Sri Lanka in South Africa ODI Series - 5th ODI

South Africa v Sri Lanka

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

9.55am Right, the national anthems have just been sung, we're set to start. Sri Lanka in a huddle as they wait for the batsmen to walk out.

Smith comes out, arms windmilling and practising a straight drive. Petersen does a few stretches as he walks to the middle.

Kulasekara to bowl.

9.40am Looking back on the home season that is winding down for South Africa, has it been a satisfactory one? One Test series won, and one shared. One ODI series won, and one lost. Philander was the big plus, but the keeper debate dogs them still, and questions over the lower-middle order persist in the ODI side.

"Why are South Africa keeping Johan Botha out of the team? Is he injured? I have never seen such a canny cricketer before , I think I would have played him before Robbie P," asks Capefox. I'm surprised as well. Only four wickets in four games for Peterson this series, and Botha is certainly the better batsman. Plus, he has the cool head that South Africa seemed to be lacking when Perera went on the rampage in Kimberley.

Gareth: "I wouldn't bother with Botha or Peterson. Tahir has an astounding OD record, and he showed why in the world cup. His variations are better than the other two, and they should give the spinner's spot to the better bowler, not who can better swing the wilow." South Africa worried over length of their tail perhaps?

9.30am Toss Dilshan says 'heads', and it is 'heads'. Sri Lanka choose to bowl. No changes in the XI.

AB says he wanted to bowl first as well. One change - Albie Morkel comes in for Vernon Philander.

It's a bit cloudy, though there are patches of blue visible as well, so no worry of rain yet.

It's a very flat track, as you'd expect at Johannesburg, so expect plenty of runs. HD Ackerman says South Africa need to make around 320 to feel safe. If there's going to be any help for the bowlers, it will be in the first hour.

9.15am Hello there, the final match of the South African home summer coming up. Will it also be Dilshan's last as captain? Abhishek Purohit ponders the question in his preview to this game.

Another 15 minutes to go for the toss. There's rain forecast for the day, but let's hope that like at Kimberley we manage to get an uninterrupted game.

0.1

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, starts with a back of length ball angling across, Smith lets it through to the keeper

Two slips in place

0.2

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, wider outside off, Smith shoulders arms

0.3

Kulasekara to Smith, 2 runs, length ball on off stump, nudged behind square leg to get Smith and South Africa's first runs of the day

0.4

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, loud appeal for lbw, turned down, Sri Lanka ponder whether to go for the review, they wisely decide against it as that ball pitched well outside leg stump

Murray: "@Gareth, ODI's are not all about variations and taking wickets. Botha is very economical and consistent. For me, even if Botha couldn't bat, I would still pick him ahead of Tahir in ODI's and T20."

0.5

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, snakes away a bit outside off, off the inside-half of the bat, the ball rolls to the leg side when Smith wanted to direct it towards off

0.6

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, pitched up, blocked back towards the bowler

End of over 1 (2 runs) South Africa 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
GC Smith    2* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0
AN Petersen    0* (0b)     

Lasith Malinga from the Golf Course End.

1.1

Malinga to Petersen, no run, length ball on middle and leg, defended to the leg side by Petersen

Two slips for Petersen as well

1.2

Malinga to Petersen, no run, short of length ball, on middle stump, tucked to square leg

1.3

Malinga to Petersen, no run, beaten outside off, Petersen is sucked towards that short of ball pitching outside off, tentative

1.4

Malinga to Petersen, 1 run, Petersen's off the mark by guiding the ball towards deep backward point

1.5

Malinga to Smith, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended by Smith towards cover

Only one slip for Smith. A short midwicket is the other catcher

1.6

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, no yorkers or bouncers all over from Malinga, keeps it on a length just outside off, worked behind square leg

End of over 2 (2 runs) South Africa 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
GC Smith    3* (8b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-0
AN Petersen    1* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, keeps it around off, Smith content to block it back to the bowler

2.2

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, slanting across the batsman outside off, Smith shoulders arms

2.3

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, short of length ball just outside off, Smith gets behind the line and defends it to the leg side

2.4

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, a massive gap between bat and pad as Smtih looks to drive, a regulation delivery pitching outside off and angling across, Smith looked to punch that through the off, the ball goes through between bat and pad

2.5

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, outside the off stump, Smith is happy to leave

2.6

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, a maiden for Kulasekara, this didn't bounce much after pitching well outside off, a fuller delivery which Smith allowed through to the keeper

End of over 3 (maiden) South Africa 4/0 (RR: 1.33)
GC Smith    3* (14b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-2-0
AN Petersen    1* (4b)      SL Malinga    1-0-2-0

3.1

Malinga to Petersen, FOUR, gorgeous front-foot drive from Petersen, on-the-up, the ball was moving away a hint, Petersen strides forward and punches it through extra cover

3.2

Malinga to Petersen, 1 run, a touch fuller, on the pads this time, clipped to square leg for a single

3.3

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, shortish ball on leg stump, Smith works it towards square leg for one more

3.4

Malinga to Petersen, OUT, Malinga gets the breakthrough, short of length ball, Petersen decides to play that off the front foot, the ball moves away a hint, Petersen pokes at it, the outside edge results, a good low catch by Mathews at first slip

AN Petersen c Mathews b Malinga 6 (16m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

GK: "ODI bowling isn't about variations and taking wickets? Saeed Ajmal and any quick who's bowled a slower ball would beg to differ. ODI bolwing is about putting pressure on your opponants and their run rate. What better way to do that than keep them guessing and ripping through their batting line up?"

Another experiment in South Africa's batting. This time Faf du Plessis is sent in at No. 3.

3.5

Malinga to du Plessis, 1 run, a full ball on the pads, squeezed towards square leg

3.6

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, short of length ball on middle stump, clipped towards deep backward square leg for a single

End of over 4 (8 runs) South Africa 12/1 (RR: 3.00)
GC Smith    5* (16b)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-1
F du Plessis    1* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-2-0

It's a sell-out at the Wanderers, but the stadium looks only about half-full this Sunday morning.

