South Africa in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Sri Lanka v South Africa

South Africa won by 56 runs

2.25 pm Craig: "Lets Hope De Kock takes the gloves as well to free AB up mentally."

Orin: "Faf better score a lot of runs today otherwise he has to go. Your fielding can only keep you in a team for so long......"

The Sri Lankan players take the field under sunny skies, for the moment. South Africa are opening with Alviro Petersen and Quinton de Kock.

Lasith Malinga to open the bowling for Sri Lanka, from over the wicket to the right-hander.

Toss, 2.00 pm AB de Villiers has won the toss, and South Africa will bat first. Hashim Amla isn't fit. He had hurt his knee during the second game and will be replaced by Quinton de Kock. South Africa have also brought in Farhaan Behardien for Aaron Phangiso and Lonwabo Tsotsobe for Chris Morris.

Sri Lanka have also made three changes. Out go Shaminda Eranga, Lahiru Thirimanne (injured) and Jehan Mubarak. They have been replaced by the returning captain Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis and the debutant Angelo Perera, a middle order batsman who bowls a little offspin.

Aakash: "I think F Behardien is better option than De Kock." Well Aakash, they're both in.

Anthony: "It's raining heavily in Colombo, i think it's only a matter of time before it rains in Pallekele as well."

Nuwan: "@Anthony The rain from Colombo is not likely to get to Pallekele. Pallekele is on the opposite side of the central mountains."

Rob: "I will be watching the commentary through the gaps between the fingers covering my eyes, hoping against hope that Saffas can pull it off today. Great commentary as always guys, thanks!!!"

Mr. G: "Does that throw AB's proposed two spin theory out of the window? I think Behardien is in not so much for his bowling ( despite replacing Phangiso), but to compensate for Lopsy being a walking wicket."

shihan: "I was waiting for this day..finally Angelo Perera got a game..I think he is the next big think in SL cricket.."

1.40 pm Good afternoon and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of the third ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa, in Pallekele. The hosts lead the series 2-0 so if South Africa don't get their act together today, the last two games could be dead rubbers.

The second ODI in Colombo had been hit by rain and there were showers in Pallekele this morning too. The entire ground was covered. However, the weather seems to have improved, though it is still cloudy. The toss is likely to be on time, at 2.00 pm.

Andrew Fernando, in his preview of today's game, says the conditions could favour South Africa more than the surfaces in Colombo did. "The surface has gained a reputation for being more conducive to fast bowling than most in the subcontinent, and the tall South Africa quicks should enjoy the bounce and carry that has often been a feature at the venue."

Crunch games in big tournaments might make South Africa freeze, but AB de Villiers said that pressure situations in bilateral contests, such as the one they are in now, bring out the best in them. Do you agree?

Andrew Fernando has been quite busy on this tour. He spoke to Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne about what it means to be given leadership roles in the one-day side, and what they can learn from Sangakkara and Jayawardene

0.1

Malinga to Petersen, no run, good length around off stump and angling away at 128 kph, Petersen meets it on the front foot and blocks

0.2

Malinga to Petersen, no run, on a good length once again, pitching around off and shaping away, 129.5 kph that was, Petersen stays in his crease and lets it go past

0.3

Malinga to Petersen, no run, fuller and straighter from Malinga at 130 kph, Petersen plays from his crease, dabbing the ball into the leg side, there could have been a single on offer but there was no inclination to run from the batsmen

0.4

Malinga to Petersen, no run, Petersen lets another good length ball shape away from him outside off stump

Kiran Nawathe: "Luckily Kusha Perera is not part of the team or else it would have been too many perera's in SL team. I remember some years back when there were 3 desilvas in the team. Arvinda, Ashoka and Asanka"

0.5

Malinga to Petersen, no run, good length and straight, Petersen stays in his crease and defends on the leg side

0.6

Malinga to Petersen, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, Petersen punches through the gap at cover point to get going

piyush jaiswal: "If faf can open for CSK in sub-continent conditions, then why not for SA in SL conditions? He scored heavily as an opener for CSK." Well, there is a difference in quality between an international bowling attack and those in the IPL.

End of over 1 (1 run) South Africa 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
AN Petersen    1* (6b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0
Q de Kock    0* (0b)     

Kiran Nawathe: "No Eranga in the team means either mathews or tishara will share new ball with malinga ?"

Angelo Mathews will take the other new ball, from over the wicket.

Mr. G: "Faf's test exploits, plus his age ( relative experience), coupled with the inability of other players to cement their spot, will keep him in. Whom do you select to replace him? The only players who did well against Aus A- Elgar and Ontong, have struggled to prove themselves at international level."

Viraj Sivanandan: "Three different opening partners for Alviro in as many matches. Can be a bit unsettling."

1.1

Mathews to Petersen, no run, 117 kph, on a good length outside off stump, that floated through to the keeper after Petersen let it go

1.2

Mathews to Petersen, FOUR, strays down leg side at 116 kph, such a friendly delivery, Petersen moves across his stumps and glances, the ball goes off a thick inside edge to the fine leg boundary

1.3

Mathews to Petersen, no run, a better length and line, outside off stump, Petersen shoulders arms

1.4

Mathews to Petersen, no run, a loud appeal for lbw after Petersen pushes forward to defend a good length ball which angled into him, he was hit on the pad outside off stump

1.5

Mathews to Petersen, no run, 116 kph, Peter comes forward and the bat face closes as he plays a good length ball towards midwicket

1.6

Mathews to Petersen, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

End of over 2 (4 runs) South Africa 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
AN Petersen    5* (12b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-4-0
Q de Kock    0* (0b)      SL Malinga    1-0-1-0

Quinton de Kock prepares to face his first ball, from Malinga running in from over the wicket.

2.1

Malinga to de Kock, FOUR, Malinga was looking for the yorker but ended up bowling a half-volley on the pads, de Kock helps himself, clipping off his pads through square leg

2.2

Malinga to de Kock, no run, a full toss outside off stump now, but de Kock merely pushes this into the off side, no power at all

2.3

Malinga to de Kock, 1 run, played from the crease into the covers

2.4

Malinga to Petersen, no run, short of length outside off stump, Petersen stays in his crease, gets tall and plays towards cover

2.5

Malinga to Petersen, 1 run, driven to extra cover and Petersen calls his partner through because Mahela is a bit slow in approaching the ball

2.6

Malinga to de Kock, no run, a full ball on off stump, de Kock leans forward and drives to cover

End of over 3 (6 runs) South Africa 11/0 (RR: 3.66)
Q de Kock    5* (4b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-7-0
AN Petersen    6* (14b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-4-0

Albert: "I don't think our bowling can keep a team down to less then 240, and the problem with that is our batsman cant score 240 or more...." Are you talking about South Africa, Albert?

3.1

Mathews to Petersen, 2 runs, short of a length on the hips, and at Mathews' pace, Petersen has ample time to move across his crease and glance to fine leg

3.2

Mathews to Petersen, 1 leg bye, another loud appeal for lbw after Petersen moves across his stumps to play towards square and is hit on the pad by a good length ball that angles into him, that was a bit high but from the umpire's face he seemed to think it was close

3.3

Mathews to de Kock, no run, played towards mid-off from the crease

3.4

Mathews to de Kock, no run, a full ball outside off, de Kock eases on to the front foot and square drives to point

3.5

Mathews to de Kock, no run, a poor ball, a loose shot and Dilshan's dropped a straightforward chance at first slip. Mathews bowled it full and wide outside off, it was there to be driven but de Kock went after it without proper footwork, reaching far away from his body, the thick edge flew to Dilshan's left at chest height and he dropped it

3.6

Mathews to de Kock, no run, defended on the leg side

End of over 4 (3 runs) South Africa 14/0 (RR: 3.50)
Q de Kock    5* (8b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-6-0
AN Petersen    8* (16b 1x4)      SL Malinga    2-0-7-0

4.1

Malinga to Petersen, OUT, caught behind! The bouncer works for Malinga. Petersen tried to hook it but only ended up gloving it to the keeper. That's the first short ball Malinga's bowled today and it's brought the first wicket for Sri Lanka. Petersen was early on the shot.

