7.00pm It's game time. Henry Davids and Quenton de Kock striding out. Sri Lanka's fielders already in the middle. Nuwan Kulasekara has the ball, his first game since an injury during the West Indies tri-series last month.

Toss SA win and choose to bat. They are unchanged. Two changes to SL: Dilshan and Jeevan out, Mahela and Kulasekara in. Faf du Plessis "Looks like a good wicket, we need to put a score on the board and put them under pressure."

Dinesh Chandimal says he doesn't mind bowling first on this track.

Sathesh Krishnan P: "This is going to be interesting. Hope to see good performance by SA with bat. Its been a long time since they put a solid performance with bat. Got bored of seeing 100/5 way too often :)"

Pat Symcox tweets: "Serious wind blowing...good luck bowling into it...can go a LONG way!"

Daminda: "Still cannot figure out the future of Sri Lanka Cricket without Mahela, Sanga & Dilly." Yes, it's time the next-gen batsmen took on more responsibility.

Anushka: "I think Thirimanne should be sent up in the order than sending lower in the line up. He is a person who will build & hold the innings rather than coming in the late in the order & expecting to hit sixes.. This is what SL has been missing the trick in the past & Thirimanna has always proved his ability when he was sent up in the order. T20 is also not all about the hammering. There should be someone who should hold the innings together in the 20 overs"

Shaf: "The vuvuzela takes the joy out of watching game on tv. Whether a batsmen blocks the ball or hits a six or gets out, there is always the same monotonous sound. Listening to crowd expression is a part of enjoyment and vuvuzela is taking it away." Far better the melodies we are used to hearing from Sri Lanka's bands in the stands.

Damith: "Guys give the Sri Lankan youngsters a break. They are talented and will come to terms with international cricket. We've seen glimpses of class of Thirimanne, Chandimal & Mathews. So all is not lost. After all, only Mahela performed as soon as he debuted, Sanga took lots of time and Dilshan took ages!"

The pitch is expected to be two-paced, there's a stiff breeze and there could be some rain later in the evening.

6.40pm Here's Tony with the SA view: "Im hoping that SA open with Davids and de Villiers, let Duminy come in first drop, then follow with Faf, Miller, de Kock, McLaren, Parnell, Morris, Morkel and Lopsy. Some big hitters there!"

TerryC: "I hope the blaring noise is less on this day. It seems to come from loud speakers; not from the crowd."

6.10pm Hello all, it's game two of the T20 series. South Africa won the low-scoring opening game in Colombo, breaking a poor run on the tour, and will look to seal the series today. Hamabantota is known to help the quick bowlers, so we could be in for another T20 which isn't all about the big hits.

Here's our match preview. The lights are on, as are the covers, but more as a precautionary measure.

First feedback of the day is from Chamil Madusanka: "Can we make a fightback? It's another cracker tonight."

What changes do you think Sri Lanka should make for today's game?

A comment we have seen before every Sri Lanka game in recent months. Darrak: "Hope to see young Kusal Janith score big. His supporters are becoming a bit restless and so are the selectors."

Sirimal: "Sri Lanka's next generation in tatters. Without Mahela, Dilshan and Kumar the youngesters have not won matches for SL. SA will be keen to seal the series today, SL will be under the pump."

Daniel Alexander: "Thirimanne and Jeevan should be replaved by Mahela and Kulasekara."

Darrak: "I think Mahela will come in and Dilshan will sit out. Also Angelo Perera in for Jeevan Mendis. Oh and Kula. Lets not forget Kula." Lots of clamour for Kulasekara to be included.

Melwin: "Jeewan Mendis should be given to bat at No 3 or 4.Thirimanne should be left out Kulasekera should be in.Thirimanne should be groomed for ODIs.Mahela will play for Dilshan as a rotation policy."

