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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 2nd ODI

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
Date: 01 August 2018

South Africa 246/6 (42.5 Ovs) RR: 5.74 | South Africa won by 4 wkts

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That's a wrap to our coverage of this game. Sri Lanka have issues, losing isn't a problem but losing 27 of your last 36 games certainly is. A mini calamity of sorts and they'll need to find answers soon as they cannot afford another loss in the series. SA will be pumped and shall look to continue their dominance. Hope you enjoyed our coverage, for now switch tabs to enjoy the India-England Test match. Until next time, this is Hariprasad Sadanandan signing off on behalf of Sagar Chawla and our scorer Siva. Cheers!

Du Plessis, SA captain: (On change in fortune in the ODI series) We are always renowned for fighting back. These conditions are more in favor of the home team, today was trickier but we adapted well. Was a decent surface, an ideal One-Day wicket that stayed almost the same till the end. We did well to be positive early and not to chase the game against their spinners. That's the thing we did well. Excellent bowling performance, seemed like Sri Lanka would get 280-300 but we kept getting wickets. We kept pulling it back even with them having a set batsmen. Plans were good and the execution was great. Not sure really, not thinking too much about it, just trying to be positive. Feeling good about the way I am batting and the big runs will come. Feeling like I am able to put pressure on the bowlers.

Mathews, SL captain: We give away too many wickets upfront and were always playing catch up since then. Never got going at all with the bat. Unfortunately, we didn't hold onto the catches as well because you need to take those when you are defending such a score. We were terrible in the field today. The bowlers did fairly well but we didn't field properly. Need to put it aside and move forward. He (Dickwella) has gone for a scan and should be okay I guess. (On Dananjaya's good form) Brilliant to see him do well, there are some positives and we can still stay alive in the series if we win the next game. (On his personal form) Yes, good to get runs but my hands were tied with those wickets falling, couldn't really press on as I would have wanted to. Yeah, my back is fine.

De Kock, Man of the Match: (On the change in fortunes for him) I think it's just spinning less in the ODIs and it's helping us. In the Tests, we were working to counter the spinners and it's good to see the hard work paying off. The last two months have been difficult, the excessive turn has been challenging. Anywhere in the sub-continent is always a challenge. I think the pitch played the same throughout, maybe spun a bit but mostly stayed good which is nice for the game.

21:59 Local Time: Another convincing win in the end for South Africa. 245 wasn't a threatening total but the Lankans definitely had a respectable score, considering the sluggish pitch. However, the first 15 overs of the chase saw some shambolic fielding and catching from the hosts with both de Kock and Amla dropped once each. You cannot afford to make such blunders and the duo put the South Africans in control with a fine opening stand. Amla couldn't convert the start but his partner smacked the bowling around and was unlucky to get out in the 80s. du Plessis too looked fluent though even he couldn't bat through. There was a slight hiccup at one point but Duminy and Mulder kept things in check to ensure that the visitors didn't implode. While the fielding was disastrous, Sri Lanka's bowling too looked toothless barring Dananjaya who shone again. He didn't get the required support.

42.5
4
Rajitha to Willem Mulder, FOUR, SA go 2-0 up! Slightly wide outside off and Mulder uses his reach to cream this on the up through cover-point. Timed it beautifully and it rocketed away to the fence. Commanding performance yet again from the Proteas
42.4
0
Rajitha to Willem Mulder, no run, extra bounce from a good length and Mulder is beaten on the outside edge as he tried the back foot punch
42.3
1
Rajitha to Phehlukwayo, 1 run, short ball and forces a top edge as Phehlukwayo cannot control the pull. Lobs over the vacant backward square leg region and they take a single. The second was on but Willem Mulder isn't interested
42.2
0
Rajitha to Phehlukwayo, no run, beaten! Walked down the track for the booming drive but couldn't connect. The winning moment is getting a bit delayed here
42.1
1
Rajitha to Willem Mulder, 1 run, back of a length angling into the pads, clipped down to fine leg

Kasun Rajitha [5.0-0-38-1] is back into the attack

41.6
0
Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, fired into the blockhole, middle stump line and Phehlukwayo digs it out
41.5
0
Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, lovely off break, spins away sharply to beat the outside edge
41.4
0
Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, tries the reverse sweep and makes contact but finds short third man
41.3
0
Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, a bit of turn from a flatter trajectory, Phehlukwayo overbalanced on the drive and got beaten. Luckily he didn't go out of the crease
41.2
1
Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, 1 run, slower one, on a length and forced towards long-on
41.1
0
Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, flatter one around middle and leg, punched off the back foot towards long-on

Shehan Jayasuriya [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

40.6
0
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, angling in from a shorter length, tucked off the back foot towards the leg-side
40.5
0
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, that looked funny, Phehlukwayo wanted to slash it away on the off-side and got himself into a tangle. Chopped to cover
40.4
0
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, tailing in a bit from a good length, Phehlukwayo tries to block and gets an inside edge towards mid-wicket
40.3
0
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, tries to force the drive off the front foot but doesn't get the timing right. Finds extra cover
40.2
0
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, on a length outside off, driven off the front foot towards mid-off
40.1
1
Perera to Willem Mulder, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover

Just 7 needed now. Could be done with in this over.

