Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, 1st ODI: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Paarl, Jan 11, 2012
South Africa won by 258 runs
Played at Boland Park, Paarl
11 January 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

Right, Mr. Malinga has the ball in his 100th ODI. Zinc cream and golden-bronze curls. Two slips for Amla, and Smith's at the other end. Here we go.

The players walk out to the middle, accompanied by kids. The national anthems are being played now. Always good to watch. "I thought South Africa's national anthem was long... until I heard the Sri Lankan one!," says Rehan. Fabio chips in with this: "What is the attendance like? Capacity crowd of 782?" Looks like a good turnout to me, surely a few thousands!

Several Saffer fans writing in that they are surprised Johan Botha isn't playing. So am I, though Botha has only got back to SA after playing the BBL. Talking of commentary feedback, trust you all are aware of Commentariat - our Page 2 section that features the wittiest / most perceptive / most sarcastic / most stand-out comments you send us. Get cracking on those keyboards, then. Also, a reminder that there's one place where you get updates faster than on the ball-by-ball tab - follow us on Twitter where we consistently operate at 140 kph, much like Dale Steyn.

Toss AB de Villiers makes a good start to his captaincy career. He has chosen to bat first. Albie Morkel in at No. 7 and Robin Peterson at 8 on what promises to be a good pitch. Dilshan admits he'd had batted too. He's buoyed by the inclusion of Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara to the scheme of things. Sri Lanka's attack in fact is completely different from the one that played the third Test. Dilshan rates the track as good for one-day cricket. We could see some runs today.

Firdose lets us know it is HOT in Paarl, all caps. The makeshift media box has no fan, she lets us know.

1.45 pm Hello all! Welcome to the first of many ODIs in 2012. South Africa and Sri Lanka have been among the more reluctant opponents in recent years in the ODI format. SL have played India 50 times in the last five years, a period in which they have clashed with the Saffers only seven times. A new installment of the contest is upon us. Toss coming up in 15 minutes.

While we wait, here's Sid Ravindran's preview to the game. Firdose Moonda expects Sri Lanka to compete better in the shorter format.

0.1

Malinga to Amla, no run, back of a length outside off and seaming away, Amla lets it go.

0.2

Malinga to Amla, no run, Amla is nicely behind the line this time as Malinga slings it in at 137 kph. Back of a length, true bounce and solid defence.

0.3

Malinga to Amla, 1 run, did we speak too soon about the carry? Malinga goes fuller this time, on leg and middle and gets the ball to curl away. Amla gets squared up, and outside edges it towards slip. It lands well short, sort of a soft edge.

0.4

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs, Smith is away, Malinga straightens one from outside off as Smith leans across and steers it behind point for a couple.

0.5

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs, another couple. Smith stays back and steers another short of length ball. This time it angled across him, and he guided it without a fuss.

Only one slip in place.

Only 2 players in this SA side have played at Paarl before.

0.6

Malinga to Smith, no run, short of a length again to end the over, not much room and Smith defends.

End of over 1 (5 runs) South Africa 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • GC Smith 4 (3b)
    • HM Amla 1 (3b)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0

Kula gets the second over. Bowls deceptively prodigious indippers. Also, shares his birthday (and year) with my colleague Sid Ravindran, who happens to be a big fan of his.

1.1

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, there you go, big inswing to start off. Amla covers the line and defends to the leg side.

1.2

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, back of a length and again a hint of inward movement. Amla defends to the off side.

1.3

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, beaten outside off. This one straightens after suggesting inward swing once again, and Amla goes for a hard-handed forcing shot. And misses.

1.4

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, gets it away this time with a sturdy outside edge as he plays from the crease. Single to third man.

Two slips for Smith.

1.5

KMDN Kulasekara to Smith, 1 leg bye, good line for a right hander. Ends up on Smith's hips as he looks to tuck it behind square. It goes fine of the keeper for a leg bye.

1.6

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, Amla goes back and across, and works a length ball to the leg side.

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • HM Amla 2 (8b)
    • GC Smith 4 (4b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-1-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0
2.1

Malinga to Smith, no run, Malinga straightens one down the line at 138 kph, defended to the leg side from the crease.

2.2

Malinga to Smith, no run, this one holds its line, Smith defends towards cover off the front foot.

2.3

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs, hustles him with pace and carry. Smith shapes for an expansive cover punch from the back foot - too ambitious, since Malinga is through him from a short of good length. The ball goes off the outside edge, wide of first slip.

2.4

Malinga to Smith, OUT, got him this time! Malinga gets even more niggardly with the width this time, making Smith's choice of stroke look that much poorer. Once again, it bursts through from short of a length as Smith tries to force it to the off side. A thin edge this time, loops up at pace to the left of Sanga, who takes it superbly as he tumbles across. K' Naan blares on the PA system as Smith walks back. Are the SL fans waving their flags?

GC Smith c †Sangakkara b Malinga 6 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Kallis strides out, dour and determined.

2.5

Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, on the pads, nudged with the angle through square leg.

2.6

Malinga to Amla, 2 runs, back of a length to Amla, who smoothly goes back and across to punch it into the covers.

End of over 3 (5 runs) South Africa 12/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • HM Amla 4 (9b)
    • JH Kallis 1 (1b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-10-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1-0-1-0
3.1

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, short ball to Kallis, who stands tall and forces it down the track.

3.2

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 wide, too much of that prodigious inward cut, it slips down the leg side and is called wide.

"Malinga was the highest wicket taker in ODIs last year. And now he is the leading wicket taker in 2012." What a legend, eh Sajid.

3.2

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, draws Kallis forward with a slightly fuller length. The ball seams in and it is defended off the front foot to the off side.

3.3

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, wider of off stump, doesn't come in sharply enough to make Kallis play. He lets it go through.

3.4

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, 3 runs, pitched up at 127 kph, Kallis needs no further invitation to press forward and drive into the covers. Top piece of timing, earns him three.

3.5

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, Amla generates ominous bat speed with a punch from the crease. Can't get the single behind square as he stands tall and forces the ball straight to the fielder.

3.6

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, the wrists open up, Amla carves the ball off the middle, but finds point again.

End of over 4 (4 runs) South Africa 16/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • HM Amla 4 (11b)
    • JH Kallis 4 (5b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-5-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-10-1
4.1

Malinga to Kallis, no run, short of a length and shaping away from Kallis. He lets it go.

A mean limerick from Trickshot: "There once was a bowler named Malinga, Who would use his arm as a catapult slinger, The batsman would laugh, Until he took out their calf, And the umpire showed them his finger!"

4.2

Malinga to Kallis, no run, he's cranking it up, close to 140 kph now. Kallis stays behind the line and defends down the track.

4.3

Malinga to Kallis, no run, this pitch is true, and will suit good batsmen as well as good bowlers. Kallis stands tall and punches Malinga's riser, straight to point.

4.4

Malinga to Kallis, no run, throws in the slower ball at 122 kph, full and loopy. Kallis waits for it and defends.

4.5

Malinga to Kallis, 2 runs, Malinga tries to hustle Kallis, the un-hustlable. He waits for the ball to come beside him, and then leans back to chop it behind point for a single.

4.6

Malinga to Kallis, no run, Amla stays back and defends down the track.

