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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 4th ODI

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Date: 08 August 2018

South Africa 187/9 (21 Ovs) RR: 8.90 | Sri Lanka won by 3 runs

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"We'll have a drink tonight," is what an elated Mathews said in that post-match interview. It's a happy Sri Lankan outfit out there, while South Africa too aren't really disturbed much by this loss because they have already sealed the series with a game to go. Quite an experience for de Kock on his captaincy debut. To be honest, he was a bit nervous in that presentation ceremony. He is looking forward to enjoying this new responsibility. We'll see how it all pans out. These two teams will meet again for the final ODI in Colombo on Sunday. Join us for all the action from 14:30 local time. Until then, goodbye!

Mathews: "It was very important to win today, extremely proud of the way we fought. The batters put up a decent score on a good pitch to bat on, it was a fantastic effort by the bowlers as well. The batters are starting to score runs on good wickets, credit to the groundstaff for working hard for getting the ground ready in time with the rain breaks."

De Kock: "Disappointing to lose a game like that, but it was a good game. Not too sure what went wrong, but credit to Sri Lanka for putting pressure on us. I love the responsibility of captaincy."

Shanaka: "I am happy that I performed well when I got the opportunity in the playing XI. I was not nervous and I enjoyed my batting."

Dasun Shanaka is the Man of the Match

The target was 191 in 21 overs and the Proteas were cruising at one stage with Duminy going great guns, but he attempted a suicidal run three balls after Klaasen was dismissed and opened the door for Sri Lanka. Thisara bowled exceptionally well at the death, sticking to bowling only back of a length and not trying the fancy yorkers or slower balls. Two overs, 13 runs and a wicket was what he managed and then Lakmal learnt from what Thisara was doing succesfully - bowl the hard length with the pitch helping the ball to skid. His slower ball to Miller with 8 needed off 5 in the final over was great execution and from there on, Sri Lanka had it in their hands.

Before the start of the series, Angelo Mathews spoke about how Sri Lanka needed to improve their poor ODI record in recent times. Going 3-0 down didn't help matters and look at those emotions from him. Tells you how much it means to him. When he took Klaasen's catch, he threw the ball away in anger and now he celebrates with a wild roar like a youngster. He badly wanted this win! How did South Africa let this slip? Well they have their own story to tell, don't they?

20.6
1
Lakmal to Junior Dala, 1 run, this is superb comeback victory for Sri Lanka, one that has saved them from a whitewash! Back of a length delivery on the stumps, Dala mistimes the slap and hits it only as far as cover

Final ball, 5 runs needed!

20.5
2
Lakmal to Junior Dala, 2 runs, this time he swings and gets a thick inside edge that rolls to deep square leg, the man protecting the deep mid-wicket boundary runs to his right and cuts it off
20.4
0
Lakmal to Junior Dala, no run, beaten and almost bowled! The crowd is overjoyed with the dot ball. Back of a length zipping off the surface and just missing the top of leg stump, Dala tried to play to long-on. Swing hard sir!
20.3
1
Lakmal to Lungi Ngidi, 1 run, short of length delivery on the off stump, Ngidi taps it to long-on

Lungi Ngidi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

8 off 4 balls now. Sri Lanka sense a win here. What's the field? Mid-off, cover, backward point and third man on the off-side

20.2
0
Lakmal to Miller, out Bowled!! This is unbeliveable thought process from Lakmal if this was a deliberate slower ball. He packed the off-side field and everyone thought it was going to be a wide yorker or back of a length outside off stump, and then he cleverly slips out a slower ball on target and Miller didn't read that from the hand. Reacted with a slog but only managed an inside edge before the ball crashed into the off stump. Oh South Africa, not yet again! Miller b Lakmal 21(17) [6s-1]

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

Mathews and Thisara talk to Lakmal again. Should there be one more fielder on the off-side? Now they have a short third man and backward point is stationed deep.

