length ball on middle and leg, strikes the pad and it's given out. There's a referral but this looks good, striking the batsman half-way up front pad, he was playing down the wrong line, and it's striking leg stump on the full
With hopes of watching more evenly contested cricket through the rest of the year, this is goodbye from Nitin Sundar, Alex Winter and the rest of the crew at ESPNcricinfo. Cheers!
Right, that draws to an end our coverage of the first ODI of 2012, and a quite extraordinary one at that. Sri Lanka have plenty of soul-searching to do. That pitch had some evening zip in it, but that doesn't justify 43 all-out from a line-up that has Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan in it. Things fell into place superbly for the hosts. Can they carry it on through the rest of the series? I leave you with Sid Ravi's match report that is getting updated faster than Sri Lanka collapsed earlier.
Morne Morkel is the Man of the Match. "Slow start for me this summer, but it was important to work through the tough periods. Luckily, I had the help of our support staff and could work through that. Lopsy has been unbelievable in the last couple of years and it was great to have him at the other end. Lots of energy from Steyn too, coming in first change."
AB de Villiers: "Dream start for me as captain. Some individuals stoop up there - Morne Morkel and Amla. I thought there was something in the pitch for the bowlers and we used it. Guys running in and bowling at 140+ was good."
Dilshan, understandably isn't too happy. "The key was the first five overs. They bowled really good lines and it was very difficult to come back. We bowled well in the last few overs and came back a bit but unfortunately our batsmen couldn't put runs. Malinga is one of the best in the business and it is great to have him in the team. We don't have much time between the games and will be travelling tomorrow, hope to do better in the next match.
Tsotsobe: "Instead of staying out and mourning about not being selected, I am just stricking with the team. I have put in some hard yards and I think the flat wickets have helped me a lot. Our bowlers are more likely to hit that back of a length and make it tough for Sri Lankans."
And that's the game. And oh deary me was that a hideous innings for Sri Lanka. After the euphoria of the win the 2nd Test match, Sri Lanka have slid backwards very significantly with a crunching defeat and now an absolute humiliation...Just to confirm, this is Sri Lanka's lowest score in ODI cricket and the third largest margin of victory in ODIs. What on earth happened? Some decent bowling at the top of the order did most of the damage and some very ordinary strokes sunk a damaged ship far faster than it should have gone down.
back of a length outside off stump and dart and a miss, brief cry for caught behind from the bowler
caught on the boundary. Hook stroke, not in control, and it presents a simple chance to deep square leg who goes a few yards to his right and pouches with two hands. Couldn't get on top of the stroke and now this group of players are seriously in danger of creating history of the wrong kind...
back of a length and defended into the leg side
length ball outside the off stump left alone
back foot drive attempted with no foot movement and an inside edge runs down to long leg
a step into the legside and cut away to third man from a length ball
16 more for Sri Lanka to evade complete humiliation...
an attempted lofted drive after a step down the pitch, comes off an inside edge into the legside
sliding into the pads, flicked to short fine leg
pushed into the offside
full ball and driven down the ground
full toss struck down the ground, mistimed
big swing into the legside from a length ball misses, cry for leg before turned down referred. But hawk-eye has the ball hitting the batsman just outside the offstump - umpire's call it says. Enough doubt for me
length ball on off stump and defended from the crease into the offside
nicely pulled, getting on top of the bounce, down to deep backward square
length ball and defended carefully from the crease out to point
wide of off stump and cut and missed, good take from de Villiers low to his right
length outside off stump and left alone
length outside the off stump and a back foot dabble misses
A gorgeous sunset in Paarl...
played forward on middle stump
|Boland Park, Paarl|
|Toss||South Africa, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||South Africa led the 5-match series 1-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 3225|
|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||11 January 2012 - daynight (50-over match)|