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 18/1 (RR: 3.60)

    • JH Kallis 6 (11b)
    • HM Amla 4 (11b)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-12-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 2-0-5-0

Smith's made just 2 ODI tons in six years. Pity ODIs don't have fourth innings.

5.1

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, these two aren't getting beaten much, and are middling the ball without finding the placement. Full ball on off stump, Amla smokes it straight to mid-off.

5.2

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, that nipped in as Amla tried shuffling across. It bounced extra too, to hit his thigh.

5.3

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, he's throws everything after a wide ball outside off. It goes off the toe-edge towards third man.

5.4

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis' turn to shuffle across and get neatly inside the line. Once he did that, Kula's natural inward nip was negated, and the ball was asking to be whipped off the pads. Kallis obliged. The first ODI four of 2012 is here.

5.5

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, takes it outside off and keeps it short of a length. Kallis leaves.

5.6

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, 2 runs, Kallis again walks across and looks to shovel Kula with the angle. He doesn't middle it this time, and the ball dribbles away past short fine leg. Deep square leg has it covered, though.

End of over 6 (7 runs) South Africa 25/1 (RR: 4.16)

    • JH Kallis 12 (14b 1x4)
    • HM Amla 5 (14b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-12-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-12-1

Dilhara Fernando, one of three Sri Lankans to have played at Paarl before, comes on now. Two slips in place. What are the odds on a no-ball to start off?

6.1

Fernando to Amla, 5 wides, trust Dilhara to catch you by surprise, all the time. He does a Harmison. Floats the ball a couple of miles down the leg side at 125 kph, and it runs away for five wides.

6.1

Fernando to Amla, FOUR, Nine runs have come off one legal Dilhara delivery! Short and wide this time, it was banged in in his half, and Amla banged it away with equal intent, standing tall and jumping as he cracked it square.

6.2

Fernando to Amla, no run, better, much better line. Cuts the angle on both sides of the stumps and Amla defends.

6.3

Fernando to Amla, no run, slower ball, Dilhara's first over has had everything. Amla waits for it as it holds and drops, and defends to mid-on.

6.4

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, quicker, and back of a length. Amla stays back and nudges to the leg side for a single.

6.5

Fernando to Kallis, FOUR, well, you thought you'd seen everything in that over. Except for a high, juicy full toss on the hips. Dilhara obliges, and Kallis whips it behind square. Tharanga slides over the rope before pulling the ball in, so that's four.

6.6

Fernando to Kallis, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Kallis calmly opens the face and dabs to third man.

End of over 7 (15 runs) South Africa 40/1 (RR: 5.71)

    • JH Kallis 17 (16b 2x4)
    • HM Amla 10 (18b 1x4)
    • CRD Fernando 1-0-15-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 3-0-12-0

"Momentarily there Fernando had an economy of 54.00, that is quite something!" It is, Liam McCarthy. Pity it didn't last. The slips have gone, Kula has short cover in place.

7.1

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, ooh, banana swing for Kula, Kallis has to adjust after getting too far across to defend. He still deals with it well.

7.2

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, defends with bat and pad close together as Kula swings another one in.

7.3

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 run, opens the face and steers efficiently for a single towards third man.

7.4

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, he's gone through an ambitous Amla attempt at a cut. Well, he plays the shot quite well, so you can't fault him for that confidence. The ball was neither short enough, nor wide for the shot. And it came in off the seam. Amla shaped up for the cut, and missed.

7.5

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, goes wider this time, close to being called. Wide enough to make Amla let it go.

7.6

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, that cuts in, Amla tries to work it square and it hits the pad.

End of over 8 (1 run) South Africa 41/1 (RR: 5.12)

    • HM Amla 10 (21b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 18 (19b 2x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-13-0
    • CRD Fernando 1-0-15-0

"After 0.1 deliveries Dilhara Fernando had an economy rate of 54 runs per over. I wonder if a bowler's economy rate has ever been that high at any point in a spell," wonders Stuart Smithies. I'll be back to that in a moment. Meanwhile, Fernando makes way for Angelo Mathews. Short fine leg and short cover.

8.1

Mathews to Kallis, no run, angled in from slightly wide of the crease. Not much pace, and that's how Angelo swings. Kallis defends off the front foot.

8.2

Mathews to Kallis, no run, fuller length this time, Kallis leans out and defends to the off side.

8.3

Mathews to Kallis, no run, whoa, Kallis jumps out and gets to the pitch of the ball. He drives fluently, but finds mid-off.

Right, anyone remember the Karachi ODI between India and Pakistan in 2005? The one where Pakistan nearly chased 350.. At one point, Rana Naved ul Hasan had conceded around 20 runs off one ball. Wides, no-balls, Sehwag - several factors were at work.

8.4

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, gets the single now, pushing a length ball into the covers.

8.5

Mathews to Amla, no run, Amla can't get this one away for runs.

8.6

Mathews to Amla, no run, ends with a probing full length ball at 124 kph. Amla defends cautiously

End of over 9 (1 run) South Africa 42/1 (RR: 4.66)

    • HM Amla 10 (23b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 19 (23b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-1-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 4-0-13-0

Long spell for Kula.

9.1

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, swings in from outside off, and it is defends to the leg side.

9.2

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, Kula swings it in again, Kallis' straight bat comes down decisively as he defends to the off side.

9.3

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, Kallis tries to skip inside the line and take him through the leg side, but Kula smartly shortens the length and keeps him quiet.

9.4

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, SIX, not so quiet this time! Kallis advances again, and this time Kula bowls a regulation length. The ball wafts into the slot and Kallis thumps it into the stands beyond long-on for the first six of the year.

9.5

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, shortens the length now, but Kallis doesn't advance this time. He opens the face and defends to the off side.

9.6

KMDN Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 run, a wristy flourish on the flick gives Kallis a single through square leg.

End of over 10 (7 runs) South Africa 49/1 (RR: 4.90)

    • JH Kallis 26 (29b 2x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 10 (23b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-0-20-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-1-0

"Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara, yes its a long spell-ing for Kulasekara," points out Vin. Sanga comes up to the stumps for Mathews. Kallis can't chip out too easily.

10.1

Mathews to Kallis, no run, back of a length on off stump, Kallis defends to the off side.

10.2

Mathews to Kallis, no run, full length this time, Kallis defends off the front foot.

10.3

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, that stopped on Kallis, who worked it uppishly to mid-on who clumsily over-ran the ball. Only a single taken.

10.4

Mathews to Amla, 1 run, Amla opens the face and chops another length ball behind point.

"This first of everything in 2012 is driving me insane." That, from Jerome Voslo, is the first comment of 2012 that suggests a hatred for the 'first of 2012' meme.

10.5

Mathews to Kallis, no run, Kallis tries to do likewise, steering with soft hands, but Angelo's lack of pace doesn't make it easy.

10.6

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, he gets the single away now, getting the ball very fine for a single.

End of over 11 (3 runs) South Africa 52/1 (RR: 4.72)

    • JH Kallis 28 (34b 2x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 11 (24b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-4-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 5-0-20-0

"How can you have two names that are the same in the same name?" wonders Gav. Heard of Jerome K Jerome? Or Boutrous Boutrous Ghali? Or Yo-yo-ma? Whoa, what do we have here ... Another Kulasekara! Kosala comes on.

