Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele July 26, 2013

Miller, Tsotsobe keep series alive

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South Africa 223 for 7 (Miller 85*, Mendis 3-35) beat Sri Lanka 167 (Thisara 65, Tsotsobe 4-22) by 56 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

What a difference two overs can make. That was all it took for South Africa to stay alive in the series, have their confidence restored and beat Sri Lanka at home for the first time in close to 20 years.

The 49th and 50th over of their innings produced 38 runs and took their total from middling to challenging. David Miller scored 35 of them himself - prior to this match no South African batsman had managed a score greater than 29 in the series - hitting Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga straight down the ground. He proved South Africa could be competitive and could come back after being under pressure in the first two matches, and even large sections of the third.

And what a difference an over can almost make. Perera hit Robin Peterson for the second-most expensive over in ODI cricket to throw Sri Lanka back into contention after they slumped to 93 for 7. The 35 runs included five sixes and a four, Perera displaying his prowess, especially over the leg-side.

Like Miller, he showed the temperament required to succeed in conditions where the surfaces are sluggish - survive first, thrive later. Unlike the South African, Perera was asked to do too much at the end.

Because Miller did not have a target to chase, he had less pressure on him. His strike rate hovered between 70 and 80 for most of his stay at the crease as he settled in. He needed AB de Villiers to usher him through the period where even singles were hard to come by and soon realised patience would pay off.

Only at the very end, when Perera and Malinga seemed to have dinner rather than death bowling on their minds, did Miller pounce on anything too full and one which was too short. Miller registered the first South African half-century on the tour after their top order failed - Hashim Amla's absence is growing glaring as each match goes by.

South Africa tried a third opening pair in as many matches with Lions' team-mates Alviro Petersen and Quinton de Kock fronting up first. Both were watchful but de Kock was unable to contain his attacking instincts and was vulnerable outside the offstump.

He offered a chance in the fourth over when he swung at a wide one without any foot movement but Tillakaratne Dilshan at slip could not hold on. Sri Lanka hit back two balls later when Malinga bowled his first short ball and Petersen tried to hook too early, only to glove it to Kumar Sangakkara.

Sri Lanka's attack continued to find the edge of de Kock's bat and the youngster fell on his sword to open South Africa's middle up to a familiar state of panic. Both JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis posted insubstantial scores, with Duminy looking good again but unable to kick on and du Plessis uneasy at the crease and almost run out twice before actually being found short of his ground.

De Villiers looked closer to breaking the lean run but Sri Lanka's spinners and Ajanthan Mendis in particular did not let him get away. Mendis was difficult to pick while Rangana Herath and Dilshan kept things tight. It was only when Miller decided to hit out that the complexion of South Africa's tour became a little rosier.

Things got better for them from there as the fit-again Lonwabo Tsotsobe did the bulk of the damage upfront. He plucked three wickets in a six-over spell in which he extracted bounce, produced seam movement and partnered Morne Morkel to perfection.

Morkel created pressure at his end with pace and steep lift, while Tsotsobe's accuracy ensured eight dot balls were produced before the first run was scored. Sri Lanka's were troubled by anything back of a length and Dilshan was the first to succumb. He spooned a catch to de Villiers at cover before Kumar Sangakkara went in the same over, chasing one that moved away.

Upul Tharanga was also undone by bounce and edged Tsotsobe to Petersen at slip. With Sri Lanka at 16 for 3, South Africa were in control for the first time in the series.

They held the match in their grip even as Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal combined for a 55-run stand. Robin Peterson reviewed an lbw shout against Jayawardene, which was going down leg and Jayawardene survived a stumping chance when Peterson was bowling but the left-arm spinner had the last laugh. Peterson bowled Jayawardene with one that skidded on, but that was the end of his involvement in the night.

Peterson's figures were ruined by Perera, who hit his first four sixes over the mid-wicket boundary. Then, he sent Peterson back over his head for four and he finished with the biggest hit of the night, over square leg.

That over brought Sri Lanka's required run-rate below six but, it would take more than one over to change the course of the match. Perera had a few more meaty hits, but he didn't have a second over to match his first and when he was dismissed, Sri Lanka's hopes went with him.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • IndianCoolGuy on July 27, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Congratulations to SA. Miller is a fabulous hitter of the ball. He demolished mediocre Srilankan bowling even after having a bad start. If he stays at the crease 72 runs at 48 balls was not at all a big target, Bad luck SA that they could have easily won the 2nd ODI. But SA has 2 more ODI's in hand to seal the series. On the other hand SL has to sort out why they are not able to play entire 50 over quota when big guns fail. This is recently has proven many times. Tirumanne, and Chandimal may be need 50 or more games to get some experience in international level. SL should eye 2015 WC from now, and they should not largely depend on Sanga and Mahela and Dilli who will be 37+ at 2015WC. So it is important that Chandi and Tiru should be given regular chances to get some experience. They might try with extra spinner to fight back hard against SA who are week in facing spin bowling. All the best for the both the teams.

  • SurlyCynic on July 26, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    I like the balance of this SA team selection, in sub-continental conditions where Behardien can bowl as well as a regular seamer. AB can field with De Kock opening and keeping, 7 batsmen, 2 spinners, 4 seamers, and 8 and 9 are Peterson and McLaren. Hope they stick with this for the next two games, unless Amla is fit.

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    First of all congratulations South Africa for winning and ending a 20 year hoodoo of not having won an ODI in Sri Lanka. It had to happen somehow and well played David Miller who was instrumental.

    Our batting failed today and indeed Tsotsobe and Morkel bowled well. Great to see that Chandimal and Thisara Perera did well with the bat which showed that we can survive without Sanga. Thisara should open batting ideally as he can be our next Sanath Jayasuriya. I think Angelo Perera must be given another chance. The top order failure was too much pressure for the rest.