20.1
0
Lakmal to Miller, no run, back of a length and wide outside off stump, smashed to sweeper cover, Miller isn't running, he wants to finish this alone

Junior Dala, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Final over, Lakmal to bowl with South Africa needed 8 runs. Mathews, Thisara and Lakmal have a chat. Fine leg and backward square leg inside. Long-on, long-off, sweeper on the off-side, third man is there as well. Two men at extra-cover

19.6
0
Perera to Maharaj, out Bowled!! He's hit the top of off stump. Lovely delivery and it's a precious dot for Sri Lanka. Maharaj anyway has played a decent hand. Back of a length and on the off stump, Maharaj swipes across and finds the stumps disturbed. Two great overs under pressure at the death from Perera - 13 runs and a wicket. Maharaj b Perera 17(14) [4s-3]

Perera to Maharaj, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

19.5
1
Perera to Miller, 1 run, oh confusion but Sri Lanka miss the stumps when it mattered most! Two direct-hits that didn't result in a wicket. Miller stopped for a moment after defending this length ball to cover, Akila Dananjaya doesn't fire an accurate throw at the bowler's end, Miller dives and escapes
19.4
1
Perera to Maharaj, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off stump, Maharaj taps it to point
19.3
4
Perera to Maharaj, FOUR, that's a top shot under pressure. Silence at the ground. Length ball but gave just a bit of room outside off stump and Maharaj was already staying leg-side to give himself room, smacked off the back foot and past the diving cover fielder
19.2
1
Perera to Miller, 1 run, good length delivery outside off stump, Miller guides it to backward point, just a run
19.1
1
Perera to Maharaj, 1 run, direct-hit again, ball deflects away, second run on but Miller sends Maharaj back as he wants strike. Maharaj steps out and mistimes the drive to mid-off, in fact the bat was plugged inside the crease and not dragged in, dangerous ploy
18.6
1
Lakmal to Maharaj, 1 run, interesting, he's taken a single last ball and well keep strike. Short of a length delivery on the off stump, Maharaj taps it to point and sets off
18.5
0
Lakmal to Maharaj, no run, slower delivery outside off stump, Maharaj swings again and misses, got to stay balanced while trying to make contact with the ball
18.4
0
Lakmal to Maharaj, no run, short of length and beaten. Maharaj walks down the pitch and tries to slog through mid-wicket, the ball sneaks under the bat
18.3
4
Lakmal to Maharaj, FOUR, that's the kind of luck you need under pressure. Maharaj swings hard at this good length delivery and gets a thick inside edge that escapes past the stumps and beats the keeper's dive
18.2
1
Lakmal to Miller, 1 run, sensible play by Miller runs this down to third man, allowing the short of length delivery to come to him
18.1
2
Lakmal to Miller, 2 runs, good length delivery on the leg stump, Miller works it through square leg and returns for the second run

24 off 18 now

17.6
0
Perera to Maharaj, no run, beaten! Good over from Perera. Note the length this over. Everything has been close to back of a length, a length that is almost forgotten by bowlers at the death nowadays. Didn't try the fancy yorker and bowl freebies, kept it simple and it was effective. Perera bowls this with pacy and the ball skids off the pitch
17.5
0
Perera to Maharaj, no run, inside edge misses the stumps and rolls to the keeper
17.4
3
Perera to Miller, 3 runs, this is brilliant running from Maharaj and he's also managed to steal an overthrow run. Good length delivery just outside off stump, Miller softly pushes to long-off, Shanaka fires a direct-hit at the bowler's end and the ball deflects away in the gap to give them the third

Direct-hit, but Maharaj seems to be home. Yes, he's in!

17.3
1
Perera to Maharaj, 1 run, tap-and-run single to cover, a direct-hit could be tight, but Mathews fumbles while trying to pick up the ball in a hurry to effect a run-out
17.2
0
Perera to Maharaj, no run, past the outside edge, Perera hits the seam with this length ball and gets it to move away, Maharaj pokes in his defence and almost nicks off
17.1
1
Perera to Miller, 1 run, good length delivery, tapped to extra-cover
16.6
4
Lakmal to Maharaj, FOUR, that silly mistake by Sri Lanka has cost them five runs now. Mathews isn't happy. Pressure built has been released. Maharaj is another one that can bat, Lakmal bowls this length ball wide outside off stump and Maharaj crashes it wide of cover with no fielders in the deep
16.6
2
Lakmal to Miller, no ball, 1 run, with all that's happening at the other end, Miller calmly pushes one to long-off and keeps strike. Hang on, there's some confusion, Mathews is talking to umpire Paul Reiffel and it's called a no ball because Mathews didn't have enough fielders inside the ring. Free-hit now
16.5
1
Lakmal to Maharaj, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Maharaj taps it to cover

