Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Hambantota

De Kock, De Villiers fashion historic win

The Report by Firdose Moonda

July 12, 2014

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South Africa 339 for 5 (De Kock 128, De Villiers 108, Herath 2-48) beat Sri Lanka 257 (Mathews 58, McLaren 3-37) by 82 runs
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Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla added 118 for the first wicket, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Hambantota, July 12, 2014
Quinton de Kock had plenty of sources to learn how to pace his innings © AFP
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Grinding hundreds like Hashim Amla's in the first ODI and glorious ones like AB de Villiers' in Hambantota. Quickfire starts like Tillakaratne Dilshan's fifty off 40 balls in Pallekele and Sri Lanka's 99 off the first ten overs in the finale. Dramatic collapses - Sri Lanka recorded 5 for 13 in Colombo and 5 for 11 in the second ODI, South Africa contributed 5 for 26 in the same game - this series seemed to have it all. Except a run-out. So it was only fitting that when one came, it proved decisive in a contest which saw South Africa make history by winning a first-ever fifty-over rubber in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka had polished off almost a third of the target in the powerplay with Kusal Perera pouncing on anything too full, too short or too much on his pads. When he fell on his sword, Dilshan and a belligerent Kumar Sangakkara took over and continued to knock South Africa's plans out of shape. With the wind causing havoc and the runs coming easily, Sri Lanka didn't need to do anything too risky. But then South Africa introduced the man they hoped would be their trump card, Imran Tahir.

Dilshan hit his first legitimate ball to de Villiers at short midwicket and unthinkingly charged to the other side of the pitch. Sangakkara initially moved forward but then turned back. What could have been a tightly scampered single became a two-horse race to the non-strikers' end. De Villiers didn't need to pull off anything acrobatic, de Kock could afford to fumble and yet Dilshan lost his battle. His fury with Sangakkara would only have got worse over the minutes that followed.

At the end of the next over, Sangakkara was snaffled down the leg side in almost a carbon copy of the way he was dismissed by Morne Morkel on Wednesday. The past continued to hound Sri Lanka when Mahela Jayawardene fell to Tahir for the third time in the series, this time off a top-edged sweep.

Sri Lanka lost three wickets for six runs in the space of 14 balls and with it the chance to pull off the highest chase in the country.

The hosts' middle-order managed to keep the fight alive until the 45th over. Ashan Priyanjan withstood South Africa's seamers peppering him with short balls and put on 83 for the sixth-wicket with Angelo Mathews. The Sri Lankan captain's form continued but when he was dismissed - caught by Morkel at short fine leg to make Ryan McLaren the series' highest wicket-taker - Sri Lanka folded. McLaren was South Africa's most successful bowler but Tahir's control and crucial wicket was what turned a match South Africa would have thought they had by the scruff of the neck at the innings break.

Twin tons from Quinton de Kock and de Villiers took South Africa to their largest score against Sri Lanka. They smothered a spin threat that had grown with the inclusion of Rangana Herath. Although Herath was Sri Lanka's best bowler he had little back-up from anyone else, particularly Lasith Malinga who was off colour for the second time in the series.

De Kock displayed immense progress from South Africa's tour to Sri Lanka last year when he was strangled by the turning ball. His century was his fourth in six innings, fifth overall in an ODI career which is only18 months old and the highest by a South African in an ODI against Sri Lanka. It also maintained his 100% conversion rate of half-centuries into three figures. His only lapse was a mis-hit into the covers, when on 38, and Priyanjan dived to his left but could not hold on.

With Hashim Amla at his side for the opening exchanges and de Villiers to guide him at the end, de Kock also learned how to pace his innings. He featured in a solid opening stand of 118 and resolutely survived the Sri Lankan stranglehold. Mathews' men did not concede a boundary between the 21st and 31st overs, a period in which de Villiers made sure de Kock stayed focused as their union blossomed to 116.

On a flat pitch, De Villiers reprised his usual rapid pace and heralded the late-overs assault with a slog-sweep off Mendis. Malinga's wayward lines were dealt with as de Villiers took complete control of the innings when de Kock was dismissed. Duminy was a silent partner and the pair put on 80 runs in eight overs. Even though Mendis dismissed them both in successive balls, South Africa had scored 187 runs in the last 20 overs of their innings; 95 of which came in the last ten, and put themselves in a position of advantage early on.

Their sole concern will be the struggles of Jacques Kallis. He scored just four to take his series tally to five and keep the questions about his place in the XI swirling.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (July 14, 2014, 13:57 GMT)

I'm sorry to say, but this sri lanka team will not make it in Australia. With a tail starting after sangakarra they then must hope dilshan and sangakarra must score all the runs. Losing the last 5 batters for the amount of runs in this series shows how heavily sri lanka is counting on sangakarra & dilshan to deliver. If they fail then it is curtains for them.

Maybe SA don't make it but i'll put sa ahead of sri lanka any day. More balanced team and spin in Australia are not as dominant as in the sub continent. Sri lanka's seam attack is toothless. they are going to chase 300 most of the time.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (July 14, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

Well done proteas. SL is the place, where we havent won a series. Specially with the type of form they are in, we are quite happy to win a series in their home ground. Once again AB proves us on why he is the best finisher in the world. De kock is an exciting young talent. We are slowly building a nice team for next years world cup. Regarding Kallis(Real god of cricket) we need to be patient with him. He hasn't played many ODIs since Jan 2012. So let him play more ODIs he will surely deliver.

Posted by karthikrby on (July 14, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

One series lost does not mean SL has gone down. Still the current SL, a better side than most of the sides including india. But SL can't be a good side after WC, as I am not seeing any young SL player proven to be a match winner. Mean while India, NZ sides have match winners as young and inexperienced who will be a dominant force for the next decade. 2015 WC would be between SL and Aus. SA fans known their players would win all the bilateral series and choke in all important knock out games. So no point SA fans can sit and smile based on this performance.

Posted by VickyRight123 on (July 14, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

SL board should learn lesson from Indian Board how to groom young cricket player and replace them phase wise for future.Unfotunately SL won Test series and ODI series because of Flat track.In swinging condition SL batsmen always struggle to stand.SL team scored hefty run in Bangladesh and adjusted their batting average.This shows how SL players are Flat Track bullies.Congratulation SA team for won ODI series and also wish to cleansweep in Test series in Future.Best wishes from India.

Posted by anver777 on (July 14, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

3 consecutive failures for Kallis puts his position in jeopardy for WC 2015....... a big decision for SA selectors before the WC 2015 !!!!

