South Africa in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Sri Lanka v South Africa

Sri Lanka won by 17 runs (D/L method)

3.00pm Right, we are set for the game, not too much of a crowd in, but you can hear the muscial instruments blaring around the ground. SA spring a surprise, Robin Peterson with the new ball. Tharanga to face.

2.50pm More praise for the groundstaff. Ruchira: "WHAT ???, We're having a game today after the way it rained earlier today. The groundsmen in Sri lanka are just outstanding, I thought play would've been abandoned the way it rain even with the full covers on."

Gareth: "I'm surprised at all the AB criticism. Whilst he hasn't brought home the silverware, I think he's an incredibly competent captain. He has a tendency to so what the opposition don't want him to do, both bowling and batting, which is what captaincy is all about."

KPN: "Not always true. What about Mahela ? A batting legend, an exceptional skipper and a great tactician."

Shamalka wants more youngsters in the side: "I think SL is preparing a team for a masters' cup as they're playing Mubarak as the 6th player who's 30+ adding to the existing 5 in the team. Even Malinga is just a few days away by becoming a 30year old."

Nina: "@KPN Disagreee, of all the current Lankan players, Sangakkara surely goes down as the better captain (vs Mahela). Absolutely outstanding leadership."

2.35pm Kapil: "Not such a smart decision to bat first on an overcast, start-stop kinda a day. Advantage SA if they can nip out a couple early." Andrew Fernando pings me with a reason why SL may have chosen to bat: " They are playing on the same pitch which wasn't the fastest track to begin with, and might wear further towards the end."

And here's Fernando's weather update: "And the weather is looking much better now, than it has all day, bit of blue around."

Kumar: "An exceptionally talented player doesn't necessarily translate in to a good (let alone exceptional) captain. Case in point - Lara, Sachin, and now AB?"

Rob: "Okay I am feeling a lot more confident with "Mr Reliable" fit to play. Amla brings some relief for us SA fans that are on the edge of our seats long before the game has begun..." Amla's return is a huge boost to this young South African line-up, especially if the track becomes a sluggish one where it will be tough to time your shots.

2.30pm Toss Sri Lanka win toss and have chosen to bat. Amla is in, Ingram left out. SL unchanged.

Chaminda: "Guys, I don't know which kind of a ground staff we have in RPS.. It was a pool 20 mins ago,the way they react after the rain is simply amazing.. Hats off." I've always wondered why more countries, especially those in which grounds have poor drainage, don't follow SL's policy of covering the entire outfield.

andre: "@Rob. On paper they are very good but on on grass they do seem to have a problem."

2.25pm A whole lot of disgruntled South African fans out there, it seems. Rob: "On paper Saffas are so good it is scary, yet they constantly let us down with bad desicions and freak performances. Sometimes I wish cricket was played on paper..."

Werner: "I'm still not convinced of AB's leadership skills and I don't think he should be SA's captain. He always gets this "deer caught in the headlights" look when things aren't going well."

Tiaan: "@Pierre: SA is a team currently in transition. You can't expect to throw away someone if you're breeding them for future gains. Return on investment is what it's all about."

2.15pm We should have the toss at 2.30pm, and a start at 3pm. Not confirmed yet though.

Pierre: "Can someone please tell me what Faf Du Plessis is still doing in the ODI team? He's had plenty of opportunities to prove himself and his record is below average. Time to give someone else a chance..." Don't think he's done too badly recently, Pierre. And with Smith, Kallis and possibly Amla out, enough of South Africa's younger batsmen are getting a chance as well.

Many international bowlers around the world have scratched their heads wondering how to dismiss Sangakkara. Here's our reader Kapil's tip: "Saw Sanga's innings but it was poor SA bowling than good batting. 2 4s which Sanga hit or went to boundary off Morris to third man, that's the line to bowl to him with third man and covers in place. Leading edge would be round the corner."

2.00pm Still no word on Amla's fitness, the team was to take a call this morning on whether his neck problem has eased enough for him to play.

Vidhu: "AB was right about heat contributing to the Proteas downfall. He's mistaken about it being the weather though. Sanga was simply too hot to handle."

1.50pm The good news is the covers are coming off, and though it is still overcast, there is no rain currently. The toss will definitely be delayed though.

Andrew Fernando, our estimable Sri Lankan correspondent, informs that it has been raining heavily over the past 24 hours in Colombo. He had a busy day yesterday, sending in a bunch of preview stuff. For everything you need to know about this game, read this. South Africa have decided that two-spinner policy suits them best and will stick with that for this game. And Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, whose game isn't really suited for a lower-middle order role, talks here about needing to adapt his batting to suit every position in the order.

Fraser: "Poor captaincy from AB if he let so many runs be accumulated in the leg side through boundaries."

1.30pm Greetings all, and welcome to game two of the series between Sri Lanka and South Africa. The bad news first up is that there's been rain today, and more rain is predicted in the evening. Let's hope we get an on-time start.

South Africa were absolutely thrashed in the first ODI, and their captain AB de Villiers had suggested the Colombo heat contributed to their ragged performance. And Kumar Sangakkara was in the zone, rocketing to 169 after a sedate start. Check out his wagonwheel (you'll have to fiddle around a bit with the options at the bottom of that page), an astonishing 131 of his runs came on the leg side.

0.1

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, pitched up and that is pushed towards cover

0.2

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, keeps it up to the batsman, blocked down the track towards the bowler

0.3

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, sticks around the off stump, defended off the back foot after getting behind the line

0.4

Peterson to Tharanga, no run, length ball on the pads, flicked towards mid-on, can't beat the fielder

0.5

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, a bit of flight there, pitched up and on the pads, pushed towards mid-on for a single

0.6

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, wheels away around off stump, watchful defence off the front foot

Kumar: "i just don't understand what's the fuss with AB's captaincy, he is the best man to lead SA now. But, with SA you never know, there might be a new 22 year old captain waiting to make a debut"

End of over 1 (1 run) Sri Lanka 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
TM Dilshan    0* (1b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-1-0
WU Tharanga    1* (5b)     

Morne Morkel takes the other new ball. He had a pretty good first game.

1.1

Morkel to Tharanga, no run, Morkel starts round the wicket, and sprays one well wide of off stump, I thought that should have been called a wide, but the umpire doesn't

1.2

Morkel to Tharanga, no run, again well outside off, not as wide as the previous one, Tharanga leaves this 146.4kph delivery alone

1.3

Morkel to Tharanga, 1 wide, Morkel tries his luck miles outside off again, this time the umpire calls it a wide, he's getting the ball to seam away quite a bit here

1.3

Morkel to Tharanga, no run, on a length and closer to the stumps, another leave

1.4

Morkel to Tharanga, 1 wide, again getting the ball to jag away a long way, starts too far outside off to worry the batsman though

1.4

Morkel to Tharanga, no run, length ball heading for off stump this time, fuller than the previous deliveries this over, defended towards midwicket

1.5

Morkel to Tharanga, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, enough room for Tharanga to slash it behind backward point, that's a favourite scoring area for Tharanga

1.6

Morkel to Dilshan, no run, Morkel over the wicket to the right-hander, again seemed very close to being a wide outside off, umpire doesn't call it though

End of over 2 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
TM Dilshan    0* (2b)      M Morkel    1-0-3-0
WU Tharanga    2* (10b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-1-0

The groundstaff are taking their place around the outfield, though it doesn't look like there's any rain around.

2.1

Peterson to Tharanga, 1 run, Peterson is excited as Tharanga steps down the track and chips the ball just wide of the diving midwicket fielder

2.2

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, length ball on off stump, Peterson flighting the ball, Dilshan will go for it, he drives crisply but straight to cover

2.3

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, gets well forward and defends to the off side

2.4

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, length ball, extra bounce for Peterson, Dilshan is a bit surprised by that one, hits higher on the blade than he wanted as he defended

2.5

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, opens the face and steers the ball towards backward point

2.6

Peterson to Dilshan, 2 runs, a slog from Dilshan to get going, it was well outside off, Dilshan plays an ungainly pull towards deep midwicket

End of over 3 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (RR: 2.33)
TM Dilshan    2* (7b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-4-0
WU Tharanga    3* (11b)      M Morkel    1-0-3-0

3.1

Morkel to Tharanga, no run, short of a length ball on leg stump, defended towards square leg

3.2

Morkel to Tharanga, no run, length ball from over the wicket, on middle stump, driven towards cover

Vinit Desai: "As a professional umpire myself, I find it very odd that two SL umpires are umpiring an international game being played by SL." The overseas umpire who was scheduled to stand is ill, so the man who was supposed to be the third umpire has stepped in.