Keshav Maharaj, right handed bat, comes to the crease

16.4
0
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, out Caught by de Silva!! Wow!!! Just Wow! What a catch! We saw QdK fly and take one off Mathews, now Dhananjaya de Silva is air-borne and almost horizontal to the ground as he grabs this screamer. Short of a length delivery from Lakmal, Mulder wants to break free after those dots, goes for a boundary and doesn't bother to keep the pull shot down, mid-wicket jumps and flies to his left and grabs it with both hands. Crowd right behind the home team. Miller needs support! Willem Mulder c de Silva b Lakmal 4(7) [4s-1]

Lakmal to Willem Mulder, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

16.3
0
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, oh inside onto pad and almost onto the stumps! It's all happening out there, pressure on Mulder, has played five dots since that first ball boundary. Good length delivery just outside off stump, Mulder tries to push it into the off-side
16.3
1
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, wide, that's the bowler giving a freebie, Lakmal expects Mulder to back away, but the batsman stays put and this one goes down the leg-side
16.2
0
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, jumps down the pitch, bowler follows him and cramps him with a short of length delivery, Mulder misses the flick, hit on the thigh pad, dot added
16.1
1
Lakmal to Miller, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off stump, Miller punches towards cover and sets off

Suranga Lakmal [2.0-0-25-1] is back into the attack

38 off 30 now

15.6
0
Perera to Willem Mulder, no run, three dots in a row, but they got the boundary in the over, good length delivery outside off stump, punched to cover again
15.5
0
Perera to Willem Mulder, no run, a decent-looking back foot punch and he finds the man at cover, two dots now
15.4
0
Perera to Willem Mulder, no run, oh beaten! Not much of feet movement to this short of length delivery, again Perera gets it to zip off the surface, just left the batsman a touch and almost took the outside edge
15.3
4
Perera to Willem Mulder, FOUR, now this is the kind of calm that is needed at this stage. First ball of the innings for Mulder, Perera is on top of his game having gone through the gate, but Mulder isn't disturbed much. Spots some width on this short of length delivery and plays an easy-looking guide off the back foot with an angled bat, focus on timing than power and he also got the placement right to the left of backward point

Willem Mulder, right handed bat, comes to the crease

42 off 34 balls with 4 wickets in hand, especially with Miller at the crease, surely you got to do this South Africa! It's all intense out there.

15.2
0
Perera to Phehlukwayo, out Bowled!! He's missed this straight one, may have just nipped away slightly if at all there was any movement. Beaten for pace and in fact he got a big inside edge on that one. The ball skids on from a good length and catches Phehlukwayo on the back foot, hurried the batsman and the sticks were disturbed. Phehlukwayo b Perera 9(10) [4s-2]

Perera to Phehlukwayo, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

15.1
1
Perera to Miller, 1 run, on a length outside off, Miller drives on the rise to sweeper cover

Thisara Perera [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

14.6
0
de Silva to Phehlukwayo, no run, shimmies down and is hurried into the drive, under edges it in front of cover
14.5
0
de Silva to Phehlukwayo, no run, quicker and sliding on, Phehlukwayo misses the whip and is rapped on the pads. Going down
14.4
1
de Silva to Miller, 1 run, nudged wide of mid-wicket
14.3
1
de Silva to Phehlukwayo, 1 run, not all that short and hence the "ayyo" from Dickwella as Phehlukwayo chops it past cover
14.2
1
de Silva to Miller, 1 run, fraction short and it hurries onto Miller, who splices the pull to long-on
14.2
1
de Silva to Miller, wide, darted down leg and Miller misses the glance, Dickwella does well to move across and stop
14.1
6
de Silva to Miller, SIX, South Africa will keep going. They have nothing to lose here. Couple of steps down and that is enough for Miller to get to the pitch of the ball, lofted it straight and flat over the bowler

Two pieces of brilliance in the field has brought Sri Lanka back in the game. Now, they have to be more disciplined to pull this off. Here is Dhananjaya..

