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Dilshan had no clue about the rain or D/L would come into play, but we heard Sanga was screaming in the latter overs..."Boys..stop the boundaries!". Guess what?...Bad luck Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Well done to the proteas, and for all the people saying south africa wouldnt have won had it not been for the rain hush!

    we had 2 prime batsmen at the crease and being south african you know when your team is gong to win, though sri lanka made us cringe at times SA would have been victors, i for one would have loved to see the end not the DL method but hey history is history on to the next 2 games...i sense atleast a 4-1 but a 5-0 is a big possibility.

    Amandla Boys!

  • POSTED BY vivek_khyati on | January 19, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    i wonder why so many people are blaming kosala kulsekara.. he was the top scorer in the infamous 43 all out in first odi.. he scored 19 of them.. he deserve to play for lanka.. plessis, too, dint contributed much till 3rd match.. and then he was promoted up the order and scored his best odi knock.. who knows, kosala proves to be the plessis for lanka.. :)

  • POSTED BY CKfrombrisbane on | January 19, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    What ? Maturity ? You guys won because of rain and that stupid duckworth/ luvis crap . If there is a proper game SL will win.

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | January 19, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Maybe it is good SA are on the winning side of DL for a change. Cricket is unpredictable and as such, although SA seemed they may not win if the game went the full stretch, we must remember anything can happen. AB and Morkel could have set the field on fire, Steyn has also proved to be a handy batsman. We cannot take it for granted either side would have won had DL not decided. The point is, SL came back well, SA fought well and in the end, the SA won and we cannot change that.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    In a netral wicket Sri Lanka can beat SA 6 out of 10 times I would say.They won here thanks to weather.I cant understand what Kosala Kulasekara`s role in the team ! He seem like a friend of a Politician

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | January 19, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Essentially self-serving comments here from SAf and SL fans. Totally predictable. AB is doing well. Lets congratulate him for his current success. Let's give him a chance and judge his success maybe after 2015. Its too early now. He is also statistically the no. 2 ODI batter and is a class act. Dilshan on the other hand appears a man out of his depth. His one notable action after gaining the captaincy was to lose the earring and the stripes in his beard. In this day and age, that is the least important thing and shows how shallow his perception is. Cannot blame him totally though. Sri Lanka is going through some tough times, not just on the cricket field. Don't feel he is getting the needed support from the "senior" players and VC Mathews. SLC needs to take some tough decisions immediately. Let's see if they have the cojones.

  • POSTED BY on | January 21, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    my srilanka team for australia tour..............tharanga,dilshan,sangakkara,chandimal,mahela,mathews.jeevan mendis/ajantha mendis,thisara perara,nuwan kulesekara,malinga............this is perfect srilanka squad..we dont want dilhara fernando,thirimane,chamara silva,...i wish thisara perara to play as a opener like sanath jeyasuriya and wish mahela to play as a opener sometime.srilanka should find some good fast bowlers who can ball 150km with length...proud to be srilankan fans....

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | January 20, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Good bloke, AB. The best thing that he got right was getting rid of Botha and bringing Robin Petersen in and trying to make better use of JP Duminy. Smith was unneccesarily trying to protect Botha against Robin.

  • POSTED BY almeda_riddle on | January 19, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Well put Clint_ZA, it's hard to answer some of these comments without swearing, I despair at the bizarre assumptions, observations and accusations that get posted - I'm glad that most Sri Lankan fans seem quite magnanimous and level-headed but I don't know how some of these posts get through.

  • POSTED BY Xtra-Cover on | January 19, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Dilshan had no clue about the rain or D/L would come into play, but we heard Sanga was screaming in the latter overs..."Boys..stop the boundaries!". Guess what?...Bad luck Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Well done to the proteas, and for all the people saying south africa wouldnt have won had it not been for the rain hush!

    we had 2 prime batsmen at the crease and being south african you know when your team is gong to win, though sri lanka made us cringe at times SA would have been victors, i for one would have loved to see the end not the DL method but hey history is history on to the next 2 games...i sense atleast a 4-1 but a 5-0 is a big possibility.

