Sri Lanka in South Africa ODI Series - 3rd ODI

South Africa v Sri Lanka

South Africa won by 4 runs (D/L method)

2.29 pm The national anthems are done with. The players are out in the middle, it's time to play. Angelo Mathews has said Sri Lanka are targetting at least 250. Will they get there? Morne Morkel will start off with the first new ball

Dinal: "Kapu is out of form now, Really think he did not grab the chances offered to him."

Noah: "Can you please enlighten us as to where Chamara Kapugedera disappeared to?Still remember his brilliant shot making abilites a couple of aussie summers ago." I'll leave that to the Sri Lankan fans to answer

Logan: "Could this signal the end of Smith's ODI career. Any one of Ingram or Petersen could take his place if they do well. The steady Petersen could be a good partner for the now quite explosive Amla." I never thought this would be said about Smith one day, he always seemed to be among the runs, back then

Brad: "Oh dear Sri Lanka batting first. I hope the game isn't over before I get home from work." Hey, they ain't so bad, the East London game almost lasted a 100 overs, well, not quite

Dirkie: "Sri Lanka have a chance today by batting first on a good wicket, with no Kallis or Amla in the way too. When S.A bat second, there's always the chance that they will put pressure on themselves, and then just add Malinga to the mix..."

Ishan: "I'm not really sure what Kosala Kulasekara has done to 1) get into the Lankan team.. 2) stay in the side.. NO wickets, NO runs in the series.. " In his defence, he did not get a chance to bat in East London and bowled just one over

2.10 pm Firdose Moonda, our SA correspondent, weather-expert and mood-gauger: "Started off hot and clear, clouds rolling in and a possibility of thundershowers later. Not the best crowd we've had so far. I guess it is a working day."

2 pm Sri Lanka have won the toss and will have a bat.

South Africa have brought in Alviro Petersen and Colin Ingram for the rested Jacques Kallis and dad-to-be Hashim Amla. Sri Lanka are unchanged

Have a look at Nitin Sundar's preview while we wait for the game to start

1.55 pm Welcome to our coverage of the third ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Bloemfontein

0.1

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, full and widish one outside off to start off, he tries to go after it but misses

0.2

M Morkel to Tharanga, FOUR, whoa, that has gone all the way for four, it did not seem to be anything more than a close-faced push, mid-on was squarish and a long way up, and Tharanga was able to get enough on the full delivery to tease the fielder all the way to the rope

0.3

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, bounce for Morne outside off stump, he lets that one go

0.4

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, bounce again for Morne, but this time it gets big on Tharanga and hits him below the chest off the glove as he looks to defend

0.5

M Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, tries a similar delivery banged in short of a length, but Tharanga is able to nudge it square on the leg side for one

Two slips, gully

0.6

M Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, into dilshan's pads as he tries a pitched up delivery, the captain gets his first run in three games with a busy flick to long leg

End of over 1 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
TM Dilshan    1* (1b)      M Morkel    1-0-6-0
WU Tharanga    5* (5b 1x4)     

Tsotsobe from the other end with the second new ball

1.1

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan was setting himself up for going through the off side, but this one cramped him for room from short of a length, and he jabbed it square on the leg side off an inside edge

1.2

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, 1 run, length delivery pushed towards midwicket

1.3

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, he gets some room outside off stump but is unable to flail the ball past cover, this looks to be a good batting pitch,

1.4

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, 3 runs, more width, this one bounced as well, but Dilshan was able to get on top of it and force it in to the gap between cover and point for three

1.5

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, 1 run, comes on nicely on to the pads from a good length, Tharanga turns it down to fine leg

1.6

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, 1 wide, tries to tempt him with a very wide and full one outside off, Dilshan goes after it and misses, the umpire think that is wide enough

1.6

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, excellent delivery, if you get it there, very little the batsman can do, pitches on a good length, draws Dilshan into a push and beats the outside edge as it leaves him with the angle

End of over 2 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
TM Dilshan    5* (5b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-7-0
WU Tharanga    7* (7b 1x4)      M Morkel    1-0-6-0

The physio is into action early, Tharanga has some issues with the back of his neck

2.1

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, Morne digs another one in and gets it to leap at tharanga, who goes back and shows it a slightly open-faced bat, keeps it down towards gully

2.2

M Morkel to Tharanga, FOUR, crack! that'll do, Tharanga gets lots of width outside off stump and absolutely creams the length delivery through covers

2.3

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, pushed towards mid off

2.4

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, beats the edge this time, Tharanga tried to force a climbing delivery through cover, not full enough, not short enough, his feet did not move enough as well

2.5

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, there is some bounce in this wicket, but it is manageable at the moment for tharanga who stays on the back foot and brings another climber down

2.6

M Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, that was close, that could have been chopped on, Tharanga brought down an angled bat on this back of a length ball and the inside edge rolled square on the leg side

End of over 3 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 18/0 (RR: 6.00)
WU Tharanga    12* (13b 2x4)      M Morkel    2-0-11-0
TM Dilshan    5* (5b)      LL Tsotsobe    1-0-7-0

3.1

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, gets forward but Tsotsobe is not so easy to drive with those in-between lengths, Tharanga adjusts to push down the track

3.2

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, 3 runs, he played that almost one-handed in the end, but he got it in the gap between extra cover and mid off, went forward to have another drive, this one seemed to stop on him, he took a hand off the bat handle in the end but was through with the shot by then

3.3

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, the sensible Dilshan this one, sees just a bit of width outside off, there is some bounce too, he lets it go without bother

3.4

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, pitched up and Dilshan will have a go this time, not much power in the stroke though and he pushes towards cover

3.5

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, Tsotsobe reverts to back of a length and the angle takes it just outside off stump, Dilshan leaves, again, but for how long?

3.6

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, this one is much fuller, almost in the blockhole, and Dilshan ends up pushing outside the line as the ball carries low to AB

End of over 4 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 21/0 (RR: 5.25)
TM Dilshan    5* (9b)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-10-0
WU Tharanga    15* (15b 2x4)      M Morkel    2-0-11-0

4.1

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, right on middle with the line from a good length, he can only push it back to the bowler

4.2

M Morkel to Tharanga, 2 runs, on the pads this time, and easily turned to fine leg for one

4.3

M Morkel to Tharanga, 2 runs, again Morne goes on the pads from a length, Tharanga gets it past shortish square leg for a couple

4.4

M Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, the bounce is there, but it is slow, and Tharanga is able to guide this one past a diving point, third man tidies up

4.5

M Morkel to Dilshan, no run, better line from Morne to the right-hander, around off on a good length, Dilshan defends with a dead-straight bat, much better start from Sri Lanka today

4.6

M Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, the angle takes this one on to Dilshan's pads and he whips it to fine leg for one

End of over 5 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 27/0 (RR: 5.40)
TM Dilshan    6* (11b)      M Morkel    3-0-17-0
WU Tharanga    20* (19b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    2-0-10-0

Jonty: "Would have liked to have seen young Dave Miller in the mix, he's done nothing to deserve being dropped ?"