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (July 14, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

@ Sinhaya The Final in 1996 which Sl won was affected by dew as well...Warne, Mcgrath & the even the great Imran Khan said the same thing about the dew...Aus would've won the final if not for due.....So, iff's & butt's are not going to win the match!!! According to most of the pundits, players, media that all the 3 he test pitches prepared so far are pretty FLAT this summer!!! So, don't tell me that Sl won Test series on GREEN tops as it was quite evident from the pitches that were pretty much like SC!!!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 14, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

@Sinhaya...i got bored hearing the excuses..rain spoiled the chances, there was dew factor, high wind made the lose of good batsmen, we lost the toss so match, there was sun, bad light, no air etc....the same type of excuse i heard when England won in T20 WC by chasing huge total....not having time to speak all these (typing from office)...plz publish

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 14, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

@Sinhaya...there are few more examples...INDIA is the BEST chasing side in ODI...only team to chase more than 350 runs thrice (twice against Australia within a span of one week)...people may argue that it was flattest track...but any person having cricketing knowledge knows that chasing 350 on flattest track require some batting skills...we also chased down 330 runs against one of the good bowling sides (Pak) in Asia cup 2012...outside subcontinent also we have chased down a total of 320 runs within 35 overs against SL (better bowling unit)...malinga, the BEST bowler of SL conceded 96 runs in just 7.2 overs in fast friendly pitch...we did all these chases within 2 years (for this reason, any team thinks twice to bat first against India)...whereas SL's highest chase is against Zimbabwe....in tests also India's highest chase is 387, way ahead than SL...

Posted by anver777 on (July 14, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

Congrats !!! centuries from both DE's does the job for SA in the decider !!!!

Posted by   on (July 14, 2014, 4:35 GMT)

The question that come to my mind, is will the Sri Lanka selectors think wisely or continue in their reactive thinking? Many people in these columns said to include Thisara and Chandimal instead of Priyanjan and Lahiru. Neither Priyanjan who of course is new and seasoned Lahiru contributed. In fact Lahiru who pocketed a pair including a golden duck in Leeds continues to play while Dinesh who did very well both with bat and ball in Leeds and the ODI match with SA prior to the series continues to languish in dressing room. Lanka lost not because we have no capability but due to the faulty selections by selectors who should take the total blame for this situation. Do hope that saner council will prevail and the right team is selected for test with Dinesh in and Lahiru out. Lahiru needs to get his mindset sorted out before international playing.

Posted by Rock_cricket on (July 14, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

Well played SA, good slap , All the best

Posted by   on (July 14, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

High riding Sri Lankan's brought down to earth by a superior South African team playing good allround cricket. Except for a few individual performances SL lacked the depth in their batting & bowling added to some poor fielding. Once again SL lost the last 5 wickets for a mere 23 runs despite the fact that collectively Malinga,Herath,Mendis & Senanayake have over 300 ODI match experience but did not contribute at all during the series as they showed that they lacked the will to fight it out and gave up tamely. They should take a cue from Kumar,Shami & Anderson who fought it out bravely for India & England respectively in the recent test. Well played South Africa and hope Sri Lanka will come out with a better strategy to get ahead of the South Africans in the test series.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2014, 2:30 GMT)

Good lesson for SL. This was due to poor captaincy and poor selection. Very good players like of Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Chandimal and Chathuranga De Silva was out. But failure like of Mahela, Thrimanne and Kulasekara are in the team. Funny selectors. Chndimal got a positive 50 at Moratuwa. Thirimanne out for a duck at Moratuwa. Mathews captaincy too questionable.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 14, 2014, 1:30 GMT)

@vkias, world cup 2011 finals chase was the easiest thanks to the dew. Start of the 2nd session was delayed to make use of the dew which was why Malinga was ineffective. Anyone would have easily chased 350 even in the dew that day.

Sri Lanka has won ample number of matches without seniors. Start from the UAE tour last year to Bangladesh and England, definitely Kusal Perera, Kaushal Silva, Eranga, Mathews, Thirimanne have helped us win. Mathews was the player of the series in UAE and England tests. Thirimanne was Asia Cup player of the series - best player of the tournament. Kaushal Silva has ample number of test fifties. I am not wasting time with you if you cant appreciate good cricket.

Bhuvi's half centuries on an expressway? Oh Eranga, Herath, Pradeep too would have scored centuries if we were gifted an expressway in England but we had to bat on tough bowler friendly conditions. Boasting about an Indian draw on an expressway as after all Indians are famous flat track bullies.

Posted by Marcel_Ci on (July 13, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

watever but kallis doesn't stand anywhere near to sangakara... he is simply the best player of last 2 decades.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 13, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

@Sinhaya...im reposting one wonderful comment of CT 2013 for eye opener...

Posted by LankaGod on (June 20, 2013, 16:20 GMT) - Featured comment It is impressive really how the Indian team has been able to replace the likes of Tendulkar, Sewag, Gambhir and Yuvraj in a short time. What worries me is that I do not see the same bench strength once Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan go. We rely too much on Malinga to fire and bowl us to improbable victories, but we know fast bowlers have shortish careers. India has been the form team in this tournament and the lions have been outplayed

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 13, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

@Sinhaya...plz read my comment again before you type…im not telling SL is not winning…and Indian bowlers are best in the world (its own assumption)… undoubtedly we are the BEST chasers in ODI…world cup 2011 final is sheer example…where we chased difficult target in very planned way against one of the good bowling attacks (malinga, Kula were clueless against Dhoni & Gambhir)….CT 2013 semi final is another example, again we chased the target very easily…my point is SL NEVER win matches without seniors…our batsmen are performing nicely in England…today Binny also scored half century in his first match of first foreign tour, Bhuvi also scored half centuries in both innings (both are distant dream for SL batsmen)…SL NEVER win SINGLE TEST in India…will be a unique record forever

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 13, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

@vkias, yes keep dreaming. Wait and see what will happen in the tests. I know you suffered depression and anxiety after we won in England in all formats and also following our wins in Asia Cup and T20 world cup. We are the champions of Asia meaning we are the best in Asia. Asia Cup is not for decoration as we won the trophy which proved we are the best in Asia.

Any team will lose a series and for the first time this year we lost a series. Talking as if we have lost all series the whole of this year when this year is one of our most unforgettable years.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (July 13, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

Goodness me, de Kock now has an ODI average of 47 with a similar First Class average. Hope he gets picked in the Test Team.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (July 13, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

3 matches series always produce surprising results like we won our first series against South Africa.

Posted by SILVERSANGA on (July 13, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Obviously this year still has been one of the best for SL cricket. One short ODI series loss won't take it away! Even the best team can't win every match/ series.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 13, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

@vkias, yes Indians are great chasers too and that was why they eeeeeeasily chased 299 in the Sharjah expressway in 2000 when Jayasuriya score 189.

Sri Lanka have an equal test match win percentage outside Asia even after starting test cricket 49 years after India. Just overrated India as by the fans.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 13, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

@vkias, yes India wins always and never loses as they win 100% non stop. Indian bowling is the best in the world as always and all they need is just 5 overs to get any opposition out and all bowlers have an average below 5!

