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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 1st ODI

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
Date: 29 July 2018

South Africa 196/5 (31 Ovs) RR: 6.32 | South Africa won by 5 wkts

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Done and dusted in the Tests but have risen like a phoenix in the One-dayers. South Africa have opened their account on the tour. And they combined dosages of pace and spin to do it. And not to forget some counter-attacking batsmanship that helped them track the total down with elan. In the fun company of Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Sagar Chawla and Rishi Roy, this is Kumar Abhisekh Das waving you tada!

Faf du Plessis: Feels much better. The first 15 overs, there is an opportunity to get wickets with the seamers. My observation was that it stays the same throughout the day and there is a possibility to pick wickets with the new ball. The breeze was a big challenge. But luckily, we have had past experiences of playing when the wind was pumping. We remembered a few things from those days. In the Test series, we did not play well, but there's a new group of players here. The conditions will be a little closer in ODIs. All the batters tried to take risks against the spinners and tried to put pressure on them. Even some like JP coming in and taking risks to finish it off was great for us.

Angelo Mathews: Not the best day for us. We have four more games to bounce back. The way KJ Perera and Thisara batted gave us a lot of confidence. 250 plus would have been a good score. The South Africans bowled and batted well, credit to them. They have always got a good bowling line-up wherever they have played. We need to bat well especially with the new ball. Getting bowled out inside 34 overs was pretty disappointing. Had we batted those 16 overs, we would have got to 230-240. We will take the positives and move forward.

Tabraiz Shamsi, Man of the Match: Our fast bowlers were exceptional up front. They did a lot of damage at the top and that made it easier for the rest of the bowlers. The wind was a major factor. You have to see which angles and which lines to bowl. It was a part of the challenge as it is part and parcel of the game. This one did not spin much but youhave to give it your best shot no matter what kind of wicket is given to you. We have a lovely backroom staff as well who helped us.

Duminy: We have had some conversations over the last week, talking about being positive and follow a game plan, it all came well today. Today's mindset was to take them on from first ball, there were some demons around. We have learnt from the Tests, all our plans worked today which was nice to see. There was something in the wicket for the first 10-15 overs and KG was brilliant. We bowled the South African lengths, there was something in it for the seamers, it slowed up as the game progressed and there was a bit in it for the spinners as well. We had a poor Test series, so it was important to put up our best foot forward in the one-day series and we have done just that.

But after the lunch break, QDK and Faf took charge to keep the Lankan spinners at bay with positive batsmanship. Both got out before they got to fifties but Duminy 'swept' his way to a fifty. He applied a very simple formula - sweep anything slightly outside off and that worked wonders for the southpaw. South Africa have gone 1-0 up in the five match series and would wait to see what skipper Mathews has to say on it. Hang on!

At 36 for 5, it looked like Sri Lanka will be blown away. But then KJ Perera and Thisara Perera decided to fight fire with fire. They counter-attacked and were involved in a quickfire partnership for the 6th wicket, which served as the base for their meek total of 193. South Africa were torn apart by spin in the whites and it looked like another episode will unfold after Amla and Markram got out to successive balls off Dananjaya.

30.6
4
Sandakan to Duminy, FOUR, That is it! South Africa win this by 5 wickets with plenty of overs to spare. The run chase had Duminy as one of the protagonists. 26th fifty for the South African and he will take a lot of heart from this and so will South Africa.
30.5
1
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, 1 run, inside halves the ball away into the on-side. Two more now
30.4
0
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, no run, looks to cut and misses as the ball skidded on outside off
30.3
4
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, FOUR, goes for the reverse hack! He waited on it and reversed the ball away well past point for a four. Certainly has buried his performances with the ball in the back of his mind
30.2
0
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, no run, gets hold of the tossed up ball and drives it to the man at cover
30.1
1
Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, lands it just outside off as it was flighted up and meets a slog sweep which finds the man at deep mid

Only a couple of shots and that will do. Duminy's innings has been so refreshing. Signs of things that South Africa won't be meek push-overs like they were in the whites.