One slip in place now, a gully as well

5.1

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, can't force this pitched up delivery past mid-on

5.2

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan gets away, Tsotsobe digs in the bouncer with a man at deep square leg, Dilshan pulls, from outside off stump, he is in no position for the shot, the top edge goes on the bounce to the man in the deep

5.3

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, there have been a couple of those already, another one from Tsotsobe stops on Tharanga, from just short of a good length, he checks his shot in the end, was looking to punch it on the off side initially

5.4

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, and now one that beats him with zip and bounce, Tharanga wanted to punch it squarer this time but it took off from back of a length

5.5

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, 1 run, in to the pads and turned past mid on for one

5.6

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, 1 run, nudged towards square leg for a single

End of over 6 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 30/0 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    8* (14b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-13-0
WU Tharanga    21* (22b 2x4)      M Morkel    3-0-17-0

Peter: "David Miller should be there, how can anyone justify Faf's selection he averages around 26?? And is by no means a quick scorer?"

Dale Steyn to have a bowl now, will he get something out of this near-flat pitch?

6.1

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, on target with the pace, line and the length first ball, 144.7 kph full delivery just outside off stump, he carefully pats it away

6.2

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, gets forward to a length ball and pushes towards cover

Highveld hillybilly: "@ Jonty - I isdagree, Miller has done very little to keep his place in the team. Avg 29 after 16 games. Think Morkel is a better option, especially with his bowling ability. Also many more talented batsmen in better form at the moment."

6.3

Steyn to Dilshan, no run, beaten by pace and bounce, Dilshan tries to play one of his forcing strokes through the off side from the crease, but Steyn finds the carry to go past his flail

6.4

Steyn to Dilshan, 1 run, goes on the pads and Dilshan gets off strike with a flick to fine leg

6.5

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, slowish bounce from back of a length, even though it was bowled at 145 kph, tharanga is able to calmly push it towards extra cover

6.6

Steyn to Tharanga, 1 run, slower one at 125 kph, well handled by Tharanga, it was fullish and around off stump, but he got right behind it and even managed a single in front of mid off

End of over 7 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 32/0 (RR: 4.57)
WU Tharanga    22* (24b 2x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-2-0
TM Dilshan    9* (18b)      LL Tsotsobe    3-0-13-0

7.1

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, Tsostsobe is proving difficult to go after, Tharanga comes forward to drive but the bat-face closes and he pushes meekly on the leg side

7.2

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, drives straight to extra cover this time

man at short extra cover now with the slowness of the pitch on display

7.3

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, full delivery patted away on the bounce to short extra cover

Nick: "If you guys kept track of local cricket youd know Miller is in shocking form and also averages under 30 internationally and only 34 domestically, whereas Faf has been in fantastic form domestically w/ a career average of 44!! He just needs a chance to show what he is capable of!"

7.4

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, now Tsotsobe tests out the bounce available and discovers there is lots if he is prepared to bang it in, but is not alarmingly quick and tharanga is able to weave out of the way

7.5

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, that came off too slowly from back of a length, and Tharanga almost hit it straight to point

7.6

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, 1 run, slower one around 118 kph, he opens the face and earns a single to third man

End of over 8 (1 run) Sri Lanka 33/0 (RR: 4.12)
WU Tharanga    23* (30b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    4-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    9* (18b)      DW Steyn    1-0-2-0

JuanD: "Workhorse like pitch this for the bowlers - Need Albie to make a difference here!!"

8.1

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, angles it across the left-hander close to off stump, Tharanga opens the face a tad but finds backward point

8.2

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, drives the pitched up delivery but widish mid off is able to get around to it to his left

8.3

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, slower one from Steyn now, he guides it straight to cover

8.4

Steyn to Tharanga, no run, gets forward and pushes solidly but to widish mid off

Nic G: "David Miller often had to come in to bat at the end...so to just look at his average would not be fair..."

8.5

Steyn to Tharanga, no run

8.6

Steyn to Tharanga, 1 run, slower still from Steyn, that will be the way to go on this pitch, it pops up on the leg side but they have time to go through for one

End of over 9 (1 run) Sri Lanka 34/0 (RR: 3.77)
WU Tharanga    24* (36b 2x4)      DW Steyn    2-0-3-0
TM Dilshan    9* (18b)      LL Tsotsobe    4-0-14-0

9.1

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga is looking very comfortable when the ball is pitched up, he plays another firm drive but straight to mid off

9.2

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, low full toss that tharanga squeezes out on the off side, but Ingram is in the way at short extra cover

9.3

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, opens the face to a length delivery but cannot beat point

9.4

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, FOUR, he gets one away finally, they were getting tied up last few over, there was slight width on this one, and Tharanga was able to crash it past a diving backward point

9.5

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, no run, slapped away towards covers

tonybleach: "I dont know why the selectors keep on sticking with Smith as his batting performance has been very poor of late. Look at Richard Levi for instance, what a great talent and exciting 1 day player. He made the game exciting and took on bowlers. We should really pick players on form and not because they have experience. Concerned South African...."

9.6

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, 1 wide, Tsotsobe tries the short ball but it angles down the leg side as Tharanga goes under it

9.6

Tsotsobe to Tharanga, 2 runs, slowish short delivery that Tharanga manages to pull through square leg

End of over 10 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 41/0 (RR: 4.10)
WU Tharanga    30* (42b 3x4)      LL Tsotsobe    5-0-21-0
TM Dilshan    9* (18b)      DW Steyn    2-0-3-0

David Sheperd: "Anybody noticed Dilshan is playing his 222th odi(DOUBLE NELSON). Bad news for SL ?" Hope you have not lifted both legs in the air

Duminy comes on for some spin

10.1

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, dropped, tough chance though, big deflection as Dilshan tries to cut even as Duminy gets some bounce from around the stumps, it deviated a long way off the bat and clipped AB's gloves

Slip in place now

10.2

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, defended off the front foot

10.3

Duminy to Tharanga, SIX, tharanga charges out as soon as he sees some flight, not exactly to the pitch but reaches out to slam it as straight as possible over the bowler's head

10.4

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, flatter and on a good length, so he gets forward and blocks

10.5

Duminy to Tharanga, SIX, Tharanga is taking spin on, another charge, this time he is farther from the line of the delivery, so he swings across the line and deposits it over the wide long on boundary, mighty effective

10.6

Duminy to Tharanga, no run, beats him this time with some turn and bounce outside off from a good length, Tharanga went for the cut but missed

End of over 11 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 54/0 (RR: 4.90)
WU Tharanga    42* (47b 3x4 2x6)      JP Duminy    1-0-13-0
TM Dilshan    10* (19b)      LL Tsotsobe    5-0-21-0

Morkel, Albie to bowl

11.1

JA Morkel to Dilshan, no run, full toss outside off, lucky Dilshan did not smash that, he went after it alright, but found extra cover

11.2

JA Morkel to Dilshan, no run, works a pitched up delivery to midwicket

Ryan: "After everything Smith has done for SA cricket over the years, he deserves to be in the side, all players go on bad runs..would be a huge mistake to drop him!"

