Sri Lanka have done it! like in Kimberley they finish it off with a six, over midwicket this time, famous first runs for Senanayake, South Africa did so well to bring it close, but the youngster kept his cool, defending his first ball then unleashing a flat hit for six, Peterson has his hands on his head, the crowd is silenced, not bad for a dead rubber
That's the first time a team since New Zealand in 2007 to have chased 300 or more in successive ODIs.
Sri Lanka may have lost the series, but they will be thrilled with the performance of several of their young batsmen. Chandimal has made big strides this series, and Thiriamanne showed off his cool temperament today, with a maiden half-century when the pressure was on.
South Africa, on the other hand, haven't learnt much about their next generation of batsmen. Again it was the big boys who scored most of the runs - Ingram didn't get too much of a chance, du Plessis shone in one game, Petersen didn't make the most of two games at the top. South Africa also need to sort out who their death bowlers are - they lost their head in Kimberley, and today it wasn't exactly top bowling which got the wickets.
This is the second highest successful chase at the Wanderers, after the famous 438 one.
Kishore says: "And thats why Senanayake has come ahead of Malinga."
Dilshan: "Chasing 313 is a tight game always, I thought we could finish easily but they came back well in the end. We batted well in the last two matches, chasing 300-plus. We won the Test in Durban, unfortunately third ODI rained out or we might have won the series. Enjoyed the tour, but personally disappointed with my form, last two matches got back to form."
Man of the Match is Kumar Sangakkara. "It was important to get runs, 3-1 down in the series, important to finish off on a high. Graeme and AB batted beautifully and almost put it beyond us. But our openers started brilliantly, and Thirimanne, a young kid, also came in and performed. Credit goes to those three guys. I got out at the wrong time. ... Senanayake hitting the winning runs with a six was the icing on the cake."
Man of the Series is AB de Villiers. "things have been going my way, delighted with my form at the moment. I thought the boys did really well. Biff did extremely well, I told the press that he was going to come through, and I'm very happy for my man. There's a lot to work on for us, but an happy with the way the boys fought till the end. Every ground supported us really well this series."
AB gets the series trophy and pops the champagne with the rest of the team.
Phew! That's about a wrap for this series from us. See whether Abhishek Purohit has managed to capture all the twists and turns of the game in his report here.
Thanks for the many mails, see you soon!
dot ball, a length ball on leg stump, defended back towards the bowler, five needed off two, how did it come to this?
Sachithra Senanayake is the new batsmen. Ahead of Malinga. Why?
oh Sri Lanka, this is ridiculous, a short of length ball from Peterson, slightly quicker, Thirimanne charges out and looks hit that through the off, an outside edge carries nicely to Albie Morkel at short third man, Sanga and Dilshan look very tense in the dressing room
well done, he opens the face and guides the ball towards backward point for a single
Rangana Herath walks out. He loves to swing the bat, can he keep his head here? Just take the single, and leave it to Thirimanne
the Joburg crowd yell in delight as Nuwan is bowled first ball, making room and looking to hit that over extra cover, he misses Peterson hits, that crashes into middle and leg, Peterson is ecstatic, six needed off five
New man Nuwan on strike. Robin Peterson given the ball, that's a big decision from AB. Tsotsobe has overs to spare,. Long-on, long-off, deep midwicket and deep square leg.
Long-on comes in, sweeper cover goes out. Six to get
forget yorkers, start practising your high full tosses, Duminy sends one of those, Perera looks to end the game in style with a smash over midwicket, he can't get it far enough, the best fielder in the game, du Plessis, pouches that easily, Dilshan and sangakkara signalling a no-ball in the dressing room, umpire signals nothing, that looked to be at an acceptable height
another dot ball, the crowd loves it, this ball is pushed towards cover
a full ball on middle and leg, helped to mid-on, that's a dot ball
why does it say about South African bowling that JP Duminy needs to bowl so many overs in the death?
another single, all along the ground towards long-off
Heshan: "Wonder what the "esteemed gentlemen" at SLC will do with this team?
2 consecutive scores of 300+ and a tour to Australia (with similar conditions) coming up."
a length ball outside off, eased to long-off for a single, sensible stuff this from the Sri Lankans
a full toss on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-on for a single
full and angling across, batsman chases after it but doesn't connect
slices this towards deep point for a single
smoking! Morne bowls his predictable back of a length, hammered to the midwicket boundary for an authoritative four, that is making a statement
Morne was appealing for a caught-behind, it was a ball down the leg side once more, off the pads through to the keeper, Thirimanne races through for a leg bye
wide down the leg side, Morkel doesn't like the call, neither does the crowd, which loudly boos the decision
full and just outside off, Thirimanne wanted to send that into orbit, the ball sails past the bat and through to the keeper
another high full toss, just low enough to not be called a no-ball, defended back towards the bowler
guided down to third man for a single
|New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Toss||Sri Lanka, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
AB de Villiers
|Series result||South Africa won the 5-match series 3-2|
|Match number||ODI no. 3229|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30, Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45|
|Match days||22 January 2012 - day (50-over match)|