Sri Lanka in South Africa ODI Series - 4th ODI

South Africa v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

Malinga to start with two slips

BatterUp: "Bowling looks great - 6 quicks and 2/3 reasonable spinners. Now if only we could find some opening batsmen to pair the Hash." For now it's Smith and Alviro Petersen who have walked out to start the fourth ODI

johan: "Smith has not made a half-century in 17 matches. In contrast, Amla has made seven fifties and three centuries in his last 17 matches." Smith has made just one, against Australia in Port Elizabeth

James: "SA seem to be taking the same route as England in having 5-6 top class quicks. Steyn, Morne, Philander, De Lange, Tsotsobe, Parnell is a pretty formidable collection! I reckon Big Vern will suit English conditions."

Dirkie: "To me it's unfathomable how the Lankans keep on saving Malinga for later when a few S.A wickets in the top/middle order tumble. That's where they lost the impetus and subsequently the match in Bloemfontein." You have a point there

Mumble: "This team looks a batter short with either Peterson or Parnell coming in at 7. Would have been a great time to rest Morne and R. Peterson and give Albie and Johan Botha a decent shot, especially seeing how well Botha has been batting in 20/20 cricket of late..."

Graeme Smith needs some runs, it's been a long time since he made a substantial score in ODIs

Kobus: "@ Brad. have you seen the 3rd ODI's score card, Faf was the only one to put on a decent score, how can you rest someone like that with S.A's current top order's batting form. Rather give Graeme a rest."

Zaid: "Morne Morkel did all the bowling, and Albie Morkel gets a rest... It appears that one Morkel is good as another..."

Brad: "Would've preferred to see Faf rested and Albie given a chance up the order a bit."

Have a look at the preview to this game.

2 pm South Africa have won the toss and will have a bat

de Villiers: "Albie Morkel and Dale Steyn are taking a rest, and Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander are in." Rest for Albie? He hasn't had much to do in this series, he's bowled 10 overs, in three matches. For the record, this is Vernon's first ODI since August 2008

Three changes for Sri Lanka. Prasad out, Perera in, Kosala out, Mahela is injured and Thirimanne is in. Sachithra Senanayake, the offspinner, makes his international debut

1.50 pm The world around the Sri Lanka team has changed since they were done in by the rain in Bloemfontein to lose their fourth consecutive ODI series since making the World Cup final in April last year. The selectors have been axed and a new panel has been appointed, there are reports that Tillakaratne Dilshan could be axed as well, from the captaincy. But they still have two more ODIs to play, and some pride to restore before they go back home

The series now moves to Kimberley, and our SA correspondent Firdose Moonda's weather update does not mince words: "HOT. Its absolutely cooking here like a braai fire. Dry, hot, summer time in Africa stuff. Clouds rolling in and thundershowers forecast for later." D/L again?

0.1

Malinga to Petersen, no run, moving away from just back of a length first up, quietly pushed out to point

0.2

Malinga to Petersen, 2 runs, just a push from the crease but right into the gap between cover and point, and it it is pulled back just a few feet from the ropes

0.3

Malinga to Petersen, 1 wide, attempted slower one, was it, Malinga has sent it full down the leg side though

0.3

Malinga to Petersen, no run, pushed away towards cover

0.4

Malinga to Petersen, no run, moves well across to a length ball and carefully blocks

0.5

Malinga to Petersen, no run, pushed away on the off side

0.6

Malinga to Petersen, no run, there was width from short of a length, but Petersen missed out, slapping the ball straight to extra cover

End of over 1 (3 runs) South Africa 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
AN Petersen    2* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0
GC Smith    0* (0b)     

Dan: "If anyone would have told me six months ago we would go into an ODI without Kallis, Amla, Steyn and Botha, I would have fainted. Even now, I feel dizzy!"

1.1

Kulasekara to Smith, 2 runs, he is away first ball, gets one that start to cut across him, but it started on leg and smith immediately whips it square

1.2

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, allows a slanted length ball to pass some way outside off

1.3

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, moves away from a length, tighter line outside off, Smith lets it go again

1.4

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, gets across and pushes well forward to push this one to Kula

1.5

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, whoa, that almost shaved the leg stump, Smith was doing this in Bloemfontein too, he walks too far across looking for his favoured leg side, but ends up exposing leg stump, the ball barely went over it

1.6

Kulasekara to Smith, 1 run, pushes a length ball towards midwicket

End of over 2 (3 runs) South Africa 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
GC Smith    3* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-3-0
AN Petersen    2* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-0-3-0

2.1

Malinga to Smith, no run, moves across and forward to defend towards covers

2.2

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, that could have been close had the diving man at extra cover got to the ball, Smith was about half way down the crease for the single, but the man could not get to the ball in time, by the time mid off did, Smith was home

2.3

Malinga to Petersen, no run, shuffles far across outside off and takes a hand off the bat handle as he he brings a shortish one down

2.4

Malinga to Petersen, 1 run, full ball tucked to fine leg off the pads

2.5

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, Smith wont miss out on these, whether in form or out of it, its full and on the pads, and Smith gets enough on it to beat fine leg who tries a dive but to no avail

2.6

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, neatly done, this will give him some confidence, fullish one, still on the pads and he brings bat in front of pad to work it past midwicket, fine timing

End of over 3 (10 runs) South Africa 16/0 (RR: 5.33)
GC Smith    12* (10b 2x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-13-0
AN Petersen    3* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-3-0

3.1

Kulasekara to Petersen, no run, moves in from a length a foot outside off, he stays in the crease, keeps bat and pad together and defends

3.2

Kulasekara to Petersen, 1 run, moves around this incoming delivery, and tucks it behind square leg

3.3

Kulasekara to Smith, 2 runs, again Smith gets one, not quite on the pads, but straightish enough to be worked in front of square leg

Bob: "I'm very surprised at these selections. For South Africa, why on earth is Peterson being picked ahead of Botha? Botha is more experienced, a better batsman AND a better spinner than Peterson. Surprised 2 c Albie being given a rest - he is looking to cement his spot in this side n DOESNT NEED A REST!"

