Sri Lanka in South Africa ODI Series - 5th ODI

South Africa v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

17.4

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, a length ball outside off, worked towards midwicket

17.5

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, gets the leading edge as he closes the face too early

17.6

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, spins in towards legstump, edged on to the pad and the ball runs towards short fine

South Africa 71/2   AB de Villiers 0* (3b)

18.2

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, de Villiers guides that towards third man for a single, he's off the mark

18.4

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, keeps it close to off, de Villiers stays in the crease and works it behind square leg for a single

18.6

Perera to de Villiers, 2 runs, de Villiers shows his class early on, a big stride forward before unleashing an eye-catching cover drive, the timing was spot-on, sends the ball through the in-field but not past an alert Thirimanne on the boundary

South Africa 78/2   AB de Villiers 4* (6b)

20.1

Herath to de Villiers, no run, Herath begins with a length ball that is pushed towards extra cover

20.2

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, flatter and outside off, poked towards point

20.4

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, fuller ball on middle and leg, pushed to the right of the bowler

South Africa 83/2   AB de Villiers 6* (9b)

21.1

Kulasekara to de Villiers, no run, a length ball is punched towards mid-off, the bottom hand comes off the bat as de Villiers plays that

21.2

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, 'yes, yes, yes, yes,' is the early call after de Villiers glides the ball towards short third man

South Africa 84/2   AB de Villiers 7* (11b)

22.1

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed towards extra cover for a single, de Villiers continues to look completely at ease, as he has most of this series

22.4

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, outside off, AB sways backwards to make more room, coaxes it towards point

22.6

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, a shot which AB played so well in the previous game, the drive through extra cover, Malinga has to sprint to his right in the deep to field that

South Africa 89/2   AB de Villiers 10* (14b)

23.1

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, waits for the ball outside off, uses its pace to guide it to third man

23.6

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, once more de Villiers helps the ball along to third man for one, that's a shot both he and Amla uses very well in one-dayers

South Africa 98/2   AB de Villiers 12* (16b)

24.1

Herath to de Villiers, 2 runs, length ball just outside off, driven towards cover to bring up the South African 100

24.2

Herath to de Villiers, no run, full ball is punched towards the bowler

24.3

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball heading for leg stump, de Villiers drives it towards long-off for a single

24.5

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball is punched to long-on for one more, no risk cricket this from South Africa, still keeps the runs flowing

South Africa 103/2   AB de Villiers 16* (20b)

25.1

Dilshan to de Villiers, SIX, you can't keep de Villiers quiet when he's in this form, there's his first big hit of the day, charges down to Dilshan and slams it over midwicket for a huge six

25.2

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, collects the single now by working the ball to deep square leg

25.6

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, nine off the over as AB helps the final ball towards short fine leg

South Africa 112/2   AB de Villiers 24* (23b 1x6)

26.1

Herath to de Villiers, no run, defended to the leg side by AB

26.2

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

26.4

Herath to de Villiers, no run, pushed towards extra cover

26.5

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, full and on the pads, punched towards long-on for a single

South Africa 115/2   AB de Villiers 26* (27b 1x6)

27.2

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, a bit of an edge sends the ball towards midwicket

27.3

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

27.4

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, Senanayake flights it once more, spins in a touch, worked towards mid-on for a single

South Africa 118/2   AB de Villiers 27* (30b 1x6)

28.2

Herath to de Villiers, no run, full ball is punched towards the bowler, a misfield but the ball doesn't dribble far enough to allow a single

28.3

Herath to de Villiers, no run, de Villiers slowing down a touch here, gets a leading edge towards the off side as he looks to drive it to the leg side

28.4

Herath to de Villiers, 2 wides, down the leg side, de Villiers attempts a flamboyant vertical sweep of sorts, he misses, Sanga can't collect

South Africa 130/2   AB de Villiers 27* (32b 1x6)

29.5

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run

29.6

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, pushed towards long-off for a single to end the over

South Africa 133/2   AB de Villiers 28* (34b 1x6)

30.1

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, full and on leg stump, de Villiers plays it inside out towards cover

30.3

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, an inside-edge as de Villiers looks to drive that through the off, the ball rolls towards mid-on

South Africa 136/2   AB de Villiers 30* (36b 1x6)

31.1

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, a length ball, de Villiers mistimes a drive to mid-on

31.2

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers glides this one towards third man for one more

31.5

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 wide, a bouncer just outside off, too high from Malinga

31.5

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, slower offcutter, dropped towards cover for a single

South Africa 146/2   AB de Villiers 32* (39b 1x6)

32.2

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, full and wide, thumped towards sweeper cover off the front foot

