South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 5th ODI: Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (RPS), Jul 31, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 128 runs
31 July 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)

2.30pm Not too much of a crowd in yet, but there are plenty of horns blaring as the Sri Lankan openers walk out. It's Dilshan and Kusal, Morne Morkel has the ball in hand. It's go-time.

2.25pm Angelo Mathews says the reason for choosing to bat first is that the track is dry and will slow down as the match progresses. AB de Villiers says he would have wanted to bat first as well.

A polite complaint about the selection. Niroshan Balasuriya: "Waited to see Dimuth Karunarathne as the opener but looks like that is not going to happen. He is such a great talent and I don't know why they are not considering him for One Days .."

2.20pm It's quite sunny out there now, so there should be no delay.

sanjey: "@Uwaisul Karna: in fact 4 wicket keeper batsman: sanga, Chandimal, kusal and dilshan as well" I still can't believe Dilshan was picked as the specialist wicketkeeper for an entire Test series in 2009.

Chris in Taunton: "@Piravinthan Susendralingam - re clueless selectors - oh yes, they're clueless. Fancy picking three players with the same name! Poor judgement! Imagine the conversation after the match...."I thought Perera was good today...." "Which one?" "No idea!""

Kusal Perera seems to be a fan favourite. Tharindu: "Only the pace attack seemed to be vulnerable.And on Kusal Perera, he should forget about people's expectations on him to be playing like SanathJ and play his natural game.Although this is a dead-rubber on the paper, for me this is the most exciting game.If SL win this game, it will do wonders to SL Cricket."

Vinit Desai: "Please tell me there is no chance for rain. I don't want to see any fictional "I live X minutes away from Y and it is raining. So will get rain at stadium in Z minutes". Please. (yn)" No chance of rain in Sri Lanka? Dream on Vinit. It's bright and sunny out there right now though.

Jacques: "What I am most looking forward to, is a nice score from De Kock and Phangiso getting is bowling average under 60."

2.15pm Uwaisul Karnain: "SL may have rested 3 of their senior most players for this dead rubber, but it hasn't affected the team balance at all. Still the playing 11 today comprise 4 captains, 4 all-rounders and 3 wicket keeper batsmen"

Simone: "@Vinit - There goes NVR's chance to earn a new nickname: Plate. Like Agar Plate. I'm so funny I could die from laughing at my jokes."

Piravinthan Susendralingam: "Very good selection by the srilankan selection committee taking four young players in to prove their talents" I'm amazed we still haven't got a single angry mail about clueless selectors are, and who should have been picked instead.

Ashker Enoon: "Look at the excitement among SLns about Kusal Perera. Im rooting for him too. He was warming benches in IPL, and then straight into CT for a couple of games, in alien conditions, where best in the world struggled opening, and he was dropped. Great to see this lad back in the playing eleven. selectors please give him a fair run."

2.10pm Changes for Sri Lanka: Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Angelo Perera and Kusal Perera in. No NVR Perera, so Vinit's dream has died rather early.

As for South Africa: Aaron Phangiso, Quinton de Kock and Ryan McLaren are playing, Robin Peterson is out.

Courtesy Andrew Fernando, here are the teams.

1. Kusal Perera, 2. Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3. Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Lahiru Thirimanne, 5. Dinesh Chandimal, 6. Angelo Mathews (c), 7. Angelo Perera, 8. Thisara Perera, 9. Sachithra Senanayake, 10. Suranga Lakmal, 11. Ajantha Mendis

1. Hashim Amla, 2. Quinton de Kock, 3. JP Duminy, 4. AB de Villiers (capt), 5. Faf du Plessis, 6. David Miller, 7. Farhaan Behardien, 8. Ryan McLaren, 9. Aaron Phangiso, 10. Morne Morkel, 11. Lonwabo Tsotsobe

2.00pm Toss Sri Lanka choose to bat. We'll have the team news in a few minutes.

No one seems to be looking forward to this game as much as Vinit Desai: "What am I looking forward to, you ask? Seeing NVR Perera do an "Agar" - i.e. make his debut being picked for bowling, comes in to bat when his team are 9 for relatively little, and comes close to a century with a free and flowing knock which shows no fear or hesitation. Next minute, he's a national hero and there are calls for a public holiday to be declared in honour of the occasion."

1.55pm Our man Andrew Fernando pops up to tell us that the covers are off.

Vinit Desai: "What am I looking forward to? Trying to distinguish the 3 Pereras from each other when following the commentary." I might have to type Angelo Perera's full name each time I refer to him.

Waqar Ahmed: "Looking forward towards the batting of Kusal Perera. Has all the shots. Playing in SriLanka, need to make most of this opportunity." Yes, after that bright start to his career, the Champions Trophy was pretty forgettable. Now that Tharanga has been dropped, big game this for Kusal.

Mafaz: "I'm looking forward to see KJ Perera getting back to form & try to cement his spot."

1.50pm The bad news is that the covers are on. The good news is that we'll have the toss on time. There are a few dark clouds around but it there are big patches of blue sky visible as well.

1.45pm Greetings all, a dead rubber coming up, but the many changes Sri Lanka have made to their squad spices things up. What are you most looking forward to in this match?

0.1

Morkel to Dilshan, no run, starts with a length ball just outside off, Dilshan shoulders arms

0.2

Morkel to Dilshan, no run, shorter and same good line just outside off, terrific bounce there for Morkel, Dilshan stays well away from the line of that and allows it to the keeper

0.3

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 wide, slants it down the leg side

Vinit Desai: "Another Kusal fan as well. In fact, favourite Kusal Perera moment of all time = his diving catch to his left in the 2nd ODI he ever played - absolutely magnificent. Not to discount the absolute havoc aroused by Kulasekera and his swing bowling that day in Brisbane - main contributing factor to Australia becoming 9 for 40. WOW"

0.3

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, pitched up and angling in towards middle stump, punched towards mid-on for a single

Andrew: "RE that quip about Dilshan playing as a specialist keeper, it's almost as bad as Pakistan picking Kamran Akmal." Is there ever a wicketkeepr discussion without an Akmal joke?

0.4

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, no run, Morkel from round the wicket to the man of the moment Kusal Perera, who defends his first delivery

0.5

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, no run, angles it towards leg stump this time, Perera looking to whip it towards square leg but misses

0.6

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, again on the pads, eased down to fine leg for a single this time

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • MDKJ Perera 1 (3b)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (3b)
    • M Morkel 1-0-3-0

samir: "What I am looking forward to is the charitable ways of the South African bowlers and hope they give away another couple of dozen wides :)"

1.1

Tsotsobe to MDKJ Perera, no run, Tsotsobe starts with a length ball from over the wicket that swings away outside off, left alone

1.2

Tsotsobe to MDKJ Perera, no run, closer to off this time, a thick inside-edge sends the ball scurrying towards midwicket

1.3

Tsotsobe to MDKJ Perera, no run, back of a length ball, around off, pushed off the back foot towards cover

1.4

Tsotsobe to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, played uppishly but wide of the diving man at point, that was short of length and Kusal had to reach for it outside off, doesn't get forward or back but connect well and the ball trickles to the boundary

1.5

Tsotsobe to MDKJ Perera, no run, just outside off, good leave from Kusal

1.6

Tsotsobe to MDKJ Perera, no run, swinging in towards leg stump, solidly blocked to the left of the bowler

End of over 2 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • MDKJ Perera 5 (9b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1 (3b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-4-0
    • M Morkel 1-0-3-0
2.1

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, Morkel bangs it in back of a length, heading towards middle, worked to the leg side for a single

2.2

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, no run, drives on the up once more, doesn't get it past the man at cover though

2.3

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, no run, a muted appeal for caught-behind as Morkel sends down a bouncer, 134kph, Perera looks to hook but misses

2.4

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, FOUR, a length ball this time, Perera latches on to that, launches it over cover for four, not timed too well but enough on it for the ball to reach the rope, and already Perera has his highest score in his past six ODI innings

2.5

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, 1 wide, slips it down the leg side, Perera shimmies across and looks it help it along to fine leg but he misses

2.5

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, no run, length ball around off stump, steady defence towards cover off the front foot

2.6

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, no run, and again, keeps it up and around off stump, blocked to the off side

MrGarreth: "As much as there is a lot of negativity surrounding SA, I would love them to win today. losing 2-3 in a place we generally struggle in shows improvement albeit that we have shown a lack of discipline."