11.3

JA Morkel to Dilshan, no run, Albie finds something the other bowlers haven;t, some movement off the wicket, and beats Dilshan who has a heave at the original line outside off

11.4

JA Morkel to Dilshan, 1 wide, more away movement as he pitches it up to Dilshan, but it is too wide outside off

11.4

JA Morkel to Dilshan, no run, straighter and coming in with the angle to Dilshan, who get across and pushes to mid on, not getting the single though

11.5

JA Morkel to Dilshan, no run, slaps this widish length delivery but without much power and straight to point

11.6

JA Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, this time he wants the single, he comes out of the crease and forces this full delivery in front of mid on for a sharp run

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 56/0 (RR: 4.66)
TM Dilshan    11* (25b)      JA Morkel    1-0-2-0
WU Tharanga    42* (47b 3x4 2x6)      JP Duminy    1-0-13-0

Issues with the sightscreen, a black sheet is being hauled across it now to make it, er, blacker

Ace Khuse: "I was just about to say that its nice to see a spinner on so early for a change and then... SIX... SIX." He's been given another over

John Puddy: "JAP:- Faf doesn't come across as an international cricket player. With fellows like Colin Ingram and many others that deserve a place before him. This is a one day game, we have plenty talent lets use it guys."

Izak is emphatic: "Smith is increasingly becoming a 'placeholder' in the side: he is slow in the field, he can't bat (anymore), he isn't really much of a bowler, and he isn't the captain. We don't need him!"

12.1

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up full toss, Dilshan shows restraint in pushing it down to long on for one, he has been rather subdued today

12.2

Duminy to Tharanga, 1 run, drives a flighted delivery down to long off, JP is still tossing it up after those two sixes

12.3

Duminy to Dilshan, no run, slants it wide across Dilshan who only dabs it to backward point

12.4

Duminy to Dilshan, no run, now he nudges straight to short fine leg, very unlike Dilshan

12.5

Duminy to Dilshan, no run, and a forward defensive now, unelievable

12.6

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, he ends the over with a push towards backward point for a single

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 59/0 (RR: 4.53)
TM Dilshan    13* (30b)      JP Duminy    2-0-16-0
WU Tharanga    43* (48b 3x4 2x6)      JA Morkel    1-0-2-0

Kobus: "Have to agree with Ryan, everyone seems to be slagging Smith but he has a phenomenal record and will come right sooner rather than later. Same happened in the Aus Test and he won ANOTHER game for us with a 100 chasing an improbable target. I say give him a chance to get it right, he can be destructive when his confidence is up."

13.1

JA Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, Albie finds some inward movement in the air with the full length, tight single results with a push to mid off

13.2

JA Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, back of a length ball sits up and is nudged square for one, AB goes after it

13.3

JA Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, angles the short ball in to him, but Dilshan is careful enough to keep it on the ground as he helps it down to fine leg

13.4

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, slower one at 110 kph almost gets Tharanga into trouble, he ends up checking his attempted drive and the ball bounces in front of extra cover

13.5

JA Morkel to Tharanga, no run, leading edge pops up on the off side as he closes the face early to one on the pads

Niel: "Kobus, no one doubts Smith's contribution to SA cricket, but lets be honest he's most definitely becoming a passenger in ODI's. Time for change I say!"

13.6

JA Morkel to Tharanga, FOUR, too much down the leg side and Tharanga gets enough on it to send it finer past fine leg into the boundary

End of over 14 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 66/0 (RR: 4.71)
WU Tharanga    48* (52b 4x4 2x6)      JA Morkel    2-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    15* (32b)      JP Duminy    2-0-16-0

Peterson comes on to bowl

14.1

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, tossed up on middle, Dilshan steps out and pushes it back to the bowler

14.2

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 wide, round the wicket and bowls a wide down the leg side

14.2

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, angling in towards leg stump, gets front and across and defends it into the leg side

14.3

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, pushed back towards the bowler down the pitch

14.4

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, floating it on middle, drives it down towards mid-on, thinks of a single and gets it

14.5

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, shortish on the off, Tharanga makes room and cuts it towards point

14.6

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, flighted on middle, driven back towards the bowler

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 69/0 (RR: 4.60)
TM Dilshan    16* (37b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0
WU Tharanga    49* (53b 4x4 2x6)      JA Morkel    2-0-9-0

Morne is back

15.1

M Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, tharanga gets to another 50 with a nudge square on the leg side, he threw it away in East London, how much longer can he go on here?

15.2

M Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan now goes walking down the track and squeezes the full delivery through extra cover

15.3

M Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, this is looking like the middle overs of a subcontinent ODI with nothing to challenge the batsmen, Tharanga flows into a drive to sweeper cover

15.4

M Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, this is more like Dilshan, he tries to swing one across the line over square leg, does not quite connect well, but the intent was there

15.5

M Morkel to Tharanga, FOUR, fine leg is up, Morne strays on to the pads, and Tharanga says thanks so much with a neat nudge

15.6

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, he is looking in complete control now, as he pushes firmly, the ball travels quickly but mid off is around

End of over 16 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 77/0 (RR: 4.81)
WU Tharanga    55* (57b 5x4 2x6)      M Morkel    4-0-25-0
TM Dilshan    18* (39b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0

Heinri: "Let me throw somethng out there...has Robbie P ever produce a match winning performance when he was needed?"

