Result
5th ODI (D/N), Colombo (RPS), Jul 31 2013, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
307/4
(43.5/50 ov, target 308)
179
Sri Lanka won by 128 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Dominant Sri Lanka make it 4-1

South Africa suffered a fifth successive sub-standard batting performance in Sri Lanka to concede the final match in the series - a dead rubber - to opposition who have shown their superiority

Match centre 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Siddarth Ravindran
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka307/4(50 overs)
South Africa179(43.5 overs)

A dominant performance from Sri Lanka, sweeping aside South Africa today despite bringing in a host of understudies. Caps a terrific series for them, and leaves South Africa with plenty of homework to do.

Stats man extraordinnaire Mohandas Menon tweets: This 4-1 defeat is South Africa's worst ODI series performance since its 4-0 loss in England (Natwest Series) in August 2008.

Uwaisul Karnain: "The only favor done by the top order players of South Africa for their tailenders is that they have preserved their review."

indika chathuranga: "As a srilanakan fan who loves watching SA team playing since the childhood, i'm thoroughly dissapointed with their performance in this series. Hope they will put up a good fight in T20s against the worlds no1 T20 team. Best of luck.."

James: "South Africa have "plenty of homework to do"? Have they re-engaged Mickey Arthur?" A few more series like this, and Mickey will be back in charge of SA.

Presentation ceremony:

The Man of the Match is Tillakaratne Dilshan: "I think McLaren bowled that over really well. Little bit disappointed but these kind of things happen. I'm really enjoying, when I get a start I want to make a big one. Really good series for me, bowled well, batted well, fielded well."

Man of the Series is Kumar Sangakkara: "We had thir batting at 3, he and Dilshan gave us the platform, it was my job to push the scoring. I haven't changed my game a lot, I try to play situations well, I try to target bowlers, when you play in Sri Lanka you need totals above 260. My first series was a triangular against SA, they are the best side in Test cricket, they've always done well against us. I've enjoyed watching guys like AB and Hash."

AB de Villiers: "Looked like we played cricket out of our league, unfortunately couldn't get some momentum going. We'll keep learning. It's amazing when you start to lose all these negatives kick up and you start to overanalyse things. It was a great experience, played some quality spin and against a subcontinent team that really know their conditions very well."

Angelo Mathews: "Couldn't have asked for any better, I thought Dilshan and Thirimanne batted brilliantly, unfortunately Dilshan couldn't get to his century. We have got a good blend of seniors and juniors, pretty happy with the way they performed. On behalf of the national team, I'd like to thank the fans for their support."

Mathews holds aloft the series trophy, and his team-mates join in soon after. As Sri Lanka bask in the glow of victory, we'll bring our ball-by-ball coverage to a close. There's plenty more on the series coming up, including features and analysis from Andrew Fernando.

All you angry SA fans, it's not the end of the world. Thanks for all the mails, see you at during the T20 series.

43.5
w
Lakmal to Tsotsobe, OUT
it's all over, Lakmal aims for the top of off and gets it through the defences of Tsotsobe, who seems surprised that is sneaked through
LL Tsotsobe b Lakmal 1 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28
43.4
2lb
Lakmal to Tsotsobe, 2 leg byes
Lakmal angles this down the leg side, looking to glance that towards fine leg, off the pads to the boundary
43.3
Lakmal to Tsotsobe, no run
short of length and on off stump, 133kph, blocked to the off side
43.2
Lakmal to Tsotsobe, no run
shortish ball angling in, Tsotsobe ducks under, umpire signals that's the first bouncer of the over
43.1
Lakmal to Tsotsobe, no run
slides that in towards middle and leg, pitched up, defended off the front foot to the off side

Priyal: "Oh! these two party spoilers are delaying Sri Lanka's celebrations! Must be annoying for Mathews and clan!"

Lakmal returns.

end of over 438 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 177/9CRR: 4.11 • RRR: 18.71 • Need 131 from 42b
Lonwabo Tsotsobe1 (2)
Aaron Phangiso18 (28)
Ajantha Mendis9-2-36-3
Tillakaratne Dilshan10-0-41-1
42.6
1
Mendis to Tsotsobe, 1 run
a flighted googly turns towards middle, a thick inside edge sends the ball towards square leg
42.5
Mendis to Tsotsobe, no run
length ball on off stump, solid forward defensive from Tsotsobe
42.5
5w
Mendis to Tsotsobe, 5 wides
massive turn there for Mendis, did it hit some sort of crack? it stays very low and turns way down the leg side

Kim Hackney: "Graeme Smith now we all note the value he brings to South Africa cricket as captain, ABDV is a great palyer and needs to concentrate on batting and fielding."

42.4
w
Mendis to McLaren, OUT
Mendis strikes again, McLaren's vigil is over, Mendis came round the wicket this time, a slower one with plenty of flight, a top edge from McLaren as he looks to chop that, on to the keeper's pads and loops up for first slip, Mendis has three
R McLaren c Mathews b Mendis 29 (84m 73b 2x4 0x6) SR: 39.72
42.3
2
Mendis to McLaren, 2 runs
skips down the track and clips it towards deep square leg
42.2
Mendis to McLaren, no run
again safely negotiated off the back foot
42.1
Mendis to McLaren, no run
pitching in middle and leg and spinning in towards McLaren, defended off the back foot
end of over 425 runs
SA: 169/8CRR: 4.02 • RRR: 17.37 • Need 139 from 48b
Ryan McLaren27 (69)
Aaron Phangiso18 (28)
Tillakaratne Dilshan10-0-41-1
Ajantha Mendis8-2-28-2
41.6
1
Dilshan to McLaren, 1 run
goes back again and punches it to the right of point this time for a single
41.5
Dilshan to McLaren, no run
41.4
Dilshan to McLaren, no run
tries the sweep, but it turns too much. beats the bat
41.3
Dilshan to McLaren, no run
Goes back and cuts this straight to point
41.2
Dilshan to McLaren, no run
41.1
4
Dilshan to McLaren, FOUR runs
both these batsmen are driving well. this one is on leg stump, but he makes room and punches it through the covers and the long-off can't cut this off
Best performances - batsmen
TM Dilshan
99 runs (110)
13 fours
0 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
33 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
947141618426
KC Sangakkara
75 runs (45)
12 fours
0 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
leg glance
28 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
84520912710
Best performances - bowlers
RAS Lakmal
O
5.5
M
0
R
22
W
3
Eco
3.77
BAW Mendis
O
9
M
2
R
36
W
3
Eco
4.00
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Tillakaratne Dilshan
Player Of The Series
Kumar Sangakkara
Series resultSri Lanka won the 5-match series 4-1
Match numberODI no. 3401
Season2013
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 days31 July 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)
Umpires
Richard Kettleborough
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
Ranmore Martinesz
Reserve Umpire
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft