Sri Lanka v South Africa, 4th ODI, Pallekele

Dilshan, Sangakkara secure series

The Report by Firdose Moonda

July 28, 2013

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Sri Lanka 239 for 2 (Dilshan 115*, Sangakkara 91) beat South Africa 238 (Duminy 97, Mendis 4-51)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tillakaratne Dilshan set to drive the ball, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 4th ODI, Pallekele, July 28, 2013
Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed 16 boundaries in his unbeaten century © Associated Press

An unbeaten century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and 91 from Kumar Sangakkara carried Sri Lanka to a series win over South Africa with one match to play. The pair ensured the hosts achieved the highest successful run chase at Pallekele with six overs to spare to underline some of South Africa's most pressing issues as they attempt to rebuild their one-day side.

At first glance, it would seem the bowlers are to blame but South Africa's middle-order are the real culprits in their defeat. Hashim Amla and JP Duminy shared a second-wicket stand of 101 to set a strong base for the team but the batsmen who followed squandered the advantage.

From 118 for 1, South Africa were 238 all out, losing nine wickets for 120 runs. By contrast, Dilshan and Sangakkara shared a partnership of 184 - Sri Lanka's highest against South Africa - to maintain their strong record at home against South Africa.

South Africa have only won two ODIs in Sri Lanka and their inability to adapt to conditions was exposed again. The absence of quality spinners and senior players to take responsibility in the batting line-up cost them dearly and they will now return to Colombo with only pride to play for.

South Africa began to make some amends for their failings with the bat and Hashim Amla's return was central to that. Amla, who missed the first and third match with injury and could not bat in the second, recovered in time to form one half of South Africa's fourth opening pair in as many matches.

While Quinton de Kock's inexperience was exposed against Lasith Malinga, when he was yorked for 8, Amla had the Sri Lankan attack erring. The seamers continually offered him too much width and he pulled and cut at will.

Amla and JP Duminy, who has looked good without producing results in the series so far, settled in and took the batting powerplay after 15 overs. That proved a tactical mistake. Sri Lanka's slew of spinners limited run-scoring opportunities and only 22 were scored in the five-over period.

The pair succeeded in planting a platform but Amla did not stick around to help the launch from it. He was lbw to Dilshan, who went around the wicket to trap him on the back foot, and even a review could not save him.

AB de Villiers' lean run continued as he was caught behind trying to paddle-sweep. Faf du Plessis also did not contribute, offering a chance to Angelo Mathews in his follow-through and eventually being stumped.

Ajantha Mendis foxed the less-experienced players, who have not learnt to pick him. David Miller was bowled by the legbreak and Farhaan Behardien clipped him straight to short leg.

The fall of wickets forced Duminy to continue a quiet vigil and his strike rate remained in the 60s, until the last four overs, when he finally decided to launch against Malinga. Duminy managed to improvise, turning would-be yorkers into low full-tosses, but Malinga's change of pace accounted for the tail.

Still, South Africa would have thought they had enough with 198 the previous-best successful chase in Pallekele. Their bowlers started well against a changed Sri Lankan top order - with Mahela Jayawardene replacing Upula Tharanga - as Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe extracted extra bounce and got movement, but ill-discipline infected them again. South Africa sent down 17 wides, taking their series total to 58, and indicating an obvious problem with line.

Jayawardene was frustrated by the early squeeze and when he tried to steer Tsotsobe to third man, he was caught by a diving Amla at gully. That was the last success South Africa saw until it was too late. Dilshan showed a willingness to ride out the pressure and looked for singles with Sangakkara instead of going for big shots to thwart the bowlers.

But South Africa still had their chances. Sangakkara was on three when he edged Kleinveldt but Amla could not pull off the half chance, and on 33, when Duminy appealed for an lbw against him. South Africa had a review in hand but de Villiers chose not to use it. Afterwards, he said neither Duminy nor de Kock, who was keeping, were convinced, Replays, though, showed Sangakkara was out.

His flirtation with fortune over, Sangakkara matches Dilshan blow for blow thereafter. Dilshan was strong square of the wicket and on the pull and brought out his trademark scoop off Tsotsobe. His century came off 119 balls with a swivel down to fine leg.

Sangakkara peppered the on-side, with 52 of his runs coming in that area. After Dilshan crossed the century mark, Sangakkara was racing against the remaining runs to get there. He smacked Morkel for two fours to get into the nineties, but fell on his sword when he top-edged to mid-off.

Dilshan finished things off to leave South Africa with plenty to think about. Foremost in their minds will be their poor effort in the field, and their decision-making under pressure, both of which need work before Wednesday.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by MichaelBurton on (July 30, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Congrat SL. Good luck SA for the next game. Thanks SA and Pak fans for acknowledging and non jealousy comments.

Posted by vsssarma on (July 30, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

How good are SL's bowlers in the last 2 years ? Herath 61.7 marks Senanayake 60.4 Maharoof 54.7 Kulasekara 53.5 Malinga 49.8 Pradeep 49.1 Ajantha Mendis 48.1 Angelo Mathews 41.7 KTGD Prasad 40.7 Thisara Perera 38.2 Weerakoon 35.4 Prasanna 34.4 Dilhara Fernando 32.5 Suraj Randiv 30.3 Lakmal 30.3 Eranga 27.5 BMAJ Mendis 26.5 LHD Dilhara 25.3 Dilshan 22 Udana 18.1 CKB Kulasekara 10.7 Mubarak 4.6 HDRL Thirimanne 1.3 CK Kapugedera 0.3

Posted by MichaelBurton on (July 30, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Congrat SL.Beating even 2nd string SA team (as called by some) even by 3-2 is way superior than beating full strength Zim team by 5-0.

