Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st ODI, Colombo July 6, 2014

Amla ton underpins large SA win

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South Africa 304 for 5 (Amla 109, de Villiers 75, Mendis 3-61) beat Sri Lanka 229 (Sangakkara 88, Tahir 3-50) by 75 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

What a difference a year makes. Rewind to the July 2013 series between these two sides: South Africa could not manage a single total over 300 or one centurion in the five ODIs they played, and their lack of a wicket-taking spinner was exposed so dearly that they only managed to bowl the hosts out once. Fast-forward to the July 2014 rubber and South Africa ticked all those boxes in the first match.

Hashim Amla anchored the innings with a hard-fought hundred and had a 151-run partnership with AB de Villiers. The pair set their team up for a final assault, which David Miller provided. Miller led the late charge and South Africa scored 53 runs in the final five overs to post their highest total in Sri Lanka, leaving with hosts with the challenge of scoring the highest second-innings total at the Premadasa.

Despite a speedy start and a sparkling 88 from Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka lost their last five wickets for 13 runs and were left to rue the tactical mistakes they made in the first half of the match. They put down de Villiers on 17 and Amla on 49, which cost them, but Angelo Mathews seemed overly reliant on the notion South Africa would struggle against spin. He held his seamers back to his own detriment.

Lasith Malinga bowled just seven of his 10 overs - though he went for 7.42 per over - while Nuwan Kulasekera and Angelo Mathews, who conceded 4.33 and 5.00, only bowled six overs each. Sachithra Senanayake and Ajantha Mendis bowled out and took four wickets between them, but the 11 overs from Ashan Priyanjan and Tillakaratne Dilshan cost Sri Lanka 78 runs.

Amla and de Villiers, who faced the bulk of the balls, are accomplished players of spin and were largely untroubled. They came together in the 14th over, after Amla had got some measure of the surface and steered South Africa to a safe start despite losing both his opening partner Quinton de Kock and Jacques Kallis.

Kallis will be South Africa's only concern. After being declared fully fit following an upper back problem that kept him out of the warm-up match, Kallis was out for a second-ball duck when he failed to read Mendis' carrom ball. He did not bowl, so his impact on the game was negligible.

That did not matter to Amla and de Villiers as they built steadily. After their respective let-offs, one of which allowed Amla to get to fifty, they called for the batting Powerplay and scored 34 runs in the five-over period. That was where Sri Lanka allowed the game to slip. Mathews did not look to strike, though it was evident he also could not contain.

It took a moment of fortune for the hosts to find a way back when de Villiers hit Mendis to long-off, but they could not rein South Africa in as much as they would have wanted. Amla hung around to reach his hundred - the 13th of his career and second against Sri Lanka - before Miller aided by Ryan McLaren took the total past 300.

For all the talk of a slow surface, Sri Lanka's brisk beginning banished any concerns it would hold them up. Kusal Perera enjoyed the pace of Dale Steyn and cashed in on a poor line from Vernon Philander to take Sri Lanka past 50 inside eight overs. He picked out Morne Morkel at short fine leg to give Philander a wicket but with Sangakkara next in, South Africa's relief was short lived. He was off the mark with a straight drive for four, an ominous sign of what was to come, but it would only come later.

Sangakkara slowed down and took his time to settle in, while Dilshan kept the innings moving. He treated Imran Tahir with disdain - not hard to do given the full tosses the legspinner was dishing up. It seemed South Africa's premier spin option would unravel, but smart captaincy ensured he did not.

De Villiers took Tahir off after two overs and brought on the quicks to deal with Dilshan. Morkel had him caught behind and by the time Tahir was reintroduced, the scoring rate had cooled. With the first ball of his second spell, Tahir had Mahela Jayawardene caught behind and his confidence swelled.

In his next over, Tahir lured Ashan Priyanjan forward and the outside edge was caught at short third man. Sri Lanka reached the halfway stage needing 165 runs to win but with Sangakkara at the crease, that did not seem impossible.

Despite Angelo Mathews giving his wicket away, Sangakkara ushered Lahiru Thirimanne through a tricky period and kept up with the required run-rate with one eye on the looming clouds. Sangakarra announced his intent to get within the Duckworth-Lewis score with three successive fours off McLaren, who lost his line as he came under attack.

Thirimanne should have simply held up his end but he tried to emulate Sangakkara and target McLaren. He was bowled while trying to hit across the line and his dismissal exposed the Sri Lankan tail. McLaren also had Sangakkara's scalp when the batsman skied one to extra cover, with the hosts 88 away from the target. Tahir and Steyn cleaned up the tail, and Sri Lanka had been dismissed in 40.3 overs.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on July 10, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Amla my man made istikhara and mashwera before accepting the captaincy role, so dont doubt his ability to lead SA as captain. he will do a great job. Sanga and Amla are both great batsmen no need to compare them, i do however believe Amla at the moment is the greatest ODI batsmen and whats remarkable is his strike rate of 90. outstanding, masha Allah. Amla make us proud .

  • Kays789 on July 10, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @Mike_Tyson: Maybe you should check the stats again before you make ludicrous statements. Saying Amla is miles ahead of Sanga just shows how ignorant you are. And if you went by stats, if Sanga played more in Aus and NZ he might very well average about 10 runs more in each format.

  • on July 10, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    Now guys will understand that a person is not a match winner it is the team support that make your good inns count towards victories.............All a batsman can do is score big at good SR which Amla did today & Sachin did so many times............then it is upto bowling to defend it..........& it is bowler's job to receive par manageable totals more often then not but Indian bowlers concede 70 runs above par totals on all pitches making good inns of Indian batsmen go in vain & Indian batters receive the title of being selfish accumulators, not match winners

  • Mike_Tyson on July 8, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @nickexplore - It's not just about numbers. Amla is miles ahead of Sanga as a batsman. You can knock atleast 10 runs of Sanga's average if he were to play more in Aus, SA Eng and NZ.

    His average has been massively helped by playing on the flattest of tracks in SL. SL are a very poor team. Sanga although a very good batsman is not better than Amla.

  • nickexplore on July 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @ Hamza Khan, Amla better than Sangakkara?

    For the record, Sangakkara averages 58.63 in Tests, one of the highest in history, with 36 centuries and 48 fifties. Against Amla at 51.35 with 21/27.

    In ODIs, Sangakkara averages 40.61 with 19 hundreds and 86 fifties. Against Amla at 54.06 with 13/23.

    In T20Is, Sangakkara averages 31.40 to Amla's 25.

    Further, Sangakkara is the only player in world cricket who averages more than 50 in Tests, more than 40 in ODIs and more than 30 in T20Is.

    The numbers speak for themselves.

  • Prem2248 on July 8, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    young age in closing doors for inconsistent batters with known history for reckless hitting that have tested more than required. Though it has been proved, this reckless hitting at the top is a complete failure even in our WC success of 1996(2 openers failed 10 times out of 12 inns between the 2, if not for solid risk-free batting of Aravinda,Mahanama,Hashan there wouldn't have any WC win for SL. Had they included RoshenSilva,Chandimal,AngeloPerera & S'nanayake in the 2011 WC team instead of the henchmen we have had a strong possibility of winning that too.), the selectors still want too many reckless hitters as front-line batters and other henchmen.STATS REFER CRICINFO

  • Prem2248 on July 8, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    The selector of recent times weren't intelligent nor educated enough to pick the young. If they have had that ability to comprehend the importance of bringing in youngsters of Amla's class, maintained consistency throughout their careers both at School&Domestic, we would have placed at a far better position in all forms of the game, than at present. For information of all I give below the ODI Aves of the Chief Selector and 3 seniors how they have performed in their 1st 25 ODI Ings as middle-order batters as well as Front-line batters in comparison with Chandimal. In his 1st 25 Ings as Front-line batter Chandimal average read as 47.05. The same of Chief Selector, Mahela, S'kara & Dilshan are 21.70, 28.16, 26.62 & 47.95 respectively. As a Middle Order Batter, Chandimal's average is only 18.09 the same of Chief Selector, M'ela, S'kara & Dil are 10.08, 19.17, 25.52 & 25.05 respectively. It is up to Selectors to bring in promising young batters with remarkable consistency from young

  • Prem2248 on July 8, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    A PART OF MY EARLIER COMMENT IS MISSING THAT ENDS WITH M'ela, Dil,…S'kara (his improved batting, after 600 odd international innings is quite immaterial,) & H'rat aren't needed in this Team, since we have enough quality youngsters (maintained consistency throughout their careers). A time when all other countries(e.g. if one had checked 1st Cla Ba Aves of all young bats of 2 Indian Teams touring ENG & AUS at present, he may learned that they all have Ba Aves around 50) try fresh hands of good 1st Class Careers, we have always gone for rotten eggs in the recent past. As I have mentioned many times, the selector is very much ignorant of his planning for the future, since they are yet to realize the importance of playing youngsters maintained consistency throughout their careers.You have to pick players on consistency basis as the way almost all other top countries do. It is consistency of a player that matters most because he is the one you can depend on at all times in all conditions.

