"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?
Final ball, 5 runs needed!
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
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.
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
Perera to Maharaj, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
24 off 18 now
Direct-hit, but Maharaj seems to be home. Yes, he's in!
Keshav Maharaj, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Suranga Lakmal [2.0-0-25-1] is back into the attack
38 off 30 now
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.
Perera to Phehlukwayo, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Thisara Perera [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
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..
Andile Phehlukwayo, left handed bat, comes to the crease
de Silva to Duminy, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease
de Silva to Klaasen, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Lahiru Kumara [1.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Heinrich Klaasen, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dananjaya to Amla, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Dhananjaya de Silva, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Mathews has a word with Dananjaya. The field remains similar to the first ball.
Akila Dananjaya [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
Lahiru Kumara, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Jean-Paul Duminy, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Shanaka to Hendricks, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Dasun Shanaka, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Thisara Perera, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Reeza Hendricks, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Lakmal to de Kock, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
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..
Akila Dananjaya, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
de Kock and Amla are at the crease. de Kock is on strike. Lakmal will open the attack