Posted by Chaz_SL on (July 13, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

I consider this as one of the most unfortunate situations in SL cricketing history. Leaving out Thisara Perera is a crime. Watching Sri Lanka cricket for last 30 years, this omission made me such disappointed to make me hope for SL to lose a match, for the first time. He is THE most suitable player to be in the limited over squad. He is a real match winner and a specialist one-day player. That's why IPL hires him at the top of the auction. Thiri, MJ, Priyanjan , are all just ordinary batsmen. But Thisara is a player,player you can find once in a lifetime, similar to Jayasuriya or Kholi for Indians.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

@Shazy777 Sachin scored 1st 100 after 70+ inns &

Sachin scored 9 100s in 22 inns in 1998

Posted by Shazy777 on (July 13, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

De Kock has already scored 5 Centuries in only 19 ODI's, by FAR the FASTEST EVER in World ODI Cricket. The next Fastest 5 are :

AB de Villiers 5 Centuries in 25 innings D Jones 5 Centuries in 29 innings B Lara 5 Centuries in 32 Innings S Tendulkar 5 Centuries in 36 innings V Kohli 5 Centuries in 43 innings

Posted by cric1965 on (July 13, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Mathew should not think his captaincy is permanent. If you loose another domestic series selectors will sack him. You cannot give excuses at that time. So you have a responsibility to choose good team dropping under performing players like Mahela , Thirimanna and Kula. If you have no guts to do that you will learn in bad way.

Posted by Realistic_cri_fan on (July 13, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

I thought SA will win the series by 3-0 but surprisingly Srilanka won the second match.Good bowling by Mcleran and Tahir.It seems Kallis doesn't fit this team.Duplesis would do wonders if he was selected.But the experience that Kallis brought into the team is invaluable.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 13, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

@Sinhaya...SL still depends on senior players to win matches for them, whereas India is not having any senior players except Dhoni...India already moved away from seniors very long ago...no SL young players contributed in those BD wins, Eng wins (both are last over finishes), Pak wins, Asia cup wins, T20 WC wins....every time when SL looked trouble, senior players step in...combined number of tests played by all Indian players except dhoni is not equal to the tests played by sanga alone, but still Indian batsmen performing well in England(10th & 11th players scored half centuries each, which not achieved by specialist young SL batsmen)...SL NEVER win matches without seniors...universal truth..plz publish

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (July 13, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

there is no need to blame to jayawardane..he is always classy..even from his beginning of career ..he is always afraid to face genuine fast bowler...and he has not changed bit ...fact is that he is the worst player against fast bowler...

Posted by   on (July 13, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

good things to come out of this series - 1) the win. sri lanka a re a tough nut to crack. 2) the batting in two odis out of three. 3) imran tahir's bowling. bring on the test matches and his chance to prove himself the best sa spinner since hugh tayfield. bad things to come out of the series - goodbye, jacques kallis. even you can't come back.

Posted by lonewarriorram on (July 13, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

SL will loose more if they carry pedestrians like Mahela & Thirimanne. What a poor performance from Mahela still hanging in ODI team on past performances. Mathews is captain and allowed to make his own tactics to build team for future. Counting Mahela's tactics for his presence is just injustice to in form domestic batsmen.

Posted by anoop3301 on (July 13, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

@Sinhaya: You people just had 6 good months under the sun and it won't last for ever mate. The signs are already there. Your star players are already in the twlight of their career and will all be gone in a year or so. Unfortunately for SL, the younger players haven't shown the ability to replace them adequately. SL fans keep bragging about your recent victory in Eng but conveniently forget that Ind won test series in Eng in 2007. World Cup 2015 will be the waterloo for the likes of Sanga,Mahela,Dilshan and Herath.These players constitute more than half of all SL performances and you can guess what will happen once they are no longer there.

Posted by nickexplore on (July 13, 2014, 3:23 GMT)

Super ODI series win by SA, underpinned by superb batting from Amla, ABdV and de Kock, and excellent bowling by McLaren and Tahir. For SL, the inability to take early wickets cost them dear, and the need to find another wicket-taking spearhead to partner Malinga for the World Cup, a pressing concern for selectors. As exciting and fast-scoring as Kusal Perera is, the SL batting is too reliant on the feats of Sangakkara, Dilshan and Mathews. And, now that Senanayake's ODI future looks problematic, another spinning all-rounder needs to be found. Chatharanga de Silva with SL A - who played every match in SLs Asia Cup win and bowled economically - looks the likely replacement.

Posted by Sexysteven on (July 13, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

Good win to proteas they have a lot of good talented players that winning away from home shouldn't be a problem for them all they need to do now is win in world cups as for Sri Lanka they do need to think about sanga and Mahela I do think one of them need to be eased out so they don't both go together that wouldn't be good for Sri Lankan cricket cos that's a lot of experience they are going to lose at some point but one them needs to go and the other needs to stay to help Mathews with bringing the next crop through for the next year or two and share his experiences with before he goes to

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 13, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

@vkias, I know you are having a field day today as your dream of the year of seeing Sri Lanka lose has come true for the first time this year as this is our first ever series loss for the year after drawing tests with Pakistan which you predicted a whitewash, we won all in Bangladesh which you predicted a Bangladesh thrashing for us, we won Asia Cup eliminating India handsomely, we won the T20 world cup, we won all series in England shredding your dream of the year into pieces. So enjoy this rare moment. We have won 17 out of 21 ODIs this year against your wish so we are having a great year. Your taking big as I can see your joy. I am not sad at all as I know my dream of seeing India prevented from winning in Trent Bridge has come true as England made my day so I cant expect everything to go in my favor. As we did in UAE, we drew the tests after losing ODIs, so we will fightback and I will also get my fair share of joy.

Enjoy this short moment as justice will prevail in my favor soon

Posted by Jeewaka9999 on (July 13, 2014, 2:27 GMT)

We hv 17 more ODI before next WC. So we still hv enough time to find alternatives for useless Mahela and ball consuming Thirimanne. Please Mahela concentrate on ur batting bcoz u r out of form.. Otherwise retire as a Gentleman. Please Mahela U should try to regain form first before trying to correct the administration.Otherwise it is a big joke and waste of talent for other player.

Posted by Lion83 on (July 13, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

SL need to select proper team if they are to win against top teams. Please drop MJ and thiri and bring Tharanga, Kausal silva or chandimal to midddle order

Posted by   on (July 13, 2014, 1:35 GMT)

Nothing to comment Sanga is responsible for Dilshans runout and Thisara Perera ( not Me) should included to the11. Thats all.. other than that Sl surely win the game.

