Sri Lanka in South Africa ODI Series - 1st ODI

South Africa v Sri Lanka

South Africa won by 258 runs

Morne Morkel has the newest ball. Tharanga has strike. Two slips.

Welcome back. Can SL capitalise on that supreme Malinga burst and edge back into this game? Here's Sid Ravindran's innings report.

0.1

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, good length to start off from over the stumps. Tharanga stays on the crease and defends to the off side.

Morne has a 7-2 off side field.

0.2

M Morkel to Tharanga, OUT, Tharanga bags a duck! South Africa have struck early. Angled across this time, there was enough room for a punch through point, but Tharanga didn't move the feet at all. He through his hands at it, and it skimmed off the outside edge and was dying on Duminy at gully, who tumbled forward and held brilliantly.

WU Tharanga c Duminy b M Morkel 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sanga is in at No. 3. A job to do.

0.3

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, Angled across wide of the off stump at good lively pace, Sanga doesn't chase it first up.

0.4

M Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga's away with a gem of an off drive. As good as any shot we've seen today. Pitched up again, closer to Sanga's range and he gets into position with a solid front foot push. He then eases it on the rise through mid-off. Hardly wasted a calorie in executing that stroke.

0.5

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, beaten. Morne responds with an away seamer, that went away from a subtly shorter length than the previous ball. Sanga drives again, but this time down the wrong line.

0.6

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, lets the last one go through outside off stump to the keeper.

End of over 1 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 4/1 (298 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.08)
KC Sangakkara    4* (4b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-0-4-1
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

1.1

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, short of a length ball jags in towards Dilshan, cramping him up and he defends to the off side

1.2

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, OUT, what a start for Tsotsobe, this is a terrific delivery, Tsotsobe gets the ball to come in once more after pitching back of a length, once again Dilshan has no room to cut, he gloves the ball through to the keeper, and both Sri Lanka openers are gone for a duck now

TM Dilshan c †de Villiers b Tsotsobe 0 (9m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.3

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, shorter this time, and it doesn't come back towards Chandimal, who is content to leave it through to the keeper

1.4

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, length ball just outside off, inside-edged on to his boots

1.5

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal isn't shy of going for his strokes, irrespective of the situations, Tsotsobe tests him with a bouncer, Chandimal goes for the hook but he doesn't connect

1.6

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, Tsotsobe grunts as he bowls the final ball of the over, on the pads, it is tucked towards midwicket but not wide enough of the fielder to take a single

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 4/2 (298 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 6.20)
LD Chandimal    0* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-1
KC Sangakkara    4* (4b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-0-4-1

2.1

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga gets behind the line and defends a short of length ball.

"Fantastic cricket by SA. CSA should think of dropping Kingsmead and playing some tests in Paarl, from the looks of things! Great support from the fans!" - Not a bad idea, Louis.

2.2

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up on the stumps, Sanga once again rolls into gear for the off drive. Plays it defensively this time.

2.3

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, short ball and gangling lift from Morne, sticking faithfully to the 7-2 lines. Sanga leaves.

2.4

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, another one on a length and taking off outside off. Sanga leaves.

2.5

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, short ball, gets it to climb onto Sanga, who struggles to play it down, but manages. Only just.

2.6

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, another one angles across, another leave. Back-to-back maidens there.

End of over 3 (maiden) Sri Lanka 4/2 (298 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 1.33, RRR: 6.34)
KC Sangakkara    4* (10b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-1-4-1
LD Chandimal    0* (4b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-1-0-1

3.1

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, Lopsy angles one across, Chandimal goes for the expansive cover drive and inside edges ... It misses the stumps, but not by much.

3.2

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, FOUR, Chandimal is dealing in inside edges here. Lopsy thuds it in back of a length and gets the ball to hurry onto Chandimal who jabs without getting across. Inside edges it wide of the furniture and it runs to fine leg for four.

3.3

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, OUT, Another inside edge! This time, not thick enough to escape the stumps. Chandimal has been blasted out and SL are wobbly as jelly here. Lopsy cut this one in big time off the seam. It landed on middle and off and came straight in, past a flowing straight drive. Chandimal's elbow was high, the bat swing straight, but his legs were no where. The ball sneaked through. Stumps splattered.

LD Chandimal b Tsotsobe 4 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

Slip and s short gully for Mahela. Pressure!