3.3

Morkel to Tharanga, OUT, a spectacular catch gets the first wicket, a short ball from Morkel, Tharanga is hurried into the pull, doesn't time the ball at all, it loops towards midwicket where Peterson runs back and dives to send back Tharanga for another low score

WU Tharanga c Peterson b Morkel 3 (13m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

3.4

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, another shortish ball, 146kph, pulled away towards square leg by dilshan

3.5

Morkel to Sangakkara, 1 run, on the pads, Sangakkara gets his first run by clipping the ball towards fine leg

Ramitha: "It is time for ground staff to have a tea & small nap after the amazing effort. Earlier I thought we could start a boat race instead of cricket."

3.6

Morkel to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan hasn't looked comfortable so far, again here he tries to leave a length ball outside off but is late to raise his bat, that 142kph delivery thuds against his bat and bounces towards slip

End of over 4 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1 (RR: 2.25)
TM Dilshan    3* (9b)      M Morkel    2-0-5-1
KC Sangakkara    1* (1b)      RJ Peterson    2-0-4-0

The Peterson experiment is over. Chris Morris gets the ball. Peterson had the ball in his hand and was ready to bowl before Morris was called in. Has he warmed up?

4.1

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, Morris starts with a gentle delivery sliding across outside off, left alone

4.2

Morris to Sangakkara, 1 wide, too wide outside off, the angle is taking the ball away from the batsman, and Morris starts too far outside off

4.2

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, Morris grunts as he sends down a 133.8kph ball, pitched up and a lot closer to off stump, Sangakkara shoulders arms

4.3

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on the pads, pushed towards mid-on by Sangakkara

4.4

Morris to Sangakkara, FOUR, strays on the pads one more, superbly dealt with by Sangakkara, a mere flick, no power whatsoever, but the timing was terrific, even on this slow outfield, the ball runs away to the rope

4.5

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, length ball angling across Sangakkara, who is happy to allow it through to the keeper

4.6

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up and just outside off, punched off the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 5 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 14/1 (RR: 2.80)
KC Sangakkara    5* (7b 1x4)      CH Morris    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    3* (9b)      M Morkel    2-0-5-1

5.1

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, awesome effort from David Miller to pluck that one at square leg, just landed short of the diving Miller, again it is the short, quick ball from Morkel that is causing the problems, Dilshan's pull doesn't even send the ball outside the ring

5.2

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on off, watchful defence from Sangakkara

5.3

Morkel to Sangakkara, 1 wide, pacy delivery from Morkel, who is getting the ball to jag away quite a bit, this one started just outside off and moves away a lot, too far from the off for the umpire's liking, Morkel is disappointed at the call

5.3

Morkel to Sangakkara, 1 wide, can't be disappointed at this being called a wide, much too far outside off

5.3

Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR, Morkel switches to round the wicket, fires it in full, another of those delightful flicks from Sangakkara, who places it wide of midwicket for a boundary

5.4

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, inside-edge onto the pad, the ball rolls towards midwicket, this was a short of length ball angling in

5.5

Morkel to Sangakkara, 2 runs, poor line from over the wicket this time, length ball and on the pads, helped along to fine leg for a couple

5.6

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, full and just outside off, Sangakkara opens the face as he steers that towards point, Sangakkara looking very comfortable in the middle, unlike Dilshan who is struggling

End of over 6 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 23/1 (RR: 3.83)
KC Sangakkara    11* (12b 2x4)      M Morkel    3-0-14-1
TM Dilshan    4* (10b)      CH Morris    1-0-5-0

6.1

Morris to Dilshan, 1 run, full ball angling into the leg stump, clipped towards midwicket, a diving stop by Duminy

6.2

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, shorter this time, just outside off, Sangakkara defends it towards point

Ron Olivier: "Someone should get Morkel's discipline sorted out! If not Alan Donald, then the new coach..."

6.3

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, short of length ball outside off, angling across and that is left alone

6.4

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on off stump, 137kph, defended off the front foot to the right of the bowler

6.5

Morris to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full and well outside off, square driven towards deep backward point, Morkel has to gallop across from third man, a bit of a fumble there

Kosala: "Tharanga's 174* allow him to fail 10 more matches without getting drop." Consistency hasn't been one of Tharanga's strong points in his career.

6.6

Morris to Sangakkara, 1 run, firmly driven towards cover for a single

End of over 7 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 27/1 (RR: 3.85)
KC Sangakkara    14* (17b 2x4)      CH Morris    2-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    5* (11b)      M Morkel    3-0-14-1

Ryan McLaren takes over from the erratic Morkel

7.1

McLaren to Sangakkara, FOUR, a shot that we saw a lot of in the previous game, a shortish ball from over the wicket, Sangakkara gets on the back foot and calmly pulls that away to the square-leg boundary

7.2

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, length ball well outside off, slapped towards point

7.3

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on the pads, defended down the pitch

7.4

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, looking to glance that one towards fine leg, Sangakkara shuffles across but can't connect, off the pads to the keeper

7.5

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, short of length and outside off, wide enough for Sangakkara to crack it towards point, can't beat the fielder there though

Viraj Sivanandan: "@Kosala- Have you forgotten that Sanath was one of SL's most inconsistent performers? His Conversion rate of 50's to 100's justifies his place in the team."

7.6

McLaren to Sangakkara, 1 wide, much too wide down the leg side, that's a poor delivery, the camera immediately pans to the bowling coach Allan Donald

7.6

McLaren to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, once again Sangakkara looking to guide the ball down to fine leg, again he can't connect and it is off the pads towards fine leg

End of over 8 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 33/1 (RR: 4.12)
KC Sangakkara    18* (23b 3x4)      R McLaren    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    5* (11b)      CH Morris    2-0-9-0

8.1

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, full length ball outside off, driven towards point off the front foot

8.2

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, length ball outside off, mistimed drive towards cover

8.3

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, pitched up and that is driven crisply towards mid-off

8.4

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length ball outside off, Sangakkara gets on the backfoot and chops it towards cover

Kapil: "What poor bowling from SA again, feeding Sanga on leg/leg stump line and providing easy runs.. not sure if Coaches/Captain went through the feed of the last game and planned something of doing it differently"

8.5

Morris to Sangakkara, FOUR, a thick edge, Sangakkara survives as that flies through gully for four, it was a fullish ball just outside off that Sangakkara wanted to drive through the off side

8.6

Morris to Sangakkara, no run, on middle and leg, driven crisply towards mid-on by Sangakkara

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 37/1 (RR: 4.11)
KC Sangakkara    22* (29b 4x4)      CH Morris    3-0-13-0
TM Dilshan    5* (11b)      R McLaren    1-0-5-0

GK: "@Viraj. Puh-lease, comparing him to Sanath! Jaya had a strike rate 91 and also took PLENTY of wickets. There is a severe lack of consistency and impact from Tharanga who merely posts timely centuries!"

9.1

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, length ball at 136.5kph, Dilshan hasn't had too much strike in recent over, he defends this towards mid-on

9.2

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, full ball is whipped towards midwicket, placement not very good though

9.3

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, could have been some major drama there, as McLaren got in the way of Sangakkara when he was looking to field the ball, Dilshan had pushed the ball towards mid-on and wanted a quick single, they complete it without trouble though, a direct hit at the keeper's end would have made it interesting

9.4

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, a firm drive towards mid-off, McLaren getting his radar on target now

9.5

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, angling across Sangakkara who allows it through to the keeper

9.6

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, full ball outside off, driven crisply towards cover

Sophia Tan: "Wouldn't it be awesome if we devised a way using individiual innings scores of a player to determine a "Consistency Index". I would love to try, but my maths is rather elementary. Maybe a future area for investigation for the numbers men of cricket."

