Sri Lanka in South Africa ODI Series - 2nd ODI

South Africa v Sri Lanka

South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

10.23 am And back again. The drizzle's blown away, and the South African side trots out to the middle. Lights are on, the clouds are about and batting will be tough. Steyn's got the new ball this time. The first new ball, that is. Two slips and gully, over the stumps.

"No SL cricket without a rain!" says a tongue-in-cheek Kush.

10.10 am Bad news folks (at that universally unlucky time) Covers come back on. The drizzle has resumed.

The SA quicks are warming up even as the covers go off. These dudes are raring to go, alright!

Right, weather's cleared, and AB de Villiers wins another toss. SA will bowl first. He believes there's some freshness on the pitch, and wants to exploit it. South Africa are unchanged.

Dilshan is happy to bat first, that's what he wanted to do. Fernando and Mendis are out injured. Prasad and Herath come in. Dilshan hopes to be the part of a Durban-style turnaround. That would be great to see, but they will have to bat with application up front.

9.30 am Ah well, first weather break for 2012. There's a bit of a drizzle and the toss has been delayed. It is a bit overcast, and the lights are on. But we do expect things to improve soon. Stay tuned for more. Geoff Marsh is upbeat too. And on a different note, Jacques Kallis, the quintessential allrounder, reveals another side to his personality - a humanitarian one.

Some reading material to keep you busy while we wait. Hashim Amla is wary of a backlash from Sri Lanka - we have already seen them do it once on this tour.

Inputs from Firdose Moonda: It's pretty cloudy now, but cleared nicely last night so perhaps the same can happen today. We might have a bit of a stop-start day. Also, its a sellout. The ground has a capacity of about 16,000 so we can expect a great atmosphere.

43 all out. Reflect on that stat for a moment. The Sri Lankan team would have for the better part of the last three days. Today is their chance to do something about it. In a sense, they can only get better. Welcome all to the second ODI from East London. Toss round the corner.

0.1

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, gets the first ball to snake into Tharanga at pace from the off stump line. It is defended off the front foot to mid-off.

0.2

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, similar ball, classic Steyn fare that straightens down the line habitually. Tharanga defends again.

0.3

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, gets Tharanga driving now, pitched up on a length and drawing him forward. Uppishly played to mid-off.

0.4

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, ooh, good short ball, gets Tharanga leaning back in a hurry as it zings through from a length. Nice speeds.

Silly mid-on walks into position.

0.5

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, another speed bump. Tharanga ducks under it quickly, this carried better than the previous one.

0.6

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, starts with a maiden does Steyn. Back of a length and seaming in again, Tharanga pushes it from the crease into the covers. An acrobatic save from the man close in denies him the single.

End of over 1 (maiden) Sri Lanka 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
WU Tharanga    0* (6b)      DW Steyn    1-1-0-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

One slip and gully, Lopsy over the stumps.

1.1

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, wafted on a fullish length, draws Dilshan forward and he defends. The ball seemed to come on slowly.

1.2

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, shortens the length, and Dilshan attempts his no-room-no-problem carve through the off side. He middles it well, but can't get through the covers.

1.3

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, beaten by a Mick Jagger. Draws Dilshan forward with a good length on off stump, and it additionally stands up as Dilshan leans out, expecting big inward movement. The ball didn't come in so much, and slipped past the outside edge.

1.4

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, OUT, Is Dilshan gone? Third umpire looking at the run-out appeal. Short of a length on off stump, Dilshan goes back and forces it into the cover-point. Faf du Plessis prowls at point, and is a superb fielder. Dilshan saw it was going almost straight at him, and realised he had played it off the back foot, and hesitated midway through the run. Mistake. Faf hurls it down to the non-striker's end, and the ball clips the bail after bouncing short. Dilshan is just out of the crease, and then falls on Morne Morkel who was running in from mid-on. Gone. Another duck. 2/5th of the way into the ODI series, the SL captain is yet to get a run.

TM Dilshan run out 0 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.5

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, pitched up and curling slowly in the air. Tharanga covers the line with a seemingly uncertain forward press.

1.6

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, 1 run, Sri Lanka are away. Tharanga scores his first run in the series with a push into the covers.

End of over 2 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/1 (RR: 0.50)
WU Tharanga    1* (8b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-1-0
KC Sangakkara    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    1-1-0-0

2.1

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, a hint of room outside off, Tharanga tries to steer it square, and can't get the gap.

2.2

Steyn to Tharanga, 5 runs, ah, loose from SA. Four over throws for Tharanga and he gets to the non-striker's end. Win-win. Full ball on off stump, driven wide of mid-off for a quick single. The throw missed, and the backing up wasn't great.

2.3

Steyn to Sangakkara, no run, good sharp bouncer, Sanga ducks out of the way. Silly mid-on in place, by the way.

"Sri Lanka has survived the 1st over. Bravo!" This came 5 minutes back, from Deepak.

2.4

Steyn to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up wide of off stump, Sanga leans across and looks at it. But lets it go.

2.5

Steyn to Sangakkara, no run, gets closer to off stump, this time Sanga defends solidly down the track.

2.6

Steyn to Sangakkara, no run, there, goes for that needless flirt outside off stump, he's been doing it all tour. Doesn't nick this time.

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 6/1 (RR: 2.00)
KC Sangakkara    0* (4b)      DW Steyn    2-1-5-0
WU Tharanga    6* (10b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-1-0

3.1

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, back of a length and cutting in to deny him room. Tharanga defends from the crease.

3.2

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, another one seams in from a length, Tharanga pushes off the inner half of the bat to the leg side.

3.3

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, slower ball, 116 kph and Tharanga adjusts well to defend it into the covers.

Short fine leg, and one slip in place.

3.4

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, another one ducks in from a length, and Tharanga defends towards mid-on.

3.5

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, 131 kph on a bouncer a foot and a half outside off. Tharanga sways away from it.

3.6

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, length ball to end the over, Tharanga mistimes a reluctant steer into the off side.

End of over 4 (maiden) Sri Lanka 6/1 (RR: 1.50)
WU Tharanga    6* (16b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-1-0
KC Sangakkara    0* (4b)      DW Steyn    2-1-5-0

Not much swing in the air for the bowlers here. But the odd dollop of seam movement is causing some strife. Morne Morkel comes on as first-change now.

4.1

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, hits the seam straight away, and gets the ball to go away from the left hander. But it started from too wide of Sanga to get him playing.

4.2

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, makes him play at 139 kph from over the stumps. Landed on middle and leg and hinted at angling away, Sanga works it to the leg side.

4.3

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length and angling across from middle stump line., The speed goes up to 140.5 kph. Sanga defends well, with his head over the ball.

4.4

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, Tharanga escapes being run out! Sri Lanka are finding new ways to get themselves out here. Sanga pushes a short of length ball into the covers, no iota of a chance of a single there, but Tharanga ran almost halfway up after Sanga took a start. Tharanga turned eventually and dived in, but if Duminy had hit the stumps ... would have been curtains.

4.5

M Morkel to Sangakkara, 1 run, works one off the pads to the leg side for a single behind square. Sanga is away.