4.1

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, outside off and Smith allows it through to the keeper once more

4.2

Kulasekara to Smith, 1 run, punched towards mid-off, fielder dives to try stop that, but can't collect it cleanly, a sharp single is taken after some confusion whether to go for the run or not

4.3

Kulasekara to du Plessis, 1 run, full and on the pads, easy job helping it behind square leg

4.4

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, pitched up by Kulasekara, punched back towards the bowler

Gunjan: "Didn't realise that both the opening bowlers have played almost identical number of matches, i.e 103 & 104. I thought Malinga must have played a lot more." I did too, but I suppose the many injuries for Malinga have restricted his appearances.

4.5

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, length ball just outside off, defended towards the bowler

4.6

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, another tidy over from Kulasekara, this was outside off, Smith jumps across and defends towards the bowler once more

End of over 5 (2 runs) South Africa 14/1 (RR: 2.80)
GC Smith    6* (21b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-4-0
F du Plessis    2* (2b)      SL Malinga    2-0-10-1

5.1

Malinga to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis is nonplussed by that one, short of length ball just outside off, not too much movement but du Plessis was still surprised by that one, looked to defend and is beaten

5.2

Malinga to du Plessis, no run, solidly defended towards cover this time

5.3

Malinga to du Plessis, 1 run, does du Plessis get a taste of his own medicine there? he pushes the ball towards midwicket and sets off for a very tight single, Lahiru Thirimanne is on to it quickly, diving to stop it and there's no delay in releasing the ball, a direct hit but du Plessis has made his ground by a couple of inches

5.4

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, steered off the back foot towards backward point

5.5

Malinga to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, guided to backward point once more, a loud call of 'Wait' and then 'No' as the batsmen decide there's no single

5.6

Malinga to du Plessis, no run, shorter this time, again no room outside off, pushed towards cover off the back foot

"Malinga's frequent injuries are clearly related to his bowling action. I used to copy him in my action and within a short time, I had to be hospitalized once with spinal injury. I feel sad for Malinga" Did you manage to be accurate, Eusha?

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa 16/1 (RR: 2.66)
F du Plessis    3* (7b)      SL Malinga    3-0-12-1
GC Smith    7* (22b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-4-0

6.1

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, Kula also probing just outside off, his natural angle takes the ball away from the left-hander, defended by Smith

6.2

Kulasekara to Smith, FOUR, Smith gets his first boundary, there was a leg gully in place but Smith manages ot get it past him, he edged that between his legs and bisected the leg gully and the keeper to get a boundary

6.3

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, defended to point

6.4

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, length ball just outside off, defended back towards the bowler

6.5

Kulasekara to Smith, FOUR, a muscular swat from Smith, charging down the track, moving away from leg stump to get some room to swing the arms, drills that short of length ball to the long-on boundary

6.6

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, defends the last ball of the over to the bowler

End of over 7 (8 runs) South Africa 24/1 (RR: 3.42)
GC Smith    15* (28b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-12-0
F du Plessis    3* (7b)      SL Malinga    3-0-12-1

Gareth: "I copied Malinga's action once, too. My delivery was caught at gully. From memory it was signalled as a wide." Angelo to have a bowl

7.1

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, pushes a gentle length ball towards point

7.2

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, walks across and outside the off stump, but gets too close to the line, tries to dab it away but there is point and a slip around

7.3

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, can't get the single again, dabs it towards slip

7.4

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, this time Angelo puts in some more effort in to the delivery, gets it to bounce and move away from back of a length, Faf has a flail and misses

7.5

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, he is not finding Angelo's deliveries gentle at all, this time he tries to run this length ball towards third man, but is beaten

7.6

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, point comes into play again as Faf pushes tentatively towards him, he's putting pressure on himself

End of over 8 (maiden) South Africa 24/1 (RR: 3.00)
F du Plessis    3* (13b)      AD Mathews    1-1-0-0
GC Smith    15* (28b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-12-0

Shahid: "Malinga has been bowling with that action since he was very young. He used to play a lot of soft ball cricket (with a tennis ball) and the only way to be a successful bowler in that format is to bowl fast and on the legs. It comes to him naturally, even then he is injury prone. You will find a lot of boys in SL bowling with such an action, but not many are as successful."

8.1

Kulasekara to Smith, 1 run, drops this one close to the pitch on the off side, Kula cannot get there in time, mid off runs in and picks it up, the batsmen have completed the run by then

8.2

Kulasekara to du Plessis, no run, moves forward, opens the face, and finds point again, not that he was looking to do much with the delivery anyway

8.3

Kulasekara to du Plessis, no run, advances down the track but only ends up pushing this pitched up ball to extra cover

8.4

Kulasekara to du Plessis, no run, cannot work with the incoming angle for runs on the leg side, gets himself into some tangle as he gets outside the crease, this is becoming a struggle for Faf

Sanga is standing up now

8.5

Kulasekara to du Plessis, no run, he cannot step out now, is caught in the crease to one that nips back in, was going down leg

8.6

Kulasekara to du Plessis, no run, thwacked straight to mid on, finding no timing or footwork at the moment

End of over 9 (1 run) South Africa 25/1 (RR: 2.77)
F du Plessis    3* (18b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-13-0
GC Smith    16* (29b 2x4)      AD Mathews    1-1-0-0

9.1

Mathews to Smith, 1 wide, slanted too far wide across the left-hander

9.1

Mathews to Smith, FOUR, Smith finds some runs for South Africa, charges out, and lifts Angelo over extra cover

Eusha: "Well, I was never a Malinga with my accuracy but the action itself used to get me plenty of wickets but that probably has something to do with the fact that I used to bowl to batsmen of the Chris Martin and Walsh types all the time (had no better people to play with)." Be fortunate that you rubbed shoulders with the He Who Walks-types