End of over 10 (1 run) Sri Lanka 38/1 (RR: 3.80)
KC Sangakkara    22* (32b 4x4)      R McLaren    2-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    6* (14b)      CH Morris    3-0-13-0

Aaron Phangiso has the ball now

10.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, short of length ball well outside off, cut towards cover from Dilshan

Neil Bromehead: "@Kapil: Knowing what you need to do and then actually going out and doing it are two totally different things. I'm not sure this attack can implement even the best laid plans."

10.2

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, outside of from Phangiso and that is worked past point

10.3

Phangiso to Sangakkara, no run, flighted full ball, driven back to the bowler, who dives to his left to stop that

10.4

Phangiso to Sangakkara, no run, goes for the sweep and he misses, good flight there from Phangiso

10.5

Phangiso to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara pushes this towards long-on for an easy single

10.6

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan waits on the back foot though that was a full delivery, look to cut and he misses that, Phangiso has begun well here

Johan: "@Sophia Tan: I've always been interested in (Strike Rate x Average) to show consistency and impact in one measure. Look at players like AB and Hash - phenomenal averages, but at high strike rates. There must be others out there; Viru in tests for example."

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 40/1 (RR: 3.63)
TM Dilshan    7* (17b)      AM Phangiso    1-0-2-0
KC Sangakkara    23* (35b 4x4)      R McLaren    2-0-6-0

11.1

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, McLaren starts the over with a length ball on the pads, clipped to midwicket

11.2

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, sees Sangakkara charging out, McLaren bangs it in short, Sangakkara was several paces out of the crease but could only duck out of the way

11.3

McLaren to Sangakkara, 1 run, pitched up and that is driven towards extra cover, a couple of fielders dive in vain before a third cuts it off

11.4

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, full and well wide outside off, the ball moves away a touch as well, Dilshan looks to steer that to point before aborting the stroke midway through

Kirby: "Restricting SL to a run rate of 3.7 per over in first 10 overs on their own turf is a great bowling attack. So, please stop wining!"

11.5

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, length ball coming in towards the off stump, nice and accurate from McLaren, Dilshan happy to defend

11.6

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, a 143.4kph bouncer, Dilshan goes for the pull but doesn't connect properly, a bit of a top edge as the ball swirls down to fine leg

Reinier: "@Sophia Tan: That's a good idea. One relatively simple measure would be to use the variance/standard deviation another alternative would be the coefficient of variation." Won't be long before this conversation becomes too complicated for me to comprehend.

End of over 12 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 42/1 (RR: 3.50)
TM Dilshan    8* (20b)      R McLaren    3-0-8-0
KC Sangakkara    24* (38b 4x4)      AM Phangiso    1-0-2-0

12.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, FOUR, a touch short and outside off, uses the pace of the ball to guide it towards the third man boundary

12.2

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, length ball is defended back towards the bowler, Phangiso happy to flight the ball here

12.3

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, length ball spinning away, pushed off the back foot towards cover

12.4

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, goes for a powerful sweep but he can't connect properly, the ball loops over the keeper's head

12.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, skips down the track and punches the ball towards long-on

12.6

Phangiso to Sangakkara, no run, length ball is driven towards extra cover by Sangakkara

Vansh Desai: "@Sophia Tan - I have devised a way to measure consistency: find the standard deviation of their scores over time in respect to their average, and then give the player an index value by dividing their average over the standard deviation. Thus, a higher index for those with higher averages and lower standard deviations - also, meaning that those who consistently get ducks don't get a good overall score. =)"

End of over 13 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 47/1 (RR: 3.61)
KC Sangakkara    24* (39b 4x4)      AM Phangiso    2-0-7-0
TM Dilshan    13* (25b 1x4)      R McLaren    3-0-8-0

13.1

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched up, just outside off, driven towards sweeper cover

13.2

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, short ball on leg stump, Sangakkara ducks under

Not everyone enthusiastic about these numbers. Kirby: "Oh Pleaaase! Spare me from this "statistics" class. I hated statistics in Grad School. Let me enjoy the cricket."

13.3

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked off the front foot

13.4

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, McLaren keeping it steady here, pitching it up and Sangakkara gets a thick inside-edge on to the pads

13.5

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, some noise as the ball goes through to the keeper down the leg side, brushes Sangakkara's thigh pad before reaching de Villiers, loud appeal for caught-behind

13.6

McLaren to Sangakkara, 1 run, connects well this time as he pulls the ball down towards fine leg

Lahiru M: "@Kirby: South Africa would've won the 2003 WC if their players/staff paid a little more attention in stats class mate haha"

End of over 14 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 49/1 (RR: 3.50)
KC Sangakkara    25* (44b 4x4)      R McLaren    4-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    14* (26b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    2-0-7-0

14.1

Phangiso to Sangakkara, no run, spins in from outside off, Sangakkara's attempts a risky lap sweep from outside off, off the pads and over the keeper

14.2

Phangiso to Sangakkara, FOUR, skips down the track to get to the pitch of the ball and launches that powerfully over midwicket for a boundary,

14.3

Phangiso to Sangakkara, no run, full and on off, driven back towards the bowler

14.4

Phangiso to Sangakkara, 1 run, takes a couple of steps down the track to drive the ball towards long-on for a single

14.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, a flighted delivery from Phangiso, driven towards long-off for a single

14.6

Phangiso to Sangakkara, 1 run, full ball well outside off, driven towards deep point for a single

End of over 15 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 56/1 (RR: 3.73)
KC Sangakkara    31* (49b 5x4)      AM Phangiso    3-0-14-0
TM Dilshan    15* (27b 1x4)      R McLaren    4-0-10-0

15.1

McLaren to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, slapped past cover for a single

15.2

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, shortish ball well outside off, Dilshan chases after that one but fresh-airs it, lucky for him there's no edge, as always Dilshan went really hard at it

15.3

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, on middle stump, Dilshan uses his wrists and tucks the ball to midwicket

15.4

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, short of length and angling in, 141.8kph, Dilshan swivels as he pulls it towards deep square leg

15.5

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on off stump, Sangakkara gets behind the line and defends it back towards the bowler

No clue what Roshan is saying here. Could be all made-up stuff: "@ Vanash, good one, once you have done that we can use STEM and apply it to the entire population and then perhaps test the hypothisis using using Z scores..."

15.6

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, short of length ball outside off, slapped towards cover off the back foot

End of over 16 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 58/1 (RR: 3.62)
KC Sangakkara    32* (52b 5x4)      R McLaren    5-0-12-0
TM Dilshan    16* (30b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    3-0-14-0

Time for drinks

Nuwan: "@Lahiru Actually it wasn't just South Africa that had the wrong numbers during that World cup game mishap. Russel Arnold said during the last game that the Sri Lankans were also given the same number. Russel happened to bowl that final over."

DevaR: "Sangakkara is now the leading run-scorer in ODIs between SL and SA. He goes past Jacques Kallis, who made 1429 runs in 37 games. I still remember SANGA's 1st ever ODI inings vs. SA..!"

Looks quite sunny in Colombo now. JP Duminy to bowl.

16.1

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, Dilshan gets well back and turns the ball towards square leg

Fraser: "I'm worried that this commentary is descending into a mass stats orgy. I fear for our lives...." Rest assured, no more stats for a while.

16.2

Duminy to Sangakkara, no run, full ball outside off, driven towards cover

16.3

Duminy to Sangakkara, FOUR, lovely placement there from Sangakkara, waits on the back foot for that one to arrive, then plays it late, steering it wide of backward point

16.4

Duminy to Sangakkara, no run, gets on the front foot and drives towards cover

16.5

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets forward and drives towards backward point this time, gets a single

16.6

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, well outside off, Dilshan chases it and gets a thick edge past the keeper towards third man

End of over 17 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 65/1 (RR: 3.82)
TM Dilshan    18* (32b 1x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    37* (56b 6x4)      R McLaren    5-0-12-0

17.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, driven to the left of the bowler, Phangiso dives to get his hands on that one

17.2

Phangiso to Sangakkara, no run, gives it plenty of air, pitched up and that is driven towards the bowler

17.3

Phangiso to Sangakkara, no run, once more, plenty of flight, pitched up and another push back to the bowler

17.4

Phangiso to Sangakkara, no run, on a length again, Sangakkara skips down the track and punches back towards the bowler

17.5

Phangiso to Sangakkara, OUT, Phangiso's decision to keep flighting the ball pays off, once again Sangakkara skips down the track but the ball is too wide for him to properly control it, he whacks it anyway but can't clear extra cover, a rare unwise stroke from Sangakkara, and South Africa have got a huge wicket here

KC Sangakkara c Petersen b Phangiso 37 (63m 60b 6x4 0x6) SR: 61.66

17.6

Phangiso to Jayawardene, 1 run, full ball, an inside-out drive towards sweeper cover gets Jayawardene off the mark

kedarjadhav: "You should never mention Stats in commentary . it is seen than commentary becomes 19.23% more boring when you mention them , only thing worse is DRS which gives degradation by 27.43 % . Trust me , Stats don't lie ." Are you the Maharashtra batsman who hit a triple-century last season?