4.6

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga covers the line of a length ball and defends down the track. Good, steady start from Morne.

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 7/1 (RR: 1.40)
WU Tharanga    6* (17b)      M Morkel    1-0-1-0
KC Sangakkara    1* (9b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-1-1-0

5.1

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length outside off, Sanga lets it go to the keeper.

5.2

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Sanga gets behind the line and defends down the track.

Meanwhile, the 100th 100 is not happening in Perth. India are staring at 3-0.

5.3

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, opens the face and defends a length ball to the off side.

5.4

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, keeps it on that nagging length just outside off stump. Sanga lets it go once more.

5.5

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, Lopsy is immovable from that area outside off, and gets the ball to go away from Sanga, who leaves again.

5.6

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, and yet again. Resolute from Sanga, that's not a bad idea. The ball goes away a touch off a length, and Sanga lets go. Maiden to Lopsy.

End of over 6 (maiden) Sri Lanka 7/1 (RR: 1.16)
KC Sangakkara    1* (15b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-2-1-0
WU Tharanga    6* (17b)      M Morkel    1-0-1-0

"Just thinking, who is under more pressure - Dilshan in SA or Dhoni in Aus?" Funnily, Deepak, neither man seems to realise he is under pressure.

6.1

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, full length outside off, draws Tharanga forward into a half-hearted push-drive into the covers.

6.2

M Morkel to Tharanga, FOUR, width, and Tharanga finally latches onto one decisively. Short and sitting up nicely, Tharanga slapped it to the right of the man at gully. He didn't have a chance, and SL finally have a boundary.

6.3

M Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, opens the face and steers one past a rare fumble from du Plessis at point.

6.4

M Morkel to Sangakkara, 1 run, full length to Sanga, who moves behind the line nice and early, and blocks to mid-on for a single.

6.5

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, and good pace. Pushes Tharanga back in the crease and he defends to the off side.

6.6

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, pearler to end the over. Morne snaps it away off the seam, leaving Tharanga searching down the wrong line with a forward lunge. Need luck to survive those ...

End of over 7 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 13/1 (RR: 1.85)
WU Tharanga    11* (22b 1x4)      M Morkel    2-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    2* (16b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-2-1-0

7.1

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, no pace on a short of length ball for Sanga to work with, and he mistimes the cut towards cover-point.

7.2

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, length fare at 131 kph, Sanga leans across cautious to cover the line, and defends.

7.3

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, nothing to drive, nothing to cut. Sanga gets across and defends a back of length ball, with a slightly open face to the off side

7.4

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, no run, straight bat this time as he defends another tight delivery down the track.

"What kind of a dreadful start is this from sri lanka. one of the two left handers needs to take the initiative of playing some shots and scoring some runs," says Harish. I daresay, this is a FAR better start than they had in Paarl ...

7.5

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga gets a single through mid-on, the moment Lopsy angles in too straight.

7.6

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, FOUR, shot, Upul! Pitched up, not quite a half-volley, but enough to elicit a forward press and a flowing on the up guided drive through the covers. Superb placement too.

End of over 8 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 18/1 (RR: 2.25)
WU Tharanga    15* (23b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-2-6-0
KC Sangakkara    3* (21b)      M Morkel    2-0-7-0

8.1

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga blocks a back of a length ball that holds its line as it angles across at 139 kph. No run to be had there.

8.2

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, on the hips, Sanga works it to the leg side for a single.

8.3

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up and zipping across. Sanga moves to 3 off 24 balls with another shouldering of the arms.

8.4

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, fuller length, draws Sanga into the drive now but he finds cover.

8.5

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga presses forward and drives again, but finds mid-off.

8.6

M Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga opens the face and guides towards point to end the over.

End of over 9 (maiden) Sri Lanka 18/1 (RR: 2.00)
KC Sangakkara    3* (27b)      M Morkel    3-1-7-0
WU Tharanga    15* (23b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-2-6-0

9.1

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, short of a length from the niggardly Lopsy, Tharanga tries to cut but bottom-edges to the off side.

9.2

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, this one seamed in a degree. Tharanga defends down the track.

9.3

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, short ball, it was there to be slammed square but the ball took an eternity to come on. Tharanga eventually edged the pull onto his thigh.

9.4

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, no room for the cut but Tharanga was setting himself for it and ended up bottom-edging awrily to the leg side.

9.5

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, 3 runs, boy, he's produced the odd bit of sublime timing today. Back of a length, Tharanga waits and punches firmly through the covers. Amla chases and puts in the slide to stop the boundary.

Silly mid-on and short midwicket in place. Slooooow pitch.

9.6

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, OUT, oh Sanga. Goner. He's been resolute all morning, but inevitably pokes at one outside off. That was on a length, not there for the drive or the cut, and probably had to be left alone. Sanga had left alone too many already, and chose to nibble at it. Thin edge, dies on AB, who takes it in front.

KC Sangakkara c †de Villiers b Tsotsobe 3 (36m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.71

End of over 10 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 21/2 (RR: 2.10)
     LL Tsotsobe    5-2-9-1
WU Tharanga    18* (28b 2x4)      M Morkel    3-1-7-0

Chandimal is the new man in. Sri Lanka in strife now. If it is any solace, their fellow World Cup finalists are in a deeper hole in Perth. Morkel Senior comes on now.

10.1

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, back of a length from over the stumps, defended from the crease down the track.

10.2

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, keeps Tharanga back in the crease again, gets him to open the face and steer into the off side. Can't get it past point.

10.3

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, Given out caught behind. Tharanga refers it. Angled across from over the stumps, Tharanga drives away from the body and there seemed to be a noise as the ball crossed the bat. Replays are in, there's no deviation on the ball as it passes the bat, and HotSpot doesn't light up. Poor shot, but no edge by the looks of it. Decision reversed. Tharanga seemed to be smiling from the moment he was given out. Seemed to know he didn't nick it. Technology wins this round.

"This man (Lopsy) is hands down our best ODI bowler. Averages under 20 and just seems to be perfectly suited for the format," says Zubair. I'd still like to see Vernon have a go.

10.4

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, that snapped across Tharanga, who pushed to point with an opened face. Needs to tighten the screws here. SL can't afford another early wicket.

10.5

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, fuller length on the stumps, Tharanga lunges forward and defends adequately.

10.6

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 2 runs, width outside off, he lets the ball come on and opens the face to guide it behind point for a single.

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 23/2 (RR: 2.09)
WU Tharanga    20* (34b 2x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-2-0
LD Chandimal    0* (0b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-2-9-1

Spin is in now that Powerplay is done. Duminy round the stumps.

11.1

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, tossed up and spinning in slightly. Chandimal watches that closely.

11.2

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, whoa, turn and bounce! Chandimal went back to cut, but that got big on him and hit the bat near the slide before popping dangerously close to slip.

11.3

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, flighted on off stump, defended down the track.

11.4

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, tossed up, gets Tharanga to skip out and take it on the full. He drives nicely, but finds cover.

11.5

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, grip and spin. Herath will like bowling here. If he has some runs to play with. Tharanga opens the face after leaning forward, to cover the line and defend.