13.6
0
Lahiru Kumara to Phehlukwayo, no run, makes room to open up the off-side field, Kumara keeps it plain and simple - full outside off and Phehlukwayo is too far away to connect with his shot
13.5
4
Lahiru Kumara to Phehlukwayo, FOUR, in the air and wide of Tharanga. Full and at the pads, Phehlukwayo flicks it uppishly and gets away with it, Tharanga tried his best but the ball was nowhere near him
13.4
0
Lahiru Kumara to Phehlukwayo, no run, backs away to leg and tries to go over extra cover, the back of a length delivery seams away to beat the swinging blade, just bounces over the stumps. So close!
13.3
0
Lahiru Kumara to Phehlukwayo, no run, fuller and around off, Phehlukwayo drives it back to Kumara, who gathers and throws wide of the batsman. A starring contest between Phehlukwayo and Kumara
13.2
0
Lahiru Kumara to Phehlukwayo, no run, back of a length on off, Phehlukwayo is opened up slightly as he stabs it to point
13.1
4
Lahiru Kumara to Phehlukwayo, FOUR, Kumara should learn quick at this level. He was punished in his first over when he dug it in short and nothing has changed, tries to rush the batsman with a short one and Phehlukwayo is up for it, pulled along the ground in front of square

Andile Phehlukwayo, left handed bat, comes to the crease

12.6
0
de Silva to Duminy, out Duminy Run Out!! It is that man again - Shanaka. He can't do any wrong today. Maybe he can also walk on water. Hesitation in running and that has cost Duminy his wicket. Bunted the flatter delivery towards extra cover, started-stopped and then went for the risky single, Shanaka cut the angle and had one stump to aim at the bowler's end, voila, he hits the bulls-eye. Duminy was well short of the crease. Game on! Duminy run out (Shanaka) 38(23) [4s-3 6s-2]

de Silva to Duminy, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!

12.5
1
de Silva to Miller, 1 run, touch fuller and that allows Miller to get going with a single to long-on
12.4
0
de Silva to Miller, no run, another push through.. Miller defends to cover
12.3
0
de Silva to Miller, no run, darted in flat on off, Miller knocks it back

David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease

12.2
0
de Silva to Klaasen, out Caught by Mathews!! Mathews throws the ball away in anger. That shows his frustration with Sri Lanka's bowling and fielding. Once more Klaasen moves too far down leg to play a shot through the off-side, this ball was near leg-stump and he wanted to force it past cover, in the air and going quickly to Mathews' left at cover, he moves swiftly and pouches it cleanly. Klaasen c Mathews b de Silva 17(13) [4s-2]

de Silva to Klaasen, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

12.1
1
de Silva to Duminy, 1 run, fired in from round the wicket, Duminy makes room to play the whip, ekes out an inside edge onto the pad and the ball runs away fine
11.6
2
Lahiru Kumara to Klaasen, 2 runs, banged in and Klaasen is not one to back out of a shot, takes it on and splices the pull over mid-on. Tharanga is the fielder and he runs back, dives and still the ball evades him
11.5
1
Lahiru Kumara to Duminy, 1 run, spears in a yorker and Duminy is content with a jam in front of cover
11.4
1
Lahiru Kumara to Klaasen, 1 run, fraction short and Klaasen punches it square, keeps sweeper busy
11.3
0
Lahiru Kumara to Klaasen, no run, on a length outside off, Klaasen toe-ends his push to the left of Kumara
11.2
2
Lahiru Kumara to Klaasen, 2 runs, pitched up outside off and Klaasen throws his bat at it, the bat turned on impact and the shot is sliced square on the off-side, drops just in front of the incoming sweeper. Two more
11.1
0
Lahiru Kumara to Klaasen, no run, short of length on off, Klaasen hops and defends to cover

Lahiru Kumara [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack

10.6
1
de Silva to Klaasen, 1 run, dragged down and Klaasen mistimes the pull to deep mid-wicket, just a single
10.5
1
de Silva to Duminy, 1 run, quicker and arrowing in, wristed to long-on
10.4
1
de Silva to Klaasen, 1 run, makes room and slices it hard over the point region, sweeper tidies up
10.3
4
de Silva to Klaasen, FOUR, risky but effective. Dhananjaya is pushing them through and Klaasen gives himself room to play this off the stumps, punched through extra cover and this time sweeper had no chance. He was a goner had he missed that
10.2
1
de Silva to Duminy, 1 run, flatter and attacking the sticks, punched to long-off
10.1
1
de Silva to Klaasen, 1 run, moves back and across to punch this past Mathews at cover, sweeper does well to keep it to a single
9.6
1
Dananjaya to Klaasen, 1 run, now allows the ball to turn before working it into the on-side, for a single
9.5
4
Dananjaya to Klaasen, FOUR, lovely shot! Just his second ball and Klaasen has played an exquisite inside out loft. Flighted outside off, Klaasen stays beside the line and extends his arms to loft it cleanly over extra cover, one bounce and into the fence
9.4
0
Dananjaya to Klaasen, no run, googly and Klaasen read it off the surface, knocked towards mid-wicket

