Sri Lanka in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2019

South Africa vs Sri Lanka - 2nd ODI

Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion

Date & Time: 06 March 2019

Sri Lanka 138/10

RR: 4.26 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 113 runs

commentary

That's it from this match. Johannesburg done. Centurion done. The action moves to Durban now where the third ODI will be played. Do join us at 1000 local (0800 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis says that it was a perfect game for them. Adds that they probably would have wanted 30-40 runs more but is all praise for the way they bowled and fielded. Lauds his pacers for bowling with great intent. On Ngidi, he replies that he hits the deck hard and always provides the initial breakthroughs. Has a word of praise for Nortje as well and says that he bowled a long spell and showed good control over his line along with high pace. On his own batting form, he states that it's about the transition from a good player to a great player and it has been a mental shift. On being 2-0 up in the series, Faf replies that it gives them the chance to try a few things regarding the team composition. Hints that Dale Steyn might come back for the last two games and also mentions about JP Duminy who is supposed to return soon.

Man of the Match, Quinton de Kock praises the pitch for playing good and is happy to provide a great start to the team. Adds that they try to play the ball and not the bowlers. They just try to play the ball on merit, de Kock further adds. On his pacers bowling with fire, de Kock replies that Rabada came out with great intent and cranked it up. Smiles and says that he gave a chance to Miller to keep and he has been working with him on his keeping.

Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga (on 31/6) says that they hung in there well by varying their lines and lengths and he considers it a really good effort from the bowlers. Adds that the batsmen need to understand their value. For the next match, Malinga replies that the players need to realize that this opportunity won't come every day and they will have to value it.

Earlier on in the evening, South Africa were off to a brilliant start after being put in to bat. They though did not capitalize and after being 220/4 at one stage, ended up at 251. Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis both made half-tons but the former was especially in top form today. He would be disappointed that he missed out on the ton but happy that the team won despite them ending up with a par score. Presentations to follow...

Oshada departed soon too and from there on, wickets fell at quick intervals. The only hope was from Thisara Perera but he too failed as the away side folded for 138 runs. A disappointing batting show from the Lankans. In fact, there was not a single 50-run stand in the innings for the visitors. A superb bowling performance from the home side though, every bowler who bowled except Wiaan Mulder got at least 2 wickets. Kagiso Rabada, especially, was exceptional. He picked up 3 wickets and the Sri Lankan batsmen found him too hot to handle.

The hosts have won this game by a huge margin and how. Despite having just a par total on the board, the Proteas' bowlers have crushed this Sri Lankan reply and ensured a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series. Starting off with not much required, the away side did not plan their chase well. Rash shots from the openers and the top order saw them go on the back foot. That was mainly due to the fiery spell from Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi with the new balls. Three wickets were lost around the 10th over mark and from there, it was always going to be difficult for the Lankans to come back in the game. Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis were stitching a partnership and it looked like the boys from the Emerald Isle were in with a chance, but a moment of madness saw the game go further into the hosts' grasp as Mendis was run out.

32.2
0
L Ngidi to L Malinga, OUT! All over! SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 113 RUNS! Ngidi digs in a heavy ball outside off at 137 kph, Malinga goes back and tries to smash it over the infield on the off side. But all he manages is to hit it aerially from the toe end of his bat and straight into the hands of Steyn (sub) at covers. The South African players are ecstatic and the crowd is also very happy. Time for the customary handshakes.
32.1
1
L Ngidi to V Fernando, Edged! Good length delivery outside off, Fernando flashes his bat at it and edges it down to third man for a run.

Lungi Ngidi is back on.

31.6
1
I Tahir to V Fernando, A pat towards the off side from Vishwa and he steals a quick single to keep strike.
31.5
0
I Tahir to V Fernando, Defended towards the bowler from the crease.
31.4
0
I Tahir to V Fernando, Miller is not bad with the gloves! A flatter one outside off and turns away sharply from the right-hander. Vishwa looked to slog it away but misses the ball. David collects the ball in his gloves and immediately takes off the bails in good stylish fashion. Not bad! Appeal takes place but the feet was firmly in the crease.

David Miller is wicket-keeping now for SA, without any pads.

31.3
0
I Tahir to V Fernando, Flatter one on the middle stump, defended onto the ground by Vishwa.
31.2
1
I Tahir to L Malinga, Lofted in the air over cover for a single to wide long off.
31.1
0
I Tahir to L Malinga, Flatter one on middle, Malinga looks to defend the ball from the crease. The ball takes the inside edge and goes onto the pads. Appeal from Tahir but the umpire says no.
30.6
0
K Rabada to V Fernando, Excellent delivery on middle and off, Malinga looks to defend but gets hit on the gloves. He winces in pain.

