Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    4.1 gone! Fullish ball on off stump, ball angles in, Smith walks into it and flicks that straight to Jayasuriya at short midwicket! Well bowled, well captained, theres that brilliant use of the fielder at that position, Vaas has struck early 13/1
    8.4 gone, superb 'keeping! Lands outside off stump, invites the drive and he obliges, gets the faintest of edges through to Sangakkara who makes no mistake, wonderful job standing right upto the stumps 30/3
    7.6 not this time, though! An edge, a glide to third man, but this time he dangles his bat out at one when he shouldnt have, and gets a regular edge through to Sangakarra who gleefully holds it, Malinga strikes, South Africa are two down 30/2
    31.2 beaten in flight. Kallis comes down the track but Jayasuriya holds back his length a bit. Kallis tries to adjust but now is beaten by the spin and Sangakkara does the rest 110/4
    38.4 Villiers perishes trying to up the tempo. He came down the track and whipped a tossed-up offbreak towards widish long-on - intended to send it wider than it went - but Maharoof moves smartly to his right to take a good tumbling catch. 145/5
    45.1 cleans up Boucher with a yorker. Right on the money straightaway. It was just dipping outside the offstump when Boucher's flailing blade got a inside edge that sent it crashing in to the stumps 176/7
    43.4 arm ball cleans up Kemp. Landed on a length, on the middle and beat the intended slog-sweep to hit middle and leg. 169/6
    not out
    49.4 The plucky 27-balls 42-run partnership between Peterson and Pollock ends courtesy another Malinga yorker. 218/8
    49.5 Malinga crashes the base of the leg stump. Again. Another one that pinged the blockhole, went off the right boot, on to the leg stump 218/9
    not out
    13 (b 4, lb 2, nb 1, w 6)
    219/9 (50 Overs, RR: 4.38)
    Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Graeme Smith, 4.1 ov), 2-30 (Herschelle Gibbs, 7.6 ov), 3-30 (Boeta Dippenaar, 8.4 ov), 4-110 (Jacques Kallis, 31.2 ov), 5-145 (AB de Villiers, 38.4 ov), 6-169 (Justin Kemp, 43.4 ov), 7-176 (Mark Boucher, 45.1 ov), 8-218 (Robin Peterson, 49.4 ov), 9-218 (Andre Nel, 49.5 ov)
    WPUJC Vaas1031621.60481000
    SL Malinga905345.88306120
    CRD Fernando502404.80161101
    M Muralitharan1004214.20261010
    ST Jayasuriya1003623.60290020
    MF Maharoof503406.80143100
    TM Dilshan10808.0030100
    9.1 yes, gone! Short of a good length on middle and leg, rears from where it lands and angles across Tharanga, squares him up outside off stump and forces him to fish, and he gets a simple edge through to Boucher, great delivery from Ntini 21/2
    4.3 and he's gone! Pitches on leg stump and moves in, Jayasuriya gets that pad too far across, rapped, everyone appeals, looked like it would have taken the top of middle and leg, umpire Harper takes his time and then raises the finger, Pollock strikes 9/1
    24.2 gone! Full outside off and he drives that to Gibbs at backward point, who dives to his left, picks and throws in one smooth action, ball comes back to Kallis, who cant collect it but out of the blue dives Pollock, Jonty-style, moving forward, collects the ball and whips off the bails! Talk about a turning point... 78/5
    10.6 Pollock strikes! Good delivery on a sweet length outside off draws Sangakkara into a tentative poke at that one, and the slight deviation gets the faint edge, Pollock leaps up in appeal but Sangakkara's already turned for the pavilion, what a fine strike from the veteran bowler 23/3
    13.3 what's he thinking?!? This one lands on a good length outside off and seams in, Atapattu leaves it alone, then sees the ball come in sharply and tries to get the bat down but he's ever so late and the ball clips the top of off stump, beautiful delivery and Nel's letting everyone know what he feels about that wicket 34/4
    33.1 Oh What a catch by Gibbs! It was screaming to his left at point when he dived to come up with the catch. Dilshan had carved a short of length delivery but couldn't keep it down and paid for it 114/7
    28.3 And then there were four. Maharoof' lack of footwork does him in. On a driveable length outside the off stump, Maharoof drives, his feet sticking adhesively to the crease, and doesn't lean onto his drive, gets an outside edge and is swallowed by Smith in the slips. 91/6
    not out
    35.5 Bulls eye this time. Reared up from back of length, a clueless Malinga pushed at it, eyes off the ball, and popped up a catch, off his gloves, to the second slip. 124/8
    36.1 And then there were one. Murali backs away as expected and goes for a lofted shot over the bowler's head. But scoops straight to Pollock at long-on 127/9
    39.1 South Africa have scripted a wonderful come-from-behind victory. The final nail in the coffin was delivered by Kemp. Low dipping yorker catches Fernando in front, leaving Vaas stranded and Sri Lanka perilously close to being ousted from the tournament 141/10
    12 (lb 5, nb 2, w 5)
    141 all out (39.1 Overs, RR: 3.6)
    Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 4.3 ov), 2-21 (Upul Tharanga, 9.1 ov), 3-23 (Kumar Sangakkara, 10.6 ov), 4-34 (Marvan Atapattu, 13.3 ov), 5-78 (Mahela Jayawardene, 24.2 ov), 6-91 (Farveez Maharoof, 28.3 ov), 7-114 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 33.1 ov), 8-124 (Lasith Malinga, 35.5 ov), 9-127 (Muttiah Muralitharan, 36.1 ov), 10-141 (Dilhara Fernando, 39.1 ov)
    SM Pollock1002122.10471011
    M Ntini912422.66422011
    A Nel914134.55356000
    JH Kallis803414.25293010
    JM Kemp3.101615.05101020

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

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

24 October 2006 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee


South Africa 2, Sri Lanka 0

Match Notes

  • Sri Lanka still in with a chance

    Sri Lanka's 78-run defeat against South Africa leaves them on the brink of being eliminated from the Champions Trophy, but all isn't lost for them yet

  • South Africa v Sri Lanka, 7th match, Champions Trophy

    Match home for the seventh match between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad

  • 'We had done a lot of homework' - Smith

    Graeme Smith suggested that it was the preparation that the South Africans had done in the days leading up to the game, combined with the manner in which they executed their plans, that made all the difference on the day

  • Seamers bowl SA to 78-run win

    A superb bowling performance by South Africa gave them their first win of the Champions Trophy and kept them in the tournament as they eased to a 78-run win against Sri Lanka, who are now on the brink of elimination

  • South Africa ponder balance for crucial game

    South Africa are pondering over whether to play an extra batsman or bowler ahead of their clash with Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy on Tuesday at Ahmedabad

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st9ST JayasuriyaWU Tharanga
2nd12DPMD JayawardeneWU Tharanga
3rd2DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th11MS AtapattuDPMD Jayawardene
5th44DPMD JayawardeneTM Dilshan
6th13TM DilshanMF Maharoof
7th23WPUJC VaasTM Dilshan
8th10WPUJC VaasSL Malinga
9th3M MuralitharanWPUJC Vaas
10th14WPUJC VaasCRD Fernando

ICC Champions Trophy (ICC KnockOut)

Group A
Group B