9.2

Mathews to Smith, no run, he is already standing outside leg before the ball is bowled, but mishits the stroke to shortish point

9.3

Mathews to Smith, no run, mistimed completely, now he is quite close to the line as he looks to guide it square

9.4

Mathews to Smith, 1 run, widish ball, and Smith connects, but a superb dive by point to his left saves the boundary

9.5

Mathews to du Plessis, 2 runs, Faf gets one away finally, not exactly off the middle of the bat as he charges down and looks to lift it over mid off, the bat turns in his hands and the ball goes high in the air and plonks down ultimately some feet inside the extra cover rope

9.6

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, this one takes off from a length and surprises Faf who was motioning forward, he fends it away awkwardly, looking unconvincing, extremely

End of over 10 (8 runs) South Africa 33/1 (RR: 3.30)
F du Plessis    5* (20b)      AD Mathews    2-1-8-0
GC Smith    21* (33b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-1-13-0

10.1

Perera to Smith, 1 run, short ball is pulled towards midwicket for a single

10.2

Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, works this towards midwicket from outside off

10.3

Perera to Smith, no run, short of length ball just outside off, defended off the front foot to the bowler

10.4

Perera to Smith, no run, short of length ball outside off, looks to slap it past point, bottom-edge and the ball rolls to the off side

10.5

Perera to Smith, 1 run, an adventurous shot from Smith, skates down the track and looks to club it over the off side, top edge towards third man

Murray replies:"I said it wasn't ONLY about variations and taking wickets. Tahir was often bowling a bad ball per over in the test series. He would be a good bowler for the sub-continent (like he showed at the world cup) but not in south africa as much."

10.6

Perera to du Plessis, 1 wide, grunts as he lets that delivery rip, too wide outside off

10.6

Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, outside off once more, but not as wide, du Plessis shuffles across and flicks it towards midwicket

"I copied Malinga's action once, too. My deliver was caught at gully. From memory it was signalled as a wide." Gareth has a sharp memory

End of over 11 (5 runs) South Africa 38/1 (RR: 3.45)
F du Plessis    7* (22b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-5-0
GC Smith    23* (37b 3x4)      AD Mathews    2-1-8-0

11.1

Mathews to du Plessis, 1 wide, a bouncer from Mathews, called a wide

11.1

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, du Plessis looks to work that to the leg side, edges it almost all the way to the bowler, Mathews dives forward but the ball lands short of him

11.2

Mathews to du Plessis, 1 run, clipped behind square leg for a single this time

11.3

Mathews to Smith, no run, short of length and outside off, Smith looks to slap that to point, not too well timed

11.4

Mathews to Smith, 2 runs, Smith survives, attempts another power-packed swat, no foot work at all as he looks to hammer a ball way outside off, edges it, it flies high over the bowler's head and lands between long-on and long-off

11.5

Mathews to Smith, no run, stays in the crease and pokes this towards point

11.6

Mathews to Smith, FOUR, another heave, again not perfect, gets him a boundary nonetheless, the timing was completely off on that as Smith looked to slug a shortish ball from outside off to midwicket, enough brute force on that to send it to the rope

End of over 12 (8 runs) South Africa 46/1 (RR: 3.83)
GC Smith    29* (41b 4x4)      AD Mathews    3-1-16-0
F du Plessis    8* (24b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-5-0

12.1

Perera to du Plessis, no run, a confident on-the-up drive off the front foot, punched towards extra cover but the placement isn't great

12.2

Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, well outside off, du Plessis throws his bat at the one, sends the ball scurrying towards deep point

12.3

Perera to Smith, 1 run, length ball just outside off, Smith taps the ball between midwicket and mid-on and scampers a single

12.4

Perera to du Plessis, 1 wide, too wide of the off stump

12.4

Perera to du Plessis, 2 runs, a bit of width this time, cracked behind point by du Plessis, Lahiru Thirmanne has fielded well today, he had plenty of ground to cover before cutting that off near the rope, South Africa's 50 comes up

12.5

Perera to du Plessis, 2 runs, firmly punched to the right of the bowler, Perera gets a hand on it to take the pace off, still time to take two as the ball rolls past mid-on

12.6

Perera to du Plessis, FOUR, outside off and that is slammed past sweeper cover for four by du Plessis, getting a move on now after his slow start

End of over 13 (11 runs) South Africa 57/1 (RR: 4.38)
F du Plessis    17* (29b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-16-0
GC Smith    30* (42b 4x4)      AD Mathews    3-1-16-0

Senanayake to bowl, first over of spin

13.1

Senanayake to Smith, no run, defended towards the bowler first up

13.2

Senanayake to Smith, no run, Smith jumps beyond leg even before the bowler releases the ball, has done that a few times today, looks to carve the ball through cover, bottom edge, and the ball dribbles to the off side

13.3

Senanayake to Smith, no run, carefully defended down the track

13.4

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, swept towards deep backward square leg

13.5

Senanayake to du Plessis, no run, driven towards midwicket by du Plessis

13.6

Senanayake to du Plessis, no run, a hint of turn there for Senanayake, du Plessis works the ball towards midwicket, wants one but is sent back by Smith

End of over 14 (1 run) South Africa 58/1 (RR: 4.14)
F du Plessis    17* (31b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-1-0
GC Smith    31* (46b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-16-0

Dilshan is on now, spin from both ends. Round the wicket

14.1

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, full ball on middle and off, pushed towards mid-on for a single

14.2

Dilshan to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball on the pads, played with soft hand towards square leg, that's the 50 stand between Smith and Faf

14.3

Dilshan to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, Smith leans across and defends it to the off side

14.4

Dilshan to Smith, no run, just a but of width, chopped towards backward point

14.5

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, pitched up and just outside off, eased towards long-off for a single

14.6

Dilshan to du Plessis, no run, defended to the leg side to end the over

Drinks

Heshan has more on Malinga's action: "If you bowl with a high arm action on beaches and river banks, then the ball sits up and is easily hit to all corners. You will find lots of kids in SL who play in these areas wit that kind of action.