29.6
0
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, fuller length delivery and the batsman presents the full face of the bat to place it to mid-off
29.5
0
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, stays behind the length delivery and pats the ball down into the off-side
29.4
4
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, FOUR, on the pads, bad ball and has been clipped past the man at short mid for a four. Never tried to hit it hard as he just put bat to ball and it raced away
29.3
0
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, back of a length delivery outside off and has been blocked from the crease into the off-side
29.2
0
Lakmal to Willem Mulder, no run, knocked away into the short mid region and Willem Mulder never wanted a single. Duminy has to race back to his crease. 12 more needed
29.1
1
Lakmal to Duminy, 1 run, short ball and has been pulled away with a lot of control. Ensured he wristed the ball down and settled for a single as the man at deep square leg got to it
28.6
1
Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, back to sweeping it in front of square and he finds success as he gets the boundary rider at deep square leg pretty busy. Hauled back
28.5
0
Sandakan to Duminy, no run, just lands outside off and the batsman got the length wrong as he inside edged the sweep. And the fact that he was trying to sweep it behind square did not help his cause either
28.4
1
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, 1 run, chips down the track and eases the full toss down to long-off
28.3
4
Sandakan to Willem Mulder, FOUR, a bad day at the office with the ball but a serene start with the bat. Loopy ball outside off and the batsman eased a cover drive between cover and mid-off for a four

Slip and FSL comes in for the new man. 19 more needed.

28.2
1
Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, again sees the landing of the ball is slightly outside off and goes for the sweep in front of square. The man at deep mid picks the ball up
28.1
2
Sandakan to Duminy, 2 runs, keeps it in line with the sticks and the batsman stayed back to tuck it away with soft hands to steal a couple. The man at deep mid had to come in by a long distance and before he did, the couple was taken

Lakshan Sandakan [6.0-0-55-1] is back into the attack

Willem Mulder, right handed bat, comes to the crease

27.6
0
Lakmal to Miller, out Lbw!! Another failure for Miller. That was a low dipping yorker and the batsman ended up missing it. He played across the line and missed it for the ball to crash on to his boot. The bowler went up and the umpire did not hesitate much to raise the finger. Miller reviewed it but umpire's call in impact meant the decision was upheld and he had to go. He had been dancing across his sticks and his balance was never there. This time the swerving in yorkerish delivery got the better of him. Miller lbw b Lakmal 10(13) [4s-1]

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

Miller has been given out LBW here as a yorkerish delivery seemed to have landed on his boot as he missed the clip. That landed on the full and don't think there was any bat. UltraEdge does not show any speck. No bat! Was it in line with the sticks? Might be umpire's call. Is going to be very close. My intuition is hitting him just outside leg. The impact was umpire's call and is crashing into the sticks. South Africa lose Miller.

27.5
0
Lakmal to Miller, no run, goes across his sticks and push drives the ball away to mid-off. Managed to get behind the line of the ball this time
27.4
0
Lakmal to Miller, no run, tries to hop across the line of the ball and ends up getting beaten as he tried to tuck the ball away into the on-side. The ball slanted away and he missed the line
27.3
1
Lakmal to Duminy, 1 run, top-edged pull as the ball got big on him but it lands short of the man at deep square leg, who was charging at the ball. Landed well short in the end
27.2
4
Lakmal to Duminy, FOUR, short, wide, slashed, four.. He is in the zone. Anything that is slightly off the mark has been put away and this ball was no different. Too wide and the batsman opened his arms up

So, Mathews has finally, reluctantly, gone back to his seamer.

27.1
1
Lakmal to Miller, 1 run, looks to force the issue off the back foot and gets an inside edge that goes past the sticks for a single

Suranga Lakmal [4.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack

26.6
4
Jayasuriya to Duminy, FOUR, he is sweeping apart all hopes of a Lankan comeback here. That again landed slightly outside off and the batsman was quick to latch on it. Knelt down and swept it to beat the fielder in the deep to his left this time. Only 28 now
26.5
0
Jayasuriya to Duminy, no run, punched off the back foot into the off-side as the ball arrowed in
26.4
1
Jayasuriya to Miller, 1 run, the ball angled in from round the wicket and the batsman aborted his instincts of slog sweeping it over mid-wicket. He settled for a push into the off-side and a single as a bargain
26.3
0
Jayasuriya to Miller, no run, slower and shorter, keeps low and has been tucked to mid-wicket
26.2
1
Jayasuriya to Duminy, 1 run, punched to the left of the man at cover point for a single as he again waited on the back foot
26.1
0
Jayasuriya to Duminy, no run, shortish ball, the batsman stays back and cuts to find the fielder at cover point
26.1
1
Jayasuriya to Duminy, wide, slips that down leg and the batsman misses the pull. Wided

Shehan Jayasuriya [3.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

Only 35 now..JPD has come out all guns blazing. When put to test against Kuldeep and Chahal earlier, he flopped but not this time.