39.6
0
P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, fuller and spinning in from around leg, thuds into the pad as Phehlukwayo misses the flick
39.5
4
P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, FOUR, innovative from Phehlukwayo and he finds the fence. SA inch closer. Went for the reverse sweep and got it past backward point who went in the wrong direction and couldn't react in time
39.4
0
P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, the arm ball that fizzes off the pitch, Phehlukwayo squirts an outside edge on the back foot defence, towards backward point
39.3
0
P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, charges down the pitch but the length is too full and he jams it to cover
39.2
0
P Jayasuriya to Phehlukwayo, no run, mild LBW appeal, this is missing leg though. Spun back into Phehlukwayo and pinged him high on the thigh pad
39.1
1
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, 1 run, slightly short and Mulder rocks back in a jiffy to cut it away behind point
38.6
2
Perera to Phehlukwayo, 2 runs, in the air but past a diving backward point fielder. Short of a length outside off, Phehlukwayo sliced the back foot punch behind square on the off-side and they get a brace. A better throw at the keeper's end could have had Phehlukwayo in trouble
38.5
0
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, fuller and outside off, pushed off the front foot towards the off-side

Regarding that LBW appeal last over against Willem Mulder, HawkEye shows Three Reds! Imagine if that was given, it would have been 7 down now and more pressure.

38.4
0
Perera to Phehlukwayo, no run, on a good length around off, Phehlukwayo gets forward and blocks it well

Andile Phehlukwayo, left handed bat, comes to the crease

38.3
0
Perera to Duminy, out Caught by Kusal Mendis!! Got him, yes gone! 150th ODI wicket for Perera! I spoke too soon about Duminy, he's gone playing a rash stroke. Gave charge and made room for the booming drive but could only hit it uppishly straight to cover where Mendis grabs a sharp take. Just when this game seemed like it was heading back to a formality, a spark of excitement is back again. Still SA's game of course but cricket is a funny game, ain't it? Duminy c Kusal Mendis b Perera 32(29) [4s-1 6s-1]

Perera to Duminy, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

38.2
4
Perera to Duminy, FOUR, swatted away! Duminy has been refreshing to watch this series, extremely positive and using his experience to good use. Picked the slower one early and though it kept a bit low, he adjusted to crash the pull through square leg
38.1
2
Perera to Duminy, 2 runs, shortish length, tucked away behind square on the leg-side and they race back for the second
37.6
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, excited appeal for LBW but it's denied by the umpire. Looked close in real time, SL don't have a review to challenge it. This was very full, around middle and Mulder got pinged on the pad as he missed the flick. Considering that Jayasuriya doesn't turn it much, looked plumb to me
37.5
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, slightly wider this time, Mulder went for the cut and got a fat bottom edge
37.4
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, more flight, very full this time and squeezed back to the bowler
37.3
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, walks down the pitch but the length isn't there for the big shot. Adjusts to smother it off the inside half of the blade
37.2
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, tossed up and inviting the drive, Mulder stokes it to extra cover
37.1
1
P Jayasuriya to Duminy, 1 run, a bit of flight and Duminy slog sweeps it hard to deep mid-wicket
36.6
0
Perera to Willem Mulder, no run, back of a length around middle, Mulder sits back and punches it towards Perera who gets a hand on it
36.5
0
Perera to Willem Mulder, no run, good length, angling into Mulder who defends solidly from the crease
36.4
1
Perera to Duminy, 1 run, more of the shortish length, Duminy is happy to get the singles. Dabbed to third man
36.3
1
Perera to Willem Mulder, 1 run, short ball around off, Mulder swivels to pull it down to fine leg
36.2
1
Perera to Duminy, 1 run, fuller one, worked away down to fine leg for a single
36.1
1
Perera to Willem Mulder, 1 run, angling in around middle and leg, worked towards mid-wicket