Posted by sl_supporter on (July 13, 2014, 1:35 GMT)

No matter what people say about Mahela, I have never seen him playing good cricket consistently except when opening batting. They shoul move Mahela to open the batting and Kusal to middle order. Selectors should settle for World Cup team rather than trying to win games by stacking they team with spinners! Team selection is awful

Posted by Cric-Aus-SL on (July 13, 2014, 1:08 GMT)

Chandimal and Thissara are the two prospects who can flourish in the world cup in Australia, Mahela is out of form but he is yet better than the likes of Thirimanne and Priyanjan, Kaushal silva can hold up the middle order in seaming conditions.

I wish SL batting order should read like this,

Dilshan, Kushal Perera, Sangakkara, Chandimal, Kaushal Silva, Mathews, Mahela, Thissara, Herath, Eranga and Malinga

4 Seamers + 2 spinners(Dilshan should bowl at least a few overs every match)

Posted by DreamCricketer on (July 13, 2014, 0:57 GMT)

DreamCricketer: SLC when are you going to drop the passengers from our team. If you do not know the fans will let you know. As everyone knows Mahela's days are over. He should retire from all foremats of cricket. SLC should make the decision of who to send to the world cup. I guarantee the guys who are not perfoming now will fail in the world cup. This is common sence to anyone. Also the bowlers who are not perfoming are going to get hammered in the world cup 2015!. Write this down.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2014, 0:28 GMT)

De kock is the shock one of my favoret player. best luck' prosperate and bright future in the cricket for him.

Posted by Kotuwegogoda on (July 12, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

All credit to Preteas for a determined effort on the field to archive success. AB Amla de Kock, JP all played their part and their bowlers and fielding. On the contrary, Srilanka failed these departments sans a few individual in patches.

Sad to comprehend why on earth selectors keep playing with the same guys who have failed so much without injecting worthy alternative guys. So e of the star players have been benched far too longer and it seems favourites were injected resulting history to be created by South Africa. Anyways Srilanka didn't deserve to win the series the way they played.

Coaches in the respective areas need to answer for this dismal performance immediate corrective measures have to be put in place. A major shake up is needed to prepare for the next World Cup

Posted by Herath-UK on (July 12, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

Was Senanayake issue behind the loss;his bowling today was poor & so was the whole team attitude knowing the verdict that was coming on Senanayake.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

World Cup 2015 final - SL v SA

Posted by Jeewaka9999 on (July 12, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

@Chandimasl.cric1965 U r correct mate... Bcoz for particular players due to unknown reasons they give lot of chances( 20-30 ODI and lot of Test) to regain Form and confidence when they r out of form instead of A tours or domestic competition...These players know their position r safe and don't want to perform well also... That is why today we can't win matches unless Sanga and Mathews make big tons or Malinga take early wickets. We hv to depend on only 2-3 players for the victory by today..What r the rest of players doing?.. R they to complete the 11 or for fielding??? It is enough for Mahela's words.. His words alone can't win matches for us..He prefer to speak rather than play..

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (July 12, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Is AB de Villiers better than Tendulkar and Lara? I think by miles!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

To have someone like Thisara Perera and yet not use him - is and was a shame. SLC should get their act together and analyze what happens at every match - e.g. 5 for 200? Then all out 210 ? Why can' t any one from no 7 on even hold a bat? Support a team mate? Congratulations SA and get your act together SL.

Posted by Jeewaka9999 on (July 12, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

It is a great series win for SA. Congratulation.. It is time to say good bye to Mahela and Kule... It is enough chances for them....what has happened to our fielding??? it was so poor in this series.. Please Sanga don't miss stumpings and drop catches... Bcoz first 2 ODI u he dropped Amla in each innings and Amla ended up in 2 tripple figures.. Today He missed the easy stumping.. De cock also made a three figure... Why can't we hv a spin bowler who can actually spin the bowl like Thahir? Please don't include Kulasekara for Test side.. He is not a wicket taking bowler... 38 innings 48 wkts....

Posted by rizwan1981 on (July 12, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I am disappointed but there is no disgrace being beaten by the best team in the world - AB is an all-time best ODI batsman and showed today why he is so highly regarded the world over.

Sri Lanka's fielding has deteriorated from the usual high standards. Also Priyanjan does not have the power to clear long boundaries- Someone like Thissara Perera or KAPUGEDERA may be needed down under .

Posted by wapuser on (July 12, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Alas..! SL ran out of luck. Though they played better this season.. Results were way too favorable than their performance. Last ball finishes Vs Bangladesh.. Last wicket save and win against England.. Could have gone either way. Law of averages will catch up.. Move on SL.

Posted by Petershi on (July 12, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

We as Sri Lankan Supporters like to see our team win ,, But again we are Cricket loving people ., We like to see that the game is played in good spirit and the best played team of the day win . But what we cant understand is that , why SL dont field the their best team for the occasion , and rather play a team which cannot beat a team like SA who have the best type of players who can play in pitches in SC like of AB, Amla, JP and co ,,,Include the young guy KOCK ... I am sure the selectors , officials and other guys who make decisions dont read these comments . some of the comments done here are from guys who love cricket ,,,not only supporters of SL cricket .. Not playing Thisara is a crime ,, it is some way that you make the opposition take advantage of ,.,anyway all the best for SA and AB , Amla and co ....all the best for both teams in the test series .. Lets Cricket be the winner in the end ..

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 12, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

another blow for SL....senanayike banned from bowling...good decision...

@ Francis Mel...you spot on mate....really it is astonishing that how he moved away with that action when he was bowling in T20 WC final....Ajmal also under severe scrutiny now

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

SLC has to take immediate refurbish action to find suitable bowlers who can deliver short balls very effectively. This is the trump card that SA and England applied to put down our batsmen. Whereas SL bowlers were very poor in delivering short deliveries. Also we should consult western bowling experts in this department. It is a very poor team selection for the final ODI with SA. We shouldn't further rely on our pioneers still being in crickets and must find freshers who can be replaced instead. Unless we take remedial actions very early against these topics we wouldn't be able to reach even to the vicinity of next world cup.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

welldone sa.it's a huge achievement .hope kallis will back .

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 12, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

another blow for SL....senanayike banned from bowling...good decision...

@ Francis Mel...you spot on mate....really it is astonishing that how he moved away with that action when he was bowling in T20 WC final....Ajmal also under severe scrutiny now

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

There's nothing more exciting in cricket than watching Abraham Benjamin De Villiers in full flow.. A 360° batting machine.. He's such an intelligent batsman, Bowlers can't bowl him anywhere when he's in this kind of form(Well, he's hardly out of form).. Love to watch him bat.. Well done SA.. Great historic victory over SL in SL.. We have done it many times and now It's your time to thump 'em in their backyard(So called Lion's den) in test series as well.. Bring them down to earth..