  • on July 26, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Fantastic display by Proteas!! Thoroughly Professional show!!! Some early moisture made difficult start while batting. Miller showed once again his class on turning track. AB, Faf & Duminy showed guts on spinning track against Mendis, Herath & Dilshan. SA pacers showed the pitch looks like bouncy while bowling. Duminy & Peterson showed they can bowl better than good spinners. Peterson bowled beauty to dismiss mahela. Duminy bowled from heart with 1 for 23 in 9.2 overs. He looked like master in spin department. Overall good display with both bat & ball. SL played well in first half with thisu bowled beautifully. He showed critics with bat why he was omitted earlier though inning was lucky for the most part but entertaining to watch. He avoided another 2 figure all out for SL and nearly brought match live. De Kock need to be given more & more chances at the top. He will definitely be the man to watch in next 2 matches. Good Luck Proteas!!!!!

  • SurlyCynic on July 27, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast: I was really upset when Ngam had to retire, I think he and Brett Shultz had the most wasted bowling potential due to injuries we've had. I guess you must be joking when you imply he was 'faking' the injury? If not, why all the conspiracy theories?

    Tsotsobe has a long-standing ankle bone impingement, which meant he hadn't been able to train. He will have to have an operation soon to sort it out (Flintoff had the same problem), wonder what you'll say when he goes for an operation! Will it be Ali Bacher's fault?

  • ZCFOutkast on July 27, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @Surlyman, Tsotsobe was not injured! He was left out for other 'obvious' reasons. AB probably woke up one July morning and decided Morris was better than our best ODI seamer. During the post match interview AB wasn't convincing at all stating he was left out to gain 'form&fitness', nothing about him being injured. I seem to recall both Morne&Steyn(CT) having swift returns despite serious concerns about their fitness recently. It's pretty clear different measuring sticks apply to different players.

    I've always wondered if Ngam&Zondeki were really that badly injured! Perhaps the likes of Marchant&Parnell have access to special diets in this world dominated by conventional foods, as opposed to the highly sought after organic stuff the former were exposed to in rural E.C. Somehow those dietary shortcomings did the opposite for Ntini, and perhaps the possibility of two other Ntinis was to hard to take. You can't put such things past the likes of Basson...

  • SurlyCynic on July 27, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast : I'm a big fan of Gqamane, but to mention Bavuma in the same breath as players like AB and Kallis is a bit far-fetched!

    Your comments always seem to support certain players, for obvious reasons, which is a bit disappointing. Why not get behind everyone representing the country? As for why Tsotsobe didn't play before - he was injured!

  • ZCFOutkast on July 27, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @vsssarma, it seems to me that your DMAC system works in reverse because out of the top ranking players that are listed, it doesn't show that Duminy would be the let down that he continues to be and it didn't conceal that RobbieP would get tonked putting a rare win under threat. Albie would be more useful than McLaren who they should not have wasted time&money calling back from England while we already had numerous loyal&deserving players knocking on the door!

    Australian batting rejects are busy giving Merchant a hiding down here, but you're more than welcome to DMAC him into your fantasy Proteas side. I on the other hand will hold out for the appearance of currently restrained gems in the mould of Bavuma&Gqamane. They among others, are not tainted by the choke syndrome programmed into the dna of the present batch of serial underachievers, and will go on to achieve the kind of glory that eludes the likes of Kallis, Steyn & AB, but has been tasted by less renowned cricketers before!

  • yohandf on July 27, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    To all who claim SA could won from where it stopped for rain . Guys it is not Pallekele where the ball bounces and come to bat . it is Premadasa with lot of turn and ball keeping low . So it would have been very tough for Miller to get 72 of 48 in that match . When drizzle started , Miller was given D/L par score sheet . Even then he could hit one boundary in next 2 overs and could come nowhere near par score . tht tells the situation . dont compare tht with this match.

  • vsssarma on July 27, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast: How can you say that AMP will be the spearhead of SAF's future bowling ? We can not predict future but his past has not been good at all.

    Let us see how each of the SAF players performed as a ODI player (bowling+batting+fielding) in the last 2 years, as per the DMAC system that I maintain.

    Kallis 61.4 Botha 52.6 de Villiers 52.2 Abbott 49.5 de Lange 49.4 Amla 46.3 RJ Peterson 42.6 Duminy 42.5 McLaren 42.1 Miller 39.7 Kleinveldt 38.8 Elgar 38.7 Parnell 38 Morne Morkel 37.5 Steyn 36.9 Tsotsobe 34.8 du Plessis 32.2 Behardien 31.5 JA Morkel 29.8 GC Smith 26 Ingram 25.2 Morris 21.2 de Kock 20.1 AN Peterson 19 Phangiso 18.8 Ontong 15.4 Philander 13.9 Boucher 13.5.

    SAF's inability to play their best players is responsible for their downfall.

  • IndianCoolGuy on July 27, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Congratulations to SA. Miller is a fabulous hitter of the ball. He demolished mediocre Srilankan bowling even after having a bad start. If he stays at the crease 72 runs at 48 balls was not at all a big target, Bad luck SA that they could have easily won the 2nd ODI. But SA has 2 more ODI's in hand to seal the series. On the other hand SL has to sort out why they are not able to play entire 50 over quota when big guns fail. This is recently has proven many times. Tirumanne, and Chandimal may be need 50 or more games to get some experience in international level. SL should eye 2015 WC from now, and they should not largely depend on Sanga and Mahela and Dilli who will be 37+ at 2015WC. So it is important that Chandi and Tiru should be given regular chances to get some experience. They might try with extra spinner to fight back hard against SA who are week in facing spin bowling. All the best for the both the teams.