3.4

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, Lopsy welcomes him with another snorter, Mahela had to climb tall to keep it down.

3.5

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, 1 wide, wafted across well wide of off stump. Mahela leaves and it is called a wide.

"I am struck by the similar lines of Tsotso and Morne' bowling careers. Morkel 48 Matches 80 wickets best bowling 4/21. Tstso 24 matches 42 wickets (make that 43 now) best bowling 4/22 and similar economy rates," points out Athol Henwick.

3.5

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, short and pacy at 136 kph.. Looked much faster! Through Mahela in a jiffy as he looks to cut despite not having room. The ball is a-talking.

3.6

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, again goes for the cut, and Lopsy is again through him in a trice.

End of over 4 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 9/3 (293 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 2.25, RRR: 6.36)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-5-2
KC Sangakkara    4* (10b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-1-4-1

4.1

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, angled across Sanga again, he lets it go to the keeper.

"I hope the Lankans remember there's still Steyn to come." And Robin Peterson, Zaheer.

4.2

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, ooh, angled across from leg to off, Sanga stays back and tries to work it to leg and he inside edges it onto his thigh. The ball rolls back agonisingly towards the stumps, in slow motion. And Sanga comes back in to stop it with his bat.

4.3

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, mid-on is one of two people on the leg side, and Sanga finds him with his punch.

4.4

M Morkel to Sangakkara, OUT, we could have a rout on our hands. Morne has smoked Sanga out with a giraffe's periscope of a jaffa. Sanga thought he could ride that and upper cut over the cordon, but he was cramped for room and confounded by the bounce. The ball snapped past to take the edge and AB has another catch. Captaincy is a cakewalk for him at the moment.

KC Sangakkara c †de Villiers b M Morkel 4 (20m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

"Samaraweera, pack your bags again mate!" Hahaha, Bigsam! Here's Angelo.

4.5

M Morkel to Mathews, no run, short ball to welcome him. Angelo rides the bounce and defends.

4.6

M Morkel to Mathews, OUT, Oh boy. What's the biggest margin of defeat in an ODI? Angelo is gone now. Another duck. Morne gets another ball to take off after hitting a short of length area. Angelo tried to hop and nudge it square, but the extra bounce meant it hit much higher on the bat and looped up into the leg side for an easy take.

AD Mathews c Peterson b M Morkel 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) Sri Lanka 9/5 (293 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 1.80, RRR: 6.51)
     M Morkel    3-2-4-3
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-5-2

"Nitin, if this is Sri Lanka batting with the momentum favouring them, I am glad that South Africa didn't get away at the end of the innings! Devastating from the South African attack. Next summer's series in England has all the elements to be a classic," reckons Mark Kidger.

5.1

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, Lopsy angles one across Mahela, who inner-edges the drive down the ground. Lopsy fields it.

5.2

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, 2 runs, uppish but safe. Mahela goes for a steer and ends up playing it in the air, just wide of point. SL get into double-figures.

5.3

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, bumper, Lopsy is looking every bit like a man who has a point to prove. Mahela weaves away sensibly as this buzzes past his head.

5.4

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, angled across, Mahela lets it go to the keeper.

5.5

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, fuller length, draws Mahela forward and he defends to the off side.

5.6

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, this one leaps across off he seam, Mahela lets it go.

End of over 6 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 11/5 (291 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 1.83, RRR: 6.61)
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (9b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-7-2
CKB Kulasekara    0* (0b)      M Morkel    3-2-4-3

Madhu, the stat-meister strikes. "Only the second time for Sri Lanka that both openers have gone for a duck and the third time that three of the top six have been dismissed for ducks. The last time this happened was the World Cup 2003 game against India," he says. Morne continues. Steyn looks worried about not having any wickets to work with today.

6.1

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, angled in from a touch wide of the crease. Kosala defends down the track.

This is also second the lowest score at start of sixth-wicket stand. Record is 6 for 5 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2009 - also courtesy Madhu. Mind you, SL won that game ...

6.2

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Kosala pokes to point and sets off for a single.

6.3

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela is solidly behind the line as he defends towards mid-on.

6.4

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, that swung late, too late to trouble Mahela. AB did well to get his gloves onto it.

6.5

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length, Mahela hangs back and chops it to point. Can't get it through the gap.

6.6

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, length ball on off stump, defended to the off side solidly. Two overs without a wicket. Sri Lanka are recovering rapidly.