Thisara Perera [4.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack

35.6
1
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, 1 run, another slider, middle and off line, punched to sweeper cover
35.5
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, slower and around middle, push-driven towards extra cover
35.4
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, sliding in around middle and leg, blocked off the inner half to short mid-wicket
35.3
1
P Jayasuriya to Duminy, 1 run, fuller and outside off, swept away towards deep mid-wicket for a single
35.2
0
P Jayasuriya to Duminy, no run, flatter one, Duminy sits back to flick and gets a soft leading edge back to the bowler
35.1
6
P Jayasuriya to Duminy, SIX, thumped away! That would calm the nerves in the dug out. Duminy charges down the pitch on seeing the flight and shovels it over long-on. Sent it over the ropes for a flat six. Positive intent from Duminy, he will be confident after the last match's heroics
34.6
1
Lakmal to Duminy, 1 run, dug in short outside off, Duminy slap-pulls it to the right of deep mid-wicket
34.5
1
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, 1 run, full and on the pads, leans across and clips it through square leg
34.4
0
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, slanting in from around off, defended from the crease towards the bowler
34.3
1
Lakmal to Duminy, 1 run, more of the shortish length, Duminy steers it down to third man
34.2
1
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, 1 run, slanting in on middle and leg, tucked past square leg for a single
34.1
0
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, back of a length delivery on fifth stump line, defended off the back foot
33.6
2
P Jayasuriya to Duminy, 2 runs, floated up wider outside off, swept nicely through square leg and they pick up another brace
33.5
1
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, 1 run, quicker one outside off, on the shorter side and Mulder crunched it to long-off
33.4
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, doesn't carry to short mid-wicket. All of a sudden, SA seem to be the ones under pressure. This was floated up full and Mulder pushed at it by overbalancing, nearly spooned it to the fielder
33.3
2
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, 2 runs, skids through low from a good length, Mulder adjusts to cut it well behind point. Two more
33.2
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, drifting in from a good length, punched back towards the bowler
33.1
0
P Jayasuriya to Willem Mulder, no run, floated up around middle and off, defended off the front foot towards the bowler

Prabath Jayasuriya [6.0-0-34-0] is back into the attack

32.6
1
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, 1 run, on a length outside off, guided through backward point for a single
32.5
1
Lakmal to Duminy, 1 run, smart batting, pihching singles to rotate strike. Short of a length ball, patted towards cover
32.4
1
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, 1 run, shortish around off, hangs back and tucks it into the vacant spaces behind square leg
32.3
1
Lakmal to Duminy, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot towards sweeper cover
32.2
1
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, 1 run, back of a length, angling into Mulder who dabs it towards mid-wicket

Willem Mulder, right handed bat, comes to the crease

32.1
0
Lakmal to Miller, out Caught by Kusal Mendis!! Edged and gone! Okay then, this is getting interesting now and South Africa are displaying their characteristic nerves in yet another run chase. Miller is the latest to perish, pokes at this away swinger and gets an edge that is pouched at first slip after a slight wobble. Good captaincy from Mathews to have a slip in and it pays off. Half the side down now, SA. Surely they aren't going to bottle this now, are they? Miller c Kusal Mendis b Lakmal 3(5)

Lakmal to Miller, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

31.6
1
Dananjaya to Miller, 1 run, slower and fuller outside off, driven down the ground to long-off
31.5
0
Dananjaya to Miller, no run, very full and outside off, leans into it and defends firmly
31.4
2
Dananjaya to Miller, 2 runs, misfield at short fine leg, allows Miller to get off the mark. Was worked off the back foot with soft hands
31.3
0
Dananjaya to Miller, no run, MASSIVE LBW SHOUT! Dananjaya, the keeper and all the close-in fielders went up, bellowing hard. The umpire is unmoved. Perhaps too much spin on this off break, spun sharply from middle and leg as Miller tried to defend

David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease

With that wicket, it's time for a drinks break.

31.2
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, out Caught&Bowled!! Dananjaya gets his third. Soft dismissal and that's the end of du Plessis. The leg break, stuck onto the pitch a bit as Faf looked to push at it. Ended up getting a soft leading edge that ballooned back towards Dananjaya who took it with ease. Once again, the SA skipper missed out on a fifty, he is yet to get one on this tour. du Plessis c and b Dananjaya 49(41) [4s-3 6s-2]

Dananjaya to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

31.1
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, flatter around middle and leg, blocked off the back foot to the leg-side
30.6
2
Lakmal to Duminy, 2 runs, short ball on middle, Duminy pulls it through midwicket. Tumbling effort in the deep, easy two
30.5
3
Lakmal to du Plessis, 3 runs, slower ball on middle, du Plessis waits on it and flicks through midwicket. The deep fielder was placed square, long boundary that and they come back for three
30.4
0
Lakmal to du Plessis, no run, length ball at the stumps, du Plessis hangs back and defends
30.3
0
Lakmal to du Plessis, no run, back of a length just outside off, blocked to point
30.2
1
Lakmal to Duminy, 1 run, short of length on leg stump, Duminy short-arm pulls to fine leg
30.1
0
Lakmal to Duminy, no run, charges down but is met with a shortened length from Lakmal, stabs it to cover