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Alma is far better player than Sangakkara. Sangakkara is riding on its form but alma throughout the career perform s well.Sri may lost the series because of Sa full strength.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Looking @ the way SL has been performing @ home for the last 5-6yrs just winning 1 Test series against Pak... If ABD & Amla were to fire for rest of the series, i'm quite sure that SA will whitewash SL in both formats this time around!!!!

  • on July 10, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Amla my man made istikhara and mashwera before accepting the captaincy role, so dont doubt his ability to lead SA as captain. he will do a great job. Sanga and Amla are both great batsmen no need to compare them, i do however believe Amla at the moment is the greatest ODI batsmen and whats remarkable is his strike rate of 90. outstanding, masha Allah. Amla make us proud .

  • Kays789 on July 10, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    @Mike_Tyson: Maybe you should check the stats again before you make ludicrous statements. Saying Amla is miles ahead of Sanga just shows how ignorant you are. And if you went by stats, if Sanga played more in Aus and NZ he might very well average about 10 runs more in each format.

  • on July 10, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    Now guys will understand that a person is not a match winner it is the team support that make your good inns count towards victories.............All a batsman can do is score big at good SR which Amla did today & Sachin did so many times............then it is upto bowling to defend it..........& it is bowler's job to receive par manageable totals more often then not but Indian bowlers concede 70 runs above par totals on all pitches making good inns of Indian batsmen go in vain & Indian batters receive the title of being selfish accumulators, not match winners

  • Mike_Tyson on July 8, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @nickexplore - It's not just about numbers. Amla is miles ahead of Sanga as a batsman. You can knock atleast 10 runs of Sanga's average if he were to play more in Aus, SA Eng and NZ.

    His average has been massively helped by playing on the flattest of tracks in SL. SL are a very poor team. Sanga although a very good batsman is not better than Amla.

  • nickexplore on July 8, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    @ Hamza Khan, Amla better than Sangakkara?

    For the record, Sangakkara averages 58.63 in Tests, one of the highest in history, with 36 centuries and 48 fifties. Against Amla at 51.35 with 21/27.

    In ODIs, Sangakkara averages 40.61 with 19 hundreds and 86 fifties. Against Amla at 54.06 with 13/23.

    In T20Is, Sangakkara averages 31.40 to Amla's 25.

    Further, Sangakkara is the only player in world cricket who averages more than 50 in Tests, more than 40 in ODIs and more than 30 in T20Is.

    The numbers speak for themselves.

  • Prem2248 on July 8, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    young age in closing doors for inconsistent batters with known history for reckless hitting that have tested more than required. Though it has been proved, this reckless hitting at the top is a complete failure even in our WC success of 1996(2 openers failed 10 times out of 12 inns between the 2, if not for solid risk-free batting of Aravinda,Mahanama,Hashan there wouldn't have any WC win for SL. Had they included RoshenSilva,Chandimal,AngeloPerera & S'nanayake in the 2011 WC team instead of the henchmen we have had a strong possibility of winning that too.), the selectors still want too many reckless hitters as front-line batters and other henchmen.STATS REFER CRICINFO

  • Prem2248 on July 8, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    The selector of recent times weren't intelligent nor educated enough to pick the young. If they have had that ability to comprehend the importance of bringing in youngsters of Amla's class, maintained consistency throughout their careers both at School&Domestic, we would have placed at a far better position in all forms of the game, than at present. For information of all I give below the ODI Aves of the Chief Selector and 3 seniors how they have performed in their 1st 25 ODI Ings as middle-order batters as well as Front-line batters in comparison with Chandimal. In his 1st 25 Ings as Front-line batter Chandimal average read as 47.05. The same of Chief Selector, Mahela, S'kara & Dilshan are 21.70, 28.16, 26.62 & 47.95 respectively. As a Middle Order Batter, Chandimal's average is only 18.09 the same of Chief Selector, M'ela, S'kara & Dil are 10.08, 19.17, 25.52 & 25.05 respectively. It is up to Selectors to bring in promising young batters with remarkable consistency from young

  • Prem2248 on July 8, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    A PART OF MY EARLIER COMMENT IS MISSING THAT ENDS WITH M'ela, Dil,…S'kara (his improved batting, after 600 odd international innings is quite immaterial,) & H'rat aren't needed in this Team, since we have enough quality youngsters (maintained consistency throughout their careers). A time when all other countries(e.g. if one had checked 1st Cla Ba Aves of all young bats of 2 Indian Teams touring ENG & AUS at present, he may learned that they all have Ba Aves around 50) try fresh hands of good 1st Class Careers, we have always gone for rotten eggs in the recent past. As I have mentioned many times, the selector is very much ignorant of his planning for the future, since they are yet to realize the importance of playing youngsters maintained consistency throughout their careers.You have to pick players on consistency basis as the way almost all other top countries do. It is consistency of a player that matters most because he is the one you can depend on at all times in all conditions.

  • on July 8, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Alma is far better player than Sangakkara. Sangakkara is riding on its form but alma throughout the career perform s well.Sri may lost the series because of Sa full strength.

  • ITJOBSUCKS on July 8, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Looking @ the way SL has been performing @ home for the last 5-6yrs just winning 1 Test series against Pak... If ABD & Amla were to fire for rest of the series, i'm quite sure that SA will whitewash SL in both formats this time around!!!!

  • nickexplore on July 8, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    SL must make changes for Pallekele. Priyanjan's wild slog at the Premadasa opens the door for Vithanage, while Lakmal provides the extra pace needed to dislodge one or two of the SA top order, with Kulasekara making way. Thirimanne must bat higher if SL is to match the SA top 6. Dishan scored a fabulous century last time the teams met at Pallekele and his opening partner Kusal looked very good at the Premadasa. If Kusal can stay in a bit longer 300 plus beckons for SL.

  • on July 8, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Mahela shoud be rested till Zimbabwe or Bangladesh series starts.

  • nickexplore on July 8, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    @ Greatest Game. If anything it was South Africa who slowed the game down. Thirimanne and Sangakkara were focused on the D/L numbers that appeared on the scoreboard after each over, barely visible in the crepuscular gloom, lit only by the small light on the scoreboard that indicated which batsman was on strike. It was a farcical situation and ruined the carnival atmosphere of the match. No floodlights, no hotspot and no snicko!

  • Greatest_Game on July 8, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    @ GRJVPR wrote "I'm not happy with South Africa's tactics! … They knew there's going to be a light issue."

    When they won the toss & chose to bat, how did SA know light would be a problem? Cricinfo commentary at 9:25am, "It's a sunny day at Colombo ... Andrew Fernando, confirms that the weather gods are taking it easy on us," & when SL began batting at 2:10 pm, "Quite a few wide-brimmed hats in the South African huddle."

    Fans said the same: "@ Harmony111 Right now I am at the R Premadasa Stadium watching the game ... Weather is fine with patches of clouds hovering but seems less likely to precipitate."

    SA won the match within the allotted time. It was SLC's decision not to use floodlights. On what basis do you make the claim that SA "knew there's going to be a light issue" & "wasted too much time," & what evidence do you have of "South Africa's tactics?" No one is happy about the light, but yours is the only comment I see that suggests SA made deliberate tactical use of the light.

  • Yasassri on July 8, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Mahela one day record is not so impressive, he must bat in as a opener or should be dropped !

  • Kotuwegogoda on July 7, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Selectors have to watch underperformance and take steps to rectify early and not allow failures to continue.

    Series with South Africa is very important if we are to preserve the rare success in England. Hope Angelo realizes it and make adjustments accordingly. Need to revisit Chandimal's benching.

  • SLC-2020 on July 7, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    @Vinod Pudasun: You are wrong pal... in Sri Lanka, selections were always marred with a few inclusions with insufficient domestic credentials to justify a place. Those days it happened infrequently to a much lesser extent (e.g. JMubarak 2002-07 SP Pasqual-1979, R Jayasekera-1978 etc) but never persisted after snatching Test/ODI caps & fell apart, except for Muba who was persisted with failures & finally dismantled after 5yrs (with a batting Av of 15.87 in Tests & Av of 22.70 from 40 ODIs.) But, today.. anybody with an open mind & eyes can see the horrible extent of discrepancies in selections, with no justifications whatsoever.!!

    How come, Vithange with a batting Av of 15.00 from 6 ODIs & Av of 15.72 from 36 List-A ings is in the ODI Squad, while Chandi with an Average of 30.34 from 84 ODIs is kicked out of the squad ?

    Tharanga 5252 Runs @Av 34.03 (172 ODIs) was kept away >12 months while Kusal failed & played continuously to manage only 692 Runs @Av 26.61 (20.0 sans Bang) 31 ODIs?

  • on July 7, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    untill chandimal get chances at number 4 he was very good batsman but when sana take charge mahela come to number 4 and drop chandi to number 7.. mahela average 20 in last year in ODI's..please drop mahela or send him down the order and play chandimal

  • on July 7, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    @MahindAnanda Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ramith Rambukwella & Bhanuka Rajapakshe??are u serious? all these 3 players are flopped in domestic cricket and there are lot of guys to be conseider before flop players like bhanuka,ramith? glad SLC players selecting according to domestic performances rather by school.. don't drag school favoritism for this

  • Diaz54 on July 7, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Well done SA....they are a good side and wil become stronger when Kallis returns to form. Though it must be difficult,to do so without playing the longer game.

