Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st ODI, Colombo July 20, 2013

Sangakkara plays umpire, Dilshan's recurring nightmare

Plays of the day for the first ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo

The no ball
In the 46th over, Ryan McLaren might have thought he had had Kumar Sangakkara cleaned up, when the batsman moved across his stumps and missed a full toss that he attempted to scoop, and had his stumps rattled. But having not skipped a beat, Sangakkara began vigorously appealing to the umpires before McLaren could even begin his celebration. Pointing with agitation at the fielders on the fence, Sangakkara indicated that there were too many men outside the circle, and the umpires perhaps by their own calculation, acknowledged his complaint by awarding a no-ball. Worse for South Africa, Sangakkara attempted the same shot next ball, and connected well enough to send it to the fine leg fence.

The mauling
Sangakkara was 66 off 91 at the beginning of the 39th over, but Chris Morris served up an over of woeful death bowling inside the batting Powerplay and set Sangakkara on the track that saw him plunder 103 off the next 46 balls. A wide, overpitched delivery first sped over point, before a long-hop was hammered over the deep square leg rope, as the batsman backed away. Another short delivery was clipped finer on the leg side, and to finish the quartet, Sangakkara lofted Morris over wide mid-on. The four-ball burst had cost 18 and the over went for 20. Sri Lanka did not slow down after that, hitting 117 from the remaining 11 overs.

The start
The small Premadasa crowd could hardly be more ecstatic after Sri Lanka's furious finish, but were in raptures again after Lasith Malinga removed Colin Ingram with a yorker in the first ball of South Africa's innings. Swinging in the opposite direction to the way he usually moves the ball, Malinga snuck the ball between pad, and Ingram's bat, which not only came down too late, but was playing the wrong line anyway.

The recurring nightmare
Length balls on the stumps are usually a straightforward proposition for most batsmen, but Tillakaratne Dilshan probably wakes up in a cold sweat with visions of that delivery playing in his head. Even just in the last seven months, Dilshan has had his stumps splayed by that very delivery in three different continents. Amid a slew of early wides, Chris Morris got one to go straight and despite having vowed he had corrected the malaise in March, Dilshan found himself swiping towards the leg side, and walking back to the pavilion soon after.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Suren on July 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Not a big fan of Dilshan ... but unlike others atleast he contributes with his fielding and bowling.

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    The picture above tells the whole story: Dilshan needs to use his feet. Swiping away, with the front foot just a foot away from the crease won't do. Chris Gayle got away with this in the IPL, but looks like he is learning that this does not work in ODIs. Not only Dilshan, but Chandimal, Kusal Perera etc also need to go back to the nets and practice front foot strokes with the proper use of their feet.

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Awesome Sanga! SA what on earth is wrong with them was that a justified team selection? Lets get "De kock" keeping and Phangiso as a specialist spinner drop "Faf" and "Peterson" ..SA team management should know that they don't have any " Jadeja's nor Kohli's or Rohit's to be bowling as make shift bowlers.

  • ziyaad on July 21, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Hate to say it but the captaincy may be one of the problems. DeV appears totally lost as captain and while Smith was not doing too well with the bat, we can now see how good he was as captain. Same players Amla, DeV, Duminy, Morkel, etc. different captain.

    DeV is lost and confused, has three spinners but still goes way over time. Moves fielders around every single ball. He also is missing balls to the spinners every over and they werent even turning it.

    None of the "name" players are delivering anymore and as soon as 2 wickets are down, we seem to have lost the game because the rest don't seem to know what to do.

    I agree Duminy is not delivering but Amla and DeV (1&2 in the world) are not contributing at all. DuP has not done anything to deserve his place in one-day or T20 (look at his record) and they make him captain of T20! Always looks good but doesn't score big (ever!) at least Duminy has proved he can contribute as he has done it in the past.

  • Pulkit on July 21, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Worries me how over-reliant Sri Lanka have become on the two. I'm happy for Sangakkara who batted brilliantly but they need to start looking beyond him and put players that actually perform. Barring Matthews, none have performed well with the bat (and up to an extent, with the bal).

    Great performance by the hosts though. Followed the India method - keep wickets intact and go slow and then take bowlers to the cleaners in the last 10-15 overs. Great application too.

  • sasmit on July 20, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    duminy needs to go now, he can not play spin bowling well nor quality pace bowling he has become a nothing player, cant bat at no3 nor no5) bring in rousse and de kock, and du plusis is not a no.6 player for Christ sake, he showed character in Oz. So keep him in tests but not in odis. no Ingram either we have innings builders in amla and kallis.

    we need guys that can scare the opposition. players like de kock and roussow. U know why we could never beat Australia in the 00s. Its because of players like hayden gilly ponting symonds and also McGrath lee warne. non compromising players who had the ability to intimidate they made players like Pollack look so mediocre and harmless. u cant win tournaments with such negative selection take some risk give rossow a go at least, de kock migh be a little too young, instead of wasting timw with guys like du plussis duminy and ingram. miller bats at 5 don't make him another A morkel.

  • Steve on July 20, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    An innings of very high quality from Sanga! A an excellent lesson to all upcoming players on how to build an effective innings in any format. Hope he continues in that vein for a while.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    It was a professional show by SL. Arnold rightly said at the presentation ceremony that Chandimal's captaincy is yet to be tested. But surely he has improved in his vocab and it was nice to hear from him. Youngsters must be given a chance to show their capabilities at the top of the order. Because when one or two of Dilly, Sanga or Mahela gets going it's less overs at the end to be exploited by the young middle order. Long way to go in this series. Hope for the best. Cheers lions......

  • Android on July 20, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    wonderful knock by Sanga

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