25.6
1
Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, again forward, bends down and pushes the ball away to steal a single
25.5
1
Sandakan to Miller, 1 run, waits on the back foot and nudges it away into the on-side for a single
25.4
1
Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, lunges out and defends it into the off-side for a quick single
25.3
4
Sandakan to Duminy, FOUR, short ball and that will be a four. Allowed the batsman to march back and chop the ball away. The man at sweeper cover did come up with a pool like dive to his left but that was in vain
25.2
6
Sandakan to Duminy, SIX, he is playing to a script that he has worked upon. Slightly outside off and the batsman knelt down to slog sweep it over long-on for a maximum. Just over but enough
25.1
4
Sandakan to Duminy, FOUR, was ballooned up just outside off and the length permitted the batsman to lift it over the man at cover for a four. That reached the fence on a couple of bounces
24.6
2
Dananjaya to Miller, 2 runs, nurdles the ball past the man at short fine leg and they bargain a double as the man at deep square had a lot of ground to cover to his left
24.5
0
Dananjaya to Miller, no run, the leggie and it almost trapped him! That came back in sharply and the batsman was hit on the back leg as he tried to keep it out. It landed in the vicinity of the sticks and might well have been an inside edge that saved him
24.4
0
Dananjaya to Miller, no run, guards the ball out as it turned in and the batsman waited for it
24.3
4
Dananjaya to Miller, FOUR, full toss on the pads! That is something that won't please Mathews. Miller got enough bat on it and sent it well past mid-on for a four
24.2
0
Dananjaya to Miller, no run, waits on the flighted ball and nudges it to FSL
24.1
1
Dananjaya to Duminy, 1 run, almost beaten in flight! He walked too much down the track and the ball nearly slipped under his bat. In the end, toe-ends the ball past the man at FSL for an iffy single
23.6
1
Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, chops the ball out and the ball bounces over the man at slip for a single to be taken
23.5
4
Sandakan to Duminy, FOUR, he is picking his balls. Anything tossed up outside off and Duminy is happy to play the sweep. Brooms the ball along the carpet and the man at deep square had no chance as that was hit in front of the wicket
23.4
0
Sandakan to Duminy, no run, playing back to a quicker ball which was not that short for the batsman to go back. Pushed out into the off-side
23.3
0
Sandakan to Duminy, no run, allows the ball to turn in and has been pushed to the man at FSL
23.2
1
Sandakan to Miller, 1 run, too full and pushed down to long-off

David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease

23.1
0
Sandakan to du Plessis, out Caught by Mathews!! That is harakiri. Looks to be too cheeky and loses his wicket to a nothing shot. Soft dismissal. Saw the line and length was not apt for a paddle and changed his shot to a glide. But that only managed to find the safe hands of the fielder at first slip. Poor execution from the skipper as South Africa lose a wicket against the run of play. In the end, the batsman got himself into such a tangle that he got squared up after going completelt across his sticks. du Plessis c Mathews b Sandakan 47(56) [4s-10]

Sandakan to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

22.6
2
Dananjaya to Duminy, 2 runs, sees the ball tossed up and goes for the sweep again. This time kept it along the carpet and the man at deep mid slides to patrol the region and cut it down to a couple
22.5
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, blocks the ball out as it was attacking the sticks
22.4
6
Dananjaya to Duminy, SIX, brings out the big brooming bat! Slog swept in front of the wicket for a sixer. That was in his range and he decided to go full throttle
22.3
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, looks to push at it and does so with soft hands. The ball took the shoulder of the blade and lands just short of the man at first slip, who was trying to dive forward
22.2
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, inside out drive, fails to get it past short extra cover
22.1
0
Dananjaya to Duminy, no run, too full, on the pads, turned away to mid-on

Lanka cannot allow a partnership to build.