11.6

Duminy to Tharanga, SIX, boy, what a humongous blow down the ground. Tharanga bottom-hands it into oblivion. He chips out again, gets close to the flight and under the ball. He levers it cleanly, but he wasn't as close to the pitch as he wanted to be, and the ball went higher than he may have wanted. You thought deep mid-on had a chance. No chance. The ball came down a full three seconds or so later, well behind the ropes.

End of over 12 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 30/2 (RR: 2.50)
WU Tharanga    26* (38b 2x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    1-0-7-0
LD Chandimal    1* (2b)      JA Morkel    1-0-2-0

12.1

JA Morkel to Chandimal, no run, full length, Chandimal watches it homing in and jabs to the leg side.

12.2

JA Morkel to Chandimal, no run, full again, Albie is getting a sharp inward angle going here. Chandimal adjusts the movement across the stumps and plays to mid-on.

12.3

JA Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, angled in once more, clipped off the pads towards square leg.

12.4

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball outside off, Tharanga hacks it behind square for one.

12.5

JA Morkel to Chandimal, no run, short ball that doesn't come on, Chandimal mistimes the cut.

12.6

JA Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, angled in from off towards middle. Slightly dangerous play, across the front pad, from Chandimal but he gets bat on it. Single to midwicket.

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 33/2 (RR: 2.53)
LD Chandimal    3* (7b)      JA Morkel    2-0-5-0
WU Tharanga    27* (39b 2x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    1-0-7-0

13.1

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, impressive drive from JP, that curled across landed outside leg and held its line as Chandimal missed a flick.

13.2

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal skates out of the pitch and looks to loft through mid-on. Got too close to the flight to time it.

13.3

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, slips down the leg side, Tharanga misses the glance and AB's appeal for catch-behind distracts the umpire Doctrove from calling wide.

13.4

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga leans across and opens the face to defend to the off side.

13.5

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, gets forward again and blocks down the track.

13.6

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, armer to end the over, Tharanga spots the line and defends down the pitch.

End of over 14 (1 run) Sri Lanka 34/2 (RR: 2.42)
WU Tharanga    27* (43b 2x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    2-0-8-0
LD Chandimal    4* (9b)      JA Morkel    2-0-5-0

14.1

JA Morkel to Chandimal, no run, short ball that comes on slowly, Chandimal goes for a pull and is too early on it. The ball goes off the right arm and balloons towards gully. It is taken, and SA appeal for the catch. Not given, and not reviewed. Chandimal holds the arm and winces, which kind of indicates where the ball hit. Was there a feather on it before it hit the arm? None by the looks of it. Drinks in East London. Chandimal gets some treatment.

Interesting trivia from Daniel Alexander: "Tharanga and Chandimal both from the same village called Ambalangoda, both playing for the same club (NCC), and Chandimal is staying at Tharanga's house in Colombo."

Rakesh has the answers. "The Lankan's are performing as badly as the Indians in Perth. Time the Asian batsmen are made to play on fast and bouncy tracks WITHOUT helmets and minimal protective gear to help improve their technique. Too much of 20/20 and ODI's on flat tracks have led to poor batsmen/sloggers playing the game based on 20/20 performances on flat tracks," he says.

14.2

JA Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, 110 kph on a length ball, Chandimal works it wide of midwicket and they eventually go for an inevitable single.

14.3

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Tharanga cracks it away behind point for a single.

14.4

JA Morkel to Chandimal, no run, draws Chandimal forward into the off-drive - the feet moved well there. Pushes it without much timing to mid-off.

14.5

JA Morkel to Chandimal, no run, short of a length, Chandimal works it onto his thigh as he looks to play to the leg side.

14.6

JA Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, angled into the pads this time, Chandimal is inside the line and clips it square for a single.

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 37/2 (RR: 2.46)
LD Chandimal    6* (14b)      JA Morkel    3-0-8-0
WU Tharanga    28* (44b 2x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    2-0-8-0

Bowling Powerplay taken at the first available opportunity. Steyn's back on after the mini-Duminy experiment.

15.1

Steyn to Chandimal, 2 runs, angles the first one into the pads, and Chandimal indulges in some freebies through the leg side with a neat flick of the wrists.

15.2

Steyn to Chandimal, FOUR, part-controlled, part-edged, but four runs for Chandimal. Short ball at 140 kph hustles through Chandimal faster than he imagined. He shaped for the square cut, didn't have the room or the time to work with and thick-edged it fine over where slip would have been.

15.3

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, fuller, draws him into the check-drive to the off side.

15.4

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, slow bumper at 129 kph, tempting Chandimal into an early pull, but he wisely backed away. Called one for the over. That went down the leg side, so Steyn got away with it.

One wide slip in place. A gully really, and a short fine leg.

15.5

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, on the pads from a short length, and Chandimal works it too fine. Picks the man at 45 degrees on the leg side.

15.6

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, back of a length, not there for the drive as Chandimal reaches across. He defends to the off side.

End of over 16 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 43/2 (RR: 2.68)
LD Chandimal    12* (20b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-1-11-0
WU Tharanga    28* (44b 2x4 1x6)      JA Morkel    3-0-8-0

"When the pitch is a rank turner it is deemed as a bad wicket to bat on, but when there's swing it's perfect pitch for test cricket. spin and swing are part of game, we don't normally see criticism if a player can't play spin properly" That's life Rohith, and an unfortunate vestige of the colonial hangover this game suffers from. Meanwhile, here is Robbie Peterson in the Powerplay. Long-on, deep midwicket and deep square leg are back. Can Tharanga go over the off side?

16.1

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, tossed up from over the stumps on middle and off. Tharanga blocks.

16.2

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, steps across to a length ball on off and defends again.

16.3

Peterson to Tharanga, FOUR, played Tharanga. Goes over mid-off and gets enough elevation to beat the man inside the circle. He danced out, and towards the leg side, looking to create room, knowing Robbie wasn't going to give him any. He then consciously went over the off side. If he'd dragged it across, it could have been a catch. SL go past 43.

16.4

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, ah, he drags it across now. Fortunately for him, he doesn't time the chip-out-and-loft too well. Lands short of long-on.

16.5

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal defends to the leg side as Robbie tosses up on off stump.

16.6

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, drifts onto the pads, Chandimal works it to midwicket for a single.

End of over 17 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 49/2 (RR: 2.88)
LD Chandimal    13* (22b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-6-0
WU Tharanga    33* (48b 3x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    3-1-11-0

17.1

Steyn to Chandimal, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Chandimal taps to point for one.

17.2

Steyn to Tharanga, 2 runs, length ball on Tharanga's pads, easily tucked through backward square leg for a couple. The runs are coming finally. SL need to keep up the intensity though. No gifted wickets, please.

17.3

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, back of a length, and straightening down the line. Pushes Tharanga back and he defends to the off side.

17.4

Steyn to Tharanga, 1 run, draws him forward with a fuller length, and Tharanga drives through cover point for one.

17.5

Steyn to Chandimal, 1 run, edges a pull, perilously close to the stumps. Chandimal gets away with it. That was Steyn pace, on a bumper wide of off stump and Chandimal was late on an ambitious pull. The bottom edge runs past the stumps and AB for one.