Posted by John_Geo on (July 12, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

What else Mahela need to do to be dropped out of this team? He is a complete liability and this is completely unfair on new-comers who are waiting for a chance.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

It is often heard that international commentators praising Sri Lankans as very good in facing spin and also producing great spinners. But face the reality. None of our batsmen is comfortable facing spinners. Take the recent cases where they struggled and succumbed when facing parttimers Moeen Ali and Imran Thahir. Then we all saw how other batters thrash our "great"spinners to all parts of the ground. This match, with five spinners, was a debacle. They were just bystanders, watching their balls sailing over the ropes or passing it, more often than not. Also, can anybody reason out why Thirimanna is being persisted with? If Chandiman could be relieved of his captaincy, why not Thirimanna from v.captaincy? He is such a useless member in the team. How many worthy players are knocking at the door and idling? What happened to Kapugedara? It is a good eye opener. Show Kusal Perara it is useless to hit out quick fire 30 and vanish. It is time he was given the ultimatum. Bad show Sri La

Posted by Cricsnake on (July 12, 2014, 15:16 GMT)

First of all Congratulations to SA. A well deserved victory for the first time in SL. Amla, ABD, QdK were brilliant with the bat & Tahir outplayed SL spinners. I was expecting this based on SL's poor team selection. Sad day for SL with Sachithra's ban. SL only think about win this match anyhow and used very poor strategy, using 5 spinners with one fast bowler & Mathews as a medium pacer. The plan was to use the excessive wind in favour of us. However SA batsmen played brilliantly. SL was poor in all departments. Instead of winning small series we must use this kind of matches to nurture young fast-bowlers & batsmen. That never happened. In my opinion SL should have been rested Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan & Malinga for the third match. Kusal should have played with Tharanga & Thirimanna should come at no 03. Chandimal should be no 4 & take gloves. Poor strategy cost us the series.

Posted by Kinguru007. on (July 12, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

I think the test series will be a tough one for Sri lanka. The protees are already pumped up by this victory. But the worry for them is in the spinning department. S.L fan.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (July 12, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Everyone loves a bit of d Kock. Well played young man, 4 Tons in 6 Innings. Great stuff.

Posted by Al_Entity on (July 12, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

Can someone tell me where is Akila Dhananjaya? I mean does he need to fail only in one ODI and he is dropped forever?

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

SL will never have a 100+ opening partnership until great kusal perera is there

Posted by KandhaVsKendha on (July 12, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

KUSAL PERERA'S Marvelous, highly Consistent, Classic Performances that has cemented a permanent place in National XI, for the past 12 months! Take a look at this highly "gifted" player's record who had become the Converted SL Opener thanx to...??

Overall ODI Batting Av 25.8 from 32 matches yielded just 699 runs ODI Batting Av (without BD) 19.5 from 25 ODIs ODI in Eng & WI - 9 ODIs -21runs - Av 2.3 Most Recent: Runs 123 from 10 innings: Batting Av 12.3

7 Sri Lanka v South Africa Pkele 9 Jul 2014 ODI # 3501 34 Sri Lanka v South Africa (RPS) 6 Jul 2014 ODI # 3500 24 Express v Rulers (SSC) 27 Jun 2014 T20 19 Sri Lanka v England Birmingham 3 Jun 2014 ODI # 3496 19 Sri Lanka v England Lord's 31 May 2014 ODI # 3495 10 Sri Lanka v England The Oval 20 May 2014 T20I # 401 1 Sri Lankans v Kent Canterbury 16 May 2014 LA 4 Sri Lankans v Essex Chelmsford 13 May 2014 LA 0 Sri Lanka v Ireland Dublin 6 May 2014 ODI # 3490 5 Sri Lanka v India

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

U r no player if u cannot perform in big games like WCs & tournament finals.........................SA only bag game players have been Kallis & Gibbs

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

As always, before all WCs SA is the finest team on paper in batting bowling fielding but they always fail in big games bcz their overrated batsmen with inflated avgs r no big match players ......They fail when it matters bcz opposition exploit their weaknesses

Posted by stormy16 on (July 12, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

SA simply too good and SL hardly got a look in except for the first ten overs of their chase and threw it away from there with the big three gifting wickets. It was AB's day and few teams will beat SA when its AB's day and his innings probably made the difference between a target of 290 to 330+. SL did well to pull back SA but AB simply blew everything out of the water and the game was beyond SL when they started the chase.

Posted by chandimasl on (July 12, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

Thirimanna is said to be in the top 3 but he got the chance in ENG. He is yet to prove. He has played more than 70 internationals. How many chances he needs. The clear problem with our middle order batsmen is the strike rate. This is not an issue for the teams like AUS,SA,IND.middle order players should be able to clear boundries easily. Kapugedara,Kithruwan will be ideal for these positions. Clearly thisara should play at no.7.spinning all rounder should replace mendis. It can be either Prasanna or Sachith.

And also it is not clear why mendis is being used regularly when he is leajing so many runs. It is not worth to take one or two wickets by leaking so many runs and after being made the damage. Tharindu kaushal, Malinda pushpakumara and akila danajaya has done lot more to be in the team to replace mendus.

Make thisara as the t20 vice captain and chandimal as test vice captain. May be tharanga as a middle order batsman and as the vice captain. Give time to get his form to thiri.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 12, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Congratulations and well played South Africa who prepared well in advance for this tour and no doubt Lankans were complacent following the return from England. Dropped catches was the major reason which lead to our downfall. In a way it is good to lose the ODI series and re group ahead of the tests as I would prefer losing the ODI series and still winning the test series. Important to remember that SL after not playing 9 months of test cricket last year managed 1-1 against Pakistan after losing ODIs 2-3.

Well SA are the best in away tests as they have not lost an away test series since July 2006 when Sanga and Mahela posted 624. Hope we can end that record this time. Good luck to both teams for Wednesday next week.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

Great play by SA, Congratulations

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 12, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

@Mohan Perera...only SA is super talented team among the two teams, SL not having any future players..half of the team is 34+ age and still depending on Malinga...today malinga was blowned away by SA batsmen (he conceded 96 runs in just 7.5 overs against India in fast pitch)...look at SA's squad...Amla, duminy, young quinton cock, steyn, morkel, meclaren and above the top ABD (the player which every team wants to have in their side)...its wonderful achievement by SA, considering the bowling conditions of SL--turning tracks (their captain also told that even this is not the world cup, but it is something that they wanted to achieve)...good luck SA for test series

Posted by chandimasl on (July 12, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

I would like to congratulate SA for wining the series and make an eye opener for the SL selectors. It was simply gifted by the selectors to SA. And also todays pitch and the conditions are horrible for the home team to achieve the victory.

These selectors are incompetent to find a suitable mix of players. Thisara, Seekuge prasanna would have been ideal options for the tail. Even Sachith Pathirana is very unlucky having performed very well and not to be even in the squad.

But past selectors like aravinda took imediate actions to remove out of form players. The prime example is thilina kandamby when SL toured ENG. He was the vice captain in that tour and his poor performance made him out from the team. But what about thirimanna. He wa Mahela, thirimanna, kulasekara, mendis are largely out of form. The difference between SL and other top teams are that our selectors select players based on their past performance,not based on current form. This has brought us some heart breaking results.