  • Lion83 on July 7, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    SL have rethink about their middle order batting, Mahela should go down to no.6 and allow Chandimal and Thirimmanne to bat at No 4&5 .

  • GRJVPR on July 7, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I'm not happy with South Africa's tactics! They wasted too much time for no reason. They knew there's going to be a light issue and bite so much time! these tactics will not work in DayNight fixtures..They were 10 overs short at 5.40(sheduled closing time) If SL played full 50 overs AB De Villiers will miss the next two matches!

  • ForeverProteas49 on July 7, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Well played boys, for a while it looked like the lankens were gonna cruise to the total and then our bowling clicked and BANG, Well done, Seal the series on Wed

  • SLC-2020 on July 7, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    You are absolutely right Mr. Mahindha! I can see why the SL camp's moral is so high and how all these technically proficient, statistically proven talented young players like, Chandimal & Thirimanne have started to fail all of a sudden. No wonder why the selectors are behaving in a veered manner! Good thing that our bowlers are spared from this flu! Keep it up SL, you will be the sure holders of next WC in Australia!

  • SDeepalV on July 7, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    I wouldn't have dropped Thisara for the match having players like Thirimanne and Ashan in, unless you have a disciplinary issue against him. Suppose everyone will solve their respective issues as they walk in to the game 2.

    Deepal v

  • Andrew-Silva on July 7, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    @Justin De Waas: True...but Thisara, Chandimal were dropped for a reason. We have to clear up the middle-order to include the ear-marked Royalty Grade players to Win the next WC with flying colors! We have already done the same thing to Upul Tharanga, by not allowing him to come near any National Squad, since last July. This was done to make sure the Opener's spot is exclusively reserved for another Royalty Grade player, who had done WONDERS during the past 12 months with an astonishing batting display, especially on fast decks in seaming conditions! His CONSISTENCY & SUPERB CONTRIBUTIONS reflect from his ASTONISHING batting averages outside the subcontinent & overall ODI career record! We need this kind of players to succeed in Aus/NZ.

    Next to go will be Thirimanne, Dil & MJ before the WC, to include Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ramith Rambukwella & Bhanuka Rajapakshe. They all have the required Grade in SL to play in next WC.! If really needed, we may even consider Mubarak. 3 Cheers 4 SL!

  • on July 7, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    People Australia might officially have the number 1 ranking , but SA are still on a par so it's no surprise they won in SL , wouldn't be surprised at all if SA go on and take the clean sweep. As your not ranked joint top for no reason hey.

  • Prabhash1985 on July 7, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    For gods sake, Sri Lanka, please don't change gears when it's going to rain. If it rains, let it kill the game. In the same way, how many matches we lost? World cup finals against Australia is one of the most remarkable! If you played the same way, it was clearly a gettable total. It's ok. Past is past, just learn from it. Let's concentrate on the next two games. You surely can win. Definitely we can win, but will have to work really hard from now on.

  • Vilander on July 7, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    Beating SL in SL is very difficult, surprised by SA thought it was beyond them. SL will definitely come back swinging, always did in the done to death IND-SL matches in the last two years..

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 7, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    I am surprised that Lasith was not given full 10 overs.

  • nickexplore on July 7, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    No floodligbts, no hotspot and no snicko and 40,000 plus spectators watching in the Colombo gloom. What is the point of a MoU that does not address these fundamental issues? The Amla caught behind review was pivotal to the outcome and SL was left chasing both D/L and an imposing 304 in the dark for victory. No wonder the wickets tumbled.

  • cric1965 on July 7, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    if Mahela wants to score runs he has to open the innings. Otherwise he has to bat at No5.Upul Thranga should give No 4.

  • on July 7, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    These posts are very one-sided! From reading this it would seem that SA did everything right and SL almost won if it wasn't for bad team selection and the lights! Please realise that SA must also still improve. This is their first international game in a long time.

  • on July 7, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Srilankan Team Selectors still Depending on Mahela Sanga And Thirimanna They Have Forgotten the Real Match Winning Players.Thisara Perera has been Recognised as Pinch Hitter by Many teams.he has not included to the team.Thirimanna and Mahela Not performing well they must be Rested for the Remaining two Games.the World cup is just few Month away.it seems to us they have not yet selected the Right players to the one day squad.After the Successful England tour No one Expected SL to Loose the Game with a Big Margin.Congratulations to SA.

  • on July 7, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    @ Marcel_Ci: Seems like you just got beaten on home soil. SA will be looking for a whitewash.

  • pandian_ikku on July 7, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    As I mentioned before start the series Thirimanne will be just a burden to the team. He plays T20 like a test match. Then when it comes to test matches he got out in 1 or 2 bowls. I don't know what that thing called he doing in ODI. Strange thing is some how selectors never drop him.

    Sri Lankan selectors always manage to find players like this. Remember Chamara Silva, Jehan Mubarak?

    If we want to win the next two matches please bring back Upul Tharanga, and Thisara Perera for Thirimanne and Priyanjan. Upul Tharanga should play after Sangakkara.

    Mahela is also rarely score runs. So selectors can replace Kithuruwan with him. But I am sure fans will be very disappointed when Thirimanne is still not dropped in next match.

  • SDeepalV on July 7, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Mmm.. I was sad that 1. the way we lost, 2. I was there to witness same. It was a far cry, when you have to chase 300+ without the flood lights, but it is the Sri Lankans who should blame them selves for the poor bowling and sloppy fielding. Wicket was great and it is very sloppy cricket from Lankans. If I was the captain I would have gone for Kithruwan Vithanage and Thisara Perera instead of ever struggling Thirimanne and Ashan. Anyways.. hope Lions will bounce back with a roar, but keep in mind - this is not Englishmen but Springboks at their best. If you don"t adjust your selves, you will be humiliated in your Den.

    Deepal V

  • on July 7, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Well played South Africa with a good all round performance to start the series with a convincing win.SL have only to blame themselves for poor fielding and bowling and then losing the last 5 wkts for 13 runs which was absolutely farcical. Let's hope that SL will bounce back at Pallekelle to square the short series. Some responsible batting, accurate bowling & good fielding will be the ingredients if SL wants to pull off a win at this venue.

  • ac_Indian on July 7, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    It's just one defeat guys. I seriously think that sometimes people over-analyze. SL have been playing really well so a loss here and there should not be a big analysis issue. Credit goes to Amla and De Villiers for wonderful performance. I am sure SL will bounce back.

  • Marcel_Ci on July 7, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    amla is good player bt no match to sangakara in class in both tests & ODIs. sanga wil come bk stronger in this series again. we r champions on our own soil. nobdy can beat us in SL.

  • Worldcricketlover on July 7, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Well SA is best team in the world because they are fresh and hungry. On the other side SL is tired team . They have no guts to drop Mahela at home series . These seniosr should have rested at least SL fan could have excuse . Poor SL . Looks tired to be honest after fluke win against England. It is true SL is depends on wicket . If it doesn't turn or worst performance by other team they can not win . Poor SL. My advise drop Mahela , rest sanga bring young blood and see the difference .

  • fiddlerv90 on July 7, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Lankans should stop being dilutional and realize that ENG has been in denial since the ashes and one should not write-off IND in this up coming series because Eng is still out of shape. The sooner lankans realize the better. SA may have lost 4-1 here in sri lanka a year ago or so, but they still look much stronger than lankans. Ppl lets live reality and see the big picture here, if sri lanka get thrashed on wednsday (which would happpen anyway) then 3-0 wouldn't be Hard for SA since they are gaining confidence in every victory. Next match would be even difficult for the sri lanka since SA wanna improve and king kallies, jp & de kock may come to the party too. Whoever sri lanka brings on wednsday i still doubt they will sneak away with a victory. Bowlers need to improve for sri lanka to steal a victory and unless that happen i sadly don't see e'm threatening SA. You may disagree for now but come wednsday you'll understand. A&A factor vs sanga

  • on July 7, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Some SL fans are complaining abt the lights not being used was the reason for the loss..Ok, Then blame your board who were trying to save some money cz generators that provide floodlights to be used costs around LKR 19 million per ODI match.. It was SLC decision not to use lights for day games and it won't be used in the Hambantota game as well.. That's also a day match.. But It's pretty lame to blame the lights for the loss yesterday, SL batsmen played very poor shots too.. Except Sanga who had to play a rash shot cz he didn't had any choice, Nobody stayed with him to guide SL to a win.. They were just 3 runs behind the par score..It wasn't like they were 20 or 30 runs behind so that terrible shot from Thirimanne wasn't required at all.. Please don't just blame lights for the loss..

  • on July 7, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    congrtz SA. poor team selection for SL.tharanga n thisara should be in for thirimamme n ashan.