Heinrich Klaasen, right handed bat, comes to the crease

9.3
0
Dananjaya to Amla, out Caught by Lahiru Kumara!! There's the breakthrough. Amla has a wry smile on his face. He can't believe he has picked out the fielder. Tossed up well outside off, Amla wanted to go over the infield on the off-side, but the bat face opened and the sliced loft travels only as far as backward point. Kumara clings on and Sri Lanka can once again think about fighting back. Amla c Lahiru Kumara b Dananjaya 40(23) [4s-6]

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

9.2
1
Dananjaya to Duminy, leg byes, 1 run, he's aiming for the reverse sweep and does not get it once again, struck outside off and the ball rolls away into the on-side
9.1
6
Dananjaya to Duminy, SIX, he was itching to have a go and rightly targets Dananjaya. Sashays down the wicket, gets right to the pitch of the delivery and launches it with a straight bat over deep mid-wicket. The sound when bat made contact with the ball, just fabulous
9.1
1
Dananjaya to Duminy, wide, backed away and Dananjaya fires it down leg, no connection on the sweep and there is another wide
8.6
1
de Silva to Duminy, 1 run, races down and drives to long-off
8.5
1
de Silva to Amla, 1 run, fuller and angled across off, Amla chips it down to long-off
8.4
0
de Silva to Amla, no run, makes room and is kept quiet by a quick delivery, pushed back
8.3
1
de Silva to Duminy, 1 run, the slider which skids on and almost goes through Duminy's defenses. A thick inside edge is squirted to backward square
8.2
0
de Silva to Duminy, no run, shimmies down and is cramped for room, inside edges the punch near his feet
8.2
1
de Silva to Duminy, wide, darted down leg and Duminy can't help it along the way, wide called
8.1
1
de Silva to Amla, 1 run, round the wicket and on the stumps, recipe for a single through the on-side, Amla does it with ease

Dhananjaya de Silva, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

7.6
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, dropped! This is just unacceptable. A straightforward chance and Lakmal has grassed it. The sweeper was brought in and an extra man on the leg-side was sent out. So, Duminy decides to play the reverse sweep, does not get hold of it and hits it straight to extra cover, Lakmal there puts it down. Had to fetch that from outside leg and hence got it in front of square instead of behind point
7.5
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, a neat wrist-roll on the nurdle and places it wide of mid-wicket
7.4
1
Dananjaya to Duminy, 1 run, runs down the wicket while giving himself room, Dananjaya follows him and the flick is straight to deep backward square

Mathews has a word with Dananjaya. The field remains similar to the first ball.

7.3
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, allows the ball to turn and then nudges it wide of mid-wicket
7.2
4
Dananjaya to Amla, FOUR, horrible. Sri Lankan bowlers have been all over the place. Juicy low full toss with no protection in the deep on the off-side, easy for Amla who creams the drive and pierces the packed off-side ring
7.2
1
Dananjaya to Amla, wide, Dickwella went up for a strangle down leg, but not much from Dananjaya. Darted down leg and Amla missed the paddle, there was an appeal but it might have been to put the umpire off from signaling a wide
7.1
1
Dananjaya to Duminy, 1 run, tossed up on middle, driven to long-off