In Colombo and Kandy, where the kids play on the tarred roads, you will see kids with the more conventional high-arm action."

GavRoss:"As long as there are sides like Sri Lanka and New Zealand who are masters at taking the pace off the ball, I cant see South Africa winning a World Cup. We really struggle to adapt, Kallis and de Villiers aside."

Ryan touches on a theme much discussed in this series: "Dear lord Dilshan must be the most over-bowled part-timer in world cricket! with 5 bowlers already used and Herath waiting, what is he thinking?"

End of over 15 (3 runs) South Africa 61/1 (RR: 4.06)
F du Plessis    18* (33b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-3-0
GC Smith    33* (50b 4x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-1-0

Bowling Powerplay. Senanayake bowled during this phase on debut as well. Deep midwicket, deep square leg and long-on in place. Round the wicket

15.1

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, Smith tucks the first ball towards midwicket for a single

Over the wicket to the right-hander

15.2

Senanayake to du Plessis, no run, spins in from a length, worked to square leg

15.3

Senanayake to du Plessis, 1 run, uses his wrists to steer the ball wide of backward square leg and gets a single

15.4

Senanayake to Smith, 2 runs, Smith looks to paddle this time, takes it from just outside off, places it fine past the keeper, doesn't try to hit that too hard

15.5

Senanayake to Smith, no run, looks to repeat the shot this time but he misses and is struck on the arm, a mild appeal for lbw

15.6

Senanayake to Smith, no run, defended towards midwicket to end the over

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africa 65/1 (RR: 4.06)
GC Smith    36* (54b 4x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-5-0
F du Plessis    19* (35b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-3-0

16.1

Perera to du Plessis, FOUR, lovely hit from du Plessis, charges down the track and launches that length ball over long-off, crisply struck for four

16.2

Perera to du Plessis, no run, a low full toss, punched towards mid-off by du Plessis

16.3

Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, too wide from Perera, slapped towards sweeper cover by du Plessis

16.4

Perera to Smith, no run, once again Smith skips beyond leg stump early, Perera follows him and Smith can't get that away as he is cramped for room

16.5

Perera to Smith, no run, full and down the leg side, thought that was a wide but the umpire hasn't signalled it, perhaps it brushed the pad

16.6

Perera to Smith, no run, short of length ball just outside off, jabbed towards point to end the over

If you like stats, Tony has them: "Graeme Smith is the 3rd South African, and the 40th ODI player, to score 6500 or more ODI runs in a career."

End of over 17 (5 runs) South Africa 70/1 (RR: 4.11)
GC Smith    36* (57b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-21-0
F du Plessis    24* (38b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-5-0

17.1

Senanayake to du Plessis, OUT, Senanayake takes his first wicket in ODIs, du Plessis again shuffles down the track, lofts the ball towards long-on, taking the fielder on, he fails to clear him, not enough power to clear Mathews, who calmly collects that after initially moving the wrong way, that's his second catch of the game, that struck the inside-half of du Plessis' bat

F du Plessis c Mathews b Senanayake 24 (66m 39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

AB de Villiers is the new batsman, he was sublime at Kimberley

17.2

Senanayake to Smith, no run, defended from the crease to the leg side

17.3

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, works this wide of midwicket this time

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

Souwesterly: "Is this scoring rate not a bit slow? In the last test SA had scored 97 for 1 after 17 overs...what's changed?" The early exit of Petersen, followed by du Plessis coming ahead of AB at No. 3. And Sri Lanka have kept it tight as well.

End of over 18 (1 run) South Africa 71/2 (RR: 3.94)
AB de Villiers    0* (3b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-6-1
GC Smith    37* (59b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-21-0

18.1

Perera to Smith, 1 run, tucks it to deep square leg for a single

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

18.3

Perera to Smith, 1 run, short of length once more, just outside off, defended towards point and Smith calls early for a single

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

18.5

Perera to Smith, 1 run, on the pads this time, Smith shuffles across and tucks the ball towards square leg, that's the fifth single of the over

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

End of over 19 (7 runs) South Africa 78/2 (RR: 4.10)
AB de Villiers    4* (6b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-28-0
GC Smith    40* (62b 4x4)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-6-1

Malinga returns, final over of the Powerplay

19.1

Malinga to Smith, no run, cuts away after pitching outside off, Smith taps the ball towards backward point, a diving stop there by Senanayake

19.2

Malinga to Smith, no run, stifled lbw appeal, that one comes in a touch, Smith doesn't bother with foot work as he looks to play that, inside-edges it on to his pads

19.3

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs, shorter this time from Malinga, Smith loves the pull shot, plays it effectively this time, Chandimal gets across quickly to stop that from reaching the rope, Sri Lanka's fielding has been very good today

19.4

Malinga to Smith, no run, well outside off, Smith guides the ball towards short cover

19.5

Malinga to Smith, no run, just a bit of width, Smith stays rooted to the crease as he looks to play it fine past short third man,can't beat the fielder

19.6

Malinga to Smith, no run, full and hurting in towards off stump, pushed back towards the bowler, just two off that Powerplay over

End of over 20 (2 runs) South Africa 80/2 (RR: 4.00)
GC Smith    42* (68b 4x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-14-1
AB de Villiers    4* (6b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-28-0

20.1

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

For those of you asking, here's a list of highest South African run-getters in ODIs. Smith is the fourth to get to 6500 runs.