  • on July 7, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    @Lion_wallaby- You should comment with some cricketing sense cz it seems like you don't have any, Do you have any? This is not an out of form and out of ideas English team, This is SA we are talking abt and that too with full strength.. These bowlers are Anderson and broad..This are Steyn, Morkel and Philander, The most feared bowling attack in the world for whom pitches don't matter much.. They are the best in the business.. I am only talking sense when I said they would whitewash SL if SL doesn't buck up quickly and it isn't easy to buck up so quickly against these bowlers...

  • on July 7, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    So from dizzying heights in England Sri Lankan team have come crashing on to the ground. This is the reality, both wins and loses. That does not mean SA will keep winning, and as i see one of their more fortunate days in subcontinent. I am rather puzzled by the exclusion of Chandimal who even in trial match with SA scored a 50+ and inclusion of Lahiru who bagged a pair in Leeds and did not shine even in the previous match with SA and had a repeat this match too. One mistake is exclusion of Thisara, a player who loves clobbering the ball particularly when the bowlers are medium fast. Hope saner council will prevail with selectors for the next game.

  • InternationalCricketFollower on July 7, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka should bring in Tharanga and T. Perera for Thirimanne and Priyanjan respectively. I was also thinking of dropping Kallis and brining in Faf but that would probably not happen. I personally think Kallis should retire.

  • on July 7, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Congraulations to SA

    please concentrate on your Batting

    Already your Bowling & Fielding Amazing

    I hope SA for White wash 3-0 against SA

  • on July 7, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    It is bizarre that Ajantha Mendis is ranked 39th in the ICC's ODI ranking (even behind Xavier Doherty) despite being the world's leading wicket-taker in 2014 and having the best strike rate. Yet despite having taken 21 wickets from 8 ODI's, he is still not an automatic selection in the side. He should be selected for the Test side.

  • missionbegins2011 on July 7, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    What a dominating performance by SA !!!! Completely proved their class today SA and showed how much discrepancy exists between the levels of SA and SL cricket. SL team looked completely foxed and weak...

  • VinothSam on July 7, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    I was there watching the match till the end. I was going to rain. All of a sudden D/L scores were appeared on the board. Therefore batsmen suddenly started to go for big hits. End the end, there was no rain. That is how we lost the match.

  • on July 7, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Why is Mathews is using part time off spinners in the death. This is simply ridiculous. The preferred option is honestly himself, Kulesekera, Senayake and Malinga. The partimes are normally used in the midle overs. I think it is time he does not use Dilshan at all. Ok the wicket was a little slow but let's not get carried away and start making whole-sale changes from the normal script.

  • on July 7, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Poor selection cost SL. Lakmal, Chandimal, Dilruwan should be in for SL. Thirimanne, Priyanjan are failures. Mehela too not scored during past year. His average also very low. SL need good bowlers rather than half bowlers.

  • cric1965 on July 7, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    SA fast bowlers took 7 wickets while Sri Lankan fast bowlers took none. Kulasekera 120 km speed bowling cannot took wickets. Sri Lanka need wicket taking bowlers. Replace Kula with Suranga Lakmal. You should not select team on past performance. Past is past.

  • Prem2248 on July 7, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Would like to repeat what I've stated prior to the match:C'dimal and other consistent promising youngsters being dropped, the 3 seniors to continue here can be considered as a disgrace to the Game in the Country. The Country's future is more precious, than that of sticky-footed 37 y olds. Khausal Silva should be brought to open batting in 50 overs as well, whose career was ruined as a youngster, because these solid controlled hitters can do blind-hitting better than fleet-footed batters that tends to start missing, edging & lofting from the very 1st ball as it has always been the case, since '96. Those days we were afford to loose the openers within the 1st 5 overs but today there is only one such solid batter in the middle in M'tews to take us to safety. trying to defend with only one bat for an entire T'ment, a winning it, would be only a dream for us. Most fans believe the local selectors of late, lacks required knowledge to pick young players and the importance of playing them.

  • Prem2248 on July 7, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Dil batted as if his feet were stuck on the turf, M'ela at No 4 is a big mistake with his usual risky, reckless stroke making, and his ODI ave is enough to show that he is a big liability. An incompetent person only would want them to be part of our WC Team, that can't cope with fast bowling even on slow tracks. The chief selector should have checked how consistent, he himself & the 3 seniors, were as youngsters before dropping C'dimal, if they had done that they wouldn't have even think of dropping C'dimal. You can't pick players on six-hitting ability but overall consistency. It was selectors that disrupt his character in giving him T20 captaincy too early, simultaneously appointing Mathews for Tests & 50 Overs, which is not required, as Mathews too was a youngster and without assessing Mathew's' capabilities. A time when the best batter of last 2 decades, in Sachin had made way for youngsters (Comparing him to others, could be considered as a Joke), M'ela, Dil,

  • on July 7, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    I can understand but still not fully agree with the reasons behind not to use lights. However, I am quite puzzled why the game started at 10.00 instead of 9.30. Two completed innings require at the minimum 7 hours and counting for the lunch break a match is not likely to finish past 5.30. Add to that, the team bowling second who will be defending a target will on most occasions go beyond allocated time. As it is very well known that light start to deteriorate in RPS by 5.00 pm and by past 5.30 or so ground will be in semi darkness, SL officials should have had the wisdom of starting the game early. Coming back to the game, SL made too many mistakes, dropped catches, at least one of the openers failing to capitalize on the initial surge to pile up a big score and very pathetic middle order batting. Thiri had to be dropped down to No. 7 partly to have a left-right batting combination going and partly because he is in terrible batting form. In fact he should not have played this game.

  • Senaratne77 on July 7, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Can someone please get rid of Thirimanna. He's neither a power hitter or a consistent batsman, or a keeper or an all rounder . Are our selectors out of their minds?!

  • top_SPIN on July 7, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    Congrats Proteas on a rare victory in SL. The best team on paper won it convincingly. Missed catches and Miller took the game away.

    As many points out here there seems to be a problem in SL batting line up. After 2011 WC Aravinda explained why he did not want Chandimal to bat lower down the order. After Aravinda's tenure as selection committee head both Chandimal, Thirimanna played at 6 or 7 mostly. He said it would ruin his career and seems he is correct.

    SL batting issues are well covered by bowlers. Do SL batsmen have enough fire power and consistency ? Except Sanga & Mathews others are not consistent run makers. Except Mathews, Thisara others do not have ODI fire power like AB,Miller,Duminy.

    Mahela's place and role is questioned here, what does he have to offer with the BAT at playing No 4? If he plays then what is the need of 3 aging stars ?

    I think Mahels should open batting and score at least quick 30-40 and be the "tactician", and leave No 4 place for a young batsman.

  • on July 6, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    It was good victory to SA. When SL batting up to 30 overs it could be any once game. Some srilankan youngsters shot selection below par to the international standards. Selectors having some issues to find right combination for this tough series. Fielding was also not up to level cost them match so badly. SL need to regroup Wednesday match without thinking bad lost. All the best both teams.

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 6, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    @Arun Bose; Can't you remember losing the England back home?? SL just lost one match and you are just jumping and commenting about a whitewash! But we cannot expect anything sensible from you

  • on July 6, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    i can't understanding why selected priyanjan over Chandimal .a real batman.Now they prefer hitters over real Batman's like chandial and thranga.very short thinking. pity

  • ramz30380 on July 6, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Its so heart breaking to see so many SLs trolling Mahela, he is such a class act - calss is always permanent - he and Sanga have been the pillars of SL cricket for such a long time - lets give him some time - he is a big match player, he will score when it really matters - so please dont jump the gun. This man has done so much for SL cricket and deserves to be given a peaceful send-off in his own terms, have patience guys!

  • vkumar_086 on July 6, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    @Arun Bose....mate you could have added few more trophies which INDIA won against SL like WI tri series final, CT 2013 semi final....history always favour India during Ind-SL matches...we won more than 65% of matches against them....its very sad that a test playing nation like SL still depend on their senior players to win matches for them....

  • vkumar_086 on July 6, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    as usual batting performance by SL, unable to complete full 50 overs on flat decks....depended heavily on KS, MJ, TD to bail them out....sanga is very good player, but how long he hold on to nerve....thirimanne, chandimal, perera are still to prove themselves....even though Indian batsmen like rohit sharma, raina, dhoni failed in foreign tours, they have scored plenty of runs in home games....INDIA crossed 300 runs mark in 35 times out of 65 home games (only team in the world which successfully chased more than 350 runs thrice)...is proof for batting domination....where is these kind of players in SL...nobody including SL fans denies this fact....expecting EASY win for SA in next games

  • Andrew-Silva on July 6, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    @gsamiru: What you are saying is right, but don't worry we have an excellent bunch of Royalty Grade Players earmarked to replace Sanga, MJ, Dil ,Thiri in near future! Now half of the stumbling blocks like Tharanga, Chandi, Thisara are gone forever, frontorder & middleorder are pretty much clear. Like what has done to Upul, no matter how well they do in domestic tournaments, they will never be included in a National sqd for 12 months & may let only to play in a solitary warm-up match! SL-A is the right place reserved for them.