Posted by cric1965 on (July 12, 2014, 14:32 GMT)

if Sri Lanka won the toss the results may be different. But that is not a excuse. Considering bowling in this series Sachitra only took 3 wickets @50.33 from 3 matches while Herath took 2 wickets @24.00 from one match. Sachitra must be replace with Suranga Lakmal who can get early wickets. Mendis took 7 wickets@18.14 while Malinga took 4 wickets @40.25 About batting Mahela and Priyanjan scored 60 runs @20.00. Thirimanna who scored 73 runs@24.33 and Kusal 78 runs@26.00. All 4 players should be dropped. South Africa fast bowlers were able to take early wickets .Sanga did the same mistake twice. Sri Lanka fielding is inferior than SA. if selectors want to keep under performing players they can exit from preliminary round in world cup like 1999.

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (July 12, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

(Continued..) Unfortunately, the ONLY SL young OPENER who could play long match winning innings & building long partnerships (World Record holder) Tharanga, has been restricted to play for SL-A team for the past 12 months! This is an ABSOLUTE CRIME.!! Whoever made that UNFORGIVABLE decision, should beRESPONSIBLE for this kind of Series defeats in the hands of formidable sides like SA, even on home soil..! How shameful..? WE have lots of lessons to learn from SA!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Great play by SA, Congratulations

Posted by proteasfire on (July 12, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

Proud victory for SA. They have managed to achieve something that was never done before. Congratulations for that!! Still SA has lot of areas to improve. One area of concern is while batting second. They have never successfully chased 250+ in recent memory, atleast for the last two years. You cant always win toss and bat first. SA need to be aware of that fact and handle the pressure of chasing big scores. If middle order contributes well especially the likes of JP and Miller during chases SA can become a dominant team. Until then its a good series win no doubts on that but a long way to go for SA. Its just a matter of time before Kallis gets his rhythm back and media need not add pressure on the legend!! Congrats SA!! Hard fought win!! #proteafire

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 12, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

after such a great series I share with Sri Lankans the same, conflicted & mixed feelings. Sad as it is, and despite our immeasurable respect for these two unquestionable greats of the game, it may well be the time for Mahela and Jacques to hang up their boots.

Damn, I will miss them!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 12, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka on a hard fought series, & thanks for providing fans from all around the world, the opportunity to watch thrilling cricket, played in the true 'Spirit of the Game.' Gracious hosts you are, & we South Africans appreciate playing a series unmarred by controversy, ill-feelings & insults, without unsporting accusations of so-called unsporting conduct, & wherein players simply engage in contest on the field, & no one question the legitimacy of the contestants. It is a true pleasure to watch a match wherein that happens on the field is the Sport of Cricket, & not a contest of loud-mouthed gamesmanship.

Hopefully Sri Lanka's hosting of this series will resolve for many the myths that they somehow believe to be immutable fact. Yes, SA batsmen CAN play spin. Yes, SA bowlers CAN bowl spin. Yes, SA have, again, passed "the ultimate test - spin on the flat tacks of the SC."

Good luck in the test matches, and may the true Spirit of Cricket prevail.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Credit where it's due, SA played really well. It's about time SL dropped Mahela, his once in a blue moon contributions simply are not enough. Of all the players with 10000+ runs, Mahela has the lowest average, and with every passing series, it continues to get lower. Also the team selection is a disaster, why didn't they play Thisara, and what was the point of Tharanga even being in the squad if all he was going to do was be a benchwarmer? Malinga needs to get into a rythm, he is becoming from trump card to loose cannon or wild card, just playing him is a calulated risk. For the upcoming series against Pakistan, Mahela and Kulasekara must be dropped, and Chandimal needs to be brought back, and they should recall an allrounder like Maharoof, Weeraratne, Prasad etc. to replace Kulasekara.

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (July 12, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

CONGRATS to SA.! SL badly need Long Partnerships @Top! An Example of how IMPORTANT the role of an OPENING Batsmen to STAY there & play a LONG inning of >30 overs, RATHER than, FLASH-IN-A-PAN 5 over SLOGS in 50 Over games! When CHASING a HUGE TOTAL >300 or setting up a HUGE TARGET!

England v Sri Lanka ODI #2389 -Played @ Headingley, Leeds. England batted first & scored 321 for 7 wikts in 50 overs!

WU Tharanga c & b Dalrymple - 109 Runs - 102 Balls - 14x4 - 1x6 - 106.8 S/R 1-286 (Tharanga, 31.5 ov), leaving just 35 runs to win for the rest to score! RESULT: SL WON by 8 wickets (with 75 balls remaining).!!

An EXAMPLE of setting up a WINNING target by batting first, with a stable LONG inning of an OPENER staying for >40 Ovrs : SL v Australia ODI #3180 Played @ MR Stadium, Hambantota.

WU Tharanga c Haddin b Bollinger -111 Runs -139 Balls 12x4 - 79.85 S/R 4-230 (Tharanga, 40.3 ov) the rest scored just 56 runs after this! Australia was all out; 44.2 ov; for 208. SL WON by 78 runs

Posted by St.John on (July 12, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

For SL it was a match lost through bad selection and poor fitness. Sri Lanka have a Kallis moment in Mahela Jayawardene and an acute dilemma with Thirmanne. While most international teams are introducing new, fresh (and fully fit) faces SL are stubbornly going on with their same old team. In Jayasuriya's defense I suppose he wanted tried and tested (And now wanting!) players for this series decider. Be bold Mr. Jayasuriya, and drop non-performing players even if they are legends and vice captains.

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (July 12, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

CONGRATS to SA.! SL badly need Long Partnerships @Top! An Example of how IMPORTANT the role of an OPENING Batsmen to STAY there & play a LONG inning of >30 overs, RATHER than, FLASH-IN-A-PAN 5 over SLOGS in 50 Over games! When CHASING a HUGE TOTAL >300 or setting up a HUGE TARGET!

England v Sri Lanka ODI #2389 -Played @ Headingley, Leeds. England batted first & scored 321 for 7 wikts in 50 overs!

WU Tharanga c & b Dalrymple - 109 Runs - 102 Balls - 14x4 - 1x6 - 106.8 S/R 1-286 (Tharanga, 31.5 ov), leaving just 35 runs to win for the rest to score! RESULT: SL WON by 8 wickets (with 75 balls remaining).!!

An EXAMPLE of setting up a WINNING target by batting first, with a stable LONG inning of an OPENER staying for >40 Ovrs : SL v Australia ODI #3180 Played @ MR Stadium, Hambantota.