3.4

Kulasekara to Smith, 1 run, this time Kul gets the outside edge as Smith pokes at one angled across, there is only one slip, there is a gully, the ball finds the gap

3.5

Kulasekara to Petersen, FOUR, Alviro gets going now, with a charge to a widish delivery, and hammers it past extra cover

3.6

Kulasekara to Petersen, no run, tries to work this incoming length ball with the angle, but is hit on the pad, going down leg anyway

End of over 4 (8 runs) South Africa 24/0 (RR: 6.00)
AN Petersen    8* (12b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-11-0
GC Smith    15* (12b 2x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-13-0

Senanayake, on international debut, to bowl his offbreaks pretty early, from around the stumps to smith

4.1

Senanayake to Smith, no run, steady length ball outside off, blocked back to the bowler

4.2

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, just short of a length, no turn, he goes back and works it towards midiwicket who cannot pick up the ball cleanly and lets them get away with an easy single

slip in place

4.3

Senanayake to Petersen, no run, leading edge as he comes forward to a tossed up ball that did not turn, he was looking to work it on the leg side, the ball rolls to point

4.4

Senanayake to Petersen, 1 run, not much turn again, and another leading edge, this one goes towards mid off as Petersen comes out of his crease

4.5

Senanayake to Smith, no run, belated appeal from Sanga for lbw, after the bowler had put in a very hesitant one, Smith was some way outside his crease when he missed the work off a straightish one

4.6

Senanayake to Smith, no run, flat one pushed back to the bowler

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 26/0 (RR: 5.20)
GC Smith    16* (16b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-2-0
AN Petersen    9* (14b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-11-0

5.1

Kulasekara to Petersen, no run, length ball coming in, played out to midwicket

5.2

Kulasekara to Petersen, no run, pushed away from the crease

5.3

Kulasekara to Petersen, 2 runs, not in control as he looks to pull a not-so-short delivery, almost falls over as he overbalances, it was the slower one, manages to get it to deep square leg who saves it with a slide

5.4

Kulasekara to Petersen, no run, steady straightish length ball, which he gets across to, and defends

5.5

Kulasekara to Petersen, 1 run, low full toss which he tucks wide of mid on for one

Steven: "Smith going at over a run a ball? Surely that's a mistake by the scorer? Batting to save his ODI career me thinks. Very typical of him, does nothing for 18 or innings then gets a random 50 here and nothing for another 18 innings. We just want him gone simple and straight."

5.6

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, hangs back and eagerly tucks one from around middle, midwicket is around though

End of over 6 (3 runs) South Africa 29/0 (RR: 4.83)
GC Smith    16* (17b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-14-0
AN Petersen    12* (19b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-2-0

James: "Poor appealing from Sanga that, he should get behind Senanayake more, young bowler and all that, who cares if it wasn't out." Didn't know Sanga would be accused of that ever. Even if he is square leg, he is the first one to scream for an lbw

6.1

Senanayake to Petersen, FOUR, well done, down the track, and carts the tossed up ball over wide mid on

6.2

Senanayake to Petersen, no run, gets across to defend a length ball

6.3

Senanayake to Petersen, SIX, even better, sees some flight, and eases out of the crease to lift it over the bowler, the debutant being tested right away in the Powerplay

6.4

Senanayake to Petersen, no run, motions half-forward and taps a length ball to short cover

6.5

Senanayake to Petersen, 1 run, eased down to long-on for one

6.6

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, bit of an inside edge which rolls down to fine leg as he pushes forward

End of over 7 (12 runs) South Africa 41/0 (RR: 5.85)
GC Smith    17* (18b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-14-0
AN Petersen    23* (24b 2x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-14-0

7.1

Perera to Smith, 2 runs, Thisara Perera starts his spell with a length ball on the pads, clipped towards midwicket

7.2

Perera to Smith, no run, shuffles down the track early, Perera bowls it at the back of a length, Smith pats the ball back to the bowler

7.3

Perera to Smith, no run, keeps it around off stump, 135kph, punched down towards the bowler

7.4

Perera to Smith, FOUR, ugly but effective from Smith, jumping down the track and thumps a back of length ball firmly down the ground, Petersen jumps out of the way of that one and the ball races for four

7.5

Perera to Smith, 1 run, an appeal for lbw, not a very strident shout, that pitched outside leg, off the pads to the leg side

7.6

Perera to Petersen, FOUR, lovely hit from Petersen, he's looking very confident here, skates down the track and lofts the ball over extra cover, picks up another boundary, and that's an expensive over from Perera

End of over 8 (11 runs) South Africa 52/0 (RR: 6.50)
AN Petersen    27* (25b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    1-0-11-0
GC Smith    24* (23b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-14-0

Quite a few early bowling changes from Sri Lanka. It's Mathews now

8.1

Mathews to Smith, 1 run, begins with a short of length ball outside off, steered behind point by Smith

8.2

Mathews to Petersen, no run, a length ball is crisply driven towards mid-off, that was 104kph from Mathews, keeper standing up for Angelo

8.3

Mathews to Petersen, no run, a middle stump line, defended towards square leg

8.4

Mathews to Petersen, FOUR, ooh, that was nearly out, Petersen again goes for a lofted drive, he gets it low on the bat, and it was only 105kph, the ball loops just wide of mid-on, Petersen survives

8.5

Mathews to Petersen, no run, the leading edge this time, Mathews bowling a testing first over here, a slower offcutter, Petersen closed the face to play it towards leg, but the edge sends the ball towards point

8.6

Mathews to Petersen, 1 run, Mathews taking off the pace here, another slower one, Petersen middles this one, driven along the ground towards mid-on

End of over 9 (6 runs) South Africa 58/0 (RR: 6.44)
AN Petersen    32* (30b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-6-0
GC Smith    25* (24b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-11-0

Another change, Nuwan is back

9.1

Kulasekara to Petersen, no run, starts with his usual back of a length ball, driven to the off side off the front foot

9.2

Kulasekara to Petersen, no run, very full this time, Petersen jams the bat down in time and sends the ball towards mid-off

60% chance of thunderstorms today.

9.3

Kulasekara to Petersen, 1 run, mistimes a drive towards long-on for a single

Lee Rushton among the Smith defenders: "Why is everyone on Smith's case about being dropped? 6500 runs at avg of 39, not bad for an ODI record. Sure, his form is not great at moment, but I think he is worth his place. Are SA littered with openers then in their domestic game???"

9.4

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended towards the bowler, Sangkkara appreciates the bowling

9.5

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, punched off the back foot towards the bowler

Sujay: "The scathing comments on Smith (and Dhoni elsewhere) remind me of "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain"....how true!!!"

9.6

Kulasekara to Smith, FOUR, that was a poor ball to end the over, a half-volley down the leg side, helped along to the fine leg boundary for four, some more of those sort of deliveries and Smith will silence all debate over his place in the side

End of over 10 (5 runs) South Africa 63/0 (RR: 6.30)
GC Smith    29* (27b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-19-0
AN Petersen    33* (33b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-6-0

Now Dilshan, who seems keen on setting a record for number of bowling changes. From round the wicket

10.1

Dilshan to Petersen, 1 run, punched towards long-off for a single

10.2

Dilshan to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, Smith stretches forward and defends to the off side

10.3

Dilshan to Smith, no run, length ball on middle and leg, once more Smith gets well forward to block the ball

10.4

Dilshan to Smith, no run, a hint of turn for Dilshan, and some bounce as well, the ball hits high on the bat as Smith defends, off the outside half towards the off side

10.5

Dilshan to Smith, no run, middles it as he offers the forward press this time

10.6

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, end of a quiet over for Sri Lanka, a single down to long-on

End of over 11 (2 runs) South Africa 65/0 (RR: 5.90)
GC Smith    30* (32b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-2-0
AN Petersen    34* (34b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-19-0

Perera is back. Dilshan continues to keep the scorers on their feet with these changes

11.1

Perera to Smith, 2 runs, on the pads, and that is clipped towards square leg

11.2

Perera to Smith, FOUR, a muscular pull from Smith, a shot we used to see often from him when he was in better form, not too short from Perera but Smith bludgeons it to midwicket