End of over 18 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 67/2 (RR: 3.72)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (1b)      AM Phangiso    4-0-16-1
TM Dilshan    19* (33b 1x4)      JP Duminy    1-0-7-0

18.1

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, Peterson's back and he starts with a wonderful delivery that spins away after pitching on off, Mahela is beaten

18.2

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, follows it up with a full toss, lucky to get away with that one, Mahela thrashes it to mid-on but can't beat the man there

18.3

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela gets well back in the crease and carves that towards point

18.4

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, easy single this time, driven towards long-off

18.5

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, gets well forward and defends, an inside-edge onto the pads

18.6

Peterson to Dilshan, no run

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 68/2 (RR: 3.57)
TM Dilshan    19* (35b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    3-0-5-0
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (5b)      AM Phangiso    4-0-16-1

19.1

Phangiso to Jayawardene, 1 wide, poor ball to start from Phangiso, down the leg side, Mahela looks to sweep that but misses

19.1

Phangiso to Jayawardene, no run, flighted and full, Mahela opens the face to guide the ball towards point

19.2

Phangiso to Jayawardene, no run, reverse-swept to first slip, does he play this shot this early in the innings? not off the middle off the bat

19.3

Phangiso to Jayawardene, no run, driven towards extra cover this time

19.4

Phangiso to Jayawardene, 5 wides, and again Phangiso misses his line, way down the leg side, de Villiers can't collect, Mahela can't connect

19.4

Phangiso to Jayawardene, 1 run, eased towards cover for a single

19.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, this one holds its line, doesn't spin away as Dilshan expected, he manages to defend that off the back foot

19.6

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, well outside off this time, lucky to get away with that one, Dilshan slaps it to a diving backward point

End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 75/2 (RR: 3.75)
TM Dilshan    19* (37b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    5-0-23-1
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (9b)      RJ Peterson    3-0-5-0

20.1

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela waits for that to arrive and deflects it towards point

20.2

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted and full, a typically full-blooded drive from Dilshan towards point

20.3

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, another full ball, a lofted drive towards long-off, bounces a few times before reaching the fielder

20.4

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, slapped towards sweeper cover, singles coming easy here

20.5

Peterson to Jayawardene, 2 runs, full toss and that is guided towards deep extra cover for two more

20.6

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, flighted once more, Mahela happy to block off the front foot

SauravJain: "Shouldnt it be "Mahela can't connect, de Villiers can't collect", so that the order is established.. #TheTechnicality"

End of over 21 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 81/2 (RR: 3.85)
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (13b)      RJ Peterson    4-0-11-0
TM Dilshan    21* (39b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    5-0-23-1

21.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, gets a thick outside edge as he looks to play that off the back foot, through the vacant slip area

21.2

Phangiso to Jayawardene, no run, lot of air again from Phangiso, defended by Mahela

21.3

Phangiso to Jayawardene, no run, looks to sweep this full ball, struck on the pad outside off

21.4

Phangiso to Jayawardene, 1 run, uses the width to slap that one towards point

21.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, on middle and leg, defended from the crease towards the bowler

21.6

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, well outside off, chopped towards sweeper cover

End of over 22 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 84/2 (RR: 3.81)
TM Dilshan    23* (42b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    6-0-26-1
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (16b)      RJ Peterson    4-0-11-0

22.1

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, length ball on off stump, Dilshan works that towards point

22.2

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, full toss on off stump, whipped towards midwicket but can't beat the fielder, that ball should have been put away for four

22.3

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, chips this towards long-off, didn't hit it with too much power

22.4

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, well outside off, slapped towards backward point

22.5

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, gets forward and defends towards point

22.6

Peterson to Dilshan, 3 runs, drags this short, a poor ball from Peterson, muscled towards deep midwicket

23 overs in and Dilshan is still on 27. Not the easiest of tracks this and Dilshan hasn't thrown it away here.

End of over 23 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 89/2 (RR: 3.86)
TM Dilshan    27* (47b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-16-0
DPMD Jayawardene    9* (17b)      AM Phangiso    6-0-26-1

23.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, 3 runs, a short of length ball, Dilshan waits on the back foot and stabs that past backward point

SL_Fan: "Talking of statistics, it is the 21st over and Dilshan only has one boundry to his name....what are the chances of that?all ye statisticians?"

23.2

Phangiso to Jayawardene, 1 run, slapped towards deep point for a single

23.3

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, full ball on leg stump, looks to hammer that over square leg, can't time it properly or place it well enough

23.4

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side, plenty of freebies from South Africa today

23.4

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, length ball on leg stump, Dilshan defends watchfully

23.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted ball spins away after pitching outside off, slapped in front of point

23.6

Phangiso to Jayawardene, FOUR, more flight from Phangiso, some width on offer, Mahela waits on the back foot and caresses that behind point for four, nicely done

anan banerjee: "@5 wides : Well bowled Phangiso! Beating 2 world class batsman in a single delivery is not a matter of joke!!"

End of over 24 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 99/2 (RR: 4.12)
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (19b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    7-0-36-1
TM Dilshan    31* (51b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    5-0-16-0

24.1

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, defended back to the bowler, how long before a crazy shot from Dilshan?

24.2

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, punched towards sweeper cover to bring up Sri Lanka's 100

24.3

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, gets forward and opens the face to steer the ball towards point

24.4

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, too wide outside off, powered towards deep point

Kasun Udana: "Dilshan is scoring 1 runs per over.. Hope, in this rate, he will get an unbeaten 50 at the end of innings..."

24.5

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, beautiful delivery, drifts in and then spins away, pitching on a length on off stump before beating Mahela

24.6

Peterson to Jayawardene, 1 run, eased towards long-off for a single to end the over

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 103/2 (RR: 4.12)
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (22b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    6-0-20-0
TM Dilshan    33* (54b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    7-0-36-1

Morne Morkel is back. He got the new ball to swerve around, will he be able to move the ball at this stage at well?

25.1

Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, wild shot from Mahela, a back of length delivery that he skips down and looks to hammer over midwicket, some sound as it passes the batsman, but did it hit his back leg on the way through? Morkel and de Villiers are convinced it is out, the umpire isn't, they don't go for the referral, looks like a good call from the umpire

Vijay: "Just to add to the statistical glory - It looks like the chances of your comment getting published goes up by 3.78% if your comment contains a statistic"

25.2

Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, opens the face and guides the ball towards point

25.3

Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, short ball outside off, Mahela wats to upper cut that but he doesn't connect

25.4

Morkel to Jayawardene, 1 run, angles in towards off stump, 140kph, clipped towards square leg

25.5

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball well outside off, 141kph, Dilshan looks to pull that one, hits low on the bat and no timing on the shot either, the ball dribbles towards midwicket

25.6

Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, goes for the cut but he can't get bat on ball, it was back of a length and well wide of off stump, moved away a hint as well

Kosala: "To Kasun, Wait and see. Dilshan will get to more that 100% strike off soon. Still long way to go. Mahela also looking really good."