0.1

Kulasekara to Davids, no run, huge seam movement inwards, that pitched a long way outside off and curves in dramatically, leaves it to the keeper who has to dive to his left to collect

0.2

Kulasekara to Davids, no run, again the ball curves in, defended back towards the bowler

0.3

Kulasekara to Davids, 2 runs, Davids skips across the stumps and clips this towards midwicket

The stiff breeze has blown off the umpire's hat. It is blowing across the pitch, aiding Kula's natural inward movement

0.4

Kulasekara to Davids, 2 runs, back of a length and well outside off, pushed off the front foot through cover

0.5

Kulasekara to Davids, 1 wide, too far outside off stump

0.5

Kulasekara to Davids, no run, length ball closer to off stump, forward defensive towards cover

0.6

Kulasekara to Davids, 1 run, slants in towards off stump, guided down towards third man for a single, a testing first over from Kulasekara

Nuwan: "Those young Sri Lankan players got some serious talent no doubt about, problem is they don't read the game as Sanga or Mahela did. That's the reason their poor execution in middle.

Sam: "Was that Murali or?" I presume you are asking about the first ball, that was some crazy movement there for Kula.

End of over 1 (6 runs) South Africa 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
H Davids    5* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-0
Q de Kock    0* (0b)     

The non-blond Malinga to bowl now

1.1

Malinga to Davids, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, defended towards midwicket

Groundstaff ready with the covers beyond the boundary. Only a precaution, I think

1.2

Malinga to de Kock, no run, full ball outside off, de Kock is beaten by that one

1.3

Malinga to de Kock, no run, full ball hurtling in towards middle stump, defended back towards the bowler

Gihan: "Its extreme winds in Sri Lanka today, wonder how many wides SA will bowl" Serious discipline needed to avoid the extras today.

1.4

Malinga to de Kock, 3 runs, a knee-high full toss just outside off, slapped towards sweeper cover to get three

1.5

Malinga to Davids, no run, another full toss, this one is slower and loopy, on middle and leg stump, Davids is far too quick as he tries to play that, has to adjust late and defend down the pitch

1.6

Malinga to Davids, 1 run, another slower one, this one is more of a yorker on off stump, blocked towards mid-on

Read this old piece to know a bit more about the wind factor in Hambantota.

End of over 2 (5 runs) South Africa 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
H Davids    7* (9b)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0
Q de Kock    3* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-6-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Davids, OUT, Kula has struck with another of his massive incutters, unplayable delivery that, that one again swerves in a long way, with the keeper standing up, Davids couldn't skip down to try counter the movement, he stays in the crease, doesn't cover for how much the ball moves and he's bowled

H Davids b Kulasekara 7 (10m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

2.2

Kulasekara to du Plessis, no run, pitched up and wide outside off, left alone by Faf

2.3

Kulasekara to du Plessis, 1 run, swings in towards off, clipped towards midwicket for a single

How many slips will they have for the left-hander? Just one

2.4

Kulasekara to de Kock, no run, this one is full and on the pads, punched towards mid-on by de Kock

2.5

Kulasekara to de Kock, 2 leg byes, length ball on the pads, looks to clip that towards midwicket but doesn't connect, off the pads towards square leg

Two slips in place

2.6

Kulasekara to de Kock, no run, looking to turn that towards square leg, a leading edge, the ball doesn't travel anywhere, rolls down the track

End of over 3 (3 runs) South Africa 14/1 (RR: 4.66)
Q de Kock    3* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-1
F du Plessis    1* (2b)      SL Malinga    1-0-5-0

Sachithra Senanayake is brought on, he had a terrific spell in the opening match

3.1

Senanayake to du Plessis, no run, from round the wicket, slides away from the right-hander, defended towards point

3.2

Senanayake to du Plessis, 1 run, length ball is worked towards midwicket for a single

Altaf Patel: "The way Kula bowled Hanry, it seems pacers can spin like Murali with that wind force...!"