AN Petersen c †Sangakkara b Malinga 8 (18m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

JP Duminy is in at No. 3, two left-handers at the crease.

4.2

Malinga to Duminy, no run, the slower ball on a good length outside off stump, that was 114 kph, only 2ks slower than what Mathews has been clocking, Duminy lets it go

4.3

Malinga to Duminy, no run, 134.6 kph, on a good length around off stump, Duminy stays in his crease and plays the ball to the fielder at short cover

4.4

Malinga to Duminy, no run, defended on the off side

4.5

Malinga to Duminy, 1 run, that's a half-shot but it's got him off the mark, Duminy began to play at a good length ball outside off but then stopped his shot, he didn't take his bat out of the line though and the ball thudded off the face towards third man

4.6

Malinga to de Kock, no run, 137 kph, the full ball swings into the left-hander and hits the pad after de Kock misses the flick through midwicket, Malinga appeals but that was missing leg

End of over 5 (1 run) South Africa 15/1 (RR: 3.00)
Q de Kock    5* (9b 1x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-8-1
JP Duminy    1* (4b)      AD Mathews    2-0-6-0

5.1

Mathews to Duminy, no run, the pace is still only 117 kph but it's causing problems. Mathews gets the ball to seam across the left-hander after pitching on a good length around off and middle, Duminy pokes and is beaten

5.2

Mathews to Duminy, no run, drives straight and the ball hits the stumps at the bowler's end, de Kock was well out of his crease while backing up but Mathews wasn't close to getting a hand on that

5.3

Mathews to Duminy, no run, left alone outside off stump

5.4

Mathews to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy stays back and prods outside off stump, the ball goes between gully and point off an outside edge

5.5

Mathews to de Kock, 2 runs, another edge, this time while de Kock plays a cover drive to a good length ball, the ball goes wide of first slip and Malinga does the fielding at third man, he stepped on the ball as he attempted to stop it with his boot

5.6

Mathews to de Kock, no run, left alone outside off stump

Shamalka: "Mathews is hurrying the overs since he doesn't want to be away from more matches in the future due to slow over rate."

End of over 6 (3 runs) South Africa 18/1 (RR: 3.00)
Q de Kock    7* (11b 1x4)      AD Mathews    3-0-9-0
JP Duminy    2* (8b)      SL Malinga    3-0-8-1

Ramitha: "Where is Dilshan the great fielder who used to catch everything which comes on his way?"

6.1

Malinga to Duminy, no run, the full ball crashes into the pad after Duminy plays across the line and misses, that was swinging past leg stump

6.2

Malinga to Duminy, no run, good length on off stump, defended on the front foot to cover

Shamalka: "What Dilshan is doing at slips? He's never a sound slip fielder." Mahela has a problem with his fingers, I think. Otherwise, he'd be at slip.

6.3

Malinga to Duminy, no run, 128 kph, good length and straight, Duminy gets forward and defends with a straight bat

6.4

Malinga to Duminy, no run, a full toss swings into the pads but Duminy is unable to put it away, the bat face turns in his hands on contact and the ball goes towards midwicket

6.5

Malinga to Duminy, 3 runs, a leg-stump half volley, Duminy gets proper bat on this, flicking the ball through deep backward square, Mendis sprints to his right from fine leg and dives on a damp outfield to prevent the boundary

6.6

Malinga to de Kock, no run, Malinga roars an appeal after a swinging yorker beats de Kock's flick and smashes into the pad, that was doing too much and hence missing leg stump

End of over 7 (3 runs) South Africa 21/1 (RR: 3.00)
Q de Kock    7* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-11-1
JP Duminy    5* (13b)      AD Mathews    3-0-9-0

Kapil: "With due respect to A Petersen's talent, he is not an ODI material especially in sub continent conditions. Need someone like Henry Davids who can attack the bowling on generally flat decks here. Why doesn't he get a run in ODIs like he does in T20s?"

7.1

Mathews to Duminy, no run, defended into the off side

7.2

Mathews to Duminy, no run, good length outside off, Duminy strides forward and defends

John: "Batters look "all at sea" from what I can read into your commentary. Is the ball swinging?" It is moving around a bit. Nothing too extravagant. But the South Africans haven't found a rhythm yet.

7.3

Mathews to Duminy, no run, good length, pitching around off and seaming away from the left-hander, who lets it go

7.4

Mathews to Duminy, no run, good length outside off, Duminy shoulders arms

7.5

Mathews to Duminy, no run, Duminy gets on to the front foot and opens the face to steer a length ball towards gully

7.6

Mathews to Duminy, no run, after bowling plenty of gentle-medium seamers, Mathews ends a maiden over with a sharp bouncer which has Duminy swaying out of the way

End of over 8 (maiden) South Africa 21/1 (RR: 2.62)
JP Duminy    5* (19b)      AD Mathews    4-1-9-0
Q de Kock    7* (12b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-11-1

sapan: "I think chandimal should keep wickets and make Sangakkara focus more on batting.Also chandimal is natural replacement for sangakkara once he retires."

Ruwan Perera: "if mahela can't be at slips why not train a youngster . chandimal is the best as he is also a keeper .and may be angelo perera."

8.1

Malinga to de Kock, no run, a full ball on middle and leg, de Kock stays in his crease and drives the ball to mid-on

"Rain clouds rolling in from the west. Could be a break in play soon," says Andrew Fernando from the ground. The groundstaff seem to be preparing for that too.

8.2

Malinga to de Kock, no run, a short ball and de Kock attempts to pull, he mis-times it towards midwicket, the ball arrived later than he expected

8.3

Malinga to de Kock, FOUR, a full toss on the pads, de Kock flicks it through the gap at midwicket, didn't try and smash it but placed it well and timed it superbly

8.4

Malinga to de Kock, no run, another full toss, this time de Kock ends up slicing it on the off side, he did not time this one

8.5

Malinga to de Kock, no run, in the blockhole outside off stump, de Kock was on the front foot and a bit late in bringing his bat down, the ball hit the inside part of the bottom and just missed the stumps

8.6

Malinga to de Kock, no run, another swinging yorker and de Kock jams his bat down on it in time

End of over 9 (4 runs) South Africa 25/1 (RR: 2.77)
Q de Kock    11* (18b 2x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-15-1
JP Duminy    5* (19b)      AD Mathews    4-1-9-0

9.1

Mathews to Duminy, no run, good length, pitching on leg and seaming across, Duminy strides forward and defends

9.2

Mathews to Duminy, no run, Duminy sees the ball seaming wide outside off stump and so he goes after it with a flamboyant cover drive, he is beaten. The length wasn't there for the drive

9.3

Mathews to Duminy, FOUR, he's hit this well, moving forward to a length ball that moves away and driving on the up through cover, the line was a bit closer to him compared to the previous delivery

9.4

Mathews to Duminy, no run, pitches on a good length and seams across Duminy, ho shoulders arms

9.5

Mathews to Duminy, no run, Dminy lets another one go outside off stump

9.6

Mathews to Duminy, FOUR, short and wide outside off, not as much of a challenge for the batsman, Duminy cuts through point for the second boundary of the over

The mandatory Powerplay is over, South Africa don't have the best run rate but they have lost only one wicket. So far their innings has gone according to how AB wanted them to bat - start the innings like if it was a Test, he said.

End of over 10 (8 runs) South Africa 33/1 (RR: 3.30)
JP Duminy    13* (25b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-1-17-0
Q de Kock    11* (18b 2x4)      SL Malinga    5-0-15-1

Dilshan to bowl offspin from round the wicket ...

10.1

Dilshan to de Kock, no run, defended from the crease

10.2

Dilshan to de Kock, 1 run, played off the back foot through point

10.3

Dilshan to Duminy, no run, pushed tentatively towards cover on the front foot, Duminy was early on the shot and ended up playing it uppishly

10.4

Dilshan to Duminy, no run, defended on the leg side from the crease

10.5

Dilshan to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy goes back and works the ball with the angle into him from round the wicket through square leg

10.6

Dilshan to de Kock, no run, played from the crease towards short cover

End of over 11 (2 runs) South Africa 35/1 (RR: 3.18)
Q de Kock    12* (21b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-2-0
JP Duminy    14* (28b 2x4)      AD Mathews    5-1-17-0

Thisara Perera replaces Mathews, bowling from over the wicket.

11.1

NLTC Perera to Duminy, 1 run, a length ball on leg and middle, Duminy stays in his crease and works the ball through square leg

11.2

NLTC Perera to de Kock, 1 run, short of a length this time, the line is wicket to wicket, de Kock stays back and works the ball square on the leg side

11.3

NLTC Perera to Duminy, no run, a fuller length on middle and off, Duminy defends on the front foot

11.4

NLTC Perera to Duminy, no run, good length on leg and middle, Duminy leans forward and plays towards midwicket

11.5

NLTC Perera to Duminy, no run, a fuller length around off, Duminy leans forward and across and drives towards mid-on

11.6

NLTC Perera to Duminy, no run, Duminy moves across his stumps and tries to dab past first slip, he can't beat the fielder though

End of over 12 (2 runs) South Africa 37/1 (RR: 3.08)
JP Duminy    15* (33b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-2-0
Q de Kock    13* (22b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-2-0

12.1

Dilshan to de Kock, 1 run, a gentle full toss and de Kock makes a mess of that shot, ends up chipping it tamely in the air and luckily for him it falls short of Mendis at long-on

12.2

Dilshan to Duminy, FOUR, a short ball and Duminy sweeps that from around off stump the the fine-leg boundary

12.3

Dilshan to Duminy, 1 run, a fuller ball and Duminy drives off the front foot past the bowler, it was in the air and Dilshan dived to his left, over the top of the ball

12.4

Dilshan to de Kock, 1 run, shorter length and the batsman cuts through point

12.5

Dilshan to Duminy, 1 run, another sweep, this time to the fielder at deep square leg

12.6

Dilshan to de Kock, 1 run, cut off the back foot in front of point

End of over 13 (9 runs) South Africa 46/1 (RR: 3.53)
Q de Kock    16* (25b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-11-0
JP Duminy    21* (36b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-2-0

13.1

NLTC Perera to de Kock, FOUR, too full, on leg and middle stump, de Kock moves forward and plays a forceful on-drive, placing the ball wide of the fielder at mid-on, Herath gives chase and the outfield is slow, he reaches the ball and pulls it back, but then he slips as he tries to ensure the ball stays in play and his feet touch the boundary as he is touching the ball, so that will be four

13.2

NLTC Perera to de Kock, no run, a good length ball outside off, de Kock tries to cut but is cramped for room and beaten

13.3

NLTC Perera to de Kock, OUT, caught behind! Perera gets the ball to lift at pace from a good length, de Kock is caught on the crease and begins to play at it, he then stops his shot but leaves the bat hanging outside off stump, the edge flies through to Sangakkara, who takes his second catch

Q de Kock c †Sangakkara b NLTC Perera 20 (55m 28b 3x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

MrGarreth: "I'm a bit worried about the stability of SA's batting lineup. Is Duminy 3 or Faf 3?? No wonder both are out of form."

Kapil: "One can clearly make out the lack of confidence in SA batsmen here.. Not putting away poor balls too.. Approach should become a little more positive and they should attack at least the part timers like Dilshan and also Perera"

AB de Villiers is the new batsman.

13.4

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, no run, a full ball outside off, AB drives from his crease to cover

13.5

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, no run, 130 kph outside off stump, de Villiers lets it go

13.6

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off, AB moves towards the ball and plays it back to the bowler

End of over 14 (4 runs) South Africa 50/2 (RR: 3.57)
AB de Villiers    0* (3b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-6-1
JP Duminy    21* (36b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-11-0

Dilshan is removed from the attack, Ajantha Mendis will bowl, from over the wicket with a slip.

14.1

Mendis to Duminy, no run, fired wide outside off stump, Duminy cuts off the back foot and gets a bottom edge into the ground

14.2

Mendis to Duminy, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

14.3

Mendis to Duminy, no run, Sangakkara appeals loudly but Mendis does not, Duminy was hit plumb in front but that was off the inside edge

14.4

Mendis to Duminy, no run, defended front in front of the stumps on the leg side

14.5

Mendis to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy gets down low and sweeps to deep backward square leg

Spike: "We are playing the extra batter today. Surely we can afford to be more positive?"

Reinier: "I hope this de Kock experiment will now end. He avgs below 20 in ODI's with a HS of 31. His list A avg is a mere 30 so it's not as if his stats are screaming "pick me"."

14.6

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, AB leans forward and across and drives the ball to midwicket

End of over 15 (1 run) South Africa 51/2 (RR: 3.40)
AB de Villiers    0* (4b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-1-0
JP Duminy    22* (41b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    2-0-6-1

Charitha: "@ Kapil, Are you rating Thisara Perera as part timer? Thisara has 80 wkts in 61 matches."

15.1

NLTC Perera to Duminy, 1 run, a length ball on middle and off, Duminy stays in his crease and nudges the ball towards square leg

15.2

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, a length ball outside off, AB eases forward and plays the ball into a gap at cover

15.3

NLTC Perera to Duminy, no run, good length and straight, Duminy gets behind the line and defends to the bowler with a straight bat

15.4

NLTC Perera to Duminy, OUT, played on! Duminy tried to run a good length ball down to third man but it was a bit too close to him and he got an inside edge on to his stumps. South Africa's steady start is unraveling

JP Duminy b NLTC Perera 23 (45m 44b 3x4 0x6) SR: 52.27

The players are taking a break for drinks at the fall of Duminy's wicket.

Mumble: "I have always hoped (often optimistically ) that Mendis would continue to blow everyone away after his great start, but as he's playing against my home country today I wish that he will be merely economical and take no wickets."

Stephen Minne: "This is my official breakup letter to the SA ODI cricket team. They've disappointed me one to many times . It's not me, it's you." Still steady with the champion Test outfit, Stephen?

Meech: "@Reinier - de Kock will play for SA for a long time to come. He's very talented and will become our long term keeper/batsmen when AB takes over the captaincy of the test team. He's good, trust me :)"

Danie: "@ Reinier: Surely the lad needs to be given a fair chance. He's dynamite in T20 and has great potential...and surely better option at the top than Ingram! The team lacks leadership and experience...Smith, Kallis anyone?"

Juror: "This is such disappointing batting - same as the last 6 months, starts and no-one goes on...come on AB"

15.5

NLTC Perera to du Plessis, no run, a full ball around off stump, defended on the front foot by Faf, who is the new batsman at No. 5

Kapil: "Thanks for coming Duminy.. way too much defence.. no intent what so ever.. this had to happen.. SA struggling as they have been in recent past.."

15.6

NLTC Perera to du Plessis, no run, that was 134kph and it took off from a good length outside off stump, Faf lifted his hands out of the way

End of over 16 (2 runs) South Africa 53/3 (RR: 3.31)
F du Plessis    0* (2b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-8-2
AB de Villiers    1* (5b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-1-0

16.1

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, AB gets on to the front foot and defends on the leg side

16.2

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, that's the one that goes away from the right-hander, AB gets forward and drives on the up through cover

16.3

Mendis to du Plessis, 1 run, Faf plays slightly inside the line to one that leaves him, he manages to open the face and steer the ball past first slip

16.4

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, leg-stump line, a much easier delivery to play and AB clips it through square leg

16.5

Mendis to du Plessis, no run, that's the offbreak and Faf moves across his stumps to block on the leg side

16.6

Mendis to du Plessis, no run, played off the back foot to cover

End of over 17 (3 runs) South Africa 56/3 (RR: 3.29)
F du Plessis    1* (5b)      BAW Mendis    2-0-4-0
AB de Villiers    3* (8b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-8-2

17.1

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, no run, a huge appeal for lbw and the umpire says not out. The Sri Lankans are asking for a review. The front foot is okay. The ball was on a good length on middle and leg and it angled into the right-hander. AB played across the line and missed. There was no bat on it but the impact was high. Replays indicate the ball would have clipped leg stump but that's an umpire's call so the decision stays with that of the on-field umpire. AB bats on.