    Amandla Boys!

  • POSTED BY vivek_khyati on | January 19, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    i wonder why so many people are blaming kosala kulsekara.. he was the top scorer in the infamous 43 all out in first odi.. he scored 19 of them.. he deserve to play for lanka.. plessis, too, dint contributed much till 3rd match.. and then he was promoted up the order and scored his best odi knock.. who knows, kosala proves to be the plessis for lanka.. :)

  • POSTED BY CKfrombrisbane on | January 19, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    What ? Maturity ? You guys won because of rain and that stupid duckworth/ luvis crap . If there is a proper game SL will win.

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | January 19, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Maybe it is good SA are on the winning side of DL for a change. Cricket is unpredictable and as such, although SA seemed they may not win if the game went the full stretch, we must remember anything can happen. AB and Morkel could have set the field on fire, Steyn has also proved to be a handy batsman. We cannot take it for granted either side would have won had DL not decided. The point is, SL came back well, SA fought well and in the end, the SA won and we cannot change that.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    In a netral wicket Sri Lanka can beat SA 6 out of 10 times I would say.They won here thanks to weather.I cant understand what Kosala Kulasekara`s role in the team ! He seem like a friend of a Politician

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | January 19, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Essentially self-serving comments here from SAf and SL fans. Totally predictable. AB is doing well. Lets congratulate him for his current success. Let's give him a chance and judge his success maybe after 2015. Its too early now. He is also statistically the no. 2 ODI batter and is a class act. Dilshan on the other hand appears a man out of his depth. His one notable action after gaining the captaincy was to lose the earring and the stripes in his beard. In this day and age, that is the least important thing and shows how shallow his perception is. Cannot blame him totally though. Sri Lanka is going through some tough times, not just on the cricket field. Don't feel he is getting the needed support from the "senior" players and VC Mathews. SLC needs to take some tough decisions immediately. Let's see if they have the cojones.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | January 19, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    AB I would say shown everything one would want from a new captain and most importatnly hasnt let is effect his batting. Also impressive was that he took it upon himself to move down the order and take control of the middle order, probably the only area SA have had a few issues. The risk is of course AB will not get to bat long enough to make an impact on the game. One issue I have is the handling of Steyn who is not getting a chance to make an impact. He should open the bowliing surely and its not like there is a lack of guys who can come in first change.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Ok so if they don't drop smith atleast move him down a few places. Let him com in at 4

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | January 19, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Why is Smith still Test Captain. Its obvious the effect AB has on the team and his flexibility/creativity is something to be used at the hightest level (TEst Level)

  • POSTED BY RiffMaster on | January 19, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    What a load of hogwash! "From a rough and tumble, schoolboy-style youngster as recently as during the 2011 World Cup, he has become a reasoning, sensible man whom anyone would want to call their captain." What?! You're saying that up until the start of 2011 he wasn't displaying the maturity of his experience gained from playing for the Proteas for how long now?

    So what if he captained the team who won the series against Sri Lanka. The third match wasn't not won by the Proteas, it was given to them according to some approved match formula some cooked up in the basement along with some crytal meth. The fact is, our batting side wasn't impressive for the majority of our batting innings and then it turned out we won by 4 runs. Stop singing someones praises because of some very minor short term success. AB has still a long way to go before being truly rated as a captain. But besides that, obviously I'm happy for winning the series!

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Sri lanka filding is very poor way malinga fielded it was not supposed to be and i dont knw why they keep kosla kula sekara for what he is not performing any i am happy sri lanka team has been improved..........................................

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    to fast_gun i think you mean sa cricket is improving. I don't think there is any one out there who will say that sa cricket has slumped since the 2011 wc, but that it flourished. Sure its nowhere ear as good as it should be but least they are trying. and one has to give credit to our new innovative captain ab. The nest two remaining games will be very interesting to see what combinations sa is going to apply.