Posted by rukzz on (July 29, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Oh stop it with all the excuses of SA being a second string side. This is almost the same team the played in the CT2013 and reached semifinals. No one really said anything about them sending second string side then. Also SAfferes were always ineffective in SL (including Steyn, Kallis and Smith).. Check the historical records.. What diference would that have made?.. They have only won 2 matches out of 14 or something... Credit to the Lankan Lions.. Sanga, mahela and dilshan are only getting better with age.. so dont worry about 2015.. we will groom youngsters into stars by then..

Posted by KingOwl on (July 29, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

BTW, did anyone notice that Malinga is getting some sort of a beer belly? Now, that's something to worry about. What are the fitness guys and all the trainers doing? Malinga needs to be in lean, mean shape, if he is to be effective in the medium term.

Posted by KingOwl on (July 29, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

I think too much of a fuss is being made about seniors and juniors. The bowling attack, except for Herath, is young, and have quite a few years left. On the batting side, there is a lot of imbalance, sure. But we said the same thing in the past - what will happen when Arjuna, Aravinda, and Gura retire? Nothing much happened. There were others who took over. Do we miss Jayasooriya any more? Do we even miss Murali (the greatest ever) in limited overs cricket? No. So, let's not go over board with this idea of seniors retiring. There are greater reasons to worry about test cricket, but not one day or T20, in my view.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Fact is clear here that SA bowlers are lethal against the red ball but not so against the white. Same applies to Anderson and England where SL managed to beat them by 7 wickets in the CT game this year chasing nearly 300 but similar heroics would have been tough with the red ball. This same logic could apply to the Aussies too.

I think NZ has the best pace bowling attack for both tests and ODIs when balanced but their brittle batting will mean that will not be enough.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 29, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

When I analyze SA over the recent years, in test matches their away record is far better than their home record. Last time they lost an away test series was this time back in 2006 when Sanga and Mahela posted the 624 run partnership. SA has their worse away test record in recent memory too in Sri Lanka where since 2000 till today, 7 tests were played and SL won 4 and SA won 1 with 2 drawn. Kallis's test average against Sri Lanka comes to 40 all because of the double ton against us in Cape Town last year as before that, in 15 tests his test batting average against us was 33.

SA from 2006 August till today, in away tests they have lost 1 in India in Kolkata in 2010, 1 in Australia in Sydney in 2009, 1 in England in 2008. From August 2006 till today, in home tests, they lost to India twice i 2007 and 2011, once to SL in 2011, thrice to Australia, once to Pak in 2007, once to WI in 2007, once to England in 2009.

Posted by vsuria on (July 29, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Tough luck SA! You had many young players so it was your second string side, but Sri Lanka had their first team out there. SA have performed well, but surprised they haven't won series as it was expected!!!

Posted by -Otuwa- on (July 29, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

@my_comments-Yes agree with you SL is one of the consistent performers in world cricket.But my point is our main target should be 2015wc.When 2015 Sanga,Mahela,Dilshan,Herath all are 36+ old players.Also we haven't good fielders as well.Players like Angelo Perera,Kapugedara are good fielders.We can't rely only on our batting.Feilding is vital for any team.If you can save 20 runs it is like take two wickets or score 30 runs.We cant go to the big competition like WC with four five 36+ players.Major problem is fielding.After 3 or 4 failiures they drop players like Kusal,Thisara...What is the purpose of them???Why do they can't drop Mahela after 20 failirures???Mahela scored a century against India in WI.You and me know Mahela will perform after another 20 matches.We should give chances to youngsters as many as possible.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 29, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

I'm really impressed with our SL bowling unit. They've been a well disciplined unit in this series. Our bowlers have bowled only 8 wide deliveries so far in this series so far compared to 56 wide deliveries by SA bowlers.

Yesterday ,match : SL - Zero wides/no-ball -- SA - 17 wides n 1 no-ball :))

Posted by my_comments on (July 29, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

@ Magnesium: Between now and 1996, SL is one of the consistent teams that has performed well through such period (after aus), they have not won any major title but has been in the top 5 rankings for long-time, in 1996, everyone were talking abt the era after aravinda, arjuna and so on. but those days youngsters (mahela sanga) came good when the seniors retired. same will happen, if the youngsters have talent they will perform when the time come. so why change the wheels if they are running smoothly, as i said they should tinker with the team but not change it as u said in your post at (July 29, 2013, 6:22 GMT). so cool off enjoy the winning of SL, if you are a supporter.

Posted by mgsperera on (July 29, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

PLS NO Upul Tharange / Dimuth forthe next game ..lot of ppl are comenting on inclusion of Dimuth for playing 11..first he shud prove his talents ..he cudnt make single 100 in 4 innings with Banga even..look at his 1st class and recent A team performances ...We hv talented Kusal / Thiri for the opening slots ..give a chanse to AngeloP & SachithraS ..make Chandi bat in between Sanga & Mahela...we shud go for 4-1 as Mathews mentioned ...

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

to all the people who commented on Old players must sit back and let the youngsters play in front....

hey guys, i really don't agree with it. it's all about performance. If a old player performed good than a new player, he must bat in his regular place nad deliver the goods. Not to worry about the SL young talent. they will rise to the occasions.

Posted by mgsperera on (July 29, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

Love this SA cricket team as a SL fan ..Talented Cricketers , Hard Fighters , Humble Players ,Lovly Charactrs & Respect others .in a simple word Gentlemen....Which we cnnt see frm teams like Indai / Aus / Eng...once thier big guns back they can be a very competitive team ...well done team SA cudnt made it lost the match ..but you won lot of SL fans ....

Posted by PaKi-WiNg on (July 29, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

i am pakistan fan but i love srilanka team just like my own...congrats on winning odi series and i wish them all the good luck in future...fantastic sangakara..and fiersome dilshan rock all the way

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 29, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Can SL now rest big 5 and give young guns a chance? I mean please rest Upul Dilly, Sanga, Mahela and Malinga. This will give a good opportunity for others to get experience. My team for the last one day is. Tissara, Lahiru, Dinesh, Anjelo, Anjelo, Jehan, Sachithra, Rangana, Suranga, Shaminda, and Ajantha, I think this team can win the last match.