17.2

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, no run, good length and straight, AB stays in his crease and defends on the off side

17.3

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, 2 runs, driven off the front foot through cover point

17.4

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, no run, AB is very early on to the front foot and half-way through his shot by the time the ball reaches him, he ends up chipping it uppishly towards mid-on

17.5

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, defended from the crease on the leg side

17.6

NLTC Perera to du Plessis, no run, length, ball outside off stump, AB comes forward and defends

End of over 18 (3 runs) South Africa 59/3 (RR: 3.27)
F du Plessis    1* (6b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-11-2
AB de Villiers    6* (13b)      BAW Mendis    2-0-4-0

Rangana Herath replaces Mendis, bowling from round the wicket.

18.1

Herath to de Villiers, no run, AB moves forward and defend with a straight bat

18.2

Herath to de Villiers, no run, a bit on middle and leg, AB flicks towards square leg

18.3

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long-off

18.4

Herath to du Plessis, no run, Herath slowed that up beautifully, tossing it up and dragging Faf forward, the ball pitched on off and spun past the outside edge of the front foot defence, Sanga takes off the bails and appeals for a stumping. The decision goes up to the third umpire; Faf's back foot is grounded

Stephen Minne: "All I want is a consistent team, unfortunately this love affair between the test and ODI format has got to end. So with that, I call it quits on my ODI side."

18.5

Herath to du Plessis, 1 run, played to midwicket for a single

18.6

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, driven on the front foot through cover

End of over 19 (3 runs) South Africa 62/3 (RR: 3.26)
AB de Villiers    8* (17b)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0
F du Plessis    2* (8b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-11-2

Spike: "@Danie - We lack a Captain that knows what he is doing (read Johan Botha)."

waseem sarwar: "@Kapil, Duminy's 23 of 44 is way too much defense for you? I think you haven't watched Misbah batting ?"

19.1

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, no run, good length outside off, left alone by the batsman

Kyle: "If anyone needs a run in the Proteas ODI side, its Richard Levi. Hasn't been given a fair chance yet and he's got amazing talent." He's not very good on these sort of surfaces, is he? Really struggled against spin in the IPL.

19.2

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, FOUR, a solid straight drive, AB moves forward and presents a delightfully straight bat to a length ball outside off and sends the ball racing between the bowler and mid-off

19.3

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, no run, wider outside the off stump, AB lets it go

Grant: "I assume with the slow start SA are trying to "solidify" and not loose wickets but with the weather looking bad and possibility of less overs they might be digging a hole instead"

19.4

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, a fuller ball just outside off, AB dabs towards point and runs a risky single, a direct hit at the striker's end would have been close

Nuwan: "A huge portion of T Perera's wickets have come from the batsmen playing on." Really?

19.5

NLTC Perera to du Plessis, no run, Faf has a dash at a length ball outside off, it's not that wide though and he is beaten

19.6

NLTC Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, worked off the hips through square leg

Tharindu: "I can't believe that they left out a handy cricketer like Thisara Perera out in Champions' Trophy and Tri-Series in WI.He is a good hitter who can score run quickly and takes wickets also."

End of over 20 (6 runs) South Africa 68/3 (RR: 3.40)
F du Plessis    3* (10b)      NLTC Perera    5-0-17-2
AB de Villiers    13* (21b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    1-0-3-0

20.1

Herath to du Plessis, no run, defended on the front foot

20.2

Herath to du Plessis, 1 run, steps out of his crease and drives through the line to long off

Shamalka: "I swore to myself that I will get a break from watching Cricket after Sri Lanka lost to Dhoni is the finals of the Tr-Series in WI but, instead, now I'm following this series as well...Oh no! Cricket has consumed me..."

20.3

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, once again the batsman comes out and drives the ball, to long on this time

20.4

Herath to du Plessis, no run, Faf closes the face of the bat a bit too early on the front foot and the flighted ball hits the leading edge and goes on the off side

20.5

Herath to du Plessis, no run, a horrible mix-up between the batsmen but the throw is made to the wrong end. Faf just dabbed the ball towards silly mid-on and the batsmen attempted a risky single. Both the batsmen were half way down the pitch by the time they decided to turn back. Had Herath thrown at the bowler's end AB was a goner because a fielder had come up to the stumps. Instead he threw to Sanga, and Faf was back in time

20.6

Herath to du Plessis, no run, defended on the off side

End of over 21 (2 runs) South Africa 70/3 (RR: 3.33)
F du Plessis    4* (15b)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-5-0
AB de Villiers    14* (22b 1x4)      NLTC Perera    5-0-17-2

21.1

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, AB moves across and chips the ball gently towards square leg

David: "When AB was given the captaincy instead of Johan Bothe, Kirsten & CSA made a monumental mistake. Don't take my word - the results prove it. AB is a failure, and Botha is hired by South Aus because they wanted a great skipper. And yes - Kirsten bears the blame."

21.2

NLTC Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, good length on middle and off, Faf taps the ball towards midwicket

Wozza: "There are 3 people missing from this ODI team for SA. Graeme Smith Jacques Kallis Johan Botha. Smith and Kallis provide the experience which is lacking in the top order, and Johan Botha is a better ODI captain than AB, and a better spinner than Robbie Peterson."

21.3

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, a length ball outside off, AB moves across and drives the ball to mid-on

Chandra Mohan Sumra: "Those who are calling Duminy defensive should switch over to Ind vs Zim tab, after 22 overs Dhawan was at 31 of 60 with team score 81 runs. But keeping his wicket intact has helped him to take Ind well within reach of a score of 300."

21.4

NLTC Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, there's width outside off and Faf reaches for the ball and slashes through point

21.5

NLTC Perera to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length outside off, AB stays back and guides the ball to third man

Mike Els: "Dear Mr. Minne. I completely agree. SA ODI squad has broken my heart time and again even though they promise not do it again. I will join you in this messy break up, but will continue stalking them on Facebook and Cricinfo like a rejected lover."

21.6

NLTC Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, straighter line, Faf works the ball off his pads through square leg, six singles in that over

James: "Our Test team perform so much better because they play with confidence. Every time I watch South Africa play an ODI, it feels like everyone's on debut; I was really hoping that Gary Kirsten could bring that confidence through to the limited overs side like he did with the test team!"

End of over 22 (6 runs) South Africa 76/3 (RR: 3.45)
F du Plessis    7* (18b)      NLTC Perera    6-0-23-2
AB de Villiers    17* (25b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    2-0-5-0

Vaughan: "I leave this one to the cricket gods: if this post comes up, Im getting a late full English breakfast and watching the rest of the cricket. If it doesnt, Im staying at work and keeping productive. Oh I can smell the bacon already!" It was the bacon that made me do it, Vaughan.

22.1

Herath to du Plessis, no run, defended on the off side

22.2

Herath to du Plessis, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, driven towards long on off the front foot

James: "I have to agree with David; AB is a great player, but not a captain. It shows in the uneasiness of the team he leads..."

22.3

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, played off the front foot towards cover

22.4

Herath to du Plessis, no run, stays back to a fuller ball and defends on the off side

22.5

Herath to du Plessis, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, the batsman moves forward and opens the face to steer towards point

22.6

Herath to de Villiers, no run, played off the front foot towards point

End of over 23 (3 runs) South Africa 79/3 (RR: 3.43)
AB de Villiers    18* (27b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-8-0
F du Plessis    9* (22b)      NLTC Perera    6-0-23-2

23.1

Mendis to du Plessis, 1 run, a gentle drive to long on off the front foot

23.2

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, tight line and length on off stump, AB defends towards the bowler

Lahiru M: "Just tuned in to find that Thirimanne has been left out of the team. He averages 27.90 in 50 matches. After their first 50 matches Sanga and Mahela averaged 24.73 and 23.06 respectively. I think the lad deserves a longer run." I think he had an injury.

23.3

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, played off the back foot towards midwicket where Dilshan dives to his left to save the single

23.4

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, and Herath gives one away with a fumble at short fine leg

23.5

Mendis to du Plessis, FOUR, tossed up outside off, a half volley, Faf eases on to the front foot and plays a graceful cover drive all along the ground to the boundary

23.6

Mendis to du Plessis, no run, defended on the back foot on the off side

End of over 24 (6 runs) South Africa 85/3 (RR: 3.54)
F du Plessis    14* (25b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    3-0-10-0
AB de Villiers    19* (30b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    3-0-8-0

Terence: "Wozza - don't forget Steyn who could put the Sri Lanken batsman under all sorts of pressure. If he was there to open with Morkel it could have been a different series."