Vishwa Fernando is the last batsman.

30.5
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, OUT! Caught! Rabada gets his third. Back of a length delivery on off, Akila looks to play across the line but mistimes his pull shot completely. Ends up chipping it towards the mid-wicket fielder. Wiaan Mulder there takes a very easy catch running to his right. Dananjaya showed fight but cannot do much and South Africa are just a wicket away now.
30.4
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Length delivery on off and middle, Dananjaya pulls it to the mid-wicket fielder.
30.3
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Bouncer on middle and off, Akila looks to play the upper cut but misses.
30.2
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Fuller delivery outside off, Dananjaya drives it beautifully to mid off.
30.1
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Good length delivery on middle, Akila defends it uppishly towards mid off. The ball is way too short of the fielder there.
29.6
0
I Tahir to L Malinga, Flighted on middle, Malinga manages to keep it out towards square leg and ends the over.
29.5
0
I Tahir to K Rajitha, OUT! There goes the Imran-train again! Rajitha is a one-ball visitor. Tahir bowls the zooter to the tail-ender. Rajitha does not keep the ball out as the bat comes down late. Raps him on the pads first and the umpire's finger goes up immediately. On a roll are Imran and his team. They just need 2 wickets to win now.
29.4
1
I Tahir to A Dananjaya, Outside off and full, driven along the ground to deep cover for a single by Akila.

Kasun Rajitha walks out at number 9.

29.3
0
I Tahir to T Perera, OUT! Final nail in the coffin for Sri Lanka. Tahir is on his bike and up in celebration. Even after conceding a biggie on the previous ball, Tahir dares to flight this ball. He serves a googly which lands full and wide outside off. Thisara latches onto it and tries to play a powerful shot over the off side but doesn't account for the away spin. Ends up slicing it in the air towards sweeper cover where David Miller moves across to his left and takes the catch safely.
29.2
6
I Tahir to T Perera, SIX! Perera is done with the waiting game. Flighted delivery on off and middle, Thisara frees his arm and sends it over the mid-wicket fence to the crowd for a maximum.
29.1
2
I Tahir to T Perera, Brilliant fielding. Flighted delivery on off, Perera hits it hard and straight. Hendricks at long off runs to his right and saves a certain boundary with a dive. Two runs taken by the batsmen.
28.6
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Back of a length delivery on off and middle, Akila jumps and blocks it to see off the over.
28.5
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Length delivery on middle and off, Akila looks to drive it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
28.4
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Dananjaya shows us his batting skills and confidently blocks it off his back foot.
28.3
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, A very well directed short ball. It is on the body of Akila and to his credit he does manage to keep it away from danger.
28.2
1
K Rabada to T Perera, Length delivery on off, Thisara punches it to deep cover and takes a single.
28.1
0
K Rabada to T Perera, Bouncer on leg. Perera sees it early and ducks under it.
27.6
0
I Tahir to A Dananjaya, Flighted on middle and some leg spin on that ball, Akila comes ahead and defends the ball onto the ground.
27.5
2
I Tahir to A Dananjaya, Full toss on middle, Akila sweeps this one in front of square for a couple of runs.
27.4
0
I Tahir to A Dananjaya, A flatter and quicker one on middle, zips off after landing on middle. Dananjaya had no idea what that one was going to do and almost makes a mess of his defense. The ball goes on the inside edge and then onto the pads.

Even Aleem Dar finds it funny! Tahir looked to appeal there and almost thought he had a wicket but Dananjaya brought his bat down at the last moment. The umpire is seen smiling sheepishly.

27.3
1
I Tahir to T Perera, Short this time wide outside off, Perera cuts it hard but straight to deep cover. Single taken.
27.2
0
I Tahir to T Perera, Another one flatter but this time closer to the off stump. Thisara stands tall and defends the ball onto the surface.
27.1
4
I Tahir to T Perera, FOUR! From the moment it left the bat. A flatter ball from Tahir wide outside off, Thisara drives it really powerfully wide of cover for a boundary. His side needs a lot more of those though.
26.6
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Akila blocks it to see off the over.
26.5
0
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Bouncer. Outside off, Dananjaya sways away from it and lets it go to the keeper.
26.4
1
K Rabada to T Perera, In the air...but safe. Good length delivery on off, Perera is half way into his drive and sends it uppishly wide of mid off for a single.
26.3
1
K Rabada to A Dananjaya, Smart thinking this. Gets a short leg in place making Akila think it will be a bouncer but bowls a yorker on middle. Akila does well to get his bat down and guide it towards covers for a single.