Posted by Perera32 on (July 29, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

This was a thrashing by SL. SL deserved to win the Series 100%. To those who keep barking on about the seniors, old players, Big three, blah blah: This was the same thing said back in 2005-2006 when players like Jayasuriya, Vaas and Murali where about to retire. Look what SL achieved after those players retired. Back in 2005-2006, I doubt if anyone would've predicted that Mahela and Sangakkara would get more than 50 000 International runs together. I doubt if they thought Dilshan would become a sucessful opener and I doubt if people thought Malinga would be one of the best Modern Fast bowlers. Sri Lanka have produced and will continue to produce Talented cricketers and critics can continue to make excuses but Im proud of what our little Island have produced so far.

Posted by gimme-a-greentop on (July 29, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

This was a nice game for the old pros. A lesson in batting for all the yougsters from Amla, Duminy then Dilshan and Sanga in particular. Amla is incredible the way he scores so easily when in full flight. Our middle order has been weak against spin. Good to see Mendis bamboozling a few batsmen again. Miller is suspect against spin, I'm sure he's working on it, because he's great against pace. AB is finding silly ways to get himself out again, but this is always the frustration with players of his ridiculous talent. This would be a different team with Smith and Kallis, but they are not going to be around for much longer so they may as well play Tests and let the younger guys be groomed in the ODI team. Some of those SA 'A' batsmen need a look in, like Rossouw etc.

Posted by --.-- on (July 29, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Sanga and Jaya have nothing to prove to anyone. About groomg youngsters - I think they both should learn from Dhoni how he comes down the order and let youngsters play top of the order. If they fail, Dhoni is there to handle to pressure situation. If they perform that will help build their confidence. Same way either Thirimane or Chandimal or both should bat higher. And Sanga and/ or Jaya should come after them. And Kushal should open regularly.

Almost all nations are giving their youngsters opportunities up the order. - Ind - Dhwan, Sharma, Kohli. Pak - Jamshed, Shehzad, Amin. SA - de Kock, etc.

You might lose a few matches but that will help you build a strong young team in long run.

Posted by hayagriva on (July 29, 2013, 7:12 GMT)


Why insist on seniors retiring or stepping down when they keep performing. The sport is about performance, not age.

Posted by TZ9383 on (July 29, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Very good win and good to see Ajantha Mendis is back to form & My team for final ODI 1. Dimuthu 2. Kusal 3. Sanga 4. Chandi 5. Angelo Perera 6. Mathews 7.T.Perera 8. Sachithra 9. Eranga 10 Suranga Lakmal 11. Ajantha Mendis

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 29, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

This series clearly exposes the vulnerability of SA's tackling of spin bowling...but i think when Kallis, smith and Steyn returns it will be a completely different team altogether....i still wonder what happened to Philander and why a bowler like his calibre is being ignored regularly....

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka! Those big three, shew! And Perera is a Beast of a player! Got to be said though this South African odi Team is really out of it. Ferhaan berhaien?? Why?why?why? Lonwabo tsotosbe, the worst fielder we have ever had and mediocre bowler if the pitch does not assist 100%, Faf the legend from the test match in Aus is nowhere to be seen,av 28.... Ab who can pull off the most outrageous shots and score like a madman when he is playing ipl for his millions is getting out to the most ridiculous shots I have seen from a master batsman. If he could watch replays of the last year or so....De kok needs a run, David miller is gem, Robbie p needs to go. Substandard bowler and realy hit and miss batsman. Bring in phangiso and be done with it. The frustrating thing is as most of us Sa supporters know, this is definitely not the best side we can field. Selectors keep going to players they say are "the best the country has" well if that's the case, SA cricket is in trouble.

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 29, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Please dont drop Kusal, He is the most talented out of the new blokes.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

For gods sake stop blaming youngsters. SL have enough talent and Chandimal , Thrimanne , Mathews ,Dimuth etc will take SL forward when Sanga and co retires

Posted by -Otuwa- on (July 29, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

@Htc-Android-Your team is impossible one.Because Mathews said,we want to win this series as a 4-1 so we don't need to change this team.Sanga want to increase his average so he doesn't give his spot to anyone doesn't matter what is the situation.Mahela is really inconsistent.We can't blame to Thirimanne for his slow strike rate because he is a top order batsman.He can't do anything at num 6 position.Angelo Perera is the best choice for num6 position instead of Thirimanne.

@my_comments-Yes SA has lost the series.But belive me after the two years this young team will become more mature and more energitic team unlike SL.They got lot of positives in this series.Miller is a capable of finish the inning and Duminy is a brilliant at num3.But what is the positives for SL.Nothing.

Posted by -Otuwa- on (July 29, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

My dream team for 2015 WC


Posted by jikol on (July 29, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

@Saketh Nedunoori; Sanga doesn't play for records, if he had played for records he may have had much more than 16 hundreds who played 353 matches. He is a great gentlemen on and off the field. with only 19 runs required off 54 balls, Dilshan already reached his milestone, sanga needing 17 to his milestone off that required 19 runs and 9 wickets in hand its obvious that anyone tries to reach it and end with high. he tried but just failed but he had played already for the country and to secure series. Sri Lankans doen't play for self pride mate! They may play but after finishing their job to secure win for the country!

Posted by my_comments on (July 29, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Who says seniors are not needed? look what SA is saying, they say that the problem of their batting line up is that they do not have the experience of smith and kallis in their batting. I agree with them, if both of them and styne were in the team, it would have been a greater challenge to SL. I'm not saying that SL would lose but it will be really testing... So SL should keep the seniors as long as they can play. openers can be changed to tag along with dilshan, No. 3 should be sanga then a youngster and then mahela and so on.