  • SurlyCynic on July 26, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    I like the balance of this SA team selection, in sub-continental conditions where Behardien can bowl as well as a regular seamer. AB can field with De Kock opening and keeping, 7 batsmen, 2 spinners, 4 seamers, and 8 and 9 are Peterson and McLaren. Hope they stick with this for the next two games, unless Amla is fit.

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    First of all congratulations South Africa for winning and ending a 20 year hoodoo of not having won an ODI in Sri Lanka. It had to happen somehow and well played David Miller who was instrumental.

    Our batting failed today and indeed Tsotsobe and Morkel bowled well. Great to see that Chandimal and Thisara Perera did well with the bat which showed that we can survive without Sanga. Thisara should open batting ideally as he can be our next Sanath Jayasuriya. I think Angelo Perera must be given another chance. The top order failure was too much pressure for the rest.

  • on July 26, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Fantastic display by Proteas!! Thoroughly Professional show!!! Some early moisture made difficult start while batting. Miller showed once again his class on turning track. AB, Faf & Duminy showed guts on spinning track against Mendis, Herath & Dilshan. SA pacers showed the pitch looks like bouncy while bowling. Duminy & Peterson showed they can bowl better than good spinners. Peterson bowled beauty to dismiss mahela. Duminy bowled from heart with 1 for 23 in 9.2 overs. He looked like master in spin department. Overall good display with both bat & ball. SL played well in first half with thisu bowled beautifully. He showed critics with bat why he was omitted earlier though inning was lucky for the most part but entertaining to watch. He avoided another 2 figure all out for SL and nearly brought match live. De Kock need to be given more & more chances at the top. He will definitely be the man to watch in next 2 matches. Good Luck Proteas!!!!!

  • SurlyCynic on July 27, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast: I was really upset when Ngam had to retire, I think he and Brett Shultz had the most wasted bowling potential due to injuries we've had. I guess you must be joking when you imply he was 'faking' the injury? If not, why all the conspiracy theories?

    Tsotsobe has a long-standing ankle bone impingement, which meant he hadn't been able to train. He will have to have an operation soon to sort it out (Flintoff had the same problem), wonder what you'll say when he goes for an operation! Will it be Ali Bacher's fault?

  • ZCFOutkast on July 27, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    @Surlyman, Tsotsobe was not injured! He was left out for other 'obvious' reasons. AB probably woke up one July morning and decided Morris was better than our best ODI seamer. During the post match interview AB wasn't convincing at all stating he was left out to gain 'form&fitness', nothing about him being injured. I seem to recall both Morne&Steyn(CT) having swift returns despite serious concerns about their fitness recently. It's pretty clear different measuring sticks apply to different players.

    I've always wondered if Ngam&Zondeki were really that badly injured! Perhaps the likes of Marchant&Parnell have access to special diets in this world dominated by conventional foods, as opposed to the highly sought after organic stuff the former were exposed to in rural E.C. Somehow those dietary shortcomings did the opposite for Ntini, and perhaps the possibility of two other Ntinis was to hard to take. You can't put such things past the likes of Basson...

  • SurlyCynic on July 27, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast : I'm a big fan of Gqamane, but to mention Bavuma in the same breath as players like AB and Kallis is a bit far-fetched!

    Your comments always seem to support certain players, for obvious reasons, which is a bit disappointing. Why not get behind everyone representing the country? As for why Tsotsobe didn't play before - he was injured!

  • ZCFOutkast on July 27, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @vsssarma, it seems to me that your DMAC system works in reverse because out of the top ranking players that are listed, it doesn't show that Duminy would be the let down that he continues to be and it didn't conceal that RobbieP would get tonked putting a rare win under threat. Albie would be more useful than McLaren who they should not have wasted time&money calling back from England while we already had numerous loyal&deserving players knocking on the door!

    Australian batting rejects are busy giving Merchant a hiding down here, but you're more than welcome to DMAC him into your fantasy Proteas side. I on the other hand will hold out for the appearance of currently restrained gems in the mould of Bavuma&Gqamane. They among others, are not tainted by the choke syndrome programmed into the dna of the present batch of serial underachievers, and will go on to achieve the kind of glory that eludes the likes of Kallis, Steyn & AB, but has been tasted by less renowned cricketers before!

  • yohandf on July 27, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    To all who claim SA could won from where it stopped for rain . Guys it is not Pallekele where the ball bounces and come to bat . it is Premadasa with lot of turn and ball keeping low . So it would have been very tough for Miller to get 72 of 48 in that match . When drizzle started , Miller was given D/L par score sheet . Even then he could hit one boundary in next 2 overs and could come nowhere near par score . tht tells the situation . dont compare tht with this match.

  • vsssarma on July 27, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast: How can you say that AMP will be the spearhead of SAF's future bowling ? We can not predict future but his past has not been good at all.

    Let us see how each of the SAF players performed as a ODI player (bowling+batting+fielding) in the last 2 years, as per the DMAC system that I maintain.

    Kallis 61.4 Botha 52.6 de Villiers 52.2 Abbott 49.5 de Lange 49.4 Amla 46.3 RJ Peterson 42.6 Duminy 42.5 McLaren 42.1 Miller 39.7 Kleinveldt 38.8 Elgar 38.7 Parnell 38 Morne Morkel 37.5 Steyn 36.9 Tsotsobe 34.8 du Plessis 32.2 Behardien 31.5 JA Morkel 29.8 GC Smith 26 Ingram 25.2 Morris 21.2 de Kock 20.1 AN Peterson 19 Phangiso 18.8 Ontong 15.4 Philander 13.9 Boucher 13.5.

    SAF's inability to play their best players is responsible for their downfall.

  • thecricketdiary on July 27, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    It's the last 2 overs of SA's innings that gave them a psychological advantage, 38 runs. South Africa should have got at most 200, 15 runs off the last 2 overs. But Miller deserves credit, for dealing with Malinga like that and reviving SA's innings. SL always have the tendency to panic when faced in these situations, just a win away from a series win. Poor shots from Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, oh wait the list goes on and on. I think that pretty much explains it, but it doesn't do justice to SA's bowlers who applied the pressure starting with the first ball. I think SA will tie the series 2-2, they just look a better team overall looking at the way they played this match. Plus, Amla should be back. SL will have to step it up next match, especially with the shot selection.

  • on July 27, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    those who SL rely on mahela cannot be people follow SL cricket that well..at least in ODIs when did he win a match for us ? Chandimal looked more secure against peterson and morkel and he def should bat at no 4..

  • vinodkd99 on July 27, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @Appu Das. Really crazy comment from your side. On one side you are saying that Lankans should have send Thisara at 15/3 (So called Tactical move) and on other side you are saying that Lankans should not play rash strokes in next match. May I know what sort of Inconsistent thinking is that. Does Thisara play as per book?

  • dariuscorny on July 27, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    SA can win easily against a very average side of SL,just look at SL other than Sanga,Mahela they dont hv a player of substance who can take on any intl side.....a cakewalk for SA predicted now on............

  • --.-- on July 27, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    And I agree with most of the fans here that SL were LUCKY that rain saved them in Match 2 else SA would have won easily with Miller still at crease.

  • --.-- on July 27, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Agreed with " IndianCoolGuy ".

    SL team heavily depends on Sanga and Jaya. If these 2 fail along with Dilshan. SL lose most of the times. All the talks about Kushal Perera being "Next Jayasuriya" seem to have disappeared in air. Chandimal, Tharanga and Matthews are average Cricketers. Only Thirmanne looks okay as he has good defensive technique but with Sanga and Jaya occupying top batting slots, I'm afraid Thiri will be remembered as someone who had talent but didn't get enough opportunities. He should be permanent No. 3.

    There was time when Vaas and Murali were SL's major wicket-takers. But after their retirement, SL have struggled in Tests badly. No wonder, they cancelled Test series with SA.

    One would hope, it doesn't happen in batting when Sanga and Jaya retire. For next match, Thiri should bat @ No. 3. All the Best.

  • Blade-Runner on July 27, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I'd hold Mathews responsible for our loss yesterday. Yeah, It was unfortunate that we lost our top 3 so cheaply. But Chandimal n Mahela built the innings to some extent. So when they got out, all Mathews had to do was, knocking the ball around and keep the scoreboard ticking, and go for big shots at the end. The asking rate was just over 6 when he played that HORRENDOUS shot to throw his wkt away. Imagine what would have happened he had stayed a bit longer with Thisara at the other end. Its about time for him step up n take some of those responsibilities. He can't just get away saying "That's just how the game goes" every time.

  • priceless1 on July 27, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Absolutely pathetic batting display by the hosts , what i cannot understand is how and why many SL batters seem to be struggling more then the visitors in their own grounds (and that too against the part time bowlers )

  • ZCFOutkast on July 27, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    @vsssarma, Phangiso's stats will improve vastly to the point where he'll be remembered as the spearhead of an attack in terms of his spin. How will RobbieP be remembered? Precisely what he is now, an unfulfilled allrounder and mere bridesmaid, someone who does a decent job of filling in the overs. It's not a coincidence that he's bowled pretty much the worst overs in both Tests&ODIs(2nd worst). The other batsmen inflicting the damage on him was world class, the other an overrated tailender! Continuing to deny Phangiso a good run of matches to develop into what he can be will only work to our disadvantage, but then again, who's to say that's not precisely what a few elements at CSA want. Afterall, many have been such victims and the great Makhaya Ntini has said as much of late. Tsotsobe was left out for two matches and no one can tell why, yet our imagination would be spot on!

  • C0l0mb0 on July 27, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    This proves even sanga n mahela bat 3,4 ... SL cant win. SL only can win when sanga n mahela hit 80+ runs. Sanga n Mahela should bat 3 n 4. but they should give some chance to other passengers of the team. If sanga n mahela can bat down the order... at least SL will use full 50 overs. SL is targeting 2015 WC... may be another final...:P but wat will happn if those 2 fail..? Do we hv back up players to take responsibility? As a SL fan.. I dont mind losing matches after giving chance for youngsters. They should able to bat free knowing that even they got out, there r experience ppl still to bat. At the moment what happening is when experience ppl got out, it adds extra pressure on youngsters... end results... they just collapse without what to do, or how to do things...

  • Blade-Runner on July 27, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Well, SA won n kudos to them. But there is no need to go ga ga about this single win. It clearly showed that SA pace attack is good only on fast n bouncy pitches as Pallekele pitch offers a lot for pace bowling. If they were that good how come they lost first 2 games ? SA fans and others who go shopping for SA should be grateful that SLC provided favorable conditions to SA. They were lucky enough to get our top order cheaply. But don't expect that it will happen again. We are one game away from the series victory n its most likely to happen on Sunday. Peace out !!

  • sachinisawesome on July 27, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    As expected easy win for SA. If they play to their potential they will win this series easily. Complete Dominance. Match was all over when parera started slogging. Great performance to dismiss home team for only 160 under 44 overs. This is a cause for concern for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is failing to play their alloted 50 overs too often. It happened twice in Tri Series and many times in CT as well.

  • on July 27, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    It all about lack of strategic planning. When Lanka were three down with only 15 on scorecard, they surely should have sent Thisara or Angelo but sadly they just stuck to the norm and lost the match. tactical planning is all bout working on the moment and not just staying in status quo but study the moment and adopt accordingly. sanga sure would like to forget the shot he played and sacrifice the wicket. For next match the answer is to build the innings and not play rash strokes.