Bimalka: "To all the SA fans bashing their team - give them a break. Most of the youngsters have barely played in these conditions and this sort of series is more about the experience rather than the results. I'm amazed at the abuse that De Kock, Faf and Duminy seem to get."

24.1

Herath to de Villiers, no run, AB comes down the pitch and plays the ball towards the bowler

24.2

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, nudged from the crease behind square leg

24.3

Herath to du Plessis, no run, defended on the front foot

Mr. G: "In some ways, you could argue that a captain is only as good as the players he has at his disposal. If they're all looking nervy, jumpy and bereft of confidence, there's not much he can do. It doesn't help that AB's results will always be compared with what the test team achieves."

24.4

Herath to du Plessis, no run, flatter and faster, the batsman goes back to defend

24.5

Herath to du Plessis, no run, played off the back foot but it doesn't get past point

24.6

Herath to du Plessis, no run, a loud appeal after Faf comes out of his crease and gets hit on the pad, it looked straight but he was so far out that no umpire would give that

End of over 25 (1 run) South Africa 86/3 (RR: 3.44)
F du Plessis    14* (29b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-9-0
AB de Villiers    20* (32b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    3-0-10-0

We're halfway through and South Africa are well short of even a hundred.

25.1

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease.

25.2

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, driven on the front foot towards cover

25.3

Mendis to du Plessis, 1 run, tossed up on middle stump, Faf stays in his crease and plays towards long on

25.4

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, nudged off the pads through square leg

25.5

Mendis to du Plessis, no run, Faf stays back and punches the offbreak to cover

25.6

Mendis to du Plessis, no run, tight line and length on middle and off, Faf defends back to the bowler

End of over 26 (3 runs) South Africa 89/3 (RR: 3.42)
F du Plessis    15* (32b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    4-0-13-0
AB de Villiers    22* (35b 1x4)      HMRKB Herath    4-0-9-0

James: "Bimalka, I might agree about Faf and De Kock, but Duminy has played over 100 ODI's, so has plenty of experience."

Stark62: "@Terence Dale Steyn has an average of 29.07 in ODI's. He is a quality Test bowler but an average ODI bowler and the best two SA ODI bowlers are Morkel and Tsotobe (in order)." That's controversial!

26.1

Herath to de Villiers, FOUR, that's a ripper! Herath drifts the flighted ball into the right-hander, pitches on middle and rips it past the outside edge. AB prodded forward and the ball seemingly took the outside edge past the keeper and to the third man boundary

26.2

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, driven to long on for a single

26.3

Herath to du Plessis, 1 run, Faf steps out and drives towards mid-off

26.4

Herath to de Villiers, no run, that was the arm ball and AB got an inside edge on to the pad, he was looking to play on the leg side

26.5

Herath to de Villiers, OUT, I think Faf's been run out! AB played the ball into the covers and called his partner through for a risky single. Chandimal was quick to get to the ball and he picked up and threw swiftly to the keeper. Faf is extremely quick between the wickets but he was an inch short. A severe set back to an innings already struggling for momentum.

F du Plessis run out 16 (43m 33b 1x4 0x6) SR: 48.48

Reinier: "This is a typical strategy to SA: bowl tight, dry up runs and wait for the inevitable implosion. Oh what a sad day for SA cricket...where have the hard men gone - the Bouchers and Kluseners? Guys who could soak up the pressure and then transfer it to the other team (like Dhoni for India)?"

Sean: "I disagree, Mr G: It is, in fact, the value and obligation of a captain to calm, guide and inspire those who are nervous and lacking in self-belief"

Farhaan Behardien is the new batsman, AB now has a lot of work ahead of him.

26.6

Herath to Behardien, no run, tossed up on off stump, defended from the crease

End of over 27 (6 runs) South Africa 95/4 (RR: 3.51)
F Behardien    0* (1b)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-15-0
AB de Villiers    27* (39b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    4-0-13-0

Ari: "We need to look past Kallis and Smith. AB is the future captain but he needs seniors around him at least for a while. He is way too ambivalent in his thinking as captain. He should let go of the gloves or captaincy!"

27.1

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, driven to long off for a single

A slip and a short leg in place.

27.2

Mendis to Behardien, 1 run, Behardien gets going by moving back and nudging a ball off his pads behind square

27.3

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, punched off the back foot in front of point

Simon: "Enough of this absolute RUBBISH. Switching over to watch Elgar... who can actually bat. Shameful display from what should be the cream of SA's talent. Head must roll."

27.4

Mendis to Behardien, 1 run, a full toss, and it's driven to mid-off

Gautam: "So finally AB gets a chance to avenge his run out in WC 2011 Quarter-Final against New Zealand.. And he nails it..!!"

27.5

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, dabbed off the front foot towards point

27.6

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, driven off the front foot between the bowler and the non-striker for a single

End of over 28 (5 runs) South Africa 100/4 (RR: 3.57)
AB de Villiers    30* (43b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    5-0-18-0
F Behardien    2* (3b)      HMRKB Herath    5-0-15-0

28.1

Herath to de Villiers, no run, AB drives fluently but to the man at short cover

28.2

Herath to de Villiers, no run, played off the front foot into the covers again

28.3

Herath to de Villiers, no run, defended on the front foot to the bowler

28.4

Herath to de Villiers, no run, AB gets on to the front foot and defends with a straight bat

28.5

Herath to de Villiers, no run, loud calls of wait and no after AB pushes into the covers, that would have been another risky single

28.6

Herath to de Villiers, no run, defneded on the front foot towards point

End of over 29 (maiden) South Africa 100/4 (RR: 3.44)
AB de Villiers    30* (49b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-15-0
F Behardien    2* (3b)      BAW Mendis    5-0-18-0

Ross: "My take on AB as captain: He's too willing. If they asked him to jump in a fire for the team, he would. It means he's not the guy to take tough decisions. He's basically too nice."

Russell: "I would love to see a stat on how many times AB and Faf have been involved in run outs batting together in ODI's. Today's must be at least the 3rd time. You'd think they'd learn!"

29.1

Mendis to Behardien, OUT, that's out, but I'm not sure how exactly just yet. The umpire is asking for TV replays, so maybe it's a stumping. Mendis bowled an offbreak that drew Behardien forward and then the ball spun through the gap between bat and pad. Replays show that the ball clipped the off bail on its way into Sanga's gloves so the question of a stumping does not arise. Behardien's been bowled and South Africa slump further and further.

F Behardien b Mendis 2 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Neil: "I think the frustration here comes from people not realising just how weak South Africa's batting really is. Amla and De Villiers are world class, but if you remove them from the lineup, and add up the points the next-best 5 batsmen have on the official ICC ODI rankings, you'll find that they score less than the top 5 of Bangladesh. Seriously, go do the maths. This is not South Africa under-performing. This is just South Africa."

David Miller is the new batsman, he's awesome against pace, but can be iffy against spin.

29.2

Mendis to Miller, no run, Mendis slides the offbreak past the left-hander's bat from over the wicket and Sanga whips off the bails. Miller's foot was fine

29.3

Mendis to Miller, 2 runs, pushed off the front foot through cover, more of a firm defence that travelled quite a bit

29.4

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, driven off the front foot through point

By the way, AB is now the first SA batsman to make at least 30 in this series.

29.5

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards long on

29.6

Mendis to Miller, no run, tossed up on leg and middle, defended back to the bowler

End of over 30 (4 runs) South Africa 104/5 (RR: 3.46)
DA Miller    3* (4b)      BAW Mendis    6-0-22-1
AB de Villiers    31* (50b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    6-1-15-0

30.1

Herath to de Villiers, no run, AB strides forward and presents a straight bat while defending

30.2

Herath to de Villiers, 1 run, tossed up on middle, AB drives on the front foot to long off

Zak: "AB is not a great thinker. He sees "different" and "thinking" as the same thing. SA needs batsmen prepared to dominate the bowling and a batting lineup with structure and clearly-defined roles."

richard in cape town: "Ag, as a protea fan, we expect to win every game, and get quite negative with the players, coaches and admin when we do not win. It means our players need a thick skin. But this is better than expecting and accepting losses all the time. So lots of venting today and to be honest the performance is a little flat, again."