End of over 26 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 105/2 (RR: 4.03)
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (27b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-0-16-1
TM Dilshan    34* (55b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    6-0-20-0

26.1

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball is eased towards cover for a single

26.2

Peterson to Jayawardene, no run, length ball is punched towards extra cover

26.3

Peterson to Jayawardene, OUT, once again Mahela goes for the reverse-sweep, he misses and that flighted ball goes between his legs to crashes into the stumps, Peterson is elated, another big strike for South Africa, Sri Lanka in a bit of bother here

DPMD Jayawardene b Peterson 17 (30m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.62

Lahiru Thirimanne is the new batsman. Big challenge for him

26.4

Peterson to Thirimanne, 1 run, full ball outside off and that is driven towards point

26.5

Peterson to Dilshan, 3 runs, flatter and quicker, a touch short, Dilshan waits on the back foot and lashes it towards midwicket, still only one four for Dilshan

26.6

Peterson to Thirimanne, 1 run, full toss from over the wicket, Thirimanne drives it towards long-on for a single

ZCF_Outkast: "Contrary to statistical evidence, Mahela is not immune to a brain-freeze." In Mahela's defence., he does play the reverse-sweep very well

End of over 27 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 111/3 (RR: 4.11)
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (2b)      RJ Peterson    7-0-26-1
TM Dilshan    38* (57b 1x4)      M Morkel    4-0-16-1

27.1

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, from round the wicket to the left-hander, 142kph, short of length ball, defended from the crease by Thirimanne

27.2

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, fuller this time, Thirimanne stays in the crease and defends to the off side

27.3

Morkel to Thirimanne, 1 leg bye, short and angled into the body, that struck Thirimanne, who rubs his ribs in pain, looks to pinch a leg-bye as well after the ball rolls towards short third man, Thirimanne dawdles that run though, AB de Villiers scores a direct hit but Thirimanne has just made it

27.4

Morkel to Dilshan, no run, a huge appeal for lbw as Dilshan is caught on the crease by a short of length ball, umpire turns it down and SA don't review the decision despite that massive shout, it was going to sail over the stumps

27.5

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, short of length once more, guided toward third man for a single

27.6

Morkel to Thirimanne, 1 run, fuller ball, 137kph, clipped towards deep square leg for a single

End of over 28 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 114/3 (RR: 4.07)
HDRL Thirimanne    3* (6b)      M Morkel    5-0-18-1
TM Dilshan    39* (59b 1x4)      RJ Peterson    7-0-26-1

28.1

Peterson to Thirimanne, 1 run, a leading edge sends the ball towards point, Thirimanne was looking to tuck that to the leg side, the ball doesn't turn as much as Thirimanne expects

28.2

Peterson to Dilshan, no run, goes for a big drive through the off, inside edges it back towards the bowler

28.3

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, steers that in front of point for a single, doesn't look to hit that hard

28.4

Peterson to Thirimanne, 1 run, on leg stump, clipped towards square leg for a single

28.5

Peterson to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball sliding towards leg stump, worked towards midwicket

28.6

Peterson to Thirimanne, no run, on middle and leg, defended towards midwicket

End of over 29 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 118/3 (RR: 4.06)
HDRL Thirimanne    5* (9b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-30-1
TM Dilshan    41* (62b 1x4)      M Morkel    5-0-18-1

29.1

Morkel to Dilshan, 2 runs, short ball outside off, Dilshan has repeatedly looked to pull these, off the bottom of the bat towards deep midwicket

29.2

Morkel to Dilshan, OUT, superb diving catch from AB de Villiers, Morkel has removed the last of the big three, no feet as usual from Dilshan as he went after a wide delivery, nicks it through, de Villiers flies to his right to pouch that one and end a scratchy innings from Dilshan, Sri Lanka in trouble now with two new batsmen in the middle

TM Dilshan c †de Villiers b Morkel 43 (124m 64b 1x4 0x6) SR: 67.18

29.3

Morkel to Chandimal, 2 leg byes, poor ball from Morkel, a knee-high full toss on the pads, helped towards square leg, a late call for the second and Thirimanne has to dive to make his ground

29.4

Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, much more menace from Morkel here, a sharp bouncer that the batsman doesn't know too much about, somehow gets it away to square leg

29.5

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, length ball just outside off, Thirimanne gets behind the line and defends

29.6

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, opens the face to work the full ball towards point for a single

End of over 30 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 123/4 (RR: 4.10)
HDRL Thirimanne    5* (11b)      M Morkel    6-0-21-2
LD Chandimal    1* (2b)      RJ Peterson    8-0-30-1

30.1

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, full and flat, blocked towards the bowler

One slip in place. Chandimal pulls away as Peterson runs in as a schoolkid is racing across in front of the sightscreen

30.2

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, a thick edge as Chandimal looks for the turn, the ball doesn't spin much, gets it away towards square leg, 'Run him out,' screams de Villiers but Chandimal makes his ground

30.3

Peterson to Thirimanne, 1 run, works it towards long-on for a easy single

30.4

Peterson to Chandimal, 2 runs, flighted delivery, Chandimal waits for it and opens the face to guide the ball towards third man

30.5

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, eased towards long-off for a single

30.6

Peterson to Thirimanne, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, clipped towards deep midwicket

End of over 31 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 129/4 (RR: 4.16)
HDRL Thirimanne    7* (13b)      RJ Peterson    9-0-36-1
LD Chandimal    5* (6b)      M Morkel    6-0-21-2

31.1

Duminy to Thirimanne, no run, drops it short and just outside off, looks to cut that but can't get it past backward point

31.2

Duminy to Thirimanne, no run, slapped towards point this time

31.3

Duminy to Thirimanne, no run, full ball on middle stump, watchfully played towards midwicket, du Plessis is quickly onto the ball, Thirimanne wanted a single but seeing the fiedler close in, he changed his mind

31.4

Duminy to Thirimanne, 1 run

31.5

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, length ball on off stump, eased towards a shortish and straight midwicket, would have been a run-out there if du Plessis had got a direct hit, only one stump to aim at, Thirimanne had raced out of the crease initially, had to turn back, luckily for him the throw misses

31.6

Duminy to Chandimal, no run, gives it some air, blocked off the front foot

End of over 32 (1 run) Sri Lanka 130/4 (RR: 4.06)
LD Chandimal    5* (8b)      JP Duminy    2-0-8-0
HDRL Thirimanne    8* (17b)      RJ Peterson    9-0-36-1

32.1

Morris to Thirimanne, 1 run, eased to third man for a single

32.2

Morris to Chandimal, 1 run, length ball just outside off, defended towards point, the ball is following du Plessis, he had to dive to stop that one, he looked to lob the ball to the fielder at cover after stopping the ball, the man at cover wasn't anticipating that though, and the misunderstanding allows a single

32.3

Morris to Thirimanne, no run, length ball on off stump, defended off the front foot

32.4

Morris to Thirimanne, 2 runs, full ball outside off, helped towards deep backward point

32.5

Morris to Thirimanne, no run, short and well outside off, Morris grunts with the effort

32.6

Morris to Thirimanne, no run, shortish ball is blocked by Thirimanne, had to get both feet off the ground to get on top of the bounce, does it well

End of over 33 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 134/4 (RR: 4.06)
HDRL Thirimanne    11* (22b)      CH Morris    4-0-17-0
LD Chandimal    6* (9b)      JP Duminy    2-0-8-0

Peterson to bowl out

33.1

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, full and straight, pushed to cover

One slip in place

33.2

Peterson to Chandimal, no run, short of a length, wants to cut, but it is not short enough. Ends up dabbing it to cover

33.3

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, flighted on off, moves forward to drive it to long-off

Stays round the stumps for Thirimanne

33.4

Peterson to Thirimanne, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this to the bowler's left

33.5

Peterson to Chandimal, 1 run, driven to long-on for another single

33.6

Peterson to Thirimanne, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended to midwicket

End of over 34 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 137/4 (RR: 4.02)
HDRL Thirimanne    12* (24b)      RJ Peterson    10-0-39-1
LD Chandimal    8* (13b)      CH Morris    4-0-17-0

34.1

Morris to Chandimal, no run, length ball, on off, driven to mid-off

34.2

Morris to Chandimal, no run, looks to open the face, gets a fine edge on a shortish delivery, but it doesn't carry to slip

34.3

Morris to Chandimal, 1 run, short of a length, nips back in, and this time it hits the inside edge. Goes for a single to fine leg

Round the wicket

34.4

Morris to Thirimanne, no run, gets this to hold its line outside off, beats the open face

34.5

Morris to Thirimanne, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed to third man with an open face

34.6

Morris to Chandimal, FOUR, too straight. Well down the leg side, Chandimal nudges it fine for four

End of over 35 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 143/4 (RR: 4.08)
LD Chandimal    13* (17b 1x4)      CH Morris    5-0-23-0
HDRL Thirimanne    13* (26b)      RJ Peterson    10-0-39-1

Powerplay. Here's McLaren.