3.3

Senanayake to de Kock, no run, de Kock skips down the track and defends that one

3.4

Senanayake to de Kock, no run, this time he steps away towards leg and blocks it, de Kock has decided he needs to use his feet to counter the mystery spin of Senanayake

3.5

Senanayake to de Kock, FOUR, jumps down the track again, this one skids on, de Kock looks to hammer that over extra cover, gets a thick edge, Jayawardene dives to his left but that is too wide for him at slip and it runs away

3.6

Senanayake to de Kock, no run, again he charges down, happy to defend to the leg side though

End of over 4 (5 runs) South Africa 19/1 (RR: 4.75)
Q de Kock    7* (10b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-5-0
F du Plessis    2* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-7-1

4.1

Kulasekara to du Plessis, 1 run, short of length ball well outside off, not as much movement in this time, du Plessis reaches out and pushes it behind point

Mike: "With the windy conditions today, it would be more advisable for bowlers to get their lines and lengths well onto the stumps to at least get the batsmen fishing for them."

4.2

Kulasekara to de Kock, FOUR, de Kock is using his feet against the quicks as well, skips down the track and caresses the ball well wide of mid-on for four

4.3

Kulasekara to de Kock, FOUR, back of a length ball on the pads, whipped away for four more, de Kock takes a small step forward and sends it to the midwicket boundary

4.4

Kulasekara to de Kock, no run, another whip to midwicket, straight to the fielder this time though, Kulasekara proving a lot less dangerous when up against the left-hander

4.5

Kulasekara to de Kock, no run, shifts his line to well outside off, a thick inside-edge from de Kock as he again looks to play that through the leg side

4.6

Kulasekara to de Kock, no run, length ball just outside leg stump, defended back towards the bowler

End of over 5 (9 runs) South Africa 28/1 (RR: 5.60)
Q de Kock    15* (15b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-16-1
F du Plessis    3* (5b)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-5-0

5.1

Senanayake to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, tucked towards midwicket from du Plessis

5.2

Senanayake to du Plessis, no run, slides away after short of a length ball, outside off, du Plessis pushes it away to the off side

5.3

Senanayake to du Plessis, no run, looks for a booming drive outside off but he is beaten

5.4

Senanayake to du Plessis, no run, closer to the stumps this time, defended by du Plessis

5.5

Senanayake to du Plessis, 1 run, finally gets a single and gets off the strike

5.6

Senanayake to de Kock, 1 run, length ball, de Kock skips down and works the ball towards mid-on

Altaf Patel: "de Kock comes forward to defend or play for boundary. Their strategy is clear, to be open against spin taking risk."

End of over 6 (2 runs) South Africa 30/1 (RR: 5.00)
Q de Kock    16* (16b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-7-0
F du Plessis    4* (10b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-16-1

Angelo Mathews takes over from Kula

6.1

Mathews to de Kock, no run, short of length ball on the pads, clipped towards square leg

Vikram: "Seeing the wind,I get the feeling of watching a game in New Zealand"

6.2

Mathews to de Kock, 2 runs, short from Mathews, but only at 118.5kph, de Kock plants his front foot down the track and pulls that towards midwicket, he's not holding back

6.3

Mathews to de Kock, 1 run, slanting across de Kock who throws his bat at it and sends it down towards third man

6.4

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, back of a length ball on middle stump, 120kph, defended to the off side

6.5

Mathews to du Plessis, no run, back of a length and very close to off stump, defended behind point by du Plessis

6.6

Mathews to du Plessis, SIX, du Plessis releases any pressure he was under by effortlessly launching the final delivery of the over beyond the long-on boundary, didn't seem to put any power behind that stroke at all, still sent it a long way, he was 4 off 12 before this stroke

End of over 7 (9 runs) South Africa 39/1 (RR: 5.57)
F du Plessis    10* (13b 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-9-0
Q de Kock    19* (19b 3x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-7-0

7.1

Senanayake to de Kock, no run, stays in the crease this time, moves across and defends

7.2

Senanayake to de Kock, no run, pushed to the right of the bowler, who dives and fields it

7.3

Senanayake to de Kock, 5 wides, slides that down the leg side, there was some sound as the ball passed the bat as de Kock went for the sweep, the umpire calls it wides as both the batsman and keeper miss it

7.3

Senanayake to de Kock, no run

7.4

Senanayake to de Kock, OUT, de Kock's strategy of stepping down to nearly every delivery worked well so far, but he has missed this one and is stranded a long way out, Sangakkara has loads of time to take off the bails, Senanayake ends an enterprising innings, that ball moved in towards the pads instead of spinning away