End of over 7 (1 run) Sri Lanka 12/5 (290 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 1.71, RRR: 6.74)
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (13b)      M Morkel    4-2-5-3
CKB Kulasekara    1* (2b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-1-7-2

7.1

Tsotsobe to CKB Kulasekara, no run, Lopsy lands it on a length around off stump, Kosala defends to the off side.

7.2

Tsotsobe to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, back of a length on the middle and leg line. Kosala taps to the leg side for a single.

Hello! Just one slip and gully in place!

7.3

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, angled across again, Mahela shoulders arms.

7.4

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, he can't control the temptation to cut. There are several fielders in the off side inside the circle, waiting for an edge. Mahela finds point.

7.5

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, OUT, South Africa are into the tail. Mahela, as expected, falls to a loose shot into the off side. Not that he could have played these anywhere else. Short ball, angling across at a bustling pace, without offering the room for the full-blooded cut. Mahela tried to go over point, but ended up playing it straight into his hands. How much worse can this get? The lowest score in ODI history could be set today. What a way to start 2012 ...

DPMD Jayawardene c du Plessis b Tsotsobe 2 (20m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Stats Madhu again: "Sri Lanka's highest margin of defeat is 232 runs against Australia in 1985 followed by 217 runs against Pakistan in Sharjah in 2002. Against South Africa, their highest defeat margin is 177 runs in Centurion in 2002." Lowest score of all-time is 35. Sri Lanka were the bowling side when that happened, Zimbabwe were the side batting. Dire situation, two Kulasekaras in the middle to handle it.

7.6

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, full and angled across, Nuwan lets it go. Wise call.

End of over 8 (1 run) Sri Lanka 13/6 (289 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 1.62, RRR: 6.88)
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-1-8-3
CKB Kulasekara    2* (4b)      M Morkel    4-2-5-3

"This partnership of 4 must have the South Africans worried! Oops! Wicket!," says Jandre. That part-time bowler, Steyn, comes on now that the grunt work has been done.

8.1

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 1 wide, starts with a wide down the leg side.

8.2

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, fuller and better line, Kosala defends it down the track. Doesn't look very convincing.

SL in fact, have inflicted the three lowest scores in ODI history. Irony would be them sitting on top of that table.

8.3

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, works one off the pads towards square leg for a single.

I'll tell what will be fun to watch right now - an India - Sri Lanka match on a spicy wicket.

8.4

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, pitched up, and some fluency on display. Kosala leans across and drives into the covers for a couple.

8.4

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, Steyn responds with a bumper. Big pace on that, Kosala ducked under it in a hurry.

8.5

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, short of a length outside off, wide enough for an easy leave. Kosala did just that.

8.6

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, fuller length to end the over, Kosala handles it reasonably well. Steyn denied a wicket in his first over.

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 16/6 (286 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 1.77, RRR: 6.97)
CKB Kulasekara    4* (10b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (1b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-1-8-3

9.1

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, Lopy continues to loop them across the right handers. Nuwan shoulders arms.

9.2

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, back of a length on off stump, Nuwan stays on the crease and defends to the off side.

9.3

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, short again, there's been almost nothing to drive from Lopsy. Nuwan stays back and dabs it square.

"India do play Srilanka in Melbourne soon! Humdinger in the offing!" says Ashwin. World Cup finalists, some 8 months back ... How times change!

9.4

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, 2 runs, short of a length on the hips, tucked through square leg for a single.

"There is power breakdown here and I cann't see TV. Now stop kidding and start actual commentary," says Amer. Ok, here goes ...

9.5

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 no ball, Lopsy gives SL some respite by over-stepping. Full ball played to the mid-on area. Free-hit to follow.

Free-hit time

9.5

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, FOUR, Take that! Sri Lanka sail into the 20s confidently as Nuwan backs away and top-edges an upper cut over the slips.

9.6

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, slower ball, Kula tries to launch it into space as he lashes across the line. Play and a miss. Lopsy murmurs something at him.

End of over 10 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 23/6 (279 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 2.30, RRR: 6.97)
KMDN Kulasekara    6* (8b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-1-15-3
CKB Kulasekara    4* (10b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0

10.1

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, fullish length outside off, draws Kosala forward and gets him to steer through point for one.

10.2

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, short of a length, pushes Nuwan back in the crease and he defends down the track.