17.6

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, another short ball, Tharanga doesn't want anything to do with it.

End of over 18 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 54/2 (RR: 3.00)
WU Tharanga    36* (52b 3x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    4-1-16-0
LD Chandimal    15* (24b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    1-0-6-0

18.1

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, loopy, tempting flight from round the stumps. Chandimal comes out of the crease but then covers the line and defends.

18.2

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, straighter, nudged to the leg side and Robbie is onto it in a flash.

18.3

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, straight again, this time Chandimal works it square and gets the single away.

18.4

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga dabs a full ball with the turn behind square leg for one.

18.5

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, flatter length, Chandimal goes back and pushes through wide mid-on for one.

18.6

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, aha, they think of a dodgy single and then change their minds. On Tharanga's pads and he works it straight to short fine leg. Chandimal charged out too far, and charged right back to make his ground.

End of over 19 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 57/2 (RR: 3.00)
WU Tharanga    37* (54b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    2-0-9-0
LD Chandimal    17* (28b 1x4)      DW Steyn    4-1-16-0

Lopsy returns. SL taking their time building a decent base here.

19.1

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, angles one across Chandimal at a full length, gets him pushing forward uncertainly. The ball holds its line and takes the outside edge towards point.

19.2

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, ooh, slow finger-rolled offcutter at 118 kph, and fools Chandimal all ends up as he leans out and gropes. It dodges past the outside edge, just did enough to miss it.

19.3

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, fuller now, draws Chandimal forward and he defends.

AB is reading the pitch well. He comes up to the stumps now.

19.4

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, another trundled offcutter, full on the stumps, defended with caution from the crease.

19.5

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, too straight now, Chandimal turns it away behind square for a single.

19.6

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, pitched up to Tharanga, who defends with a semi-closed face to the leg side.

End of over 20 (1 run) Sri Lanka 58/2 (RR: 2.90)
WU Tharanga    37* (55b 3x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-10-1
LD Chandimal    18* (33b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-9-0

"The irony with the SA bowling is that while they have a lot of good pacers to choose from, no one is bowling well enough to guarantee a place in both formats. Steyn and Philander are automatic test picks, but Morkel and Tsotsobe are their best ODI bowlers on current form," points out Nahim. SA are bet to bowl an extra today, by the way.

20.1

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, flighted on off stump, Chandimal drives it back to Robbie P.

20.2

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, flat armer, Chandimal mistimes the cut. He didn't read it coming in.

20.3

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, loopy from over the stumps, Tharanga turns it with the angle behind square.

20.4

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, on the pads once more, there are men on either side of square inside the circle to stop the single. Tharanga can't beat them.

20.5

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, pushes one through mid-on, but midwicket nearly got there. du Plessis again, if he had, there could have been a run out since Chandimal was steaming down the track by then.

20.6

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, on the pads to end the over, worked with the angle towards square leg.

End of over 21 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 61/2 (RR: 2.90)
LD Chandimal    20* (36b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-12-0
WU Tharanga    38* (58b 3x4 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    6-2-10-1

Albie is back on.

21.1

JA Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, angled in at a full length at 129 kph, Chandimal clips uppishly through square leg for one.

21.2

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, edged behind, doesn't carry. Albie nips it away off the seam, but the ball came on too slowly. Tharanga was trying to cover the line, but thin-nicked it and it landed short of AB.

21.3

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, du Plessis at point saves another run. Tharanga chops a short ball in front of square and thinks of one. du Plesses wouldn't have any of that.

21.4

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, shortens the length, the ball doesn't come on at all. Tharanga pushes it back down the pitch.

21.5

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, short ball, Tharanga pulls without middling the ball, through midwicket for a single.

"du Plessis is very rapidly turning into South Africa's best fielder (if you dont include the keeper)," says Garreth.

21.6

JA Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, back of a length, a hint of width outside off allowing Chandimal to open the face and dab behind square for one.

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 64/2 (RR: 2.90)
LD Chandimal    22* (38b 1x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-11-0
WU Tharanga    39* (62b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    3-0-12-0

22.1

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, turning in from outside off, Chandimal works it to the leg side.

22.2

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, stays back and nudges with the angle to the leg side once again.

22.3

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, third time lucky with the dab through the leg side. Single through wide mid-on.

22.4

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, short of a length and spinning in. Tharanga goes back and guides it through the covers for a single.

22.5

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, short of a length and spinning away, Chandimal hacks it square for one more.

22.6

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, that spun in sharply, Tharanga went to cut and had no room to play with, but managed to fend it away.

End of over 23 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 68/2 (RR: 2.95)
WU Tharanga    41* (64b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    4-0-16-0
LD Chandimal    24* (42b 1x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-11-0

Aha, congrats to Muralitharan who has become a father for the second time. His daughter was born three days ago. Amla is on the verge of fatherhood too.

23.1

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, works a length ball behind square for a single.

23.2

JA Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, width to Chandimal, he lashes it away powerfully behind square, but finds third man.

23.3

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, slower ball, offcutter grips and stops at 109 kph. Tharanga had to check his firm defence, but it still went uppishly down the track. Lands safely to the right of Albie though.

23.4

JA Morkel to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga takes off, and finds a good vacant gap at long-on to pick up four. Another slower ball, Tharanga seemed early on the shot, but went through with it and got it to fly within ten yards of the fence.

23.5

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 2 runs, short now, Tharanga pulls well and Amla charges across from fine-leg to cut off four. Superb work for a father in the making.

23.6

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 2 runs, fifty to Tharanga, he's done well here, but needs to bat through this innings now. Full and on the pads, he deflects it to fine-leg and scampers back for a second run.

End of over 24 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 78/2 (RR: 3.25)
WU Tharanga    50* (69b 4x4 1x6)      JA Morkel    5-0-21-0
LD Chandimal    25* (43b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-16-0

Duminy is back on now. Round the stumps.

24.1

Duminy to Chandimal, 2 runs, tossed up on middle, Chandimal leans across and laps it over his left shoulder for a couple.

Short fine leg in place now.

24.2

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, back of a length and spinning in, worked from the crease behind square.

24.3

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, short ball, Chandimal latches on with a guided pull through square leg.

"Tharanga is the best opener we have and he should open the batting in Test too... Unfortunately selectors can't see that," says Dee Aar. But isn't hois first-class average quite average?

24.4

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, tries to steer one through the off side, but point is in the way.

24.5

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, flighted, draws Tharanga forward and gets him to play it back down the track.

24.6

Duminy to Tharanga, 1 run, skips out now, has the room to go big over the off side, but he checks his loft over the covers. Single to the sweeper.

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 82/2 (RR: 3.28)
WU Tharanga    51* (72b 4x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    3-0-12-0
LD Chandimal    28* (46b 1x4)      JA Morkel    5-0-21-0

"WOW! This is just like the ODI's from the 80's. Lose a couple of wickets, re-build your innings slowly and hope for a flourish from the last ten for 50-60 runs and expect a total of around 220-240 which used to be considered a good defendable total," says Rakesh.