When Steyn returns, what do you guys think is SA's best attack?

End of over 3 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 13/0 (RR: 4.33)

    • MDKJ Perera 9 (14b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2 (4b)
    • M Morkel 2-0-9-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 1-0-4-0
3.1

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, shortish ball angling across, Dilshan looking to pull that away but badly mistimes it and the ball rolls towards square leg, the bat turns in his hand as he plays that shot

3.2

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked towards the bowler

3.3

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off

3.4

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, angling across the batsman who chases after it and misses

3.5

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, nicks it this time, a slower ball 117kph, outside off and that bounces through to first slip

3.6

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, length ball slanting across, allows it through to the keeper, and that's a maiden from Tsotsobe

Ramesh: "Every time Kusal scores a boundary, I get excited as his cementing his place with each boundary."

Stiaan: "Regarding when Steyn comes back; I would twist Kallis' arm to return to the side, and exchange Mclaren with Kallis, and take Behardien out and replace him with Steyn Maybe.."

End of over 4 (maiden) Sri Lanka 13/0 (RR: 3.25)

    • TM Dilshan 2 (10b)
    • MDKJ Perera 9 (14b 2x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-1-4-0
    • M Morkel 2-0-9-0

Ryan: ""When Steyn returns, what do you guys think is SA's best attack?" - Cloning Dale 4 times and letting the Steyns bowl all 50 overs."

4.1

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, no run, pitches it up, keeps it around off, 134kph, defended towards cover, slight misfield from Miller who allows the ball to slip past him

4.2

Morkel to MDKJ Perera, OUT, Morkel gets the first wicket, shortish ball outside off, Perera goes for the pull, bottom-edges it through to the keeper, big appeal and the umpire doesn't need much convincing, another single-digit score for Kusal, big disappointment for a whole bunch of our readers

MDKJ Perera c †de Kock b Morkel 9 (19m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.25

Another good move from Sri Lanka, sending in Lahiru Thirimanne at No.3

4.3

Morkel to Thirimanne, 1 wide, short ball down the leg side, South Africa's bowler remain profligate

4.3

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, better line and length from Morkel, just back of a length and not too far outside off, defended to the off side

4.4

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, well outside off, Thirimanne looks to slice that through the off side, the ball skids between the bat and body, and seams in a long way after passing the stumps making it a tough take for de Kock

4.5

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, pitched up and on off stump, Thirimanne gets behind his line and blocks it

4.6

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, pitched up and a crisp drive towards cover, where the fielder dives to his right to cut it off

Saffa: "Its gotta be Steyn and Morkel with the new ball, then Tsotsobe and Mclaren with Duminy and Behardien as a part timers in the middle of the innings. Maybe replace Mclaren with Peterson of Phangiso depending on how this match goes. What is definate is that I never want to see Kleinveldt brought in again. He is far too unreliable."

End of over 5 (1 run) Sri Lanka 14/1 (RR: 2.80)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 0 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 2 (10b)
    • M Morkel 3-0-10-1
    • LL Tsotsobe 2-1-4-0

Mumble: "SA's best bowling attack, in terms of the seamers, would be Steyn, Morkel, Lopsy and McClaren, with Morris and De Lange as the back-ups. In home conditions they should just use JP as the spinner, away use Tahir if they feel the need for a specialist. After his good World Cup it's all gone wrong for Robby P."

5.1

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan fishing for the ball outside off stump, it cuts away from him and he is beaten

5.2

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, a touch shorter this time, Dilshan attempts a flamboyant slash through the off side but misses

5.3

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, length ball on off stump, 131kph, defended from the crease towards cover

5.4

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, back of a length this time, keeps it on off stump, 129kph, blocked to the off side

Just three singles so far in this innings, not much strike-rotation.

5.5

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, same length, on middle and off, Dilshan looks to flick it through the leg side but ends up tapping it back towards the bowler

5.6

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, back of a length is blocked back to the bowler, back-to-back maidens for Tsotsobe to Dilshan

End of over 6 (maiden) Sri Lanka 14/1 (RR: 2.33)

    • TM Dilshan 2 (16b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 0 (4b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-2-4-0
    • M Morkel 3-0-10-1
6.1

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, probing line around off, watchful defence from the crease

6.2

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, just a touch wider this time, more defence, this time towards point

6.3

Morkel to Thirimanne, 1 wide, another wide from Morkel, much too far outside off, Morkel isn't too pleased with the call though

6.3

Morkel to Thirimanne, 1 run, back of a length and just outside off, guided down to fine leg and that is the first run off the bat since over 2.4

6.4

Morkel to Dilshan, 2 runs, shortish and outside off, slaps that firmly through cover but Duminy manages to haul that in before it reaches the rope

6.5

Morkel to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan connects sweetly as he pulls that away for a boundary, it was shortish and on off stump, not too much wrong with it, but Dilshan has had enough of watchful batting

6.6

Morkel to Dilshan, FOUR, suddenly the runs are flowing, this time Dilshan threads it through the off side, places a pitched-up delivery between cover and extra cover to pick up another boundary

Guru Hegde: "Hey folks, No one has mentioned Albie Morkel's name who can be effective with new ball and with Bat too (can be good partner to Miller in bat)"

End of over 7 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 26/1 (RR: 3.71)

    • TM Dilshan 12 (19b 2x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 1 (7b)
    • M Morkel 4-0-22-1
    • LL Tsotsobe 3-2-4-0
7.1

Tsotsobe to Thirimanne, no run, that's 15 dot balls in a row for Tsotsobe, this one is on off stump and it is defended towards midwicket

7.2

Tsotsobe to Thirimanne, 2 runs, Thirimanne gets inside the line of that one and guides it down towards third man, Thirimanne races back for the second, Morkel a touch slow there in the deep

7.3

Tsotsobe to Thirimanne, no run, defended to the off side this time

7.4

Tsotsobe to Thirimanne, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot towards point

7.5

Tsotsobe to Thirimanne, 1 run, length ball outside off, an outside edge down towards third man for a single

7.6

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, short of length and on off stump, thrashed towards cover but can't beat the fielder

Saffa: "Australia A's batsmen are obviously good enough to be called up to the test team as backup..... 65-5!! Australia are generally having a terrible time in all sports at the moment. This helps me get over the misery of SAs ODI performances!" It's 67 for 6 now, the live scorecard is here.

End of over 8 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 29/1 (RR: 3.62)

    • TM Dilshan 12 (20b 2x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 4 (12b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 4-2-7-0
    • M Morkel 4-0-22-1
8.1

McLaren to Thirimanne, FOUR, lovely shot from Thirimanne to welcome McLaren, a full ball is punched back down the ground for a straight-driven four

8.2

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, replies with a yorker on off stump, Thirimanne manages to get his bat down in time

8.3

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, opens the face to guide the ball towards backward point, can't place it well enough though

8.4

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, fullish and on middle and leg, defended towards mid-on

8.5

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, short of a length and angling towards off stump, McLaren bowling from a bit wide of the crease, more defence from Thirimanne

8.6

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked back to the bowler, good recovery from McLaren after that opening ball four

Ryan: "@Guru: Yes he could be effective and all, buy he is way too inconsistent. And South Africans have plenty of players at present who fits that description. I wouldn't want another inconsistent one in the team!"

End of over 9 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 33/1 (RR: 3.66)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 8 (18b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 12 (20b 2x4)
    • R McLaren 1-0-4-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 4-2-7-0

Tigereaver: "Make that 68/7!! Without Warner they are falling apart!"

9.1

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, FOUR, dropped or did it drop just short of Amla at wide slip, dropped short of Amla actually, amla could have stopped that though, Dilshan looked to drive that one through the off and gets a thick edge towards slip

9.2

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run

9.3

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, 1 run, Tsotsobe bowling an immaculate line here, absolutely no room for Dilshan, who looks to manufacture some by backing away from the stumps, can only defend that towards point

9.4

Tsotsobe to Thirimanne, no run, a bit of width outside off, defended off the front foot towards point

9.5

Tsotsobe to Thirimanne, 1 run, Tsotsobe pitches it up but that was well wide of off stump, worked away towards deep backward point

9.6

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, grunts as he bowls the final ball of his fifth over, on a length and outside off, left alone

End of the Powerplay, South Africa won't be too unhappy with the score.

