1st ODI, Colombo, Jul 6 2014, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
(40.3/50 ov, target 305)229
South Africa won by 75 runs
player of the match
Hashim Amla
South Africa

6.00 pm That's all we have for you. Do join us for the second ODI when South Africa will plan to wrap up a historic maiden series triumph in his country and Sri Lanka will be priming their claws for a comeback. Its bound to be a cracker and we hope to have your company again on Wednesday. That will be a Day-night affair, mind you. So until then, this is Alagappan Muthu going quiet

Daniel Alexande: "Sri Lanka should appoint Amla as SL vice-captain, that's the only way to stop him scoring "

Hashim Amla is the Man of the Match for his 13th ton in ODI cricket. "Obviously it was a good wicket to bat on, I know we managed to bowl Sri Lanka for 240 but the game went right to the 40th over./ The pitch eased out a little bit, but also the bowlers bowled really well. AB got away in our partnership and allowed me to play my game. It was a little slow, but it stayed the same throughout the game and that's fair. No, I dont think so. Obviously when the Tests start I'll put the thinking cap on, now I'm just concentrating on help AB out in the ODIs"

"Hopefully on our way, Certainly not there yet. Sri Lanka are a very goot team at home," says AB de Villiers. "We fought really well and really proud of our first innings here. I wasn;t too happy with my dismissal. I'm not going to go easy with myself. I thought the guys recovered really well. McLaren and Miller showed what this team was bout in the end. Its always a concern when Sanga walks out and Dilshan also played really well. We have to come out with some answers like we did today. We are very motivated to win our first series here, things have started really well and we'll have to go really hard in the next few games,"

5.55 pm "We had a bad day at the office. South Africans played better cricket and we were rusty," says Angelo Mathews. "After the start we got, the middle order made some poor shots selection and that cost us the game. If we'd held onto our catches, it would have been different. It was a very good wicket and the margin of error was very small. We bowed 45 overs very well. We are definitely under pressure but its pretty simple, we have to pull our socs up and win,"

South Africa had to come from behind a few times in this game. First when they lost a couple of top-order wickets together and AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla strung together a very business-like partnership. And then while bowling, Sri Lanka had got off to a rapid start and Kumar Sangakkara was batting like a dream again. But Imran Tahir, after being smacked around, and Ryan McClaren with some canny change of pace secured a well-fought victory for the visitors

5.40 pm Considering the top order's performance, Sri Lanka would feel very aggrieved with his result. But South Africa have said all along - they've learned their lessons, they have a better side this time and they were looking at Tahir as an attacking option. All of those claims came to pass today as they secured only their third win in 17 ODIs against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka

tAHIR: "5 wickets in 4 overs .. i was expecting that it ll go to 49, 50 .. but just 40.3 SL wts going on ???"

Steyn to Mendis, OUT

this is a mistimed hoick, McLaren gets under a swirler and South Africa take the first game in convincing fashion. Steyn goes short and Mendis backs away to try and smoke it out of the park but has fell way off the mark

Ajantha Mendis c McLaren b Steyn 0 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Steyn to Mendis, no run

goes for the yorker, but it is just a little too full and outside off. Mendis sets up for a swipe over cover and is beaten

Steyn to Mendis, no run

shortish and outside off, Malinga backs away to flat bat it down the ground. Mistimed

Steyn takes aim at the last wicket needed for South Africa

end of over 406 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 229/9CRR: 5.72 RRR: 7.60 • Need 76 runs from 60b
Lasith Malinga6 (4)
Ajantha Mendis0 (4)
Imran Tahir7-0-50-3
Dale Steyn7-0-38-1
Tahir to Malinga, no run

another wrong 'un, quick and flat, and Malinga seems to have picked it as he pulls to midwicket

Tahir to Malinga, no run

sneaks in a quicker delivery and Malinga, who was down the pitch, manages to skew it to backward point

Tahir to Malinga, SIX runs

this one is into orbit. Uses his feet and launches this over long-on to bring up the first six of Sri Lanka's innings

Tahir to Malinga, no run

comes down the track which makes Tahir shorten the length of his googly. Malinga bunts it down to the bowler

Some of the crowd are trying to beat the Colombo traffic by leaving early

jitu: "Plz bring tisara next match....... " Malinga is the last man in

Tahir to Senanayake, OUT

how bout that, the stumps are rattled and its the googly again! Senanayake pushed at the ball gingerly, he did not pick it at all and has to walk back

Sachithra Senanayake b Imran Tahir 6 (9m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120
Tahir to Senanayake, no run

goes for the googly and this skids onto him and raps him on the pads. He was rooted to the crease while going for a flick, might have drifted down leg which is why the the umpire says no and AB declines to review

Imran Tahir, the man who turned this match around with one little wicket, comes back

end of over 391 run • 1 wicket
SL: 223/8CRR: 5.71 RRR: 7.45 • Need 82 runs from 11 overs
Ajantha Mendis0 (4)
Sachithra Senanayake6 (3)
Dale Steyn7-0-38-1
Ryan McLaren6-0-33-2
Steyn to Mendis, no run

how did that miss the off stump? It was a good length ball and Mendis continues on his merry way backing away and going for the loft over the off side. Misses comprehensively again

neil: "slow over rate won't matter if they bowl them all out, which is looking more and more likely." Exactly what we were discussing here in office

shihan: "@Jan: Sanga had to play a rash shot because what Thirimanne did earlier..DL par score got to Sanga with the fall of Thiri."

Steyn to Mendis, no run

deceives him with a lovely slower ball, too good for Mendis as he looks to launch it down the ground. Doesn't connect

Steyn to Mendis, no run

that's a menacing bouncer to the tailender who manages to duck under it. Right over off stump there

Steyn to Mendis, no run

straight away comes down the track and misses the wild waft outside off

Ajanthan Mendis is at No. 10. Sri Lanka have lost three wickets in the batting powerplay

Steyn to Kulasekara, OUT

off you go, says Styen as Kulasekara goes for a dab to third man and chops a short ball well outside off onto his stumps. The crowd in Colombo is stunned

Nuwan Kulasekara b Steyn 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Nathan: "13 overs to go with less than 30 minutes of play left. Why was the delay. Slow over rate?" Will happen with a four man pace attack

Steyn to Senanayake, 1 run

enough width for Senanayake to slice it behind point. Steyn ventured a little fuller than his traditional back of a length