Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Colombo July 23, 2013

Sri Lanka 2-0 up after rainy day

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Sri Lanka 223 for 9 (Dilshan 43, Chandimal 43, Morkel 3-34) beat South Africa 104 for 5 (Herath 2-16) by 17 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A second, successive sub-standard performance with the bat saw South Africa undo their significantly improved showing with the ball to go 2-0 down in the series. On a slow surface, batting was laboured, and Sri Lanka's attack was able to defend with ease, the spinners getting the opposition batsmen into a tangle, again.

South Africa's challenge was dealt a serious blow before it even began. Hashim Amla, who missed the first match with a neck niggle but recovered in time for this one, was injured in the field and could not open the batting. Amla slipped in the 43rd over while trying to field a ball at fine leg. He fell on his knee and was immediately taken to hospital for a scan.

Having dropped Colin Ingram to make way for Amla, South Africa needed another makeshift opener and pushed Robin Peterson up the order. He became the first spinner to open both the batting and the bowling for the country, having been given the first new ball earlier, but it was not an occasion for celebration.

Peterson watched as his partner, Alviro Petersen was dropped off the fourth ball of the innings but he had no such reprieve. He kept out one Lasith Malinga yorker but was comprehensively beaten by the next, which crashed into the stumps to see South Africa's opening stand broken in the first over.

Petersen and JP Duminy seemed to settle, with both hitting boundaries that showed their class, but they only had a 32-run stand to show for it. Thisara Perera managed some superb movement and got Duminy to feather an edge to Kumar Sangakkara.

Rangana Herath struck in his first over again, getting Petersen lbw playing for turn to one that went straight on. Tillakaratne Dilshan removed AB de Villiers on review when the South Africa captain missed a sweep. When Faf du Plessis was caught behind in the next over to become Herath's 50th ODI wicket, South Africa were 69 for 5 and defeat was imminent.

With rain looming, David Miller and Ryan McLaren tried to keep up with the Duckworth-Lewis target but they had fallen too far behind. Form in the top order has been exposed as severely lacking by Sri Lanka's wily attack. With none of Duminy, de Villiers or du Plessis posting a half-century in their last five innings, South Africa's batting will have to improve even more than their bowling did in this match.

Although the South Africa attack sent down 14 wides, they found their lines quicker than they had on Saturday. Morne Morkel struck the first blow when he had Upul Tharanga caught by Peterson at mid-wicket but South Africa would have shuddered to see the in-form Sangakkara stride out.

He immediately added stability with the first boundary of the innings, a well-timed flick through the leg side off a wayward Chris Morris delivery. Sangakkara continued to place the ball well even as Dilshan grew frustrated but he was dismissed against the run of play, to a spinner. Sangakkara was tempted by Aaron Phangiso's persistent flight and could not clear extra cover.

Dilshan had to take on the role of anchor and played an uncharacteristically watchful knock. For 36 deliveries after Sangakkara departed, Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene could not find the boundary and had to content themselves with nudging for singles.

In their 40-run stand, Jayawardene had one shot in anger, a back-foot punch through point, before missing a reverse-sweep and being cleaned up by Peterson.

Dilshan's vigil ended soon after. He got a thick edge off Morkel and de Villiers took a sharp, one-handed catch to his right to send the last of Sri Lanka's senior batsmen on his way. It was up to the young captain, Dinesh Chandimal, to steady Sri Lanka.

He survived a rain interval and the loss of both Jehan Mubarak and Perera but not du Plessis' instincts. Chandimal was out to a superb catch but his 43 proved crucial to helping Sri Lanka post a competitive score on a surface where batting became more difficult, and he can now look forward to sealing the series on Friday.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Sinhaya on July 25, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @anoop3301 , you are correct but still you have to agree that your original statement that MJ and KS only score against Ban and Zim is totally false. Sangakkara has clearly proven that he can survive on all conditions. Mahela has a major weakness against short pitch bowling and it is the fault of our selectors for guaranteeing his place in the side. After all, other good batsmen from our shores like Aravinda, Sanath, Atapattu, Samaraweera were better against pace bowling than Mahela.

  • LionsofLanka on July 25, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    @Otuwa

    I guess I had replied to Sinhaya's comment and the topic was test cricket. It was in the interest of nation first but not in making of fun of some body. You have made juggle of words & stats in a way to make mockery of entire issue. Let me put stats courtesy of espncricinfo db engine which is one of the best database engine I have seen in my life.