11.1

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, gentle trundle at 122 kph, short and seaming away. Defended to the off side.

11.2

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, attacks the stumps this time, Kallis works it off the pads to the leg side.

11.3

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 run, that seamed away, almost surreptitiously, from a length. Kallis spots it, and pushes to the off side for one.

11.4

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, angled in, Amla works it off the pads through square leg for one.

"Don't know any of them but there is a pokemon called Hoot Hoot." Gav, Pokeman is a classified species now? Wow.

11.5

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, 2 runs, Kallis gets a wide ball and steers serenely through backward point.

11.6

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 run, width again, not much pace from Kosala. Kallis guides to third man for a single.

End of over 12 (5 runs) South Africa 57/1 (RR: 4.75)

    • JH Kallis 32 (39b 2x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 12 (25b 1x4)
    • CKB Kulasekara 1-0-5-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-4-0

"Major Major Major from Catch 22" You missed the fourth Major there, Tim.

12.1

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis pushes into the covers for a single.

12.2

Mathews to Amla, no run, nifty slower ball, Amla spots it and tries to launch it straight, but the ball comes too slowly for him to make connection.

12.3

Mathews to Amla, no run, short of a length outside off, Amla opens the face and defends to the off side.

12.4

Mathews to Amla, 1 run, gets the ball to swing away, Amla drives loosely and gets an outside edge, but there aren't any slips to worry him.

12.5

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked with the angle through square leg.

12.6

Mathews to Amla, 1 run, too straight, Amla could have got a wide if he'd left it, but he flaps it towards backward square leg for one.

End of over 13 (4 runs) South Africa 61/1 (RR: 4.69)

    • HM Amla 14 (29b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 34 (41b 2x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-8-0
    • CKB Kulasekara 1-0-5-0

"I went through the cricinfo archive to find that match between india and pakistan, before 2nd legal delivery Naved conceded 22 runs which makes economy rate of 132. Awesome." That's the one Neeraj. He did come back to get Sehwag out with a superb slower ball, mind you. Sehwag attempted around seven shots, but the ball hadn't reached even after the seventh.

13.1

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, Amla gets width outside off and uses it to guide another single through backward point.

13.2

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 run, cuts the width to Kallis who skims it off the opened face through backward point for one more.

13.3

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, Amla's turn to dab. We have already seen more glides to third man in 2012 than we did last year. Ok, I made that up. Single to third man.

13.4

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, fuller length, Kallis leans out and drives to cover.

13.5

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, no run, angled in at 128 kph, worked to mid-on firmly.

"When it comes to weird names Yo Mahesh has the punkiest name of them all. His name is YO his surname shouldve been Wassup," says Sarthak. Yo plays for Tamil Nadu, and played a pretty good innings in the ongoing Ranji semi-final.

13.6

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 run, angled in, Kallis walks into the flick and gets a single through midwicket.

End of over 14 (4 runs) South Africa 65/1 (RR: 4.64)

    • JH Kallis 36 (45b 2x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 16 (31b 1x4)
    • CKB Kulasekara 2-0-9-0
    • AD Mathews 3-0-8-0

Yo Mahesh has nothing on his state mate Napoleon Einstein, who played for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL a couple of seasons back. Dilshan comes on now. First bit of spin in an ODI in 20... ok, I'll let it go.

14.1

Dilshan to Kallis, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Kallis works it to the leg side. Very full, that.

14.2

Dilshan to Kallis, 1 run, holds the length back, Kallis works it with the turn through midwicket for a single.

14.3

Dilshan to Amla, 1 run, short ball, holds the line outside off and Amla cuts for one.

14.4

Dilshan to Kallis, 1 run, looped up on middle and leg, and spinning further down. Kallis works it to the leg side.

14.5

Dilshan to Amla, no run, flighted on the stumps, driven down the track and Dilly comes in the way to deny a single.

14.6

Dilshan to Amla, 1 run, back of a length, Amla doesn't quite punish it. Hacked through the covers for a single.

End of over 15 (4 runs) South Africa 69/1 (RR: 4.60)

    • HM Amla 18 (34b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 38 (48b 2x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-4-0
    • CKB Kulasekara 2-0-9-0

"cor blimey! I came to cricinfo to see the score, I predicted the exact headline, 'SA steady after early Smith exit' !!! hah!" says Max Nostradamus. Sri Lanka have taken the Bowling Powerplay. Fernando comes on. Interesting tactic.

15.1

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, starts off with a wide slower ball at 117 kph, and Amla throws the kitchen fittings at it. Scythed up and over off a generous outside edge, it spiralled menacingly before dropping short of third man.

15.2

Fernando to Kallis, FOUR, shot of the year so far. (Ok, that's the last one. Really.) Pitched up on off stump, Kallis leans across and smokes it with robotic precision through the covers. Superb work from Tharanga running back, but four all the same as he puts it the slide and pull ball a moment too late.

Point goes back, fine leg comes up.

15.3

Fernando to Kallis, 2 runs, angled into the pads now, Kallis clips behind square for a single. Dilhara bowls exactly the line you shouldn't when fine leg is in.

15.4

Fernando to Kallis, no run, another slower ball, this was a nifty legcutter than leapt away at 124 kph. Kallis backs out of the cut shot.

15.5

Fernando to Kallis, no run, the split finger, slow floating full toss slower ball now! Kallis does well to spot it in the air and defend cautiously.

15.6

Fernando to Kallis, no run, pitched up this time, Kallis drills it right back and mid-on hurries across to cut it off. Drinks at Paarl.

End of over 16 (7 runs) South Africa 76/1 (RR: 4.75)

    • JH Kallis 44 (53b 3x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 19 (35b 1x4)
    • CRD Fernando 2-0-22-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-4-0

Ajantha Mendis comes on now.

Strange progress so far from SA. The pitch is true, the ball is coming on. They have been reluctant to play shots, and when they have done, the placement hasn't been at its best. Early days yet, mind you.

"On Navel-ul-hasan, it was only 17 runs from the first delivery and the second legal delivery went for a four too, which made it 21 runs from 2 deliveries. So, the economy rate after the first delivery was only 102 & not 154 as mentioned earlier. By the second delivery, it had dropped down to 66 and by the end of the over, it had come down to a respectable 24. By the end of the innings, he had reached a very economical 7.3!" Thanks for this compelling compendium, Srikanth.

"Amla averages 44 in matches where RSA has won the toss and 69 in matches where they have lost it... Curious?," says Stupid Stat. (S)he doesn't take her/himself seriously, does (s)he?

16.1

Mendis to Amla, FOUR, Mendis crash lands into South Africa! Over the covers. Tossed up straight spinner on off stump, Amla opens up his stance and lofts him inside out for four.

16.2

Mendis to Amla, no run, straighter one again, outside off and Amla plays it to cover.

16.3

Mendis to Amla, 2 runs, over-pitched on the pads, Amla clips to midwikcet.

16.4

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, full ball on off stump, a gimme single on offer with mid-off back. Amla takes it.

16.5

Mendis to Kallis, 1 run, curled in on off stump, Kallis punches to Mendis' right and he fumbles to allow a single.