Posted by Htc-Android on (July 29, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Great series win by SL. Now its time to experiment players for the 5th ODI. No point of watching our seniors scoring hundreds in a dead rubber match. This is the perfect chance to test our young players against a strong team. My team for the last ODI. 1.Dimuth 2.Kusal 3.Thirimanne 4.Chandimal 5.Tharanga 6. Angelo Perera 7.Mathews 8.Thissara 9.Herath 10.A.mendis 11.Malinga

Posted by -Otuwa- on (July 29, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

And i am not sure what SLan manegmant doing with Rangana Herath.Why do they don't use Sachithra????Why?Why?Why?Look at his domestic bowling records.First class bowling average is 19 with 340+ wickets.Also he is a wonderful fielder.Still 28 ODL player.But they use 35 year OLD rangana herath as a thier main weapon.He is a poor fielder like a pig.And it's time to drop Tharanga as soon as possible.Evenly e can't play Pallekale pitch because it has more bounce than other pitches is SL.So how can he play on Aussie pitches in 2015??Please don't drop Kusal Perera.He is a born cricketer with natural talent.What a shame after few failiures they drop Kusal.

Posted by -Otuwa- on (July 29, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

First of all congrats to SLan team for their series win,Congrats to Dilshan for his 17th century,Congrats to Sanga for his brillant inning...

Next the problem is what is the positive things for SLan side.May be Sanga in good form,Dilshan came to the form.But what is the positive for 2015 world cup?After the 2011 world cup all teams dream is 2015wc.When 2015 Sanga,Mahela,Dilshan,Herath all will become 36+ years.That is a big problem for SLan side.

Posted by Rajesh_India_1980 on (July 29, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Simply brilliant SL. Hard luck SA. I can't understand why such a talented bunch of cricketers like you people can't prove this fact. Anyway, Don't worry guys. Try to make it in the 5th game. 3-2 defeat by Sri Lanka is way superior than 5-0 win against Zim. Good luck for both the teams for the final odi match.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

SAngakarra Proved that he plays for the records He was very much interested in Playing for 100's and he shown it yesterday

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

A fantastic thrilling match I could watch after a long time.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

Well done guys. nice to see a victory. keep it up.

Thanks. Rumy.R

Posted by kevepere on (July 29, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

I dont think SL have anything to be happy about the new plot of players they have. Be it chandimal , thirimanne , mathews or any other one. Simply relies on the big 3 batsman of SL. I dont understand why they do allow chandimal , thirimanne and mathews play higher up the order. What does dilshan , sanga and mahela have to prove. They almost always do well for SL with the bat. Please dear administrators and responsible parties.. Send them higher up the order. Rotate the big 3 and play only 2 . 1. Tharanga/Kusal (make these 2 drop if they do not perform. give places to others also , then those 2 will work more to keep their place.) 2. Dilshan /Mahela 3. Chandimal 4. Sanga/Mahela/ Dilshan 5. Mathews .. for the rest of the players . 6. Jeewan Mendis/A perera 7.Thisara 8. Herath/Sachithra 9. Herath/Sachithra/A Mendis 10. Eranga 11 Malinga

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 29, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

What is this fuss about youngsters? We have a talented pool of youngsters...Kusal, Angelo, Chandimal, Thisara and so on. Its just we havent given them enough exposure. Specially in batting, they should be bat at top not in the middle, where they were given so much pressure to dealt with. Please bring back Kusal, and Anjelo. Thrimanne is a waste. No point of having him in the team. For those who are complaining, Can you remeber the early days of Mahela, Dilshan and Sanga. I remember Mahela failing an entire world cup tournament.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

Superb professional performance by SL. Congrats on series win to Angelo & the team. Congrats to Dilshan, Sanga, Mendis for their outstanding performances. Hopefully, SL can try out some younger players in the last ODI giving Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga, Herath a well deserved break and also focussing on developing a team for the future. Sanath and selectors must make use of these rare opportunities to groom and expose future players to the international scene.

Posted by 9ST9 on (July 29, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

I think the worry as far as the young batsmen is considers is Thirimanne. Chandimal despite not scoring any big ones was bit consistent. He scored a quick 35 + coming down the order against Aus in the ICC CT and then 40+ in testing conditions in the 2nd ODI. It would be a good idea to rest @ least 2 of the seniors for the next match and give Thirimanna and chandimal a chance to bat higher and maybe another chance for Angelo Perera. He had to come in at the worst possible time in the last ODI he played.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 29, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

same old story SL veterans single handedly winning the match and the middle order are not even tested....its going to be very difficult for the younger generation when the seniors leave the team..we have seen n number of matcher already how the youngsters are struggling if the seniors got out early in the innings.....

Posted by ms2000 on (July 29, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

Enough is enough for Tharanga. He had some luck against India to score on that day. Look at the way he bats. He is never confident against the pace bowlers. Thissara will do much better than him at this position.

Posted by ms2000 on (July 29, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

at least now give chance to Thissara to come in at No 03 or 4. He is an assette that we never used at the correct position. He will not waste boalls. Even if he gets out for low score it does not matter but most of all give him a chnace during the power play. Thissara can be one of the finest allroundrers in time to come.