25.1

JA Morkel to Tharanga, FOUR, width to Tharanga, just a sliver of it, and he cashes in superbly. Backs away a degree to make some more and gets the wrists to open up as he slashes behind point. The timing is good enough to beat Steyn at third man.

25.2

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, width again, Tharanga cuts to the deep for another single.

25.3

JA Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal tries the cut now, but that man at point - du Plessis - makes another electric save.

25.4

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, slow offcutter at 111 kph. Expect one an over from Albie. Tharanga spots it and defends to mid-on carefully.

25.5

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, another slower ball, 110 kph, but on the pads this time and allows Tharanga to nurdle it to fine leg for one.

25.6

JA Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, third slower ball on the trot. Chandimal waits for it to turn in, and pushes towards long-on for one more.

End of over 26 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 90/2 (RR: 3.46)
LD Chandimal    30* (48b 1x4)      JA Morkel    6-0-29-0
WU Tharanga    57* (76b 5x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    3-0-12-0

26.1

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, worked with the turn to the leg side.

26.2

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, draws Chandimal forward into a push through the covers. Albie fumbles it in the covers and they get a single by the time Morne comes around to back up his brother.

26.3

Duminy to Tharanga, 1 run, Chandimal escapes a run out! Tharanga works it square and sets up, so does AB, who relinquishes the glove as he hares after it. He had to turn and throw in one go, and missed by a foot or so. Chandimal was well out.

26.4

Duminy to Chandimal, no run

26.5

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal works a single through the covers

26.6

Duminy to Tharanga, 1 wide, finally an extra. JP pushes one down the leg side and it called wide.

26.6

Duminy to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Tharanga drives to long-on for a single.

End of over 27 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 95/2 (RR: 3.51)
WU Tharanga    59* (78b 5x4 1x6)      JP Duminy    4-0-17-0
LD Chandimal    32* (52b 1x4)      JA Morkel    6-0-29-0

"David Warner is somewhere in a Perth hotel room giggling at this run rate." Haha, Garreth! Robbie P is back on.

27.1

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, turning in from outside off, Tharanga dabs it against the turn behind square, but misses the gap.

27.2

Peterson to Tharanga, FOUR, slapped back with power and disdain. Good shot from UT, considering the leg side boundaries are plugged. Short and spinning in, he went back and slapped it straight past Petersen instead of pulling it, and collects four more.

27.3

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, tossed up and worked towards long-on for one.

27.4

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 wide, London buses. Another extra. Another wide down the leg side.

27.4

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 leg bye, nudged with the angle to the leg side. Ah, no bat on it, so a leg bye. Three extra now.

27.5

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, full ball on off stump, Tharanga defends to the off side watchfully.

27.6

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, goes back and looks for another big blow down the ground. But this time he's a little late on the shot and gets a single to deep midwicket instead.

End of over 28 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 103/2 (RR: 3.67)
WU Tharanga    65* (83b 6x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    5-0-23-0
LD Chandimal    32* (53b 1x4)      JP Duminy    4-0-17-0

SA need a wicket. Morne comes back on.

"Refreshing to see SA making liberal use of an off-spinner and a left-arm spinner in an ODI. Johan Botha and Roelof van der Merwe were very effective together in T20s for a short while, but it never seeemd to extend to the 50-over game," points out Nick Cowley. Might see more of it under AB de Villiers' captaincy.

"@Rakesh : 80's? I am pretty sure I was too young to be watching cricket back then, and I am pretty sure that was how One dayers were played right upto the point when Australia ran Klusener out in 99. Then, it all changed" Everything changed after that moment, Pee Ess. Everything.

28.1

M Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length and angling across, Tharanga chops a single through backward point.

28.2

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, short ball sprayed down the leg side. Chandimal pulls it straight to fine leg, but keeps it down.

28.3

M Morkel to Tharanga, OUT, ah, tragic for SL. Just as he was looking super-ominous, Tharanga is gone. Short of a length and angled across, not too much pace, no sideways movement. Not much room to work with. Tharanga did what he's done efficiently all day - he attempted to make some room and steer with an open-face to third man, but this time he edges it into AB's gloves. Well played, given the circumstances, but he'll hurt on the way back in.

WU Tharanga c †de Villiers b M Morkel 66 (125m 85b 6x4 1x6) SR: 77.64

If Mahela wanted an apt moment to get some runs on this tour, this is it. Seven men in the circle. AB has the makings of a very proactive captain.

28.4

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, length ball on off stump to start off, defended to the off side.

28.5

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, keeps it on a length outside off, Mahela has a close look at it and leaves.

28.6

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length to end the over, another leave outside the off stump from Mahela.

End of over 29 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 105/3 (RR: 3.62)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (3b)      M Morkel    4-1-9-1
LD Chandimal    33* (54b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-23-0

Slip for Petersen.

29.1

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, tossed up on the off stump, Chandimal defends.

29.2

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, looped up on the leg stump line, Chandimal tries to shovel it over the leg side, but can't connect too well.

29.3

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, pitched well up, Chandimal yorkes himself nearly but keeps it out.

29.4

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal needs to buckle down here. Another slug over the leg side attempted, this time he squirts it over midwicket without conviction for one.

29.5

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela whips one off the toes, but straight to the fielder.

29.6

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, armer to end the over, Mahela defends it cautiously.

End of over 30 (1 run) Sri Lanka 106/3 (RR: 3.53)
DPMD Jayawardene    0* (5b)      RJ Peterson    6-0-24-0
LD Chandimal    34* (58b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-1-9-1

"For the record, it was Donald (sans his bat) who was run out after hesitating on Klusener's call. That moment is seared in every SA fan's memory," Nick Cowley reminds us.

30.1

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Chandimal's chop doesn't beat point.

A second slip in place now for Mahela.

30.2

M Morkel to Jayawardene, 3 runs, short and wide, Mahela stands tall and cracks it elegantly through point. Boy, the ropes are pulled in by about 15 yards in that region. Albie does well to stop the four after charging across from third man.

30.3

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, on the pads, worked with the angle towards square leg.

30.4

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, fuller length, gets Mahela to press forward and defend down the track.

30.5

M Morkel to Jayawardene, 1 run, two spread slips and a gully in place, and Mahela finds a gap between them, deliberately, with a guided steer to a short ball outside off.

30.6

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, slow short ball, came on ages after Chandimal got into the pull shot, but he still managed to laboriously drag it down to fine leg for a single.

End of over 31 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 113/3 (RR: 3.64)
LD Chandimal    37* (61b 1x4)      M Morkel    5-1-16-1
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (8b)      RJ Peterson    6-0-24-0

31.1

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, tossed up and drift towards the pad, Chandimal works it square for a single.

31.2

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, tossed up to Mahela now, and he drives through mid-off cautiously.

31.3

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal skips out a drives a full ball, but he can't get it past Robbie, who is a phenomenal fielder off his own bowling.

31.4

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, full again, can't do much with that, Chandimal. He defends.

31.5

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, jumps out, gets too close to the flight and struggles to time the flick as a result. Straight to midwicket now.

31.6

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, tossed up to end the over, Chandimal still stuck as he looks to drive. Drinks break.

