Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    28.3 ah, tragic for SL. Just as he was looking super-ominous, Tharanga is gone. Short of a length and angled across, not too much pace, no sideways movement. Not much room to work with. Tharanga did what he's done efficiently all day - he attempted to make some room and steer with an open-face to third man, but this time he edges it into AB's gloves. Well played, given the circumstances, but he'll hurt on the way back in. 105/3
    1.4 Is Dilshan gone? Third umpire looking at the run-out appeal. Short of a length on off stump, Dilshan goes back and forces it into the cover-point. Faf du Plessis prowls at point, and is a superb fielder. Dilshan saw it was going almost straight at him, and realised he had played it off the back foot, and hesitated midway through the run. Mistake. Faf hurls it down to the non-striker's end, and the ball clips the bail after bouncing short. Dilshan is just out of the crease, and then falls on Morne Morkel who was running in from mid-on. Gone. Another duck. 2/5th of the way into the ODI series, the SL captain is yet to get a run. 0/1
    9.6 oh Sanga. Goner. He's been resolute all morning, but inevitably pokes at one outside off. That was on a length, not there for the drive or the cut, and probably had to be left alone. Sanga had left alone too many already, and chose to nibble at it. Thin edge, dies on AB, who takes it in front. 21/2
    not out
    37.2 holy cow! Is that a plane? is that Jonty Rhodes? No, that's Dale Steyn! Morne angles a length ball into Mahela's pads, and it is there to be helped along to fine leg. Mahela makes very good connection as he moves inside the line and whip-glances. Steyn is inside the circle at short file leg. He moves to his left, takes off and plucks it when he's nearly fully horizontal, with both hands. Shades of McGrath's catch of Vaughan in Adelaide, many years ago, in the age when Australia used to win the Ashes. Who said fast bowlers can't field. Superb take! 140/4
    39.5 You thought that Steyn catch was a classic? Petersen says hang on, I have some more entertainment. Kula goes back and looks for another straight loft, but doesn't time it that well. Robin is inside the circle at mid-on, and runs back half the way from East London to London proper, looking back over his right shoulder all the time. He then lunges full length forward towards the ropes and the ball tumbles into his palms as he sprawls. South Africa - setting high fielding standards since 1992, only to raise the bar soon after. 164/5
    49.6 and a wicket to end the innings. Mathews tries to create room and go over mid-off, but the ball stops on him and he toe-ends to Morne at mid-off. Sri Lanka will want the slowness to continue in the chase - this pitch is right up their alley. 236/6
    6 (lb 1, w 5)
    236/6 (50 Overs, RR: 4.72)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 1.4 ov), 2-21 (Kumar Sangakkara, 9.6 ov), 3-105 (Upul Tharanga, 28.3 ov), 4-140 (Mahela Jayawardene, 37.2 ov), 5-164 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 39.5 ov), 6-236 (Angelo Mathews, 49.6 ov)
    DW Steyn915416.00295100
    LL Tsotsobe1024324.30353100
    M Morkel913924.33293030
    JA Morkel602904.83162000
    JP Duminy602604.33170110
    RJ Peterson1004404.40313110
    16.3 a wicket out of nowhere. A gift from Smith. Can Sri Lanka make this work for them? Short ball at the body, it was there for the pull, but Smith just played an inch lower than he should have and top-edged it. Easy catch for Tharanga close in on the leg side. 76/1
    20.5 whoa, Prasad has gone right through Hash. Amla was batting on a pristine plane, and looked capable of doing anything. He tried to play this across the line, it wasn't on a full length, and that just made the shot more dangerous. Amla misses for once, and Prasad gets the inward seam to come in and spread-eagle his stumps. 94/2
    35.1 Kallis is gone! Prasad has his third, Kallis had backed away and was looking to go over extra cover, he ended up slicing it to the man on the sweeper cover boundary who judged the tumbling take well 152/3
    not out
    40.4 AB is gone! Come on South Africa, surely you aren't doing it again! JP dabs a short of length ball behind point and takes off. If there's one batsman who could have completed that run, it was AB. The ball went straight to Nuwan Kula at short third man. Why did they run? Kula arrows down the stumps and that's that for the SA captain. 193/4
    46.2 Faf's gone. Malinga is still not done with this game. The yorkers haven't worked today, but the slower balls are. Slow offcutter, stops on Faf who pats it right back after committing to the drive too early. Malinga takes the return catch well. 224/5
    not out
    4 (lb 3, w 1)
    237/5 (48.4 Overs, RR: 4.86)
    Fall of wickets: 1-76 (Graeme Smith, 16.3 ov), 2-94 (Hashim Amla, 20.5 ov), 3-152 (Jacques Kallis, 35.1 ov), 4-193 (AB de Villiers, 40.4 ov), 5-224 (Faf du Plessis, 46.2 ov)
    SL Malinga1013813.80354000
    KMDN Kulasekara804705.87233200
    AD Mathews201306.5041010
    KTGD Prasad1004634.60263000
    TM Dilshan8.404405.07234000
    CKB Kulasekara10606.0010000
    HMRKB Herath904004.44240100

Match Details


South Africa , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa led the 5-match series 2-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30, Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45

Match days

14 January 2012 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

76HM AmlaGC Smith
18JH KallisHM Amla
58JH KallisJP Duminy
41JP DuminyAB de Villiers
31JP DuminyF du Plessis
13JA MorkelJP Duminy