  • Aus2013 on July 27, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    well firstly i would like to congtratz AB for setting up a plattform for the in form batsmen Miller to throw his bat in the death overs...Miller took his time & paid back the price for AB by putting a fighting total on the board..rather than throwing his wicket @ the start itself...Well played Miller..full credit to him..Klusner s d batting coach for Miller..Miller paid back the price to his coach Klusner..If SA wnna to win the Series...play postively againt the SL spinners..without loosing any wkts to them...got to attack d SL btsmns with the SA pace attack...

  • sachinisawesome on July 27, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    As expected easy win for SA. If they play to their potential they will win this series easily. Complete Dominance. Match was all over when parera started slogging. Great performance to dismiss home team for only 160 under 44 overs. This is a cause for concern for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is failing to play their alloted 50 overs too often. It happened twice in Tri Series and many times in CT as well.

  • Prabhash1985 on July 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    @Sinhaya : Hi mate, I had been saying what you say for more than one year, that is, Thisara should open. And I say he must open with Dimuth. Dimuth is going to be a class act. He can open, and he is technically sound. Dimuth has scored many runs in A team even, but I don't know why he doesn't get his deserved place. I think it's time for Dilshan to retire. Appreciate him highly for his great contributions, but we need a young man in his slot. Opener should attack to damage the new ball as much as possible, and one down and two down should be the best technically sound pair, similar to Aravinda and Sanga. It's good that we played in Pallekele with bounce. We will fail, and we will learn from it. Failure is the beginning of success.

  • sachinisawesome on July 27, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    As expected easy win for SA. If they play to their potential they will win this series easily. Complete Dominance. Match was all over when parera started slogging. Great performance to dismiss home team for only 160 under 44 overs. This is a cause for concern for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is failing to play their allotted 50 overs too often. It happened twice in Tri Series and many times in CT as well.

  • anoop3301 on July 27, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    well bowled Tsotsobe. Showed a weak batting line up its place.

  • Prema1948 on July 27, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    It is impossible to maintain a winning consistency when too many fleet-footed batters of slow in reflex are employed as your main batters. If the wkt was flat they may survive, otherwise they would last only few bowls as in the case of yesterday and as it happened many times before outside the Country. It is a big mistake to employ these aging players as front-liners. One can't survive too long missing, edging & lofting from the very 1st bowl, and your legs, arms and body aren't moving properly. It is also a total mistake to employ a batter of limited strokes as your main batsman; most of his forceful strokes are predominantly predetermined and lofted. If we want to maintain consistency we need batters the quality of Trott,Root,Bell, Dhawan or Amla for that matter that have total control over almost every stoke they play. Even though the batters the class of Sir Richards,Miandad, Inzamam & Dhoni don't look very authentic in style, their range of strokes are so vast and their 2 b CNTD

  • Peternarendra on July 27, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Unfortunately, the youngsters like Kusal, Munaweera and Angelo Perera couldn't perform well in their chances. But they should be given more chances without dropping (Sanath, Marvan and Mahela were given many chances at their beginning). In the past, Sri Lankan selectors gave many chances to the players like Chamara Silva, Kapugedera, Mubarak, Upul Tharanga and Arnold those who couldn't emerge as match winners. Upul Tharanga should be dropped in the team. scoring a 100 in a low pressure match, wasting bowls and getting out early in next 10 matches is not a batsman's role .we need an opener (like Sanath, Ganguly, Shehwag, Gilchrist,Watson,Gayle) who can hit more than 5 sixes and score more than 180 when he can bat throughout the inning. The best team in the current squad is Mahela, Lahiru, Kumar, Chandimal, Dilshan, Mathews, Angelo, Thisara, Rangana, Lasith, Suranga. (Dilshan should go to the middle order to deal with spinners) I expect Kapugedera may be included in to the T20 squad.

  • IndianCoolGuy on July 27, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: What you said is exactly right mate. As you said Miller demolishes mediocre bowling, it happened yesterday too. thats why I was saying D/L helped SL last match. All the best rest of the matches. But I am worried that SL these days not even playing their entire 50 over quota when big guns fails. Until SL's future Tirumanne or Chandimal gets some experience in international level itself, its tough period for SL. All the best for SL till Tiru or Chandi becomes Legends like Sanga or Mahela. Til then some how they have to manage things. All the best SL.

  • BLACK-BIRDS on July 27, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    AB ...you are a good captain without gloves .....De KOCK is batter WK and opnner ...SA need to stop runs at the death overs ...(morris ,,M.Laren )is good option.....We need more improvements in next game ,Morkel should take wickets in the start of the innings.....otherwise go to domestic cricket Morris, LANGE .KYLE ABOTT can handle the new ball batter ....We miss ELGAAR too .good luck

  • Htc-Android on July 27, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Its disappointing to lose the match. We had it in our hands.I hope we will come back with a better batting performance in the next game. Looks like Thissara has improved his batting. I saw him hitting many boundaries on the offside during this particular series. This was a sensible innings from Thissara. Unfortunately he had too much to do in the end. Selectors please dont drop Thissara from the team. He has a better bowling average than our main bowler Kulasekera. How can someone would consider dropping him from the team?

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on July 27, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    HI SA fans.......Anyway if YOU have a small allrounder ,give him full chance to prove.....and then knock him out (if failed ).....I have faith in FARHAAN so his bowling was usefull....on the other hand DE.KOCK needs more chances as opnner and WK...so he will be a batter option in future to become another GILCHRIST.....Morris was not playing today ...not a good decision....By the bay AB handle the condition much batter after leaving the gloves .....AB play as acaptain with ring fieding .....good luck

  • ms2000 on July 27, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    proved beyond doubt that Chandimal is the right Captain and once again Mathews has proved he is not capable of this job as he have proved himself at the IPL. Time for the selectors to open eyes. If one look closely at the pat 2 matches and y'days one, you could clearly see many diffrences between the 2 captains. Mathews should step down as a gentleman if teh slectors cant take that decision

  • on July 27, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    why sl selecters always go with tharanga, has he produce good results in big occasions like finals or semi's .he keep doing same mistake and will not learn any even in the future.why not keep going young talent like kusal.yes he fails last few matches but they all played in difficult pitches where most of sl batters failed.sl should trust him and hope he will will play next series.any way angello perera is far more better player than lahiru.he should have more oppurtunities.