10.3

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, short and swift, the ball jumps up off a length and Nuwan weaves away.

10.4

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, OUT, And another one. Steyn is relieved to have a share of the spoils, as he hounds Nuwan out. Another short ball, another lifter, another hop and nudge attempt by a batsman. The ball kicks up just that little bit extra to rear up and rap the handle before landing in the hands of gully. Sri Lanka are in trouble 24/7.

KMDN Kulasekara c du Plessis b Steyn 6 (14m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Malinga is out there now. A touch earlier than he'd have expected.

10.5

Steyn to Malinga, no run, Steyn says hello to his fellow tearaway, with a speedy bumper. Malinga dangles the periscope but ducks under. Should have been called a wide.

10.6

Steyn to Malinga, no run, another short ball, touching 145 kph this time, and Malinga has a mosquito-swat at it and misses.

End of over 11 (1 run) Sri Lanka 24/7 (278 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 2.18, RRR: 7.12)
SL Malinga    0* (2b)      DW Steyn    2-0-4-1
CKB Kulasekara    5* (11b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-1-15-3

The second lowest score of all-time was on this very ground. Quite extraordinary for a batting beauty.

11.1

Tsotsobe to CKB Kulasekara, no run, pitched up on off stump, draws Kosala to drive into the covers.

11.2

Tsotsobe to CKB Kulasekara, no run, short ball to Kosala, he does well to get into position early and pull with control. But he keeps it down effectively.

Do take a look at the 'Win Likelyhood' graph on our scorecard. Makes for telling viewing.

11.3

Tsotsobe to CKB Kulasekara, no run, another short ball, that's been the plan so far in this chase, if you could call it that. Kosala weaves out of the way.

11.4

Tsotsobe to CKB Kulasekara, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, defended down the track.

11.5

Tsotsobe to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, Kosala presses a pull down, and gets it through midwicket this time. A couple more to the total. SL are inching towards 35.

11.6

Tsotsobe to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, and a firm punch through the covers now. Kosala is looking better and better. Short of a length, and steered off the back foot with control. That's a replay he won't mind showing his top-order colleagues after the game.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 28/7 (274 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 2.33, RRR: 7.21)
CKB Kulasekara    9* (17b)      LL Tsotsobe    6-1-19-3
SL Malinga    0* (2b)      DW Steyn    2-0-4-1

12.1

Steyn to Malinga, 1 run, Malinga moves away, mindful of bodily harm, and guides a short ball outside off through backward point.

12.2

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, legcutter on the stumps, Malinga covers the line and defends down the track.

"I don't wish to state the obvious but SL had better think about getting a wriggle on here. The required rate is starting to creep up a little now," points out Joe, who wants to see a close chase.

12.3

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, short of a length once more, Kosala opens the face and steers it to the off side carefully.

12.4

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, fuller length ball, draws Kosala forward and gets him driving to mid-off for a single.

12.5

Steyn to Malinga, no run, another short ball. This is getting tedious now. Malinga gets away in a hurry. He won't mind having a bullet-proof jacket.

12.6

Steyn to Malinga, 1 no ball, and again. Malinga sways out of the line. This time it is no-balled for height. I guess he called the previous one.

12.6

Steyn to Malinga, no run, Slower ball to finish off. I am sure Malinga thought it was a free-hit, but it wasn't. He misses, and the ball misses the stumps too.

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 31/7 (271 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 2.38, RRR: 7.32)
SL Malinga    1* (6b)      DW Steyn    3-0-7-1
CKB Kulasekara    10* (20b)      LL Tsotsobe    6-1-19-3

"AB should not take the Bowling powerplay now." Perceptive advice from Ben Stern. Albie Morkel comes on now.

13.1

JA Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, beats the outside edge with his first ball. That seamed away, this man is really good when he has a little bit of assistance. The sun is going down, and there is some nip in the air.

13.2

JA Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, uppish, but safe. Albie again gets the ball to seam away, and Kosala pushes with hard hands and it loops towards Faf at point. He hurls down the stumps at the bowler's end, but Malinga is in.

13.3

JA Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, this time he gets it to bend in. Kosala had no clue what it was doing as he tried to defend away from the body. The ball snuck in through the gap, and missed off stump ...

13.4

JA Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, short of a length outside off, defended from the crease to the off side. The fielder at cover throws unnecessarily and concedes an overthrow. Faf is the fielder again.