20.2

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

20.3

Herath to Smith, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, no turn for Herath, placed towards midwicket for a single

20.4

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

20.5

Herath to Smith, no run, worked towards square leg, no single this time

20.6

Herath to Smith, no run, an appeal for a stumping, third umpire is called, Smith wanted to sweep that from well outside off, it was quite full, Smith's back foot was quite close to the crease but he never dragged it out of the crease, he's safe

End of over 21 (3 runs) South Africa 83/2 (RR: 3.95)
GC Smith    43* (71b 4x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0
AB de Villiers    6* (9b)      SL Malinga    4-0-14-1

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

21.3

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, fuller on the pads, clipped to midwicket, straight at the fielder

21.4

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, short of length ball on the pads, Smith wanted to help that towards square leg, the ball takes the edge and rolls towards point

21.5

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, length ball heading for off, studiously defended back towards the bowler, nothing fancy from Kula here, but managing to keep things quiet

21.6

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, pitched up and outside off, punched towards midwicket, can't place it wide enough to get a single

Punit: "Why is AB's stats wrong in the list Sid? Look at it, it's only got AB's stats till his 119th match. Infact it should be 124th!" I think the difference is because the link I posted doesn't include the games he played for Africa XI some years ago. Only his SA games.

End of over 22 (1 run) South Africa 84/2 (RR: 3.81)
GC Smith    43* (75b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-14-0
AB de Villiers    7* (11b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0

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

22.2

Herath to Smith, no run, Smith was looking to charge down initially, Herath bowls the delivery that leaves the left-hander, too wide for Smith, who has to retreat back to his crease

22.3

Herath to Smith, 1 run, flatter and full, slammed towards midwicket by Smith for a single

22.4

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

22.5

Herath to Smith, 1 run, another easy single, this time to midwicket

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

End of over 23 (5 runs) South Africa 89/2 (RR: 3.86)
AB de Villiers    10* (14b)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-8-0
GC Smith    45* (78b 4x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-1-14-0

Perera returns as Dilshan continues to shuffle the bowling

23.1

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

DT: "ugh.. dont remind us of those ridiculous Asia XI v Africa XI "OFFICIAL" ODIs!" Apologies, how they can be deemed official matches is beyond me.

23.2

Perera to Smith, 2 runs, length ball, Smith skates down the track and looks to muscle that one, gets it over cover off a thick outside edge, gets him two

23.3

Perera to Smith, no run, defends this towards backward point, thinks of a single before yelling "NO"

23.4

Perera to Smith, FOUR, successive fifties for Smith, brings it up with a trademark mow to midwicket, not the most beautiful of shots, but it has got him loads of runs, charges out and swats that for four

23.5

Perera to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the pads, not a great line from Perera, easily helped towards deep backward square leg

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

End of over 24 (9 runs) South Africa 98/2 (RR: 4.08)
AB de Villiers    12* (16b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-37-0
GC Smith    52* (82b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-8-0

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

24.4

Herath to Smith, 1 run, shorter this time, on the pad, worked behind square leg

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

24.6

Herath to Smith, no run, a polite enquiry from Sanga whether that was lbw, 'not out,' says the umpire, that was heading down leg

End of over 25 (5 runs) South Africa 103/2 (RR: 4.12)
GC Smith    53* (84b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-13-0
AB de Villiers    16* (20b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-37-0

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

25.3

Dilshan to Smith, no run, punched back towards the bowler by Smith

25.4

Dilshan to Smith, no run, nicely fielded by Dilshan, Smith tapped it wide to the bowler's right, Dilshan managed to scramble across to stop it

25.5

Dilshan to Smith, 1 run, eased to long-on for a single

25.6

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

End of over 26 (9 runs) South Africa 112/2 (RR: 4.30)
AB de Villiers    24* (23b 1x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-12-0
GC Smith    54* (87b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-13-0

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

26.3

Herath to Smith, 1 run, helped beyond square leg for one more

Ranjit needs to watch some real cricket: "Hey DT, the Asia XI vs Africa XI is the only match I ever saw in a stadium(Chepauk it happened to be), so don't make fun of it!"

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

26.6

Herath to Smith, 1 run, just outside off, Smith rocks back and slaps the ball in front of point for a single

End of over 27 (4 runs) South Africa 116/2 (RR: 4.29)
GC Smith    56* (89b 5x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-17-0
AB de Villiers    26* (27b 1x6)      TM Dilshan    2-0-12-0

27.1

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, gets on his knee and sweeps that to deep backward square leg

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

27.5

Senanayake to Smith, SIX, swatted powerfully by Smith, gets on one knee and slams that well in front of square for a big six, that was right off the middle

27.6

Senanayake to Smith, 3 runs, after the most powerful of sweeps, he now plays the most delicate of them, guided down towards fine leg by Smith

End of over 28 (11 runs) South Africa 127/2 (RR: 4.53)
GC Smith    66* (92b 5x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-17-1
AB de Villiers    27* (30b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-17-0

28.1

Herath to Smith, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, punched towards long-on

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

28.4

Herath to Smith, no run, full and on the pads, clipped towards midwicket

28.5

Herath to Smith, no run, once more it is full and on the leg stump, punched towards shortish midwicket, Dilshan dives to prevent the single

28.6

Herath to Smith, 1 run, helped down to long-on for one more to end the over

Gareth: "One stat which amazes me about AB is that he averages over 70 with the bat in matches when he's the keeper, and under 40 when he's relinquished of that duty. Coincidence, most likely, but an interesting coincidence." Good spot that.

End of over 29 (4 runs) South Africa 131/2 (RR: 4.51)
GC Smith    68* (96b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-21-0
AB de Villiers    27* (32b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-17-1

Round the wicket

29.1

Senanayake to Smith, no run, spins away after pitching around off, Smith defends off the front foot towards point

29.2

Senanayake to Smith, no run, on middle and leg, defended to the leg side

29.3

Senanayake to Smith, no run, goes for the sweep and misses, lbw appeal, but was heading down leg

29.4

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, direct hit but Smith is safe, Smith pokes the ball towards point and takes off for the run, nearly collides with the bowler, Senanayake's life must have flashed before his eyes as he saw a bulldozing Smith charging towards him

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

End of over 30 (2 runs) South Africa 133/2 (RR: 4.43)
AB de Villiers    28* (34b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-19-1
GC Smith    69* (100b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-21-0