Q de Kock st †Sangakkara b Senanayake 19 (30m 23b 3x4 0x6) SR: 82.60

7.5

Senanayake to Duminy, no run, Duminy blocks it back towards the bowler

7.6

Senanayake to Duminy, 2 runs, down the leg side and that is helped along towards fine leg

End of over 8 (7 runs) South Africa 46/2 (RR: 5.75)
JP Duminy    2* (2b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-14-1
F du Plessis    10* (13b 1x6)      AD Mathews    1-0-9-0

Lasith Malinga returns

8.1

Malinga to du Plessis, 2 runs, swinging in towards the pads, elegantly dispatched towards deep square leg

8.2

Malinga to du Plessis, OUT, Malinga at his best, as always when playing Malinga the batsman has to be worried about his toes, du Plessis can't get the bat down in time to stop that inswinging delivery that takes out middle stump, a full delivery deflected off the pads and heads for the stumps, too good for du Plessis

F du Plessis b Malinga 12 (24m 15b 0x4 1x6) SR: 80.00

8.3

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, and another in the blockhole, testing delivery first up for de Villiers, who manages to defend that one

8.4

Malinga to Duminy, 2 runs, superb shot from Duminy, length ball well outside off, crashed through extra cover, confidently struck by Duminy

8.5

Malinga to Duminy, 1 run, 135.9kph yorker, swinging a touch away, pushed towards extra cover by Duminy

8.6

Malinga to de Villiers, 1 run, short of a length ball on off stump, eased away towards sweeper cover

Uwaisul Karnain: "There is no better scene than stumps going for a walk. Familiar stuff when Malinga gets his radar right"

End of over 9 (7 runs) South Africa 53/3 (RR: 5.88)
AB de Villiers    2* (2b)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-1
JP Duminy    5* (4b)      SMSM Senanayake    3-0-14-1

Here's Ajantha Mendis.

9.1

Mendis to de Villiers, 2 runs, length ball that spins away little, AB de Villiers gets the timing perfect as he square-drives that one, is there a better player of that shot in world cricket?

9.2

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, skips down and looks to power the ball down the ground, hit towards mid-on for a single

9.3

Mendis to Duminy, 1 run, length ball outside off, not too much turn there, defended in front of point for a single

9.4

Mendis to de Villiers, no run, short of length ball on off stump, crisply pushed towards cover

9.5

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run, slides that on towards the pads, whipped towards square leg for one more

Gladstone: "Lot of similarities between du plessis's and duminy's career. Heroic performances in Australia followed by mediocrity which no one can explain."

9.6

Mendis to Duminy, 1 run, length ball on off stump, not much turn for Mendis in this over, eased towards mid-on

End of over 10 (6 runs) South Africa 59/3 (RR: 5.90)
JP Duminy    7* (6b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-6-0
AB de Villiers    6* (6b)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-1

10.1

Mathews to Duminy, no run, slower one from Mathews, 99.6kph, on a length and heading for off stump, defended to the leg side

10.2

Mathews to Duminy, 1 run, another slower one, 99.7kph, full and on the pads, clipped towards deep square leg

10.3

Mathews to de Villiers, no run, slanting in towards the pads, AB dances down and whips it to the leg side, can't get it past midwicket

10.4

Mathews to de Villiers, no run, length ball outside off, driven towards midwicket

Sam: "How about inventing a new type of shoes to protect batsmen's toes from Malinga?" Am sure some batsman is financing this idea with his IPL fortune.

10.5

Mathews to de Villiers, 1 run, back of length ball outside off, gracefully punched towards sweeper cover

10.6

Mathews to Duminy, 1 run, length ball on the pads, worked towards square leg by Duminy

End of over 11 (3 runs) South Africa 62/3 (RR: 5.63)
JP Duminy    9* (9b)      AD Mathews    2-0-12-0
AB de Villiers    7* (9b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-6-0

11.1

Mendis to Duminy, FOUR, Mendis sends this on a length, pitching around off, Duminy isn't known to be the best player of spin, but he strides out and confidently launches this over the bowler's head for four