Asad: "If I were to select SA team for ODIs, I would persist with the current top 6 (albeit with some tweaking to the batting order), then have Albie Morkel at no. 7, with McLaren, Steyn and Morne Morkel forming my pace attack and Imran Tahir as the specialist spinner or Chris Morris as an out and out pace battery, depending on pitch and conditions. JP Duminy is already a much better spinner than Robbie P or Phangiso. Its high time SA should get rid of the idea that only left armers can bowl spin good enough to be in the side. The reality is quite quite contrary to this belief."

End of over 10 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 39/1 (RR: 3.90)

    • TM Dilshan 17 (24b 3x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 9 (20b 1x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 5-2-13-0
    • R McLaren 1-0-4-0
10.1

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, McLaren starts the 11th with a length ball outside off, defended towards point

Ryan: "@Tigereaver: And without Warner Australians were falling apart too. Is he the guy who holds it all? ;)"

10.2

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, short ball outside off, Thirimanne bends his knees as he allows the ball through to the keeper

10.3

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, length ball on off stump, Thirimanne happy to keep blocking these to the off side

10.4

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, pitched up on off stump, punched towards mid-off, Thirimanne taking a leg-stump guard and then moving across the stumps before the ball is bowled

10.5

McLaren to Thirimanne, 2 runs, shortish from McLaren, Thirimanne decides to go after that, he loves the cut and he plays it uppishly, Behardien cuts it off at deep point

10.6

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, full and just outside off, pushed back towards the bowler

Mumble: "That youngster Hendricks who is busy mauling Australia A is another future prospect. Glad to see Abbott and De Lange doing the job with the new ball. Abbott is another one who could go on the back up seamer list (and the Vern), but I guess they are both seen as predominantly first-class players."

End of over 11 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 41/1 (RR: 3.72)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 11 (26b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 17 (24b 3x4)
    • R McLaren 2-0-6-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 5-2-13-0

Farhan Behardien to bowl his gentle medium-pacers now.

11.1

Behardien to Dilshan, no run, a hint of away swing there, a length ball is driven off the front foot towards mid-off

11.2

Behardien to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan backs away from the stumps and plays a risky stroke past the keeper, there wasn't any width to work with there but he spots that the third man is vacant and dilshan guides it there for four

11.3

Behardien to Dilshan, 1 run, that was a half-tracker that Dilshan should have put away, Dilshan wanted to power that towards square leg, can't connect properly and sends it down towards fine leg

11.4

Behardien to Thirimanne, 1 run, dropped? or did it fall short of Amla again, a length ball that is flicked towards short fine leg, this time it carried but it was a difficult chance, low and wide ot his right, Amla puts in a solid effort but can't collect it

11.5

Behardien to Dilshan, 1 run, more work from Amla as he has to field at short third man this time

11.6

Behardien to Thirimanne, 1 run, a controlled glide down towards third man to end the over

End of over 12 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 49/1 (RR: 4.08)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 13 (28b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 23 (28b 4x4)
    • F Behardien 1-0-8-0
    • R McLaren 2-0-6-0
12.1

McLaren to Thirimanne, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away for a single to bring up Sri Lanka's 50

12.2

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, no footwork at all from Dilshan as he pokes at that one outside off, he's beaten

12.3

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, short of length ball is helped along down to fine leg for a single

12.4

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, pitched up and angling in towards off stump, bowled from round the wicket as he has all along to the left-handers, pushed towards mid-off

12.5

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, length ball just outside off, defended to the off side

Chandimal not expecting to bat anytime soon, he's lounging in the dressing room, without his shirt on

12.6

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, close call there, Thirimanne pokes the ball towards point and sets off, a direct hit at the keeper's end and that could have been trouble, a superb diving stop form Faf to cause some confusion in the runn9ing

Uwaisul Karnain: "Considering the fact that 2 news balls are used in ODIs now it's important for the openers to adjust their game accordingly and the last innings from 'The King of Pallekele' was a perfect example of how to work out such an innings. He seems to be on the right track again"

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 51/1 (RR: 3.92)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 14 (32b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 24 (30b 4x4)
    • R McLaren 3-0-8-0
    • F Behardien 1-0-8-0
13.1

Behardien to Dilshan, 1 run, sensible worked towards square leg for a single

13.2

Behardien to Thirimanne, 1 run, eased down to third man for one more

13.3

Behardien to Dilshan, 1 run, full and wide, slapped towards sweeper cover for a single

13.4

Behardien to Thirimanne, 1 run, length ball around off, eased towards long-off, no trouble working Behardien around

13.5

Behardien to Dilshan, no run, full ball on the pads, whipped towards midwicket, can't place it well though

13.6

Behardien to Dilshan, no run, wide outside off, slashed towards backward point

Wenushka is a fan of Robbie P: "I think dropping Robin P. is a mistake here. He is the main spinner. He is a much better bowler now. I can see some big improvements from him. Ealier days he didn't have much variety in bowling, speed and turn (spin). But see now how he bowls, Good variety in bowling, speed. And gains the lot of turn (spin) from the spin friendly track. Correct me if I am wrong. First time I saw him bowling a good arm ball without changing his action. And It was used in the 3rd ODI with mixing the normal left arm spin delivery. Mahela got out to one of that arm balls in last match. Only thing he should improve is consistency in bowling. Shoud not bowl 1/2 loose bowls in every over. Other than that he is a very good improved crickerter. I am pretty sure that he will be the number one left arm spinner for SA for long time."

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 55/1 (RR: 3.92)

    • TM Dilshan 26 (34b 4x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 16 (34b 1x4)
    • F Behardien 2-0-12-0
    • R McLaren 3-0-8-0
14.1

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, short of length and outside off, Thirimanne can't time it as he looks to punch that through point off the front foot

14.2

McLaren to Thirimanne, 1 run, tries to pulls that shortish ball off the front foot, bit of a top edge but luckily for Thirimanne that lands safely between two fielders, deep backward square leg fields

14.3

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, slants in towards middle stump, solidly defended towards the bowler

14.4

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, pitched up and on off stump, Dilshan remains patient, pushing it back towards the bowler

14.5

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, full ball outside off, Dilshan looks to power it through the covers, mistimes it to the man there

14.6

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, balls seems to slip out of Mclaren's hand as he delivers a full toss outside off, Dilshan looks to thrash that through cover but poor placement there

End of over 15 (1 run) Sri Lanka 56/1 (RR: 3.73)

    • TM Dilshan 26 (38b 4x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 17 (36b 1x4)
    • R McLaren 4-0-9-0
    • F Behardien 2-0-12-0
15.1

Behardien to Thirimanne, no run, gives him width and he cuts it hard but point slides and stops it

15.2

Behardien to Thirimanne, 1 run, pushes it to sweeper cover for a single

15.3

Behardien to Dilshan, no run, comes round the wicket to Dilshan, he softly pushes it to the off side

15.4

Behardien to Dilshan, 1 run, fullish in length on the stumps and driven to cover

15.5

Behardien to Thirimanne, no run, tucked to midwicket where Amla dives and stops, Thirimanne steps out and has to hurry back

15.6

Behardien to Thirimanne, 1 run, stays beside the line and he punches it to sweeper cover

It's drinks.

Prabhash Miri: "Sri Lanka 25 Overs @ 4.00 + 10 Overs @ 5.00 then 15 Overs @ 10 will end up 300." They would certainly like that, but the third bit seems a bit ambitious.

weera87: "Going through the 3 score cards SL teams playing with 3 different nations. SL men, SL women and SL under 19 team."

End of over 16 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 59/1 (RR: 3.68)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 19 (40b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 27 (40b 4x4)
    • F Behardien 3-0-15-0
    • R McLaren 4-0-9-0

JP Duminy is into the attack now.

SL_Fan: "I really hope that they send Chandimal at 4 and thus give him an opportunity to bat up the order too. Sanga is in good enough form to have to come in and score some quick runs at 5 or 6 if needed!"