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 29, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

English Side, regarded as the World's best of this trade, LeeGermon as Captain of NZ for the'96WC and GraemeSmith as Captain of SA at a time there were very many senior players the likes of Karlis. After all you don't have to be the best player in the Team to lead the Side.Senanayake was first came into the National Side for the SA Tour 2B CNTD in 2011 ever since the J&Ps have been compelled to include him in almost every squad due to brilliance & consistency maintain at Domestic levels (since 2007), however this tall spinner was hardly allowed to perform in the middle (played only 6 matches out of 32 matches while he is being in the squad) The J&Ps are behaving thus because they want to keep an henchman till the next WC, whose 1stCl Bo Av. was just 41+ after a 44 ODI matches played, till he went to WIs for the Tri-Nation.These J&Ps and the local media are misleading the general public of the Country in continuing with these average players.(Stats courtesy Cricinfo)

Posted by tdslbuwa on (July 29, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

Angelo Mathewes said at the post match presentation that there wont be any drastic changes to the current squad in 5th 0di..So the best thing to do is give young players a chance bat freely at the top, like Thiri at 3 Chandi at 4 or Tiri to open with Dili and Chandi at 3...followed by Angelo Perera and Mathewes...One of Sanga or Mahela should be rested with Rangana Herath and give a chance to Senanayaka... So the batting order should be...Dili,Tharanga,Thiri,Chandi,Angelo P, Sanga , Mathewes,Thisara,Senanayaka,Mali,Mendis.....Sanga will come at 6 according to this order..But it will be better if Chandimal or Thirimanne get a good 70 or 80 at the top than Sanga getting another hundred...And NO MUBARAK plz...

Posted by   on (July 29, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

Asia 2 Africa 0.

Old is Gold & New is for fold. Well played both African countries. Both of you were weak but hats off to your guts to play without key old players. Protea's in particular. Luck was on another side. It was hard to play on tricky wicket if you are not familiar especially. SL used their old formula to wrap up opponent less than 250 and then to chase on their favorite pitch. One more common thing was happened in between Asia & Africa that series was decided today. Both won by Asia.

3 cheers for youngistan & Oldistan!!!

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (July 29, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

RORY is flop ,failed and unlucky player for SA

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 29, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

as Captain of SA at a time there were very many senior players the likes of Karlis. After all you don't have to be the best player in the Team to lead the Side.

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 29, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

have to be employed in these vital positions, as the way the all other countries do. For the next match they should drop Mahela Herath & Thisara; instead Angelo Perera, Se'nayake & Eranga should be brought in. Incidentally M'hews (most suited to lead the Side, after M'ela) has just been appointed, but the local media is talking about the captaincy skills of another that still exhibits his kids' behavior. What has M'hews done wrong? Reaching semi-final level in Champions Trophy in England? or has he done anything wrong in Tri-Series in WI? To lead a team at International level you ought to have matured intelligent player with proper communication skills. The jokers and the local media have to make a thorough study how things has been taking place in other countries e.g. The appointment of MikeBrealey (an average player compared to others in the Team) as captain of English Side, regarded as the World's best of this trade, LeeGermon as Captain of NZ for the'96WC and GraemeSmith 2bCNTD

Posted by Prema1948 on (July 29, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

The Jokers want their youngsters to learn the trade and enhance their confidence by watching from the bench. Even the skipper is able to score only 15 50s without a single 100 though he has played 83 ODIs (but still he manages to maintain an average of 34). The story of Chandimal & Thirimanne is the same. Mathews should be the Man of the match for his use of Ajantha, persisting with an attacking field, as Mahela did so in his 1st 50 ODIs. By the way Mahela has failed in all his last 7 innings and so did Dilshan but still the J&Ps want them as the top-order batters.However Dilshan has had performed better than the other 2 seniors as a middle order batter but still he was dropped for the tours of ZIM & B'desh in Nov 2008 & Jan 2009 respectively but managed to come back into the Team in doing well, as an opener, in Domestic Tournements. There is no purpose severed giving them permanent places in the Team till the next WC, with these ad hoc performances, the proven youngsters2bCNTD

Posted by starsgap1986 on (July 29, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

I love what South Africa is doing with not exposing their dangerous bowling line up all too often. This way they aren't only giving others chance to groom and prove , but also denying other teams to study and getting used to their master piece bowling trio. For example too much of afridi and saeed Ajmal made them less lethal nowadays.

Posted by Cricketluv on (July 29, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

Now I have the answer as to why SA have not bagged any major cup; Even my two-year old daughter would have refereed Sanga, given the importance of the MAN, Match Situation and the Series Situation.Please, this is Not to insult the Skipper of SA whom I hailed yesterday here at CRICINFOfor his wonderful post-match speech. Honestly, I couldn't believe my eyes. Or Sanga should be so psychic that he can mentally influence people.

Posted by ahilan9999 on (July 29, 2013, 0:33 GMT)

Except for the match before this, South Africa pace bowling has been less than impressive, why is Philander a Test specialist, surely batsmen would rather face Kleinveldt, Morris, McLaren, Behardien instead of Philander in ODIs.

Posted by Mahaanama on (July 29, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

I'm not surprised with the results of this tournament. South Africa got whitewashed the series 5-0 when they toured SL the last time. All Smith, Kallis, Steyn played for that series in 2006. That could be the reason why they might be afraid of coming to SL and got all injured this time. I'm happy for SA because this time they managed to win at least a single match in SL after almost 20 years. Congratulations Sri Lanka for their great series win & Congratulations South Africa for their first win in SL in 20 years!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 23:22 GMT)

Congratulation boys...! now time to give opportunity for chandimal and youngsters to come up in the order and mahela/sanga to come down the order. other wise youngsters never get ready to take the responsibilities. very bad not to think on future cricket. selectors come on , do it soon rather than later...

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 23:14 GMT)

Ajantha Mendis is suffering form the mis-perception that he can only be effective against new players. Yet amongst his wickets in this series are De Villiers and Duminy - he is already the leading wicket-taker despite having played half the games. Give the guy a chance to evolve and he may be amazing - don't reduce him to old labels or he'll be a wasted talent and Sri Lanka will lose a whole lot more.

Posted by Kristy on (July 28, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

I see everyone blaming Thirimanne and Chandimal.. but how do they perform if they don't get a real chance. Thirimanne should come one down and Chandimal should come at two. Sanga and Mahela should come later in the order.. at least till they boost up there confidence.. so SL team will make up a good batting department.