16.6

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, Amla tucks it through square leg for a single.

End of over 17 (9 runs) South Africa 85/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • HM Amla 27 (40b 2x4)
    • JH Kallis 45 (54b 3x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-9-0
    • CRD Fernando 2-0-22-0

"Wonder Naved ul hasan ever got so much attention in whole of his career. He seems to be doing pretty well in BBL." One can't not get attention with that hairdo, Yaseer.

17.1

Fernando to Amla, 2 runs, another Dilhara slower ball, seemed to straighten down the line as Amla looked to drive down the ground. It goes off the outside edge to third man for runs.

17.2

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Kallis opens the face and guides square.

17.3

Fernando to Kallis, no run, another floated slower ball outside off that keeps whistling away out of Dilhara's fingers. Kallis drives down the wrong line now.

17.4

Fernando to Kallis, 1 run, stays back and deflects a straight ball for another single through square.

17.5

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, length ball, Amla drives though he isn't to the pitch. Gets a single through cover.

17.6

Fernando to Kallis, 1 run, angled into the pads, Kallis tucks through square leg for one.

End of over 18 (6 runs) South Africa 91/1 (RR: 5.05)

    • JH Kallis 47 (57b 3x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 31 (43b 2x4)
    • CRD Fernando 3-0-28-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-9-0
18.1

Mendis to Kallis, 1 run, Kallis takes another single through the leg side.

18.2

Mendis to Amla, FOUR, vintage Amla through the off side. Back of a length outside off and straightening to offer him just enough width. Amla stays put with a half step forward and unleashes the wrist to send it scooting through backward point. A touch of Mohammad Yousuf in that shot.

18.3

Mendis to Amla, no run

18.4

Mendis to Amla, no run, pitched up, Amla leans out to drive to mid-off.

18.5

Mendis to Amla, 1 wide, over-cooked and sprayed down the leg side. Mendis not being allowed to settle here.

18.5

Mendis to Amla, FOUR, supreme from Amla. South Africa have 100. Tossed up on off stump, with several men patrolling the covers. Amla goes though them all with a spooned drive off an opened face. Class. He was struggling against the seamers, but he's tucking into Mendis' fare.

18.6

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, punches a single down the ground to end the over.

End of over 19 (11 runs) South Africa 102/1 (RR: 5.36)

    • HM Amla 40 (48b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 48 (58b 3x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-20-0
    • CRD Fernando 3-0-28-0
19.1

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, the fluency against spin might just aid him against seam too. Angled into the pads, and whipped efficiently for a single.

19.2

Fernando to Kallis, 1 run, Sri Lanka miss a run out. Dilshan misses after moving to his left from point. Kallis opens the blade yet again and chops the ball into that area behind square where it becomes the non-striker's call. Kallis stop-started a few times, Amla was uncertain too and was not even in the frame. The throw missed.

19.3

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, short and wide, Amla literally climbs onto it with a flayed upper-cut. Deep point keeps him to one.

19.4

Fernando to Kallis, no run, pushed towards point, can't get to his 50 yet.

19.5

Fernando to Kallis, 1 run, 85 ODI 50s for Kallis. Slower ball on the pads, he nurdles it to square leg for one.

19.6

Fernando to Amla, no run, Amla tries to work a soft single square, and plays it too softly. The ball rolls back, but not towards the stumps.

End of over 20 (4 runs) South Africa 106/1 (RR: 5.30)

    • HM Amla 42 (51b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 50 (61b 3x4 1x6)
    • CRD Fernando 4-0-32-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-0-20-0
20.1

Mendis to Kallis, 1 run, full length on off stump, Kallis threads the covers for a single. Amla v Mendis, again.

20.2

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, fires it in flat, Amla punches through the covers for a single.

20.3

Mendis to Kallis, no run, Kallis tries to steer with the turn softly into the off side, but can't get the single away.

20.4

Mendis to Kallis, 1 run, over-pitched on the stumps, Kallis drives through mid-off for one. The stand is worth 100.

20.5

Mendis to Amla, no run, slow and loopy, Amla waits and waits and drives it back to Mendis.

20.6

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, gets another single into the covers with a firm push to a full length ball.

End of over 21 (4 runs) South Africa 110/1 (RR: 5.23)

    • HM Amla 44 (54b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 52 (64b 3x4 1x6)
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-24-0
    • CRD Fernando 4-0-32-0
21.1

Fernando to Amla, no run, Dilhara produces another cutter, it jumps up at Amla who defends firmly.

21.2

Fernando to Amla, no run, stays in the crease and works with the angle to mid-on.

21.3

Fernando to Amla, no run, short ball, gets Amla to hop and defend to the off side.

"What do you think would be the reason for the bowlers being swopped so much? Btw there used to be a Saffer TV show host called Scot Scott," says Henco.

21.4

Fernando to Amla, no run, yorker that homes in devilishly, but Amla jams down on it.

21.5

Fernando to Amla, FOUR, he's happily going airborne now. Slower ball pitched up bravely by Dilhara, Amla drills it through the line with a power-loft. If he was deceived by the lack of pace, it didn't show. He just went through with the deed.

21.6

Fernando to Amla, no run, looks to pull a short ball now, but can't quite get it away.

End of over 22 (4 runs) South Africa 114/1 (RR: 5.18)

    • HM Amla 48 (60b 5x4)
    • JH Kallis 52 (64b 3x4 1x6)
    • CRD Fernando 5-0-36-0
    • BAW Mendis 3-0-24-0

Malinga comes back on, as Kepler Wessels ponders the possibility that there is reverse swing in the air.

22.1

Malinga to Kallis, no run, Huge moment! LBW appeal turned down, and Sri Lanka consider using their review. Will they? Yes they will. Malinga got that to straighten from a leg stump line, but was it doing enough? First replays suggest it didn't. Landed on leg and sliding down. Sri Lanka are out of reviews. A touch harsh, I'd say, to give the teams just one review per innings.

22.2

Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, Malinga says hello to the blockhole for the first time today. Not much pace on it, and Kallis hauls it out and plays to the leg side.

"In reference to the two names thread running through this commentary, most English football fans will know of Gary Neville's father, 'Neville Neville'!" says Joe Friel. It looks unlikely that this thread will die today.

22.3

Malinga to Amla, no run, another yorker, Malinga produces these at will. He has yorkers up his sleeve and in his pockets. Amla digs it out this time.

22.4

Malinga to Amla, 2 runs, Amla has 50, this has been a curate's egg of an innings, but it's looking increasingly better. Full again from Malinga, Amla gets it down to fine leg for two.

22.5

Malinga to Amla, no run, another full ball, Amla mistimes the on drive towards midwicket.

22.6

Malinga to Amla, no run, another one on the toes to end the over, Amla keeps it out. Good over, this.

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 117/1 (RR: 5.08)

    • HM Amla 50 (64b 5x4)
    • JH Kallis 53 (66b 3x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-15-1
    • CRD Fernando 5-0-36-0
23.1

Fernando to Kallis, no run, another legcutter from Dilhara, Kallis shows his surprise as it jumps up towards the splice. Defended to the off side.

23.2

Fernando to Kallis, 1 run, angled into the pads, Kallis nurdles behind square for a single.