16.1

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, slaps a low full toss straight to square leg for a tight single

16.2

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, fine effort that from Faf, Tharanga had nudged this one in the air, the fielder dived to his left at square leg but could not get to it

16.3

Peterson to Tharanga, no run

16.4

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, eased down to long off for one

16.5

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, misses the sweep, the ball would have missed leg stump, they don't miss out on the run as the ball rolls in front of square

16.6

Peterson to Tharanga, 2 runs, well done, it was pushed softly enough and wide enough of Steyn at long off for the batsman to take a safe couple

End of over 17 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 82/0 (RR: 4.82)
WU Tharanga    58* (61b 5x4 2x6)      RJ Peterson    2-0-7-0
TM Dilshan    19* (41b)      M Morkel    4-0-25-0

17.1

M Morkel to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan finally gets one away, he finds the boundary for the first time off his 41st delivery, flays a length delivery across the line and over midwicket

17.2

M Morkel to Dilshan, 2 runs, Sri Lanka getting a move on, Dilshan goes off side now, wide of sweeper cover for two more

17.3

M Morkel to Dilshan, FOUR, the scoop's on display, he has had enough of being cautious, gets front leg outside off, bends the back one, and lifts the full delivery way over short fine leg, super execution, could easily have ended up looking ugly if it hadn't come off

17.4

M Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, misfield at cover gets Dilshan another single

17.5

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, goes past the outside edge from short of a length as Tharanga pushes from the crease

17.6

M Morkel to Tharanga, no run, straight-batted push straight to mid-on off a pitched up ball

End of over 18 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 93/0 (RR: 5.16)
WU Tharanga    58* (63b 5x4 2x6)      M Morkel    5-0-36-0
TM Dilshan    30* (45b 2x4)      RJ Peterson    2-0-7-0

Siraaj: "@Heinri .It's a team sport, i'd rather he's consistantly good than pulling off match winning performances once in a while and poor the rest of the time."

18.1

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up very full, and Dilshan almost yorks himself as he tries to force it on the off side, inside edge rolls away towards square leg

18.2

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, bit of turn from around the stumps, he comes forward and defends with a bit of bat and pad

18.3

Peterson to Tharanga, OUT, eep, Sri Lanka have lost a wicket out of nowhere, just like that, it was becoming too easy for them, Tharanga went for a casual sweep, and the top edge is taken easily by short fine leg

WU Tharanga c Ingram b Peterson 58 (90m 65b 5x4 2x6) SR: 89.23

Jeff: "i was just saying dilshan should be dropped...along comes the DILSCOOP...now i'm saying dilshan for president!!!"

Short leg in place for Sanga, leg slip as well

18.4

Peterson to Sangakkara, (no ball) 2 runs, but he comes down the track and turns the full delivery wide of deep midwicket to get two first ball, no trouble at all

18.4

Peterson to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and tucks to deep midwicket again for a single

jovie: "And the Robbie P haters were saying?"

18.5

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, eases forward and pushes a fullish one down to long off

The no-ball earlier this over was for SA having three fielders behind square leg, correction, it was for having six men on the leg side

18.6

Peterson to Sangakkara, 1 run, nudged square on the leg side for one more to bring up the 100

End of over 19 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 100/1 (RR: 5.26)
KC Sangakkara    4* (3b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-14-1
TM Dilshan    32* (47b 2x4)      M Morkel    5-0-36-0

ARI: "The most important part of Tharanga's innings is that he's allowed for Dilshan to play himself in. Turning point this was for the Dilmeister."

Steyn is back with a wide slip

19.1

Steyn to Sangakkara, no run, gets forward and runs this length delivery to point

19.2

Steyn to Sangakkara, no run, reaches out to a wide and full delivery but slaps it to extra cover

19.3

Steyn to Sangakkara, no run, pushed on the leg side off the back foot

19.4

Steyn to Sangakkara, no run, Steyn digs in the bouncer at 141 kph, gets good carry, Sanga goes down immediately

Beth: "It's terrific to see all the slating that is going on with various of the SA players; then lo and behold, someone like Pietersen makes the breakthrough!!! Folk must remember that cricket is a funny old game, and it's never over till it's over."

19.5

Steyn to Sangakkara, 1 run, excellent effort by Morne on the fine leg boundary, that almost deserved to be a catch just for the effort, Sanga had got outside the line of a shortish one and swung it in the air to Morne's left, he came running across, put in the dive but the ball dropped just short, he even managed to grab it cleanly on the half volley, Steyn applauds whole-heartedly

19.6

Steyn to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball once more, but it is the of the slower variety, and Dilshan adjusts his pull to fine leg

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 102/1 (RR: 5.10)
TM Dilshan    33* (48b 2x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-5-0
KC Sangakkara    5* (8b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-14-1

20.1

Duminy to Dilshan, OUT, spin strikes once again, the top edged sweep leads to the downfall of a SL batsman once again, Dilshan, who has batted with so much care, so much uncharacteristic caution, and just when he was starting to play his strokes, he sweeps a flighted delivery straight to Steyn at deep backward square leg, the fast bowler takes a neat tumbling catch

TM Dilshan c Steyn b Duminy 33 (101m 49b 2x4 0x6) SR: 67.34

Chandimal is in at No 4, slip in place

20.2

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, defended off the front foot

silly mid off as well

20.3

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, gets well across outside off and jabs away a flat length ball

20.4

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, comes forward and smothers this fullish delivery

20.5

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, nudged behind square leg to get off the mark

20.6

Duminy to Sangakkara, no run, brings bat in front of pad and pushes a tossed up ball on the leg side

End of over 21 (1 run) Sri Lanka 103/2 (RR: 4.90)
KC Sangakkara    5* (9b)      JP Duminy    3-0-17-1
LD Chandimal    1* (4b)      DW Steyn    3-0-5-0

Bazza: "Phew I think Kirsten needs to be trusted, its in his interest to go with the best team. If we're so critical we are when we're winning whats going to happen when there's a rough patch? Theyve canned Parnell / Theron and co and there's no Kallis / Amla so they are trying things."

Wide slip and gully in place

21.1

Steyn to Chandimal, 1 run, shuffles across and whips a length ball off the pad to fine leg

21.2

Steyn to Sangakkara, 1 wide, slanted across the left-hander but too far out outside off stump

Francois: "Dilshan was bound to get some runs some time. People tend to forget all the runs he's capable of scoring. maybe Smith will get some today as well... not holding my breath though..."

21.2

Steyn to Sangakkara, FOUR, on the pads, and Sanga takes full toll, he gets across, beside the line of the back of a length ball and tucks it in the air over square leg, there is no one patrolling that boundary

21.3

Steyn to Sangakkara, 2 runs, another one on the leg stump line, and Sanga gets across to nudge it very fine, needs a dive for the man running across from fine leg

21.4

Steyn to Sangakkara, FOUR, shot! tremendous timing from Sangakkara, Steyn pitches it up, Sanga has the time to get forward, and ease it with a straight bat, that fairly races to the right of mid off

21.5

Steyn to Sangakkara, no run, now he bends the knees and allows a short ball to angle across him

21.6

Steyn to Sangakkara, FOUR, another top shot from Sanga, Sri Lanka have lost two men quickly, but he is not holding back, he stays in the crease, gets on top of the bounce and cracks this one past cover

End of over 22 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 119/2 (RR: 5.40)
KC Sangakkara    19* (14b 3x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-21-0
LD Chandimal    2* (5b)      JP Duminy    3-0-17-1

22.1

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, down the track and eases a full one down to long on

22.2

Duminy to Sangakkara, no run, bit of turn outside off from a length, left alone

22.3

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, angles this one full on to the pads, Sanga tucks it to fine leg

22.4

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, gets well across to turn this one square on the leg side

Jimmy: "Is the sweep the most overrated shot in cricket. Been the downfall of 2 wickets here plus a few Englishman today."