21.6
0
Sandakan to du Plessis, no run, at the sticks, turning in a bit and has been worked away with the turn to mid-wicket
21.5
0
Sandakan to du Plessis, no run, lands it too full, pushed back to the bowler
21.5
1
Sandakan to du Plessis, wide, slips it down leg and has been wided
21.4
0
Sandakan to du Plessis, no run, that was very nicely tossed up and the ball turned in beat the drive from the batsman. There was a huge gap between bat and pad but the ball turned in slightly to nestle into the keeper's gloves
21.3
1
Sandakan to Duminy, 1 run, too full, driven easily into the covers for a single
21.2
0
Sandakan to Duminy, no run, goes back as it turned in and has been blocked
21.1
2
Sandakan to Duminy, 2 runs, tossed up wide outside off and the batsman thwarts the drive uppishly, just past the dive from the man at cover to get a brace. Off the mark as well

Lakshan Sandakan [3.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack

20.6
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, this time fuller again and has been worked away to the man at mid-wicket
20.5
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, the offie on a much fuller length and has been blocked into the off-side

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

20.4
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, out Caught by Lakmal!! The leading edge is taken despite the collision. That would have been terrible as the man at cover and mid-off collided. The ball bobbled out and Lakmal, who ran in from cover took it at the second grab. The batsman chipped down the track and tried going across the line only to sky it up. There was no calling from either of the fielders and they collided but thankfully it did not cost Lanka. de Kock c Lakmal b Dananjaya 47(59) [4s-4 6s-1]

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

20.3
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, down leg and the batsman misses the paddle. May be it was off the pads and hence was not called a wide
20.2
1
Dananjaya to du Plessis, 1 run, on-drives the ball past the non-striker for a single as it was looped up
20.1
4
Dananjaya to du Plessis, FOUR, the leggie was dropped short and the batsman camped back to thwart the pull away, well past the man at deep mid for a four. Rubbish ball and put away

Timely boundaries have allowed South Africa to avert any sort of pressure. Both the batters have used their feet to perfection.

19.6
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, blocked off the front foot as the ball was floated up with in the sticks
19.5
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, short delivery outside off, flatter as well and was chopped away for the man at short third to pick it up
19.4
2
Jayasuriya to de Kock, 2 runs, oopsy! The man at deep cover almost messed it up. That was another inside out hit and the fielder over-ran the ball and allowed the ball to spin away before managing to get it back into play with a clumsy dive. The third umpire had a few look and is happy to signal it a brace
19.3
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, stays back, the bowler after the six read the bowler's mind and got a short ball. Cut away but failed to beat the man at point
19.2
6
Jayasuriya to de Kock, SIX, dances down the track and goes inside out. Done with a lot of disdain. The batsman got to the pitch of the ball, got under it and smacked it over deep cover for a sixer. Was bound to happen as the bowler was tying the batsman down
19.1
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, tossed up delivery and has been nudged into the on-side

Only 90 needed now. Wickets though can make it interesting.

18.6
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, waits and waits pretty long before dead batting the ball away into the off-side. That turned away from the batsman
18.5
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, skips out and clips the ball away into the on-side for a single
18.4
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, stays his crease and knocks it away to the man at 45 degrees
18.3
1
Dananjaya to du Plessis, 1 run, keeps low and has been punched down the ground to long-on
18.2
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, pitching outside leg! That saves the batsman. And it landed outside leg only by inches. Close escape for the batsman who missed the sweep and prompted the Lankan skipper to take the review. SA and Faf escape unhurt

The lankans have gone up here. That was a flighted ball and was turning across a bit. The batsman went for the sweep and missed it. That might have landed slightly outside leg. Was it heading towards the sticks? Don't think there was any bat on it. UltraEdge shows there is nothing on it. And it has indeed pitched outside leg. Only marginal.

18.1
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, too full, whips the ball to mid-wicket

Akila Dananjaya [6.0-0-28-2] is back into the attack

17.6
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, shortish ball and that allows the batsman to kick back and cut it. Fails to beat the man at backward point
17.5
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, jabs at the ball and it takes the outer half of the bat. The ball bobbles away to the man at short third man
17.4
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, push drive finds the man at cover
17.3
1
Jayasuriya to du Plessis, 1 run, counters the turn with a tuck off the pads through square leg for a single
17.2
0
Jayasuriya to du Plessis, no run, allows the ball to turn in and knocks the ball to mid-wicket
17.1
1
Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, push and run as he got the feet out of the way and pushed it away into the off-side to steal a single