  • ahilan9999 on July 27, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Why isn't Philander in the SA ODI team. True, SA did well this match but their ODI form in recent times hasn't been great. Better to have a brilliant wicket taking bowler who can also bat than medium pacers whose economy rate isn't that great anyway.

  • on July 27, 2013, 0:15 GMT

    So Ajantha Mendis is back in the equation. Despite being written off and by cricket scribes like Andrew Fernando (Mendis is a twenty/20 specialist/ on his last chance) and discriminated against by selectors, he has returned to the fray and achieved 100 ODI wickets in impressive time. At the young age of 28 there is great potential for an amazing career provided he receives the necessary support to evolve his spinning abilities. He's now proved to selectors that he should be persevered with. Andrew Fernando has too much influence over Sri Lankan cricket.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on July 26, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    If this is result with proteas B team then I am sure that it must be a scary thought for SL to play with full strength SA. i.e. with Amla, Kallis, Smith & Steyn.

  • rajcan on July 26, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    No doubt, Chandimal is a captain material than Mathew. Chandimal make good decision in terms of rotating bowlers. Mathew time and time again fails...

  • proteasfire on July 26, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa for a good performance and keeping the series alive!!. Hats off to Miller for a great knock when needed. He has proved that he can be a great game changer and an asset for the Proteas. The way he paced his innings was terrific getting 50 (62) balls and then hammering another 35 in 10 balls. This is an excellent example of how to pace an innings in ODI and top order can watch that innings before Sunday's encounter. His hitting is clean and has got wide range of shots with power and timing. No doubt he is a priceless cricketer for South Africa!! On the bowling front, Tsotsobe had a very good come back today and he performed as well as he would've liked well backed by Behardien. All the bowlers did their job really well except for that one over by Robbie which was carted all over the park by Thisara. Overall a great spirit shown by South Africa in this victory which delights the team as well as its fans. Cant wait to see them take the field again on Sunday!!

  • on July 26, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    oh wonderful South Africa. If the South African batsmen would show some patience at the crease,they would be more compettitive. Its not all about hitting the colour off the ball all the time but accupying the crease and plugging away at the bowling until you have gotten the measure of the wicket and bowling. Good work today

  • kc69 on July 26, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Great win for SA they did look a bit rusty though because of some unfortunate results in previous matches. But I still believe SA is a team which will come back strong. David miller was an amazing talent who was noticed by the world during IPL 2013.This will certainly help the better team of the series to gain some momentum.

  • gtr800 on July 26, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket has become incredibly boring if you're not a fan of Sanga, Mahela or Dilshan. These are the only batsmen that ever perform for the team. The youngster are seemed to be treated like toddlers who are given captaincys & branded as the next Sanga's or Mahela's. These guys haven't performed at all- if they were in any other team they would be getting dropped- I mean Chandimal & Thiramanne.

  • Doolman on July 26, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Great result proteas!! So glad to see AB not keeping wickets. De Kock must keep for rest of series.AB will add more value in next two games. It would be great to see AB take number three spot in batting line up. Dumminy to number 5.

  • vsssarma on July 26, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    ZCF_Outkast: While I agree with you on Tsotsobe, the part about Phangiso and RJ Peterson is not true. Look at their performances in the last two years:

    Matches: RJP 28 AMP 4

    Ave RPW RJP 34.94 AMP 65.00

    RPO: RJP 5.07 AMP 5.27

    At rate of RJP if whole team bowls, the other team would be bowled out for 253 runs (34.94 x 10 = 349 runs, 5.07 x 50 = 253 runs. Min is 253 runs because by then the innings would be over)

    At rate of AMP if whole team bowls, the other team would be bowled out for 263 runs (65 x 10 = 650 runs, 5.27 x 50 = 263 runs. Min is 263 runs because by then the innings would be over)

    So, as a bowler RJP has performed better than AMP.

    And batting ? RJP averages 14.24 with a strike rate of 78. AMP averages 3.00 with a strike rate of 47.

    As a player, I give 42.6 marks to RJP and 18.8 marks to AMP.

  • vsssarma on July 26, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    TSotsobe made a big difference. Over the last 2 years, SAF tried 19 ODI bowlers. How did they fare ? DMAC has the answer and look at this:

    Marchant de Lange - 100 Morne Morkel 67.9 Wayne Parnell 64.1 Tsotsobe 63.9 Botha 63.7 Steyn 63.2 McLaren 58.2 Abbott 57.7 RJ Peterson 54.6 Kleinveldt 52.6 Elgar 36.2 Kallis 33.6 Duminy 31.8 Morris 30.6 Phangiso 29.8 Behardien 22.5 Philander 19.1 JA Morkel 18.6 du Plessis 2.6

    What is happening on de Lange ? Why is he not playing ?

  • GrindAR on July 26, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Look like, Chandimal has better way to contain the opposition, the consistent run-away train batting lineup like SA. Probably they should try him for the whole series. I dont have a doubt on Mathew's skills. For the betterment of team, they should have both of them playing with Chandimal leading and Mathew's playing anchor role. Captain makes the difference. My analysis is, Chandimal is good at critical thinking (visualizing under pressure, and quickly grasping key small details). I think they both are good friends too... Their partnership will do a lot good to SL. KS+DPMDJ, formidable role models. They just did not have the Mojo to lift the titles as AR+ADS had. I think with Chandimal+Mathews friendship/partnership with Chandimal leading, SL will perform a lot better as a unit. I truely see Chandimal as the long term leader for SL.