Akila Dananjaya walks in next, at number 8. He has an ODI fifty to his name, his team would love one tonight as well...

26.2
0
K Rabada to de Silva, OUT! Caught! Another soft dismissal for Sri Lanka. Full length delivery on middle and leg, de Silva flicks it uppishly and straight to the Protea skipper at short mid-wicket. The writing is on the wall for the visiting team. Rabada has bowled brilliantly today and gets his second of the match. South Africa into the Lankan tail now.
26.1
0
K Rabada to de Silva, Excellent delivery. Pace and bounce on this one. Good length outside off, there is a hint of reverse swing on this. De Silva looks to poke but misses.
25.6
0
I Tahir to T Perera, Short of a length outside off, defended from the crease towards the bowler.
25.5
1
I Tahir to de Silva, Worked through mid-wicket for a single by Dhananjaya.
25.5
0
I Tahir to de Silva, Wide! Hurled down the leg side and it is punished by the umpire.
25.4
2
I Tahir to de Silva, Oooh!!! A Tahir special on the middle stump line. Dhananjaya looks to work it on the leg side but the ball takes the leading edge and goes wide of slip. Rabada from backward point gives chase and stops it at two runs.
25.3
4
I Tahir to de Silva, FOUR! Brilliant shot! A flighted ball outside off, de Silva makes room and gets his cover drive wide past mid off for a boundary.
25.2
0
I Tahir to de Silva, Flatter one outside off, Dhananjaya does well to come ahead and defend it towards the leg side.
25.1
0
I Tahir to de Silva, Flatter one on the pads, pushed toward mid-wicket by the right-hander.
24.6
0
K Rabada to T Perera, A typical fast bowler's response from Rabada. He bowls a bouncer after being hit for a boundary. Perera gets surprised by it and looks to duck. He losses his balance and ends up falling on the ground.
24.5
4
K Rabada to T Perera, FOUR! Short and punished. Length delivery on middle. Perera makes room and clears his front foot out of the line and whacks it through point for a boundary.
24.4
1
K Rabada to de Silva, Good length delivery around off, de Silva dabs it down to third man for a single.
24.3
0
K Rabada to de Silva, Back of a length on the stumps, Dhananjaya taps it down for a dot ball.
24.2
0
K Rabada to de Silva, Length delivery on off, de Silva drives it but short cover stops it.
24.1
0
K Rabada to de Silva, Good length delivery on off, de Silva blocks it.

Kagiso Rabada is back on.

23.6
1
I Tahir to de Silva, Another single to end the over. The flatter one on middle is driven through mid on for a single to long on. Dhananjaya will keep strike.
23.5
1
I Tahir to T Perera, Flighted on the pads, pushed towards long on by TP as he rotates strike.
23.4
1
I Tahir to de Silva, Confusion but nothing happened eventually! Flatter one on off stump, Dhananjaya just brings his bat down in time to defend that ball. It goes off the inside half and goes to square leg. The fielder picks it up but releases the ball too late. Could have been a run out if he had thrown early to the bowler's end.
23.3
1
I Tahir to T Perera, Pushed down to long off for a single by the southpaw. 100 comes up for the visitors.
23.2
0
I Tahir to T Perera, Another googly but this is way outside off and Thisara looks to smash it over long on but cannot make contact.
23.1
0
I Tahir to T Perera, Googly outside off, Perera comes ahead to defend but the ball goes away from the bat which comes down a tad late.
22.6
0
A Nortje to de Silva, A solid defense on the back foot to end the over.
22.5
0
A Nortje to de Silva, Outside off on a length, defended from the crease towards cover by Dhananjaya.
22.4
0
A Nortje to de Silva, Sprayed down the leg side but the ball takes the pad of the batsman as it goes towards de Kock. Good wicket keeping.
22.3
0
A Nortje to de Silva, Bouncer on middle, DDS ducks under it and lets the ball go.
22.2
4
A Nortje to de Silva, FOUR! Strayed down the pads this time, de Silva glances this back of the hand slower ball very fine on the leg side. Gets a boundary to his name. Will have taken some pressure off at least.
22.1
0
A Nortje to de Silva, On a length outside off, pushed back towards the bowler by Dhananjaya.
21.6
0
I Tahir to T Perera, Shorter on off, Thisara blocks it off his back foot.
21.5
0
I Tahir to T Perera, Straighter one outside off, Perera takes no risk and leaves it alone.
21.4
1
I Tahir to de Silva, Flighted on off, de Silva pushes it towards mid on and gets to the other end.
21.3
0
I Tahir to de Silva, Tossed up on middle, Dhananjaya keeps it out.
21.2
0
I Tahir to de Silva, On off and middle, de Silva blocks it.
21.1
1
I Tahir to T Perera, Flighted on off, Perera looks to defend it but it goes off the outer half towards third man for a single.
20.6
0
A Nortje to de Silva, On the money once more, Dhananjaya stands in his crease and defends this ball onto the ground.
20.5
1
A Nortje to T Perera, Another short length ball outside off, Perera pushes this one uppishly wide of point for a single down to third man.
20.4
0
A Nortje to T Perera, Bouncer outside off, TP looks to cut the ball standing tall but fails to put bat on ball due to the bounce on that one.
20.3
0
A Nortje to T Perera, Pushed towards mid off by the batsman on the front foot.