23.3

Fernando to Amla, no run, hurried into the pull with a short ball at close to 140 kph. Amla miscues to midwicket.

"I worked with a guy his name is Phalanndwa Phalanndwa, we just called him Victor." Sound decision that, iGlen.

23.4

Fernando to Amla, FOUR, gets very good hold of this one. Another short ball from Dilhara, Amla doesn't pull this as much as Sehwag-heave it across the line wide of mid-on. The ball thundered over and away for four.

23.5

Fernando to Amla, no run, top shot followed by beaten outside off. Amla attempts a cheeky dab to the off side to a ball that was quick was back of a length. Misses the edge by a whisker.

23.6

Fernando to Amla, no run, full to end the over, Amla opens the face and steers through point.

End of over 24 (5 runs) South Africa 122/1 (RR: 5.08)

    • HM Amla 54 (68b 6x4)
    • JH Kallis 54 (68b 3x4 1x6)
    • CRD Fernando 6-0-41-0
    • SL Malinga 4-0-15-1
24.1

Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, another full ball, Kallis drives it past mid-on who's standing wider than usual, for a single.

24.2

Malinga to Amla, no run, another full delivery. Amla deflects it with an opened face towards points.

24.3

Malinga to Amla, no run, not quite a yorker this time, but still very full and wide of off stump. Amla's feet don't get across and he mistimes a laboured drive.

24.4

Malinga to Amla, 1 run, very low full toss at good pace. It ends up on the pads, and Amla whips it behind square.

Malinga's yorkers have seldom failed him in the last year. Barring the night of the April 2nd in Mumbai.

24.5

Malinga to Kallis, FOUR, it failed him there, alright. Kallis gets stuck into a length ball as he looks to launch it out of town. The ball wasn't too full, and Kallis ended up shovelling it off the inner half though he held the pose to show the full face of the bat. The ball runs over mid-on for four.

24.6

Malinga to Kallis, 1 run, menacing, late swinging full toss that is designed for the lbw. Kallis gets the bat in the way.

End of over 25 (7 runs) South Africa 129/1 (RR: 5.16)

    • JH Kallis 60 (71b 4x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 55 (71b 6x4)
    • SL Malinga 5-0-22-1
    • CRD Fernando 6-0-41-0

Kosala is back on.

25.1

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 run, length ball outside off, and Kallis promptly steals a single with the open-faced dab to point.

25.2

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, on the pads, worked with the angle behind square for a single.

25.3

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 run, nipped into the pads from wide of the crease, and Kallis tucks a single through square leg.

25.4

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, Kallis drives through the line with a forward press and gets a single into the covers.

25.5

CKB Kulasekara to Kallis, 1 run, short offcutter outside off, Kallis hacks it away square for one more.

"More on Amla and tosses. He has gone past 50 runs 12 times when SA wins the toss and 12 times when they lost it, but only managed to convert to 100 once when SA won the toss and 7 times when they lost it. Why?" Important questions, eh Static Statistic.

25.6

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, Amla gets the umpteenth single of the day through third man with an angled-faced dab.

End of over 26 (6 runs) South Africa 135/1 (RR: 5.19)

    • HM Amla 58 (74b 6x4)
    • JH Kallis 63 (74b 4x4 1x6)
    • CKB Kulasekara 3-0-15-0
    • SL Malinga 5-0-22-1

"There was a Chinese speed skater who competed at the '98 winter Olympics, named Yang Yang. Her compatriot's name? Yang Yang. Believe it." Doogie Howzat, clearly that team wasn't into the whole yin-yang thing. South Africa take the Batting Powerplay! This could be a lot of fun.

26.1

Malinga to Amla, 1 run, Malinga starts with a yorker on off stump and it is squeezed to third man for one.

Two men in the covers inside the circle, plus mid-off, midwicket and short fine leg.

26.2

Malinga to Kallis, no run, high full toss that swung down the line, and Kallis inner-edges onto the pads.

Only one man back on the leg side fence. Square leg it is.

26.3

Malinga to Kallis, no run, stupendous yorkers these. Another one that scuds down towards the toes, and Kallis can't do anything with it but defend.

26.4

Malinga to Kallis, no run, another near yorker, Kallis plays it down the track. Can't quite get under it.

Point is back on the boundary too.

26.5

Malinga to Kallis, FOUR, Kallis, you beaut. Malinga gives him just enough width, and Kallis knew where the gap was. He pushed the front foot down instead of across and blasted it through the covers for four.

26.6

Malinga to Kallis, FOUR, two class shots from Kallis have made a good over end up looking quite poor. Another drill through the the cover and mid-off gap as Malinga over-pitches. The ball streaks away in haste.

End of over 27 (9 runs) South Africa 144/1 (RR: 5.33)

    • JH Kallis 71 (79b 6x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 59 (75b 6x4)
    • SL Malinga 6-0-31-1
    • CKB Kulasekara 3-0-15-0

Nuwan Kula comes back on.

27.1

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, FOUR, three fours in three balls! Amla's turn to ooze some class through those stunning wrists. Opens up in the crease and sends a length ball scattering behind point.

27.2

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, cuts the width and the length, Amla defends.

27.3

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, pitched up, Amla tries to heave him over the covers and nearly holes out to the man in the circle. Lands just short. The offensive is on ...

Square leg and long on back on the ropes.

27.4

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 2 runs, slower ball from Kula, the ball stops on Amla who miscues the loft but manages to clear mid-off. Kallis scoots back for the second. 150 is up.

27.5

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, low full toss, too low for Amla to take advantage. He defends to the off side.

27.6

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, another attempted yorker, no where near Malinga pace on it. Amla works it to mid-on for a single.

End of over 28 (7 runs) South Africa 151/1 (RR: 5.39)

    • HM Amla 66 (81b 7x4)
    • JH Kallis 71 (79b 6x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-27-0
    • SL Malinga 6-0-31-1

"Slightly different to the same name - same surname, but I went to primary school with girl who's name was "June July"," says Paul Cerfontyne. Here's Angelo now.

28.1

Mathews to Amla, 1 run, full and wide, Amla reaches out and gets his customary single behind point away.

28.2

Mathews to Kallis, 1 run, pitched up, Kallis drives along the carpet for a single to mid-off.

28.3

Mathews to Amla, OUT, poor running, Kallis is gone. South Africa have handed SL a new year gift. Short and wide of off stump, Amla chops it straight to Mahela in the covers and they set off for a single. Mahela could have had a go at either end, and chose to go at Kallis'. He wasn't even trying to get in, that's how far out he was. Dead-eye from Mahela, nails the stumps down from an awkward angle.

JH Kallis run out 72 (115m 80b 6x4 1x6) SR: 90.00

The captain walks out in the Powerplay.

28.4

Mathews to de Villiers, no run, short ball to AB first up, he drops the wrists and lets it go to Sanga who fumbles. No run conceded, though.

28.5

Mathews to de Villiers, no run, fuller ball on the stumps, AB drives it down the track carefully.

28.6

Mathews to de Villiers, 1 run, angled onto the pads, AB works it with the wrists through square leg.