13.5

JA Morkel to Malinga, no run, another across the line swat from Malinga to a short ball. Another miss.

13.6

JA Morkel to Malinga, no run, follows him with a short ball, Malinga backs away and defends gingerly to the off side. Drinks in Paarl.

Right. Sri Lanka are inching towards avoiding the ignominy of the lowest score. Alex Winter will be on commentary after drinks to tell you whether they manage it, and if they get close to 302.

End of over 14 (1 run) Sri Lanka 32/7 (270 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 2.28, RRR: 7.50)
SL Malinga    1* (8b)      JA Morkel    1-0-1-0
CKB Kulasekara    11* (24b)      DW Steyn    3-0-7-1

Three more to get this game done and dusted, can Sri Lanka eclipse the 55 - their lowest ODI score. 91 is their lowest score against South Africa...

14.1

Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, played forward into the offside

14.2

Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, leg stump and played into the legside

14.3

Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, full and driven down the ground to long off

14.4

Peterson to Malinga, OUT, gone and pathetic. A wild swipe across the line and Malinga is bowled in very ugly fashion. That was awful. He went down on one knee to try and slog sweep but got absolutely nowhere near a gentle turning leg ball which struck middle and off stumps half way up.

SL Malinga b Peterson 1 (22m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

Can't think why the South African fans are cheering, their evening's entertainment is about to be cut a long way short

14.5

Peterson to Mendis, no run, played forward the ball runs off the pad into the leg side

14.6

Peterson to Mendis, no run, pushed into the offside from the front foot

End of over 15 (1 run) Sri Lanka 33/8 (269 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 2.20, RRR: 7.68)
BAW Mendis    0* (2b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-1-1
CKB Kulasekara    12* (27b)      JA Morkel    1-0-1-0

Bowling powerplay taken, I would assume there are three slips already. Just the one in fact.

15.1

JA Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, given out lbw. It's been referred having struck the batsman quite high up the pad, looked straight enough. But it's missing the top of the bails by a decent distance.

15.2

JA Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length ball tries to be turned into the leg side, strikes the pad

15.3

JA Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, full outside the off stump and guided to third man with a late cut dab

15.4

JA Morkel to Mendis, no run, back of a length outside off stump and left alone

15.5

JA Morkel to Mendis, no run, more of a length outside off and a bit of a dabble outside off but left alone just about

15.6

JA Morkel to Mendis, no run, outside off again and it keeps quite low as the batsman plays inside the line

End of over 16 (1 run) Sri Lanka 34/8 (268 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 2.12, RRR: 7.88)
BAW Mendis    0* (5b)      JA Morkel    2-0-2-0
CKB Kulasekara    13* (30b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-1-1

16.1

Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, driven down the ground from a full length

16.2

Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, pushed back to the bowler on off stump

16.3

Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length ball on middle stump and played forward

16.4

Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, no run, played off an inside edge behind square on the leg side

16.5

Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, full and driven down the ground to long off

16.6

Peterson to Mendis, no run, played forward on middle stump

End of over 17 (1 run) Sri Lanka 35/8 (267 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 2.05, RRR: 8.09)
BAW Mendis    0* (6b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-2-1
CKB Kulasekara    14* (35b)      JA Morkel    2-0-2-0

A gorgeous sunset in Paarl...

17.1

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length outside the off stump and a back foot dabble misses

17.2

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length outside off stump and left alone

17.3

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, wide of off stump and cut and missed, good take from de Villiers low to his right

17.4

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length ball and defended carefully from the crease out to point

17.5

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, nicely pulled, getting on top of the bounce, down to deep backward square

17.6

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length ball on off stump and defended from the crease into the offside

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 37/8 (265 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 2.05, RRR: 8.28)
CKB Kulasekara    16* (41b)      M Morkel    5-2-7-3
BAW Mendis    0* (6b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-2-1

18.1

Peterson to Mendis, no run, big swing into the legside from a length ball misses, cry for leg before turned down referred. But hawk-eye has the ball hitting the batsman just outside the offstump - umpire's call it says. Enough doubt for me

18.2

Peterson to Mendis, 1 run, full toss struck down the ground, mistimed

18.3

Peterson to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, full ball and driven down the ground

18.4

Peterson to Mendis, no run, pushed into the offside

18.5

Peterson to Mendis, no run, sliding into the pads, flicked to short fine leg

18.6

Peterson to Mendis, 1 run, an attempted lofted drive after a step down the pitch, comes off an inside edge into the legside

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 40/8 (262 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 2.10, RRR: 8.45)
BAW Mendis    2* (11b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-5-1
CKB Kulasekara    17* (42b)      M Morkel    5-2-7-3

16 more for Sri Lanka to evade complete humiliation...