Thisara Perera is really unhappy. He walks up to the umpire to point at the sightscreen. It was not in its place for the previous ball which he swayed away from.

20.2
0
A Nortje to T Perera, Bouncer outside off, Thisara sways out of the way to leave that ball. Looks like he missed the ball in the crowd there or something.

Thisara Perera is the new man in, featuring in his 150th ODI. Last recognized batting pair out in the middle for Sri Lanka.

20.1
0
A Nortje to O Fernando, OUT! No, it is not too high! The ball is clipping the top of leg stump. Oshada has to leave! A length ball on middle and going on straight with a slight hint of reverse. Fernando misses his flick and gets hit above the knee roll. The players appeal and the finger goes up. Oshada reviews immediately without consulting his partner. The replays though show that there was no inside edge and the ball is clipping the top of leg stump. The on-field decision stays. Oshada has to depart but does not take a review with him. Sri Lanka in dire straits, needing 160 more for a win off 179 balls with half the side back in the pavilion.

Review time! Fernando is adjudged LBW by the umpire but he goes for the review immediately. Looked like it would be a little high to the naked eye.

19.6
0
I Tahir to de Silva, A googly, landing full around off, Dhananjaya is forward to defend but it takes the inside edge and goes on the leg side. Imran really got excited there, maybe he thought there was no edge. Terrific over from the leggie! A wicket-maiden for South Africa.
19.5
0
I Tahir to de Silva, Quicker and on off, defended off the back foot.
19.4
0
I Tahir to de Silva, Another miscommunication. A flighted ball on off, Dhananjaya plays it down with the spin to short third man. Confusion over a run again, no harm done this time. Would have been unreal had they lost another wicket through run out.

Dhananjaya de Silva walks out at number 6.

19.3
0
I Tahir to O Fernando, OUT! RUN OUT! Huge, huge moment in the game! Lots of confusion in the middle sees Mendis walk back. A flatter one outside off, Oshada dabs it towards short third man and is ball-watching. His partner though, looks for a single. Oshada does not move for a moment but then looks to complete the run. Mendis stops and starts and stops and starts, and meanwhile, Nortje picks up the ball and hits the stumps at the striker's end. End of Kusal Mendis and South Africa are on top here!
19.2
0
I Tahir to O Fernando, Fuller one on the pads, pushed towards mid-wicket.
19.1
0
I Tahir to O Fernando, Brilliant stop! A ball on the pads, and Oshada sweeps it towards fine leg but the fielder there gets down to his left and stops the ball. Well done by the fielder, pressure builds due to this.
18.6
1
A Nortje to O Fernando, Short of a length on the middle stump line, pulled away through backward square leg for a single. Oshada keeps strike.
18.5
0
A Nortje to O Fernando, On the pads, pushed towards mid-wicket by Oshada. Dot ball.
18.5
0
A Nortje to O Fernando, Wide! Hurls this one down the leg side. Wided by the umpire, an easy decision
18.4
1
A Nortje to K Mendis, Bowled at the hips, turned away towards the long leg region for a single by Mendis.
18.3
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, On the top of middle stump at chest height, Kusal pats it towards mid-wicket.
18.2
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Bouncer on middle, KM ducks under it and lets the ball go.
18.1
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Short of a length outside off, patted towards point by Mendis.
17.6
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, Another single down to long on to end the over. A flighted ball outside off, pushed back down the ground by Mendis.
17.5
1
I Tahir to O Fernando, Driven along the ground to long on for a single by Oshada.
17.4
0
I Tahir to O Fernando, Flatter one on the pads, flicked to mid-wicket by Oshada.
17.3
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
17.2
1
I Tahir to O Fernando, Flighted outside off on a fuller length, Oshada gets it wide of deep cover to his left with a drive. The fielder does really well to stop the second run there. Mendis was ball-watching and that probably what cost the second run to not be taken.
17.1
0
I Tahir to O Fernando, Flatter outside off, pushed back towards the bowler by Oshada.
16.6
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Shorter length ball outside off once more, kept out by Kusal to end a good over from Nortje.
16.5
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Pacy and bouncy! Short of a length on off stump, at 147 kph! Mendis goes on his toes and then fends off the ball somehow onto the surface. He had taken his eyes off the ball.
16.4
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, On top of off stump, pushed back towards mid on off the back foot.
16.3
1
A Nortje to O Fernando, Short of a length and pulled away to deep square leg for a single by Oshada. Good shot but straight to the fielder in the deep.
16.2
1
A Nortje to K Mendis, Turned away off the hips towards square leg for a single by Mendis.
16.1
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Short of a length and on top of off stump, Mendis stands tall and defends the ball back to the bowler.