16.1

Duminy to Thirimanne, 1 run, well outside off, slapped towards deep point

16.2

Duminy to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan plants his front foot forward and looks to drive through the off but that doesn't spin in, goes straight on and Dilshan is beaten

16.3

Duminy to Dilshan, 2 runs, opens the face as he plays that towards deep point from the crease

16.4

Duminy to Dilshan, no run, defends this towards the off side

16.5

Duminy to Dilshan, no run, a length ball on off stump, defended down the track

16.6

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, whips it towards deep midwicket

Pieman: "Bowlers aren't the issue. Philander and Tahir as additons would add variety. Battings the issue! For me Faf has had a decent run and for an out and out batsmen needs to be replaced. Ingram a far better bet."

End of over 17 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 63/1 (RR: 3.70)

    • TM Dilshan 30 (45b 4x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 20 (41b 1x4)
    • JP Duminy 1-0-4-0
    • F Behardien 3-0-15-0
17.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, FOUR, Phangiso is a bit short first up, Dilshan is quickly on the back foot, gets his front leg out of the way and slams it towards deep midwicket

17.2

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, towards deep point for a single

17.3

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 1 run, length ball on off stump, clipped towards deep midwicket

17.4

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, an appeal for lbw as Dilshan looks to sweep, but that struck him outside leg

17.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, almost drags it on to the stumps, a bottom edge as he looks to work the ball to the off side, bounces over the stumps

17.6

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, solidly defended to the off side

End of over 18 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 69/1 (RR: 3.83)

    • TM Dilshan 35 (50b 5x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 21 (42b 1x4)
    • AM Phangiso 1-0-6-0
    • JP Duminy 1-0-4-0
18.1

Duminy to Thirimanne, no run, defended watchfully by Thirimanne

18.2

Duminy to Thirimanne, no run, pokes it towards point this time

18.3

Duminy to Thirimanne, SIX, full and on leg stump, a big sweep from Thirimanne, gets on one knee as he plays that, perfect timing and that sails over the midwicket rope, well done by Thirimanne

18.4

Duminy to Thirimanne, 1 run

18.5

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, on the pads, Dilshan gets on the back foot and works it towards deep midwicket

18.6

Duminy to Thirimanne, no run, flighted and full, Duminy skips down the track and punches the ball towards a straight midwicket

Eranda: "While we are talking about Robin P, he was the guy who came in to face Malinga in the 2007 WC, when he had taken 4 in 4 right? If I'm not wrong he got the edge for a boundary a couple of overs later and broke the stumps with his bat in sheer joy!"

Dan the Man: ""Robbie P" has managed 2 wickets at an average of 83 and economy of 5.53 in four games, and was actually worse in the champions trophy taking just 1 wicket - he clearly is neither a wicket taker nor an economical bowler and I can't see any reason for him being in this squad. Even duminy has consistently outbowled him recently"

End of over 19 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 77/1 (RR: 4.05)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 28 (47b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 36 (51b 5x4)
    • JP Duminy 2-0-12-0
    • AM Phangiso 1-0-6-0
19.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball on offstump, driven just wide off teh diving bowler, a single to mid-off

19.2

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 1 run, pushed towards point for a single

19.3

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted and full, driven down towards long-on for a single

19.4

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run, gets well back in the crease and defends

19.5

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run, thumps this into the ground before it lobs towards the bowler

19.6

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run, a tighter over this from Phangiso, this was dropped shorter as Thirimanne skips down the track, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 20 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 80/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 29 (51b 1x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 38 (53b 5x4)
    • AM Phangiso 2-0-9-0
    • JP Duminy 2-0-12-0
20.1

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, full ball just outside off, worked towards midwicket for one more

20.2

Duminy to Thirimanne, 2 leg byes, slides this down the pads, looking to help it down to fine leg, no bat involved but the ball runs down to fine leg nonetheless

20.3

Duminy to Thirimanne, no run, on a length outside off, defended towards the off side

20.4

Duminy to Thirimanne, no run, watchfully played to the off side once more, flighting the ball here

20.5

Duminy to Thirimanne, 1 run, skips out of the crease and eases it towards mid-off

20.6

Duminy to Dilshan, FOUR, full ball and Dilshan dances down and thumps that between the bowler and mid-off

Jayathu: "@Eranda: But he almost became the 5th victim. I can remember the Cricinfo commentary saying "if only the stumps had hair".. The ball was that close."

End of over 21 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 88/1 (RR: 4.19)

    • TM Dilshan 43 (55b 6x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 30 (55b 1x4 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 3-0-18-0
    • AM Phangiso 2-0-9-0
21.1

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run, outside off and he looks to run it down to third man, misses

21.2

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 1 run, driven towards long-on for a single

21.3

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted length ball on middle and off, Dilshan gets on one knee as he swings that towards deep midwicket

21.4

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 3 runs, a bit of an outside edge as he looks to push that full ball outside off, that sends the ball fine past short third man, Amla has a a long chase but he manages to win the race with the ball

21.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, gets well forward and defends

21.6

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, looks to sweep that one and he misses, a big lbw appeal is turned down, that flighted down was going down leg

Dave: "Re Robin P, there goes SLs star player."

End of over 22 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 93/1 (RR: 4.22)

    • TM Dilshan 44 (58b 6x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 34 (58b 1x4 1x6)
    • AM Phangiso 3-0-14-0
    • JP Duminy 3-0-18-0
22.1

Duminy to Thirimanne, 1 run, driven down to long-on for one more, easy single

22.2

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, steps out and launches that length ball towards sweeper cover, he was looking to go towards long-on there

22.3

Duminy to Thirimanne, no run, length ball is defended by Thirimanne

22.4

Duminy to Thirimanne, 1 run, short ball spins away outside off, chopped towards deep point for a single

22.5

Duminy to Dilshan, no run, full ball on the pads, clipped towards square leg, Dilshan wanted one but Thirimanne immediately (and wisely) turned down the single

22.6

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball sliding outside off, guided towards backward point

End of over 23 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 97/1 (RR: 4.21)

    • TM Dilshan 46 (61b 6x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 36 (61b 1x4 1x6)
    • JP Duminy 4-0-22-0
    • AM Phangiso 3-0-14-0
23.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted length ball on off stump, Phangiso misfields Dilshan's drive to concede the single to long-on, in fairness that was a tough stop for Phangiso who had to dive to his right

23.2

Phangiso to Thirimanne, FOUR, full ball and Thirimanne launches that over mid-off for four, every now and then Thirimanne goes for the big shot and he has pulled them off perfectly so far

23.3

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run

23.4

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run, full ball on the pads, clipped towards midwicket

23.5

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 1 run, around off stump this time, plays the paddle sweep to get a single

23.6

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, flighted length ball on middle and off, solidly defended towards the bowler

End of over 24 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 103/1 (RR: 4.29)

    • TM Dilshan 47 (63b 6x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 41 (65b 2x4 1x6)
    • AM Phangiso 4-0-20-0
    • JP Duminy 4-0-22-0

Not much threat here from the South Africa spinners, Sri Lanka coasting here and setting the base for a big push later on.

And just as I type that, SA decide it's time to get wickets, and bring back Morne Morkel

24.1

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, a leading edge towards mid-on as he looked to work the ball towards midwicket, it was a short of length ball heading towards leg stump

24.2

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, fuller this time, punched towards mid-off by Thirimanne

24.3

Morkel to Thirimanne, 1 run, shortish ball on leg stump, pulled towards square leg

24.4

Morkel to Dilshan, FOUR, short of length ball outside, Dilshan crisply drives between cover and extra cover and that brings up his half-century

24.5

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, full and on middle and leg, clipped towards deep midwicket

24.6

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, nearly played on there, Thirimanne opens the face and looks to run a ball from just outside off towards third man, bottom edges it to the leg side

Ishan: "SA were 110/1 after 22 in the 4th match before losing the plot. Fingers crossed for Lanka."