End of over 29 (3 runs) South Africa 154/2 (RR: 5.31)

    • AB de Villiers 1 (3b)
    • HM Amla 67 (83b 7x4)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-11-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6-0-27-0

"June-July, may be she was born on 30th june night 00:00 hours." Possible, Raja. Kula continues.

29.1

KMDN Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length outside off, AB's turn now to dab a single behind point.

29.2

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, short of a length and angled into the pads, Amla nudges it square for a single.

29.3

KMDN Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, did that carry to short cover? Pitched up to AB who drives in the air, and the fielder tumbles forward for the take. Looked like he couldn't get under it.

29.4

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, pitched up outside off, Amla drives solidly to mid-off.

29.5

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, tight yorker that follows Amla's legs and he dead bats to the leg side for one.

29.6

KMDN Kulasekara to de Villiers, no run, back of a length on off stump, AB tries to slap it away but mistimes it to mid-on. The Powerplay is going a little pear-shaped for SA, but they don't want another wicket here.

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 158/2 (RR: 5.26)

    • AB de Villiers 3 (6b)
    • HM Amla 69 (86b 7x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-0-31-0
    • AD Mathews 4-0-11-0
30.1

Mathews to Amla, 1 wide, slow legcutter, well wide of off stump and called.

30.1

Mathews to Amla, 1 run, super slow yorker, Amla punches it down the ground for a single.

30.2

Mathews to de Villiers, FOUR, they can place as many men as they want in the covers, but South Africa are intent on finding the gaps there. Point, cover, extra cover, mid-off all watch as AB opens up his stance to a full length and carves it in the air through one of those gaps. Ominous.

30.3

Mathews to de Villiers, FOUR, finds an even bigger gap now - the one over their heads. Mathews' offcutter comes along gently and asks to be smashed. AB carts it over wide mid-off for four more.

30.4

Mathews to de Villiers, no run, slow bumper, AB mistimes the pull to midwicket inside the circle.

30.5

Mathews to de Villiers, 1 run, another dangerous single, but Chandimal misses the stumps.. AB pushes to mid-on and takes off, Chandimal hurls it down and hits Mathews hand. AB would have struggled to make it.

30.6

Mathews to Amla, 1 run, another slow bumper to end the over and the Powerplay. Amla presses it down through square leg for one. 35 came off the Powerplay. Time for drinks. Alex Winter will take over the commentary for the rest of the innings.

End of over 31 (12 runs) South Africa 170/2 (RR: 5.48)

    • HM Amla 71 (88b 7x4)
    • AB de Villiers 12 (10b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 5-0-23-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 7-0-31-0

Not quite the high 30s in London but it was a splendidly sunny day before this afternoon cloud rolled in. As for the match, South Africa going along very nicely indeed. Plenty of entertainment on offer and if AB de Villiers keeps going there could yet be plenty more to come in this innings...

31.1

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, length ball on leg stump and flicked out to deep square leg

31.2

CKB Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, short and pulled around the corner

31.3

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, length ball outside off and guided down the third man

We've got a hot spot image of the players taking drinks. Hmm...

31.4

CKB Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, length again and driven up to mid off who's on the edge of the circle and they can take a sharp single

31.5

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, dragged down and pulled down to long leg again

31.6

CKB Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, slower ball outside off, waited for, and driven out to deep cover

South Africa are knocking things around well and producing a platform for big time hitting come the end of the innings...

End of over 32 (6 runs) South Africa 176/2 (RR: 5.50)

    • AB de Villiers 15 (13b 2x4)
    • HM Amla 74 (91b 7x4)
    • CKB Kulasekara 4-0-21-0
    • AD Mathews 5-0-23-0

Mendis into the attack, expensive today...

32.1

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, driven through the covers

32.2

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, length and waited for, punched out to deep cover

32.3

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed away with an angled face through cover again

32.4

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, shorter and pulled but only as far as the deep fieldsman

32.5

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, much fuller and driven down to long off

32.6

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, punched from the crease through cover

A very easy over but Sri Lanka will take conceding 6-an-over at the moment

End of over 33 (6 runs) South Africa 182/2 (RR: 5.51)

    • HM Amla 77 (94b 7x4)
    • AB de Villiers 18 (16b 2x4)
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-30-0
    • CKB Kulasekara 4-0-21-0
33.1

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, back of a length and driven down to long off for a very comfortable single

33.2

CKB Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length again, tried to be clipped into the leg side, edged into the pad, drops into the leg side and they race through for a run as the bowler tries to intervene and flick the ball onto the stumps, Amla well back

33.3

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, a lovely straight drive but long on comes round to field

33.4

CKB Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, short outside off stump, de Villiers up on his toes and dabbing down to third man

33.5

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, straighter and fuller and late cut to third man

33.6

CKB Kulasekara to de Villiers, no run, clipped to midwicket off the front foot

It's been such serene progress keeping the scoreboard ticking over and developing this partnership.

End of over 34 (5 runs) South Africa 187/2 (RR: 5.50)

    • AB de Villiers 20 (19b 2x4)
    • HM Amla 80 (97b 7x4)
    • CKB Kulasekara 5-0-26-0
    • BAW Mendis 4-0-30-0
34.1

Mendis to Amla, 1 run

34.2

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, tries to go straighter and de Villiers misses attempting to sweep very fine

34.3

Mendis to Amla, no run, cut to point of a bottom edge

34.4

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, waited for an punched down the ground to long on

34.5

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, a touch quicker and flicked to midwicket

34.6

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, now beats the outside edge from an attempted drive from a length ball that just drifts away

A much better over from Mendis, cutting out easy scoring opportunities.

End of over 35 (3 runs) South Africa 190/2 (RR: 5.42)

    • AB de Villiers 20 (22b 2x4)
    • HM Amla 82 (100b 7x4)
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-32-0
    • CKB Kulasekara 5-0-26-0
35.1

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, just outside off stump and late cut to third man

35.2

CKB Kulasekara to de Villiers, no run, full on middle and leg, de Villiers tries to open up the offside and drives to mid off

35.3

CKB Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, powerfully pulled but straight to the fielder at deep square leg

35.4

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 2 runs, straighter and slower and moved round the corner to long leg but there's an overthrow after a poor throw back to Sangakkara and no backing up

35.5

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 wide, down the leg side, full, a brief cry for a catch but wide called

35.5

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, FOUR, back of a length outside off and cut away with perfect timing past the point fielder to the boundary

35.6

CKB Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, slower ball on middle stump and turned down to long leg

200 up, the second hundred in 103 balls, as opposed to 113 for the first set.

End of over 36 (10 runs) South Africa 200/2 (RR: 5.55)

    • HM Amla 90 (104b 8x4)
    • AB de Villiers 21 (24b 2x4)
    • CKB Kulasekara 6-0-36-0
    • BAW Mendis 5-0-32-0

14 overs to go, 300 should be achieved here...

36.1

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, full and driven out to deep cover

36.2

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, given a touch of room, slapped out to deep cover

36.3

Mendis to Amla, 1 run, flighted delivery, pushed carefully into the covers

50 partnership comes up from 48 balls...