Suranga Lakmal [4.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack

29.6
1
Dananjaya to Duminy, 1 run, short enough for Duminy to stay on the back foot, steers it through point
29.5
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, tossed up on leg, defended back down the pitch
29.4
2
Dananjaya to Duminy, 2 runs, thick top-edge on the sweep from Duminy, lobs up in the air and drops in the vacant midwicket region
29.3
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, plays back to a ball which skids on from a length towards middle, just manages to keep it out
29.3
1
Dananjaya to Duminy, wide, down the leg-side, Duminy misses his sweep
29.2
1
Dananjaya to du Plessis, 1 run, back of a length, pushes the leg-break through on off, du Plessis steers it through the covers
29.1
1
Dananjaya to Duminy, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, whipped out to deep midwicket
28.6
4
Rajitha to du Plessis, FOUR, wide of mid-off this time, du Plessis is putting on an exhibition here. Another fuller ball, this time he stays leg-side of the ball and creams the drive with fine timing
28.5
4
Rajitha to du Plessis, FOUR, super shot! du Plessis continues to motor along. Fuller one, slanting into him and essays a beautiful on drive, beats mid-on and once that happened, it was always going to be four
28.4
1
Rajitha to Duminy, 1 run, shortish length on leg stump, tucked off the back foot to deep mid-wicket
28.3
0
Rajitha to Duminy, no run, rash from Duminy, uses his feet and makes room for the inside out loft but it's too wide outside off. Fails to connect
28.2
1
Rajitha to du Plessis, 1 run, good ball, jagged back in sharply to cut du Plessis into half, off the inside edge towards fine leg
28.1
6
Rajitha to du Plessis, SIX, nonchalantly dumped over long-on by the skipper. Another charge down the track and just chips it over mid-on, just had to clear the infield and he ends up getting it over the ropes. Top shot
27.6
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, fuller this time, Duminy plays it from the back foot and gets a soft leading edge towards the bowler
27.5
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, another appeal, this time against Duminy. Turned down once more. Was tossed up and the southpaw went for the sweep, hit the pad and then the shoulder towards first slip where Mathews dived to his right to grab it low. No bat on it though and comfortably missing leg as well
27.4
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, loopy and full outside off, defended with a good stride forward
27.3
3
Dananjaya to du Plessis, 3 runs, quicker one, du Plessis camps back to further the shorten the length and essays a deft late cut. Won't get a boundary but good running fetches them three
27.2
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, huge LBW shout! Turned down. Seemed a close one, SL don't have reviews left though. Was the googly and du Plessis got forward to push at it, was beaten by the turn and it thudded the front pad. Did spin a fair bit and the umpire perhaps thought that iwas missing leg. Hawk Eye confirms the same, good umpiring
27.1
1
Dananjaya to Duminy, 1 run, flatter one, sliding onto the pads and is worked behind square through the leg-side

Akila Dananjaya [7.0-0-47-2] is back into the attack

26.6
0
Rajitha to du Plessis, no run, slanting into middle and leg, clipped softly to short mid-wicket
26.5
0
Rajitha to du Plessis, no run, angling in around off, defended firmly from the crease down the pitch
26.4
1
Rajitha to Duminy, 1 run, direct hit at the bowler's end but Duminy is in. Fuller ball, angling into him and he pushed it softly towards mid-on

Jean-Paul Duminy, left handed bat, comes to the crease

26.3
0
Rajitha to de Kock, out Caught by Lakmal!! Maiden ODI wicket for Rajitha! No real celebrations though, the Lankans know that they need at least another couple of quick wickets to have some sort of a chance. de Kock misses out on a well-deserved ton. Nothing shot really, was a half volley on the pads and he just lifted it over mid-wicket, didn't go hard at either and found the deep fielder with precision. Perhaps deceived by the slower ball. End of a well-paced knock. de Kock c Lakmal b Rajitha 87(78) [4s-13 6s-1]

Rajitha to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

26.2
1
Rajitha to du Plessis, 1 run, straighter line from a good length, whipped off the back foot towards deep mid-wicket
26.1
0
Rajitha to du Plessis, no run, hits the deck hard outside off stump, defended off the back foot towards point