30.1

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

30.2

Herath to Smith, 1 run, a low full toss is clubbed towards long-on for a single

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

30.4

Herath to Smith, no run, outside edge this time, Smith was looking to work it to the leg side, the ball dribbles behind point

30.5

Herath to Smith, 2 runs, down the track to get to the pitch, thumps it wide of long-on, immediately calls for two, de Villiers is really quick so he was always going to make it, the fielder realises that and throws to the keeper's end, a good throw as well, Smith just makes it before Sanga breaks the stumps

30.6

Herath to Smith, no run, defends it towards square leg

End of over 31 (5 runs) South Africa 138/2 (RR: 4.45)
GC Smith    72* (104b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-26-0
AB de Villiers    30* (36b 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    5-0-19-1

Batting Powerplay. Good call this, with two set batsmen. Immediately Dilshan hands the ball to Malinga

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

Garreth: "Smith is so quick between the wickets for a big man. No one ever gives him credit for that but I cant remember many Smith run outs. And AB always keeps him on his toes"

31.3

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, superb stroke from Smith, jumps away from leg stump to make room, then slices the ball behind backward point for four

31.4

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, length ball heading for middle and leg, punched towards midwicket

This just in: Sri Lanka Cricket are set to replace current coach Geoff Marsh with Graham Ford, the former South Africa coach

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

31.6

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the pads, helped towards deep backward square leg to make it nine off the over

Drinks

Duncan: "Smith run out 5 times once on 99 against Aus. Not bad at all for an opener."

Teesea: "The sacking of Marsh is the stupidest decision ever, This tour was a decent one considering how bad Sri Lanka usually do in South Africa and he was only for a few months. All the players had some good things to say about Geoff. Remeber how Tom Moody started, 5-1 in India..."

End of over 32 (9 runs) South Africa 147/2 (RR: 4.59)
GC Smith    78* (107b 6x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    5-0-23-1
AB de Villiers    32* (39b 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    6-0-26-0

Nuwan returns

32.1

Kulasekara to Smith, 1 run, outside off, helped along towards third man

32.2

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

32.3

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, again Smith does that little jump which takes him beyond leg, the ball is outside off, Smith can't get bat on it

32.4

Kulasekara to Smith, 1 run, again a long way outside leg stump before the ball is delivered, Kula follows him, worked to midwicket for a single that brings up the 150

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

End of over 33 (8 runs) South Africa 155/2 (RR: 4.69)
AB de Villiers    38* (42b 1x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-22-0
GC Smith    80* (110b 6x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    5-0-23-1

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

33.5

Malinga to Smith, no run, hurtling in just outside off, Smith works it towards point

33.6

Malinga to Smith, 2 runs, works that to midwicket for one more, good over that for south Africa

Sri Lankan fans aren't too thrilled with decision to change coaches: "Have nothing against Ford but honestly what did the board expect Marsh to do in 3-4 months! Ridiculous! Now Mr Ford has to keep on looking behind his back everytime the boys lose a match! Pathetic decision!"

End of over 34 (11 runs) South Africa 166/2 (RR: 4.88)
GC Smith    82* (112b 6x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    6-0-34-1
AB de Villiers    47* (46b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-1-22-0

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

34.3

Kulasekara to Smith, no run, a yorker and outside off, Smith had moved beyond leg stump once more, can't get across to that one, nicely done by Kula

34.4

Kulasekara to Smith, FOUR, this is a lightning outfield, Smith didn't time that flat-batted shot down the ground too well, still the ball eludes the chasing mid-on, for a change inside of moving beyond leg, Smith charges down the track to play that

34.5

Kulasekara to Smith, 1 run, nearly a run-out Smith pushes the ball towards extra cover and sets off, there was no run in that, straight at Dilshan, who had only one stump to aim at, Kula was back at the stumps ready to collect the throw, Dilshan goes for the direct hit though they seemed like there was enough time to throw it to the bowler, his throw misses, Smith survives

34.6

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

End of over 35 (11 runs) South Africa 177/2 (RR: 5.05)
AB de Villiers    53* (49b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-33-0
GC Smith    87* (115b 7x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    6-0-34-1

35.1

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

35.2

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, length ball on middle, swept firmly towards deep square leg

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

35.4

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, slugged towards deep midwicket

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

End of over 36 (5 runs) South Africa 182/2 (RR: 5.05)
AB de Villiers    55* (53b 4x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-23-1
GC Smith    89* (117b 7x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    8-1-33-0

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

36.5

Herath to Smith, no run, defended towards cover by Smith

36.6

Herath to Smith, no run, length ball on the pads, Smith can't glance it away, that was heading down leg so there's no lbw appeal

End of over 37 (1 run) South Africa 183/2 (RR: 4.94)
GC Smith    89* (119b 7x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-27-0
AB de Villiers    56* (57b 4x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    6-0-23-1

37.1

Senanayake to de Villiers, 1 run

37.2

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, sweeps it behind square leg

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

37.5

Senanayake to Smith, SIX, that'll help SA, Smith pulls off another meaty blow, over his favourite midwicket region, gets on one knee and slog-sweeps that into the crowd

37.6

Senanayake to Smith, no run, short of length ball on off stump, defended down the track

Daniel Alexander: "Sanga will drive better when Ford takes over.." I suppose Ford does provide the headline-writers and feedbackers plenty of punning opportunities.

End of over 38 (9 runs) South Africa 192/2 (RR: 5.05)
GC Smith    96* (122b 7x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-32-1
AB de Villiers    58* (60b 4x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    7-0-27-0

38.1

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

Crowd claps in anticipation of a Smith hundred

38.2

Herath to Smith, no run, a length ball is worked towards mid-on

38.3

Herath to Smith, 1 run, "Two, two," says Smith as he pushes the ball towards long-off, can only get a single though

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

End of over 39 (7 runs) South Africa 199/2 (RR: 5.10)
AB de Villiers    64* (64b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-34-0
GC Smith    97* (124b 7x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    7-0-32-1

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

Neil: "Maybe the Sri Lankan Board should pay their players to motivate them rather that looking to the coach. It is very difficult to motivate anyone when there is no reward. I think the Sri Lankan board is responsible for the poor performance not the coach."