  • POSTED BY on | January 19, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    It is sad that Dilshan or the selectors do not get a point. We clearly made another blunder playing a 5 man pace attack. Kosala Kulasekara was a waste of a player who was bowling at 125k and not even a quality batsmen. He should have been replaced by sachithra and Dilshan should swap positions with Mahela. Mahela would do well at the top with upul and it would give Dilshan a better chance to score runs at no:5....guys time to wake up....

  • POSTED BY Dharmarathna on | January 19, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Just two comparisons between AB & Dilli, 1. See the last 5 overs of the match, AB batted like he is in the last 5 overs but Dilli select bowllers by thinking he has 20 overs left (weather prediction expoected rain in the evening & hope Dilli doesn't know it & AB knows)..2. AB comes later in the batting order & plays the captains knock while Dilli comes first & goes first in most occations....I'm SL fan & we need to find a captain who can lead from the front...my choices are for ODI- Upul Tharanga, test-Thilan & T20-Dilshan.....

  • POSTED BY money2504 on | January 19, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    i feel that even the match went to the end Sri Lanka would have lost, but i think there is a major drawback of the Duckworth Lewis Method. Sri Lanka didnt bowl Lasith Malinga too much cz they wanted to keep them for the death overs. But in the calculation, is it doesnt take account of the bowlers does it? I dont think they do. If sri lanka used Malinga's full qouta of 10 overs, SA might have been around 160 or so, that would have been the difference between a win. It seems Sri Lanka have been done with some injustice. Cant the authorities change the rules of the D/L method, which takes account of the quality of the bowlers too?

  • POSTED BY vanhunks on | January 19, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Come now, give credit where it's due boys. Yes, things could have been different if Malinga had more overs to bowl, but he didn't. SA could also have won the game sooner if AB had a chance to bat... so all "if's and but's".

    Also, the writer of the article didn't say AB is an all time great captain, he said he's appreciating the exciting approach he has to his captaincy. That's all. Some guys should read the article before they comment.

  • POSTED BY Clint_ZA on | January 19, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @fast_gun: What are you on about? You do realise SA needed only 88 runs off 96 balls? You are aware that AB De Villiers, whose ODI credentials speak for themselves, and Albie Morkel, one of the more destructive ODI batsmen, were at the crease? Yes, it was far closer than the previous two encounters, and Sri Lanka put on a decent total, but it was hardly the foregone conclusion you seem to insinuate it was if it had gone all the way. In fact, the DL outcome shows this!

    And for good measure you throwing in some insinuations of match fixing? Wow! You really are full of hatred for all things South African it seems.

    Well done to the Proteas for winning this one. And great to see them on the right side of a DL result for a change! When we lose it we are called chokers. We get the result going out way and all of a sudden the opposition are unlucky and we get no credit. Typical.

  • POSTED BY SangakaraFan on | January 18, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    This proves that Sri Lanka can only play at home.Jawardene's 8500 runs out of 10K came in sub-continents says it all. Top of it we do not have a thinking captain. Kudos to DeVilliers for captaining his side so well.

  • POSTED BY Penny71 on | January 18, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    I don't think SA has matured that much. SL matches were won because SL is playing bad cricket and the 3rd one is bad weather. SA was on a losing cause and they had a lucky escape before the rain. SL needed just one more wicket to choke SA and rain played the spoil sport.

    SA are like aussies who are full of themselves. Opposition mistakes and lack of penetration is certainly not your maturity. We could see de Villiers panicking when things were going great for SL. When playing the game with full of enthusiasm, SL has shown much better composure than SA and more skill full in handling the pressure and strangle the opponents tactically. That's why SL ended up in 2 WC finals and SA has never progressed.

    SA can blow their own trumpet for now, but my guess is two dead rubbers will not be won by SA.