35.1

McLaren to Thirimanne, OUT, Has he struck first ball? he fires in a full ball that strikes Thirimanne just above the ankle on the back leg after pitching, umpire says that's out, Thirimanne immediately asks for the review, given how quickly he asked for the replay, he must have thought he nicked it, there's no Hot Spot here though, some doubt over whether that would have missed the leg stump as well, but the replay says 'umpire's call' and Thirimanne has to go

HDRL Thirimanne lbw b McLaren 13 (40m 27b 0x4 0x6) SR: 48.14

35.2

McLaren to Mubarak, no run, Mubarak playing his first innings since January 2009, a length ball outside off, moving away and Mubarak is beaten

35.3

McLaren to Mubarak, no run, full and outside off, defended off the front foot

35.4

McLaren to Mubarak, 1 wide, down the leg side, Mubarak looks to glance that and misses

35.4

McLaren to Mubarak, no run, swing and a miss to a short of length ball outside off

35.5

McLaren to Mubarak, no run, full ball heading for middle stump, Mubarak can only block it to the leg side

35.6

McLaren to Mubarak, no run, drops that short, 135kph, Mubaraka bends his knees as he gets out of the way of that one

Matthew Leppard: "Looking at the stats of Mahela and Trott it is difficult to understand the difference between one of the 'greats' and a much maligned player. Both have strike rates of high 70s but Trott averages and additional 19 runs." I suppose scoring rates have increased in recent years, but no one seems to complain about David Warner - strike rate 80, average 30

End of over 36 (1 run) Sri Lanka 144/5 (RR: 4.00)
J Mubarak    0* (5b)      R McLaren    6-0-13-1
LD Chandimal    13* (17b 1x4)      CH Morris    5-0-23-0

36.1

Phangiso to Chandimal, no run, flighted ball on the leg stump, defended to the leg side

36.2

Phangiso to Chandimal, no run, gives it some air again, blocked off the front foot

36.3

Phangiso to Chandimal, 2 runs, charges out of the crease and slices that towards deep extra cover, a terrific bit of fielding in the deep from McLaren stops that from reaching the rope

36.4

Phangiso to Chandimal, 1 run, another flighted ball is driven to sweeper cover

36.5

Phangiso to Mubarak, 1 run, gets on the front foot and eases it towards long-on for an ambled single

36.6

Phangiso to Chandimal, no run, flighted delivery on off, Chandimal taps it towards cover

End of over 37 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 148/5 (RR: 4.00)
LD Chandimal    16* (22b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    8-0-40-1
J Mubarak    1* (6b)      R McLaren    6-0-13-1

37.1

Morkel to Mubarak, 1 wide, short ball down the leg side, another wide

37.1

Morkel to Mubarak, no run, fuller and well outside off, 137kph, driven towards extra cover by Mubarak

37.2

Morkel to Mubarak, 1 run, short of length ball on the pads, worked towards midwicket for a single

37.3

Morkel to Chandimal, FOUR, short of length and well outside off, Chandimal reaches across and glides that past slip, not sure he was completely in control of that

37.4

Morkel to Chandimal, no run, length ball heading in towards off stump, defended off the front foot

Bad news: Huge rain clouds circling the stadium

37.5

Morkel to Chandimal, no run, slower one from Morkel, 121kph, full ball is punched back towards the bowler

37.6

Morkel to Chandimal, 1 run, angling into the body, Chandimal plays it with soft hands towards midwicket and steals a single

khb: "In my opinion it's not always about runs and average that makes a batsman legendary, its the match wining innings, pressure handling, memorable knocks and most importantly how they contribute to the team!"

End of over 38 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 155/5 (RR: 4.07)
LD Chandimal    21* (26b 2x4)      M Morkel    7-0-28-2
J Mubarak    2* (8b)      AM Phangiso    8-0-40-1

38.1

Morris to Chandimal, 2 runs, short ball angling down the leg side, it is pulled away towards fine leg, a bit of a top edge, Morne Morkel makes a sliding stop, South Africa's fielding has been better today than it was in the first ODI

Nas: "To all those who compare Mahela, Sanga and other great player in the past against Trott, Waner an current players please stop. Mahela played ODI's at a time when there was only one powerplay and the rules and the dynamics have changed so much. So please don't compare classy players against current players. They have a long way to go to prove themselves as Mahela or Sanga has"

38.2

Morris to Chandimal, 2 runs, more work fro Morkel, has to run to his left this time, concedes the second, de Villiers not too pleased

38.3

Morris to Chandimal, 1 wide, slides this down the leg side, another free run

38.3

Morris to Chandimal, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, guides it behind point for a single

James: ""no one seems to complain about David Warner"? I think Joe Root and Mickey Arthur might disagree with you!" Ha! I was talking about his ODI record, though.

38.4

Morris to Mubarak, FOUR, full ball outside off, Jehan Mubarak plays an elegant drive past extra cover for four, not for nothing did his Cricinfo profile briefly talk about him being potentially the David Gower of Sri Lanka (it doesn't any more)

Hans Gildenhuys: "That player at the bottom of the scorecard called "Extras" is playing well today - will soon be in his twenties..."

38.5

Morris to Mubarak, no run, a fuller delivery from Morris, calmly defended by Mubarak

38.6

Morris to Mubarak, 1 run, length ball on off, whipped towards square leg for a single

End of over 39 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 166/5 (RR: 4.25)
J Mubarak    7* (11b 1x4)      CH Morris    6-0-34-0
LD Chandimal    26* (29b 2x4)      M Morkel    7-0-28-2

39.1

Morkel to Mubarak, 1 run, on the pads once more, flicked behind square leg for a single

Zuch: "@khb, very true but then you want us to be qualitative... thats for philosophers. We like it simple... standard deviation is the way forward."

39.2

Morkel to Chandimal, no run, strikes him on the gloves, shortish ball just outside off, that rears up and snakes in as well, thuds into his fingers as he looks to leave the ball

Anan Banerjee: "Only Mubarak is not afraid of heavy rain in the field. He is a National Swimming Champ :)"

39.3

Morkel to Chandimal, no run, length ball on off stump, defended to the leg side

39.4

Morkel to Chandimal, no run, length ball heading for off stump, driven towards mid-on, another dot ball

James: "What would a modern day batsman need to do to match an average of 47 and a strike rate of 90 30 years ago? The greatest ODI batsman ever: Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards."

39.5

Morkel to Chandimal, no run, short and wide from Morkel, a rare loose ball, Chandimal latches on to that, chops it towards backward point but can't get it past du Plessis

39.6

Morkel to Chandimal, no run, short of length on off stump, watchfully defended to the off side, superb over from Morkel

barry B: "I have to agree fully with Nas in that regard, while averages and strike rates are a good indicator of a players ability, it does not tell everything! Legendary players play innings of substance, and that in turn gives you your indicators, such as averages and strike rates. Mahala, Kallis, Sanga are a few names that come to mind regularly in that regard....."

End of over 40 (1 run) Sri Lanka 167/5 (RR: 4.17)
LD Chandimal    26* (34b 2x4)      M Morkel    8-0-29-2
J Mubarak    8* (12b 1x4)      CH Morris    6-0-34-0

Not the most profitable of Powerplays that: 24/1

40.1

Duminy to Mubarak, no run, on the pads, Mubarak looks to work it to fine leg but is hit on the pads

Ravi B: "@Nas, I agree with Mahela to an extent but Sanga has come into the team in the new millennium when all the great bowlers were already retired or at the end of their careers. And his peak form coincided with when the bowling standard has gone down and the pitches have become batting beauties. So, don't compare Sanga with other batting greats of 1990's."