End of over 25 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 109/1 (RR: 4.36)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 42 (69b 2x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 52 (65b 7x4)
    • M Morkel 5-0-28-1
    • AM Phangiso 4-0-20-0
25.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan exposing his stumps as he drives towards extra cover

25.2

Phangiso to Thirimanne, FOUR, once again Thirimanne charges out and looks to loft over mid-off, the bat turns in his hands as he play that shot, he ends up slicing it to the right of Amla at mid-off, instead of over Amla as he had intended

25.3

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 2 runs, gets on the front foot and drives that behind point, a couple of runs to Thirimanne

25.4

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 1 run, a full ball on the pads, squeezes it out towards point

25.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, driven to long-off for a single, typical mid-innings ODI batting

25.6

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 1 run, full and just outside off, Thirimanne completes his fifty with a poke towards point

End of over 26 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 119/1 (RR: 4.57)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 50 (73b 3x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 54 (67b 7x4)
    • AM Phangiso 5-0-30-0
    • M Morkel 5-0-28-1
26.1

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, pitched up by Morkel, 131kph, pushed towards mid-on

Anupriya: "I think this is very good chance for Thirimanne to make some impression. Hope he will get a full use of this start."

26.2

Morkel to Thirimanne, 1 run, not the most convincing of strokes, an edge sends the ball behind square leg

26.3

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, helps it along to fine leg for one more

26.4

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, short of length and just outside off, Thirimanne looks to power the ball through point but he's beaten

26.5

Morkel to Thirimanne, FOUR, what a shot, terrific from Thirimanne, a half-volley from Morkel, Thirimanne gets a good stride in and plays a beautiful drive that sends the ball between cover and mid-off

26.6

Morkel to Thirimanne, no run, Morkel has his hands on his head after Thirimanne bottom-edges a ball, almost back towards the stumps

Charitha: "OMG...Sri lanka B team playing superbly.........."

Is there no end to the love for Kusal Perera? Niroshan Balasuriya: "I feel sorry for Kusal Perera by looking at the way these two are batting. I guess he's too ambitious or team is expecting too much from him. He needs to settle in a bit before play shots. Hope this will not be his end."

End of over 27 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 125/1 (RR: 4.62)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 55 (78b 4x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 55 (68b 7x4)
    • M Morkel 6-0-34-1
    • AM Phangiso 5-0-30-0

McLaren returns

27.1

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, length ball on off stump, defended towards the off side

27.2

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, 132.5 kph, opens the face to guide the ball down towards third man

27.3

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, a length ball angling in, Thirimanne drives it back towards the bowler who doesn't get a hand on it before the ball crashes into the non-striker's end with Dilshan well out of his crease

27.4

McLaren to Thirimanne, no run, slips in the slower one, that fools Thirimanne, hits high on the bat and the ball loops towards mid-off but lands short

27.5

McLaren to Thirimanne, 1 run, back of a length and outside off, guided down to third man for a isngle

27.6

McLaren to Dilshan, FOUR, not too short from McLaren but that doesn't stop Dilshan from going for the pull, connects well and that sends the ball to the midwicket boundary

Geoff: "never thought i would say this but maybe its time to give imran tahir another go! current lot of spinners are inneffective on possibly the best pitches they'll ever play on. I still can believe how SA lost their only decent ODI spinner (Botha) so quickly."

Uwaisul Karnain: "Thirimanne has once again taken this opportunity at No. 3 with both hands and delivered the results that we all are expecting from him. If SL can't use him at No. 3 regularly, he should be sent in to open the innings with Dilshan and get the best out of him."

End of over 28 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 131/1 (RR: 4.67)

    • TM Dilshan 60 (71b 8x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 56 (81b 4x4 1x6)
    • R McLaren 5-0-15-0
    • M Morkel 6-0-34-1
28.1

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run, length ball spinning in from outside off, defends to the leg side

Sameera Malinda: "Its not just love for KJP. Its the eternal hope of every Sri Lankan that we get another Jayasuriya."

28.2

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 1 run, length ball is whipped towards deep midwicket, Thirimanne was looking for a big shot out there, doesn't connect properly

28.3

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, towards the middle stump, pushed back to the bowler

28.4

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, tossed up and on middle and off, pushed towards long-off

28.5

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run, an appeal for lbw but Thirimanne is struck outside the line as he looks to sweep

28.6

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run, full ball is clipped to square leg

Coach: "Marvan Attapattu! whom we all should remember & appreciate. He has been an Excellent batting coach bring all youngsters into Better players, also he helped Dilly on his technique."

End of over 29 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 133/1 (RR: 4.58)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 57 (85b 4x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 61 (73b 8x4)
    • AM Phangiso 6-0-32-0
    • R McLaren 5-0-15-0
29.1

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, short of length ball on off stump, Dilshan opens the face and guides the ball towards point

29.2

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, short of length ball around off, pushed to the off side from the crease

Manju: "Am I the only one who thinks that Kusal Perera is not as impressive as he is made out to be? He still has loads to learn (List A avg = 28.02)."

29.3

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, angling in towards the pads, tucked towards square leg for a single

29.4

McLaren to Thirimanne, FOUR, another lofted drive from Thirimanne, once again he isn't looking to power the ball, happy to chip it over the man in the circle, connects well and Thirimanne looking at ease here

29.5

McLaren to Thirimanne, 1 run, width outside off, slapped towards deep point

29.6

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, angling in towards the stumps, defended to the leg side

Navoda: "As SL fans expect another Jayasuriya from Kusal Perera, he tries to be a one. But he should play his natural game without trying to be another one."

Kapil: "Looked at SA's T20 squad and the 2 changes they should make from current team is bring in David Wiese and Tahir for Lonwabo and Phangiso respectively"

End of over 30 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 140/1 (RR: 4.66)

    • TM Dilshan 63 (77b 8x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 62 (87b 5x4 1x6)
    • R McLaren 6-0-22-0
    • AM Phangiso 6-0-32-0

Stiaan: "How is the pitch today? Batting or bowling? Because I can not think why our bowlers haven't made an impact yet..." Not much in it for the bowlers, hardly any delivery has spun, and it is quite a slow surface so not too easy to play the big shots either.

30.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, FOUR, superbly done by Dilshan, who waits on the back foot and chops that behind point for four, not much width for him to work with but enough for Dilshan, especially when he is in this form

30.2

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, looking for the big drive, he misses the flighted and full ball

30.3

Phangiso to Dilshan, 4 leg byes, tosses it up once more, sliding down the leg side, Dilshan can't get bat on it but it is off the pads for four leg-byes

30.4

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

30.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, eased towards long-off and they amble a single

30.6

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 1 wide, misses a stumping chance, Phangiso fires it down the leg side, Thirimanne is way out of his crease and misses the glance, de Kock misses the ball and Thirimanne survives, that's a wide as well

30.6

Phangiso to Thirimanne, no run, flighted delivery on off, Thirimanne gets forward and defends it

Dhuvi: "Another Option for SL would be to play Kusal Perera down the order like how Dilshan started! Play him as a Pinch hitter and then once he gets comfortable at international level give him another go at the top!" Sounds like a good idea to me.

End of over 31 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 150/1 (RR: 4.83)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 62 (88b 5x4 1x6)
    • TM Dilshan 68 (82b 9x4)
    • AM Phangiso 7-0-38-0
    • R McLaren 6-0-22-0

South Africa desperate for wickets here, but they have handed the ball to Behardien

31.1

Behardien to Dilshan, FOUR, and his first ball is taken for a boundary, past deep backward point, Behardien from round the wicket, it was a short of a length ball, short enough for Dilshan to put it away

31.2

Behardien to Dilshan, 1 run, punches that towards deep extra cover for two more

31.3

Behardien to Thirimanne, no run, driven towards extra cover, a dot ball

31.4

Behardien to Thirimanne, 1 run, tucks this towards backward square leg

31.5

Behardien to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan is switching gears, he's decided Behardien has to go, a length ball from round the wicket, Dilshan gets on one knee and swipes that to the square-leg boundary

31.6

Behardien to Dilshan, 3 runs, scoops it fine this time, down to fine leg for more runs, Sri Lanka speeding up here, and South Africa could be in for an ugly hour or so ahead

End of over 32 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 163/1 (RR: 5.09)

    • TM Dilshan 80 (86b 11x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 63 (90b 5x4 1x6)
    • F Behardien 4-0-28-0
    • AM Phangiso 7-0-38-0

The search for a wicket has SA turning to Lonwabo Tsotsobe

32.1

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, FOUR, length ball from over the wicket, what a beautiful shot from Dilshan, the straight drive, effortlessly struck, rolls past for four, he's now 84 off 87

32.2

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, full ball on off stump, driven towards cover this time

Sam: "30 overs and "defensive" Dilshan both are gone. Now the good old Dilshan!"