End of over 32 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 115/3 (RR: 3.59)
LD Chandimal    38* (66b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    7-0-26-0
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (9b)      M Morkel    5-1-16-1

JP comes back on after the break. Round the stumps with a slip.

32.1

Duminy to Jayawardene, no run, offbreak straightens down the line as Mahela leans out. It hits the pad and jumps up to the leg side. AB comes around to take it and goes up in appeal for a bat-pad catch. JP wasn't interested, neither was the umpire.

32.2

Duminy to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela paddles with the turn from outside off and gets a single.

32.3

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal is getting bogged down. Skips out once more, gets too close and then digs the ball out meekly down the track.

32.4

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, gets the single now, pushing the drive down to long-on.

32.5

Duminy to Jayawardene, 1 run, works one off the pads towards square leg.

32.6

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, flatter, Chandimal goes back and defends down the track.

End of over 33 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 119/3 (RR: 3.60)
LD Chandimal    40* (69b 1x4)      JP Duminy    5-0-21-0
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (12b)      RJ Peterson    7-0-26-0

"Chandimal looks more like an younger Dishan who whacks everyball but the strike rate always remained in the 70's." Well, Pramod, he's at least not getting ducks every game.

33.1

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, flighted, another jump out of the crease from Chandimal and he can't time the drive at all. Robbie dives across to stop it.

33.2

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, back of a length, he goes back and forces a single into the covers now.

33.3

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, Appeal for a run out, and it goes upstairs. I think Chandimal is in. Mahela gets this away towards Amla at short third man, and Chandimal charges down the track for a non-existent single. He turned around at the last moment, and the throw was intercepted by Robbie who was in front of the stumps. Chandimal makes his ground by the time Robbie can collect and break the stumps. Should he have been behind the stumps? Didn't have much time, mind you. It might have hit the stumps ... Wasn't a bad throw.

33.4

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela works a single in front of square on the leg side.

33.5

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal opens the face and looks to steer through the off side, but can't hit the gap.

33.6

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, gets the single now with a push through wide mid-on.

End of over 34 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 122/3 (RR: 3.58)
LD Chandimal    42* (73b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    8-0-29-0
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (14b)      JP Duminy    5-0-21-0

34.1

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, short ball, turning in from outside off, Chandimal cuts for a single.

34.2

Duminy to Jayawardene, 1 run, on Mahela's pads from round the stumps, easy pickings as he turns it behind square for a single.

34.3

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal gets a single after skipping out this time, nudging with the turn through midwicket.

34.4

Duminy to Jayawardene, 1 run, looped up full toss outside off, Mahela forces it through mid-off for one more.

34.5

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, flighted on the stumps, worked with the angle towards square leg.

34.6

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, another one on the pads, clipped towards fine leg to end the over.

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 127/3 (RR: 3.62)
LD Chandimal    45* (77b 1x4)      JP Duminy    6-0-26-0
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (16b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-29-0

Batting Powerplay comes on by defaut. Morne Morkel to start off proceedings.

35.1

M Morkel to Chandimal, no run, and beaten right away. Gets a ball to buzz in from a length outside off, Chandimal has a whimsical waft at it and misses.

35.2

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, short ball outside off, he cuts efficiently past point and picks up a single.

35.3

M Morkel to Jayawardene, 1 wide, Morne angles one down the leg side, and a wide it is.

35.3

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, back of a length outside off, steered with an opened face towards point.

35.4

M Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, attacks the stumps now with a fuller length, and Mahela defends down the track.

35.5

M Morkel to Jayawardene, 1 run, that came in off the seam, Mahela dabbed softly into the off side and took a single.

35.6

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 wide, ugly ball, uglier shot. 137 kph on one that seamed away from three feet wide of off stump. Chandimal has a wild swing and misses, and it is wided.

35.6

M Morkel to Chandimal, no run, cuts the angle this time and cramps Chandimal with one that came in. He defends after getting too far across.

End of over 36 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 131/3 (RR: 3.63)
LD Chandimal    46* (80b 1x4)      M Morkel    6-1-20-1
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (19b)      JP Duminy    6-0-26-0

Steyn's turn to bowl now.

36.1

Steyn to Jayawardene, 2 runs, short ball at 138 kph, Mahela eyes midwicket with a controlled pull, but Kallis limbers around to cut it off. They get two.

36.2

Steyn to Jayawardene, no run, stays back in the crease and works a length ball to the leg side. Midwicket swoops in on it.

36.3

Steyn to Jayawardene, 1 run, another pacy short ball, another smooth pull from Mahela, this time he times it even better, so just a single before Kallis sends in the return.

36.4

Steyn to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal escapes another run-out! Goes back to a short ball, tries a pull and ends up heaving it straight to Amla at mid-on. He goes for the single nevertheless, Amla has a lot of time to throw down the stumps, and misses by a whisker's whisker.

36.5

Steyn to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela tries to be cheeky now, steering from literally the off stump line. He misses.

36.6

Steyn to Jayawardene, 1 run, another short ball, Mahela pulls once more and Kallis keeps him to a single again.

End of over 37 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 136/3 (RR: 3.67)
DPMD Jayawardene    15* (24b)      DW Steyn    5-1-21-0
LD Chandimal    47* (81b 1x4)      M Morkel    6-1-20-1

37.1

M Morkel to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela plays the shot of the day, and his shot of the tour. Length ball at 125 kph, comes through into the slot and Mahela sets up with a step down the track and missile launches it down the ground for four. Keeps the head down as he plays it, and that makes it look even more classy.

37.2

M Morkel to Jayawardene, OUT, holy cow! Is that a plane? is that Jonty Rhodes? No, that's Dale Steyn! Morne angles a length ball into Mahela's pads, and it is there to be helped along to fine leg. Mahela makes very good connection as he moves inside the line and whip-glances. Steyn is inside the circle at short file leg. He moves to his left, takes off and plucks it when he's nearly fully horizontal, with both hands. Shades of McGrath's catch of Vaughan in Adelaide, many years ago, in the age when Australia used to win the Ashes. Who said fast bowlers can't field. Superb take!

DPMD Jayawardene c Steyn b M Morkel 19 (39m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.07

Nuwan K gets a promotion in the line-up. What a huge wicket.

37.3

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, short of a length and wide of off stump, Kula stays back and thinks of a slash, but misses.

37.4

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, another one short and wide of off stump, this bounced extra too. Kula can't lay bat on ball.

37.5

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, swing and a miss now. The feet go nowhere, the bat swings wildly in a different zip code.

37.6

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, Kula is early on a check drive to the off side now, and he nearly pops a catch into the covers. The ball lands just short, though.

End of over 38 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 141/4 (RR: 3.71)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (4b)      M Morkel    7-1-25-2
LD Chandimal    47* (81b 1x4)      DW Steyn    5-1-21-0

38.1

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, now Steyn gets one past the outside edge as Kula swings and misses. He's not covering himself in glory so far in his 100th ODI.

38.2

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, FOUR, Kula's getting reverse swing with the bat now. He backs away to a short, pacy ball angling in and has no room to do anything but tonk-waft in hope. The ball somehow takes the outside edge and goes between keeper and wide slip. Steyn is livid.