WU Tharanga c Haddin b Bollinger -111 Runs -139 Balls 12x4 - 79.85 S/R 4-230 (Tharanga, 40.3 ov) the rest scored just 56 runs after this! Australia was all out; 44.2 ov; for 208. SL WON by 78 runs

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 13:53 GMT)

De knock the future for South Africa cricket congratulations to South African well done guys

Posted by sohanpandey578 on (July 12, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Good Batting by AB & QUINNY. Both are very good wicketkeepers.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Great play by SA, Congratulations

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (July 12, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

It's High time to do completely change the team like 1999. Talented Young Players like Thisara,Chandimal,Kithruwan,Sekuge,Chathuranga, Bhanuka Rajpakse,Sehan Jayasuiriya,Tharindu Kaushal,Ishan Jayarathne And Talented Aged Palyers Like Upul Tharanga,Maharoof,Jeewan Mendis,Dilruuwan Should Inlcude to SL squad. Best among those should goto playing XI.K keep Sanga and Malinga is enough. Mahela,Dilshan,Thiri,Hearth, should drop from ODI side. Should import foreign coach instead of Negative,Conservative Marvan

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

great batting

Posted by AS7777 on (July 12, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Congrats to SA.. ! SL lost to a better side in this series. Malinga, Mahela, Thirimanna didn't contributed much and after a long time this is the longest tail SL having. It will be different game in the tests though. SL should go with their full force with two spinners. I think its time to unveil Tharindu Kausal to the scene rather than half bowlers like Dilruwan Perera.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (July 12, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Not sure why Sri Lanka is still persisting with Jatwardhene. Since the start of 2013 he has made only 840 runs in 34 ODIs with an ordinary average of 27.90. Sri Lanka is wasting Thiramanne at no 5 or 6. He is a genuine top 3 batsman.He batted brilliantly in Asia Cup. I would rather see Perera down the order to make use of the batting powerplay.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (July 12, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

A South African triumph par excellence! As for Sri Lanka they really must leave out Mahela Jayawardene from ODI's and T20's. It's pathetic to watch him bat. Thirimanne has to go too. Without mentioning names there are a few top players much better than these two. Strengthen the tail by including a good bowling allrounder. After that Jayasuriya must concentrate on getting his team fully fit, sleek, and trim. Hire a good international fitness coach.

Posted by patg on (July 12, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

It is time for Sri Lanka to seriously think about Thirimammne, Kulasekera and Mahela in the ODI team. Thirimanne should have been dropped after the series in England. His strike rate is horrible and not even close to being sufficient for ODI matches. He does not score quickly and wastes lot of balls creating pressure for the other batsman. Mathew should have the courage to drop players who are out of form and are not performing even if they are seniors.

Player like Thisere Perera is more valuable for ODi matches because of his allround capabilities. I think he is being treated unfairly. He should have been given more matches in England and in this series.

Posted by 3rd_man on (July 12, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

Sri lanka comfortable chasing something around 260 270. but if opposition score 300+ SL find difficult because they don't have power hitters. thirimanne, Ashan, mahela, sangakkara are not power hitters. if Dilshan or kusal failed to give them a good start SL will be in trouble. even Mathews can hit big shots, but the way he play and his strike rate is usually less than 100. Have to say Thirimanne, Ashan, these guys are not super talented guys, unfortunately SL future batting is not looking worrying. Fielding also poor, young guys like Ashan, Kusal have to put more effort to their feilding. There are good strikers, like Angelo perera, Sekkuge prasanna who seems to have natural timing to hit boundaries. even Thisara perera's exclusion also questionable. SL still too much dependent on Malinga. and they seems to have more concern of wining only. they brought 3 spinners today's match. but WC played in Aus/NZ. why not try out faster bowlers to plan for WC? Mahela's time is up.

Posted by LK-LadyCric on (July 12, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

Congrats South Africans! You well and truly deserved it today! :) Bad luck Angie & Co. A lot of work has to be done in the fielding department in my opinion. We could have saved a lot of those runs, the same way the South Africans did. Incredible game though!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

Mahela Jayawadene is also not too far from swansong...........

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

I am afraid it is sad good-bye for Kallis..............!!

Posted by djdrastic on (July 12, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

Awesome win ! For once we didn't crack and give it away in a crunch game.

Now to wrap up the test series :)

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

Great play by SA, Congratulations

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

Great play by SA, Congratulations

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

One would say SL players was less talented than SA players. It is not so. they are well talented just like AB n the boys. Just that they they were a bit unlucky at certain stages. they got in to good start. they were pursuing well. But Dilshan's run out & wind affected catch off Mahela was the turning point. Angelo played a brilliant role. SL bowlers were slightly off target, which gave them a bigger target than expected. SA deserved the victory. They are done good guys. SRI LANKAN PEOPLE LOVE THEM n RESPECT them.

so itz not the talent, itz the performance of a certain group of talented cricketers can win u matches. both teams SA n SL are super talented teams.

Posted by Lion_96 on (July 12, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

We cant win every series (although, we just about won every Series this year). Take nothing away from South Africa. They were the underdogs before this Series. But they played anything but! Amla & De Villiers was the difference between the two sides. And to think that Kallis hardly played a part in winning this series, shows how strong South Africa would be once the Cape Town Giant gets his act together. They played like winners and they are winners! So congrats to them. Sri Lanka need to consider their T.Perera, hes gotta take Priyanjan's place IMO. If Sri Lanka are dependent on Sanga at the top, then even more dependent on Mathews in the lower order. They T.Perera in the lower middle order to bolster the power hitting. On to the Test Series, should be a good one.

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (July 12, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Brilliant performance by SA ! They are astronomical miles ahead of SL in terms of talent. SL was really lucky to have won the second game....else it looked like a 3-0 contest on paper in favor of SA

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (July 12, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

SL Team 4 seniors Greater than 35 ( Dilshan(38),Sanga(37),Mahela(37),Hearth(36)) Two Greater than 30(Malinga(31),Kula(32)) More Half of players greater than 30 But Series Lost with 2-1 SA Team 2 Greater Than 35 (Kalis(38),Thahir(35) 2 Player more than 30(Amal(31),Maclaren(31) But Series Won 2-1. Nothing for Current Nothing for Future for SL

If SL test with one new young bowler and one new young batsmen

Posted by Tendulkardrives on (July 12, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

Srilanka should groom talented young batsman and promote them up the batting order and should send the seniors down to take responsibillity.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 12, 2014, 12:39 GMT)

for the continuous third time SL batsmen unable to complete full 50 overs....congrats SA for splendid achievement....SA spinner tahir bowled greatly...ALL THE BEST

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 12:37 GMT)

I agree. It will be sad but the correct thing to do is to drop Mahela. He has been a great ambassador for Sri Lankan cricket, but when its not working any longer, its better to give the other youngsters a chance. If he is serious in continuing, he must show his hard work and justify his position to be in the team. I am very surprised that Thisara was not playing in today's game. Cannot understand the reasons either.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

Bring in young talent at least in the test series. Player rotation will work for Sri Lanka.Best of luck.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

This is not gonna work out, what wrong did Chathuranga, Chandimal, Kithruwan and thisara to be left out while thirimanne is in? Mahela should also be dropped. My team would be for Pakistan series ( hope it would not just be a dream) Kusal, Dilshan, Sanga, Chandimal, Kithruwan, Mathews, Chathuranga, Perera, Senanayake, Eranga, Malinga.