Kasun Rajitha [3.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

25.6
1
P Jayasuriya to du Plessis, 1 run, uses his feet but doesn't quite get the space to free his arms and hence, adjusts with a tap towards short mid-wicket. Quick single
25.5
0
P Jayasuriya to du Plessis, no run, pushed through quicker on middle and leg, glanced softly towards short fine leg
25.4
1
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, flatter trajectory, de Kock sits back and cuts it through backward point
25.3
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, slower once again, the length is hung back as well, dabbed towards short third man
25.2
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, thrown up wider outside off, mistimed drive to extra cover
25.1
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, spinning into the pads from over the wicket, nudged off the back foot to short fine leg
24.6
1
Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, skids through off the deck, shorter length and it's crashed towards sweeper cover
24.5
1
Jayasuriya to du Plessis, 1 run, flatter and outside off, crunched towards mid-off for a quick single
24.4
6
Jayasuriya to du Plessis, SIX, nicely done by du Plessis! Charged down the track and the round-the-wicket angle helped him to go on the leg-side. Didn't try to overhit it, just an extension of the arms and timed it beautifully to send it way over deep mid-wicket
24.3
0
Jayasuriya to du Plessis, no run, fired this in around middle and leg, blocked off the front foot
24.2
1
Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, plenty of flight, asking the drive and de Kock obliges by stroking it through the covers
24.1
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, not very short but de Kock sits deep for the late cut, backward point intercepts with a dive to his right
23.6
0
P Jayasuriya to du Plessis, no run, quicker and fuller on leg stump, blocked with a closed face to short mid-wicket
23.5
1
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up wider outside off, stroked away down to long-on, 150 up for SA
23.4
2
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, 2 runs, a bit of turn into the left-hander but the length is short, de Kock sits back to punch it through the covers
23.3
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, slower through the air, outside off and it's punched to cover
23.2
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, quicker one around middle, defended off the back foot towards mid-wicket
23.1
1
P Jayasuriya to du Plessis, 1 run, flatter one around middle and leg, clipped off the back foot through mid-wicket

Less than 100 needed now. With eight wickets and plenty of overs in the bank, don't see SA bottling this one, even with their history of having done so many times in the past. Sri Lanka's fielding has been atrocious and the bowling just hasn't had the bite in it bar Dananjaya.

22.6
2
Jayasuriya to de Kock, 2 runs, uppish but through the gap at backward point. de Kock made room for the inside out loft over cover, only managed a slice that didn't go to hand, luckily for him
22.5
1
Jayasuriya to du Plessis, 1 run, wider outside off this time, the slog sweep comes off the inside half of the blade, finds deep mid-wicket
22.4
2
Jayasuriya to du Plessis, 2 runs, good running, converting one into two. Floated up on the pads, du Plessis worked it away on the leg-side
22.3
1
Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, the slider, straighter lines and finds the inside edge. Goes through backward square leg
22.2
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, quicker one, fuller in length and de Kock once again blocks, this time straight to the bowler
22.1
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, very full and outside off, defended off the front foot towards the off-side

Shehan Jayasuriya, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

21.6
4
P Jayasuriya to du Plessis, FOUR, one of du Plessis' signature strokes, the inside out chip over extra cover. Sashayed down the pitch and made room, ensured that he wasn't too close to the ball and got the elevation that he wanted. Splits sweeper and long-off with precision
21.5
0
P Jayasuriya to du Plessis, no run, slides on after pitching, Faf pushes at it with hard hands and it trickles off the inside edge towards short fine leg
21.4
1
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, drifting in on middle and leg, nudged down to fine leg
21.3
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, an anti climax in the end. de Kock went for the sweep and it bobbled up off the pads, Kusal Perera seemed to have taken it with a dive and the Lankans went for the review. They thought that there was some bat but in the end, the ball actually bounced before the keeper, making the rest unnecessary. The LBW is also checked for, it's missing leg stump. Review lost

SL review. Bobbled up towards Kusal Perera who dived forward to take it. The umpire doesn't feel there is any bat there, hence Mathews goes for the review. Seemed like pad and arm to me. Hang on, Kusal Perera hasn't taken it cleanly at all.

21.2
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, slower and fuller around off, blocked well with a good stride forward
21.1
3
P Jayasuriya to du Plessis, 3 runs, off the outside edge but well wide of slip and beats backward point who chases it down eventually. Was slowed down by Jayasuriya and du Plessis pushed at it with an angled bat. Trickled away, three more to the total