38.3

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, SIX, whoa, proof that if you keep swinging, you will eventually connect with one! Kula gets under a length ball and absolute destroys it over midwicket. Bashed the core out of that one, an utter slamdunk of a stroke, that.

38.4

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, short again, cramping him for room with a short ball and Kula backs away to try and make something out of it. Can't get bat on it.

38.5

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, FOUR, what a deliciously entertaining over, this! Kula goes to the right of slip now with another thick edge that absolutely flies. Full from Steyn, looking to twirl past the edge into the stumps, but Kula somehow connects and gets it past the slip fielder.

38.6

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, and beaten again. Slower ball to end the over, just outside off and Kula tries steering through the off side, and misses. 14 runs off the over, Kula was beaten three times and edged twice!

End of over 39 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 155/4 (RR: 3.97)
KMDN Kulasekara    15* (10b 2x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    6-1-35-0
LD Chandimal    47* (81b 1x4)      M Morkel    7-1-25-2

Lopsy comes back on now. Get the single, Chandimal.

39.1

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, that's just what he does. Short of a length outside off, he chops it to point and takes off immediately.

39.2

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, SIX, Kulasekara! Goes back in the crease and rocket-launches a length ball straight over Lopsy's head. Man, he's connecting with them now.

Lopsy round the stumps. Kula on the charge.

39.3

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, back of a length outside off, cutting the angle and the length. Kula spars it away through point for one.

39.4

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, angled into the pads, Chandimal does the wise thing, working it through square leg for one more. Two balls of Powerplay left.

39.5

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, OUT, You thought that Steyn catch was a classic? Petersen says hang on, I have some more entertainment. Kula goes back and looks for another straight loft, but doesn't time it that well. Robin is inside the circle at mid-on, and runs back half the way from East London to London proper, looking back over his right shoulder all the time. He then lunges full length forward towards the ropes and the ball tumbles into his palms as he sprawls. South Africa - setting high fielding standards since 1992, only to raise the bar soon after.

KMDN Kulasekara c Peterson b Tsotsobe 22 (12m 13b 2x4 2x6) SR: 169.23

Kula did his job there. Over to Angelo Mathews now.

39.6

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 2 runs, Chandimal has 50. Works a ball angling into the pads through square leg for two. Not his best innings, but he has enough time left in the game to make it truly substantial.

End of over 40 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 166/5 (RR: 4.15)
LD Chandimal    51* (84b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-21-2
AD Mathews    0* (0b)      DW Steyn    6-1-35-0

"Sending Kulasekara in early is a Nuwan!" Good one, Ruwan. Nuwan saw that pun coming.

40.1

Peterson to Mathews, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, driven through the mid-off area for one.

40.2

Peterson to Chandimal, FOUR, well played. Chandimal gets right across and lap sweeps through fine leg. Lopsy puts in a big effort on the rope, but he can't stop it cleanly.

40.3

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked with the wrists towards square leg. A single is taken.

Slip in place for Angelo.

40.4

Peterson to Mathews, no run, tossed up on off stump, Angelo defends down the track.

40.5

Peterson to Mathews, no run, another flighted ball on off stump, defended down the track off the front foot.

Slip and silly point in the 41st over of an ODI. 2012.

40.6

Peterson to Mathews, no run, flighted into the pads now, Angelo defends cautiously to end the over.

End of over 41 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 172/5 (RR: 4.19)
AD Mathews    1* (4b)      RJ Peterson    9-0-35-0
LD Chandimal    56* (86b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-2-21-2

41.1

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, Lopsy goes full from over the stumps, cramps Chandimal for room and he defends out of balance.

41.2

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, short ball, if that caught Chandimal by surprise he didn't show it. He arches back and guides it along towards third man for a single.

41.3

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, Angelo gets away with a miscue, he manages to get it far enough away from a fielder, and for a South African fielder, that means he got it 20 yards away. Full ball, mishit over wide mid-on.

41.4

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, some luck going SL's way here. Chandimal goes for the good old heave-ho over the leg side, except the ball was well outside off and angling further across. He gets a healthy outside edge that flies away over point. Three men converge, but the ball lands in between.

41.5

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, full ball to Mathews, who leans forward and drives it through mid-off for one.

41.6

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, much better from Chandimal, who pushes a drive into the covers to get a single and keep strike.

End of over 42 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 177/5 (RR: 4.21)
LD Chandimal    59* (90b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-26-2
AD Mathews    3* (6b)      RJ Peterson    9-0-35-0

42.1

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, not for the first time today, Chandimal gets too close to the stumps and digs a full ball out without timing. "Great dot ball there, Robbie P!" yells AB behind the stumps.

42.2

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, armer that comes in from outside off, Chandimal forces it away into the covers for one.

42.3

Peterson to Mathews, SIX, inside out from Angelo. He skips out of the crease and to the leg side, so that he gets well outside the line and then whips it over the covers with a furious working of the wrists. The ropes are pulled in too far to contain that.

42.4

Peterson to Mathews, no run, attacks the leg stump line this time, Angelo tries working it square but can't get it away.

42.5

Peterson to Mathews, 1 run, flatter length, Angelo opens the face and steers to point.

42.6

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, flat length to end the over, Chandimal tucks it square for a single.

End of over 43 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 186/5 (RR: 4.32)
LD Chandimal    61* (93b 2x4)      RJ Peterson    10-0-44-0
AD Mathews    10* (9b 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    8-2-26-2

43.1

M Morkel to Chandimal, FOUR, well played Dinesh. Short and wide, it was there for damage, and Chandimal responded with a fierce little cut behind point and well in front of third man.

43.2

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, fuller length, Chandimal moves forward and across and looks to steer, but there's a deep gully in a run saving position who parries it away.

43.3

M Morkel to Mathews, 1 wide, Angelo gives Morne the charge, and the ball is pitched short and wide of off stump. Harsh call for a wide.

43.3

M Morkel to Mathews, 1 run, gets a single away through backward point, opening the face and steering efficiently.

43.4

M Morkel to Chandimal, no run, pacy offcutter now, Chandimal lunges too far across before adjusting and blocking.

43.5

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, another one that seams in, Chandimal works it with the angle behind square for one.

43.6

M Morkel to Mathews, 1 run, fends a short ball on the hips behind square and gets another single. SL looking good for 235 here.

End of over 44 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 195/5 (RR: 4.43)
AD Mathews    12* (11b 1x6)      M Morkel    8-1-34-2
LD Chandimal    67* (97b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    10-0-44-0

44.1

Steyn to Mathews, no run, slower ball at 117 kph from Steyn, Angelo steers it with a loose grip but finds short fine leg.

44.2

Steyn to Mathews, no run, back of a length again, this time 138 kph and Mathews prances behind the line to defend.

44.3

Steyn to Mathews, 1 run, gets the single away now, pushing with soft hands into the point region.

44.4

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, ah, Chandimal misses out. 119 kph, slipping down the leg side, Chandimal misses the whip and the ball kisses his pad too, so he doesn't get the wide either.

