South Africa v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Kimberley January 20, 2012

Caught Petersen, bowled Peterson

Plays of the Day from the fourth ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Kimberley

Comeback shot of the day
Graeme Smith started his innings with a rope around his neck but managed to escape the noose with an aggressive 68. He was gifted deliveries on the pads, which he could thump into the leg side, and then played the shot that suggested he was not done yet. Smith lunged forward to Thisara Perera's fourth ball and slammed it past the bowler. Alviro Petersen, who was at the non-striker's end, had to take evasive action quickly and tumbled over in his attempt to avoid getting hit.

Near run-out of the day
Smith was on 46 when AB de Villiers came to the crease. As usual, the new South Africa captain was in a hurry and called Smith for a single off the first ball he faced. de Villiers had merely nudged to cover and would have been taking a risk even if he had someone speedy, like JP Duminy or Faf du Plessis, at the other end. Desperate not to lose his wicket before reaching a milestone, Smith sped through but would have been out if the throw was better. Even though Kumar Sangakkara was able to the collect the wide throw and get the bails off, Smith was home.

Catch of the day
Sri Lanka had knocked off a third of the target, and Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan were settling in, when Petersen punctured their partnership. Sangakkara latched on to a Robin Peterson delivery and dispatched it over midwicket. On most days of the year, it would have been six but on January 20, it was his exit pass. Petersen was just inside the rope and timed his jump to perfection, leaping with both arms up, snatching the ball out of the air and keeping his balance to avoid falling over as he landed. Petersen's celebration was remarkably understated.

Mix-up of the day
Sri Lanka had started to settle into the pound seat when they almost fell right out of it. Thisara Perera nudged the ball into the on-side and called for the run. When he saw how tight it would be, he decided against it, but his partner Dinesh Chandimal was almost at the striker's end. The batsmen had given up when Vernon Philander threw to the wrong end, the wicketkeeper's end, and Perera made his ground there. Chandimal was still in danger and began to sprint as AB de Villiers threw the ball to the non-striker's end. The throw was wide and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who was backing up, couldn't collect it in time so both batsmen survived.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Johan on January 21, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Sorry AB you failed your team, after JP lost his wicket your job was to bat out with the tail, but no, you decided to bring-up your 100 with a six... We all saw how that went.... You lost the game right there! Sad if personal milestones is more important that the team, specially if your the captain!

  • Amila on January 21, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    i was expecting Ms Monda to write the main article ..looks like she has given it to some other guy ( may be) because .....there is nothing in the last game to Brag about SA cricket for her...

  • viran on January 21, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Mahela dropped and sl wins. Guys drop the oldies and bing the youngsters then sl will win more matches.

  • Sarath on January 21, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Senanayake was undone by the team management asking him to bowl majority of his overs during the power play, yet he manged to bowl most of his overs reasonably well on that pitch suited for batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Where is the report from Monda today and no room for comments ? Please include reports from Sri Lankan writers as well as many SA writers are one sided.

  • Yasas on January 21, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    this match showed how talented and skilled the sri lankan team really is. the south africans brutally underestimated the raw flair of the lankan side and they paid for it with a loss...too bad this win didnt come a match earlier and we would definitely have a hot series in our hands

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    This is a stunning cricket from SL. Bit to be honest SA bowled well especially philander and parnell. Also seemed like luck was with SL. 2 tight run out chances escaped SL batsmen by millimeters and 2 succesful reviews too. However many thanks to perera's huge sixes and SL badly needed such a hard hitter at no. 6 or 7. nice to see young batmen performing well in pressure situations. Good luck SL and you can beat AUS & IND in upcoming series in australia if u play such high quality cricket.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    why can't you add a category for "shot of the day". If it is added ,it is definitely going to be the wining six from perera. seems like firdose moonda does n't like to appreciate the skills of sri lankan batsmen. please be reasonable when u write articles.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Thisara you beauty..sealed it with a six!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    25 bowling changes in 50overs by DIlshan must be a record in ODIs. Even I could have done that.

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