    Mahela Overall Matches 138 Innings 232 Runs 10806@49.56 Home Matches 77 Innings 121 Runs 6846@61.12 Away Matches 61 Innings 111 Runs 3960@37.35 Asia Matches 100 Innings 163 Runs 8565@56.34

    Sanga Overall Matches 138 Innings 232 Runs 10486@56.98 Home Matches 117 Innings 200 Runs 6138@63.27 Away Matches 50 Innings 92 Runs 4348@49.97 Asia Matches 85 Innings 140 Runs 7998@62.48

    I said that greats had scored more than 80% runs in Asia. They have scored 61% & 67% respectively in Sri Lanka itself. Check with calculator of this statement if they are wrong. Please follow the comments properly.

    espncricinfo please publish............

  • mark2011 on July 25, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @ Ausie_the_Great on (July 25, 2013, 5:33 GMT)' you are very correct, Kholi's 11/15 ceturies have come from weaker side in flat batting tracks and even many instances it was a chance inning.. i.e he was dropped in the early in the inning and then went on to make centuries.. more of lucky innings...

  • Otuwa on July 25, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @LionsofLanka on (July 24, 2013, 17:19 GMT)-What a funny comment.

    Sanga In ODIs,

    Home-110inns,3785runs,37avg,3centuries-32./.runs

    Away-126inns,4667runs,42avg,6centuries-40./.runs

    Neutral-92inns,3180runs,38avg,7centuries-27./.runs

    In Asia-6684runs,40avg-57./.

    Outside Asia-4948runs,39avg-43./.

    Your all stats are wrong.Where did you find these stats.Open your eyes.His away records are better than home records.Check the stats carefully before you comment.

  • Otuwa on July 25, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    anoop3301-Little correction.Sanga's away+ neutral avg is 49.Ponting away avg also 47 and great Lara's away avg is 47.Don't underestimate Sanga.I agree Mahela's away avg is not good at all.

  • AltafPatel on July 25, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Why do they go with all inexperienced there ? They should have balanced based on experience and expertise for SL conditions. Albie is best against spinners and has been playing in IPL for 6 years, why he is not there ? Imran Taheer bowled excellent in 2011 WC in Indian sub-continent, why he is not given chance? DeViliers should come at No 4 considering his recent form and inexperience batting side in absence of Amla/Smith/Kallis. There are lots of mistakes SA made there and paying for it. Still there is chance to correct some of them and improve the results.

  • anoop3301 on July 25, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great: Can you please enlighten us with the definition of a strong team ? Are you talking about the current Aussie team which has lost 6 test matches on a trot ? Basically it is not Kohli's fault that the opposition is not good enough to dismiss him early. Remember all those hundreds which Ricky Ponting plundered against weak bowling attacks?

  • INDSlider on July 25, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar: Numbers can prove you good until the composition is considered. 11/15 of Kholi's centuries have come against weaker teams like Ban, Zim, NZ and SL and in Asia.

  • anoop3301 on July 25, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    @sinhaya: Sanga averages 47 in test cricket abroad. Very good but not great. If you compare that against the players like Kallis, Tendulkar, Dravid it pales in comparison. About Mahela, the less said about it, the better. Outside Asia, his test average drops to mid thirties which is mediocre to say the least. Even Ajit Agarkar has a test hundred in lords hence that should not be a yardstick for greatness. It is the overall record away from home that matters. Mahela has been playing for 16 yrs now. Don't you think he has not received enough opportunities to improve his record in alien conditions ?

  • LionsofLanka on July 25, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    @Sinhaya Its OK mate. We want young guys like Chandi, Angelo, Thiru & many more to prosper. Unfortunately they are being compared with these two greats. These two greats had never change their approach in the interest of Sri Lankan cricket's future. When SA is always weak link in our pitches, it is a best chance to groom new ones equally supported by greats. The greats have never changed their playing position & playing for themselves. I am not against them. I feel we still can better & better. Some fans commented here that the young lads need to watch greats from behind. Chandi had to come at 6 and Angelo had to sit on bench. If they need to watch them then can do it from home on TV sets. Mate, they had to play and had to fail. Only then they can stand. Its rule of nature. Our fans are criticizing them and praising the greats. And they are in bashing with India. Leave Indi where it is. We need to raise our standards. I am not against you mate. That's it.