11.3

Perera to Smith, 3 runs, a much better looking shot this one, but he doesn't time it well enough for a boundary, shuffles down the track and lofts it over the bowler's head, Nuwan Kulasekara has a long chase and he just about wins the race with the ball, keeps the batsmen to three

11.4

Perera to Petersen, 1 run, helped behind square leg by Petersen, a slower ball from Perera there

11.5

Perera to Smith, FOUR, again the Smith pull, this time behind square leg, less powerful than the previous one, helped along for four, Malinga isn't the most athletic of fielders

11.6

Perera to Smith, 1 run, why were they attempting that single, that too after already taking 14 from the single, would have been very close if Dilshan had hit directly from mid-off, he misses and Smith is safe, Smith wasn't anywhere close to safety when the ball went past the stumps, he had given up

End of over 12 (15 runs) South Africa 80/0 (RR: 6.66)
GC Smith    44* (37b 6x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-26-0
AN Petersen    35* (35b 4x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    1-0-2-0

12.1

Dilshan to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot

12.2

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, worked to square leg this time

12.3

Dilshan to Petersen, 1 run, nudges this one for one more single

12.4

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, not much power from the batsmen this over, though that hasn't bogged them down, clipped to midwicket for one more

12.5

Dilshan to Petersen, no run, worked to midwicket, crisply struck but straight at the fielder

12.6

Dilshan to Petersen, 1 run, on the pads, helped behind square leg for the fourth single of the over

End of over 13 (4 runs) South Africa 84/0 (RR: 6.46)
AN Petersen    37* (38b 4x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-6-0
GC Smith    46* (40b 6x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-26-0

Another change in bowling. Seventh change (I think ). Hasn't worked so far for Sri Lanka

13.1

Herath to Petersen, OUT, it has this time, Herath strikes first ball, Petersen has thrown it away, he charges out first ball and looks to smack the ball over mid-on, skews it towards deep midwicket, Tharanga isn't all the way back, he has to still run in a touch, takes a good low catch to break a stand that has provided this new look South African batting a solid platform

AN Petersen c Tharanga b Herath 37 (55m 39b 4x4 1x6) SR: 94.87

AB de Villiers is the new batsman. Would South Africa have been better served with him lower down, and the less inexperienced Colin Ingram at No. 3? Perhaps it's a left-right combination thing

13.2

Herath to Smith, 1 run, well outside off, stabbed behind point for a single

13.3

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, third umpire called for, Smith has another close run-out call, a tossed-up delivery is pushed towards cover, there was no run in that, de Villiers set off, Smith had the skates on as well, the throw wasn't too good though, wide and low, Sangakkara does well to collect and then break the stumps, that gives Smith time to make his ground, silly running this

13.4

Herath to Smith, no run, blocked towards the cover this time

13.5

Herath to Smith, 1 run, more the sort of singles they should that, amble across after pushing the ball towards long-on

13.6

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers also helps himself to a single, a drive along the ground towards long-off

End of over 14 (4 runs) South Africa 88/1 (RR: 6.28)
AB de Villiers    2* (2b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-4-1
GC Smith    48* (43b 6x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-6-0

14.1

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, Dilshan continues around the stumps, on the pads and that is driven towards mid-on by de Villiers

14.2

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, short of length ball, Smith gets back and works it towards midwicket to move to 49, much needed runs for Smith, though I'm expecting a barrage of feedback about scoring in an inconsequential match

14.3

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, helped to midwicket for one more

14.4

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, there's the fifty for Smith, some relief for the under-pressure former captain, the dressing room stands and applauds the effort, he gets to the milestone with a push back past the bowler

14.5

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run

14.6

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run, worked towards midwicket but not wide enough of the fielder to take a single

End of over 15 (4 runs) South Africa 92/1 (RR: 6.13)
AB de Villiers    4* (6b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-10-0
GC Smith    50* (45b 6x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-4-1

Malinga returns as the bowling Powerplay is taken

15.1

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs, starts with a short of length ball on middle and leg, clipped towards midwicket, Smith immediately calls for two

15.2

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, a slower ball from Malinga, 122kph, helped towards square leg for one more

15.3

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, there's the ball Malinga is famed for, the yorker heading for middle, defended by de Villiers down the track

15.4

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, a length ball is driven towards mid-off by de Villiers

Dirkie is among many readers saying this: "@Lee - Not littered, but there's someone called Richard Levi that deserves a chance at some stage."

15.5

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, full ball on the pads, worked in front of square leg for a single

15.6

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, slings in a low full toss outside off, chopped behind point by smith, a single to end the over

Drinks

Meech:"I don't think people realize there's a bigger picture with Smith. You can't drop the guy from the ODI team and then play him as captain in the test team straight after that (in NZ and England). You have to give him a chance to find form before the England series. He'll be critical in that series. He knows those conditions well and he's scored huge runs there before."

End of over 16 (5 runs) South Africa 97/1 (RR: 6.06)
GC Smith    54* (48b 6x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-0
AB de Villiers    5* (9b)      TM Dilshan    3-0-10-0

16.1

Senanayake to Smith, no run, Senanayake bowls in the Powerplay, from round the wicket, a length ball is defended to midwicket

16.2

Senanayake to Smith, no run, once more Smith blocks the ball towards midwicket

16.3

Senanayake to Smith, no run, defended off the front foot towards cover

16.4

Senanayake to Smith, no run, shuffled across the stumps and closes the face to send the ball towards square leg

16.5

Senanayake to Smith, no run, five dot balls from the debutant, this one is patted towards mid-on

16.6

Senanayake to Smith, no run, a maiden in the Powerplay, Senanayake will be feeling a whole lot better now, the last ball of the over is defended off the front foot towards the bowler

End of over 17 (maiden) South Africa 97/1 (RR: 5.70)
GC Smith    54* (54b 6x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-1-14-0
AB de Villiers    5* (9b)      SL Malinga    3-0-18-0

17.1

Malinga to de Villiers, 2 runs, Malinga begins the over with a low full toss on the pads, whipped towards deep midwicket for two

17.2

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, Malinga targets the toes once more, de Villiers glances it towards fine leg for a single that brings up the South African 100

17.3

Malinga to Smith, no run, short of length and outside off, jabs it towards point

Niel thinks Alviro has done enough to deserve a permanent ODI place: "One guy who performed is Alviro (in the team only because Amla is not playing). Imagine them opening and Smith not playing. We would score 280+ each game."