32.5

Kulasekara to de Villiers, FOUR, outrageous shot from de Villiers, that was wide of off stump, fullish slow ball, de Villiers gets his front leg across before bending and dinking the ball over his shoulder and towards fine leg, not quite the Dilscoop but not a conventional stroke either

32.6

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, initially looked to repeat the stroke before changing his mind and dropping the ball towards cover

South Africa 155/2   AB de Villiers 38* (42b 1x4 1x6)

33.1

Malinga to de Villiers, FOUR, slow bouncer on leg stump from Malinga, good delivery that but even better by AB, he was taken by surprise by the lack of pace on it, but then he waited for the ball and pulled it behind square leg for four, didn't try to power that one, just guided it

33.2

Malinga to de Villiers, FOUR, four more, de Villiers skips beyond leg like Smith has so often today, makes the room to a fullish ball just outside off, drives that through extra cover for four

33.3

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, this is turning out to be a superb contest, AB again moves beyond leg, Malinga fires it wider outside off, not so far away from the stumps to be called a wide but far enough to evade de Villiers

33.4

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, played with soft hands towards point for a single

South Africa 164/2   AB de Villiers 47* (46b 3x4 1x6)

34.1

Kulasekara to de Villiers, FOUR, de Villiers falls over as he plays that but still gets enough power behind it to get a boundary, it was wide outside off stump, full ball, de Villiers had a long way to reach across, he thumps it past extra cover to being up yet another half-century

34.2

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, doesn't time this too well, thrashes it towards sweeper cover

34.6

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, a wide full toss, de Villiers flays it towards third man, thick outside edge that

South Africa 177/2   AB de Villiers 53* (49b 4x4 1x6)

35.1

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, Senanayake bowls the final over of the Powerplay, reverse-sweep towards point

35.3

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, Sanga was convinced that was lbw, the bowler hardly appealed, seemed to be too high, that one spun in from outside off, struck AB in front of middle

35.5

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, charges down and tries to hammer it over the leg side, misses an struck on the pads

35.6

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, works it to square leg for a single, that's a good over from Senanayake

South Africa 182/2   AB de Villiers 55* (53b 4x4 1x6)

36.1

Herath to de Villiers, no run, length ball angling down leg, strikes the pads, stifled lbw appeal

36.2

Herath to de Villiers, no run, gets on one knee and looks to flamboyantly whip that over midwicket, misses

36.3

Herath to de Villiers, no run, defended towards point off the front foot

36.4

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, a full ball outside off, de Villiers goes for the reverse-sweep, risky strategy that, thin edge past the keeper

South Africa 183/2   AB de Villiers 56* (57b 4x4 1x6)

37.1

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run

37.3

Senanayake to de Villiers, no run, SA losing a bit of momentum here, de Villiers defends this towards the bowler

37.4

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, short and wide, slapped off the back foot behind point

South Africa 186/2   AB de Villiers 58* (60b 4x4 1x6)

38.1

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, driven firmly towards sweeper cover, through the legs of short cover

38.4

Herath to de Villiers, FOUR, stunning from AB, not too far from off stump that ball, an arm ball, de Villiers makes room and stylishly dispatches that behind point, timing + placement

38.5

Herath to de Villiers, no run

38.6

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, punched towards long-off for a single

South Africa 199/2   AB de Villiers 64* (64b 5x4 1x6)

39.1

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball just outside off, defended to the off side for a single that brings up South Africa's 200

South Africa 200/2   AB de Villiers 65* (65b 5x4 1x6)

40.2

Herath to de Villiers, no run, attempts an inventive reverse-sweep, a powerful one, can't connect though

40.3

Herath to de Villiers, 2 runs, full ball just outside leg, de villiers makes room and manages to time that perfectly towards deep extra cover

40.4

Herath to de Villiers, no run, goes for the big sweep, inside-edges on to the front pad

40.5

Herath to de Villiers, 2 runs, pitched up and that is driven off the front foot, through covers for two

40.6

Herath to de Villiers, FOUR, more innovation from Smith, a vertical sweep from de Villiers, sends the ball racing past short fine leg for four

South Africa 212/2   AB de Villiers 73* (70b 6x4 1x6)

41.2

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run, de Villiers has been looking to reverse-sweep the ball powerfully over backward point several times now, again it doesn't come off, an edge towards cover

South Africa 214/2   AB de Villiers 74* (71b 6x4 1x6)

42.1

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, full and wide, de Villiers guides that towards sweeper cover for a single

42.3

Perera to de Villiers, FOUR, goes for the back of the hand slower ball, ends up as a high full toss, thanks a lot say AB as he murders that behind square leg for four

42.4

Perera to de Villiers, FOUR, Perera having trouble landing the ball here, de Villiers having no trouble sending it to the boundary, it was another high full toss, de Villiers thumps that wide of extra cover for four more, timing and placement there