    Look at how great our Kusal is. He is a world beater with so many strokes around the wicket! No opener in the world can match his batting skills! SL has nothing to fear, since Kusal will certainly bat throughout every inning, as he had already done in Eng, WI etc during the past year & win matches! As long as Kusal is there SL future is bright as sunshine, he will win the WC single handedly for SL.The NEW set of undefeatable talent Kithuruwan, Bhanuka, Ramith.

  • RasikaR on July 6, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Well deserved loss for the Sri Lanka with the effect of poor team selection. Mahela is a big burden to the team as well,as getting his opportunity include in playing eleven ruined talented youngsters carriers like Chandimal, Thirimanna,etc. Inclusion of Priyaranjan also a question, if he playing as an all-rounder Chathuranga is far better than him.

  • on July 6, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    I totally agree with Dinindu Ekanayake..Seniors must give chance to youngsters to step up and take responsibility by letting them bat higher up the order although Sanga still should bat at no.3 as he's the best batsman for SL at the moment, Chandimal should be given a longer run at international level as he's very talented and his shot selections are very good..That being said, Thirimanne should be advised to play some domestic or county games to get his confidence and form back as he's talented too but horribly out of form..Mahela for me is a class player but he's getting rusty and It's time he should hang up his boots and give youngsters an oppurtunity to play for SL..I am an Indian fan but no Indian fan would like to see a weak SL team as they are very good and competitive and we all need good competition in cricket.. Opening is still a worry but is there anyone better than Dilshan in SL domestic structure right now? Kushal needs more time as he's a bright prospect...

  • Andrew-Silva on July 6, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    @gsamiru: What you are saying is right, but don't worry we have an excellent bunch of Royalty Grade Players earmarked to replace Sanga, MJ, Dil ,Thiri in near future! Now half of the stumbling blocks like Tharanga, Chandi, Thisara are gone forever, frontorder & middleorder are pretty much clear. Like what has done to Upul, no matter how well they do in domestic tournaments, they will never be included in a National sqd for 12 months & may let only to play in a solitary warm-up match! SL-A is the right place reserved for them.

    Look at how great our Kusal is. He is a world beater with so many strokes around the wicket! No opener in the world can match his batting skills! SL has nothing to fear, since Kusal will certainly bat throughout every inning, as he had already done in Eng, WI etc during the past year & win matches! As long as Kusal is there SL future is bright as sunshine, he will win the WC single headedly or SL.The NEW set of undefeatable talent Kithuruwan, Bhanuka, Ramith.!

  • on July 6, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    lost to a better team ho played better cricket not a problem but what i cant understand is the srilankan late middle order is preforming so purely in england olso we so it. kula is terrible form so does sachi and thisara .srilanka is better team than today sure they will come harder in next game

  • St.John on July 6, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    rizwan1981...Sure Mahela Jayawardene did all the things you mentioned, but you can't rest on past laurels. MJ has been struggling for some time now. Age slows down reflexes, especially for batsmen like MJ who depend a lot on timing and eye-hand coordination. He hasn't lost the innovator touch though and this still gives him a few runs. I would suggest resting Mahaela for the rest of this series and send him to the WC down under for one last hurrah.

  • on July 6, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    kusal,dili,sanga,chandi,thirimanne(bcz he is VC),mathews,sachith pathirana,kula,sena,malinga,mendis/lakmal Sri Lanaka should play bowling all rounder in number 7 place! conceeding 300 is way too much! we were lack of a bowler 2day

  • SLSup on July 6, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Let's see. I wake up late on a Sunday morning in USA to find SL short by 75 runs with some 60 balls to spare because they didn't have enough batsmen? : ) I thought Matthews said at the start that regardless of winning the toss or not it was important to do the right things in the first inning. Then he drops AB and it appears to me SL lost the plot in the SECOND HALF. A bit of an ODIty for SL.

    Hmmm.. MORE CALLS for Mahela to drop-out. In the past it was to allow Ashan Priyanjan in. Wonder what they say now since Ashan batted in a way that should make Lou Vincent flinch! I'd say not the way to bat for all the money in the world!

  • GRVJPR on July 6, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @Sinhaya, But hammered by Indian in 2011 world cup. What an ordinary team sri lanka is. Just couple of fluke wins and see their ego.

  • GRVJPR on July 6, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Sri lanka is juts ordinary team. Their T-20 WC win and eng win were flukes. Even zimbabwe is better than them.

  • hanumanthchavala on July 6, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    every body saying catche drops make diff and mahela. let me tell one thing how silly catches dropped by sl and that much off silly shot played by ABD to give his wk his wk was shocked him even he hate himself after match the way he was out. if sl doesnt drop ABD catch they may win but as same like if ABD doesnt play that awefull shot anybody can expect what happened you will never think about win because he stay there another 10 overs the score will be 350+ easily, so think concurrently and apply the cross-reactions also. why all are blaming mahela how many times thirimanne, chandimal, dilshan, from last 1yr first remove thiri and ashan bring kapugedera, tisara perera how can you left your country's hard hitter better than this current team after jayasuriya silly

  • on July 6, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Everybody should be feel for sanga!While he batted so fluently and with lots of responsibility no one tried to stay with him at the crease for some partnership.At that moment the shot played by Thiri, Priyanjan even Mahela, angelo was absolutely rash n pathetic no need of that kind of shot at that moment.Thiri was absolutely out of nick and Priyanjan over aggression cost his talent and skill.Upul tharanga on the basis of his experience n recent very good form he shoul be their in place of thiri ani he need to bat at no. 4 he can't open coz he had lots of problem nowadays with moving ball and steyn, philander bowl some good swing delivery with new ball so he can't be great as a opener.and thisara should come straight a way in place of Priyanjan.MY team for 2nd ODI kausal parera, dilly, sanga, upul tharanga, mahela, angelo, thisara parepa, sachi, surangal lakmal, anjantha mendis, malinga.kule need to replace neither hje can score some valuable run at the lower order nor he can get wicket

  • on July 6, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    please sri lanka stop playing with 4 bowlers! very defensive tactic. play a bowling all rounder in place of a batsman! hope for final ODI chandimal will be back in the place of mahela!

  • neo-galactico on July 6, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    A good win for SA. That said, the ODI series isn't very important IMO, especially considering that the WC will be held in totally different conditions. It should help confidence and moral though. So kudos the Proteas, although they were 20 runs short. The bowling could've been better but they kept taking wickets even when Sanga, Dilshan and Kusal were threatening to wrestle the game away. Again SL confirmed my suspicions that they're top-heavy with their batting line up. That is somewhat masked by the most in-form batter in the world Sanga. Dilshan isn't as sparkling anymore, and even more worryingly is Mahela who has been in decline for quite a while now. On the bright side, Angelo has really grown as a batsman.

  • on July 6, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Mahela's time is up now. he should concentrate on to retire now. His place is blocking chances for new comers.

  • whiskey_dosa on July 6, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Jayawardene expects to play in the world cup next year? oh dear !

  • on July 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    What Thirimanne is doing at 7? he is neither A big hitter and nor an accumulater. He needs time to settle down Just like Chandimal and Kapugedera. Please don't destroy these talents, Kohli rose while batting at 4. Dhoni being prolific at 3 came down the order to give way to Kohli because he is experienced. Look at how it worked. But sad to say in Sri Lanka Dilshan Sanga and Mahela still bat at Opening, 3, 4 positions while youngsters come late down the order, try to slog and dismiss. Chandimal Averages 50+ at 4 while thirimanne 40+ at 3 but look at where they bat now. And are accused not being prolific.

  • Sinhaya on July 6, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @KusalJayasuriya, I fully agree with you. First of all heartiest congratulations South Africa for a brilliant performance as Sri Lanka were totally outplayed. But dont forget Sri Lanka lost the 1st game in the 2013 CT against NZ and fought back, lost the 1st ODI against Pakistan in UAE and fought back and lost the 1st ODI against England this year and fought back. Dropped catches of Amla and De Villiers as expected were dire. Good that Kusal Perera played showed real aggression but was not enough. Hope he scores more on Wednesday.

    Sad part is that most of the wickets were gifted and were not wicket taking deliveries at all. Simply rash shots are to blame and hope all mishaps will be addressed in the next 2 days. Light wont be a problem in Pallekelle as it is day night and hope rain stays away. Last 5 wickets fell cheaply as it was quite gloomy. First game of the year at home and not the ideal start but hope for a win on Wednesday.

  • rizwan1981 on July 6, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    All those who are calling for MAHELA'S head should know that they are talking about the ONLY man EVER to score a century in a world cup semi-final and final . Also , Mahela is the best tactician in the game , one of the best fielders in the world and the UNOFFICIAL CAPTAIN in the team .

    Upul Tharanga ( who once scored 6 ODIs centuries in a year ) should be brought back - Kusal Perea needs a little more experience and should be ready for the 2019 world cup but not for the 2016 . Also , KAPUGEDERA ( one of the few who has the ability to clear the boundary on those big grounds down under) and BHANUKA Rajapaksha should be considered for the ODIs.