17.4

Malinga to Smith, 1 wide, a full ball down the leg side, Smith wanted to help that to fine leg but he misses, a wide

17.4

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, short of length ball on off and middle, drops it behind point for a quick single

17.5

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, no foot work from AB as he slaps that length ball towards short cover, on the bounce to the fielder, crowd thinks that was a catch

"When I look at Smith I see a person with a backbone made of granite. A true Zeno! Those of you watched his 11 over survival in Sydney (2008) to save a test on wicket filled with cracks will know what I mean. I wish South Africa had more characters like him," says the terrifically named Johannes Claassen

17.6

Malinga to de Villiers, 3 runs, a yorker on leg stump, de Villiers gets his front leg out of the way of that one and clips the ball towards deep midwicket, he sprints three

End of over 18 (8 runs) South Africa 105/1 (RR: 5.83)
AB de Villiers    11* (13b)      SL Malinga    4-0-26-0
GC Smith    55* (56b 6x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-1-14-0

18.1

Senanayake to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers shows what an inventive batsman he is, a legstump delivery, he shuffles beyond leg and drives that through cover for four

18.2

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, punched back to the bowler

18.3

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, a touch short from Senananyake, and de Villiers had room to free his arms, he slaps that firmly but doesn't beat cover

18.4

Senanayake to de Villiers, FOUR

18.5

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, lovely hit from de Villiers, slightly overpitched from Senanayake, de Villiers lofts that wide of mid-off for four, gets down on one knee as he drives that with astonishing timing

18.6

Senanayake to de Villiers, FOUR, and another boundary for de Villiers to end the over, a total change from Senanayake's previous one, this time de Villiers makes room and launches the ball directly over mid-off, he's a great batsman to watch when he's on song

End of over 19 (12 runs) South Africa 117/1 (RR: 6.15)
AB de Villiers    23* (19b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    4-1-26-0
GC Smith    55* (56b 6x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-26-0

19.1

Malinga to Smith, 4 byes, Malinga becomes the final over of the Powerplay with a full ball that takes off after beating Smith, must have hit the footmarks there, Smith was looking to defend that outside off, he misses and the ball unexpected rears up, soars over the keeper for a boundary

19.2

Malinga to Smith, no run, a yorker on middle and leg, Smith gets his bat down in time to save both his toes and his stumps

19.3

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, short of length ball on leg stump, clipped towards midwicket by Smith

19.4

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, a fullish ball that de Villiers wanted to launch over the leg side, a thick inside edge sends the ball towards fine leg

James from the UK: "For the Smith detractors: I can assure you England would be very happy not to see him anywhere near the team this summer!"

19.5

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, full and on the pads from Malinga, free runs for Smith, helped along towards fine leg for a boundary

Titus: "I beg to differ! Your best batsman needs to face as many overs as possible and AB is the best South African batsman. He should make #3 his own!" It's going well now, but with only two inexperienced batsmen and JP Duminy to come, and the long tail, SA might have been better off with him lower down.

19.6

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, an expensive over comes to an end after Smith pulls the short ball towards deep square leg

End of over 20 (11 runs) South Africa 128/1 (RR: 6.40)
GC Smith    61* (61b 7x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-33-0
AB de Villiers    24* (20b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    4-1-26-0

20.1

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, a length ball, tossed up, defended off the front foot to the leg side

20.2

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, fullish ball is caressed towards long-off for an ambled single

20.3

Senanayake to Smith, SIX, Smith goes downtown, a hint of flight from Senanayake, Smith charges down the track and launches that powerfully down the ground for six

20.4

Senanayake to Smith, no run, shorter length this time, Smith defends

Doc: "Regarding Smith scoring runs in an inconsequential match - given the Proteas clearly stated desire to hone their killer instinct and make the series 4-0, I'm sure the team does not see the game as inconsequential!"

20.5

Senanayake to Smith, no run, a length ball well outside off, driven firmly back to the bowler

20.6

Senanayake to Smith, no run, fulller ball on middle, pushed towards mid-on

50-run stand came up in that over

End of over 21 (8 runs) South Africa 136/1 (RR: 6.47)
GC Smith    68* (66b 7x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    5-1-34-0
AB de Villiers    25* (21b 3x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-33-0

Herath is on, and surprisingly, batting Powerplay is taken. That's a bold move from South Africa, and a good one I'd say.

21.1

Herath to de Villiers, no run, a full ball is lashed towards midwicket

21.2

Herath to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers looks to work it to the leg side, inside-edges on to the pads

21.3

Herath to de Villiers, SIX, beautiful from de Villiers, he's such a stylish batsman, there was some flight there, de Villiers down the track and a clean swing of the bat sends the ball soaring beyond long-on

21.4

Herath to de Villiers, no run, flatter and quicker, de Villiers was charging down again, squeezed for room, works it towards midwicket

21.5

Herath to de Villiers, FOUR, another dash of invention from de Villiers, skilfully done by him, a full ball just outside leg stump, a fine sweep, played with a vertical bat to send the ball past the keeper and towards the sight screen for four

21.6

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, worked to square leg for a single

End of over 22 (11 runs) South Africa 147/1 (RR: 6.68)
AB de Villiers    36* (27b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-15-1
GC Smith    68* (66b 7x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    5-1-34-0

Dilshan takes over

22.1

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers pushes this towards mid-off

22.2

Dilshan to de Villiers, SIX, he's toying with the spinners here, another effortless six, gets forward and waits for the ball, a hint of width, dismissed over long-off for six with minimal fuss

22.3

Dilshan to de Villiers, 2 runs, Dilshan switches to over the wicket, a full ball on the pads, whipped towards deep square leg, pushes Smith to come back for the second

22.4

Dilshan to de Villiers, SIX, just stunning from AB, he brings up his 50 off 31 deliveries, sensational innings this, a length ball not doing much from Dilshan, another clean hit over long-off for six more, in total control here AB

22.5

Dilshan to de Villiers, FOUR, the flood continues, Dilshan fires it down the leg side, that's not enough to stop de Villiers from slamming boundaries through the off, he skips beyond leg, gets one one knee and launches that over cover for four more, Dilshan clueless against this onslaught

22.6

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, on the pads this time, worked towards square leg for one more

End of over 23 (19 runs) South Africa 166/1 (RR: 7.21)
AB de Villiers    55* (33b 5x4 3x6)      TM Dilshan    4-0-29-0
GC Smith    68* (66b 7x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-15-1

Dilshan turns to his best bowler to try stop this onslaught. Malinga is back

23.1

Malinga to de Villiers, FOUR, take a bow AB, fantastic hit for four, thats one thing to do to the spinners but another to do it off Malinga, stays on the back foot and frees his arms to lash a full ball through cover for four

23.2

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, worked to point for a single

23.3

Malinga to Smith, no run, short of length ball, not much footwork from Smith as he punches that to mid-off

23.4

Malinga to Smith, no run, short of length once more, just outside off, defended towards mid-on by Smith

23.5

Malinga to Smith, OUT, soft dismissal to end Smith's innings, the bat turns in his hand as he looks to work the ball to the leg side, a short of length delivery that ends up popping to short midwicket, runs for Smith but this was the perfect time to have got plenty more, Kirsten applauds Smith off the field

GC Smith c Dilshan b Malinga 68 (106m 69b 7x4 1x6) SR: 98.55

Humayun Mughal gets a bit ahead of himself: "SA playing very smart, scoring loads of runs because of the rain forecast! They might score 400 again."

23.6

Malinga to Ingram, 1 run, a length ball on the pads, gently pushed towards long-on for a single

G&T sent this before the Smith dismissal: "This reminds me of something NZ player Willie Watson once said "It was like bowling in the highlights". Brutual attacking."

