Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Matches at Galle are always high value. Will leave you with this from Apoorv: "I think Ranjit summed up AB perfectly,"He is the fusion of old and the modern way of playing cricket". Perfect definition for him"
Well, that's it from us. Join us again for the Test, which starts Wednesday, but in the meantime switch over to the England match, where Joe Root and Anderson are making history of their own.

De Villiers is up again:"It's not a World Cup, but for us it's a huge step in the right direction. Angelo and his boys have been playing a lot of good cricket. I'm exceptionally proud of the boys, there's no one or two guys that stand out. I'm just proud of the team." If you hadn't guessed it, AB is the man of the match as well.

Hashim Amla is the player of the series, having crossed 100 twice and made 48 today. Amla:"I'm grateful to get some runs. I think this wicket is the flattest wicket I've ever played on. We'll take some confidence from this going forward, but tomorrow the Test preparations start. Everyone came here with the desire to make history. We had the baggage of that last series. AB's innings today was special to take us to a big total. On this type of wicket we needed a big total to defend.

De Villiers: "Very happy with the boys. It's our first series win here, so we'll celebrate tonight. I thought we slipped up a little early but we made it up in the end. Sri Lanka bowled well in that Powerplay, but later on I was seeing the ball really well."

Presentation now. Mathews: "We don't deserve to win the way we played today. We were flat on the field, let go of a few catches and didn't play well. It was a depressing performance. Losing to a foreign team is not the end of the world. I'm happy with my own batting, but it doesn't mean anything, since we lost."

Interestingly, Tahir and Herath were the bowlers of the day. They will face off again at Galle, which is sure to take loads of spin. That's a good contest to watch as the teams move to red-ball cricket.

De Villiers was the difference between the sides in this match. What an innings his hundred was. SL looked good in the Powerplay, but then Sanga and Dilshan fell in quick succession, and Mahela's mediocre ODI run continued. Mathews and Priyanjan were shackled by good bowling and excellent fielding, while the wind died down a bit to make things easier for SA.

Imran Tahir, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Ryan McLaren have been fantastic in this series. Sri Lanka were hot and cold and fell apart in the field when Malinga had a few off days.

Huge wide smiles for South Africa. AB de Villiers in particular. They were not fancied before this series, but they have been focused and intense in game one and game three. The victors get into an ecstatic huddle before they shake hands. It means a lot to them after the 4-1 drubbing last year.

Duminy to Malinga, OUT, Malinga is down the track trying to smash it over the bowler's head, but mistimes it horribly and sends up a lob. Duminy backtracks from the crease and gets under it. Makes no mistake.

SL Malinga c & b Duminy 0 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Duminy to Malinga, no run, floated up, straightening on middle, defended

Around the wicket now

Duminy to Malinga, no run, wide of off stump, but he turns it back in just enough for it to be legal

Duminy is back

44 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | SL: 257/9 (83 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.84, RRR: 13.83)

  • Ajantha Mendis0 (1b)
  • Lasith Malinga0 (0b)
  • Morne Morkel7-0-49-2
  • Imran Tahir10-0-29-1
Morkel to Mendis, no run, full toss on off stump, Mendis just defends it

Malinga in to face the hat-trick ball.

Morkel to Senanayake, OUT, two in two for Morkel. That's a full toss that Senanayake tries to loft over the off side, but he's hitting into the wind and has played the shot too early in any case. Jacques Kallis gets under it at the edge of the circle and pouches it no problem. SA one wicket away from their first ODI series win in the country.

SMSM Senanayake c Kallis b Morkel 13 (22m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

Morkel to Herath, OUT, short and a little wide, Herath tries to heave it away to the leg side, but only gets a top edge. It goes high over the keeper, but QdK runs back to complete a pretty comfortable catch.

HMRKB Herath c †de Kock b Morkel 1 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Morkel to Senanayake, 1 run, full on off stump, SS is too early into the shot, but he gets an inside edge and takes a single to the leg side

Making History


This is South Africa's first ODI series win in Sri Lanka

Captain's contribution


No. of fifties Angelo Mathews has hit in a chase. He has 20 overall

Rising to the call


Ryan McLaren's bowling average this series. He's taken seven wickets with an economy of 4.85

When It Matters


Number of centuries scored by Dilshan in four innings in successful 300-plus chases

Productive Pursuits


Dilshan's batting average in successful chases

Century Stands


Number of partnerships worth 100 or more this series, all by South Africa

No Fifties


Quinton de Kock's next highest ODI score after his five hundreds

Consistent Conversion


Number of centuries Quinton de Kock has scored in his last six ODI innings

Tapering Off


Jacques Kallis' ODI batting average after the 2011 World Cup

Falling Early

4 1 0

Jacques Kallis' scores this series

Pace v Spin


Ratio of wickets taken by fast bowlers and spinners on this ground

Striking Big


Highest total on this ground, by Sri Lanka against Canada in 2011