44.5

Steyn to Chandimal, 2 runs, back of a length, and hurrying through at 139 kph. Chandimal is late to react, but works it away to the leg side where sloppy Lopsy fumbles and allows a second.

44.6

Steyn to Chandimal, 1 run, another quick, short of length ball, this time Chandimal works it behind square for another single.

End of over 45 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 199/5 (RR: 4.42)
LD Chandimal    70* (100b 3x4)      DW Steyn    7-1-39-0
AD Mathews    13* (14b 1x6)      M Morkel    8-1-34-2

45.1

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, Morne angles in from wide of the stumps, into the pads and worked to midwicket. SL have 200, and look good for some more.

45.2

M Morkel to Mathews, 1 run, 137 kph on a short ball, but it still stopped on Mathews as he chipped out and looked to play into the off side. Pushed uppishly to mid-off for one.

45.3

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, short again, Chandimal heaves it away without timing to long-on. Looked awry, but who cares... Single taken.

45.4

M Morkel to Mathews, no run, subtle pace variations here. 128 kph, the length ball came on fashionably late, after Mathews had played the pull.

45.5

M Morkel to Mathews, 1 run, 125 kph on an offcutter now, Mathews hops and dabs to the off side for a single.

45.6

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, Morne escapes with a short ball slanted down the leg side. Chandimal pulls well, but straight to Steyn at fine leg.

End of over 46 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 204/5 (RR: 4.43)
LD Chandimal    73* (103b 3x4)      M Morkel    9-1-39-2
AD Mathews    15* (17b 1x6)      DW Steyn    7-1-39-0

Four overs to go. Morne has one, Steyn three and Tsotsobe two. Lopsy comes on, expect him to bowl out. Long-on, long-off, cover and square leg back on the fence.

46.1

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, FOUR, heave ho. Four more. Offcutter from Lopsy, Chandimal looked to bang it against the angle through the leg side, and ended up getting a thick outside edge up and over point.

Round the stumps now.

46.2

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, FOUR, and another! Chandimal is producing some comical boundaries here. This one was angling in from wide of the stumps, he moves the front foot across and looks to lap it over, but ends up playing it onto his own helmet! The ball deflects and takes off over AB and all the way for four. That's like a header in football!

46.3

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, looks to steer one outside off, and misses to make connection.

46.4

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 2 runs, more runs. He nurdles with Lopsy's angle through square leg and hares back for the second. 50-run stand up. Sri Lanka are fighting superbly here.

46.5

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, another one angled in, worked through square leg for a single.

46.6

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, Angelo backs away and dabs a short of length ball through backward point for one more.

End of over 47 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 216/5 (RR: 4.59)
AD Mathews    16* (18b 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    9-2-38-2
LD Chandimal    84* (108b 5x4)      M Morkel    9-1-39-2

"I do have a feeling that Chandimal will get his 3rd ODI ton. that will make an impressive 100's/50's ratio. eh?" No doubt, Dee Aar. 18 balls to go, so it won't be easy. Here's Steyn.

47.1

Steyn to Mathews, no run, low full toss on the toes, ah, Angelo misses out on some freebies. He whips it with ominous timing, but straight to midwicket.

47.2

Steyn to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball, 118 kph and back of the length, giving him no room for working, and Mathews gets a single away to the leg side.

47.3

Steyn to Chandimal, 1 run, full length, homing in towards the pads and whipped through midwicket for one.

47.4

Steyn to Mathews, 1 run, near yorker, but Mathews gets an inch under it to drive down the ground. Only a single to be had.

47.5

Steyn to Chandimal, FOUR, Chandimal is having a go at that 100! Walks across the stumps once more, Steyn delivers a nice length ball and Chandimal slaps it over his left shoulder for four to fine leg. Dilshan would be proud of that shot.

47.6

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, chance? Steyn can't react soon enough on his follow through. Full length, gets Chandimal driving back down the ground a touch early and it flies to Steyn's left. He is late on it, and doesn't even get a hand on the chance.

End of over 48 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 223/5 (RR: 4.64)
LD Chandimal    89* (111b 6x4)      DW Steyn    8-1-46-0
AD Mathews    18* (21b 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    9-2-38-2

"Hope Angelo dsnt play a maiden this over (47th)..for Chandimal's century," says Daniel Alexander, who remembers all!

48.1

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews is taking his runs this time around. Length ball outside off, punched to long-off for one.

48.2

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, angled into Chandimal who looks to shovel it to the leg side and gets a single.

48.3

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews blocks a length ball softly to the off side and gets another single. Should he be looking for the boundary instead of singles?

48.4

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, full length at 119 kph, Chandimal plants himself in the crease and looks to lash it down the ground but can't time it well. Single to long-on is all he gets for the effort.

48.5

Tsotsobe to Mathews, no run, angled in and cramping him for room, Mathews seems set on looking for the single to cover, and this time Lopsy cuts it off.

48.6

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, Lopsy ends well, angling in and ending up on off stump. Mathews taps to cover for a single. He has strike for the last over.

End of over 49 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 228/5 (RR: 4.65)
AD Mathews    21* (25b 1x6)      LL Tsotsobe    10-2-43-2
LD Chandimal    91* (113b 6x4)      DW Steyn    8-1-46-0

49.1

Steyn to Mathews, FOUR, that's better from Mathews! He is looking for the boundaries. Length ball from Steyn comes into the slot and Mathews cross-bats with a vengeance through midwicket. It carries to Faf who runs in from the ropes, but he can't get the hands under it. Should he have stayed back to stop the four instead?

49.2

Steyn to Mathews, 2 runs, audacity personified, is Angelo. He moves across and cheekily laps the world's best fast bowler behind square for a couple now.

49.3

Steyn to Mathews, 1 run, short ball, carved to deep cover for a single. Over to Chandimal.

49.4

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, ah, he's conceded a dot ball. Short of a length, but pacy and through him before he can get the cut away.

49.5

Steyn to Chandimal, 1 run, no century for Chandimal then (unless there are wides and no-balls, as Gavaskar would remind us). Short of a length, and he looks to heave to the leg side. Bottom-edges a single to midwicket. Played, young man.

49.6

Steyn to Mathews, OUT, and a wicket to end the innings. Mathews tries to create room and go over mid-off, but the ball stops on him and he toe-ends to Morne at mid-off. Sri Lanka will want the slowness to continue in the chase - this pitch is right up their alley.

AD Mathews c M Morkel b Steyn 28 (47m 29b 1x4 1x6) SR: 96.55

The SL bowlers have something to bowl at, and that's not something that's happened too often on this tour. Over to the leather-flingers. We'll be back to bring you the chase when it begins. Meanwhile, Abhishek Purohit's innings report is getting updated here.

Classic ODI grind from SL. Lost some early wickets, but two men buckled down and survived through the early strife. They saved resources for the death, one man batted through, while the others flourished around him. They even had a pinch-hitter doing the job - we are right back in the 90s here.

End of over 50 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 236/6
     DW Steyn    9-1-54-1
LD Chandimal    92* (115b 6x4)      LL Tsotsobe    10-2-43-2
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