40.2

Duminy to Mubarak, no run, slips it down the leg side

40.3

Duminy to Mubarak, OUT, and another wicket, Mubarak the man to go now, Duminy sends a flat delivery heading for leg stump, Mubarak chips it back to the bowler, pretty soft dismissal that

J Mubarak c & b Duminy 8 (26m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

Thisara Perera walks out, his brand of big-hitting batting isn't exactly what is needed on this tough track

40.4

Duminy to Perera, no run, was that a drop?hard to tell, Duminy gets the ball to drift in and then spin away, Perera not sure how to play that, might have feathered it through to de Villiers, who can't hang on

40.5

Duminy to Perera, 1 run, flighted delivery is tapped towards cover for a single

40.6

Duminy to Chandimal, no run

End of over 41 (1 run) Sri Lanka 168/6 (RR: 4.09)
LD Chandimal    26* (35b 2x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-9-1
NLTC Perera    1* (2b)      M Morkel    8-0-29-2

41.1

Phangiso to Perera, no run, flighted and full, driven off the front foot towards cover

Kosala: "Most likely that will be the end of Mubarak. There's lot waiting to join the next match."

41.2

Phangiso to Perera, no run, spins in from length, defended from the crease

41.3

Phangiso to Perera, no run, pushed back towards the bowler, runs hard to come by for Sri Lanka here

41.4

Phangiso to Perera, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked off the front foot

41.5

Phangiso to Perera, no run, on off stump, Perera opens the face and guides the ball towards point

AB de Villiers eggs on Phangiso to complete the maiden

41.6

Phangiso to Perera, 2 runs, he finishes the over with a poor delivery though, well down the leg side, helped along to fine leg, Amla gives chase

End of over 42 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 170/6 (RR: 4.04)
NLTC Perera    3* (8b)      AM Phangiso    9-0-42-1
LD Chandimal    26* (35b 2x4)      JP Duminy    3-0-9-1

42.1

McLaren to Chandimal, no run, length ball on off stump, driven crisply towards extra cover

Sam: "So that may be the last time you will see Jehan Mubarak on international stage. Sad to see such promising player at all age group cricket in Sri Lanka failing at international level."

42.2

McLaren to Chandimal, FOUR, short ball outside off, Chandimal looks to upper cut that one, the ball is in the air for a while, Amla has to race to his left to cut that off, the bounce surprises him and as he stretches out to grab the ball he loses his balance, he lands badly, on his left knee as well, he takes a long time to get up, de villiers immediately calls for a substitute, let's hope he is fit enough to bat today

42.3

McLaren to Chandimal, FOUR, wide ball outside off, thick top edge and the ball rolls exactly towards where Amla is lying behind the boundary, being treated by the physio, Aml has to scramble out of the way

42.4

McLaren to Chandimal, no run

42.5

McLaren to Chandimal, 2 runs, short of length ball angling in, gets inside the line of the ball and clips the ball towards midwicket, these are crucial runs on a difficult track

42.6

McLaren to Chandimal, 1 run, the short ball is pulled away to deep square leg for a single.

6.25pm The covers are off. We are all set for a re-start.

6.20pm And again the rain has stopped. Some of the covers coming off now.

6.12pm Here's comes the rain. And it's really coming down here. The big covers come out as the army of groundstaff rush out. Bizarrely, it stopped almost immediately, and the players who were scampering towards the dressing room decide to hang around for a bit.

Sorry, it's started raining again now.

abilash: "Mubarak is no Michael Hussey." Don't think too many people will argue with that.

End of over 43 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 181/6 (RR: 4.20)
LD Chandimal    37* (41b 4x4)      R McLaren    7-0-24-1
NLTC Perera    3* (8b)      AM Phangiso    9-0-42-1

43.1

Phangiso to Chandimal, no run, length ball heading for middle stump, defended watchfully

43.2

Phangiso to Chandimal, 1 run, opens the face to guide the ball towards cover, du Plesses fires the ball to the keeper's end, Perera put in the dive, but de Villiers breaks the stumps without collecting the ball properly

43.3

Phangiso to Perera, (no ball) 2 runs, thrashed towards long-on for a couple

43.3

Phangiso to Perera, FOUR, full and on the pads, Perera lashes that behind square leg for four, that was a poor delivery from Phangiso

43.4

Phangiso to Perera, no run, gets the ball to spin away from Perera this time, leading edge down the ground

43.5

Phangiso to Perera, 2 runs, dropped, another mishit from Perera, looking to slog that over long-on, the ball is in the air a long time, Robin Peterson settles under it after running back from mid-on, at least he thinks he has settled under it, he needed to be a couple of paces back though, and he can't hang on to it, he manages to get both hands on it but he was leaning back and had to try take that over his head, he can't

43.6

Phangiso to Perera, no run, gives it some air, defended to the off side

End of over 44 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 191/6 (RR: 4.34)
NLTC Perera    11* (13b 1x4)      AM Phangiso    10-0-52-1
LD Chandimal    38* (43b 4x4)      R McLaren    7-0-24-1

44.1

Morris to Chandimal, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Chandimal whips that towards deep square leg for a single

44.2

Morris to Perera, OUT, Perera's chancy stay is over, a short of length ball from Morris, Perera looks to flat bat it out of the park, toe ends it to mid-off, simple catch this time, no one is dropping that, Perera is on his way

NLTC Perera c sub (CA Ingram) b Morris 11 (17m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 78.57

Here's Herath. Entertainment guaranteed.

44.3

Morris to Herath, 1 run, short of length ball angling into the body, Herath shuffles across and manages to tap the ball towards short fine leg

44.4

Morris to Chandimal, 1 run, fuller one from Morris, punched towards extra cover for a single

44.5

Morris to Herath, no run, shortish ball outside off, defends it towards point

44.6

Morris to Herath, 1 run, a wristy shot sends a short of length ball towards long-on, nicely played by Herath

End of over 45 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 195/7 (RR: 4.33)
HMRKB Herath    2* (3b)      CH Morris    7-0-38-1
LD Chandimal    40* (45b 4x4)      AM Phangiso    10-0-52-1

McLaren is back

45.1

McLaren to Herath, 1 run, short and slow from McLaren, 111kph, Herath moves across and helps the ball along to short fine leg

45.2

McLaren to Chandimal, 1 run, McLaren gets away with a full toss, it was heading down the leg side as well, Chandimal can only guide it towards fine leg

45.3

McLaren to Herath, no run, opens the face and tries to work the ball behind backward point

45.4

McLaren to Herath, 1 run, full and just outside off, dug out towards third man for a single

Tony: "It's nice to see the bowlers all sharing the wickets. Not often in this format to see the first 7 wickets falling to 6 different bowlers."

45.5

McLaren to Chandimal, 1 wide, a slower ball gone horribly wrong, barely pitched on the track though, not one for his highlights reel

45.5

McLaren to Chandimal, no run, a high full toss this time, not above waist high though, punched towards extra cover

45.6

McLaren to Chandimal, 1 no ball, this time it is above waist high, a beamer from McLaren, who is clearly struggling with the wet ball, well done to Chandimal for evading that one

Amla update: Gone for a scan of his groin area and his knee will be looked at as well.

45.6

McLaren to Chandimal, 2 runs, back on target this time, a yorker angling in on off stump, kept out by Chandimal

End of over 46 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 202/7 (RR: 4.39)
LD Chandimal    43* (49b 4x4)      R McLaren    8-0-31-1
HMRKB Herath    4* (6b)      CH Morris    7-0-38-1

46.1

Morkel to Herath, no run, Morkel starts with a typical short of length ball heading for the ribs, Herath manages to defend it

46.2

Morkel to Herath, 1 run, fuller this time, opens the face and steers the ball past point for a single, bringing Chandimal on strike

Lange: "I don't see the sense in not allowing a replacement in the middle of a game when a fielder clearly hurts himself and cannot bat. The game suffers when you cannot bat as many batsmen as the opposition. I think they need to address this issue!"

46.3

Morkel to Chandimal, 2 leg byes, length ball heading for the pads, sent away behind square leg, Chandimal pushes for the second and gets it

46.4

Morkel to Chandimal, OUT, more sensational fielding from South Africa, a diving two-handed catch at backward point ends Chandimal's stay, that was short and wide, Chandimal really got hold of that, lacing it towards backward point, not good enough to get it past du Plessis, though, he's one of the best fielders in the world, and he just showed why he's rated that highly, ends a good innings from Chandimal, not easy scoring on this surface

LD Chandimal c du Plessis b Morkel 43 (85m 51b 4x4 0x6) SR: 84.31

46.5

Morkel to Eranga, no run, full ball just outside off, Eranga drives that towards mid-off

46.6

Morkel to Eranga, no run, back of a length and just outside off, no room for Eranga, who defends the ball to the off side

Dale: "@ Lange: How long do you think it will take before every team has a bowler "injured" after fulfilling or largely fulfilling his bolwing overs so as to be replaced by a front line batsman?"