End of over 24 (6 runs) South Africa 172/2 (RR: 7.16)
CA Ingram    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    6-0-39-1
AB de Villiers    60* (35b 6x4 3x6)      TM Dilshan    4-0-29-0

Nuwan is back

24.1

Kulasekara to Ingram, no run, on the pads, worked to midwicket by Ingram

Adarsh: "Smith can't be pleased. Best innings he's played in a while and De Villiers comes out and makes him look like a plodder!"

24.2

Kulasekara to Ingram, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended off the front foot towards backward point

24.3

Kulasekara to Ingram, OUT, Sri Lanka hitting back here, Colin Ingram is gone now, a low full toss on the boot, Ingram misses and that was going to hit, Ingram immediately walks up to AB and asks whether to take the review, there's only one per side each innings, AB tells him there's no point taking the review, a good call too, replays show that was going to hit the base of middle stump

CA Ingram lbw b Kulasekara 1 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

24.4

Kulasekara to Duminy, no run, full ball on the pads, defended to the leg side

24.5

Kulasekara to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy off the mark with a single to cover

24.6

Kulasekara to de Villiers, no run, a yorker on legstump to end the over, firmly pushed towards mid-on

Hugh: "@James: What players DO England want to face in ODIs these days? The list must be getting pretty short..."

End of over 25 (1 run) South Africa 173/3 (RR: 6.92)
AB de Villiers    60* (36b 6x4 3x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-20-1
JP Duminy    1* (2b)      SL Malinga    6-0-39-1

25.1

Malinga to Duminy, 2 runs, a full ball on the pads, JP Duminy shuffles across and whips the ball towards midwicket

25.2

Malinga to Duminy, no run, full and wide of off stump, guided towards backward point, a loud 'No' from JP to indicate he doesn't want a run

JP Peters spots a pattern: "For this match it will be one Morkel and one Kulasekara."

25.3

Malinga to Duminy, 1 run, full and outside off, squeezed out towards point for a single

25.4

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, a slower ball, short of length and just outside off, drops the ball at his feet and lets it go

25.5

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, a length ball is driven towards mid-off

Neil Mulligan: "Herath taken of after one over in which he took a wicket and conceded 4 runs? Saving him for later when its too late?"

25.6

Malinga to Duminy, no run, a low full toss on leg stump, defended to the off side to end the over

Dan finds this interesting: "interesting stat: De Villiers and Smith have exactly the same test average: 49.42"

End of over 26 (4 runs) South Africa 177/3 (RR: 6.80)
JP Duminy    4* (6b)      SL Malinga    7-0-43-1
AB de Villiers    61* (38b 6x4 3x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-0-20-1

26.1

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball outside off, AB reaches out and drives it towards point for a single

26.2

Kulasekara to Duminy, no run, short of length ball around off, defended towards the off side off the front foot

26.3

Kulasekara to Duminy, FOUR, width provided, Duminy capitalises, reaches out and carves that through cover for four

26.4

Kulasekara to Duminy, FOUR, another four for JP Duminy, a full toss on the pads and that is punched past mid-on for four, boundary balls keep coming for SA here

26.5

Kulasekara to Duminy, no run, a full ball on the pads, worked towards midwicket

26.6

Kulasekara to Duminy, no run, on middle stump, Duminy opens the face to send the ball towards point

End of over 27 (9 runs) South Africa 186/3 (RR: 6.88)
JP Duminy    12* (11b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-29-1
AB de Villiers    62* (39b 6x4 3x6)      SL Malinga    7-0-43-1

27.1

Herath to de Villiers, no run, worked towards midwicket

Johan Rossouw has a good question: "In all fairness, are there many batsmen AB doesn't make look like a plodder?"

27.2

Herath to de Villiers, no run, a rare occasion where the ball doesn't go exactly where de Villiers wants it to, he was looking to whip that to midwicket, off the edge towards backward point

27.3

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, pushes it towards extra cover for a single

27.4

Herath to Duminy, no run, Duminy was going for the cut, the ball spins in and doesn't give any room for Duminy, he gently dabs the ball square on the off side

27.5

Herath to Duminy, no run, on the pads this time, blocked by Duminy

27.6

Herath to Duminy, 1 run, a good over from Herath comes to an end, the final ball is worked behind square leg for a single

End of over 28 (2 runs) South Africa 188/3 (RR: 6.71)
JP Duminy    13* (14b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-17-1
AB de Villiers    63* (42b 6x4 3x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-0-29-1

28.1

Senanayake to Duminy, 1 run, a full ball is eased towards long-off for a single

Dirkie:"With AB and Duminy batting and Faf to come, I'm fretting over a run out..."

28.2

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, a length ball is again eased towards long-on for one more

28.3

Senanayake to Duminy, no run, spins past the outside edge as Duminy looks to open the face to work the ball to the off side, spins away after pitching on a length

28.4

Senanayake to Duminy, no run, solidly defended off the front foot

28.5

Senanayake to Duminy, 1 run, goes straight on after pitching on off, slapped towards point

28.6

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball outside off, AB de Villiers helps it along to long-on for one more

Weather update: Clouds around, and the wind has picked up. A thunderstorm expected later.

End of over 29 (4 runs) South Africa 192/3 (RR: 6.62)
AB de Villiers    65* (44b 6x4 3x6)      SMSM Senanayake    6-1-38-0
JP Duminy    15* (18b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-17-1

29.1

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, full ball outside off, driven towards long-off for a single

29.2

Herath to Duminy, no run

29.3

Herath to Duminy, 1 run, a length ball outside off, dropped towards point

29.4

Herath to de Villiers, no run, short of length ball on leg stump, defended off the front foot

29.5

Herath to de Villiers, FOUR, there's a shot that de Villiers has played spectacularly well today, again he moves to leg, takes a big stride forward and launches the ball inside-out over extra cover for four

29.6

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed towards cover for a single to end the over

End of over 30 (7 runs) South Africa 199/3 (RR: 6.63)
AB de Villiers    71* (48b 7x4 3x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-24-1
JP Duminy    16* (20b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    6-1-38-0

30.1

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, spins in off a back of a length, defended to the leg side

30.2

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, gets forward and tips the ball to the off side, single for the taking, 200 comes up

30.3

Senanayake to Duminy, no run, Duminy beaten outside off once more, terrific from Senanayake, drifts in with the angle from round the wicket, spins away as Duminy pokes at it

Slip is in

30.4

Senanayake to Duminy, no run, this one goes straight on, defended off the front foot

30.5

Senanayake to Duminy, 1 run, length ball heading for leg stump, Duminy gets well back in the crease and drives towards long-on

30.6

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, short of length ball pitching around off, de Villiers is miles down the track as he smothers that one

End of over 31 (2 runs) South Africa 201/3 (RR: 6.48)
AB de Villiers    72* (51b 7x4 3x6)      SMSM Senanayake    7-1-40-0
JP Duminy    17* (23b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-24-1

31.1

Herath to Duminy, no run, length ball on the pads, blocked down the track

31.2

Herath to Duminy, 1 run, a touch shorter, Duminy charges out and works the ball towards wide long-on

31.3

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball pitching on off, gentle turn away, driven towards cover

31.4

Herath to Duminy, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven towards long-off for one more

31.5

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball on off stump, driven towards sweeper cover

31.6

Herath to Duminy, 1 run, length ball is punched towards long-on for a single

Russell Arnold reveals on air that during that fateful 2003 World Cup match against South Africa, Sri Lanka also didn't know that the D/L sheets handed out were par scores. He says Sri Lanka thought they had lost after Boucher resolutely defended the final ball of the game.