11.2

Mendis to Duminy, 2 runs, stays on the back foot and pokes this behind point for two more

11.3

Mendis to Duminy, FOUR, stays on the back foot, there's a bit of width for him there, slashed away behind point for a boundary, Duminy reading Mendis well here

11.4

Mendis to Duminy, 3 runs, just as I type that, Duminy doesn't read this one from Mendis, he's looking to work the ball to the leg side, expects the ball to turn towards his pads, it doesn't and there's an outside edge down to third man

11.5

Mendis to de Villiers, 1 run

11.6

Mendis to Duminy, 1 run, length ball on the pads, eased towards long-on for one more, completes an expensive over for Mendis

End of over 12 (15 runs) South Africa 77/3 (RR: 6.41)
JP Duminy    23* (14b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-21-0
AB de Villiers    8* (10b)      AD Mathews    2-0-12-0

12.1

Mathews to Duminy, 1 run, Angelo nearly sends this down the leg side, helped along behind square leg

12.2

Mathews to de Villiers, 1 run, short of length and well outside off, flat-batted back past the bowler and towards mid-off, Malinga misses it as he looks to field it the first time, then misses it a second time as he runs back towards the ball

12.3

Mathews to Duminy, 1 run, drops that one in the direction of backward point, played with soft hands to get a single

12.4

Mathews to de Villiers, 2 runs, skips down and lashes that towards deep midwicket, quick running gets them a second

12.5

Mathews to de Villiers, FOUR, short ball, at Mathews' pace - 127kph - that is an easy put away, and AB puts it away, skips out and pulls it ferociously for four

12.6

Mathews to de Villiers, OUT, AB charges out and looks to hammer another shortish ball, this was well outside off, AB can only send it as far as short extra cover, the fielder there had little more than one stump to aim at and he hit it, catching AB just short, that is a game-changing throw, AB was just looking like he had gauged the pitch and was trying to open out, once again a good bit of fielding from Kusal Perera gets rid of AB

AB de Villiers run out 15 (19m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

End of over 13 (9 runs) South Africa 86/4 (RR: 6.61)
     AD Mathews    3-0-21-0
JP Duminy    25* (16b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    2-0-21-0

Statsman Mohandas Menon tweets: Most run-outs in T20Is for South Africa 4 AB de Villiers 3 Albie Morkel 2 H Amla 2 J Kallis #SLvSA

13.1

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, length ball on off stump, defended off the front foot, sends it in front of point

Biplab: "Run outs everywhere. AB here and Smith in Ashes."

13.2

Mendis to Duminy, no run, nearly dragged that back onto the stumps, it was down the leg side, Duminy went for the sweep, doesn't connect, off the arm and nearly onto the stumps

13.3

Mendis to Duminy, no run, defends this back towards the bowler

13.4

Mendis to Duminy, no run, skips down and works this towards midwicket

13.5

Mendis to Duminy, no run, outside off, plays it late towards point

13.6

Mendis to Duminy, FOUR, much too short from Mendis, sits up for Duminy, who waits on the backfoot before muscling it to the square-leg boundary

End of over 14 (5 runs) South Africa 91/4 (RR: 6.50)
JP Duminy    29* (21b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    3-0-26-0
DA Miller    1* (1b)      AD Mathews    3-0-21-0

14.1

Mathews to Miller, 2 runs, on the pads, helped along towards backward square leg

14.2

Mathews to Miller, no run, on the pads once more, worked towards square leg for one more

14.3

Mathews to Miller, SIX, Miller has repeatedly shown how good he is at hitting straight, he jumps down the track and connects perfectly with a length ball, sends that well over long-on for six

14.4

Mathews to Miller, 1 run, pegged back by that one, defended to the off side

14.5

Mathews to Duminy, 1 run, short of length ball on off stump, eased towards long-on for a single

D loves that effort from Kusal: "Incredible fielding again from the Wicketkeeper!"