Prabath Jayasuriya [3.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

20.6
4
Perera to de Kock, FOUR, that's a brilliant hook shot. This short ball was right at his face, but he was still able to smack it all along the ground through square leg
20.6
1
Perera to de Kock, wide, back of a length down leg, an appeal from Sri Lanka but that's more of a distraction ploy, umpire isn't fooled
20.5
0
Perera to de Kock, no run, good height on the bumper, de Kock thinks about the pull but doesn't go through
20.4
1
Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, advances again, clips it off the pads through midwicket
20.3
0
Perera to du Plessis, no run, shortens the length as du Plessis uses his feet, defended to short midwicket
20.2
0
Perera to du Plessis, no run, back of a length on middle, blocked
20.1
0
Perera to du Plessis, no run, full ball on middle, punched firmly wide of mid-on where Tharanga slides across to stop the ball
19.6
1
Dananjaya to du Plessis, 1 run, nice leg-break, drifting in on leg and turning away. Du Plessis gets a thick edge to point
19.5
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, drifting in on leg, de Kock sweeps hard to long leg
19.4
1
Dananjaya to du Plessis, 1 run, flat and short, pulls it to deep midwicket
19.3
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, flat leg-break at the stumps, blocked
19.2
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, defended to leg
19.1
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, bat-pad chance, but no short leg. There's a leg-slip rather. Sharp off-break from Dananjaya, takes the inside edge and pops up off the pad, safe
18.6
2
Perera to de Kock, 2 runs, slaps it away wide of backward point who got a hand while diving across, parries it towards third man
18.5
0
Perera to de Kock, no run, banged in short, spongily bounces over off. De Kock bails out
18.4
0
Perera to de Kock, no run, slower ball on middle, blocked back
18.3
1
Perera to du Plessis, 1 run, leg-stump line, glanced to fine leg
18.2
0
Perera to du Plessis, no run, back of a length, straightens on middle, du Plessis is squared up in defence
18.1
2
Perera to du Plessis, 2 runs, another misfield. Full length ball outside off, du Plessis laces it through cover where it sneaks under substitute Shanaka's dive
17.6
4
Dananjaya to de Kock, FOUR, now through the on-side, bad bowling. Sliding well down leg, de Kock helps it along fine
17.5
4
Dananjaya to de Kock, FOUR, flighted off-break, de Kock ensures his front leg is not in the way, it allows him to cream the ball through the covers
17.4
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, sliding in on middle and leg, defended
17.3
1
Dananjaya to du Plessis, 1 run, knocks it down to long-on

Faf du Plessis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.2
0
Dananjaya to Markram, out Caught by Kusal Perera!! Faint outside edge, Markram walks. His misery against spin continues. He initially wanted to use his feet here, but seeing that Dananjaya had pulled the length back, he stayed put. It rips away from a length, takes the edge and is pouched safely by Kusal Perera. Markram c Kusal Perera b Dananjaya 3(11)

Dananjaya to Markram, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.1
0
Dananjaya to Markram, no run, flighted at the stumps, defended

It's drinks!

16.6
4
Perera to de Kock, FOUR, mediocre bowling, gentle half-volley at the stumps, driven back handsomely down the pitch
16.5
1
Perera to Markram, 1 run, length ball around off, nudged wide of mid-on
16.4
0
Perera to Markram, no run, pitched up at the stumps, firmly on-driven to mid-on
16.3
0
Perera to Markram, no run, presses forward to a length ball and plays it back down the pitch
16.2
0
Perera to Markram, no run, length ball on off, Markram prods it into the off-side
16.1
0
Perera to Markram, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

Thisara Perera [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack

15.6
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, defended into the off-side
15.5
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, the googly grubs along the ground, takes the toe-edge and goes on the bounce to slip
15.4
1
Dananjaya to Markram, 1 run, positive footwork again, advances down and squeezes it to long-on
15.3
0
Dananjaya to Markram, no run, strides down, takes it on the full and flicks to short midwicket
15.2
0
Dananjaya to Markram, no run, tosses the leg-break up on middle, Markram watches it keenly and defends forward
15.1
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, pushed through the covers
14.6
1
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, looped up across off, de Kock works it through midwicket
14.5
1
P Jayasuriya to Markram, 1 run, sliding in on middle and leg, turned through square leg
14.4
1
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, paddles it through short fine
14.3
4
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, FOUR, Jayasuriya bowled this outside leg, not a bad idea when the batsman shapes to reverse-sweep, but de Kock still slaps it away through backward point. No great surprise that the fielder in the deep can't cut it off
14.2
4
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, FOUR, gets the reverse-sweep away fine of backward point, raises a quick fifty
14.1
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, turned to short midwicket

Aiden Markram, right handed bat, comes to the crease

13.6
0
Dananjaya to Amla, out Caught&Bowled!! Amla steps out, takes it on the full and smashes it back at Dananjaya who somehow cushions it into his tummy. He got really lucky there. It went through his hands, struck his thigh and bounced into the midriff, allowing him to curl up and wrap it around. It's a wonder that Sri Lanka have held onto a catch today, let alone such a sharp one. Amla turns back in slight disbelief. Amla c and b Dananjaya 43(43) [4s-6]