19.1

M Morkel to Mendis, 1 run, a step into the legside and cut away to third man from a length ball

19.2

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, back foot drive attempted with no foot movement and an inside edge runs down to long leg

19.3

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, length ball outside the off stump left alone

19.4

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, back of a length and defended into the leg side

19.5

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, OUT, caught on the boundary. Hook stroke, not in control, and it presents a simple chance to deep square leg who goes a few yards to his right and pouches with two hands. Couldn't get on top of the stroke and now this group of players are seriously in danger of creating history of the wrong kind...

CKB Kulasekara c Peterson b M Morkel 19 (74m 46b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.30

19.6

M Morkel to Mendis, no run, back of a length outside off stump and dart and a miss, brief cry for caught behind from the bowler

End of over 20 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 43/9 (259 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 2.15, RRR: 8.63)
BAW Mendis    3* (13b)      M Morkel    6-2-10-4
CRD Fernando    0* (0b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-5-1

20.1

Peterson to Fernando, OUT, length ball on middle and leg, strikes the pad and it's given out. There's a referral but this looks good, striking the batsman half-way up front pad, he was playing down the wrong line, and it's striking leg stump on the full

CRD Fernando lbw b Peterson 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

With hopes of watching more evenly contested cricket through the rest of the year, this is goodbye from Nitin Sundar, Alex Winter and the rest of the crew at ESPNcricinfo. Cheers!

Right, that draws to an end our coverage of the first ODI of 2012, and a quite extraordinary one at that. Sri Lanka have plenty of soul-searching to do. That pitch had some evening zip in it, but that doesn't justify 43 all-out from a line-up that has Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan in it. Things fell into place superbly for the hosts. Can they carry it on through the rest of the series? I leave you with Sid Ravi's match report that is getting updated faster than Sri Lanka collapsed earlier.

Presentations:

Morne Morkel is the Man of the Match. "Slow start for me this summer, but it was important to work through the tough periods. Luckily, I had the help of our support staff and could work through that. Lopsy has been unbelievable in the last couple of years and it was great to have him at the other end. Lots of energy from Steyn too, coming in first change."

AB de Villiers: "Dream start for me as captain. Some individuals stoop up there - Morne Morkel and Amla. I thought there was something in the pitch for the bowlers and we used it. Guys running in and bowling at 140+ was good."

Dilshan, understandably isn't too happy. "The key was the first five overs. They bowled really good lines and it was very difficult to come back. We bowled well in the last few overs and came back a bit but unfortunately our batsmen couldn't put runs. Malinga is one of the best in the business and it is great to have him in the team. We don't have much time between the games and will be travelling tomorrow, hope to do better in the next match.

Tsotsobe: "Instead of staying out and mourning about not being selected, I am just stricking with the team. I have put in some hard yards and I think the flat wickets have helped me a lot. Our bowlers are more likely to hit that back of a length and make it tough for Sri Lankans."

And that's the game. And oh deary me was that a hideous innings for Sri Lanka. After the euphoria of the win the 2nd Test match, Sri Lanka have slid backwards very significantly with a crunching defeat and now an absolute humiliation...
Just to confirm, this is Sri Lanka's lowest score in ODI cricket and the third largest margin of victory in ODIs. What on earth happened? Some decent bowling at the top of the order did most of the damage and some very ordinary strokes sunk a damaged ship far faster than it should have gone down.

Series Results
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg - Jan 22, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Kimberley - Jan 20, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Bloemfontein - Jan 17, 2012
South Africa won by 4 runs (D/L method)
South Africa v Sri Lanka at East London - Jan 14, 2012
South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Paarl - Jan 11, 2012
South Africa won by 258 runs
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The scoreboard spells out Sri Lanka's woes in Paarl, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Paarl, January 11, 2012

The scoreboard spells out Sri Lanka's woes in Paarl

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Jan 11, 2012

South Africa get together after a wicket, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Paarl, January 11, 2012

South Africa get together after a wicket

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