14.6

Mathews to Miller, 1 run, tucked to midwicket for a quick single

End of over 15 (11 runs) South Africa 102/4 (RR: 6.80)
DA Miller    11* (6b 1x6)      AD Mathews    4-0-32-0
JP Duminy    30* (22b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    3-0-26-0

Sachithra returns

15.1

Senanayake to Miller, 2 runs, onto the pads, a length ball, whipped behind square leg by Miller

15.2

Senanayake to Miller, 1 run, flighted ball, on a length and pitching on middle, waits on the back foot and punches it towards mid-on

15.3

Senanayake to Duminy, OUT, Duminy looks to smash that over the leg side, but can only top-edge as he attempts a big hit, the ball swirls around but Mathews settles under it around extra cover and pouches it, that one drifted in from Senanayake and spins away

JP Duminy c Mathews b Senanayake 30 (35m 23b 3x4 0x6) SR: 130.43

David Wiese is in

15.4

Senanayake to Miller, 1 run, slides on outside off, worked from the backfoot towards point

Sam: "I see KJP is doing something for Sri Lanka. At least he is stopping AB. That spectacular catch in the last match and now, a run out."

15.5

Senanayake to Wiese, no run, full ball from over the stumps, pushed back towards the bowler

15.6

Senanayake to Wiese, no run, the legbreak from Senanayake, Wiese is beaten by that one outside off

Rahul Ranjan: "Kushal perera will be thinking that he has done enough from his part by running AB out. A run saved is equal to a run scored."

End of over 16 (4 runs) South Africa 106/5 (RR: 6.62)
D Wiese    0* (2b)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-18-2
DA Miller    15* (9b 1x6)      AD Mathews    4-0-32-0

Mendis is back, a change of ends for him

16.1

Mendis to Miller, 2 runs, on the pads, whipped towards deep midwicket, batsmen sprint back for the second

16.2

Mendis to Miller, 2 runs, Miller steps down the track and looks to launch that over the leg side, the outside edge sends the ball swirling towards deep extra cover, wide of the fielder, Miller survives

16.3

Mendis to Miller, no run, defends this off the back foot, towards point

16.4

Mendis to Miller, SIX, the offspinner from Mendis, perfectly struck by Miller, sends it 98m as it easily clears the long-off boundary, when Miller connects well, there's no doubt over whether the ball will clear the rope

16.5

Mendis to Miller, 2 runs, length ball just outside off, calmly works this towards wide long-on for a quick two

16.6

Mendis to Miller, 1 run, searches for the big hit, a thick inside edge, the ball rolls behind square leg for one more

End of over 17 (13 runs) South Africa 119/5 (RR: 7.00)
DA Miller    28* (15b 2x6)      BAW Mendis    4-0-39-0
D Wiese    0* (2b)      SMSM Senanayake    4-0-18-2

Malinga returns.

Troll cricket ;-): "I dont really understand RSA selector's decision of giving davids and other T20 batsman who fire rarely dropping Amla from the T20 side.He has a strike rate of 91 + in ODI's.He gives a great balance to the side.W e want amla to be in the team always"

17.1

Malinga to Miller, FOUR, full and well outside off, doesn't look to power that one full toss, eases it in front of point, Kulasekara has to runs across to stop that, he can't though he gets a hand on it, an ordinary effort in the field and that is a boundary

Pierre: "Watch out Srilanka....It's Miller Time!"

17.2

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, full and way outside off, Miller reaches across and taps it behind point

17.3

Malinga to Wiese, 1 run, badly mistimed as Wiese backs away from the stumps and looks to power the ball through the off side, the ball bounces once before reaching long-off

17.4

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, full and well outside off, chopped towards sweeper cover for a single

17.5

Malinga to Wiese, 1 run, exposing all three stumps as he moves well behind legstump, slaps that length ball towards cover

17.6

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, full ball outside off, dug out towards point

End of over 18 (9 runs) South Africa 128/5 (RR: 7.11)
DA Miller    35* (19b 1x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-21-1
D Wiese    2* (4b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-39-0

Athol Henwick: "@Troll, I think Amla has said he does not want to play T20." Yes, our know-it-all South Africa correspondent Firdose Moonda tells me he's taken a sabbatical from T20s for a year