32.3

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, no run, length ball on the pads, defended to the leg side by Dilshan

32.4

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, 1 run, short ball on off stump, pulled towards deep square leg by Dilshan

Prabhash Miri: "Whoooha, the required rate under 8.00 now for 300+, was expecting 10 runs per over in last 15 to reach 300."

James: "Surely one of those times when you take the powerplay early, with 2 set batsmen." Yes, nothing to worry them in this pitch.

32.5

Tsotsobe to Thirimanne, 1 run, short ball outside off, pulled hard towards deep midwicket

32.6

Tsotsobe to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball is driven towards long-off for one more

Drinks. South Africa looking like they don't have much of a plan here. They haven't been able to put any pressure on the batsmen for a long time now.

Jacques: "I heard about this new thing, it's called a "Yorker", since I'm from SA I am totally unfamiliar with the term, would you mind enlightening us?"

Fraser: "With 18 overs still remaining and everything getting smashed by Dilshan I can see Sri Lanka ending on 300+ and a Dilshan 150 ( minimum)."

Richard: "This is not pleasant viewing/reading. Can you please insert a few pretend wickets and dot balls into your commentary for us suffering south africans." My boss isn't going to like it if I ask readers to go away from Cricinfo, but Richard I think you should close the commentary tab. And don't check back for another hour.

Kapil: "SA facing realities of having limited bowling options here.. And they should have bowled Tsotsobe early (for 8 overs of so.. even in last game) knowing Dilshan is not very good against left armers.. Now he is set and it may not make a huge difference on who bowls"

Clyde Tait: "We have so much talent yet never pick our best team. My dream SA 11 would be - 1. Amla 2. de Kock 3. Ingram 4. AB 5. Duminy 6. Faf 7. Miller 8. Johan Botha (cap) 9. Philander. 10. Steyn 11. Morkel. Would try get Kallis to play instead of Faf."

Sam: "What a coincident! I think that Prabhash Miri is someone who worked with me sometime back in the U.A.E. and our comments are published in 33rd over together.... Cricinfo reunites cricket fans too...."

End of over 33 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 170/1 (RR: 5.15)

    • TM Dilshan 86 (91b 12x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 64 (91b 5x4 1x6)
    • LL Tsotsobe 6-2-20-0
    • F Behardien 4-0-28-0

Phangiso to bowl

33.1

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, length ball on middle stump is punched back towards the bowler

ABJ: "Its seems fashinable these days for people to start complaining about not using yorkers. There is no guarantee that yorkers will get you wickets and a misplaced yorker could easy go to a boundary."

33.2

Phangiso to Dilshan, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards extra cover for a single

33.3

Phangiso to Thirimanne, 1 wide, fires it down the leg side

33.3

Phangiso to Thirimanne, FOUR, skips across the stumps and sweeps that behind square leg, Tsotsobe gives up the chase very early as he realises there's no chance

33.4

Phangiso to Thirimanne, OUT, superb catch from JP Duminy, SA were looking for a bit of magic to get the wicket, Duminy provides it, a terrific-looking lofted driven from Thirimanne, again not full power on it, Duminy has to move towards the boundary to get under that, he keeps his eyes on the ball and connects that well, tumbles over after taking that catch, but he makes sure the ball remains in his palm, end of a solid innings from Thirimanne

HDRL Thirimanne c Duminy b Phangiso 68 (126m 93b 6x4 1x6) SR: 73.11

33.5

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, stretches forward and drives towards cover

33.6

Phangiso to Dilshan, no run, on middle stump, Dilshan defends, the ball pops up a little off the bat, but no danger at all of carrying to bowler,

James: "ABJ best ODI bowler I ever saw was Big Joel Garner, who could bowl thunderbolt Yorkers at will. Used to practise by putting a small coin on the pitch Yorker length, and hitting it."

Ramchander: "Saffers should take heart from the stat that prior to this series India twice chased successfully - once 286 and the next 251 but with 8 overs to spare and against the more experienced bowling line up too. It's also about time the batsmen came to the party - once in 5 games shouldn't be asking much of them!"

End of over 34 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 176/2 (RR: 5.17)

    • TM Dilshan 87 (95b 12x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 0 (0b)
    • AM Phangiso 8-0-44-1
    • LL Tsotsobe 6-2-20-0
34.1

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball is driven towards long-off for a single

34.2

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, full ball on legstump, punches the ball towards long-on

Full toss: "@Jacques, I presume your more familiar with me?"

34.3

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, full ball outside off, squeezed towards sweeper cover

34.4

Duminy to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball around off stump, gets forward and defends towards point

34.5

Duminy to Sangakkara, no run, full ball is whipped towards midwicket, doesn't beat the fielder

34.6

Duminy to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara is in red-hot form this year, he shows that by stepping out and launching that over the bowler's head for a boundary

Uwaisul Karnain: "Sanga is playing in his 216th day-night encounter today and moved up to the 2nd place of that list surpassing Ricky Ponting. His mate Mahela Jayawardene is the one who tops the list for most day-night matches"

End of over 35 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 184/2 (RR: 5.25)

    • KC Sangakkara 6 (4b 1x4)
    • TM Dilshan 89 (97b 12x4)
    • JP Duminy 5-0-30-0
    • AM Phangiso 8-0-44-1

Powerplay time. Morkel returns

35.1

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, short of length ball on off stump, dabbed towards point for a single

35.2

Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR, short of length ball on the pads, wrong line, and that is punished, oh so elegantly done by Sangakkara, just a gentle clip after getting inside the line

35.3

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run

35.4

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-on, Sangakkara is sprinting for a single, Dilshan is going nowhere, Sanga has to turn back and races towards the crease, puts in the dive as well, just in time to beat the direct hit

35.5

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, full and well outside off, Sangakkara lets it through to the keeper, just close enough to the stumps to not be a wide

35.6

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, and once more it is wide outside off and angling away, just within the limit once more, another dot ball to end the over

Dhuvi: "I would have preferred to see Matthews or Chandimal come in at this stage seeing as Sri Lanka already have a good platform set and there would have been no pressure and they could have played with some freedom!"

RamanaK: "I wonder amidst all this (wishful) talk of Botha for captaincy, just why are we ignoring considering Faf as a captain? Too early for him to be handed over the ODI captaincy is it? Surely would yield better results than ABD."

End of over 36 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 189/2 (RR: 5.25)

    • KC Sangakkara 10 (9b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 90 (98b 12x4)
    • M Morkel 7-0-39-1
    • JP Duminy 5-0-30-0
36.1

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 wide, slants that down the leg side

Jacques: "@Full toss. Yes of course man, Shorty's cousin, right?!"

36.1

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, length ball is driven off the front foot towards extra cover

36.2

McLaren to Dilshan, FOUR, slower ball, 116kph, goes badly wrong, it was short and Dilshan had ages to put that away, he decides it send it to the midwicket boundary, four more, and he's onto 94

36.3

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, another short ball angling in, pulled away just behind square leg

36.4

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on off stump, Sangakkara shuffles across and defends to the leg side

36.5

McLaren to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower ball is pushed towards mid-on for a single

36.6

McLaren to Dilshan, 1 run, full ball angling in, worked towards mid-on

Pieman: "For a once disciplined team that never gave away wides or no balls, their occurence is alarming and very helpful to the opposition cause."

End of over 37 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 197/2 (RR: 5.32)

    • TM Dilshan 96 (102b 13x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 11 (11b 2x4)
    • R McLaren 7-0-30-0
    • M Morkel 7-0-39-1
37.1

Morkel to Dilshan, no run, short of length ball outside off, no feet from Dilshan as he throws his bat at it, doesn't connect

shihan: "I thought Thisara could be handy in this power play overs..but how can we forget the form that Sanga is in at the moment."