Shahid: "I'v noticed a severe lack of feedback on Cricinfo from Sri Lanka fans/supporters this season. Wonder why?" Where are you guys?

End of over 32 (5 runs) South Africa 206/3 (RR: 6.43)
JP Duminy    20* (27b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-29-1
AB de Villiers    74* (53b 7x4 3x6)      SMSM Senanayake    7-1-40-0

32.1

Senanayake to Duminy, 1 run, a length ball around off, defended towards cover, single is taken

32.2

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, defended off the front foot towards cover

32.3

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, a leading edge as de Villiers tries to work that to the leg side, the ball dribbles towards cover

32.4

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, whipped towards square leg for a single

32.5

Senanayake to Duminy, no run, a stifled shout for lbw, that ball was spinning down the leg side

32.6

Senanayake to Duminy, no run, fuller and on middle and leg, driven towards mid-on

SB shows off his inner geek: "@ Dan: Actually Smith has a little more (49.4267) than deVilliers (49.4245). What you are seeing is a Cricinfo approximation. The probability that 2 players playing a different number of innings but having the exact same average is really low."

End of over 33 (2 runs) South Africa 208/3 (RR: 6.30)
JP Duminy    21* (30b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    8-1-42-0
AB de Villiers    75* (56b 7x4 3x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-29-1

33.1

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, helps the ball towards square leg for a single

33.2

Dilshan to Duminy, 1 run, shortish and well outside off, slapped hard towards deep point

33.3

Dilshan to de Villiers, 3 runs, a reverse-paddle sweep towards third man for three, there's nothing de Villiers can't do today

33.4

Dilshan to Duminy, 1 run, short and wide, stabbed towards deep point

33.5

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run, a length ball is clipped towards midwicket, straight at the fielder

33.6

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run, defended off the front foot towards the bowler

End of over 34 (6 runs) South Africa 214/3 (RR: 6.29)
AB de Villiers    79* (60b 7x4 3x6)      TM Dilshan    5-0-35-0
JP Duminy    23* (32b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    8-1-42-0

34.1

Herath to Duminy, 1 run, jabbed towards deep point for a single

Sumith: "We are still there. But we feel very sorry about our SL team." Most other SL fans calling for Dilshan to be sacked

34.2

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, duminy comes down the track and sends the ball towards long-on

34.3

Herath to Duminy, 1 run, slightly uppish from de Villiers, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball as he looks to push it to the leg side, sends it to the right of the bowler

Some lightning around now

34.4

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run

34.5

Herath to Duminy, no run, defended from the crease

34.6

Herath to Duminy, 3 runs, Duminy skips beyond leg to make room and carves the ball through cover, wonderful placement from him, nearly bisects two fielders in the deep, a dive from sweeper cover stops the boundary

End of over 35 (7 runs) South Africa 221/3 (RR: 6.31)
JP Duminy    28* (36b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-36-1
AB de Villiers    81* (62b 7x4 3x6)      TM Dilshan    5-0-35-0

35.1

Dilshan to Duminy, 2 runs, Dilshan gets the ball to spin away, once more Duminy has trouble with an offspinner, off the outside edge towards slip, and that brings up the 50 stand

35.2

Dilshan to Duminy, no run, gets forward and pushes the ball towards mid-off

35.3

Dilshan to Duminy, no run, pitched up and heading for off, punched back to the bowler

35.4

Dilshan to Duminy, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Duminy eases it towards mid-on off the back foot

35.5

Dilshan to de Villiers, 2 runs, down the leg side, de Villiers guides that towards short fine leg

35.6

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, no footwork from AB as he punches the ball towards long-on

End of over 36 (6 runs) South Africa 227/3 (RR: 6.30)
AB de Villiers    84* (64b 7x4 3x6)      TM Dilshan    6-0-41-0
JP Duminy    31* (40b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-36-1

36.1

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, flighted and full, on legstump, defended towards square leg for a single

Mohan: "At last a person asking about us. It's simple. We are just speechless as our team. But we are supporting them."

36.2

Herath to Duminy, no run, length ball on off and middle, driven towards mid-on

36.3

Herath to Duminy, 1 run, length ball is worked towards point, a tight single taken

Buddika: "Don't worry Sri Lankan fans are right here. We just can't understand what is going on with our team that's all."

36.4

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, a wristy on-drive sends the ball towards long-on

36.5

Herath to Duminy, 1 run, a length ball is punched off the back foot towards long-on for one more, SA cruising here, no risks

36.6

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, closes the face to guide the ball towards square leg

Plenty of change in SL. Elections for the board, new selection panel appointed, and rumours of a new captain after this series.

End of over 37 (5 runs) South Africa 232/3 (RR: 6.27)
AB de Villiers    87* (67b 7x4 3x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-41-1
JP Duminy    33* (43b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    6-0-41-0

37.1

Senanayake to de Villiers, FOUR, a reverse-sweep for four, gets plenty of power behind that as well, beats short third man to get a boundary, a stunning innings from AB continues

37.2

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, comes down the track and clips the ball towards midwicket

37.3

Senanayake to Duminy, 1 run, length ball on off stump, slapped towards sweeper cover for a single

37.4

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, length ball on middle stump, defended back towards the bowler

37.5

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball on the pads, tucked behind square leg for a single

37.6

Senanayake to Duminy, 1 run, length ball outside off, slapped towards sweeper cover

End of over 38 (8 runs) South Africa 240/3 (RR: 6.31)
JP Duminy    35* (45b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    9-1-50-0
AB de Villiers    93* (71b 8x4 3x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-41-1

38.1

Perera to Duminy, 1 run, a length ball outside off, driven towards long-off for a single

38.2

Perera to de Villiers, no run, width provided, de Villiers taps the ball towards point, can't beat the fielder

38.3

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, overpitched and just outside off, driven towards mid-off for a single

38.4

Perera to Duminy, OUT, just as the game seemed to be drifting along, Pererea strikes, Duminy pokes at a ball outside off, looking to guide the ball to third man, it's too thin an edge, Sangakkara takes the catch, that was pretty innocuous from Thisara, gets him a wicket nonetheless

JP Duminy c †Sangakkara b Perera 36 (50m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.59

38.5

Perera to du Plessis, 1 wide, Perera grunts as he delivers that one, way outside off

Stats fan Dan: "Here's a stat for AB fans: of batsmen with 4500+ runs, only Viv Richards has an equivalent average AND strikerate, while AB has already caught Viv in terms of hundreds (before this game), in 48 less innings."