Akila Dananjaya [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

6.6
1
Shanaka to Duminy, 1 run, tucked away through square leg
6.5
4
Shanaka to Duminy, FOUR, that's a gift and it's been dispatched to the fence. Straying on leg, Duminy moves across and tickles it very fine. Back to back fours for Duminy
6.4
4
Shanaka to Duminy, FOUR, "I haven't seen JP Duminy striking better than this ever," admits Pommie Mbangwa on air. Duminy charges out of his crease like a raging bull. Flexes his muscles and carves it powerfully through extra cover
6.3
1
Shanaka to Amla, 1 run, spanked through cover
6.2
1
Shanaka to Duminy, 1 run, tapped with soft hands towards cover
6.1
1
Shanaka to Amla, 1 run, dropped in front of mid-wicket and they take the gamble for a single. A direct-hit at the non-striker's end and Amla would've been back in the hut. The fielder misses the stumps by a whisker and the Sri Lankans know how close it was.. jeez!
5.6
4
Lahiru Kumara to Duminy, leg byes, FOUR, again, Kumara's line and length goes for a toss. Slipping down leg, this time Duminy can't connect with the pull. Gets it on the thigh and it trickles away escaping Dickwella to the fine leg fence
5.5
2
Lahiru Kumara to Duminy, 2 runs, lively short ball from Kumara, rising up awkwardly at Duminy - who fended it to square leg after taking his bottom-hand off the handle. Good running ensures that they come back for the second
5.4
6
Lahiru Kumara to Duminy, SIX, Duminy is on the move. Takes the aerial route after coming down the track. Didn't middle it as he mistimed this heave. But it was enough for the ball to take its journey over mid-wicket
5.3
4
Lahiru Kumara to Duminy, FOUR, Kumara is known for this. Sprays it all over the place. This was short, the idea was good but the execution was wayward. Down leg, Duminy swivels and helps it away very fine
5.2
1
Lahiru Kumara to Amla, 1 run, short and outside off, Amla jumps back. Shows niceties and glides it to third man using Kumara's pace
5.1
1
Lahiru Kumara to Duminy, 1 run, banged in short, Duminy brings out the pull and directs it to deep square leg

Lahiru Kumara, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

4.6
4
Shanaka to Amla, FOUR, Amla is taking the bowlers to task. Anything gross, he's made sure that he has dismissed it to the fence. Dipping slower ball, turns out to be a full toss on leg for Shanaka. Amla lowers his stance, waits and paddles it flawlessly to the fine leg fence
4.5
1
Shanaka to Duminy, 1 run, Duminy walks down the track, twirls his wrists and nudges it to the mid-wicket region

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

4.4
0
Shanaka to Hendricks, out Caught by de Silva!! The centurion from last game perishes early today. The scoreboard pressure could be the reason for him taking this chance. Fuller outside off, Hendricks went for the drive and didn't bother to keep it down. There's a short extra cover in place, de Silva leaps but the ball pops up. He shows good presence of mind to gobble it up on the second attempt. South Africa are two down for 51. First a maiden fifty with the ball and now strikes in his first over, Shanaka couldn't have asked more. Hendricks c de Silva b Shanaka 2(3)

Shanaka to Hendricks, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

4.3
1
Shanaka to Amla, 1 run, change of pace from Shanaka, Amla gets back to turn it towards short fine leg
4.2
1
Shanaka to Hendricks, 1 run, angles his bat across to a full ball that was wafted outside off and dinks it to third man
4.1
1
Shanaka to Amla, 1 run, steered with open bat behind point. The third man fielder was quick to cut that off, denying the pair a second

Dasun Shanaka, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

3.6
1
Perera to Amla, 1 run, off-paced delivery from Perera, Amla was early into the shot and drags it down to long-on
3.5
4
Perera to Amla, FOUR, now employs the strong bottom-hand. Brute power! Full and slanting on middle, Amla just bends low and whacks it past mid-on. No-one moved and it zooms away to the fence
3.4
4
Perera to Amla, FOUR, whoah! What a shot from Amla. Shuffles across his sticks, waited for this delivery till the last instant and tucked it past the man at 45. Beautifully placed
3.3
1
Perera to Hendricks, 1 run, shout for LBW, but there was a definite inside edge on that. Yes, confirms the replays and the umpire Lyndon Edward Hannibal was quick to spot that as well. Nipping from a length, Hendricks was pinned to the crease and manages a tiny inside edge onto his pad
3.2
1
Perera to Amla, 1 run, whew! That was some adjustment from Amla. Walks across his sticks, takes a full ball outside off and whips it effortlessly through mid-wicket
3.2
1
Perera to Amla, wide, Perera loses his line and splays it down leg, has to rebowl
3.1
2
Perera to Amla, 2 runs, spearing on leg, whisked in front of square on the leg-side for a brace

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

Reeza Hendricks, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.6
0
Lakmal to de Kock, out Bowled!! Oh goodness, gracious. How did de Kock miss this? Quite unbelievable. de Kock is waiting hoping that the umpires would signal it a no-ball, but nah. Lakmal retaliates. Not a wicket-taking ball definitely, it was a friendly full toss from round the stumps. The South African skipper was making room to open up the off-side field and in the process, seems to have lost sight of the ball completely. Off-stump is knocked, much to the disbelief of de Kock. Sri Lankans and Lakmal are over the moon. de Kock b Lakmal 23(13) [4s-3 6s-1]