  • POSTED BY fast_gun on | January 18, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    If you ask me, its a whole big hoo haa!! If the rain had not intervened, South Africa would have loose that game for sure! All respect to the sri lankans who played much better than in the first two games, but South Africa were always going to loose this game in an effert to make the series more "exciting" and keep ticket sales up for the last 2 games. Now we have two dead rubber games with not much interest from the public. It is really horrible to see. I hate to say it, but I have lost all faith in SA cricket. First against Australia, then we see it in the test series against Sri Lanka too. Gerald Majola has to be fired!

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    if yesterday not rain, you can see your maturity,sri lankans played very well. SOUTH AFRICANSlike indians, only they can play inside their home country. we are waiting world 20--20 ,march in sri lanka,sri lanka ready for next two matches,dont bost too much, south africa,

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Pleeeeeeze D U M P Smith. His ODI & Test cricket days are over. Tell him to go & qualify for Ireland! AB, why r u protecting him?

  • POSTED BY RAAJ101 on | January 18, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I THINK LUCK HAS STARTED FOR SOUTH AFRICA WITH DVILLIERS AS CAPTAIN

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    this match raised lot of questions about the captaincy of dilshan. the way he changed bowlers is terrible. he don't know how to apply pressure on opposition batsmen when the match is going to be tight one. Also he has not got the patience and ability of taking responsibility which are musts for a captain. I am a sri lankan fan but,to be honest SA are deserved to be the winners. Actually the turning point was the run out of sangakkara caused by top class fielding from du plessis. lacking of such a great fielding efforts was what put down SL 3-0. SL should have been won the 3rd ODI with the help of the slow pitch which is more suitable for SL. good luck SL in next 2 games.

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | January 18, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan.This is a well deserved series victory for SA.We are just unlucky to lose the 3rd ODI.Dilshan proved his lack of brain by not giving Malinga a full spell.Things would have been different if Malinga had been given a 5 overs first spell.But that's history now.Please select Sachithra Senanayake for the upcoming games.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    finally a SA captain with some verve and imagination. from peter van der merwe through ali bacher hansie cronje to graeme smith they have mostly reflected the SA tendency to dull, no risk conservatism. AB could take them to the top.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    More than anything else, rain was the deciding factor in yesterday's game, Sri Lanka had more than 70% chance of winning that match, wonder how Duck-worth-Lewis works under new power-play rules !

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Hats off to A.B., Captain Karizma. Calculated experimentation resulting in no risk at all!!! Even if the new batting lineup failed, devilliers would still be there coming in at no 6.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    The new ERA of SA cricket just began....Its jus the beginning....

  • POSTED BY RoshanF on | January 18, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    South Africa were the better team in the first two matches alright BUT here Sri Lanka most definitely would have won if not for the rain. As bMike says Malinga had overs up his sleeve and all it needed was one more wicket and that was around the corner with only de Villiers left of the batters of repute and 90 runs to get. Albie Morkel may have hit a few lusty blows but not for long. Sri Lanka were unlucky.

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | January 18, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    The Saffers rested two top batters and still beat Sri Lanka. In the next two matches they can rest Steyn and Morkel, bring in Philander and de Lange, and still win the series 5-0. It won't be a whitewash its going to be a "rainbow-wash"! Sad to say but Dilshan's and the XI's current vibe is so bad that I dread to think what the confident Aussies and wounded India will do to us down under in the upcoming triangular. Its hard to see any silver lining in this particular cumulo-nimbus. Maybe as a former captain recommends, we can start by firing the selectors????

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa. Wish Duckworth-Lewis included a factor in their equation that could take into account the impact bowlers like Malinga has at the end.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Well done, SA and a special mention for de Villiers, whose enthusiasm when leading the side seems to rub off on the other players. Rather him than Smith anyday. On the subject of Smith, why does he bother playing odi's anyway? He should've given up ages ago to focus on his test career. A useless opener in this format.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    "We showed a lot of maturity"

    What a funny statement after being world cup finalists less than 12 months ago.........