38.5

Perera to du Plessis, no run, nearly another one for Perera, du Plessis was walking down the track, he pokes at that one outside off, beaten

38.6

Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, driven on the up by du Plessis, good diving stop at point

End of over 39 (4 runs) South Africa 244/4 (RR: 6.25)
F du Plessis    1* (2b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-30-1
AB de Villiers    94* (73b 8x4 3x6)      SMSM Senanayake    9-1-50-0

Herath returns

39.1

Herath to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis shuffles across and drives to short cover

39.2

Herath to du Plessis, no run, length ball on middle, defended to the bowler

39.3

Herath to du Plessis, 1 run, fired in towards leg stump, du Plessis pegged on to the back foot, clips the ball to square leg

39.4

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, a length ball, de Villiers gets forward and guides the ball towards cover for a single, moves to 95

39.5

Herath to du Plessis, no run, gets forward and defends towards the bowler

39.6

Herath to du Plessis, 1 run, a length ball homing in on off stump, defended towards point to end a good over from Herath

End of over 40 (3 runs) South Africa 247/4 (RR: 6.17)
F du Plessis    3* (7b)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-44-1
AB de Villiers    95* (74b 8x4 3x6)      NLTC Perera    3-0-30-1

40.1

Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball is lashed towards sweeper cover

40.2

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, driven on the up towards long-on for a single

40.3

Perera to du Plessis, no run, swing and a miss outside off, du Plessis shuffles to past off and wafts at it, misses

Hugh: " Fair play to Sachithra Senanayake - tough situation to come into and he's done ok."

40.4

Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, overpitched outside off, driven off the front foot towards extra cover to bring up the 250, that's the slowest 50 of the innings

40.5

Perera to de Villiers, OUT, no century for de Villiers, ending a brilliant innings, a back of the hand slower ball from Perera deprives AB of a deserved hundred, AB moves across the stumps and wanted to help that down the leg side, he missed and that cannoned into middle stump

AB de Villiers b Perera 96 (116m 76b 8x4 3x6) SR: 126.31

Interesting nine overs or so now. All the experienced players gone, a test for du Plessis and the South African decision to go with a long-ish tail

40.6

Perera to Parnell, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, chopped towards point for a single

End of over 41 (4 runs) South Africa 251/5 (RR: 6.12)
WD Parnell    1* (1b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-34-2
F du Plessis    5* (10b)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-44-1

41.1

Herath to Parnell, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, driven towards mid-on

41.2

Herath to du Plessis, no run, defended towards short cover

"Albie Morkel will let rip now, hold on to your seats," says Marc who hasn't seen the team sheet.

41.3

Herath to du Plessis, OUT, South Africa losing their way towards the end, Sri Lanka back in it, the ball spins away from du Plessis as he looks to push the ball to the off side off the front foot, gets a thin edge through to the keeper

F du Plessis c †Sangakkara b Herath 5 (13m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

Robin Peterson is in

41.4

Herath to Peterson, no run, length ball around off, gets behind the line and defends

41.5

Herath to Peterson, no run, and nearly another one, run-out chance, off the outside edge towards point, wants a single initially but changes his mind after taking a step or two, Parnell has to hustle back and was in trouble if there was a direct hit, there wasn't

41.6

Herath to Peterson, no run, more drama, Sangakkara is absolutely convinced there's a faint edge through as Peterson looks to defend, a huge appeal, turned down, and SL don't even go for the review

End of over 42 (1 run) South Africa 252/6 (RR: 6.00)
RJ Peterson    0* (3b)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-45-2
WD Parnell    2* (2b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-34-2

42.1

Senanayake to Parnell, no run

42.2

Senanayake to Parnell, 1 run

42.3

Senanayake to Peterson, no run, defended off the front foot towards short cover

42.4

Senanayake to Peterson, no run, length ball on middle and leg, defended off the front foot once more

42.5

Senanayake to Peterson, 1 run, length ball on middle, pushed towards short cover and a tight single is pinched

42.6

Senanayake to Parnell, 1 run, width provided, slapped to point where a misfield from Malinga allows a single

Garreth: "not to take anything away from AB but Viv's scoring rate and average was ASTONISHING for those measily days when you consider how rare it was for teams to even get up to 250."

End of over 43 (3 runs) South Africa 255/6 (RR: 5.93)
WD Parnell    4* (5b)      SMSM Senanayake    10-1-53-0
RJ Peterson    1* (6b)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-45-2

43.1

Malinga to Parnell, 1 run, a low full toss on off stump, eased towards long-on for a single

A stern Sam: "Comparing AB to Viv Richards is a little too rich perhaps. Richards did not play in an era of shorter boundaries, power plays, lollypop offerings and cricket bats on steroids. If we took into account all these other factors, AB will nonetheless still feature as a good player but as great as Viv? Sorry, but no."

43.2

Malinga to Peterson, no run, outside edge as he looks to drive a fullish delivery, the ball flies towards backward point

43.3

Malinga to Peterson, 1 run, aiming for the toes once more, worked behind square leg for a single

Dan: "can someone please answer why perera was not selected all this time? i mean hes an odi specialist and more experienced than KK! Did i miss something?"

43.4

Malinga to Parnell, 1 run, shout of 'Catch' as Parnell whips the ball off his pads towards deep square leg, lands well short of the fielder in the deep

An incredulous Paul: "Wayne Parnell at @7? seriously. I remember, a few years back, Lance Klusener can't get many chances to bat up the order and occupied #9 batting spot for a while. Hmm!"

43.5

Malinga to Peterson, no run, a yorker on middle stump, Peterson does well to defend that back to the bowler

43.6

Malinga to Peterson, 1 wide, a nice take by Sanga, that was sprayed down the leg side by Malinga, Sanga had to dive to his right, bounced just in front of him, but he still latched on to it

43.6

Malinga to Peterson, no run, fishes outside off and misses

End of over 44 (4 runs) South Africa 259/6 (RR: 5.88)
RJ Peterson    2* (10b)      SL Malinga    8-0-47-1
WD Parnell    6* (7b)      SMSM Senanayake    10-1-53-0

44.1

Dilshan to Parnell, 2 runs, slapped towards sweeper cover, firm hit for a single

Robbo: "Ode to Marc - Klusener is padded up also, so SA have a very strong tail"

44.2

Dilshan to Parnell, 1 run, a length ball is chipped over Dilshan's head for a single

44.3

Dilshan to Peterson, no run, keeps bat and pad together as he defends

44.4

Dilshan to Peterson, 1 run, another chip towards long-off, another single

44.5

Dilshan to Parnell, 1 run, slaps this with a horizontal bat towards long-on, played off the back foot

44.6

Dilshan to Peterson, 1 run, length ball heading for off, guides it towards backward point

End of over 45 (6 runs) South Africa 265/6 (RR: 5.88)
RJ Peterson    4* (13b)      TM Dilshan    7-0-47-0
WD Parnell    10* (10b)      SL Malinga    8-0-47-1

45.1

Malinga to Peterson, 1 run, full on the pads, helped towards fine leg for a single

Just one four since the 30th over. The old double-your-scare formula clearly not working here

45.2

Malinga to Parnell, 1 run, whipped to deep backward square leg this time

45.3

Malinga to Peterson, no run, looks to dab that to third man, beaten

45.4

Malinga to Peterson, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, a confident drive sends the ball towards sweeper cover

45.5

Malinga to Peterson, no run, nearly squeezes that past the defence, Malinga fires in a full one on middle and leg, defended to the off side

45.6

Malinga to Peterson, no run, a low full toss just outside off, driven towards cover by Peterson

Damian: "SL were dead and buried 12 overs ago. Now they are in with a real chance. This is why cricket is such an awesome game."

