Match Day

822dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

All-round Dilshan overpowers South Africa

A defiant century from Hashim Amla was not enough for South Africa as Tillakaratne Dilshan took Sri Lanka to a competitive total and helped defend it by causing a mini collapse in the middle order

822dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Pallekele

Dilshan soars at favoured venue

Perhaps it is the cooler mountain air or the smell of rain - whatever the difference, Tillakaratne Dilshan can't get enough of Pallekele

822dFirdose Moonda

South Africa face the Kallis question

Accommodation for a great player like Jacques Kallis should be made with careful consideration and South Africa cannot get carried away with sentiment

822dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Pallekele

Jayawardene's missing four

Plays of the day from the second ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Pallekele

Home Truths


Sri Lanka's win-loss ratio in Pallekele, their poorest at a home venue

Field First


Seven games in Pallekele have been won by the side chasing, five by the one batting first

Beware SA


Tillakaratne Dilshan's batting average against South Africa. His last three innings against them were 115* (at Pallekele), 99 and 40.

Bogged down


Sri Lanka's score between the 24th and 29th overs

Sri Lanka booming


No. of runs Angelo Mathews has in ODIs this year. He is one of three Sri Lankans on the list



South Africa's run-rate in the last 10 overs since 2001. They are the most economical death bowling team in the period

Lower order goes poof


Sri Lanka were 255 for 5 before being bundled out for 267

The Mighty Hash


Hashim Amla's batting average against Sri Lanka

Favourite Ground


Tillakaratne Dilshan's best bowling figures came at Pallekele. He averages 96 with the bat and 17 with the ball

Chasing history


No. of times South Africa's final three wickets have scored more than 100 runs in a win. They needed 141 when Amla and Steyn came together

Lone man scoring


Hashim Amla is the first South African and the sixth batsman to score a ton with the team being bowled out for under 200