22.5

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 wide, sends it down the leg side from around the stumps

22.5

Duminy to Sangakkara, no run, whoa, that turned, bounced too, Sanga was pushing forward and was beaten totally

22.6

Duminy to Sangakkara, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 23 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 123/2 (RR: 5.34)
KC Sangakkara    20* (18b 3x4)      JP Duminy    4-0-21-1
LD Chandimal    4* (7b)      DW Steyn    4-0-21-0

Wouter: "After that over of steyn the SA critics probably want to can the best bowler in the world as well."

Peterson is back

23.1

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, tossed up ball nudged towards midwicket carefully

23.2

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, some turn outside off, he cannot push it past covers

23.3

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, drives down the track, Peterson slides to parry it to extra cover

23.4

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, cannot get him away, goes back but turns it to midwicket

23.5

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, flight now on middle, lots of variation, he defends it

Silly mid on comes in

23.6

Peterson to Chandimal, 2 runs, would have been a maiden but a needless sharp throw from Faf running in from extra cover towards the keeper misses and two runs wide of fine leg result

End of over 24 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 125/2 (RR: 5.20)
LD Chandimal    6* (13b)      RJ Peterson    4-0-16-1
KC Sangakkara    20* (18b 3x4)      JP Duminy    4-0-21-1

24.1

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, shortish one punched down the ground to long off

24.2

Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, worked with the spin in front of square leg off the pad

24.3

Duminy to Sangakkara, no run, pushes a full delivery back to the bowler

24.4

Duminy to Sangakkara, 2 runs, too short and Sanga winds up to pull it over midwicket, the man in the deep runs across to his right and cuts it off with a slide

24.5

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, pushes a full delivery down to wide long off

24.6

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, he tries to get inside the line and launch it over extra cover, but a thick edge runs towards backward point

End of over 25 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 130/2 (RR: 5.20)
LD Chandimal    7* (15b)      JP Duminy    5-0-26-1
KC Sangakkara    24* (22b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    4-0-16-1

Steve: "Francois: I somehow doubt the Smith doubters will be satisfied if he got 33 off 49 balls."

25.1

Peterson to Sangakkara, 1 run, easily gets across and tucks a shortish one off the pad to deep square leg

25.2

Peterson to Chandimal, FOUR, chandimal charges and gets four, gets too close to the pitch but still has room to swing it wide of deep midwicket who was a touch slow in getting to his left

25.3

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, hit towards sweeper cover for one

25.4

Peterson to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on middle and off defended off the front foot

25.5

Peterson to Sangakkara, no run, touch flighted now, he pushes well forward in defence

25.6

Peterson to Sangakkara, 2 runs, leaves the crease, but Peterson drops it short, and Sanga has to adjust to work it in front of square, it is a big ground and he comes back for two

End of over 26 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 138/2 (RR: 5.30)
KC Sangakkara    27* (26b 3x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-24-1
LD Chandimal    12* (17b 1x4)      JP Duminy    5-0-26-1

Daniel: "Ball is turning already.. good signs for SL."

Faf to have a bowl now

26.1

du Plessis to Chandimal, no run

26.2

du Plessis to Chandimal, 1 wide, sends it flat down the leg side

26.2

du Plessis to Chandimal, 1 run, tossed up full delivery eased down to long on

26.3

du Plessis to Sangakkara, no run

26.4

du Plessis to Sangakkara, no run, flattish length ball slapped off the back foot to extra cover

26.5

du Plessis to Sangakkara, no run, tossed up delivery pushed back to the bowler

26.6

du Plessis to Sangakkara, 2 runs, too short, too wide, smashed down to sweeper cover

End of over 27 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 142/2 (RR: 5.25)
KC Sangakkara    29* (30b 3x4)      F du Plessis    1-0-4-0
LD Chandimal    13* (19b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-24-1

27.1

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, flighted one pushed down to long off

27.2

Peterson to Sangakkara, SIX, Sanga takes on Peterson, charges out, and heaves Peterson from outside off stump over the midwicket boundary

27.3

Peterson to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery from Peterson that Sanga pushes down the track

27.4

Peterson to Sangakkara, 1 run, leaves the crease again, takes it on the full and gets a single to long on

short mid on in place

27.5

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, slow through the air, defended off the front foot

27.6

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, goes back to cut a flat delivery that hurries on towards middle and leg, chops it away in the end

End of over 28 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 150/2 (RR: 5.35)
LD Chandimal    14* (22b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    6-0-32-1
KC Sangakkara    36* (33b 3x4 1x6)      F du Plessis    1-0-4-0

28.1

du Plessis to Sangakkara, no run, goes past the outside edge, draws him forward, Sanga plays inside the line for turn, it slides past him, AB misses the take

28.2

du Plessis to Sangakkara, 1 run, tucked to deep square leg off the pad

28.3

du Plessis to Chandimal, 1 run, pushed down to long off for one

28.4

du Plessis to Sangakkara, no run, punches a short one straight back to the bowler

28.5

du Plessis to Sangakkara, 1 run, chops a flat one going across him wide of point

28.6

du Plessis to Chandimal, 1 run, gets down on a knee and paddles from off stump down to fine leg

End of over 29 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 154/2 (RR: 5.31)
LD Chandimal    16* (24b 1x4)      F du Plessis    2-0-8-0
KC Sangakkara    38* (37b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Peterson    6-0-32-1

Maysun: "Hard to believe Steyn is playing his 60th ODI, he has been around for so long!" They understandably use him as a precious resource

Lonwabo is back

29.1

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, OUT, top-class fielding, truly top stuff, Faf du Plessis is electric at backward point, Chandimal squeezed out this one to Faf's left and set off, so did Sanga, but Faf got down to his left and put in the dive to stop the ball, and let it rip, there was confusion among the batsman as soon as Faf stopped the ball, and before they could do anything, Faf uprooted the stumps at the striker's end with a ripper of a throw, he did not even wait for AB to come up to the stumps, he is mobbed by his team-mates

KC Sangakkara run out 38 (46m 37b 3x4 1x6) SR: 102.70

29.2

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, gets bat in front of pad to defend a length ball

29.3

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, no run, opens the face tentatively to one going across, but wide slip gets down to his left to stop the ball

29.4

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, 1 run, slaps a very wide one down to sweeper cover

29.5

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, short ball now, Tsotsobe has Chandimal swaying out of the line of this accurate bouncer

29.6

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, gets in to a mess as he looks to shuffle and pull a short delivery, but cannot connect and is hit on the body

