3.4 that was a very soft dismissal! This was drifting on the pads and Kusal shuffled and looked to tuck it to the on side, too early on the shot and the ball lobbed tamely to short midwicket, you could have caught that with your eyes shut 26/1
    30.4 Dilshan's out bowled but somehow he's not convinced, Duminy was bowling from round the wicket, Dilshan was looking to sweep, the ball struck the off bail, Dilshan didn't really see how he was bowled and hung around for a few seconds, the ball deflected off the glove to the stumps 154/4
    8.5 caught down the leg side and that's the big wicket, Morkel dug it in short down the leg side and Sangakkara was looking to pull, the ball got high on him and the ball brushed his glove first, he walked 63/2
    22.1 Tahir gets away with a short one and Thirimanne had only himself to blame here, it was asking to be hit over the on side but the batsman got the placement all wrong, Amla was at deep midwicket and he didn't have to move much, bends and takes it comfortably 125/3
    42.4 tossed up and Jayawardene had made room to scoop it over the off side but he didn't read the googly and the ball crashed middle and leg 225/5
    46.1 that was more a Test match dismissal, McLaren bowled it on the corridor of uncertainty, Mathews was cramped for room, feet not moving and thick outside edge to the keeper, the sort of dismissal on the first morning of a Test with the new ball 256/6
    46.6 the third for the over! This was the short ball and slower as well, Priyanjan had crossed the previous ball and took strike but he too fell to a top edge, swung too early and an easy one for AB running forward from mid-on 256/8
    46.5 Kulasekara stayed at the crease and looked to smash it just about anywhere, nowhere near the pitch of it and he got a top edge that swirled to the off side, de Villiers takes the skier 256/7
    not out
    48.5 the short one was too good for Mendis, Mendis was down the track and he hung out the periscope after realising that he couldn't hook it, feathers the edge and de Kock appeals 266/9
    49.2 So Sri Lanka don't last 50 overs after all, this was a fuller delivery and Malinga was looking to clear the rope down the ground, he picked long-on and SL have lost 5 wickets for 11 runs 267/10
    13 (b 1, lb 1, nb 2, w 9)
    267 all out (49.2 Overs, RR: 5.41)
    Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Kusal Perera, 3.4 ov), 2-63 (Kumar Sangakkara, 8.5 ov), 3-125 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 22.1 ov), 4-154 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 30.4 ov), 5-225 (Mahela Jayawardene, 42.4 ov), 6-256 (Angelo Mathews, 46.1 ov), 7-256 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 46.5 ov), 8-256 (Ashan Priyanjan, 46.6 ov), 9-266 (Ajantha Mendis, 48.5 ov), 10-267 (Lasith Malinga, 49.2 ov)
    DW Steyn2.201908.1484000
    VD Philander7.214926.68195012
    JP Duminy9.405015.17232020
    M Morkel1005815.80306110
    R McLaren1004844.80313140
    Imran Tahir1014124.10250010
    37.2 it's a full toss and Amla has holed out! On the body and he looks to swing it over the infield but a very easy catch for Senanayake at midwicket, they check if the ball was above waist height but it was within the limit 180/8
    2.1 he comes round the wicket and the ploy works straightaway! Bowled from slightly wide of the crease and he got it to angle back in sharply and de Kock was playing down the wrong line, hits the leg stump 9/1
    4.5 that's another failure for Kallis! The sharp bouncer leads to his downfall, Malinga reverts to over the wicket for Kallis, bangs it in short and Kallis can't resist the hook, there was a sound and Sangakkara threw the ball up as soon as he caught it, it was a good catch too 26/2
    19.2 huge relief for Sri Lanka as AB finds long-on with precision, it was flighted and AB was down the track but didn't loft with conviction, he feared the worst as soon as he hit it, Thisara takes it well in front of the rope 101/3
    20.1 Sri Lanka get back in this with two in quick succession, Duminy this time perishing for playing the cut, this was the off break that was drifting wide of the left-hander, he chased it and Sangakkara takes the thick edge 104/4
    21.5 after two drops someone finally hangs on! What a freakish over this has been. Tossed up by Dilshan and inviting another drive, this was uppish again but Senanayake times his dive well at extra cover and takes the catch 109/5
    26.5 the pressure of four dot balls prompts this release shot and it is a very soft dismissal in the end, he tossed it up a bit more and gave him a bit more width, McLaren was looking at lofting it straighter and got a leading edge that lobbed to Kulasekara at point 124/6
    27.6 Dilshan never too far from the spotlight today, it's a length ball outside off, Philander goes back looking to cut, thick edge and Sangakkara knew it, Dilshanset off with the airplane celebration 127/7
    38.1 Steyn's been given out lbw and Steyn is reviewing it, it was the googly, Steyn was trapped on the back foot, the ball hits the top flap of the pad first and then the bat, height was the doubt and Hawkeye shows the ball hitting the top of the off stump, umpire's call stands, Steyn's gone and that's the match 180/10
    37.4 another yorker but this time Morkel couldn't keep it out, it was in fact the slower ball, Morkel played all around it and the ball struck the off stump 180/9
    not out
    13 (lb 4, w 9)
    180 all out (38.1 Overs, RR: 4.71)
    Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Quinton de Kock, 2.1 ov), 2-26 (Jacques Kallis, 4.5 ov), 3-101 (AB de Villiers, 19.2 ov), 4-104 (Jean-Paul Duminy, 20.1 ov), 5-109 (David Miller, 21.5 ov), 6-124 (Ryan McLaren, 26.5 ov), 7-127 (Vernon Philander, 27.6 ov), 8-180 (Hashim Amla, 37.2 ov), 9-180 (Morne Morkel, 37.4 ov), 10-180 (Dale Steyn, 38.1 ov)
    SL Malinga612444.00253020
    KMDN Kulasekara503907.80168000
    SMSM Senanayake713615.14265040
    AD Mathews311103.66111000
    BAW Mendis6.121822.91241000
    TM Dilshan1004034.00301010
    SMA Priyanjan10808.0031010

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

3-match series level 1-1

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

9 July 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

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