Shehan Jayasuriya [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack

16.6
4
Sandakan to du Plessis, FOUR, goes over mid-off now. Excellent batting. Sandakan just not being allowed to settle on a length, that's how well they're using their feet
16.5
4
Sandakan to du Plessis, FOUR, now du Plessis charging down the track, drills it straight back past mid-off. They've played Sandakan superbly in his last couple of overs
16.4
0
Sandakan to du Plessis, no run, played back to the bowler
16.3
0
Sandakan to du Plessis, no run, no trouble in reading the wrong 'un, lets it go outside off
16.2
1
Sandakan to de Kock, 1 run, overpitched outside off, creamed through cover
16.1
4
Sandakan to de Kock, FOUR, superb footwork, reaches the pitch of it and then shovels it between mid-on and midwicket. Didn't have to bother about playing against the turn
15.6
0
Lahiru Kumara to du Plessis, no run, short of length outside off, punched to cover
15.5
1
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length on off, de Kock heaves off a thick inside edge through square leg
15.4
0
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, no run, short of length on off, hacked to short midwicket
15.3
0
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, no run, short of length on middle, de Kock stays leg-side of the ball and punches to mid-off
15.2
0
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, no run, back of a length on leg, bunted to mid-on
15.1
2
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, 2 runs, short ball around the right shoulder, de Kock controls the pull backward of square
14.6
0
Sandakan to du Plessis, no run, dances down, realizes it's not in his half, defends it back
14.5
4
Sandakan to du Plessis, FOUR, poor effort by Kumara at deep point, should've been cut off. That's not to say the ball deserved any better, it was short and wide, begging du Plessis to lay into it
14.4
4
Sandakan to du Plessis, FOUR, picks the wrong 'un and slaps it over extra cover. Such a dominant stroke from the South African captain
14.3
1
Sandakan to de Kock, 1 run, googly on middle, de Kock nudges it round the corner
14.2
1
Sandakan to du Plessis, 1 run, 76kph, flighted up by Sandakan, du Plessis steps down and works it to long-on
14.1
0
Sandakan to du Plessis, no run, blocked to point
13.6
1
Lahiru Kumara to du Plessis, 1 run, short and wide, awkwardly cut to the right of deep point, they think about the second but decide against it
13.5
0
Lahiru Kumara to du Plessis, no run, fiery nip-backer, du Plessis chops it off a thick inside edge to short leg
13.4
0
Lahiru Kumara to du Plessis, no run, length ball on middle, du Plessis hangs back to clip it wide of mid-on where Thisara Perera puts in a splendid dive
13.3
1
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, 1 run, short of length at the body, swivels the pull away to fine leg
13.2
0
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, no run, almost yorker length outside off, squeezed to cover
13.1
0
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, no run, he's troubling them with his pace. Short of length, skids on rapidly and smashes into de Kock's thigh. Again a misjudgement of length from de Kock, looking to pull a ball which wasn't there
12.6
4
Sandakan to du Plessis, FOUR, ruins a superb over by overpitching one very wide outside off, du Plessis pounces on it and hammers it through extra cover
12.5
0
Sandakan to du Plessis, no run, flighted ball on off stump, slides past du Plessis's outside edge in defence. They're still sketchy against spin
12.4
1
Sandakan to de Kock, 1 run, resorts to the sweep, gets it away through square leg
12.3
0
Sandakan to de Kock, no run, goes for the cut again but this one's the slider, it cramps him up and he has to check it to point
12.2
0
Sandakan to de Kock, no run, misjudges the length, looks to cut a relatively full ball, misses out
12.1
0
Sandakan to de Kock, no run, almost went through! Flighted ball, skids on towards off, de Kock had left a big gap between bat and pad while trying to steer it away, just manages a thick inside edge

Lakshan Sandakan, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack

11.6
0
Lahiru Kumara to du Plessis, no run, serious heat from Kumara, whistles past the outside edge. Full ball, not as full as the previous one though, du Plessis is drawn into a flamboyant drive, gets beaten
11.5
4
Lahiru Kumara to du Plessis, FOUR, that's quite the response from Faf du Plessis. Full ball outside off, thumped away through extra cover
11.4
0
Lahiru Kumara to du Plessis, no run, back of a length, cuts in on middle stump, du Plessis is pushed back by Kumara's pace before meekly defending it into the on-side
11.4
1
Lahiru Kumara to du Plessis, wide, banged in short outside off, too much height on it, sails well over
11.3
0
Lahiru Kumara to du Plessis, no run, pitched up on off, du Plessis presses forward and firmly pushes to mid-off
11.2
1
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length outside off, chopped to third man
11.1
0
Lahiru Kumara to de Kock, no run, what a cracker first up, storms right through de Kock! There's a big appeal for caught-behind, not given. Back of a length, zips through off the surface and beats de Kock for pace. There was a sound, but as UltraEdge confirms, it flicked his back pocket