Posted by Lion83 on (July 12, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

Sri Lanka definately need few energertic players in to this team if they are to have a chance in the next WC. Players like Dilruwan , S. prassanna should give a chance instead of Ajantha mendis nw. Bring back Thissara and Kithruwan to the team by dropping out of form MJ and Thirimmanne.

Posted by B.C.G on (July 12, 2014, 12:31 GMT)

Imran Tahir bowled brilliantly as usual.In the sub continent he really is a different player.

Posted by WTEH on (July 12, 2014, 12:17 GMT)

Did the no ball rule on height changed for this match. How come the SA bowlers keep on banging short ball after another?

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 12:15 GMT)

SL should give young talent a chance to prosper. Also, they should be rotated. It should not always be Chandimal and Thirimanne. Kusal, Priyanjan and Vithanage are average players.It is the right time to find alternatives. Best of luck.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 12, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

tahir bowled brilliantly....i wonder that the same brilliancy not happened with all SL spinners in this match....moving to last ten overs of the match, SA is right on the top...showing to the world that beating SL in their own soil is easy (India, Aus, NZ did it earlier)

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

what is thirimanne & priyanjan doing in this team? slowering the run rate & getting out? we should rrplace them with kithruwan & thisara quickly

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

If Mathews stand till end than we would see existing match.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

Please drop Malhela from ODI's now. He is not the Batsman he used to be and he has become a liability to the team. Replace him with Thissara or another young talent and I guaranty the team will prosper.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (July 12, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

SL wont win any matches without the performance of senior players....this is true forever....task is very simple for opposite teams....take out the wicket of sanga and dilshan...game over...

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

Aaaaah.... That magical innings of 20 odd from 30 odd, chasing 7 runs an over. Truly a sight for sore eyes....

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

@Greatest Game That theory doesn't always work though and especially in New Zealand. Best examples are Martin Crowe and Kane Williamson. Both looked lost (Martin more) for first 2-3 years of their career against high quality international teams and took time to get set with it. South Africa are blessed to have such talented blokes coming and performing well.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

mahela better pack your bag and go to nets and practice. can't even score 10 runs. what's the point having 10000 runs behind ur back. playing as if school cricket .

Posted by bootlicker on (July 12, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Mahela should hurry up and go home for ever. He is a dead weight. Past performance won't matter at present

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

Two needless wickets that could have been avoided, at this stage SA are well and truly on top despite the SL scoring rate, since the SL batting line up has a long malfunctioning tail and on top of that Lahiru Thirimanna.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

South Africa has the greatest batting line up in the history of ODI cricket. Amla Average 51.35 strike rate 90.16, Quintion De kock average 42 SR 86, Kallis Av 44.51, AB Devillers 49.50 SR 94, Duminy AV 38.55 and SR 83.40, Miller AV 32 SR 98. Sure no batting line up can match these stats. Pity they cant win a world cup knockout match with this kind of batting.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 12, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

@ xtrafalgarx commented "South Africa has an incredible record of bringing in 20/21 year old youngsters …"

My theory why it works: take the really talented kids & bring them in and give them a good run when they are still too young and dumb to be overcome by the fear of "this is my one and only shot at an international career." When they are too young to have the fear of failure, it is still a game - not a "serious career" moment - and they play with freedom. They don't weigh themselves down. Then, the smart ones realize how much work is involved, and throw themselves into it as a challenge to better themselves, & not meet the expectations of others. As long as they are challenging themselves, they will not get weighed down by real or imagined expectations of others - they will be too busy working on THEIR game - not some trainer/coach's idea of what their tame should be.

Blood them when they are too young to realize the implications & they don't get defeated by expectations.

Posted by LK-LadyCric on (July 12, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

What a game! I'm Sri Lankan but that knock from de Cock and AB was superb! Loved every minute of it. Our fielding was abysmal, but that is not to take anything away from the Saffas. Great batsmen and wonderful endurance levels. Hopefully, Sri Lanka can pull off a great start and come out on top.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (July 12, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

What an explosive innings by SA, posting a very challenging target for SL to chase. Impressive performance by de Kock, showing a fine balance of control and aggression. Never allowed the bowlers to get on top of him, & was not afraid to take his chances & attack, which paid off today. Fortune does favor the brave, & the smart!

Good support from Hash & JP, & a blistering onslaught by AB, his full range of talent on display as he tore SL's very good attack to shreds, on a bone dry pitch enveloped in unrelenting high winds.

Excellent bowling by Herath showed once again his control & class. In difficult conditions SL's bowlers put in hard yards in very difficult conditions.

This could be a fantastic chase. SL has the batsmen to pull off a record breaking heist, & all will hinge on what control SA's attack can exert in these difficult, windy conditions.

By no means is it over, but Dilshan, Sanga & Co have a knock down fight on their hands. Here's hoping it lives up to it's potential.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (July 12, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

Mendis must be one of the worst fielders currently playing international cricket - he keeps diving over the ball !!

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

If Kusal can get them off to a blazing start, followed by a solid partnership between Dilshan and Sangakara, and a return of form for Mahela, a quick 70-80 from Mathews, and then a blistering knock from Thisara...oh wait, Thisara isn't playing. Guess SA win then... :(

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

Waiting to see what surprise our young batting maestro- Lahore Thirimanna - has in store for us today....

Posted by Lion83 on (July 12, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

Very poor performance in the field by SL despite windy and difficult conditions poor fielding is a concern for the next world cup. SL need to find a foreign fielding coach Ruwan Kalpage is a absolute waste and haven't done anything to improve the fielding.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

let's see ,what does SL give response in chasing 340r.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

Now SA has great chance to make 350r AB should stand next 3 ovrs.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (July 12, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

South Africa has an incredible record of bringing in 20/21 year old youngsters who struggle for a bit then become world class players. G.Smith, J.Kallis, De Villers, Amla, Steyn - all these guys came into international cricket really young and became great players and it looks like they have found another in De Kock.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (July 12, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

Malinga going at his customary 8 runs per over. LOL. What thrashing in store for SL to day. Come on SA, the whole world is backing you to win. From India.

Posted by   on (July 12, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

great 3 class spinners, 2 good spinnes, 1 class fast bowler & 1 good fast bowler. we can see how SA face against this

Posted by YsaKaru on (July 12, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

one of the worst ground in the world.... Also poor team(sl) selection as well...

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