and that shall do it, Phangiso jumps out and heaves at the Colombo night air, the flighted delivery spins past, Sanga collects, waits to see if Phangiso is attempting a return, and on seeing he isn't, politely removes a bail to end the fun
That does it for this game. Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers
Chandimal starts with a huge win on captaincy debut. Chandimal: "This is my first game, good to start on winning note. Credit to the batsmen first of all. Sanga and Mahela are wily old foxes, they know how to do it. We learn lots from Sanga. I have three former captains, they give lot of advice to me on the field." When asked if he wasn't really tested as a captain in this game, he says he did demote himself down the order!
AB de Villiers: "Its not the end of the series, I know my boys will fight back. Not a lot of positives, but we can only improve. It is mentally hard to accept. But we will fight back. [Our record in SA] is something we are aware of, but we would like to win the series. We missed Hash [Amla], he is one of our class players. We were way below par but I know what the players are capable of, the second game is on the same field, we know the conditions quite well now."
Kumar Sangakkara is the Man of the Match. Sangakkara: "We had a bit of luck to start. Upul batted well. When he got out Mahela came in and raised the tempo, he had nearly caught up with me when he got out. It then became a bit easier. It was a bit two-paced, it was about facing enough deliveries and get going, I took 34 overs to get going but I stuck in there. Morkel bowled good spells, it was about absorbing that and targetting the others."
Full-blown demolition night in Colombo. Sangakkara made 169, South Africa responded with 140. The ball was coming on quite nicely, but no South Africa batsman was prepared to hang around long enough to take advantage. Ingram and Duminy got good deliveries, the others conspired in their own dismissals. No one apart from Sangakkara on either side made more than 43. What an assault that was from Sanga, was so sudden and complete it totally shocked South Africa
Sumith: "Glad that Thisara Perera gave a good reply to the Sri Lankan selectors."
jjazeel: "To all South africans, I can understand your feelings, this is exactly how we felt after the 1st ODI in south africa, where our team got all out for 43 runs"
flatter, he is forward to block
gets forward to block a tossed up ball
defends a tossed up ball
drives an angled full delivery to long on
Chris: "So Sangakara has beaten South African XI. Go figure !!!"
Michael: "To me, it seems like the Proteas are like a jersey with a loose thread. Instead of taking the time to cut the loose thread off, restoring the jersey to its former glory, the selectors, CSA, whoever is just yanking at the thread, just making it worse and unraveling it further. I think it's time that SA take a little time and just rebuild."
plays out a short of a length ball to the off side
widish length ball left alone
gets out of the way of a bouncer just outside off, avoided quite well
hits a good length ball to cover
around the blockhole, outside off, patted away
slaps a short and wide ball to the sweeper
Chris Thompson: "@Uwaisul: His resume was longer than the time some SA batsmen spent in the middle"
pitched up, pushed to short extra cover
comes in with the arm, he manages a thick inside edge to pad
sharp turn outside off, left alone
it came in with the angle, he gets a thick inside edge as he presses forward
they are in a hurry, Morkel's teed off, and hit a bunker in the form of Thirimanne at long on, good effort from the fielder, he was some way in from the rope but timed his jump to take it over his head, arms outstretched
punches one that stays low, down the track
Perera has his third, digs it in short with effort, Peterson is unable to get hold of the pull, and a top edge is taken by Tharanga, a fine catch running and sliding forward from deep square leg
TimP: "I suggest CSA send the Wynberg High School cricket team on the next tour....more class and a fraction of the cost..."
there is a sound as ball passes batsman down the leg side, but it is given wide, seemed to clip the trouser on its way
short of a length, dead batted down the pitch