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

10.6
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, stays deep in the crease, lines it up and works it to short midwicket
10.5
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, fired in at the stumps, played back down the pitch
10.4
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, floated up on middle and off, eased to cover
10.3
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, length ball, it's the leg-break turning away from off, du Plessis defends forward
10.2
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, flat outside off, turned to short midwicket

Two men out on the on-side now, to protect the sweep

10.1
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, tossed up outside off, de Kock steers it through cover-point
9.6
0
Lakmal to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, left alone
9.5
4
Lakmal to du Plessis, FOUR, on the fuller side from Lakmal, but by no means a half-volley. Still, du Plessis effortlessly caresses it through point
9.4
0
Lakmal to du Plessis, no run, back of a length delivery wide of off, slaps it to cover
9.3
0
Lakmal to du Plessis, no run, back of a length outside off, blocked to cover
9.2
0
Lakmal to du Plessis, no run, consistently getting the ball to rear up from a length. Du Plessis plays it well, takes his bottom hand off and drops it into the pitch. Does a bit of gardening afterwards
9.1
1
Lakmal to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length close to off, chopped to third man
8.6
4
Dananjaya to du Plessis, FOUR, whacks the sweep over midwicket this time. Du Plessis taking the game to Dananjaya
8.5
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, leg-break outside off, defended to cover
8.4
4
Dananjaya to du Plessis, FOUR, swept all along the floor, got right on top of the bounce. Length ball on off, du Plessis steps across and hits it confidently through square leg
8.3
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, pushes this leg-break through outside off, du Plessis punches to cover
8.2
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length on off, grips the surface and turns away, de Kock drags it through square leg
8.1
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, tosses it up on off, de Kock steers the off-break to short third man
7.6
0
Lakmal to du Plessis, no run, length ball outside off, dabbed into the pitch, bounces well over the stumps
7.5
1
Lakmal to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length, angled across off, de Kock rides this one to third man
7.4
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, rears up off the deck again, interesting. Back of a length on off, de Kock shouldn't have been forward in the first place but the ball just explodes onto his gloves. Didn't go up in the air though
7.3
1
Lakmal to du Plessis, leg byes, 1 run, back of a length on leg, climbs at du Plessis and pops up off his thigh pad
7.2
1
Lakmal to de Kock, 1 run, short of length outside off, dabbed to third man
7.1
4
Lakmal to de Kock, FOUR, races away off de Kock's blade. Short of length outside off, there wasn't a lot of width, but de Kock scythes it brutally past backward point

Suranga Lakmal [2.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack

Wide slip for Lakmal, round the wicket

6.6
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, lovely leg-break, turning away from a length on off, du Plessis defends with the turn to backward point
6.5
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, flighted ball on leg, de Kock twinkles down and works it wide of mid-on
6.4
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, attempts the googly from round the wicket, drifts it into middle stump, de Kock eases it to mid-on
6.3
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, 80.6kph, back of a length ball turning away outside off, de Kock punches gently to cover-point
6.2
1
Dananjaya to du Plessis, 1 run, fuller from Dananjaya, du Plessis works it down to long-on
6.1
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, back of a length, zips through outside off, du Plessis is squared up in the crease, gets a thick edge to backward point

Back from the break. More spin, more Dananjaya. Slip, leg slip, short leg, short midwicket

13:30 Local Time, 08:00 GMT, 13:30 IST: That will be the lunch break. Akila Dananjaya's double-strike has kept this game well and truly alive. It will be a confidence thing for South Africa in this chase. They were clueless against spin in the Tests, and seeing that happen to Amla and Markram again must have rattled them. So even with a target of 194, nothing is a given. Join us back in 35, could be a fun low-scoring affair.