Dananjaya to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

13.5
4
Dananjaya to Amla, FOUR, tossed up on middle, Amla sweeps behind square. Runs flowing
13.4
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, turns in sharply at Amla who was lining up a cut, gets a thick under-edge and chops it into the pitch instead
13.3
2
Dananjaya to Amla, 2 runs, swept fine of backward square, Tharanga throws himself across and manages a hand on it, takes the pace off
13.2
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, pushed to long-off

That LBW shout against de Kock in the previous over, it had indeed come off the glove. Good call

13.1
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, converts it into a half-volley after stepping out, drills it to sweeper cover
12.6
1
P Jayasuriya to Amla, 1 run, flighted just outside off, pushed to long-off
12.5
1
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, turns it round the corner, comfortable
12.4
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, reverse-swept firmly but straight to backward point
12.3
0
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, Jayasuriya is excited about the LBW appeal, not out given. An attempted reverse-sweep from de Kock, did it pop up off the arm or the glove? If it was the arm, it could've been close
12.2
1
P Jayasuriya to Amla, 1 run, flighted up around off, driven to sweeper cover
12.1
1
P Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, full toss angled across off, paddled to long leg
11.6
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, paddles it to the right of short fine leg who stops the ball thankfully
11.5
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, pushed to cover
11.4
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, punched back to the bowler
11.4
1
Dananjaya to Amla, wide, turning down the leg-side
11.3
4
Dananjaya to Amla, FOUR, Sri Lanka's fielding is getting seriously embarrassing at this point. De Kock has a giggle to himself. Loopy full toss, driven to the left of Rajitha who dives right on top of it
11.2
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up at the stumps, driven to long-off
11.1
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, flat leg-break outside off, punches it through the covers
10.6
1
P Jayasuriya to Amla, 1 run, tossed up outside off, driven through the covers
10.5
0
P Jayasuriya to Amla, no run, fired in quicker as Amla uses his feet, the ball skids into his pad
10.4
0
P Jayasuriya to Amla, no run, jammed back to the bowler
10.3
0
P Jayasuriya to Amla, no run, sliding in with the arm, a little inside edge from Amla onto the pad. Could've been close otherwise
10.2
0
P Jayasuriya to Amla, no run, pushed to mid-off
10.1
4
P Jayasuriya to Amla, FOUR, South Africa going along merrily as Sri Lanka continue to err. Jayasuriya's first ball is drifting down leg, Amla couldn't be happier as he paddles it fine

Prabath Jayasuriya, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

9.6
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, chopped to point
9.5
4
Dananjaya to de Kock, FOUR, ridiculous fielding, Lakmal the man. Short and wide, a bad ball to begin with but the fielding is even worse. De Kock's cut was straight at cover-point where it went right through Lakmal's legs
9.4
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, dances down and tucks it through square leg
9.3
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up, drifting in on leg, de Kock gets his front leg away and pushes to long-off
9.2
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, flighted googly, defended wide of square leg
9.1
4
Dananjaya to Amla, FOUR, flighted on leg stump, Amla sits on his back knee and sweeps behind backward square
8.6
0
Perera to de Kock, no run, back of a length outside off, chopped to backward point
8.5
4
Perera to de Kock, FOUR, overpitched, de Kock makes some room against it and squeezes it away through the covers
8.4
0
Perera to de Kock, no run, pitched up at the stumps, punched to mid-off
8.3
0
Perera to de Kock, no run, overpitched outside off, drilled to cover-point
8.2
1
Perera to Amla, 1 run, flicked away from off stump through square leg
8.1
0
Perera to Amla, no run, floaty full ball outside off, teases Amla into a booming drive but just nibbles past his outside edge

Thisara Perera, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

7.6
6
Dananjaya to de Kock, SIX, uses his feet and swipes it over long-on, fantastic hit against the turn
7.5
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, good work at short cover, prevents de Kock from piercing this through
7.4
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, beautifully held back, de Kock resorts to defend after advancing and gets a thick edge to backward point
7.3
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, pushes it to short cover
7.2
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, drifting in on leg, de Kock defends back
7.1
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, flighted outside off, Amla shimmies out and drives to mid-off. Hurries across for the single

Akila Dananjaya, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

6.6
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, back of a length on off, dabs it to the keeper
6.5
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, back of a length on leg, turned to square leg
6.4
1
Lakmal to Amla, 1 run, back of a length on off, works it wide of midwicket
6.3
0
Lakmal to Amla, no run, punches it to cover-point
6.2
4
Lakmal to Amla, FOUR, he's finding his timing. Such a good shot this. The length wasn't there for a full-fledged pull, but even his short-arm jab through square leg races away
6.1
0
Lakmal to Amla, no run, back of a length delivery wide of off, Amla fails to connect with his cut