End of over 46 (4 runs) South Africa 269/6 (RR: 5.84)
RJ Peterson    7* (18b)      SL Malinga    9-0-51-1
WD Parnell    11* (11b)      TM Dilshan    7-0-47-0

46.1

Dilshan to Parnell, no run, almost chipped back to the bowler

46.2

Dilshan to Parnell, SIX, at long last, South Africa find the boundary, the crowd finds it voice, Parnell charges down and lofts it over the bowler's head, clatters into the sightscreen

46.3

Dilshan to Parnell, 2 runs, works this behind point

46.4

Dilshan to Parnell, 1 run, works this towards wide long-on by Parnell

46.5

Dilshan to Peterson, FOUR, ambitious from Peterson, and it works, goes for the switch-hit, gets a bit of a top-edge but that flies over short third man and runs away for four, South Africa finally find their misplaced momentum

46.6

Dilshan to Peterson, no run

End of over 47 (13 runs) South Africa 282/6 (RR: 6.00)
RJ Peterson    11* (20b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    8-0-60-0
WD Parnell    20* (15b 1x6)      SL Malinga    9-0-51-1

47.1

Kulasekara to Parnell, no run, looks to power a length ball to the on side, inside-edged on to his pads

Keith Woodcock is a grammar nazi: "Not 48 less innings, 48 fewer innings."

47.2

Kulasekara to Parnell, 1 run, launches this over the bowler's head for a single

Mohit Shukla reminds me of this superb analysis from S Rajesh on ODI batting. Read

47.3

Kulasekara to Peterson, FOUR, another boundary, a muscular swat sends the ball flying to the midwicket boundary

47.4

Kulasekara to Peterson, 2 runs, full ball outside off, carved behind a diving point, fielder gets a touch on that to take the pace off

47.5

Kulasekara to Peterson, OUT, a wicket! Peterson thinks he's AB de Villiers here, trying some outrageous strokes, jumps across the stumps and guides the ball towards short fine leg, sets off for a single, Sri Lanka get a direct hit at last, Parnell is caught short by Tharanga's throw

WD Parnell run out 21 (28m 17b 0x4 1x6) SR: 123.52

Philander wants middle-stump guard

47.6

Kulasekara to Philander, no run, full ball heading for middle and leg, defended to the leg side

End of over 48 (7 runs) South Africa 289/7 (RR: 6.02)
VD Philander    0* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-36-1
RJ Peterson    17* (23b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    8-0-60-0

Gav: "South Africa aren't known for being able to stick to formulas." Hah!

48.1

Malinga to Peterson, no run, a high full toss outside off, was that too high? no the umpire is satisfied, slapped towards point

48.2

Malinga to Peterson, no run, a slower ball outside off, Peterson can't get bat on that

48.3

Malinga to Peterson, 1 run, short of length, on leg stump, clipped towards midwicket

Bonggo: ""Just one four since the 30th over. The old double-your-scare formula clearly not working here "

You did scare me with taht typo!"

48.4

Malinga to Philander, 1 run, worked towards midwicket for an easy single

Simon doesn't rate Dilshan's bowling: "If ever there was a reason to remove Dilshan from the cpataincy it's his insistence on bowling himself all the time. The guy averages over 40, is normally the most expensive spinner in the side and can't even be called a partnership breaker."

48.5

Malinga to Peterson, 1 run, worked down to long-on for a single, Malinga keeps it full and straight

Ankit: "Old double-your-"scare" formula?? I burst out laughing after reading that. There certainly ain't no doubling-your-scare if the scariness of AB's bat rests in the pavilion."

48.6

Malinga to Philander, 2 wides, way down the leg side, Sanga flies across but can't stop that

Since AB stats are in demand. Here's Arno: "Some sumptious stats: AB has 24 hundreds in all forms of the time, and 8 dismissals in the nineties. He only converts his nineties 67% of the time. He doesn't look like a nervous player, but the stats tell a different story."

48.6

Malinga to Peterson, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed towards cover, takes a single, Philander was relaxing after completing a single but Peterson spotted the chance for an overthrow and sprints through

End of over 49 (6 runs) South Africa 295/7 (RR: 6.02)
RJ Peterson    20* (28b 2x4)      SL Malinga    10-0-57-1
VD Philander    1* (2b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-0-36-1

49.1

Kulasekara to Peterson, 1 run, a length ball outside off, slapped towards Malinga at extra cover, drops well short of the fielder

49.2

Kulasekara to Philander, no run, gets the yorker in, driven towards mid-off

49.3

Kulasekara to Philander, no run, bottom-edged towards the keeper, no single there, Philander is sent back as he thinks about one, Sanga scores a direct hit, Philander is back but the third umpire is asked to confirm it, he does

49.4

Kulasekara to Philander, 1 run, full and well outside off, driven firmly towards long-off for a single, just two off the over so far

49.5

Kulasekara to Peterson, 2 runs, full and heading for off, Peterson always wanted two after driving the ball to long-off, the pressure was on Herath as the ball bounced towards him, he fumbles and two is taken

49.6

Kulasekara to Peterson, no run, full and wide, end of a good over from Kulasekara, Peterson can't get bat on that one, South Africa end on 299, one short of the highest score at this ground, but about 50 short of what they looked like getting an hour and a half ago

Robin Peterson: "We should have got 320-plus, they bowled really well, the track slowed down quite a bit towards the end. It was great to see Graeme and Alviro make a great start, it was good to see Graeme get some numbers behind him."

A good fightback then from Sri Lanka, after AB de Villiers stylishly took them apart in the first half of the innings. Graeme Smith finally got some one-day runs, earning some breathing space. Eyebrows were raised over the length of the South African tail and the decision to leave out Albie Morkel, but Peterson did a reasonable job towards the end.

Dilshan's tactics once again weren't the sharpest - bringing himself on late in the innings, when his specialist bowlers were doing a good job. The people he brought into the side performed fairly well though - Thisara Perera made some important breakthroughs, and debutant Sachithra Senanayake showed plenty of composure despite the early onslaught from AB.

300 too much for SL? Will the rain cause another shortened game? Join us in 30 minutes to find out. (6:40pm local, 4:40pm GMT )

Don and many others: "Sorry to be the maths police Arno; But…24 hundreds and 8 dismissals in the 90s for AB, means he got to the 90s 32 times. 24/32 is a 75% conversion rate."

End of over 50 (4 runs) South Africa 299/7
RJ Peterson    23* (31b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-0-40-1
VD Philander    2* (5b)      SL Malinga    10-0-57-1
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Jan 20, 2012

Thisara Perera was named Man of the Match, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Kimberley, January 20, 2012

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AB de Villiers congratulates Angelo Mathews on Sri Lanka's win

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