Posted by proteasfire on (July 28, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

The series loss clearly reflects South Africa are a long way from building a good ODI side. Part of it is due to lack of application in spinning pitches and the other is bad selection choices. After every series loss SA appear to be making some changes but towards the end of next series same team that lost previous series is in playing eleven. Kleinveldt is not making any useful contribution by being in ODI team. This was already proven in Pakistan series and Champions Trophy, yet SA included him in playing eleven ruining the chances of a capable Morris. Tsotsobe's fielding skills are so poor for an international player and he is unfit to be in the team. Robin Petersen poses serious questions about his selection as a premier spinner after his inability to make use of helpful conditions. Faf's ODI form is a huge concern and is a main culprit for a misfiring middle order. Unless SA take harsh decision and drop Lopsy, Rory, RP and Faf there is no way they can build a ODI team. #pathetic#

Posted by Doolman on (July 28, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Well done SL. Proteas must go back and rethink one day cricket. This really begins with selectors. How many more losses is needed before attacking spinners are played. All winning teams have strong leaders and captains. AB is a good player but not captain material, he lacks the leadership skills and maturity when compared to Dhoni, Smith, Cook and Misbah. AB must react better the game situation . India will thump us if we play mediocre cricket.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

I think Tissara Perera should come at No. 4 as a pinch hitter. he never use up balls. he will hit some runs and get out. Occasionally he hit gold and SL win is assured. If he get what? he never use up too many balls anyway. Let the man bat. If he get out thats OK. On the other hand you have Chandimal and Thirimman use up many balls and not even getting runs.

Posted by C0l0mb0 on (July 28, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

Its proven that mahela, sanga, dilshan hid 80+, SL win. but how long SL can go like this? Just imagine they got out for 0. How many runs others will add? more importantly will they bat full 50 overs? forget about batting.... can they even field properly? If selectors watch the match, they should know how good veterans fielded and commitment of younger players. Its all because they know no matter what they do, they will have a free ride.

Hats off to bowlers..Herath, Malinga, Dilshan, Mendis did well there. I still believe Mendis need to improve. Mathews n Thisara bowled everywhere. so, I hope they will work hard to learn wicket to wicket. Too much thinking and experiments can ruin ur day. just need to stay with the basics.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

I guess mahela,sangakkara and dilshan should get rest as like india grooming their youngsters for 2015.In a way chandimal should promote up for 4.tharanga opening role should classified again but kusal should back soon for 1.when the sanga is resting.thirimanna should groom for that position.angelo p should be at 5 and 6 mathews (I dont think he os good captain)7 thisara 8 nuwan 9 malinga 10.... by the way,mathews is not lookibg to be good captain as reason for that I wpuld like to point out ,he is not good enough to maintain pressure and hold tight on field. Further he seem to be selfish captain as well..

Posted by yohandf on (July 28, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

well done boys . now it s unassasible 3-1 with the series win . i h seen lot claiming SA series win but now they can eat their words . SA played respectably , they even had this game on their grip when 170/3 , but SL bowlers turned tables . Fantastic display from Dilly and Sanga . Seniors are doing well and we are happy with it . Youngsters will learn slowly . They have atleast 3 years to learn . Like to see Angelo Perera a go instead Tharanga ( Drop) .Sachitra for Herath (a rest) . No need to make drastic changes as we need 4-1 .

Posted by freddy83 on (July 28, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Mahela, Sanga and Dili play in the top 3 or 4, they should give the youngsters the opportunity and responsibility. Their duty is not only to win matches but also to groom the youngsters for a better future. Instead of Mahela opening the batting he should drop down to 5 or maybe 6. Chandimal should be made permanent at 4.

Posted by rajithwijepura on (July 28, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Now we can experiment with 1. Thiri 2. Dilly 3. Chandi 4. Upul 5. Sanga / Maiya 6. Angi 7. Angelo 8. Thisara 9. Hera 10. Menda 11. Eranga

give rest for Maiya or Sanga

Posted by mcsdl on (July 28, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Sri Lanka never in doubt with their ability to beat any side on a given day in ODIs and T20s. We are made for the oneday game... But we really need to focus on Test Cricket. Specially bowling and how we take 20 Wickets..! It is still a question to find a proper answer to. Should Thank Herath for spearheading Sri Lankan Test bowling lineup since Murali. But we really need to find decent fast bowlers and another spinner to help him out in Tests... All in all as I said in ODIs we will compete at the top without a doubt for years to come..!

Posted by yorkslanka on (July 28, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Well done to Sri Lanka on a series win against theProteas.very pleasing to see. Lots of talk about the seniors but the fact is this went on when Aravinda ,Arjuna and Hashan played and who replaced them?the "seniors" that ar bing discussed..hopefully we will rest all three seniors for the dead rubber and let the youngsters gain experience.well done SL

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

team for next match dilshan,mahela,chandi,thiri,sanga,A.perera,mathews,thisara,sachithra,herath,V perera keep mendis magic 4 t20 and give malinga rest! and please drop tharanga

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

why people complaining about youngers consistency? they were forced to play at number 6,7! how you expect they will perform well? let chandi and thiri to take number 3 and 4! chandimal did well in this tournemt! 2nd ODI he played match winning knock and 3rd ODI he is the 2nd highest scorer! he played better than mahela against pace

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

So it was the 'musketeer' show again. Seniors doing the hard-work for the team. It's fine, as long as the youngsters follow through. Got to feel for Sanga though, because he did face the same struggles as Dilshan. It was a deserving ton that he missed. Personally, I'd say both of 'em could have reached centuries, had there been more understanding between each other. There was enough time for such an achievement. Actually, International Cricket wouldn't encourage the pausing of play for such personal achievements. But it's Sri Lankan Cricket. So it should have been a better result, considering what happened. It's absolutely fine anyway. Always a feast to the eye when Dilshan comes in form. Good credits to him. Anyway, this series victory can be made a turn-around for the whole architecture of SL cricket. We've been losing tours quite frequently. Even domestic ones. Hope this will be a good starter for Mathews & the team to keep achieving. More youngsters should face the final game...