  • cric1965 on July 6, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Do not under estimate this SA team. Last time they played without Steyn, Phillander and ,Imran Tahir. Sri Lanka,s England honeymoon period is over. Now get up. There is a danger to loose the series to SA for first time in Sri Lanka.

  • St.John on July 6, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Brilliant Amla will in all likelihood end up with a massive Sangakarra-like record. SL must rest Mahela Jayawardene who looks quite jaded and while they are at it drop the constantly failing Thirimanne. Players like Vithanage and allrounder Dilruwan Perera can replace them. Even Randiv must be considered.

  • on July 6, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    @Greatest_Game- Mahela is most probably the only batsman I know who uses both his hands quite effectively and It's not easy to do that.. I like Sanga and Mahela for their sheer class and grit to do well for their country and carry the hopes of their countrymen alone on their shoulders.. But reality is sometimes harsh and It's time he retires as youngsters need to step up and take responsibility for the future of SL cricket..Nobody wants a weak SL side bcz it will kill the competition in cricket.. Kallis is a master too but he's getting rusty as well.. Nobody can deny his class but It's time he retires as well and give chance to other youngsters to play and do well for SA.. Both Mahela and Kallis are great individuals and great players too..

  • Thilanga22 on July 6, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    In practice match Chandimal face SA bowlers very well and scored 50 but he didn't select for the one day team.Thirimanne. Thirimanne, Tharanga, Thisara didn't score in that match but they were selected.That is why sri lanka defeated today. Selection committee should identify capabilities of the players rather than doing things on their personal agenda.

  • NEBOSH on July 6, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Suraj Randive performance was good against SA why they did not consider him, really this is winning game because of selection we lose this game, perera also should be consider because he is good all rounder many time he win the game.

  • Lord.emsworth on July 6, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    It is very poor selection to leave out Vithanage who has impressed in all the matches he has played so far. Thrimanne must surely be dropped now? Try Randiv who is also a more than handy batsmen.

  • Jeewaka9999 on July 6, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    if malinga can take few early wickets... If Sanga and mathew score big tones we win matches. if these players fail then we will be big trouble...what has mahela been doing in this ODI side for last 12 months?? Lot of chances hv been given to Chandi and Thirimanne. who whatever say Kule is not a wicket taking bowler. can we expect only economical spell from leading fast bowler?he has proved it.( 155 ODI 168 wkts.)last 6 ODI only 5 wkts.so we can't axe all these players once. But SL selectors should try to bring new players to replace these players. it is not good to keep players in the side due to past performances. if they don't perform well, give other players to chance. otherwise no point of hving domestic competition. if we want to keep these players till 2015, better to postpone Domestic competition to next yr.

  • gsamiru on July 6, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Ashan Priyanjan and Lahiru Thirimanna haven't done any significant contribution during the last few games. Kusal Perea was lucky to score 34 today, but he has become a walking wicket. Mahela only scores in the final match of a series. Dilshan is gradually going down with his timing and strength. ........... I'm afraid to say without sanga, SL batting is a dark abyss ....... ! On the other hand bowlers look tired, may be due to the endless Cricket during the past few months. ....... My Team for the next game: ...... Upul, Dilly, Sanga, Mahela, Thiri,Angi, Kithruwan,Kula, Sachi, Mali, Mendis ....... ! But I wish we had Chandi in the team ....... !

  • cric1965 on July 6, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Mahela should give his place to Chandimal. He perform well in no 4 position. Selectors should critically analyse the players performance. Just because seniority should not select to team. There are enough talented youngsters. Give them a chance.

  • SILVERSANGA on July 6, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Wow! I dont know why many people write SL off for losing just one match after having such a wonderful period of 7/8 months of cricket. We won T20 WC, Asia cup and test series in Eng. We have been undefeated in test series since 2012 Aus tour. We have dominated all 3 formats and have been a top unit. So why losing a single match has made some ppl mad? Sure today has been an off day for SL but it can happen. It was poor execution of stroke play by SL batsmen which cost us. Add Amla's brilliance to that, SA did the basics right and deserved to win. The luck wasn't at our side either as we had to change our game plan expecting D/L to come in to play and hurry for some cheap runs at the end.

    Funny to see some fans predicting a whitewash win for SA.How come they forget SA's horrible record in SL? One win won't change everything. So mark my words. SL will come back stronger than ever and win the series 2-1 just like they fought till the end to win the Asia cup and in England and won! Go SL!!

  • Greatest_Game on July 6, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    @ Arun Bose. You are quite correct. I did mix up the names. My apologies for doing so. Indeed, it was Kumar who was the glue that kept the innings together.

    I must admit that after so many years of being a Mahela fan it is very difficult to think of him as a passenger, but results are results. Perhaps unreasonably, I still have enduring faith in him. Sadly, he and Kallis, another hero of mine, are in the same boat, although I'm hoping for one last showdown between these two greats.

  • cric1965 on July 6, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Mahela is the wekest link. He scored last 18 ODI 372 runs @ 20.66 average. He should be dropped even he scored only in final matches.

  • SICHO on July 6, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, you don't win matches because you're "high in confidence", or "have the momentum" or "team spirit is good", NO!!! You win because you play good cricket. And that is certainly what our boys did today, and their capable of doing it over and over again. If SL continue to underestimate our boys they might find themselves with a series defeat. I mean some of their batsmen believed that they can hit anything away for boundaries. Careful Lions, being too confident can get you in trouble, anyway hope they clear their heads and let the excting series continue.

  • 3rd_man on July 6, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Mahela is well passed his "Sell before date". he is there because 1. some of his old team mates in the selecting panel/coaching staff still backing him. 2. he trying to delay K.S passing his records as much as possible.3. Trying to get at least one more IPL or other lucrative T20 deal by playing international cricket. Otherwise I cant see why he still playing this game . look at his past innings for a year or so. guy who bat at No4 should be your best batsman. he is simply not good enough. people talks about style ect. that s non sense if you cant score enough runs for your team. there is a replacement , I don't think even chandimal can do poor than M.J. at least chandi would have gain some confidence. it just that he don't have a proper role in this team. Now Thiri become wise captain, he is out of sorts similar to what has happened to chandimal. I think SL young players taking this captaincy thing too much in to their heads. its better not to assign any one as a vice captain.

  • cric1965 on July 6, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka will loose all three matches unless they change their out of form players. Thirimanna is struggling last few months. Should be replace with Upul Tharanga .Need to consider Herath also.

    Ashan priyanjan bowling is costly, need to replace with Thisara perera. SA scored 43 runs in last three overs. Did not use Kula,s overs completely. Drop catches cost heavily.

  • Udendra on July 6, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Lankans have been playing so much abroad that they have to now acclimatise to home conditions!

  • on July 6, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    We should not be too harsh on Angelo Mathews. He is still learning the ropes as a captain. Among the new generation SL cricketers, he is potentially the best to captain the side for some time to come.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on July 6, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Ashan Priyjan is absolutely sloger who played tail-endrs shots. Today he proved that. He might be suitable to T20 but not ODI. Plus he swallows the Chances to Thisara and Chandimal.

  • on July 6, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    @Greatest_Game- Not Mahela, It was Sangakkara who held the innings together, Mahela was out way before D/L came into play.. Mahela is just a passenger in the team nowadays..He should gracefully retire..

  • Greatest_Game on July 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    @ Norma Read writes "Kallis - out for a duck!! Has noone noticed that the Kolkata Knight Riders only started to win their matches in the IPL when they dropped him."

    WRONG! KKR won their opening match and Kallis was the highest scorer! He dominated the match. That makes your comment seem inn informed. If you are going to make such assertions, it is advisable to consult the recored. Also note that Gambhir was the KING of ducks for KKR!

  • Greatest_Game on July 6, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner was gracious in his comments, writing " Credits must go to South Africa. They batted so well and won the game. Amla n AB were pure class. Bowling wasn't that great. But, hey..they won. So congratz !!!"

    In the same vein, Mahela again showed that class IS permanent. He is truly Sri Lanka's backbone, & played beautifully until D/L threatened the outcome, & alone had to force the run rate or face defeat. Without that pressure I'm sure another ton would have been added to his list

    I don't think SA will get the same fielding reprieves in the next match! Something tells me fielding practice awaits the SL team. If anything, this result should spice up the rest of the games.

  • DnJsh on July 6, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    I'm all for giving chances, but I think Thirimanne is done here and needs to be given some downtime. It would be great if Sanga and Mahela would push themselves down the order and let the newcomers take their positions, but since we're pretty dependent on Sanga these days you can't blame him for staying put. Mahela, on the other hand, is nearing at least a temporary expiry. I'd give him the rest of this ODI series...

  • on July 6, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    I always think this dude overrated, but how he battled today, forced me to rethink!!