30.3

Herath to Miller, FOUR, an attacking shot after what has been an age! Miller steps out and lofts Herath over mid-off, hitting through the line and timing the ball well

30.4

Herath to Miller, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

30.5

Herath to Miller, 1 run, steps out of his crease and works the ball off the pads through square

30.6

Herath to de Villiers, no run, defended on the off side

GermanPlayer: "Stop bashing this team! Better SA teams before have not been able to do what this young team is failing at. The only problem is they are not putting up a fight, which i am sure they will learn a lot from once they look back at this series. Keep Calm and enjoy the Ashes meanwhile. There are enough SA players in the English team and they are beating AUS!!! Too Good, init?"

End of over 31 (6 runs) South Africa 110/5 (RR: 3.54)
AB de Villiers    32* (53b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-21-0
DA Miller    8* (7b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    6-0-22-1

Behardien, by the way, was Mendis' 100th ODI wicket. His second 50 have taken a while.

31.1

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, played off the pads through square leg

31.2

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, worked off the pads through square by the right-hander this time

31.3

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, a full toss and Miller plays it with a straight bat to long on

31.4

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, defended to midwicket, Miller sets off, AB sends him back

31.5

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, played to long of for a single

31.6

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, and another drive to long off ends the over

Keval: "Congrats to Elgar on a great double hundred against Australia A."

End of over 32 (5 runs) South Africa 115/5 (RR: 3.59)
DA Miller    11* (10b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    7-0-27-1
AB de Villiers    34* (56b 2x4)      HMRKB Herath    7-1-21-0

David: "@Neil: Your words cut like a knife to the heart. We do have a young team so we should expect the odd failure, but it is rather disheartening seeing us collapsing like this 3 games out of 3. South Africa, you cause me great pain..."

Dlshan's back ...

32.1

Dilshan to Miller, no run, Miller strides forward and pushes the ball to point

32.2

Dilshan to Miller, no run, Miller goes back and plays inside the line of a ball that pitches outside off and spins away from the left-hander from round the wicket

32.3

Dilshan to Miller, no run, this one is aimed at the pads and does not turn, Miller tries to defend but is hit on the pad

32.4

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, dabbed close on the off side for a quick single

Dale: "SA fan: Once again these "fill in" players are letting the team down. The selectors need to do something about this. I also can't believe Gary K isn't doing more to spot the talent. Big question over his leadership"

32.5

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run, worked off the pads to square leg

32.6

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run, AB is on to the front foot a bit too early and the offbreak spins and hits the top of his front pad

End of over 33 (1 run) South Africa 116/5 (RR: 3.51)
AB de Villiers    34* (58b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-12-0
DA Miller    12* (14b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    7-0-27-1

Ethan: "And there is Albie Morkel with nothing to do on a fine Friday afternoon..."

Stiaan: "Miller just needs to get his eye in. With him and AB still there, we can reach 300 easily!! (a bit too positive maybe?)" to do that they'll need plenty off the batting Powerplay, which begins now.

Malinga returns to the attack ...

33.1

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, the first ball of the fielder restrictions is driven to long off, where there is a fielder

Spatchcock: "To be honest... we Saffa's don't really care about the Ashes. It's world nbr3 vs nbr4! And a pretty decent Eng vs a pretty poor Aus, so not really going to make us want to turn on the telly!"

33.2

Malinga to de Villiers, 2 runs, a poor ball, he was looking for the yorker but ended up bowling a half volley on the pads, clipped to the fielder on the deep square leg boundary

33.3

Malinga to de Villiers, no run, a thigh-high full toss, AB was caught by surprise and he defends towards midwicket

Punit: "AB's strike-rate just reflects how SA are struggling in SL conditions..if he's struggling, then so is every batsman in the team..AB's strike is 100 in the last 3 years in ODI's - he often scores with a high S/R - but struggling here, which has been a rare sight in recent years."

33.4

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, driven down the ground for another single. How will Ab approach this Powerplay? He needs to be uber careful about preserving his wicket.

33.5

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, short of a length around off, played with an open face to third man

33.6

Malinga to de Villiers, FOUR, a full toss on leg stump, AB does not miss out on this one, flicking it into the gap on the midwicket boundary

End of over 34 (9 runs) South Africa 125/5 (RR: 3.67)
AB de Villiers    41* (62b 3x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-24-1
DA Miller    14* (16b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-12-0

Dylan: "RE Kapil: The problem that SA has with their openers is that they are too inconsistent. Henry Davids is great when he scores but also very hit and miss. The decision to go with Alviro is to try and get some stability so as not to expose AB and the fragile middle order. After the Champions Trophy debacle, the decision was to rather go solid with wickets in hand for later. Unfortunately this has not really worked as planned. Agree that Alviro is not a solid long-term bet. They should go with de Kock and just stick with him, his credentials and local performances suggest that the investment will pay back. We must just stick with him, things can hardly get worse can they?"

34.1

Dilshan to Miller, no run, Dilshan beats Miller's outside edge on the front foot defence with the offbreak and Sanga breaks the stumps, the umpire asks for TV replays, which show that Miller's back toe did not leave the crease

34.2

Dilshan to Miller, no run, driven on the front foot on the off side

34.3

Dilshan to Miller, no run, short ball outside off, Millier hits it hard but cant beat cover, he's missed out there

34.4

Dilshan to Miller, no run, played off the back foot to cover again, can't beat the infield

34.5

Dilshan to Miller, no run, bowled slowly on middle, Miller defends on the front foot

34.6

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, Miller slaps the ball hard of the back foot towards extra cover where the fielder dives to his right to bring it down, that would have been four otherwise

The players are taking a drinks break.

Derek: "to Ethan R.E. Albie Morkel. He's had his chance time and again and failed to grab it, also he isn't getting any younger, rather give a young guy a chance that may or may not come good than returning to proven mediocrity."

Punit: "Mathew's learned from his mistakes - the innings might actually finish on time - which is very rare these days!"

End of over 35 (1 run) South Africa 126/5 (RR: 3.60)
DA Miller    15* (22b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-13-0
AB de Villiers    41* (62b 3x4)      SL Malinga    6-0-24-1

35.1

Malinga to Miller, no run, Malinga resumes post drinks with a bouncer, Miller evades it

35.2

Malinga to Miller, FOUR, the slower ball with width outside off, Miller cuts off the back foot and Chandimal lets it go through him at point to allow a boundary

35.3

Malinga to Miller, no run, Miller steps out to drive but gets beaten by a dipping full toss, that was very close to off stump

35.4

Malinga to Miller, no run, another one so so close to off stump, Miller tried to drive again but was beaten by a full ball, not much swing into the left-hander for Malinga with the old ball

35.5

Malinga to Miller, no run, several full balls followed by a bouncer, Miller tries to chip it over the keeper but does not connect

35.6

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, Miller attempts to drive another full ball but gets an inside edge on to his pad

BG: "I think SA are on the right track. De Kock should open with Amla, when he is fit. de Kock keeps wicket. That way AB can concentrate on batting at 4 and being the brilliant fielder he is. Having him and Faf at point and cover can save a good 20/30 runs a game, which is like having an extra part-time bowler. If de Kock can learn how to not throw his wicket away he will be a decent batsman too. In Tests give Tsolekile a look. He is a decent enough gloveman and has just got a 50 for the A-side against a decent Aussie A bowling side. Also keep Elgar in the Test team...My posts have never been posted before so it would be a pleasant Friday surprise if this one was"

End of over 36 (5 runs) South Africa 131/5 (RR: 3.63)
DA Miller    20* (28b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-29-1
AB de Villiers    41* (62b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    4-0-13-0

36.1

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, worked of the front foot through midwicket for a single

36.2

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run, Ab tries to work the ball of his pads but misses, Dilshan appeals but that was missing leg

