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2nd ODI (D/N), Dambulla, August 01, 2018, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
(42.5/50 ov, T:245) 246/6

South Africa won by 4 wickets (with 43 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
87 (78) & 3 catches
Full commentary

10.13pm That's all from us. Hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the second ODI. See you soon for game 3, but till then, this is Sreshth Shah signing off. Bye bye!

10.06pm It's time for the presentation.

Faf du Plessis, the winning captain: These conditions are favourable a bit more. Batting second was going to be tricky, but pleased to see how we played. It was a good one-day wicket. But I'm very pleased at how we are chasing the game. We are staying positive, putting pressure on the opposition and so on. Excellent bowling effort by our boys, we kept pulling things back despite Mathews' knock. Planning and execution was good. My mental focus is on being positive, and I'm not thinking of the lack of fifties personally."

Angelo Mathews, the losing captain: "We gave away too many wickets up front. And then we lost wickets at crucial times too, so we never got going. We didn't hold on to catches as well, and while defending low scores, you need to hold on to every chance. We had a terrible day on the field. Neither did the bowlers bowl well. We were a bunch of schoolkids when it came to today's fielding. Dickwella's gone for a scan, but he should be okay. Akila is bowling brilliantly, so we do have some positives there. We are still alive in this series. My hands were tied in my knock, because we were losing wickets all the time, but pretty pleased on a personal note."

Quinton de Kock is the Man of the Match. He says: "Not sure what the secret to our success is. But yes, it's spinning less. Nice to know the work you're doing off the field is paying off. The last tour has been really difficult, and it's always challenging to bat in the Subcontinent. The pitch played the same all day. It was slower as the day progressed, but it was a similar pitch through the game."

9.56pm Smiles in the South African camp as they go 2-0 up in the five-game series. A forlorn look on Angelo Mathews and co. as they were outclassed for the second contest in a row. Back to the drawing board for them as the visitors have been better batsmen, bowlers and definitely better fielders than the hosts. The pacers set the game up today, but de Kock, Amla and du Plessis ensured it was a trouble-free chase. See you in a few minutes for the presentation.

Elijah2800: "Had Sri Lanka been more discipline in the outfield, this came could of have a different result. Need to be more vigilant & back up the bowlers more with the world cup around the corner, with batsmem scoring double centries & soon triple centries in ODI ain't no room for dropping dollies."

Philip Mitra: "Make Lakmal captain, he is a lucky guy. Stats will confirm that."

Sinthujan: "Malinga's 4 in 4 come to my mind now."

Rajitha to Mulder, FOUR runs

full outside off, and the square drive races away to the cover boundary! South Africa go 2-0 up

Rajitha to Mulder, no run

good length outside off, and flying over the bat's shoulder to the keeper

Rajitha to Phehlukwayo, 1 run

short on leg, and the pull goes to deep backward square leg for one

Mafas: "SL also unlucky, I'm also unlucky, cricinfo never post my comments more than 7years since I start to comments :"

Rajitha to Phehlukwayo, no run

full on off but angling away from Phehlukwayo. Tries to drive over cover but misses out complelely

Daniel F: "@Naman, i agree. But in the previous 5 world cups they were almost always marked as favourites and failed, so I don't think being somewhat short of being ready is all that bad. Maybe not being marked as favourites takes off a bit of pressure?"

Rajitha to Mulder, 1 run

good length on middle, but angling down leg. Mulder simply flicks it along the ball's trajectory to fine leg

Karthick: "At this point both SA and Eng scores are at 240/6"

end of over 421 run
SA: 240/6CRR: 5.71 RRR: 0.62
Andile Phehlukwayo6 (17)
Wiaan Mulder14 (28)
Shehan Jayasuriya 3-0-16-0
Thisara Perera 7-0-34-1
Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run

full on middle stump, and he blocks this out towards cover

Sean T.: "The problem for Sri Lanka is at the top. Tharanga consistently falls early. A change with Kusal Mendis opening next game would be refreshing."

Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run

past the bat's outside edge again! Full outside off and turning away from the left-hander

Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run

reverse swept! But straight to short third man

Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run

full outside off, and straightening after pitching! Goes past the bat's outside edge as he looks to go for the big one

Jayasuriya to Mulder, 1 run

length ball on off, and he punches this with the spin to long on

Jayasuriya to Mulder, no run

full on off, and turning into his pads. Worked away to the leg side

end of over 411 run
SA: 239/6CRR: 5.82 RRR: 0.66
Andile Phehlukwayo6 (13)
Wiaan Mulder13 (26)
Thisara Perera 7-0-34-1
Prabath Jayasuriya 10-0-53-0
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run

length ball on off, but angling away from the batsman. He nudges it square on the leg side, but can't take the single

Naman: "I'd say South Africa's bowling is about 80% ready for the World Cup, given everyone stays fit, but their batting is at a solid 30%. This batting lineup won't survive against an experienced bowling lineup. They need Amla, du Plessis and Miller to be in the forms of their lives to have a chance next year."

Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run

length ball on middle, and too close to his body for the square cut. Mistimed to point

Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run

full on middle, and Phehlukwayo brings out another front-footed defense. Played to the leg side on this occasion

Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run

length ball on off, and blocked off the front foot once again

Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run

full on middle, and defended to cover off the front foot

Perera to Mulder, 1 run

wide outside off, and cut way to deep point for one

end of over 405 runs
SA: 238/6CRR: 5.95 RRR: 0.70
Andile Phehlukwayo6 (8)
Wiaan Mulder12 (25)
Prabath Jayasuriya 10-0-53-0
Thisara Perera 6-0-33-1

That's it from me. Sreshth will take you home

Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run

tossed up, takes the pad and rolls away behind square

Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, FOUR runs

back of a length on middle, reverse-swept fiercely behind point. The ball races away

Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run

sliding across off, sliced to backward point