  • DnJsh on July 6, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    great work by SA and proof that they aren't going to sit and wait for us to steamroll them, unlike what some people proclaimed earlier on. This should be a very entertaining series.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on July 6, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    It's shame SL lost this match playing with 3 Seniors who has played more than 280 matches Mahela(417),Sanga(374) and Dilshan(282) with 75 runs Margin. So no excuses for this Defeat. If we played with 1 or neither senior this defeat is acceptable. And at least that might give some thing to future.

  • ultracoach on July 6, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    Looking @ the Lanka batting card found a surprising pattern; If Sanga opens with Kusal, Sri Lanka's tail begins at the fall of the first wicket!!!. Though Dilly scored 40, his form is not up-to the mark unfortunately.

  • on July 6, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    well done proteas proud of u now thrash the overconfident lankans and take the revenge of last year series loss.

  • on July 6, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Sorry to say, but as usual turning point against the SL was the Bad shot played by Thirimanne when only singles were asked of him. He just could not deliver even that (15/26) while Sangakkara was asking him to do so and delivering great guns from the other end. This was just after he got a life after trying a rash shot. Poor cricket from him, he only can build long innings but cant adjust to pressure situations. So why not let him play Test Cricket for few years till he is matured? And gain his confidence? There are enough others who could be given a chance.

    There were lost catches by both sides, Lanka lost not because of lfielding or Run rate pressure, but just due to not building partnerships and playing loose cricket. They had left almost 10 overs to make balance 75 Runs, quite possible if the middle order didnt collapse. SA bowling wasnt scary either....

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    @Lion_96- Remember the world cup finals of 2011? The faces of SL players after the match? We will perform better than SL in England as India is a much better and professional team than SL.. You worry abt getting whitewashed at home..Nothing's more disgraceful than losing at home watching spectators leave even before the match has ended.. Atleast we don't make our home spectators feel dejected at home unlike SL.. SA winning this series as SL looked out of sorts..SA will bring you crashing down to earth..

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Mahela is the only WEAK LINK in the team now..

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Well Done SA! Keep it up.

  • Bobby_Fox on July 6, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    THirmanne should be dropped .....he is just waste in the team...have chandi or vithanage....

  • Blade-Runner on July 6, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Thank you Lahiru Thirimanne ! You are an inspirational deputy with an excellent cricketing BRAIN. OMG, what was he thinking ? I'm not trying to be like a sore loser here. But, come onnnn... All he had to do was not to give your wicket. Sanga was trying to keep up with the D/L ad SL were just 3 runs behind. Thirimanne seriously needs a break to sort the things out.

    Anyway, Credits must go to South Africa. They batted so well and won the game. Amla n AB were pure class. Bowling wasn't that great. But, hey..they won. So congratz !!!

    And of course, so much love for our lone warrior Sanga !!!

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    We cannot understand why Tisera Perera was dropped. He might have made a big difference in oir batting line.up as the slow Kettera pitch ideally suits his style of batting. Sri Lanla should adopt a stratrgy of combating Amla.

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    you can't win just on the basis of the luck..one need the young talent to win .but srilanka young talent is really too low class..they should need to focus on their youngsters..if they don't then I suspect that future will be astonishing and fatal for srilankan cricket..without sangakara srilanka will be in trouble even against low grade teams..good luck to both of the teams ..may the best one win

  • sl_supporter on July 6, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    This match is lost because of poor team selection, how can you leave ntlc Perera out of the team? He provides much needed fire power down the order.Also with the impending World Cup in Australia, we need him in the team. Leaving him out will harm his confidence. When Chandimal wasn't playing well they kept him playing, now that he started playing well and they left him out of the squad! SL team has major problems, think about it and take Sanga out of the equation and it is pretty empty!

  • Greatest_Game on July 6, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Those confident predictions that SA would "struggle to adjust to conditions," that SA are clueless against spin," that SA can't bowl spin," & that SA were facing a definite whitewash were … ummm ... completely wrong!

    SL's batting started on fire, but after the first drinks break the fire was put out by Morkel, & the match turned when a great player of spin, (I truly mean that) Mahela Jayawardene, was dismissed …. by a Saffa spinner. It was all up to Kumar as the rest of SL's batting proved toothless against SA's seam & spin. Tahir was predictably attacked, but came back take 3 as SA handed SL a thorough thrashing!

    Only Perera, Dilshan & Sangakkara performed against the SA bowling that we were told would be hammered on SL's sub continent tracks. SA took 10 wickets, & SL took 5. SA's was not the hammered attack!

    However, this was an enthralling match, & SL showed that they are still dangerous. More great cricket awaits us, as nothing is as dangerous as a wounded lion in it's den!

  • ramz30380 on July 6, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    When Hasim Amla says it was a batting wicket - I wud go by tht as he is an honest man who is held with great respect in the cricket world. On tht note, this states tht the SL batsmen were just being complacent.

    They took SA easy - they will do good if they remind themselves tht this is no means a weak side like tht of Eng & they have to up their ante if they need to stay competitive in this series or else even before they know it SA will have them all over the place.

    Happy for SA though, they have always been a great side! Cud this set the tone for their 1st ODI series win on SL soil?! Lets wait and watch. Well played Amla, De Villiers & Mc Laren wht an over!

  • Lion_96 on July 6, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    @Arun Bose, how about you worry about the out-form English team. Try to win every series England like we did in the early part of the summer, lol! Sri Lanka didnt get whitewashed twice in 2011 like India did. And I know 2014 World T20 must still hurt. South Africa played better cricket than us and they deserve it. End of story.

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Non performing Mahela Jayawardane should be DROPPED from the team and young Chandimal shoul be given a chance to perform.

  • Indians-love-flattracks on July 6, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I've being shouting our for a while, that Priyanjan is one of the least technical player to make it into the SL 1st team. He had some fluke innings, but overall he's shown he's not upto it at the top level. His foot movement is almost non existent, Chaturanga is a better prospect than this guy.

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    @Andrew Warren- It was an easy wicket to bat on it just that pitches don't make runs, quality batsmen do.. SA has a very good batting lineup and a great bowling attack too while SL just have Sanga, Mahela and Malinga.. SL possess a fragile batting lineup except Sanga.. And bowling is ineffective too.. SA deserved to win as they are a very professional side..They are not complacent unlike the home team.. Amla and Abraham Benjamin de villiers both batted really well.. Congratulations.. Now win the series by 3-0 and whitewash SL at home..This would bring SL down to earth and face the harsh reality abt their batting lineup..

  • Naked_Cricket on July 6, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Normally around 5.30 PM Day matches over here in Sri Lanka . Today @ 5.30p SA had to ball 10+ overs. Lights are not using in theses day matches . I believe SL didn't aware that and wonder match referee doing in this issue.

  • ChandimaEranda on July 6, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Mahela is not performing at all. Even in England tour he hardly scored. It's better to drop him and give a chance to a youngster. But i don't think SL Selection Committee is having a back born to do that. And no point of having Thrimanna at No. 6. If he is playing he should be in No. 3 or No. 4. But I don't think he is suitable for ODI cricket.

  • mig27 on July 6, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    There was a time India depands on one man Sachin to win all the matches.Sl is in similar condition depanding on sangakkara. I think with out him Sl struggles a lot. Considering the pitch flat pitches are prepared all over the world now a days . It is nothing to complain abt that. The team handles pressure wins . Today SA handled well and they won. Better luck for both teams for the next game

  • bablankalhan55_youtube on July 6, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    Being an Indian and Sri Lanka fan it was great to watch crowd in full numbers supporting Lanka in ODI's...great atmosphere..Thisara should have been played today ahead of Thirimanne..Sri Lankan jersey was vintage too...Hope we play same way against England like Lankans did recently..Best of luck for remaining two matches

  • ramz30380 on July 6, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Hasim Amla & AB de Villiers - amazed! but SL losing 5 wkts for 13 runs wasnt expected after their domination in Eng. There are two ways of looking at it - the strength of the competitiion may not have been good in Eng (not taking anything away from SL) or the complacency of the SL batsmen against probably the best bowling line up in world cricket.... if it is the former there is real worry, if its the latter, I am sure they wud do some soul searching and come back strongly the next game! Happy for SA anyways! Congrats and ATB!

  • Lalindra2012 on July 6, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    I believe with all my heart that being a Sri Lankan fan is all about being there for a team when it wins and loses, Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn't played a sport or simply doesn't understand all that it takes; For every team brings the possibility of a loss to the table when it settles down to win...

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    The dropped catches sealed Sri Lanka's fate. But the loss is OK as SL were due for one and good if it works as a good kick in the backside for them.

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    From a SL fan--- SA played better cricket today. they deserve win.Played well bowled well.when talking about SL they dropped many catches, poor bowling, mahela, Ashan, thirimanne the whole middle order failed.Sanga showed his clz again.I think SL played many matches in completely different tracks in past month and struggled today in these tracks to adapt, but failed. Hope they will gain their winning formula again cuz after watching many series of SL if they lost the 1st match next 2 matches will win by SL.and we should drop Ashan and bring back thisara.Hope LIONZ would bring our pride again.

  • John_Geo on July 6, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    This is the price SL pay for overconfidence and underestimating the opposition (role reversal of the Eng-SL series). It is a short series so margin for error is very small. SL has no-one but themselves to blame. This SA team is good - SL get your act together soon or SA will thrash you 3-0.

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    What happened to this being such a great and easy wicket to bat on? So much for that. Give SA their dues. That was a great batting performance. Well done SA, wins in SL don't come easy.

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Well done SA! You deserved to win this match as you outplayed SL in all the three departments.. A professional performance from a very professional team.. Win the remaining two matches and win this series with style.. SL buck up quickly or SA will bury you in no time, It isn't out of form English team..This is SA.. And that too with full strength..

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Srilanka losing this match as all their legends are out, Losing at home is so much disgraceful as winning abroad is so much joyful.. SA are making SL to face reality abt their fragile batting lineup... Once Sanga and Mahela retires then it will be very hard for SL to even compete at international level let alone winning a match.. They didn't groom their young players properly and even when they did they didn't gave them a proper run at international level, Look what happened to Chandimal..The so called next sanga thirimanne is horribly out of form, They should had Chandimal in instead of next Sanga.. And as I am typing this the ninth wicket falls for SL and spectators leaving the stadium..

  • 2nd_Slip on July 6, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    AB de Villiers and Amla prove once again that they are the best batsmen in world cricket the moment with Sangakara following closely behind them. Terrific batsmen these 3 are!!

  • on July 6, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    SA is a strong team. I still think Tahir gets wickets as batsmen cannot believe he is SAS leading spinner ;)

  • on July 6, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Thirimanna has 152 from 11 international innings, guess he has a lot to prove... In my opinion he should have been included in the A tour to England. It was a poor selection to include him the squad, and even a poor decision to make him the vice captain.

  • neilwani on July 6, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    In ODI's Mahela is averaging below 21 during the past 12 months and that too at a very low strike rate of 68. Just 2 fifties. May be a bit of a rest before the World Cup should be considered.

    This match was lost on selection of out of form Kulasekara and Thirimanna (who actually threw the match away with a unimaginable shot when SL were in control).

    All of the top batsman threw their wickets away.

    It was also quite evident that SL need to have better field placings also.

    May be time for Tharanga, Kithruwan, Lakma (who is the best fast bowler in SL) and Prasanna.

  • ceylon on July 6, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Who ever accusing who else on flat wickets, the stats say India has the heighest % of 300 and more scores in ODIs hosted in any country. Post 2010 , India has hosted 65 matches resulting 30 innings of more than 300. @sidh78, have seen you copy & paste the same BS almost everywhere. You have chance of taking up the test cricket stats and see whether you can make a case there.

    ODI Innings of >300scores Overall 3500 Matches/463 Innings=13.22% (2010 and after 564 Mts/114 Inns=20.21%) India 396/91=24.66% (65/30=46.15%) Sri Lanka 267/27=10.11% (60/11=18.33%) Australia 559/47= 8.4% (50/13=26%) SA 303/55=18.15% (30/12=40%) Pakistan 206/36=17.48% (0/0) England 366/41=11.2% (61/8= 13.11%) UAE 253/16=6.32% (39/4=10.26%) WI 273/37=13.55% (51/9=17.65%) NZ 265/36=13.58% (37/9=24.32%) BAN 179/23=12.85% (67/9=13.43%) ZIM 163/22=13.5% (32/2=6.25%) Kenya 90/14=15.55% (7/0=0%) Rest of the world 180/18=10% (65/7=10.77%)

  • Worldcricketlover on July 6, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    SL is very lucky to have Sanga and Mahela to help mathews on the field . Without this two greats SL would not have won in England. Just imagine sanga , mahela , Atapattu, Jayasuriya and Vaas what an combination. Unfortunately MSD wanted seniors to retire so that he can stamp his authority. We all know Gambhir is there But MSD will never discuss his strange tactics with any one. Even Kohli too is merely spectator. He too has admitted in recent interview. Hope Dravid will be allowed by MSD to suggest.

  • looloogun on July 6, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    sa can add marchat de langne instead of mclaren for wc australia as philander is a handy batsman they can use mclaren at no 3 if kallis get injured or need to be rested. but still if they find a better one day spinner they have better chance of winning this wc.someone smart like botha or even better .

  • on July 6, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    why srilanka team drop upul tharanga,he is in good foam

  • sidh78 on July 6, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @arun boss u r absulatily right .Sl pitches are flatest in the world.thats why above 900 runs in a inning scored in SL.wow!! also even bangaladesh batsmans score near 600 runs in a inning in SL.this shows the quality of pitches in SL.thats why most test matches in sl ended in draw.but indian pitches are spining and turning but initialy good for batting & fast seam bowling.thats why in last 30 test matches played in india, 27 matches gave result.

  • Nuwas on July 6, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @ people like Arun Bose: don't ya think its too early for ya to jump on your feet ? lol And btw this is the only pitch SA gonna get favoring Batters unlike in some country :D You gotta give a better batting pitch for a series start, its common sense & the well known practice used by many countries. Chill people... chase is always on in Premadasa :D

  • A1499 on July 6, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    why dilsahn and priyangan @ the death?

  • A1499 on July 6, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    good fight back from sri lnaka.sri lanka will however need to play well to chase this total with the likes of steyn,morkel,tahir

  • on July 6, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    if that two catches held south africa could have restrict under 200

  • on July 6, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    What a dead flat wicket is this?! There's no zip, no help for any bowlers and they call Indian pitches flat.. It's a highway in Premadasa.. Atleast our pitches offer turn and bounce for spinners...

  • on July 6, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    SL as usual, dont play hard in earlier matches, when the tail is burning they start their game. I hope they play like champions in every game. SA is a more professional team. Thiri has another chance to prove him today. SL Should have policy of not retaining a Player failing continueously for 3/4 games. Making a 50 then and there, not a talent. He looks a Test Only player may be suitable for ODI/T20 When matured after 3/4 years. But even in Tests he failed recently.

    He is not a Allrounder just a Batsmen not even a Keeper like Chandimal and getting so many chances like no other !!

  • kbza86 on July 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Why oh why do you people forget that AB is the best player in the world!!!!!!! another amazing knock of 75(70)...PROTEA POWER!

  • on July 6, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    poor fielding cost a lot

  • on July 6, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    AB your such an amazing batsmen! During Johnston's 2 Test series where he Humilated both the English and SA batsmen you were the only batsmen to take him on and actually play him with ease.

  • on July 6, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Kallis - out for a duck!! Has noone noticed that the Kolkata Knight Riders only started to win their matches in the IPL when they dropped him. Retire gracefully Jacques.i

  • vkumar_086. on July 6, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Right now I am at the R Premadasa Stadium watching the game and commenting here. Weather is fine with patches of clouds hovering but seems less likely to precipitate.

    Looks like a good batting pitch with something for the spinners. A total of 250 to 270 would be good. Kusal Perera is the key to the Lankan batting chase.

  • on July 6, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    SL bowling looking so mediocre, Pacers are clueless and spinners ineffective, Amla and de Kock playing them so well.. Go SA Go.. Win the series this time..

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  • on July 6, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    SL bowling looking so mediocre, Pacers are clueless and spinners ineffective, Amla and de Kock playing them so well.. Go SA Go.. Win the series this time..

  • vkumar_086. on July 6, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Right now I am at the R Premadasa Stadium watching the game and commenting here. Weather is fine with patches of clouds hovering but seems less likely to precipitate.

    Looks like a good batting pitch with something for the spinners. A total of 250 to 270 would be good. Kusal Perera is the key to the Lankan batting chase.

  • on July 6, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Kallis - out for a duck!! Has noone noticed that the Kolkata Knight Riders only started to win their matches in the IPL when they dropped him. Retire gracefully Jacques.i

  • on July 6, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    AB your such an amazing batsmen! During Johnston's 2 Test series where he Humilated both the English and SA batsmen you were the only batsmen to take him on and actually play him with ease.

  • on July 6, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    poor fielding cost a lot

  • kbza86 on July 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    Why oh why do you people forget that AB is the best player in the world!!!!!!! another amazing knock of 75(70)...PROTEA POWER!

  • on July 6, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    SL as usual, dont play hard in earlier matches, when the tail is burning they start their game. I hope they play like champions in every game. SA is a more professional team. Thiri has another chance to prove him today. SL Should have policy of not retaining a Player failing continueously for 3/4 games. Making a 50 then and there, not a talent. He looks a Test Only player may be suitable for ODI/T20 When matured after 3/4 years. But even in Tests he failed recently.

    He is not a Allrounder just a Batsmen not even a Keeper like Chandimal and getting so many chances like no other !!

  • on July 6, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    What a dead flat wicket is this?! There's no zip, no help for any bowlers and they call Indian pitches flat.. It's a highway in Premadasa.. Atleast our pitches offer turn and bounce for spinners...

  • on July 6, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    if that two catches held south africa could have restrict under 200

  • A1499 on July 6, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    good fight back from sri lnaka.sri lanka will however need to play well to chase this total with the likes of steyn,morkel,tahir