36.3

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 wide, that's a wide down leg side, first one of the day I think

36.3

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run, driven off the front foot towards mid off

36.4

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, played off the pads in front of square leg

36.5

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, short ball around off, Miller goes back and hits it to long off

36.6

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, AB begins to move towards leg to make room and then he stops and moves across his stumps to nudge the ball to short fine leg

End of over 37 (5 runs) South Africa 136/5 (RR: 3.67)
AB de Villiers    43* (66b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-18-0
DA Miller    22* (30b 2x4)      SL Malinga    7-0-29-1

37.1

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, AB works the ball off the pads through midwicket

37.2

Malinga to Miller, 2 runs, a full ball outside off stump, Miller leans forward and drives firmly towards wide long-off, where Angelo Perera runs to his right and tumbles to field well, he gets up fast and releases quickly

37.3

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, driven of the front foot once again towards long off

37.4

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, played from the crease to long on for a single

37.5

Malinga to Miller, no run, Miller bends his knees to get under a bouncer

37.6

Malinga to Miller, no run, another short ball, this time Miller tries to get under it and chip it over Sanga, he makes no contact

Vikram: "Oh Derek stop the nonsense. If I have a chance to talk to RSA selectors I'll really pick up a fight, the way they have handled Albie Morkel. They labeled him as a finisher & they didn't give him enough opportunities at all. He would walk in when he had to chase an impossible target or 10 balls to face. Look at the opportunities Robin Peterson is getting these days, He is asked to open & sent in as pinch hitter. Young or old doesn't matter to me, Dhoni rates Albie as one of the best finishers in the game today."

End of over 38 (5 runs) South Africa 141/5 (RR: 3.71)
DA Miller    25* (34b 2x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-34-1
AB de Villiers    45* (68b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-18-0

38.1

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, steps out of his crease and drives towards wide long on

38.2

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, short ball outside off, Miller goes back and gives it a whack through cover

38.3

Dilshan to de Villiers, no run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

38.4

Dilshan to de Villiers, 1 run, goes back and across and works the ball off the pads behind square

38.5

Dilshan to Miller, 2 runs, tossed up on middle and off, Miller drives from his crease between the bowler and the non-striker

38.6

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, driven through cover for a single

Tharindu: "PowerPlay overs have not been fruitful to SA team as they would like but they have not lost a wicket either. De Villiers and Miller are ideal batsmen to stay in the crease for the final overs and they could put a fighting total on the board given there are only 2 Malinga overs remaining now."

End of over 39 (6 runs) South Africa 147/5 (RR: 3.76)
DA Miller    29* (37b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    6-0-24-0
AB de Villiers    47* (71b 3x4)      SL Malinga    8-0-34-1

Mendis returns for another spell ... bowling over the wicket.

39.1

Mendis to Miller, no run, Miller waits for the ball to slide across him and hen dabs late to short third man

39.2

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, worked off the pads through midwicket

39.3

Mendis to de Villiers, OUT, AB's gone! And what a time for Sri Lanka to strike! Mendis pitched around off and spun the ball away from the right-hander, AB played inside the line and edged it to Sanga. AB put in so much hard work but has fallen just when he would have wanted to accelerate.

AB de Villiers c †Sangakkara b Mendis 47 (108m 72b 3x4 0x6) SR: 65.27

Robin Peterson is the new batsman. South Africa's chances of making 200 have taken a big hit.

39.4

Mendis to Peterson, no run, left alone outside off stump

39.5

Mendis to Peterson, no run, cut off the back foot to point

39.6

Mendis to Peterson, 1 run, played to long on for a single

End of over 40 (2 runs) South Africa 149/6 (RR: 3.72)
RJ Peterson    1* (3b)      BAW Mendis    8-0-29-2
DA Miller    30* (39b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    6-0-24-0

Vikram: "The problem with RSA is they keep repeating the same mistakes. Rhodes, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Boucher, Kemp, Albie Morkel are labelled as finishers. They are continuing the trend with David Miller which doesn't work. Instead of sending Duminy or Robin Peterson up the order they should send Miller & surprise the opponents. Until they do it they will not win crunch games. Opponents know RSA are not willing to take risks."

40.1

Dilshan to Peterson, 1 run, pushed forward tentatively and the outside edge runs to third man

40.2

Dilshan to Miller, no run, defended from the crease towards cover

40.3

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, driven off the back foot to long off for a single

40.4

Dilshan to Peterson, no run, Peterson goes back to play towards point but bottom edges it into the ground, that came on to him slowly

40.5

Dilshan to Peterson, 1 run, pushed on the off side for a single

40.6

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, Miller nudges the ball into the vacant midwicket region and asks Peterson to wait because Dilshan was chasing after the ball. After some hesitation from both batsmen, they decide to run

End of over 41 (4 runs) South Africa 153/6 (RR: 3.73)
DA Miller    32* (42b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    7-0-28-0
RJ Peterson    3* (6b)      BAW Mendis    8-0-29-2

41.1

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, not much room to work with but Miller waits on the back foot and cuts hard to point, doesn't beat Dilshan, who moved to his right to stop a boundary

41.2

Mendis to Peterson, no run, played back to the bowler

41.3

Mendis to Peterson, no run, played off the front foot to midwicket

41.4

Mendis to Peterson, no run, Peterson tries to cut but mis-times it again

41.5

Mendis to Peterson, OUT, bowled him! Mendis pitched the offbreak on middle stump and Peterson did not read it. The previous ball had come back into the left-hander and this one went away. Peterson closed the face and the ball spun past the bat to hit off stump

RJ Peterson b Mendis 3 (9m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

Ryan McLaren in at No. 9, how long is this batting order?

41.6

Mendis to McLaren, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 42 (1 run) South Africa 154/7 (RR: 3.66)
R McLaren    0* (1b)      BAW Mendis    9-0-30-3
DA Miller    33* (43b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    7-0-28-0

Shamalka: "To play Mendis for Eranga is a master stroke by Mathews. Everyone will talk about it if the decision was taken by Chandimal if he's the captain today. Chandimal was too defensive by playing Mubarak but look at the composition today. Attacking and successful! Let's cheer the player for his abilities. Not for his ancestors.Weldone Mathews!"

42.1

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, played towards mid off for a single

42.2

Dilshan to McLaren, no run, punched off the front foot towards cover

42.3

Dilshan to McLaren, 2 runs, a full ball and it is driven straight down the ground, long on will cut t off though

Quentin: "@Vikram: I think you have actually nailed the problem on the head, maybe it is not the players we need to moan about but rather moan about the selectors and coaching staff to update there thinking? Yes Russel Domingo has only been there for 2 &1/2 games as head coach, so here's hoping for strategy changes to come."

42.4

Dilshan to McLaren, 1 run, driven off the back foot to long off

42.5

Dilshan to Miller, no run, defended on the front foot on the off side

42.6

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, Miller leans forward and taps the ball towards mid-on for one more

End of over 43 (5 runs) South Africa 159/7 (RR: 3.69)
DA Miller    35* (46b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    8-0-33-0
R McLaren    3* (4b)      BAW Mendis    9-0-30-3

43.1

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, Miller steps out and drives a full ball along the ground to long on

Saj: "In recent times, whenever Ajantha Mendis makes a comeback, he impresses everyone. People start to think why he was left out of the team in the first place. But rather disappointingly, he gets injured soon afterwards..."

43.2

Mendis to McLaren, 1 run, a full toss, driven to long on again

43.3

Mendis to Miller, no run, Miller stays back and tries to work the ball towards square leg, he gets hit on the thigh

43.4

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, dabbed off the front foot towards backward point

43.5

Mendis to McLaren, 1 run, played off the back foot through cover point

43.6

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, Miller nudges the ball off his pads behind square, Mendis finishes his spell for today

End of over 44 (5 runs) South Africa 164/7 (RR: 3.72)
DA Miller    38* (50b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    10-0-35-3
R McLaren    5* (6b)      TM Dilshan    8-0-33-0

Perera: "George, Sri Lanka playing 5 captains. Quite experienced when compared to any team in ODI."