End of over 30 (1 run) Sri Lanka 155/3 (RR: 5.16)
LD Chandimal    16* (27b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-0-22-0
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (3b)      F du Plessis    2-0-8-0

30.1

du Plessis to Jayawardene, FOUR, Mahela can do that in his sleep, he stays in the crease, and at the last moment, dabs the flat delivery just past AB to the fine third man rope

30.2

du Plessis to Jayawardene, no run, bit of turn from short of a length, he pushes it on the off side

30.3

du Plessis to Jayawardene, no run, flight, and some bounce, as he lands it on a length, Mahela gets forward to smother it

30.4

du Plessis to Jayawardene, no run, pushes a fullish delivery to extra cover

30.5

du Plessis to Jayawardene, 1 run, backs away to a flatter one and cuts to sweeper cover

30.6

du Plessis to Chandimal, 2 runs, flighted down the leg side, Chandimal goes for the sweep and gets something on it to send it fine and wide of fine leg

End of over 31 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 162/3 (RR: 5.22)
LD Chandimal    18* (28b 1x4)      F du Plessis    3-0-15-0
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (8b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    6-0-22-0

31.1

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, 1 run, squeezes out a very full one wide of point where Faf charges to his right at the ball and lets rip towards the non-striker's, batsman was in even as the throw missed

31.2

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, pushes a pitched up ball in the air, but it falls well short of mid off

31.3

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, FOUR, heave ho, chandimal gets front leg out of the way and smashes a length ball over midwicket

31.4

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 2 runs, goes after this pitched up angled wide across him and squeezes it past a diving point

31.5

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, too short and loopy to tempt the batsman

Just wondering: "Is Faf going to be our next Johnty? Gibbs and De Villiers were good at stopping the ball ... but Faf is actually hitting the stumps ... his diving and throwing is right up there with SA best fielder of all time ..."

31.6

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, swings at another full delivery going across, and runs it down to third man

End of over 32 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 170/3 (RR: 5.31)
LD Chandimal    25* (33b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-0-30-0
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (9b 1x4)      F du Plessis    3-0-15-0

32.1

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, tucked to deep square leg off the pad

32.2

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, blocked off the front foot

32.3

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, worked off the pads behind square leg

32.4

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, punched to midwicket from the crease

32.5

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, flat delivery sliding on to off stump, pushed to midwicket

32.6

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, pushed through fuller and worked down to long on

End of over 33 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 173/3 (RR: 5.24)
LD Chandimal    27* (37b 2x4)      RJ Peterson    7-0-35-1
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (11b 1x4)      LL Tsotsobe    7-0-30-0

33.1

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, beats him outside off as he tries to cut one angled across from a length

33.2

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, runs a similar one to a man placed at a widish gully

33.3

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, 1 run, offcutter pushed away through extra cover for one

33.4

Tsotsobe to Jayawardene, 1 run, drops a shortish one close to the wicket on the leg side, looks at his partner and they go across

33.5

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, goes for a pull to a short delivery dug in with some effort, it rises head-high and he is late on the shot

33.6

Tsotsobe to Chandimal, no run, another short ball, but he weaves out of the way this time

End of over 34 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 175/3 (RR: 5.14)
LD Chandimal    28* (42b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-0-32-0
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (12b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    7-0-35-1

ryan: "When South Africa comes over here it will be fun to compare the two fielding sides, which for me are the two best in the world. AB De Villiers vs Martin Guptill, who can wow the crowds more?"

34.1

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, hit to sweeper cover for one

34.2

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, comes down the track, but Peterson fires it in full and he mistimes the swing past midwicket

34.3

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, blocked down the track

34.4

Peterson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, dropped by Albie at long off, Mahela wanted to go inside out over extra cover but ended up lofting it too straight, Albie at long off looked to have it under control but it popped out as he tumbled to take it

34.5

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, defended off the front foot

34.6

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, down to sweeper cover for one more

End of over 35 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 180/3 (RR: 5.14)
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (17b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    8-0-40-1
LD Chandimal    29* (43b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    8-0-32-0

Jude: "The old Sri Lankan war horse Arjuna Ranatunga used to 'wow' the crowd by just being able to get a hand on the ball..."

Steyn is back for the start of the batting Powerplay

35.1

Steyn to Jayawardene, 1 run, stays beside the line and dabs a nippy delivery to third man

35.2

Steyn to Chandimal, 1 run, run-out chance, Chandimal smashed a length ball to cover and set off, Smith missed by an inch, else Mahela was gone

35.3

Steyn to Jayawardene, 1 run, was looking to set himself up for the pull, but in the end the shortish one got on too quickly on to him, so he dropped it down and set off, AB came flying from behind the stumps, but could not find the stumps as he scooped the ball towards the sticks

35.4

Steyn to Chandimal, OUT, South Africa continue to show their class in the field with another run-out, Chandimal slapped it wide of mid off, Chandimal stopped after taking a step out, but Mahela had set off too far up and turned back late, was found way short of the direct hit

DPMD Jayawardene run out 15 (26m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 78.94

another promotion for Nuwan

35.5

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, lets a pacy short one go past off stump after looking to upper-cut it

35.6

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, pushes a length ball towards cover

End of over 36 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 183/4 (RR: 5.08)
LD Chandimal    30* (47b 2x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-24-0
KMDN Kulasekara    0* (0b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-40-1

Ryan: "Ah yes, Arjuna, the reason we no longer have runners."

36.1

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, works a short of a length ball past midwicket

36.2

M Morkel to Chandimal, no run, gets forward and blocks a length ball bang on off stump

36.3

M Morkel to Chandimal, FOUR, clobber! Chandimal gets on top of the short ball, shuffles a tad and smashes the pull to the deep midwicket boundary

36.4

M Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, whipped off the pad to deep square leg

36.5

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, Kula backs away, swings and misses, Morne misses the stumps by a few inches with a slower one

36.6

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, goes for the yorker as Nuwan backs away again, he is able to squeeze it down to mid off

End of over 37 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 190/4 (RR: 5.13)
KMDN Kulasekara    2* (3b)      M Morkel    6-0-43-0
LD Chandimal    35* (50b 3x4)      DW Steyn    5-0-24-0

Mohanan: "@Ryan: He did run well considering his fat belly. We used to call him "runner"tunge."

37.1

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, dropped by the captain, straightforward outside edge, Nuwan is happily making room and swinging, outside edge swirls at a decent height to AB, who clangs it, throws the ball at the stumps in fury, and misses

37.2

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, cannot get bat to a yorker outside off stump

37.3

Steyn to Chandimal, no run, swing and a miss from Chandimal, he was eyeing the extra cover boundary

Square leg comes in

37.4

Steyn to Chandimal, 1 run, slower one angled in towards the pads, nudged in front of square for one

Rade: "Does anyone remember Ranatunga chasing a ball to the boundary?"