What do you think SA should target now?

39.2

Senanayake to Smith, no run, Senanayake has a huge lbw appeal, after Smith goes for the sweep and is struck on the thigh pad, that hit him well outside off, Dilshan wonder whether to go for the review, decides against it

39.3

Senanayake to Smith, no run

39.4

Senanayake to Smith, no run

39.5

Senanayake to Smith, 2 runs, for a moment there, the crowd would have though Smith was going to miss his century, he slammed towards wide long-on, not with as much power as he would have liked, it bisects the two fielders though, and Smith is relieved

39.6

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, joy for Smith, an ODI century after a long time, he gets there with a nudge towards square leg, that's his first century since his epic in the Champions Trophy in 2009, these two innings should keep the critics at bay for a bit

End of over 40 (4 runs) South Africa 203/2 (RR: 5.07)
GC Smith    100* (129b 7x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-36-1
AB de Villiers    65* (65b 5x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    8-0-34-0

40.1

Herath to Smith, 1 run, a reverse-paddle towards short third man, a tight single is taken

40.2

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

James: "Congratulations to Smith! he's overcome all the criticism and managed to play a fine innings. I myself was one of his critics, but I have to say, I'm glad to see him playing well again!"

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

Kangon: "Geoff Marsh driven away by Ford. :-)"

End of over 41 (9 runs) South Africa 212/2 (RR: 5.17)
AB de Villiers    73* (70b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-43-0
GC Smith    101* (130b 7x4 2x6)      SMSM Senanayake    8-0-36-1

41.1

Senanayake to Smith, 1 run, spins away after pitching well outside off, Smith still swipes that towards midwicket

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

41.3

Senanayake to Smith, SIX, pure power from Smith, a length ball, Smith makes some room, gets on one knee and clobbers that over midwicket for a flat, brutal six, the 150 stand is up

41.4

Senanayake to Smith, no run, Smith loves the leg side, this time he tries to paddle a ball way outside off towards fine leg

41.5

Senanayake to Smith, no run, now the reverse-sweep is botched, lots of fancy strokes being attempted here

41.6

Senanayake to Smith, SIX, reverts to the basics, get on one knee and thumps another length ball over midwicket, six more and South Africa in top gear here, again loads of power

End of over 42 (14 runs) South Africa 226/2 (RR: 5.38)
GC Smith    114* (135b 7x4 4x6)      SMSM Senanayake    9-0-50-1
AB de Villiers    74* (71b 6x4 1x6)      HMRKB Herath    9-0-43-0

42.1

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

Adam: "Yeah, Ford will get Sri Lanka into gear and drive them free from the Marsh..."

42.2

Perera to Smith, 1 run, shuffles across the stumps, once more he attempts to work a ball outside off towards the leg side, this was a full toss, off the back of the bat this time and towards third man, lucky for Smith

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

42.6

Perera to Smith, 1 run, another low full toss, Smith is happy to push it to long-on for a single

End of over 43 (12 runs) South Africa 238/2 (RR: 5.53)
GC Smith    116* (137b 7x4 4x6)      NLTC Perera    6-0-49-0
AB de Villiers    84* (75b 8x4 1x6)      SMSM Senanayake    9-0-50-1

Malinga is back

43.1

Malinga to Smith, 1 run, full and outside off, Smith backing away, has to reach across to that one, helped down to third man

Ian Hall is still a critic: "This century will probably save Smith's bacon (and there's a lot of bacon to be saved) but I remain unconvinced. Two scratchy performances on a friendly pitch only underscore his history as a flat track bully with lead feet and no real technique."

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

souwesterly: "Be lucky if they get to 265 IMO. More importantly, who should bat next if a wicket falls? Ingram - or bring in JA Morkel? Need some quicker runs...." Albie surely.

43.3

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, whoah, that was brutal from Smith, a pitched up ball is absolutely drilled past the bowler, through the bowler's legs, long-on was a spectator

43.4

Malinga to Smith, FOUR, now the familiar swipe to midwicket, even Malinga struggling to keep the runs down now, a slower one, short of length and outside off, the broad blade of Smith sends it flying over midwicket for another boundary

43.5

Malinga to Smith, no run, full ball heading for off stump, squeezed out towards mid-off

43.6

Malinga to Smith, no run, yorker on the stumps, dug out towards cover this time by Smith after making room

End of over 44 (10 runs) South Africa 248/2 (RR: 5.63)
GC Smith    125* (142b 9x4 4x6)      SL Malinga    7-0-43-1
AB de Villiers    84* (76b 8x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    6-0-49-0

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

End of over 45 (8 runs) South Africa 256/2 (RR: 5.68)
AB de Villiers    92* (82b 9x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-41-0
GC Smith    125* (142b 9x4 4x6)      SL Malinga    7-0-43-1

45.1

Malinga to Smith, OUT, taken, Chandimal pulls off a much tougher catch than the one Dilshan spilled previous over, a low full toss that Smith thumped towards midwicket, Chandimal leaps to pluck that overhead catch and end a crucial innings from Smith, who gets an ovation as he walks off

GC Smith c Chandimal b Malinga 125 (203m 143b 9x4 4x6) SR: 87.41

Albie is the new batsman

45.2

Malinga to JA Morkel, 1 run, a yorker on middle stump, a bit of an inside-edge towards square leg

The puns continues to flow. Stanyh: ""Ford endeavor expected as marsh mellows"

45.3

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

45.4

Malinga to JA Morkel, FOUR, a full toss on the pads, easy put away for Albie, flicked towards midwicket for four

Gareth: "But if Ford runs out of petrol do they go back to the Chappell and pray?"

45.5

Malinga to JA Morkel, 1 run, full and outside off, guided down to third man for one more

Etienne Marais: "South African coaches seem to be in demand at the moment. Donald was with NZ, Kirsten with India now SA, now Oz and Ford."