37.2

Morkel to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball is driven crisply to mid-on, a quick single is taken

37.3

Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR, lovely stroke from Sangakkara, a length ball is lofted over mid-on, as ever gracefully struck by Sangakkara, doesn't look to power that one, just enough to clear the man in the circle

37.4

Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR, full and outside off, Sangakkara crashes that to the sweeper cover boundary, South Africa in tatters here, another classy shot from Sanga

37.5

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run, short of length ball on off stump, defended towards point

Uwaisul Karnain: "Watch out for Dishan's reactions if he can get to his hundred. Can he beat his own record for the longest long jump on a cricket pitch?"

37.6

Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR, short of length once more, on leg stump once more, helped along to the deep backward square leg boundary, Tsotsobe at backward square jumps as he tries to catch that but that is just over is fingertips, Sri Lanka piling it on here

End of over 38 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 210/2 (RR: 5.52)

    • KC Sangakkara 23 (15b 5x4)
    • TM Dilshan 97 (104b 13x4)
    • M Morkel 8-0-52-1
    • R McLaren 7-0-30-0

rssampat: "After the Free Hit was introduced for a No Ball, the number of No balls have decreased dramatically to 1 or 2 every innings. Like wise, the Wide ball also should be given a free hit so that it brings down the number of wides that we seeing bowled so carelessly"

38.1

McLaren to Dilshan, 2 runs, full ball outside off, driven towards cover, and things getting worse for South Africa as they concede not just the quick single but an overthrow as well, Dilshan on 99

38.2

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, length ball angling in, cut in late, Dilshan keeps bat and pad close as he defends off the front foot

38.3

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, a yorker from McLaren, Dilshan squeezes it out, bounces towards the non-striker's stumps

38.4

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, the wait continues for Dilshan, just outside off, and he chops that towards point

38.5

McLaren to Dilshan, no run, a low full toss, just outside off, defended towards extra cover

Junaid: "OK Sangakkara's name should be Kumar Sangakkara not Sangakkara, FOUR ..."

38.6

McLaren to Dilshan, OUT, bowled 'im, no century for Dilshan, it was a slower ball that tailed in towards the stumps, it was full and heading for middle, Dilshan looking to drive to the on-side, he doesn't cover for the movement and that crashes into middle, a rare moment of joy for South Africa

TM Dilshan b McLaren 99 (173m 110b 13x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

End of over 39 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 212/3 (RR: 5.43)

    • KC Sangakkara 23 (15b 5x4)
    • R McLaren 8-0-32-1
    • M Morkel 8-0-52-1

Angelo Mathews is the new batsman

39.1

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball outside off, another effortless drive from Sanga, a slight misfield from AB, and the single is taken

39.2

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, clipped towards midwicket for a single

Kevin: "rssampat...unlike no-balls, wides can be used tactically as part of the game, especially when spinners attempt to have batsmen stumped."

39.3

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Sangakkara moves across the stumps and pushes it past the bowler

Spike: "Was that the wind or a collective sigh of relief I just heard all the way from South Africa over here in Jamaica?"

39.4

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, shortish ball on leg stump, helps it around to deep square leg for a single

Reinier: "May SL will do a SA and collapse to 230 all out from a match-winning position. Sadly I think that won't happen."

39.5

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, FOUR, shortish and that is thumped over midwicket, enough power on it to beat the man in the ring, and another boundary for Sangakkara

Andrew Fernando, our Sri Lanka correspondent, replies to Kevin: "Who says no-balls can't be used tactically? I don't think Tillakaratne Dilshan would agree." And Suraj Randiv.

39.6

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, 1 run, full toss on the pads, lucky to escape with that one, Sangakkara thumps it to deep square leg

End of over 40 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 221/3 (RR: 5.52)

    • KC Sangakkara 30 (19b 6x4)
    • AD Mathews 2 (2b)
    • LL Tsotsobe 7-2-29-0
    • R McLaren 8-0-32-1
40.1

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, short on middle, tucked to square leg for a single

40.2

Duminy to Mathews, no run, round the wicket to Mathews and full on the pads, Mathews fails to connect

40.3

Duminy to Mathews, 1 run, length ball outside off, Mathews steers it close to short third man for a single

40.4

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on middle, Sangakkara drives it to long-on

40.5

Duminy to Mathews, no run, length ball on middle, Mathews can't get it past midwicket

40.6

Duminy to Mathews, 2 runs, length on off, Mathews sweeps it over square leg for a couple

End of over 41 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 226/3 (RR: 5.51)

    • AD Mathews 5 (6b)
    • KC Sangakkara 32 (21b 6x4)
    • JP Duminy 6-0-35-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 7-2-29-0
41.1

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, 2 runs, full and angling towards leg side, driven to cover for a single but overthrows from AB gives them two

41.2

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, FOUR, short of length outside off, Sangakkara cuts it in style between point and short third man for another boundary, excellent timing

41.3

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on the pads, clipped on the leg side for a single

Maduwantha: "Should have send TP before Mathews"

41.4

Tsotsobe to Mathews, no run, length ball outside off, guided to point

41.5

Tsotsobe to Mathews, no run, slower ball on the stumps and Sangakkara wanted a single there but he's sent back and would have been run out had the fielder struck at the non-striker's end

41.6

Tsotsobe to Mathews, no run, length ball outside off and another dot, Mathews can't get it past cover

End of over 42 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 233/3 (RR: 5.54)

    • AD Mathews 5 (9b)
    • KC Sangakkara 39 (24b 7x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 8-2-36-0
    • JP Duminy 6-0-35-0
42.1

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on the pads, tucked to short fine leg for a comfortable single

42.2

Duminy to Mathews, 1 run, fullish on Mathews' pads, tuck to the leg side for a single

42.3

Duminy to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on off, Sangakkara chips it to long-on

42.4

Duminy to Mathews, SIX, Mathews has broken his shackles here, dances down the pitch and loft a full delivery straight for a six

42.5

Duminy to Mathews, no run, full on the stumps, driven back to the bowler

42.6

Duminy to Mathews, 2 runs, short of length on middle and leg, Mathews tucks it through midwicket for a couple of runs

End of over 43 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 244/3 (RR: 5.67)

    • AD Mathews 14 (13b 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 41 (26b 7x4)
    • JP Duminy 7-0-46-0
    • LL Tsotsobe 8-2-36-0
43.1

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, 1 run, attempted yorker on leg stump, the ball takes a thick inside edge and runs to fine leg for a single

43.2

Tsotsobe to Mathews, FOUR, full and outside off, Mathews makes room and smashes this one straight past the bowler for a four. It came from the meat of the bat

Thimitha: "Haven't seen muscle power of Mathews for sometime ...."

43.3

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 1 run, short outside off, Mathews cuts it late to short third man for a single which brings up SL's 250

43.4

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball on middle, Sangakarra sent it straight to Miller at midwicket who tried for a direct hit and the overthrow gave them a run

43.5

Tsotsobe to Mathews, no run, slower ball on off, pushed to point

43.6

Tsotsobe to Mathews, no run, short on off, Mathews pulls with power but can't get it past midwicket

End of over 44 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 251/3 (RR: 5.70)

    • AD Mathews 19 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 43 (28b 7x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 9-2-43-0
    • JP Duminy 7-0-46-0

Phangiso replaces Duminy

44.1

Phangiso to Sangakkara, 1 run, round the wicket and full on middle, Sangakkara guides to square leg for a single off the back foot

44.2

Phangiso to Mathews, 1 run, tossed up on the pads, driven to long-on by Mathews

44.3

Phangiso to Sangakkara, 1 run, short ball, Sangakkara pulls to fine leg for a single

44.4

Phangiso to Mathews, no run, short and flat, Mathews pushed it back to the bowler

44.5

Phangiso to Mathews, 1 run, quicker one outside off, Mathews drives it through the covers for a single

44.6

Phangiso to Sangakkara, no run, flighted delivery way outside off, Sangakkara makes room and cuts it straight to point. Just four singles off that over

End of over 45 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 255/3 (RR: 5.66)

    • KC Sangakkara 45 (31b 7x4)
    • AD Mathews 21 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • AM Phangiso 9-0-48-1
    • LL Tsotsobe 9-2-43-0
45.1

Tsotsobe to Mathews, 2 runs, short on middle, Mathews pulls and AB misfields at midwicket which gives them two runs

45.2

Tsotsobe to Mathews, OUT, straight to Miller at long-off. It was a full delivery outside off and Mathews makes room to swing his arms but he hands a simple catch to David Miller at the boundary

AD Mathews c Miller b Tsotsobe 23 (29m 22b 1x4 1x6) SR: 104.54

News from the SA camp is that Hashim Amla's hand injury is not that bad and he is fit to bat

45.3

Tsotsobe to NLTC Perera, no run, short and slow outside off, just within the limit to not be called a wide

45.4

Tsotsobe to NLTC Perera, FOUR, short outside off again and Perera is off the mark in style. He waits for it and scoops it over the infield to the third man area for a four, it landed just inside the boundary rope

45.5

Tsotsobe to NLTC Perera, 1 run, length ball on the stump, pushed to point with soft hands for a single

Fahad: "If you want your new born to play for SL one day. Please name him Parera."