Posted by Sidath346 on (July 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Really happy that SL won this series, now for the next game and T20s. A problem still lingers which we have to accept. Who will accept responsibility after the big 3 get out? The last game was a clear indication of this. Mathews looks solid and is a hope to fill one of the three boots and Thisara is quite like Afridi and can be deadly on his day. The other youngsters haven't been all that impressive.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (July 28, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

Same old story again. Dilshan, Kumar and Mahela show though Mahela got out early today. Credit has to be given to these senior players. With club level youngsters that SL possess, pressure is always on these senior players. They're doing it quite well.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Kumar Sangakara, what a pleasure it is to watch you bat. I believe Kumar Sangakara to be the quintessential man of World Cricket. I hope you get 15000 test runs with equal pugnacity and elegance as you have been showing through out the years.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Brilliant performance all round by Sri Lanka, don't take anything away from them they are simply fantastic on home grounds,It's true that the senior players are performing well to get the wins for SL but then again they are there for that why take that away from them, may be the middle order is a bit suspect but they hardly get a chance even to perform with the three old foxes doing their job quite consistently

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (July 28, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

People said the same thing when the 96 legends leave the team, Aravinda, Arjuna, Asanka Gurusinghe. They asked "Can Sri Lanka's youngsters ever play the roles of Aravinda, Arjuna?" They couldn't. But, they became who they are, they worked really hard, and now you are asking whether the next generation can fulfill their slots? No they cannot. But, there will be a different set, each one is different from the other. There is saying "There are two types of people in the world; me and the rest of the world". Answer to the question is, the youngsters cannot become Mahelas, Sangas, Dilshans. In fact, they will become themselves, and they will play their roles. Don't worry, we will win the world cup again, may be not next, but definitely the one after next.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Sl should rest all senior players for next game. Final match playing eleven will be 1.Kushal 2.Tharanga 3.Chandi 4.Lahiru 5.Mathews 6.Angelo Perara 7.Kapugedara, 8.Thissera 9.Sachithra 10.Eranga 11.Lakmal. Right time to make a platform for youngsters and i hope this will provide some idea for selectors for future consideration. Cant depend on three big walls Sanga, Mahela & Dilshan for batting and for bowing Malinga and Herath.

Posted by Raj2000 on (July 28, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka, you've won. BUT, unfortunately, the questions regarding the middle order remains: Can they fire?? Are they good enough to carry the team forward like Sanga, Jayawardene and Dilshan have done? Are they gelled enough? So far SL's three mainstay have carried the team but there will come a time when Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sanga will be gone. So far, from what we see, SL is FAR from ready for that. They have promising youngsters like Chandimal and Thirimanne but they have yet to prove they can perform consistently. Thus far they haven't in this series. And this is a series at home - what will they do when they have to perform on foreign soil?

Posted by somethingdifferent on (July 28, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Without taking anything away from SL. This series is more lost by SA than won by SL. It is obvious that on these Asian pitches SA batsmen can not score and their bowlers have no bite, specially in the absence of Styen, Kallis and Smith. Their batting problems are pretty similar to those which England faced n Asian conditions, some time back but they managed to work things out. May be SA needs to take a leaf from the English coaching manual. One fails to understand why SA does not play Philander specially when Styen is not available as it has been seen a number of times that likes of Morkel and Tsotsobe are no good in Asian Conditions.

Posted by Inducker on (July 28, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Real problems for so called front-line spinner Petersen. He is being out bowled by part timer Duminy. Why can't Petersen adapt to this wicket and contain. Ridiculous to see de Villiers persisting with Morkel who was coming on to the bat perfectly for the 2 set batsmen when Sri Lanka had shown that the "soft ball" option was right for this pitch. Sure Sri Lanka have grown up in these conditions but SA has been failing on this type of pitch for years now. Surely something could have been learnt. de Villiers needs to take leaf out of the much maligned (by ignorant SA supporters at least) Smith and start to lead from the front with the bat.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Dilshan has done his homework (bat drills). He used his feet well, today, and see where he ended up: a great hundred!

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (July 28, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Congrats SL for series win over strong SA . Sangakkara seems to be in his best form . SA do not some how feel a settled unit .

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

@Blade-Runner, how come you always talk about toss and say bad luck SL, Mathews. SL is anyway winning now but if SL had lost the match today then I am sure you would have talked about bad luck for 2-3 days. SL is playing with more senior players at home ground so it doesn't sound good when keep on talking about toss and badluck.

Posted by SILVERSANGA on (July 28, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Wow Wow wow! What a tremendous showdown by lions! now! SL once again prove to the world how dangerous unit they are! This is what the Lions do!! Now we have even defeated a SA team including Amla. We can surely defeat the SA team with Steyn too. We are also not playing with one of our front line bowlers Kulasekara. Dilshan once again is excellent! What an innings under pressure in testing conditions! Sanga you are the true king! Proud of the you guys.

I am not surprised a bit by this. I expected this result doesn't matter what some experts said. A quality side like SL always knows how to win. South Africa is a massively overrated side. Look at their pathetic record in Sri Lanka. At least SL has a much better record than that in SA soil. And now SL has won more than 50% games played between the 2 sides.

Well done Lions! You proved all the critics wrong once again! Keep it up!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (July 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

As I told earlier, Sanga, Dilshan, Mahela wickets are important and need to taken them out quickly. Seems SA has to pay the penalty for not picking Sanga and Dilshan wickets. Congrats SL. Tough luck SA.

Posted by gtr800 on (July 28, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

This is SL's game to lose now. Not enough runs- Mendis not picked well, its just a matter of playing him a few times then you can hit him for a few sixes- look at Sehwag. Just wondering does anyone know how many times SL have gotten to 200 without their 3 senior batsmen getting a fifty?