  • on July 26, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Miller shown a class act of lance klucener. Selectors must trust his ability to play continuous matches.

  • on July 26, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    This too early to decide something but feels there is no team spirit in SL team. You can't blame Mathews because he had no choice other than go after bowling What SL should consider is allowing Thisara to play his game all the time. He need more batting practice. If we win 04th ODI, SL should try sending Thisara and Chandimal as openers. Or send thisara with Angelo. If we win the 04th ODI we will have the series under our belt. SL should rest Sangakkara, Dilshan, Mahela, Tharanga, Mubarak and anyone else who is over 29 out of the team. Leave it to the youngsters. In current team young talent is wasted because of Seniors. I respect them for what they did, they are talented but sometimes, sacrifices need to be made for a better future.

  • Srini_Indian on July 26, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Crushing win for SA. A great comeback after 2 losses. They were unlucky to lose the 2nd ODI. If the 2nd match was not delayed by rain, SA would have thrashed SL. This match shows once again, now which is an obvious truth, that without Mahela and Kumar, SL batting is hopeless. Their youngsters look out of depth in International level. If not for the hopeless slogs from Perrera, SL's margin of loss would be even higher. Congrats to SA. Make it 3-2.

  • on July 26, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I feel Mathews has come in to the team and unsettled a winning combination that did well in the first 2 one dayers .

  • Iceman29 on July 26, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    With so much talent in the SA team dont know why they are finding so much difficulty to beat an average team like SL...again SL is showing that they completely depend upon the big 3 to get them past atleast 200...

  • ZCFOutkast on July 26, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    A win! Why am I not surprised. Tsotsobe gets back into the XI when he should never have been kept out in the first place, and we win. Why was Phangiso dropped? He is proving to be a genuinely competent specialist spinner, while RobbieP continues to merely masquerade as one yet his impact can hardly be distinguished from a casual roll of the arm by Graeme Smith or Faf! Even his sporadic contributions with the bat are proving to be increasingly elusive. Why persist with him or give the impression that in the long term he is a better solution to SA's needs?

    Drop the double standards already and give Phangiso a lengthy uninterrupted run to establish himself as our leading limited overs spinner for the next 4 years!

  • gtr800 on July 26, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    The next game is most probably going to be a repeat of this one. With the exception that Miller might bat earlier. He has shown that he could be the next ABD type in their squad, he's only 23. Incredible temperament. This wicket is suited for South Africa more so than Sri Lanka. There is very little chance of Sri Lanka winning in Pallekele- will not last against the bounce & pace of SA.

  • duncanmoo on July 26, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    SA bowling goes to show the value of experience. First two games it was only Morkel who performed here it was Lopsy. I still think SA no3 is a serious gap!

  • on July 26, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    It just had to come, anyway. This game shows the importance of playing bilaterals, where the visiting players must find a way to overcome host conditions. SA played really well today. All credits to them. Considering our chase, it's ok that the top-order really went after the bowling. It was a bad pitch. But since then, the manner batsmen reacted to a simple chase like 220, is really disappointing. SL's problem has always been, & always is, the lack of consistency, despite having good players. From a personal point-of-view, what I saw was that nobody was able to take the pressure being at the crease for a considerable amount of time, which is crucial in matches like these. If we just had wickets in hand alongside the blows by Perera, SA would never have registered their 2nd ODI victory on SL soil. The overall outcome at the end of the day, also suggests the need for more Test matches to be held, if that 'consistency factor' is to be dealt with...

  • Blade-Runner on July 26, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Wow, amazing hitting by Thisara Perera, even though we lost the game. I feel that Mathews' careless batting cost us the game as if he could stay with Thisara at the other end, we could have gone a lot more closer. I saw that even spectators were running for the cover in that deep mid wkt area to avoid getting hit by the ball when Thisara was batting :D Well, SA bowlers did well to utilize the pace n bounce pitch offered. Congratz to SA. We will come back strong in the nxt game to get our series victory.

  • IndianCoolGuy on July 26, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    As expected SA has come back very strongly. SL once again could not bat entire 50 overs. Its very often happening with SL that they are not even able to play 50 overs. SL has to sort out this problem some how. Parera's hard work reduced the difference but could not impact the result. Miller once again proved that how dangerous he is in shorter format. Lucky escape for SL with D/L method last time when Miller has settled well at the crease and was playing very well and there were just 72 needed from 48. SL has to come back hard to win one among 2 remaining ODIs. Their strength is Spin and can take an extra spinner. All the best SL.

  • RAJ18 on July 26, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    I am amazed that SL selectors harbouring some passengers in this Team. 2 of them are captain & V.C., the other is Thirimanne,who is nowhere near Int. quality.Where are players such as Chamara Silva, Kapugedara etc.Why is Mubarak getting so many chances, even when he has not done anything in the local circuit to warrant a recall.We should give some assurance to Jeevan Mendis and play him. With his Legspin, googly bowling, he would be a real asset to the team.

  • Prabhash1985 on July 26, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    At least now, please send Thisara opening the innings with Dimuth Karunaratne. They will be the best Sri Lankan openers after Romesh Sanath pair.

  • --.-- on July 26, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Thisira Perera's knock includes 90% Luck and 10% Talent. He was clearly OUT when he knicked Morkel's delivery to Kock. There was clear sound. But SA had no DRS left. Tostsobe dropped him too. Perera's obsession on ON side can be seen again. He was LUCKY enough that a left-arm Peterson was bowling so that he could hit blindly on Leg side with the turn. Miller's knock was better.