Angelo Mathews gets his whole team together for a chat

5.6
0
Rajitha to de Kock, no run, flicked to square leg
5.5
4
Rajitha to de Kock, FOUR, more sloppy work in the field. They're a wreck out there. Low full toss outside off, driven to short cover who lets it right underneath him
5.4
0
Rajitha to de Kock, no run, harsh to call it a chance, let alone a drop. Punched back fiercely to the right of Rajitha who got stuck out a hand to it. Needed some luck there, but didn't have it. Bounces of his fingers towards mid-off
5.3
2
Rajitha to de Kock, 2 runs, clipped away backward of square, add two more to the total
5.2
4
Rajitha to de Kock, FOUR, width on offer, flayed through extra-cover. Sri Lanka hurting
5.1
0
Rajitha to de Kock, no run, another one flicked straight to midwicket, and it's put down again. Oh dear. De Kock with the reprieve now. Full ball on leg stump, he carelessly flicked it to Dananjaya who seemed to have had it in his grasp, but apparently not. Pops onto the floor
4.6
0
Lakmal to Amla, no run, Lakmal being forced to go even wider of off, full and wide, Amla mistimes it off the toe-end to cover
4.5
4
Lakmal to Amla, FOUR, walks across the stumps and flicks a perfectly decent delivery through square leg. What timing
4.4
0
Lakmal to Amla, no run, length ball outside off, left alone
4.3
0
Lakmal to Amla, no run, length ball, nips in sharply but Amla lets it go in the knowledge that it wasn't going to trouble off stump
4.2
2
Lakmal to Amla, 2 runs, walks down and clips it behind square from off stump
4.1
0
Lakmal to Amla, no run, full ball around off, Amla gets a thick inside edge as he presses forward. Might have been on its way to the stumps if not for the back pad
3.6
4
Rajitha to de Kock, FOUR, half-volley, creamed back down the ground. Rajitha tried to stick his boot out but couldn't stop it
3.5
1
Rajitha to Amla, 1 run, dropped! Flicked in the air straight to midwicket, a sitter really, pops right out of Kusal Perera's hand. He tried to grab the rebound but failed there as well
3.4
0
Rajitha to Amla, no run, walks down, Rajitha smartly shortens his length and keeps him to a mistimed punch to cover-point
3.3
0
Rajitha to Amla, no run, back of a length on off, punched back down to Rajitha
3.2
0
Rajitha to Amla, no run, speared in full on middle, Amla punches to mid-on
3.1
2
Rajitha to Amla, 2 runs, back of a length on off, Amla stands tall and clips it through midwicket
2.6
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, advances down, looks to slap this back of a length delivery through this off-side but mistimes it to cover-point
2.5
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, back of a length outside off, driven to point
2.4
2
Lakmal to de Kock, 2 runs, uses his feet, steps away from the line and slices it behind backward point. It's to the left of third man, enough time to take two
2.3
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, back of a length just outside off, punched to cover-point
2.2
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, driven to cover
2.1
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, back of a length on off, slower ball, dabbed to backward point
1.6
0
Rajitha to Amla, no run, back of a length around off, punches it to mid-off
1.5
0
Rajitha to Amla, no run, pitched right up on middle, Amla's bat comes across at an angle and, if not for a thick inside edge, he'd have been pinned dead in front
1.4
0
Rajitha to Amla, no run, back of a length, punched back
1.3
2
Rajitha to Amla, 2 runs, full ball on middle and leg, good form or bad form, Amla is going to flick it away. Off the mark with a couple behind square
1.2
1
Rajitha to de Kock, 1 run, squared up with some away movement, gets it off a thick edge to third man
1.1
0
Rajitha to de Kock, no run, overpitched wide of off, de Kock tries to squeeze it through point but is beaten

Kasun Rajitha, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
3
Lakmal to de Kock, 3 runs, fuller than a good length, middle and leg, de Kock drives wide of mid-on and beats his dive. It gets tracked down inside the boundary though
0.5
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, nasty delivery, rearing up from a length and smashing de Kock on the gloves. He was totally taken aback by the misbehaving bounce. Lucky that it went straight down
0.4
4
Lakmal to de Kock, FOUR, back of a length delivery outside off, steered to backward point where Jayasuriya makes a hash of it. He got his feet in a tangle and it snuck right through him
0.3
4
Lakmal to de Kock, FOUR, beats Mathews this time, races away for four. Three out of three for de Kock in terms of timing, good stride across to meet this length ball, presents the full face and punches it through extra cover
0.2
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, length ball just outside off, again a nice crack off de Kock's bat as he drives on the up, Mathews with a superb diving effort at short cover
0.1
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, not the best delivery to start, strays on the pads and is clipped crisply to midwicket

de Kock and Amla are at the crease. de Kock is on strike. Lakmal will open the attack