36.4

Mendis to de Villiers, FOUR, full toss and smashed down the ground for four, poor ball

36.5

Mendis to de Villiers, 2 runs, touched down the leg side, it runs fine and they take two

36.6

Mendis to de Villiers, FOUR, full outside off and de Villiers gets down on one knee and times a lofted drive over extra cover

End of over 37 (13 runs) South Africa 213/2 (RR: 5.75)

    • AB de Villiers 32 (28b 4x4)
    • HM Amla 92 (106b 8x4)
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-45-0
    • CKB Kulasekara 6-0-36-0
37.1

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, length on leg stump and flicked down to long leg

37.2

Fernando to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller but again leg stump and a single to long leg

37.3

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, full, nearly right up in the block hole but Amla's seeing it very well and turns it out to deep square leg

37.4

Fernando to de Villiers, FOUR, great shot. de Villiers steps outside leg stump, opening up space to hit outside off and lashes it away through extra cover

37.5

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, straighter and fuller and flicked to midwicket

37.6

Fernando to de Villiers, 2 runs, flick off the front foot past midwicket, deep square comes round and they take two

End of over 38 (9 runs) South Africa 222/2 (RR: 5.84)

    • AB de Villiers 39 (32b 5x4)
    • HM Amla 94 (108b 8x4)
    • CRD Fernando 7-0-50-0
    • BAW Mendis 6-0-45-0

Amla closing in on a hundred, he's led this innings as any opening player in a one-dayer should

38.1

Dilshan to Amla, 1 run, length and waited for and pulled out to deep midwicket

38.2

Dilshan to de Villiers, 2 runs, reverse sweep from off stump, not quite timed, more helped behind square down to the third man

38.3

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, sat back and punched to long on

38.4

Dilshan to Amla, 1 run, punched down the ground once more

38.5

Dilshan to de Villiers, FOUR, length on off stump and de Villiers steps away once more and lifts over extra cover. Beautiful batting

38.6

Dilshan to de Villiers, FOUR, Oh dear. Now a full toss hammered to cow corner

50 from just 36 balls for de Villiers...

End of over 39 (13 runs) South Africa 235/2 (RR: 6.02)

    • AB de Villiers 50 (36b 7x4)
    • HM Amla 96 (110b 8x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-17-0
    • CRD Fernando 7-0-50-0

Really ominous signs for Sri Lanka, this partnership is beginning to rev up and de Villiers is looking in fine touch.

39.1

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, angled to third man

39.2

Fernando to de Villiers, no run, length ball on leg stump and pushed into midwicket

39.3

Fernando to de Villiers, 1 wide, poor ball down the leg side and a flying take from Sangakkara

39.3

Fernando to de Villiers, 1 run, back of a length, pulled off the front foot out to deep square leg

Run rate now over 6...

39.4

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, length ball pushed out through the covers

39.5

Fernando to de Villiers, 1 run, good full ball and dug out into the covers

39.6

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, wide of off stump and pushed off the back foot to the sweeper to take Amla to 99

End of over 40 (6 runs) South Africa 241/2 (RR: 6.02)

    • HM Amla 99 (113b 8x4)
    • AB de Villiers 52 (39b 7x4)
    • CRD Fernando 8-0-56-0
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-17-0

Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl...
10 overs to go and I thoroughly expect South Africa to overhaul the highest total in Sri Lanka-South Africa ODIs: 319 by Sri Lanka in Centurion in the Champions Trophy in 2009...

40.1

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 2 runs, that's the hundred. Amla's 9th in ODIs from 114 balls, great knock. Gets there with a flick down to long leg...

40.2

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, pushed out through square leg

40.3

KMDN Kulasekara to de Villiers, OUT, gone and boy did Sri Lanka need a wicket. That's a fine delivery, full yorker right on the popping crease and too good for de Villiers whose leg stump gets disturbed.

AB de Villiers b KMDN Kulasekara 52 (53m 40b 7x4 0x6) SR: 130.00

That might rally the Sri Lankans, they need a comeback here to prevent them chasing a huge score.

Promotion for Albie Morkel...

40.4

KMDN Kulasekara to JA Morkel, 1 run, left hander onto strike and a full ball dug out behind square

40.5

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, another yorker and well kept out by Amla

40.6

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, no run, full ball and pushed to midwicket

End of over 41 (4 runs) South Africa 245/3 (RR: 5.97)

    • HM Amla 102 (117b 8x4)
    • JA Morkel 1 (1b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-0-35-1
    • CRD Fernando 8-0-56-0
41.1

Malinga to JA Morkel, no run, low full toss and driven back to the bowler, a diving attempt from Malinga is put down low to his left, such a tough chance

41.2

Malinga to JA Morkel, 1 run, pushed through square leg

41.3

Malinga to Amla, 2 runs, full and nudged through square leg

41.4

Malinga to Amla, no run, full and a square drive past point

41.5

Malinga to Amla, 1 run, angled down to third man

41.6

Malinga to JA Morkel, no run, short ball to finish and Morkel ducks

End of over 42 (4 runs) South Africa 249/3 (RR: 5.92)

    • JA Morkel 2 (4b)
    • HM Amla 105 (120b 8x4)
    • SL Malinga 7-0-35-1
    • KMDN Kulasekara 8-0-35-1

Immediately the wicket has just calmed everything down, the innings as running away from Sri Lanka but now they've renewed hope of a strong finish to this innings

42.1

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg and worked out through midwicket for a single

42.2

KMDN Kulasekara to JA Morkel, FOUR, full ball and a lovely clean strike down the ground, there's no man back on that fence for some reason and it's four to long on

42.3

KMDN Kulasekara to JA Morkel, 1 run, another powerful strike but this time straight out to the man on the offside fence

42.4

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, full down the legside and turned down to long leg

42.5

KMDN Kulasekara to JA Morkel, 1 run, full and driven on the bounce back to the bowler who parries with the right hand put doesn't get enough on it to prevent a single

42.6

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, full and driven to long off

End of over 43 (9 runs) South Africa 258/3 (RR: 6.00)

    • HM Amla 108 (123b 8x4)
    • JA Morkel 8 (7b 1x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-44-1
    • SL Malinga 7-0-35-1

In addition, the atmosphere is becalmed after de Villiers' departure. Perhaps Morkel can provide some more entertainment...

43.1

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, full on middle stump, the batsman across his stumps and turned to short fine leg

43.2

Fernando to JA Morkel, 1 run, tucked into the leg side and they take an easy single

43.3

Fernando to Amla, 1 run, an excellent yorker goes past the bat and past the off stump, surprises Sangakkara who makes the save with the left hand but they scramble a bye

43.4

Fernando to JA Morkel, no run, short and pulled but straight to short fine leg

43.5

Fernando to JA Morkel, no run, a full slower ball and an attempted drive down the ground gets a bottom edge behind the stumps

43.6

Fernando to JA Morkel, SIX, short and hammered over square leg. This chap can hit a mean ball and that really was murdered

End of over 44 (9 runs) South Africa 267/3 (RR: 6.06)

    • JA Morkel 15 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 110 (125b 8x4)
    • CRD Fernando 9-0-65-0
    • KMDN Kulasekara 9-0-44-1
44.1

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, full and driven and an excellent save by mid off

44.2

KMDN Kulasekara to JA Morkel, no run, full outside off and driven above

44.3

KMDN Kulasekara to JA Morkel, 2 runs, slapped down the ground to long on and excellent running by Amla brings two

44.4

KMDN Kulasekara to JA Morkel, 1 run, full toss outside off and cut down to third man

44.5

KMDN Kulasekara to Amla, 1 run, full and dug out into the leg side

44.6

KMDN Kulasekara to JA Morkel, 1 run, full toss outside off again but this time cut to deep point

End of over 45 (6 runs) South Africa 273/3 (RR: 6.06)

    • JA Morkel 19 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • HM Amla 112 (127b 8x4)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-0-50-1
    • CRD Fernando 9-0-65-0

Malinga back with three overs to bowl...