  • POSTED BY bMike on | January 18, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    If the match was continued it could have been a tight one but Malinga still had 5 overs to bowl & Sri Lanka had upper hand by the time rain came. So SL deserved to win the match

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Its all good the rotation policy at no.4 but hey i think devilliers cant bat anylessdown then no.3 for me.He is your best batsman and he should play most overs.He can take control of the match from there.I am not with him batting at no.4 leave 5 or six.It's ok in this series but i hope devilliers plays at no.3 in future.

  • POSTED BY JustOUT on | January 18, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Well done SA. Now its time to give rest for Steyn and Morkel. Let them ready for NZ test. These guys will be handy over there.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Bring in Marchant De Lange and David Miller...

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    SA looks to be very well balanced team for now, it remains to be seen if we can keep that way in the forthcoming matches. Congrats anyway

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 18, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Well done To SA om a deserved series win.you outplayed us in every dept. as for Sri lamka, yet another series loss to add to dilshans record. I am hoping that he will do the right thiing and resign the captaincy whilst still remaining in the team. I think Mathews as captain with samaraweera as vc unti Chandimal has played enough to take on the vc.we need to get honest with our selections and reduce the politics within our cricket..we need to stop the freefall..

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    morne morkel may be rested in ODI and wane parnell may be included in the playing eleven.morne is always rusty in LOIs and wayne can bat also.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    dude hes just one won series,man the writer is really biased! i mean how can you say such wordw when hes won playing at home ? the mark of a great captain is not to win all matches but when he loses to rise above it all.So its too early to be calling him a great captain etc.Who knows,if dilshan starts to win every series from now wont u be surprised.But my dear friends,some of the greatest players who have played the game have found it difficult to captain their squads and who knows if dilshan does succeed in winning series from now(home and away) their my friend is the mark of a good captain

  • POSTED BY MohammedWasi on | January 18, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    My Fav team after India and pakistan...unpredictable yet talented and almost always dominating against any opposition(except world cups and other ICC's major tournments)..will love to see them on top of the rankings..!!

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  • POSTED BY MohammedWasi on | January 18, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    My Fav team after India and pakistan...unpredictable yet talented and almost always dominating against any opposition(except world cups and other ICC's major tournments)..will love to see them on top of the rankings..!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    dude hes just one won series,man the writer is really biased! i mean how can you say such wordw when hes won playing at home ? the mark of a great captain is not to win all matches but when he loses to rise above it all.So its too early to be calling him a great captain etc.Who knows,if dilshan starts to win every series from now wont u be surprised.But my dear friends,some of the greatest players who have played the game have found it difficult to captain their squads and who knows if dilshan does succeed in winning series from now(home and away) their my friend is the mark of a good captain

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    morne morkel may be rested in ODI and wane parnell may be included in the playing eleven.morne is always rusty in LOIs and wayne can bat also.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 18, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Well done To SA om a deserved series win.you outplayed us in every dept. as for Sri lamka, yet another series loss to add to dilshans record. I am hoping that he will do the right thiing and resign the captaincy whilst still remaining in the team. I think Mathews as captain with samaraweera as vc unti Chandimal has played enough to take on the vc.we need to get honest with our selections and reduce the politics within our cricket..we need to stop the freefall..

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    SA looks to be very well balanced team for now, it remains to be seen if we can keep that way in the forthcoming matches. Congrats anyway

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Bring in Marchant De Lange and David Miller...

  • POSTED BY JustOUT on | January 18, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Well done SA. Now its time to give rest for Steyn and Morkel. Let them ready for NZ test. These guys will be handy over there.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Its all good the rotation policy at no.4 but hey i think devilliers cant bat anylessdown then no.3 for me.He is your best batsman and he should play most overs.He can take control of the match from there.I am not with him batting at no.4 leave 5 or six.It's ok in this series but i hope devilliers plays at no.3 in future.

  • POSTED BY bMike on | January 18, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    If the match was continued it could have been a tight one but Malinga still had 5 overs to bowl & Sri Lanka had upper hand by the time rain came. So SL deserved to win the match

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    "We showed a lot of maturity"

    What a funny statement after being world cup finalists less than 12 months ago.........