End of over 47 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 205/8 (RR: 4.36)
RMS Eranga    0* (2b)      M Morkel    9-0-30-3
HMRKB Herath    5* (8b)      R McLaren    8-0-31-1

47.1

McLaren to Herath, FOUR, what a shot from Herath, he's definitely one of the most fun tailenders to watch, her's a flat-batted swat that almost sends that length ball for a six over long-on, bounces a few yards in from the rope

47.2

McLaren to Herath, 1 run, he loves the pull shot, McLaren drops it short, Herath slaps it towards deep midwicket

47.3

McLaren to Eranga, 3 runs, McLaren's tactic of bowling it short not working here, Eranga swings his arms and sends the ball towards deep square leg, these tailenders having a bit of fun

47.4

McLaren to Herath, no run, lashes this towards cover, can't get the placement right though

Anil Katwal: "Got a Feeling that Srilanka had got too much Already." I think so too, especially if Amla doesn't bat

47.5

McLaren to Herath, 1 run, another full toss form McLaren, about knee-height, worked towards the leg side

47.6

McLaren to Eranga, no run, Eranga backs away from the stumps and jabs the ball towards point, drops just short of Faf du Plessis

Kapil: "Why not give the ball to Morris and ask him to bowl a couple of pacy yorkers and wrap this up?"

End of over 48 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 214/8 (RR: 4.45)
RMS Eranga    3* (4b)      R McLaren    9-0-40-1
HMRKB Herath    11* (12b 1x4)      M Morkel    9-0-30-3

48.1

Morkel to Herath, no run, pitched up and outside off, Herath chases that and misses

Lange: "@Dale: There could be 2 restrictions to address that issue; 1. To have an independent doctor or physio assess the injury; Or 2. To limit the exclusion to only non bowling fielders. But if there is a will there are solutions. Right now the game is the one that is suffering!"

48.2

Morkel to Herath, 1 run, another ferocious pull from Herath, Petersen fields at deep square leg

48.3

Morkel to Eranga, no run, looks to push this one towards mid-off, he gets a big inside-edge onto his pads

James: "Dale, I do take your point, but if Amla can't bat, it does put SA at a big disadvantage, purely due to misfortune."

48.4

Morkel to Eranga, 2 runs, short ball outside off, not sure he knew what exactly he was doing there, Eranga backs away and somehow manages to get the ball down to third man

Dave: "@Dale: I believe it can be controlled, maybe by looking at the batting average of the 12th man vs the injured player, and cannot be replaced by a player with a better batting ave. not sure I would allow a bowler to be replaced yet."

48.5

Morkel to Eranga, 1 run, a length ball outside off, Eranga moves away from leg and jabs the ball towards sweeper cover

48.6

Morkel to Herath, no run, slanting across the batsman who looks to dab that through to third man but misses

End of over 49 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 218/8
HMRKB Herath    12* (15b 1x4)      M Morkel    10-0-34-3
RMS Eranga    6* (7b)      R McLaren    9-0-40-1

49.1

McLaren to Eranga, 1 run, short ball is pulled away towards deep backward square leg

6.57pm It's raining again

McLaren doing his best to dry the ball.

49.2

McLaren to Herath, 1 run, OUT, a low full toss on legstump, Herath backs away and slices that behind backward point, he wants the second and he sprints back but the throw from the deep is perfect, flat and just above the bails, de Villiers completes the run-out

HMRKB Herath run out 13 (27m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

49.3

McLaren to Malinga, 3 wides, a short ball that was heading for Malinga's head, Malinga just about manages to evade that, it was short and down the leg side, de villiers dives and gets a glove on it but can't stop the ball completely

9.00pm 29-over game, target 176, start in 15 minutes.

That DL target does seem a trifle high to me, but what's worse for South Africa is that Amla isn't back from the hospital yet so he won't be opening the innings. Still not sure whether he will bat.

Pollock: "Guys you are better advised to chase 177 instead of 176, i hope you understand....."

Tigereaver: "What a farce!! Duckworth Lewis takes off 50 runs and 21 overs!? I thought the more wickets you had lost the worse off you were? Completely ridiculous - who said batting second pays in rain affected games?!" Well, it seems a touch high but not by too many runs. Here's a all-you-need-to-know about DL piece, to better understand how the method works.

This from Punit makes sense. "While the D/L method is the best Cricket has got, it's still not perfect. It does not take into account the pitch type/playing conditions. On a slow low pitch, a team may not actually be capable of scoring the number of runs that the D/L system compensates for and vice versa on an absolutely flat wicket, in which case the target would get underestimated

Daniel Alexander: "Rain & Drizzle spells combined 21-0-47-0"

8.50pm The covers are all off. Outfield still needs to dry out though. "No start time yet," says Fernando.

8.35pm Covers coming off. The drizzle seems to have ceased but the umpires will want to check the outfield.

rssampat: "@ Sid; If you are a betting man, i will wager that the powers that be will somehow find a way to play and finish the game no matter what the conditions are..."

8.25pm Still a light drizzle. Umpires are in the middle taking a look at the conditions.

8.15pm The match should end by 11.15pm, which mean roughly a latest start time of 9.55pm for a 20-over chase.

8.00pm Still raining. More from Fernando: "Looks like the rain is settling in for a while."

7.45pm The rain's still around. All covers still on. That's the latest from our Sri Lankan correspondent and seasoned rain watcher Andrew Fernando.

7.20pm Sri Lanka's innings is closed.

7.10pm The rain returns. all the covers being called for now.

Back to the substitutes debate. Rohit: "The problem last time with super subs was that it disadvantaged teams loosing tosses. I remember Aus had Simon Katich as a super sub and lost the toss and were made to bat first. There was no way to use him as they couldn't sub out a bowler. If u ask me teams should pick 12 players and name the sub after the toss."

Dirkie: "In a unique sport like baseball or cricket where it is an individual sport within a team sport, it is much more disaserous to lose a key player, but I think it can only work if you have a specialist bowler and batsman on the bench, in the same way you have replacement backline and forward pack players in rugby."

Dan the Man: "Well, if the guy coming in as the replacement has a better bowling average than the one he is replacing then you have to question the selection policy. Any substitute (and I'm for substitutes, they are allowed in just about every other team game) should not be allowed to do more than the player he is replacing, i.e. bowling up to the number of balls the replaced player may have had left, and bat no higher than the player normally would. All of which can easily be decided by the match referee, erring on the side of strictness"

roh.camp: "Keep it simple, NO SUBS, that's it. Why are we evening discussing this, it took them so many years to take out the runner for an injured batsmen. I remember so many instances where batsmen misused it. So lets not start that again."

Shifat Rahman: "Rain and Sri Lanka. Still a better love story than Twilight."

Pithy from gav: "XI v XI".

7.05pm The rain has stopped. Covers are still on for now though.

7.00pm Rain stops play. It's absolutely pelting down now, and the umpires wisely decided to call the players in.

Clearly, plenty of complications in the substitutes rule.

Manu: "Can't we just bring back the Super Sub??"

dawolf: "And what happens if a bowler is injured before completing their spell? Can only be replaced with an inferior bowler? They tried substitutes a couple of years ago and it was very messy. No subs allowed!"

Nic: "The substitute may only bat at at the same position in the order that the injured played batted at in his previous match. e.g. If Steyn is injured and he batted #9 in his previous match, the substitute may only bat at #9 (or 10 or 11)"

Quentin: "@Dale the answer is simple only a recognised batman may be replaced with a batsman and only a recognised bowler may be replaced by a bowler, spin for spin, quicks for quicks etc"

Series Results
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (RPS) - Jul 31, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 128 runs
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Pallekele - Jul 28, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 36 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Pallekele - Jul 26, 2013
South Africa won by 56 runs
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (RPS) - Jul 23, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 17 runs (D/L method)
Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (RPS) - Jul 20, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 180 runs
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Jul 23, 2013

Dinesh Chandimal calls out instructions, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Colombo, July 23, 2013

Dinesh Chandimal calls out instructions

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Jul 23, 2013

Faf du Plessis was caught behind, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Colombo, July 23, 2013

Faf du Plessis was caught behind

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