45.1

Malinga to JA Morkel, SIX, stand and deliver. Open the front leg and heave over long on, a great strike that sails for six

45.2

Malinga to JA Morkel, OUT, have another go...but this time finds the man at long on. It was again an opening of the leg side by clearing the front leg but the connection was nowhere near what was required to clear the rope and a good catch to long on coming in off the rope and taking the catch low down

JA Morkel c Mathews b Malinga 25 (21m 17b 1x4 2x6) SR: 147.05

45.3

Malinga to Amla, OUT, now Amla goes. A wide length ball tries to be cut but produces an edge to Sangakkara who tumbles away to his left to take a good catch. Amla didn't move his feet and had to reach a long wait out to try and take it. Sri Lanka are responding here but the hosts are still in a very strong position

HM Amla c †Sangakkara b Malinga 112 (210m 128b 8x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

45.4

Malinga to du Plessis, no run, full and quick and kept out coming forward

45.5

Malinga to du Plessis, no run, now a slower full ball and tucked to cover

45.6

Malinga to du Plessis, 1 run, a sharp single taken from a push to mid off whose on the edge of the circle. Sharp work from the fielder but the batsman is well in

End of over 46 (7 runs) South Africa 280/5 (RR: 6.08)

    • F du Plessis 1 (3b)
    • JP Duminy 0 (0b)
    • SL Malinga 8-0-42-3
    • KMDN Kulasekara 10-0-50-1

Great over from Malinga and now perhaps South Africa won't make the highest scores in ODIs between these teams...

46.1

Mendis to du Plessis, 1 run, flicked off the back foot to long on

46.2

Mendis to Duminy, 1 run, waited for and cut away through the covers

46.3

Mendis to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball worked into the leg side wide of midwicket

46.4

Mendis to Duminy, OUT, out. It's a shocker, length ball on middle and chipped back to the bowler who bags an easy catch. It might have just gripped in the pitch as Duminy looked to play down the ground but either way a very average way to go

JP Duminy c & b Mendis 1 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

This innings is stuttering into the station having been the express service with no stations to call at 20 minutes ago...

46.5

Mendis to Peterson, no run, straight and blocked back to the bowler

46.6

Mendis to Peterson, no run, defended on middle and off

Another good over for Sri Lanka and they are limiting the damage pretty well...

End of over 47 (3 runs) South Africa 283/6 (RR: 6.02)

    • RJ Peterson 0 (2b)
    • F du Plessis 3 (5b)
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-48-1
    • SL Malinga 8-0-42-3
47.1

Malinga to du Plessis, no run, full slower ball and blocked

47.2

Malinga to du Plessis, 5 wides, this is wild and a huge wide down the leg side zips away for four

Not what Sri Lanka need after their efforts to keep this score below 300

47.2

Malinga to du Plessis, 1 run, back on the spot and worked out through square leg

47.3

Malinga to Peterson, no run, full ball outside off and an attempted guide to third man gets a bottom edge past the stumps

47.4

Malinga to Peterson, no run, this is slower and tried to be worked from leg stump, strikes the pad

Dot balls galore says Robin Jackman, such a pity about those five wides in this over...

47.5

Malinga to Peterson, no run, full and a mediocre push into the offside produces a play and miss and a brief appeal for caught at the wicket

47.6

Malinga to Peterson, 1 run, full on leg stump and pushed out to deep square leg

That was nearly a brilliant over.

End of over 48 (7 runs) South Africa 290/6 (RR: 6.04)

    • RJ Peterson 1 (6b)
    • F du Plessis 4 (7b)
    • SL Malinga 9-0-49-3
    • BAW Mendis 7-0-48-1

So two to go and South Africa will be happy but Sri Lanka pleased with their efforts in the last 10 overs

48.1

Mendis to Peterson, 1 run, half tracker and pulled out but straight to the fielder

48.2

Mendis to du Plessis, 1 run, legside and worked out to deep square leg

48.3

Mendis to Peterson, 1 run, smeared down the ground from outside off stump to long off

48.4

Mendis to du Plessis, 2 runs, nice shot, du Plessis makes room for himself with a step down the pitch and drives past extra cover

48.5

Mendis to du Plessis, no run, tries to step away now but only a punch back to the bowler

48.6

Mendis to du Plessis, 1 run, a reach forward and drive out to long off

End of over 49 (6 runs) South Africa 296/6 (RR: 6.04)

    • F du Plessis 8 (11b)
    • RJ Peterson 3 (8b)
    • BAW Mendis 8-0-54-1
    • SL Malinga 9-0-49-3

Last set coming up, can Malinga keep this score below 300 - that would be some kind of psychological victory for them.

49.1

Malinga to du Plessis, 2 runs, slower ball on middle stump worked to long leg and good scrambling allows them a second as the throw is wild back to the bowler, nearly an overthrow

49.2

Malinga to du Plessis, OUT, dragged it on. Malinga is so good at the death. Short ball outside off, tried to be late cut down to third man, he's early on it and a bottom edge diverts the ball into the base of off stump

F du Plessis b Malinga 10 (15m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

49.3

Malinga to Steyn, 1 run, full on middle stump, Steyn meets it on the full but doesn't catch it and drags it too midwicket

49.4

Malinga to Peterson, 1 run, Petersen went for the paddle over short fine leg to a full ball and misses but they scramble through for a leg bye as the ball runs out into the offside

49.5

Malinga to Steyn, OUT, there's five for Malinga! A wonderful full yorker bang on off stump that reverses in slightly and beats Steyn's attempted drive. Perfect death bowling from Lasith Malinga, great to watch.

DW Steyn b Malinga 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Last ball of the innings...

49.6

Malinga to M Morkel, 1 run, it was another lovely full ball and dug out into the offside for a single

So South Africa post 301 for 8 and will be pleased because that is a solid total. Amla's 100 from the top of the order was very nice viewing, he was in total control and played a well timed innings. No wonder he's No.1 in the world in one-day cricket, 1,000 runs in his last 20 innings at 55...
De Villiers' also made a dazzling half century. His stand with Amla motored the innings along after 144 had been added with Jacques Kallis, who made a classy 72 before a run out robbed him of a hundred. But they've failed somewhat to capitalise on a great platform, losing 6 for 60 in the last 10 overs, mostly courtesy of Lasith Malinga, who's finished with 5 for 53.
Sri Lanka will take momentum from that fightback into their chase and have the players to win this game.

End of over 50 (5 runs) South Africa 301/8

    • M Morkel 1 (1b)
    • RJ Peterson 4 (9b)
    • SL Malinga 10-0-54-5
    • BAW Mendis 8-0-54-1
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