5.6
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, length ball on off, no great turn, de Kock defends safely
5.5
1
Jayasuriya to du Plessis, 1 run, nudged wide of the fielder at midwicket this time
5.4
0
Jayasuriya to du Plessis, no run, pushed through on middle, du Plessis works it to midwicket
5.3
1
Jayasuriya to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length, sliding in on middle and leg, de Kock tucks it through square leg
5.2
0
Jayasuriya to de Kock, no run, front leg out of the way, driven to cover
5.1
4
Jayasuriya to de Kock, FOUR, floated up outside off, a little too wide from Jayasuriya and gets slapped through point

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

4.6
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, nudged into the on-side
4.5
0
Dananjaya to du Plessis, no run, lots of flight on the googly, du Plessis smothers it away

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

4.4
0
Dananjaya to Markram, out Lbw!! The finger goes up in no time. Another batsman beaten by the googly. Length ball on middle, Markram - like Amla - plays for the leg-break and misses it by a long way. Would've crashed into leg. Dananjaya on a hat-trick. Markram lbw b Dananjaya 0(1)

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

Aiden Markram, right handed bat, comes to the crease

4.3
0
Dananjaya to Amla, out Bowled!! Thoroughly beaten by the googly, had no idea whatsoever. Amla went back in the crease looking to punch through the covers, expecting it to turn away. But it snakes in, magnifies Amla's error in judgement and brushes the pad on the way to the stumps. Played so far outside the line, rather glaring. Amla b Dananjaya 19(14) [4s-3]

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

4.2
1
Dananjaya to de Kock, 1 run, uses his feet and works the ball to mid-on
4.1
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, coming in with the arm, de Kock defends off a thick inside edge onto pad
3.6
4
Lakmal to Amla, FOUR, that's a glorious stroke from Amla, leant into the ball nicely and punched it on the up. Sublime timing through the covers
3.5
1
Lakmal to de Kock, 1 run, length ball on the pads, flicked to fine leg
3.4
3
Lakmal to Amla, 3 runs, back of a length outside off, Amla punches in trademark fashion, forces it through the covers. Not the quickest outfield here, it's hauled back in

The seam movement from the morning has vanished

3.3
0
Lakmal to Amla, no run, back of a length just outside off, Amla blocks from the crease
3.2
0
Lakmal to Amla, no run, length ball outside off, left alone
3.1
0
Lakmal to Amla, no run, length ball on middle, Amla plays across it and turns it to square leg
2.6
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, back of a length, sliding towards off, de Kock defends
2.5
4
Dananjaya to de Kock, FOUR, right to the pitch of this flighted delivery, drives handsomely through the covers. Lovely footwork to set it all up
2.4
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, drifting into the pads from round the wicket, de Kock nudges to backward square
2.3
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, clipped through midwicket
2.2
4
Dananjaya to Amla, FOUR, loopy googly on leg, Amla bends down low and paddles it away neatly. He beats short fine leg for four
2.1
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, pushes it flat outside off, Amla shuffles across and tucks it to short midwicket
1.6
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, full ball around off, pushed to short cover
1.5
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, back of a length on off, blocked to short cover
1.4
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, length ball on off, de Kock is positively forward as he defends to cover
1.3
0
Lakmal to de Kock, no run, turned to short midwicket
1.3
2
Lakmal to Amla, 2 wides, back of a length, sliding down leg, keeper fails to gather cleanly
1.2
4
Lakmal to Amla, FOUR, length ball on leg stump, Amla shuffles across and clips it through square leg. Not a great diving effort from Tharanga, should've been stopped
1.1
1
Lakmal to de Kock, 1 run, back of a length on off, stabbed in front of point, good running

Suranga Lakmal, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, flighted off-break, smothered back
0.5
2
Dananjaya to Amla, 2 runs, didn't pick this one. It was the googly from Dananjaya, Amla stretches out, pushes at it and gets a thick inside edge past leg stump
0.4
0
Dananjaya to Amla, no run, tossed up around off, Amla is forward in defence
0.3
3
Dananjaya to de Kock, 3 runs, too much flight, overpitches outside off, de Kock drives through cover. Easy three before it's cut off
0.2
0
Dananjaya to de Kock, no run, slides on from a length, de Kock was looking to cut through cover, gets a thick inside edge back down
0.1
1
Dananjaya to Amla, 1 run, strays on the pads with the off-break, Amla clips it through midwicket

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