37.5

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, phew, pacy yorker right in the blockhole, headed for middle and leg, Nuwan digs it out, just about

Ben: "That was a terrible drop. Boucher has to go! Wait a sec..."

37.6

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, top-quality stuff from Steyn, he fires in another yorker as Nuwan makes room again, manages to squeeze it back, looked like a bump ball, Steyn thinks it is worth an enquiry

End of over 38 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 192/4 (RR: 5.05)
KMDN Kulasekara    3* (6b)      DW Steyn    6-0-26-0
LD Chandimal    36* (53b 3x4)      M Morkel    6-0-43-0

38.1

M Morkel to Chandimal, OUT, South Africa continue to chip away at Sri Lanka, Morne has Chandimal hurried in to a pull to a pacy short ball from outside off, he ends up flailing at it, and the top edge is safely taken by Smith running to his right at mid off

LD Chandimal c Smith b M Morkel 36 (76m 54b 3x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

G&T: "You wouldn't want to be at a game when Arjuna and Shane Warne were both playing - there were never any pies left for anyone else."

38.2

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, Nuwan continues to back away, this time he manages to connect but finds mid on

38.3

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, 3 runs, neat work on the deep point boundary saves a run, Nuwan finally gets to swing freely and connects as well, way over point

38.4

M Morkel to Mathews, no run, gets across and defends off the back foot calmly

38.5

M Morkel to Mathews, 3 runs, gets across to a short one and slaps it on one leg through square leg, that is very well played in the end, but a slide from Steyn saves the boundary, and there is one more direct hit, fortunately for Sri Lanka, this one won't end in a run-out

38.6

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, had the room to ping the gap between extra cover and mid off, but hit the stroke off the bottom of the bat and extra cover as able to cut it off

End of over 39 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 199/5 (RR: 5.10)
KMDN Kulasekara    7* (9b)      M Morkel    7-0-50-1
AD Mathews    3* (2b)      DW Steyn    6-0-26-0

39.1

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, short of a length outside off, moves away and slaps it towards cover

39.2

Steyn to Mathews, FOUR, poor line, bowled it full down the leg side and Mathews was able to glance it easily down to the fine-leg boundary

39.3

Steyn to Mathews, no run, missed run-out, knocked down to point, Kulasekara has run halfway down the pitch before being sent back, a direct hit from point would have had him

39.4

Steyn to Mathews, FOUR, Steyn errs in line again, gifts him a short ball down the leg side and Mathews helps it on its way to the fine-leg boundary

39.5

Steyn to Mathews, 1 run, whips that one off his hips down to fine leg for a single

39.6

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, yorker length on middle, digs it out past the bowler towards long-on for a single

End of over 40 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 210/5 (RR: 5.25)
KMDN Kulasekara    9* (11b)      DW Steyn    7-0-37-0
AD Mathews    12* (6b 2x4)      M Morkel    7-0-50-1

40.1

Peterson to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, slants it in on a length towards leg, he defends it

40.2

Peterson to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, fuller one pushed in the air towards midwicket

40.3

Peterson to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, faster, and he is surprised as he keeps it out in the end

40.4

Peterson to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, steps out and lofts down to long on for one

'Two more wickets, boys,' shouts AB

40.5

Peterson to Mathews, no run, excellent over this, he wanted to come out, but it was too flat and there was a bit of turn, could do nothing but defend

40.6

Peterson to Mathews, no run, cannot nudge this one past square leg, top over from Peterson

End of over 41 (1 run) Sri Lanka 211/5 (RR: 5.14)
AD Mathews    12* (8b 2x4)      RJ Peterson    9-0-41-1
KMDN Kulasekara    10* (15b)      DW Steyn    7-0-37-0

41.1

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, flashes a length delivery down to sweeper cover

Graham: "Although seeing Warne recently, think he could do with a pie or two." You bet

41.2

Tsotsobe to Mathews, no run, pushes at a pitched up delivery, straight back to the bowler

41.3

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, pushes forward, drops the length ball softly in front of extra cover and sets off for the single, shy at the stumps misses

41.4

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, whoa, he tried to scoop him from miles outside off stump, then saw it wasn't full enough and adjusted to tap it towards cover

41.5

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, incredible stuff again from Faf at point, he is throwing himself around, this widish one had been creamed off the back foot, but it had Faf's dive to reckon with

41.6

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, tries to get on top of the short ball and pull, but underedges it on the pitch, Sri Lanka have gone nowhere for some time noe

End of over 42 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 213/5 (RR: 5.07)
KMDN Kulasekara    11* (19b)      LL Tsotsobe    9-0-34-0
AD Mathews    13* (10b 2x4)      RJ Peterson    9-0-41-1

42.1

Peterson to Mathews, no run, pushes back a tossed up delivery, Peterson goes to his right and fields

42.2

Peterson to Mathews, 1 run, slapped down to long on for one

42.3

Peterson to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, gets inside the line and smacks the fullish one, straight to long off though

42.4

Peterson to Mathews, 1 run, brings bat in front of pad to nudge behind square leg

42.5

Peterson to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, another chance put down, Nuwan could not get hold of the attempted slog and hit it straight and low back to the bowler, who could not get his hands down in time

42.6

Peterson to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, chipped in the air but it will fall safely short of long on

End of over 43 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 217/5 (RR: 5.04)
KMDN Kulasekara    13* (22b)      RJ Peterson    10-0-45-1
AD Mathews    15* (13b 2x4)      LL Tsotsobe    9-0-34-0

43.1

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, 2 runs, makes room and lifts a length ball over the bowler, a better throw from long on could have tested the non-striker

43.2

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, smashes a full delivery to sweeper cover

43.3

Tsotsobe to Mathews, OUT, gone this time, South Africa hold on to a catch, Tsotsobe strikes with a slower one, Mathews ends up chipping it towards long on who comes forward to take a low catch

AD Mathews c Peterson b Tsotsobe 15 (23m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

Rakesh: "The Sri Lankans are batting very strangely. It seems as if they have no clear idea of what they want to do. They attack as if there are only 2 overs left and defend as if they have to play out a 90 over session for a draw."

43.4

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, pushes a length ball to mid off for one

Geethike: "Its really silly to send someone like Kulasekara before Mathews who is a genuine batsman. He scored much faster than Kulasekara even though he got to the crease way by the time the power play was almost over...and now hes out!! sigh"

43.5

Tsotsobe to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, off the mark with a gentle push with an open face in front of cover

43.6

Tsotsobe to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, makes room and dabs this one with the angle to third man

End of over 44 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 223/6 (RR: 5.06)
KMDN Kulasekara    18* (26b)      LL Tsotsobe    10-0-40-1
CKB Kulasekara    1* (1b)      RJ Peterson    10-0-45-1

du Plessis to have a bowl, hmm

44.1

du Plessis to KMDN Kulasekara, 3 runs, short and flat outside off, cut through point, sliding stop saves the boundary

Stevo: "I'm an England fan so am used to disappointment when it comes to 50 over cricket, but Sri Lanka keep making me sad! Bring back Sanath!!"