  • on July 26, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Now 75/5. Sorry to say that but match is over now. I am sure sa will not miss this opportunity to get back into the series.

  • on July 26, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Miller is the go to man. He did the same in ipl. Now he did it for sa. He is a match winner in the mold of dhoni. Hope sa bowlers bowl well to win this match.

  • rajcan on July 26, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    SL needs to prey the rain doesnt interrupt game and DL method is not used. With the slow run rate and 3 wickets down, if D/L is applied for sure SA will win the game.

  • rajcan on July 26, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Tharanga's outside edge dismissal is continuing. If Tharanga doesn't correct his weakness, he wont be lasting long. He has so much of talent and had scored runs against difficult opposition, it seems now he is playing too defensively and wasting too many balls and getting out cheaply. May be he is feared of his position in the team, and trying to make no mistake which is making him to make mistake.

  • vim_equal on July 26, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    What the hell doing with Kusal? 1 of our big hopes in the future... and also little Sanath(we all know it)... Tharanga keep failing(a ton once in a year now)

  • --.-- on July 26, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    SL is very LUCKY that SA is without their major players - Amla, Steyn, Smith and King Kallis.

  • Prabhash1985 on July 26, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. But make sure you don't lose too many wickets in the first 10-15 overs with the new ball. Have high expectations on Angelo Perera with bat. Wish him all the best. Ajantha was superb, had he not taken the wicket of AB, it could have been much worse. Well played Sri Lanka, and well fought back by South Africa.

  • on July 26, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    miller you beauty he is a great talent for southafrica plz dont use miller as a pinch hitter he has a potential to play long innings today miller showed his talent no one would able to stick around and bat feriously like miller but miller came at no 7 plz dont spoil him he have to be batted at no 4 or 5

  • Hate.ME on July 26, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Good innings by Miller. But I feel 224 target would be chased down by SL easily.

    I became Miller's fan ever since he blasted blistering century for KXIP in IPL last season. With Kallis on the verge of retirement, I hope CSA handle Miller carefully and he needs to bat up the order may be No. 5 is perfect.

  • Ali_Abass on July 26, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Wow it's Miller show in first inings.

  • rajcan on July 26, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Mathews poor team selection and bowling choices continues. Chandimal was rotating bowlers beautifully and won both matches.

    When T. Perera was hit for a six in his previous over by miller, he was still given a chance to bowl the 49th over, no doubt he was hot for more sizes. Primary bowler Rangana Herath didn't even finish his quota.

    Herath should have given the ball.

    Bad captaincy.... As he stick with Kushal Perera and lost champion Trophy, his bad decisions continues..,.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 26, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    south africa need to find a quality spinner, and their players should be trained by setting targets like 50 to get from 4 or 5 overs with 2 or 3 wickets, their bowlers to defend 30 in 3 or 4 overs, and finally important one how to construct after initial collapse

  • on July 26, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    yeah its good to see angelo perera in the side.

  • Blade-Runner on July 26, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Wow, as always expected Thisara "Iron Man" Perera is doing it again with the ball. What an awesome allrounder he has been for Sri Lanka. He is one of the best allrounders in the world today who does extremely well with both bat n ball. having said that, I still think that De Kock is a promising young talent. But SL attack is too hot for him. He should be first tried against the teams with weaker bowling attacks like India to get more experience, not against teams like SL, ENG , AUS.

  • on July 26, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    finaly angelo perera got a chance...gud to c him there...

  • on July 26, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    like

  • on July 26, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    like

  • on July 26, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    finaly angelo perera got a chance...gud to c him there...

  • Blade-Runner on July 26, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Wow, as always expected Thisara "Iron Man" Perera is doing it again with the ball. What an awesome allrounder he has been for Sri Lanka. He is one of the best allrounders in the world today who does extremely well with both bat n ball. having said that, I still think that De Kock is a promising young talent. But SL attack is too hot for him. He should be first tried against the teams with weaker bowling attacks like India to get more experience, not against teams like SL, ENG , AUS.

  • on July 26, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    yeah its good to see angelo perera in the side.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 26, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    south africa need to find a quality spinner, and their players should be trained by setting targets like 50 to get from 4 or 5 overs with 2 or 3 wickets, their bowlers to defend 30 in 3 or 4 overs, and finally important one how to construct after initial collapse

  • rajcan on July 26, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Mathews poor team selection and bowling choices continues. Chandimal was rotating bowlers beautifully and won both matches.

    When T. Perera was hit for a six in his previous over by miller, he was still given a chance to bowl the 49th over, no doubt he was hot for more sizes. Primary bowler Rangana Herath didn't even finish his quota.

    Herath should have given the ball.

    Bad captaincy.... As he stick with Kushal Perera and lost champion Trophy, his bad decisions continues..,.

  • Ali_Abass on July 26, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Wow it's Miller show in first inings.

  • Hate.ME on July 26, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Good innings by Miller. But I feel 224 target would be chased down by SL easily.

    I became Miller's fan ever since he blasted blistering century for KXIP in IPL last season. With Kallis on the verge of retirement, I hope CSA handle Miller carefully and he needs to bat up the order may be No. 5 is perfect.

  • on July 26, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    miller you beauty he is a great talent for southafrica plz dont use miller as a pinch hitter he has a potential to play long innings today miller showed his talent no one would able to stick around and bat feriously like miller but miller came at no 7 plz dont spoil him he have to be batted at no 4 or 5

  • Prabhash1985 on July 26, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. But make sure you don't lose too many wickets in the first 10-15 overs with the new ball. Have high expectations on Angelo Perera with bat. Wish him all the best. Ajantha was superb, had he not taken the wicket of AB, it could have been much worse. Well played Sri Lanka, and well fought back by South Africa.