Posted by gsingh7 on (July 28, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

get top 3 out and its sa win. rest dont have talents to play class bowling attack. where is next jayasuria kusal now who averages less than 6 in last 8 matches. sa to win this match if they get top 3 out cheaply.

Posted by alischeme on (July 28, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Amla.......simply a LEGEND!!!

Posted by gsingh7 on (July 28, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

238 is a winning total.if amla and duminy had pyed all MATCHES THEN IT WUD have been 3-0 sa by now. still sa can easily win this match and then next match.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

Its Africa v/s Asia today.

Asia 1-0 now. What next.....Will it be Africa or Asia.

Youngistan have done their task. Now its up to same old horse power. Find out within 2 hrs. from now.

Posted by KARNAWAT33 on (July 28, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

Sri Lanka's extravagant capability to throw matches from a good position will come into play soon. I see this series going into the 5th match, ALIVE>

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Get the three and sa will easily win the match

Posted by mark2011 on (July 28, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

good that SL kept them below 240, even before 220 they shud hav clean them up. still tuff chase as it was seen on the other day.if SL dont lose wkts in first 10 overs and mange 35-40 runs then they can hopefull to build something on it.. after 35 overs it wont be too difficult either.but wkts in hand is crucial.. lets hope for the best for SL.. Good Luck!!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (July 28, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Blade Runner: "Now AB is probably thinking (sitting in the dressing room) that SA would have been better off without Amla." this is eligible for the craziest comment award. Superb batting by WORLD NO 1 PLAYER AMLA. and Duminy is cool customer. I think 230+ is enough for SA to beat SL. Just SA need to target Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan wickets and the rest of the match will be pretty simple.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (July 28, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

I think this match will be decided whether our middle order bat well against spin or not, especially JP. It'll be bit tough for the spinners though, as there will be dew usually in Sri Lanka. Sensible cricket is required from Sri Lankan middle order. Can Chandi, Angelo fulfil the tough ask?

Posted by CrICkeeet on (July 28, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Really I lyk 2 watch these medium scoring games. (wi-pak series going d same way) atleast 4m d champions league, these games give me a vry gd taste.. dont wanna see a 300+ meaningless game anymore...

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (July 28, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

South Africa's oneday performances have been sub-par, they were lucky to make it into the semi's in the CT and these ODI's have shown they do not have a lot behind Graeme Smith, Kallis and Amla, tough times ahead for them.

Posted by --.-- on (July 28, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Vinay Kumar is slow version of Malinga. High expectation but poor results ! Generally off target.

Posted by --.-- on (July 28, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Poor batting by SA batsmen. Even against part time bowlers like Dilshan and Mendis whom batsmen of other countries hammer all over the park are getting wickets.

Posted by AltafPatel on (July 28, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

DeVilliers should remember two things. He is not part time batsman.. second, he is playing ODI, not IPL or T20.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (July 28, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

quite sometime du plessis doesnot have decent runs to his name. He took so much balls to score first few runs, and doesnot rotate strikes properly. Drop him.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 28, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

"Don't be so overconfident pal.." that's for Mr. Amla. LOL It was a real belter. The ball was coming to the bat nicely. So he managed to hit some boundaries. Then he got greedy n took the power play. It was a waste. Then he used up their only review. Now AB is probably thinking (sitting in the dressing room) that SA would have been better off without Amla. LOL

On the other hand, Dilshan the allrounder is turning the heat up in Pallekele. What a gem of a cricketer he is. Brilliant captaincy from Mathews. He used his bowlers cleverly n managed to pull Saffers back. Awesome !! I'm enjoying every bit of it. :))))

Posted by --.-- on (July 28, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

See this is what Amla can do. Sri Lanka were LUCKY in previous matches that Amla was injured. Lets not forget this SA team is without their major pillars - Steyn, Smith and King Kallis. Otherwise story would have been different. Lucky escape for SL.

Feeling sorry for SA. They are really unlucky to play with second string team. McLaren too got injured. Thankfully Amla played today and humiliated SL weak bowling attack.

Players like de Kock should make full use of this opportunity as you don't get to play too many matches against weak bowling attack that too on FLAT TRACK.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 28, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

This pitch has turned out to be a real belter here today n not much for the bowlers. SA are hurry to cash in. Too bad we lost the toss. Its been the story of Mathews, losing the toss when its needed the most. Hope that the pitch condition will stay same for the 2nd half. Anyway its gonna be a high scoring game. GO SRI LANKA.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Congrats south africa... I dont need to see anymore of this game.. Mathews losing the toss for us again,Lahiru Thirimanne playing when brilliant youngsters like Anjelo Perera are left out and Hashim Amla playing..

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Proteas need to win this match to stay in contention, with one more 50 over match they need to win this one as well. The previous match shows they can beat Sri Lanka so keep it up you guys show your critics you are not "chokers". The up and coming T20 matches are going to be a lot more difficult as Sri Lanka are past masters at this form of cricket. Only time will tell. Proteas must show their respective coaches that they have learnt a lot from previous mistakes, and have upped their confidence.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 28, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

I don't get this De Cock hype. From the little I've seen of him he seems to be all cross bat a complete dasher no way should he be playing international cricket let alone opening and for South Africa.

Posted by .......junk on (July 28, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

hashim is a class player and SA did miss him at the top .i would have wanted to see alviero open with hashim and de kock bat at number 3 position . de kock is a really good player however his international exposer is limited so i would have let malinga bowl initial overs to rather some one with more of experience .and duminy is a proven middle order batsman so it would have been ideal middle order with A B , faf , miller and duminy .try to use more of miller and de kock they are real assetes ..

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (July 28, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Amla got a good start, and SA should utilize this good start. A score above 250 would be a winning total. SA should keep wickets in hand and target around 180 in 40 overs and last 10 overs they can score 80 odd when Miller & Du Plesis comes.

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