42.5

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, thrashes this full ball towards long-on, only a single this time

South Africa 237/2   AB de Villiers 84* (75b 8x4 1x6)

43.2

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 leg bye, looks to paddle this one, can't connect well, off the bat and on to the pads, then towards square leg

South Africa 240/2   AB de Villiers 84* (76b 8x4 1x6)

44.1

Kulasekara to de Villiers, no run, dropped that was pretty poor from Dilshan, a length ball is struck by AB to extra cover, Dilshan didn't have to move, around shoulder height as well, likely to prove costly that

44.2

Kulasekara to de Villiers, no run, slapped firmly to point by de Villiers

44.3

Kulasekara to de Villiers, no run, third dot ball in a row, a slower full ball outside off, de Villiers looks to swipe that to midwicket but misses

44.4

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 2 runs, outrageous batting from de Villiers, falls over as he attempts a paddle, that was slow and full and at least two feet outside off stump, de Villiers bends and the nhas to wait for the ball to arrive, somehow manages to get it down to fine leg

44.5

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 2 runs, no trouble with the timing or amount of contact on that one, thrashed down the ground, long-on does well to stop that

44.6

Kulasekara to de Villiers, FOUR, long-on can do nothing to stop this one though, a poor delivery to end a what had been good over, a hit-me full toss, AB hits it, clobbers it towards the sightscreen for four, and he's into his nineties

South Africa 256/2   AB de Villiers 92* (82b 9x4 1x6)

45.3

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, a low full toss outside off, helped towards long-on for a single

45.6

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, slower ball from Malinga, keeps it full and on off stump, worked towards square leg for a single

South Africa 264/3   AB de Villiers 94* (84b 9x4 1x6)

46.1

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, swings a short of length ball towards square leg for a single

46.4

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, AB looks to thrash it through the off side, not timed too well, the ball rolls towards cover

46.6

Kulasekara to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length ball is scythed over cover for a single, he moves on to 97, end of a good spell from Kula

South Africa 269/3   AB de Villiers 97* (87b 9x4 1x6)

47.1

Malinga to de Villiers, SIX, smash! sensational way to bring up your hundred, take a bow AB! his 12th ODI century, Malinga is one of the finest limited-overs bowlers around, de villiers doesn't care, slams that over midwicket, a clean strike sends that into the crowd

47.2

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run

47.5

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, a full ball is thumped back towards Malinga, who does well to get a hand on it, fields well but then concedes an overthrow as he attempts to fling down the stumps at the bowler's end

South Africa 282/3   AB de Villiers 105* (90b 9x4 2x6)

48.1

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, Perera begins with a low full toss outside off, slapped towards midwicket

48.3

Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, another low full toss, wider outside off, thrashed towards long-off for one more

48.5

Perera to de Villiers, SIX, utterly stunning batting from AB, he's hardly on the pitch when he plays this shot, it was full and several feet outside off, AB has somehow managed to get even wider than that delivery and then scoops it for six over fine leg, toying with the bowling here, falls over as he plays that but he still connects well enough, awesome!

48.6

Perera to de Villiers, SIX, and just to show that it was no fluke, he does it again! can't blame the bowler when he comes up against batting like this, South Africa's 300 is up

South Africa 301/4   AB de Villiers 119* (94b 9x4 4x6)

49.3

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, full and outside off, AB looks to thrash that over long-on, can't connect

49.4

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, another dot ball, full and outside off, AB was skipping beyond leg, can't reach it

49.5

Malinga to de Villiers, 2 runs, yorker outside off, forces it just past the bowler and down to long-on, Duminy always wanted two, pushes AB for the second

49.6

Malinga to de Villiers, FOUR, a huge cheer as the final ball goes for four, AB shows he can do it against Malinga as well, full and outside off, once more AB journeys almost to the edge of the pitch and then dinks the ball to fine leg

South Africa 312/4   AB de Villiers 125* (98b 10x4 4x6)
Series Results
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Johannesburg - Jan 22, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Kimberley - Jan 20, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Bloemfontein - Jan 17, 2012
South Africa won by 4 runs (D/L method)
South Africa v Sri Lanka at East London - Jan 14, 2012
South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
South Africa v Sri Lanka at Paarl - Jan 11, 2012
South Africa won by 258 runs
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Jan 22, 2012

South Africa celebrate with the series' trophy, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Johannesburg, January 22, 2012

South Africa celebrate with the series' trophy

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Jan 22, 2012

Sachithra Senanayake hit the six that won Sri Lanka the match, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Johannesburg, January 22, 2012

Sachithra Senanayake hit the six that won Sri Lanka the match

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