45.6

Tsotsobe to Sangakkara, 2 runs, it's short of length outside off and Sangakkara gets close to the balls and plays it horizontally to deep square leg for a single. But it's overthrows again and they get two

End of over 46 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 264/4 (RR: 5.73)

    • KC Sangakkara 47 (32b 7x4)
    • NLTC Perera 5 (3b 1x4)
    • LL Tsotsobe 10-2-52-1
    • AM Phangiso 9-0-48-1
46.1

McLaren to NLTC Perera, no run, full ball is whacked towards extra cover

46.2

McLaren to NLTC Perera, 1 run, another yorker from McLaren, Perera manages to swing it away towards long-on, well bowled by McLaren

46.3

McLaren to Sangakkara, FOUR, goes for the yorker again, he misses this time, it doesn't land, on the pads and Sangakkara sends that away towards fine leg for four, brings up his half-century

46.4

McLaren to Sangakkara, no run, skips away from the stumps, chops the ball towards point

46.5

McLaren to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara standing at least a yard outside leg stump when the bowler runs in, drives this full ball in front of point

46.6

McLaren to NLTC Perera, 1 run, keeps it full, Perera manages to get under that and scoop it towards long-off, bounces a couple of times before reaching the man there

End of over 47 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 271/4 (RR: 5.76)

    • NLTC Perera 7 (6b 1x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 52 (35b 8x4)
    • R McLaren 9-0-39-1
    • LL Tsotsobe 10-2-52-1
47.1

Morkel to NLTC Perera, 1 run, Perera knows one way of batting - smash everything - it was shortish from Morkel and on the body, he slugs that towards deep square leg

47.2

Morkel to Sangakkara, 2 runs, pitched up and well outside off, Sangakkara reaches out and whirls that towards deep point

47.3

Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara goes for the extravagant. he misses out on an attempted scoop over short fine leg, he makes a hash of it but still edges it down to third man for four more, he has 355 runs in this series now, the most by a Sri Lanka batsman in a bilateral series

Vamsi Sidda: "We were discussing No-balls, Randiv and Dilshan got out on 99, is this the concept called Karma ?"

47.4

Morkel to Sangakkara, 1 run, full and wide, Sangakkara was backing away from legstump, reaches across and sends it to sweeper cover

47.5

Morkel to NLTC Perera, 1 run, bottom hand comes off the bat as Perera powers a full ball to long-off

47.6

Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR, this time Sangakkara pulls it off, he's been dancing around in the crease, he skips across to the off side and whips this over short fine leg for four more, he's in awesome touch here

End of over 48 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 284/4 (RR: 5.91)

    • KC Sangakkara 63 (39b 10x4)
    • NLTC Perera 9 (8b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 9-0-65-1
    • R McLaren 9-0-39-1
48.1

McLaren to NLTC Perera, 1 run, good yorker from McLaren, on legstump, making sure Perera gets no room to swing his arms, punched towards long-on for a single

48.2

McLaren to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, Sangakkara is attempting all sorts of innovative strokes here, a sort of reverse-scoop here, wanted to send that over the keeper, miscues it to the off side, that was a full ball outside leg and it was edged onto his body there

48.3

McLaren to NLTC Perera, 1 run, sends that full ball to backward square leg, back to Sanga's pyrotechnics

48.4

McLaren to Sangakkara, 1 run, instead of moving to the off side or beyond leg stump, he dances down the track this time, down to long-off

48.5

McLaren to NLTC Perera, 1 run, keeps it full, good over from McLaren this, Perera can't get under that one but sends it towards point

48.6

McLaren to Sangakkara, FOUR, ho ho ho, Sangakkara having an absolute blast here, this time he gets it over the keeper's head for four, he moved across the stumps, and flicked that full toss that was heading for the stumps back over the keeper

End of over 49 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 293/4 (RR: 5.97)

    • KC Sangakkara 68 (42b 11x4)
    • NLTC Perera 12 (11b 1x4)
    • R McLaren 10-0-47-1
    • M Morkel 9-0-65-1
49.1

Morkel to NLTC Perera, 1 wide, short and wide down the leg side

49.1

Morkel to NLTC Perera, 1 run, full and outside off, powered to mid-on

49.2

Morkel to Sangakkara, 2 runs, stands his ground this time, strikes that towards deep midwicket for two more

49.3

Morkel to Sangakkara, 1 run, slogged from well outside off towards deep backward square leg

Gamini: "where is that big SIX yet from Thisara?" Three balls left

49.4

Morkel to NLTC Perera, FOUR, a low full toss, and yet again a one-handed hit from Perera, hit low on the bat but still has enough to clear mid-on and get a boundary

Jacques: "Well, one of the things I was looking forward to has close to come to pass. Phangiso's average dropped from 65 to 60.75, I wanted to see it at 60, but this is close. Now De Kock, come on!!"

49.5

Morkel to NLTC Perera, 1 leg bye, slower short ball, Perera wanted to send that into orbit beyond midwicket, misses and that is off his body for a single

49.6

Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR, what a hit to end the innings, Sangakkara has absolutely relished his chance to bat under little pressure, charges down and hammers that short of length ball towards wide long-on for four, the people who came here have been treated to a superbly entertaining innings

South Africa have finished 16 minutes after the scheduled close, and could be fined for a slow over-rate. Morkel has been taken for 78 runs, the most he has conceded in an ODI.

Kusal Perera wasted his chance with another early dismissal, but the other Sri Lankan batsmen got stuck in. Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan took their time to get going, but put on a large second-wicket stand against some weak South African bowling to set Sri Lanka up for some serious hitting later on. Sangakkara provided that towards the end with a supremely innovative innings, where he kept moving around the crease every delivery to throw the bowler off his line and length. Sanga ended unbeaten on a 45-ball 75 - his second fastest 50-plus innings - as Sri Lanka reached 307.

Mark: "Sangakkara has to be one of the premier batsmen of this generation. Is his status affected by being Sri Lankan? I'm sure if he was Indian, English or Australian he would be feted more. He's a legend." Don't think anyone disagrees that he's among the best of his generation.

Geoff: "Perhaps you could fine them for bowling all over the place but surely you can't fine a team for slow over rate when so much fetching is involved." they might not be fined, there are time allowances for stoppages etc, so we'll have to wait and see whether they are within the limit.

James: "Difficult to score 75 off 45 at all, let alone stylishly. But Sanga has pulled it off in spades."

Imran: "Sanga 0.01 percent behind from his odi batting averages over 40."

icarus: "I wonder what Sangakkara and Kallis's stats would have been if they had concentrated on one discipline. Both great players. Pity Kallis is not here to show his class."

SaS: "Same scenario SA won the series 3:1 before the 5th game. Rested key players. Scored over 300. Sachithra put his 2nd ball of ODI career out of the park to give a win to SL. But I don't think SA can win this." That match also had a terrific Sanga innings, didn't it?

South Africa A are having a better time against Australia A, while Sri Lanka Women need to chase 113 to win the World Twenty20 qualifier.

See you all in about 15 minutes, around 6.45pm.

End of over 50 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 307/4

    • KC Sangakkara 75 (45b 12x4)
    • NLTC Perera 17 (14b 2x4)
    • M Morkel 10-0-78-1
    • R McLaren 10-0-47-1
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