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

End of over 46 (8 runs) South Africa 264/3 (RR: 5.73)
AB de Villiers    94* (84b 9x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    8-0-51-2
JA Morkel    6* (3b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    9-1-41-0

46.1

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

46.2

Kulasekara to JA Morkel, no run, good ball from Kula, a yorker just outside off, blocked by Albie

AB asks: "does this mean that Smith can safely average 10 for the next few years?"

46.3

Kulasekara to JA Morkel, 1 run, full ball just outside off, Albie sweeps it towards midwicket

Manoj asks for a new strategy: "Have SA learned nothing? The easiest way to defeat SL (even when they were kings of chasing) was to give them a teasing target and get their batsmen in two minds. Ask Pakistan; they knew that tactic very well !"

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

46.5

Kulasekara to JA Morkel, 1 run, full and wide outside off, steers it towards backward point, should have been a dot ball but Senanayake shies at the stumps and he misses, gives away an overthrow

Crowd chanting for AB's hundred now

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

End of over 47 (5 runs) South Africa 269/3 (RR: 5.72)
AB de Villiers    97* (87b 9x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-1-46-0
JA Morkel    8* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-51-2

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

Tom Day: "I'm no fan of Graeme Smith's technique, but you can't deny the class of the man, perhaps it would be better to phase him out of limited overs cricket, but with scores like this, why risk it?"

47.2

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run

47.3

Malinga to JA Morkel, FOUR, short of length ball from Malinga, Albie gets a big stride in and slams that wide of long-on for four, not been the best of days for Malinga this

47.4

Malinga to JA Morkel, 1 run, better from Malinga, a yorker outside off, squeezed towards backward point, Thirimanne fires it in at the bowler's end, he misses what could have been a run-out, possibility of an over throw as the ball goes towards long-on, but the batsmen had run too far beyond the crease

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

47.6

Malinga to JA Morkel, FOUR, poor ball to finish the over, full and on the pads, helped along to deep backward square leg for four

End of over 48 (17 runs) South Africa 286/3 (RR: 5.95)
JA Morkel    17* (9b 3x4)      SL Malinga    9-0-68-2
AB de Villiers    105* (90b 9x4 2x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    10-1-46-0

48.1

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

48.2

Perera to JA Morkel, 1 run, a low full toss outside off, punched towards long-off

Ryan: "Powerful innings Smith, but silence the doubters? SL are struggling with external factors and possess one of the least threatening attacks in world cricket, Smith isn't out of the woods yet"

48.3

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

Marcus: "I just hope for Sri Lanka's sake that Ford's coaching career doesn't stall once he takes over!"

48.4

Perera to JA Morkel, OUT, Albie is run-out, not much of a celenbration from the Sri Lankans, full and on the stumps, Albie thrashes it towards midwicket, Dilshan fields, reaslises this time he doesn't need to get the direct hit, throws it to Perera who runs out Albie

JA Morkel run out 18 (17m 11b 3x4 0x6) SR: 163.63

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

End of over 49 (15 runs) South Africa 301/4 (RR: 6.14)
AB de Villiers    119* (94b 9x4 4x6)      NLTC Perera    7-0-64-0
JP Duminy    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    9-0-68-2

49.1

Malinga to Duminy, FOUR, not quite where he wanted to hit that, thick outside edge towards third man for four

49.2

Malinga to Duminy, 1 run

49.3

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

Crowd chanting "AB, AB"

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

The crowd continues to chant, they are loving it

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

Faf du Plessis: "That was a tremendous batting effort, AB looks like he can play any shot he wants, he almost looks bored at times, really chuffed that he is making the most of his form."

So centuries from their two senior-most batsmen pushes South Africa beyond 300. Smith ended his hundreds drought, and AB showed why he's among the best in the world - a century to savour for the Joburg crowd, classical at the start before going mad at the end. No one told AB that if the ball is way outside off, it is better to hit it to the off side, he prefers to send it fine leg instead.

Sri Lanka pulled off one 300-run chase, can they do it twice in three days? Stick around and you'll find out. If Abhishek Purohit has managed to get his breath back, he would have finished his report. Think he stopped writing and decided to enjoy AB's innings instead, so check here in a bit for his innings wrap.

Second breath-taking innings from AB in a row. And to underline his versatility, the highlight of his Kimberley effort was the timing and placement of his off-drives early in the innings, while today the lasting memory will be the outrageous leg-side sixes - the monster hit to bring up 100 and the inventive ones over fine leg in the penultimate over.

Howard Thackery Esq has had enough of the puns. He sends in a another Cricinfo favourite, the limerick: "Feel sorry for a poor bloke called Marsh. Who's sacking was a little bit harsh. The Sri lankans got bored And called in old Ford Who's credential are a lil bit sparse."

Suva notes: "AB's 7 hundreds out of a total of 12 ODI hundreds have come when another team mate has got a hundred as well in the same match. Great man for big partnerships in ODIs."

The Cricket Nerd: "I hope Ford's assistant coach isn't someone named Pinto!"

And RogW has the final word on Ford puns. No more please, I can't handle it: "Ford, a Popular choice, could provide the Fusion and Focus so that the batting wheels don't come off in the future, Mahela is the Prefect of the side, Sanga's driving more Classic, Perera's running-in would have more Tempo, Chandimal would Aspire to the greatest heights and Malinga would continue to run in like the Corsair wind, the Thunderbird that he's always been, the Orion of the team, a true Zephyr/Meteor of the Zodiac/Galaxy. Dilshan would Escort Ford to receive every trophy in a Fiesta atmosphere and bonuses could be paid by way of holidays to Capri or Cortina or Granada or Verona or Versailles!"

End of over 50 (11 runs) South Africa 312/4
AB de Villiers    125* (98b 10x4 4x6)      SL Malinga    10-0-79-2
JP Duminy    5* (2b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    7-0-64-0
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