44.2

du Plessis to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, again width given and sweeper cover has to run to his left again to keep them to two

44.3

du Plessis to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, pushed off the front foot for a single towards cover

44.4

du Plessis to KMDN Kulasekara, 2 runs, short and wide again, he makes room and slaps it wide of Peterson at sweeper cover for a couple more

44.5

du Plessis to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, pushed towards square leg

44.6

du Plessis to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, full on leg again, turned to midiwicket, can't see any reason apart from the woeful over-rate for giving the ball to Faf

End of over 45 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 233/6 (RR: 5.17)
CKB Kulasekara    5* (4b)      F du Plessis    4-0-25-0
KMDN Kulasekara    24* (29b)      LL Tsotsobe    10-0-40-1

Steyn to bowl

45.1

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, too quickly on to him for anything to be done apart from a forward push

45.2

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, chance of a run out, Kosala had run half way out of the crease before he decided to turn back, seeing that Nuwan hadn't budged after Kosala defended on the off side again

45.3

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, smacked down the ground but a slide from Morne at mid off saves the boundary

45.4

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, full delivery squeezed to sweeper cover

45.5

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, backs away, Steyn bowls a slower one, he adjusts to dab it to third man

Wouter rubs it in: "@ Stevo: Dissapointment when it comes to the one day game? You watching the current game against PAK?"

45.6

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, pulled straight to midwicket

End of over 46 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 237/6 (RR: 5.15)
CKB Kulasekara    8* (9b)      DW Steyn    8-0-41-0
KMDN Kulasekara    25* (30b)      F du Plessis    4-0-25-0

46.1

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, near-yorker jabbed away past backward point

46.2

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, pushes a length ball to extra cover for one

46.3

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, SIX, Nuwan gets one away, it was in the slot, length ball angled in on middle and leg, Nuwan saw that, moved outside leg and smacked it over deep midwicket

46.4

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, no run, goes past the outside edge, it was short, it was wide, he tried to dab it to third man but missed

46.5

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, awkwardly rides the bounce on this back of a length ball and cuts it in the air to third man

James strikes back: "Wouter, you want disappointment in test teams? Watch South Africa any time the no 1 slot beckons."

46.6

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, swings another length ball in front of square leg for one

End of over 47 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 247/6 (RR: 5.25)
CKB Kulasekara    10* (11b)      M Morkel    8-0-60-1
KMDN Kulasekara    33* (34b 1x6)      DW Steyn    8-0-41-0

47.1

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, mistimes a pull down to long on, pacy short one from Steyn got on quickly to the batsman

47.2

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, 1 run, makes room and lofts a pitched up delivery to sweeper cover

47.3

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, slower one squeezed out wide of third man for a couple

47.4

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, no run, can't get bat to ball as Steyn bowls a yorker outside off

47.5

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, hits an attempted yorker down to long on

ali: "Im a Bangladesh fan and lets not talk about disappointment shall we."

47.6

Steyn to KMDN Kulasekara, FOUR, ends the over with a boundary, frustration for Steyn, he pitched it up wide as Nuwan made room outside leg, but reached out to thick-edge it to the fine third man rope

End of over 48 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 256/6 (RR: 5.33)
KMDN Kulasekara    38* (36b 1x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    9-0-50-0
CKB Kulasekara    14* (15b)      M Morkel    8-0-60-1

48.1

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, no run, tries to pull a short one from well outside off and is beaten

48.2

M Morkel to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, digs out a full delivery past point

48.3

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, 2 runs, opens his stance in the crease and lifts a pitched up delivery down the ground and wide of long on

48.4

M Morkel to KMDN Kulasekara, OUT, got 'em! Morne gets the yorker on target, Nuwan misses for once as he clears the front leg and swings, and the stumps are rattled, but he's made more than his share of runs

KMDN Kulasekara b M Morkel 40 (59m 38b 1x4 1x6) SR: 105.26

rohit: "And I am from India... fullstop!"

Hugh: "He might have been sent in as a pinch hitter but he's done a far more important job - steadied an innings that was in danger of falling off the rails. Kudos to Kula."

48.5

M Morkel to Malinga, 2 runs, Malinga survives, and gets an overthrow as well, he backed away and clobbered a full one to extra cover, had given up making the crease at the non-striker's but the throw missed

48.6

M Morkel to Malinga, no run, misses as he looks to go big on the leg side

End of over 49 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 261/7 (RR: 5.32)
SL Malinga    2* (2b)      M Morkel    9-0-65-2
CKB Kulasekara    15* (17b)      DW Steyn    9-0-50-0

49.1

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, slogs a slower one from a mile outside off through midwicket

49.2

Steyn to Malinga, no run, makes room and tries to reach out, but Steyn keeps it well outside off, Malinga cannot connect

49.3

Steyn to Malinga, OUT, done in by the full and slow delivery, Malinga was backing away all the time and was through with the slog before the ball arrived, Steyn finds the stumps

SL Malinga b Steyn 2 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

abrar: "I am from Pakistan...What do you mean disappointment???"

49.4

Steyn to Herath, 1 run, squeezes out a full delivery to long off

vickers touches the raw nerve: "Disappointment??? How about 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011.......???"

49.5

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 2 runs, slapped down to long on, the throw is quite weak, and as it loops in, they come back for two, Steyn cannot believe it has to happen off his bowling

49.6

Steyn to CKB Kulasekara, 1 run, OUT, would have been a wide if he had not reached out to thick-edge it wide of third man, they go for the second, there is a dive too at the striker's, but AB has the stumps off in time

CKB Kulasekara run out 19 (31m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 95.00

Sri Lanka were 154 for 2 after 29 overs, they have added 112 for 7 in 21 overs after that. But they have got what they wanted at the start of the game, 250-plus. They could have got to 300 but brilliant fielding from South Africa hurt them, their two big batsmen being run-out, the hosts dropped a few in the field as well. One positive would be the way Dilshan put his head down and gave his side a solid start along with Tharanga. No Kallis, no Amla, slow pitch, this will take some getting from South Africa. Join us in a while

End of over 50 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 266/9
     DW Steyn    10-0-55-1
HMRKB Herath    1* (1b)      M Morkel    9-0-65-2
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Jan 17, 2012

The covers come on in Bloemfontein, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Bloemfontein, January 17, 2012

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Faf du Plessis acknowledges applause for his half-century, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Bloemfontein, January 17, 2012

Faf du Plessis acknowledges applause for his half-century

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