Lakmal to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

2.5
1
Lakmal to Amla, 1 run, sensible from Amla. Having robbed 12 runs off the first four balls, he just taps this back of a length delivery in front of point and calls his partner through for a single
2.4
1
Lakmal to de Kock, 1 run, following de Kock again, but pulls his length back and the Proteas' skipper flicks it away to deep square leg
2.3
6
Lakmal to de Kock, SIX, de Kock is wasting no time. Business straightaway! Moves to leg, Lakmal follows him with a full ball and the batsman launches it straight down the ground. Pings the middle and clears the ropes for a maximum
2.2
1
Lakmal to Amla, 1 run, angling on middle and leg, Amla locks his wrists to clip it to deep square leg
2.1
4
Lakmal to Amla, FOUR, horrible start for Lakmal after the break. Real loosener, offering it on leg for Amla to connect with the glance. He obliges and gets it very fine past the man at 45

Revised conditions: Target - 191 runs in 21 overs. 1 bowler can bowl a max of 5 overs. 4 bowlers can bowl a max of 4 overs. Players have assembled in the middle. It's advantage South Africa..

21:52 Local Time: The word is out. "It's a 21 over game starting at 10 pm. Target 191. With SA already batting 2 overs, it's 170 in 19 overs." -- Roshen Abeysinghe.

21:38 Local Time: The ground is getting ready. Meanwhile, there is an inspection soon. For a 20-over contest, the restart should happen by 22:00 Local approximately. "If South Africa gets to bat just 20 overs. The target is 184. SA has already made 21/0 in 2 overs. That is 163 runs required in 18 remaining overs." says Mohandas Menon on Twitter.

21:07 Local Time: Update! -- "Covers are coming off as the rain stops. Hopefully a resumption soon." tweets Roshan Abeysinghe. Expect some reduction in overs, not sure how many. So, we will wait for the official confirmation.

20:42 Local Time: The weather gods are showing no mercy here. All of a sudden, it has started to pour and the umpires are taking no chances. But the groundstaff aren't yet ready, gingerly walking towards the covers and they have been pulled up. Off comes the big blue covers, even though the players are waiting in the middle, it's gotten a bit heavier. More interruption and we shall wait..

1.6
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, pushes it softly to cover, can't thread the gap this time
1.5
4
Dananjaya to de Kock, FOUR, bashed through extra cover! Dananjaya overpitches outside off, de Kock accepts the gift with glee and strokes it brilliantly off the meat
1.4
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, oh, risky. Goes searching for the drive away from his body. Ends up getting an inside edge that falls periliously close to the stumps
1.3
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, drives it neatly, but straight to cover
1.2
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, Amla miscues and he's safe, luckily.. tries to do an encore, but gets a thick top-edge. Drops in no-man's land, in front of Lakmal at short fine leg
1.1
4
Dananjaya to Amla, FOUR, poor start for Dananjaya. Serves up a gift to Amla first ball with a floater on leg, the batsman needed to get some bat on the paddle. Does so and there's no stopping that. Races away to the fine leg fence

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

0.6
2
Lakmal to de Kock, 2 runs, slashed with an open bat face, doesn't go hard. Places it in the gap through cover and earns a couple of runs
0.5
4
Lakmal to de Kock, FOUR, sweetly timed! He's too good off his pads, won't miss out on these dollies. Lakmal bowls a fuller length delivery on leg, de Kock gets across and flicks it fiercely through square leg. Timing was exquisite..
0.4
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, wicket-to-wicket line, de Kock presents a full face of the bat to nail the drive down the ground. But it's been intercepted by the mid-on fielder
0.3
4
Lakmal to de Kock, FOUR, de Kock brings up 4000 runs in ODIs with a streaky boundary. Full and coming back in with some prodigious swing, de Kock stretches his body weight across for the drive, gets a faint inside edge and Dickwella was caught wrong-footed as the ball rolled past him to his right. No chance for him
0.2
2
Lakmal to de Kock, 2 runs, de Kock and South Africa are away. Short and nibbling outside off, de Kock gets on top of the ball to punch it in the gap through covers. Two taken
0.1
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, wow. A booming inswinger from Lakmal, came back in sharply to cramp de Kock for room who tries to force it on the off-side but no space for him to free his muscles. Ended up chopping it too close to the body

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