44.1

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, full and straight, driven from the crease to long off

44.2

Dilshan to McLaren, 1 run, driven off the front foot in front of point

44.3

Dilshan to Miller, no run, Miller went back to cut but was beaten by one that pitched outside off and came in with the arm, that nearly bowled him

44.4

Dilshan to Miller, no run, defended on the off side

44.5

Dilshan to Miller, no run, Miller pushes forward to defend but is beaten by the offbreak as it spins away from him

44.6

Dilshan to Miller, 1 run, nudged into the off side for a quick single

End of over 45 (3 runs) South Africa 167/7 (RR: 3.71)
DA Miller    40* (55b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    9-0-36-0
R McLaren    6* (7b)      BAW Mendis    10-0-35-3

Jeff: "As someone who's unable to watch the game right now how's the pitch playing? Do we have a game here or is SL going to be able to walk to victory?" There has been swing, seam and spin. But nothing outrageous.

Thisara Perera is back for another spell, bowling over the wicket.

45.1

NLTC Perera to Miller, no run, good length on a wicket to wicket line, defended from the crease

Asela: "Time to go for the kill, Sri Lanka! Apply pressure on McLaren."

45.2

NLTC Perera to Miller, SIX, Miller's teed off! Stepping out of his crease to a short ball and clubbing it over wide long-on. If it's in the arc ... that's the first six of the game.

45.3

NLTC Perera to Miller, 2 runs, a short of a length ball and Miller adjusts to the slightly low bounce by swivelling and pulling though square leg, the batsmen put pressure and Mahela fumbles in the deep, allowing the single

45.4

NLTC Perera to Miller, 1 run, a full toss and Miller plays it off the pads behind square

45.5

NLTC Perera to McLaren, no run, short of a length and straight, McLaren rides the bounce and dabs it down towards point

45.6

NLTC Perera to McLaren, 1 run, played with soft hands towards point for a single

Ant: "A lot has been said about how poor the batting are, but SL only bowled 1 wide today. That said a lot about their discipline."

End of over 46 (10 runs) South Africa 177/7 (RR: 3.84)
R McLaren    7* (9b)      NLTC Perera    7-0-33-2
DA Miller    49* (59b 2x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    9-0-36-0

46.1

Dilshan to McLaren, no run, McLaren aims for the big heave over midwicket but is beaten outside off

46.2

Dilshan to McLaren, no run, McLaren once again plants his foot forward and heaves across the line and misses, that was really close to off stump

46.3

Dilshan to McLaren, no run, pushed from the crease towards cover, three dots so far

46.4

Dilshan to McLaren, 2 runs, he goes back and clubs the ball to long on, the first run is taken quickly and so they can come back for another

46.5

Dilshan to McLaren, 1 run, nudged towards point for another single

46.6

Dilshan to Miller, no run, defended on the front foot to cover

End of over 47 (3 runs) South Africa 180/7 (RR: 3.82)
DA Miller    49* (60b 2x4 1x6)      TM Dilshan    10-0-39-0
R McLaren    10* (14b)      NLTC Perera    7-0-33-2

Dave: "@Ant: but there was no pressure on the bowlers: they just lobbed the ball in the direction of the batsmen for a block-or-miss."

47.1

Malinga to McLaren, no run, a low full toss and McLaren clips it to the fielder at midwicket, he needs to give Miller the strike

47.2

Malinga to McLaren, 1 run, a full ball outside off, McLaren drives from the crease to long off

47.3

Malinga to Miller, 1 leg bye, Miller gets hit on the shoulder, he was expecting the yorker and moved forward but Malinga sent down the short ball. Miller flinched as the ball thudded into him and then went to third man. He was taking evasive action but they should not allow runs for that

47.4

Malinga to McLaren, no run, played back to the bowler

47.5

Malinga to McLaren, 1 wide, this bouncer is way too high, the second wide of the innings

47.5

Malinga to McLaren, 1 run, in the blockhole on middle stump, McLaren digs it out on the off side for a single

47.6

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, Miller gets to his fifty by cutting a short of a length ball to third man, it reaches the fielder on the first bounce

End of over 48 (5 runs) South Africa 185/7 (RR: 3.85)
DA Miller    50* (62b 2x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    9-0-38-1
R McLaren    12* (18b)      TM Dilshan    10-0-39-0

Afzal: "That awkward moment when South Africa A's and Australia A's performance is must better than South Africa and Australia."

Thisara to bowl the penultimate over ...

48.1

NLTC Perera to Miller, FOUR, starts with a half-volley on leg stump, Miller waits in his crease and flicks the ball to the backward square leg boundary

48.2

NLTC Perera to Miller, SIX, that's immense! The ball is full and straight, Miller clears his front foot and launches the ball over the straight boundary ... if it's in the V, it's in the tree.

48.3

NLTC Perera to Miller, SIX, that's gone too! A short ball and Miller will hit them all day, he stays supremely balanced in his crease and pulls over the deep midwicket boundary

48.4

NLTC Perera to Miller, 1 leg bye, a full ball down leg side, Miller will be disappointed he did not get bat on that, he only had to beat short fine leg. Instead the ball hits the pad and goes to that fielder

GermanPlayer: "and Miller gets to FIFTY! Well Done. This fifty and the 50 in the CT semifinal last month clearly show he is not a fluke player. This guy has got class, i hope SA don't spoil him by using him as a pinch hitter. Please."

48.5

NLTC Perera to McLaren, 1 run, short of a length outside off, McLaren dabs to short third man and runs

48.6

NLTC Perera to Miller, 1 run, a low full toss on middle and leg, Miller clubs it along the ground to deep midwicket, he will keep the strike to face Malinga in the final over

End of over 49 (19 runs) South Africa 204/7 (RR: 4.16)
DA Miller    67* (67b 3x4 3x6)      NLTC Perera    8-0-51-2
R McLaren    13* (19b)      SL Malinga    9-0-38-1

49.1

Malinga to Miller, FOUR, terrific shot! Miller was on the front foot and Malinga tried to counter with the short ball, Miller got on top of the bounce and sent the ball racing to the midwicket boundary with a fierce pull

49.2

Malinga to Miller, SIX, you can't bowl full to Miller, not unless you ant to fetch it. Miller gets under a full one and drives it cleanly over the long-on boundary, superb timing

Kyle: "South Africa's management must release that Miller is much more than a tonker at the end of an innings. Coming in at 7, after Behardien, was is never the right option."

Mr. G: "Miller has the talent, and more importantly confidence, to become a Bevan-Hussey hybrid for South Africa."

49.3

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, in the blockhole, an excellent comeback from Malinga and Miller can only dig it out towards midwicket

49.4

Malinga to McLaren, 1 run, another one in the blockhole and McLaren plays it towards midwicket to give the stage back to Miller

49.5

Malinga to Miller, SIX, that's flat, has it got the height to clear the man at long-on? Just about! Miller gets under another full ball and slams it hard, the fielder was on the edge of the boundary and even if he had caught it the power would have taken him over the rope

49.6

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, Miller finishes the innings by driving one from the blockhole to long off

6.00 pm David Miller has helped his team score 38 runs in the last two overs. Before that, South Africa looked like they were floundering. Their top order was cautious and provided a platform of sorts but the middle order struggled to pick up momentum against a disciplined attack. Then Miller arrived and his 85 off 72 balls led South Africa to only 223. It's more than they looked like getting, though. Sri Lanka will be favourites to chase successfully and take the series. I'll be back in 30 minutes for the second innings.

Niroshan Balasuriya: "Good to see a competitive total from SA, this will really test SL batting order. Good for the series rather than having plain matches!"

TimP: "Take a bow Mr Miller......too little too late, but at least someone tried.."

End of over 50 (19 runs) South Africa 223/7
DA Miller    85* (72b 4x4 5x6)      SL Malinga    10-0-57-1
R McLaren    14* (20b)      NLTC Perera    8-0-51-2
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 26, 2013

Thisara Perera ready to muscle the ball over the top, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele, July 26, 2013

Thisara Perera ready to muscle the ball over the top

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Jul 26, 2013

Farhaan Behardien exults after picking up a wicket, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele, July 26, 2013

Farhaan Behardien exults after picking up a wicket

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