18.1

Kulasekara to Miller, 1 run, a great sight for the bowler that, has the batsman on all fours with a yorker that tails in, Miller looks to get his feet out of the way, he just about manages to, but he can't keep his balance, somehow defends it to the leg side

18.2

Kulasekara to Wiese, 2 runs, looks to thrash this one through the off side, it was a high full toss just outside off, a miscue from Wiese and a simple overhead chance put down by Chandimal at extra cover

18.3

Kulasekara to Wiese, 1 run, sent towards sweeper cover for a single

18.4

Kulasekara to Miller, OUT, Chandimal makes amends for that drop with a superb catch to send back David Miller, he has to run back from cover after Miller miscues an attempted big hit, with these swirling winds around it is not easy to judge where the ball is going to land, Chandimal judges it perfectly and holds on

DA Miller c Chandimal b Kulasekara 36 (25m 21b 1x4 2x6) SR: 171.42

18.5

Kulasekara to Wiese, 1 run, length ball is well hit by Wiese, but can't beat long-off

18.6

Kulasekara to Parnell, 1 run, full ball on the stumps, hit straight to Chandimal, who is being followed by the ball it seems, a direct hit could have caused some trouble for Parnell, Chandimal misses

End of over 19 (6 runs) South Africa 134/6 (RR: 7.05)
WD Parnell    1* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-22-2
D Wiese    6* (7b)      SL Malinga    3-0-21-1

D returns with his favourite theme: "Seems wicketkeepers are doing all the fielding."

19.1

Malinga to Parnell, 1 wide, much too wide outside off

19.1

Malinga to Parnell, 1 run, full ball just outside off, squeezed out towards mid-off

19.2

Malinga to Wiese, 1 run, goes for the yorker, misses and it is a full toss just outside off, Wiese can't time it again as he lashes that down the ground for a single

Uwaisul Karnain: "Is Thisara Perera playing as a specialist batsman today?" Seems like it.

19.3

Malinga to Parnell, no run, full and just outside off, Parnell looks for an ambitious shot, looking to lap that from outside off, tough to do it against Malinga, Parnell misses

19.4

Malinga to Parnell, 2 runs, full ball on offstump, Parnell puts away the lap shot and looks for a more old-fashioned thump down the ground, connects well, sends the ball towards long-off, a misfield there allows an extra run

19.5

Malinga to Parnell, FOUR, low full toss on off stump, Parnell dances down and powers that between the bowler and long-off, to well struck for Thisara at long-off

19.6

Malinga to Parnell, 2 runs, Malinga finishes off with a bouncer, Parnell dabs that down towards third man to end the innings with a couple, a good bit of fielding from Kulasekara in the deep

South Africa end on 145, which is a solid total in this ground. Good hands from Duminy and Miller to push South Africa along. Never seemed to be much of a rhythm to the SA innings, but the have managed to put on a decent score.

Sri Lanka won't be too unhappy either. Senanayake and the comeback man, Kulasekara, were the stand-out bowlers, getting two wickets each and not conceding much. A day to forget for Ajantha Mendis, who - to be fair - didn't have much luck either.

Vikram: "The only weakness of Malinga is he tries to get wickets everytime irrespective of the situation which may cost some crucial runs."

Prabhath: "Miller done the damage before he leave the ground, Today KJP will come back to his natural game."

Uwaisul Karnain: "Wonderful returns from Nuwan Kulasekara in his come back game. How reliable he is!"

Sam: "@ D : I hope the wicketkeepers will finish the batting job well too...."

Imran: "Can anybody tell me why Dilshan is dropped today?" SL want to give their younger players chances, so think the seniors are rested on a rotation basis in this series.

End of over 20 (11 runs) South Africa 145/6
WD Parnell    10* (6b 1x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-32-1
D Wiese    7* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-22-2
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Aug 4, 2013

Wayne Parnell is congratulated after picking up Lahiru Thirimanne, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd T20I, Hambantota, August 4, 2013

Wayne Parnell is congratulated after picking up Lahiru Thirimanne

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Aug 4, 2013

Morne Morkel punches the air after picking up a wicket, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd T20I, Hambantota, August 4, 2013

Morne Morkel punches the air after picking up a wicket

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