Drinks break! The Sri Lankans did not get to the best of starts in the chase, losing 3 wickets around the 10-over mark. A small unbeaten partnership of 31 is going on between Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis. The visitors will hope it continues while the hosts would like a wicket or two more to confirm that they are firm favorites. This match is just starting to spice up...

15.6
0
I Tahir to O Fernando, Kept out watchfully by Oshada to end Tahir's first over. 3 runs off it in the end.
15.5
0
I Tahir to O Fernando, A loopy leg spinner outside off, Oshada comes ahead and defends the ball onto the surface.
15.4
0
I Tahir to O Fernando, Googly on off, Oshada did not read that one. He looks to drive it down to long on but gets it off the inside of the bat and towards square leg.
15.3
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, Driven to long off for a single by KM.
15.2
1
I Tahir to O Fernando, Flatter one on middle, worked towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
15.1
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, Flighted outside off, pushed away on the full towards long on by Mendis as he takes a single.

Imran Tahir is into the attack now. He was superb in the last game. He also will not be seen post the World Cup in the 50-over format.

14.6
0
A Nortje to O Fernando, Length delivery on off, Oshada defends it with a straight bat.
14.5
1
A Nortje to K Mendis, Full on middle and leg, Mendis nudges it to mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
14.4
1
A Nortje to O Fernando, Length delivery just outside off, Oshada guides it to third man for a run.
14.3
0
A Nortje to O Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Oshada blocks it away.
14.2
1
A Nortje to K Mendis, Back of a length delivery on the body, Mendis tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
14.1
1
A Nortje to O Fernando, Back of a length on off, Fernando dabs it to third man for a single.
13.6
0
W Mulder to K Mendis, A solid defense off the front foot by Mendis to end the over. 10 runs off it in the end.
13.5
1
W Mulder to O Fernando, Single to follow the boundary. Good batting! On the off stump line and a good length, Oshada looks to drive but gets it off the inside half. Single to mid-wicket.
13.4
4
W Mulder to O Fernando, FOUR! Short of a length on middle, Oshada swivels and pulls this ball fine on the leg side. Did not look in control but no fielder there meant it was a safe shot and brought a boundary as well.
13.4
0
W Mulder to O Fernando, Wide! Short of a length delivery from Mulder but it goes really too high over the head of the batsmen.
13.3
1
W Mulder to K Mendis, On the middle stump line, turned towards square leg for a single. 1500 runs for Mendis in ODIs.
13.2
2
W Mulder to K Mendis, Short and wide outside off, Kusal pats it wide of point for a couple of runs. That is good placement and good running as well.
13.1
1
W Mulder to O Fernando, On the hips, worked towards mid-wicket for a single by Oshada.
12.6
4
A Nortje to K Mendis, FOUR! Beautiful. That's the shot of the innings, so far. Full length delivery on middle and leg, Kusal just opens the face of the bat and exquisitely drives it through mid on for a boundary.
12.5
2
A Nortje to K Mendis, Back of a length delivery outside off, Mendis cuts it through backward point. Imran Tahir does extremely well to cover the ground in the deep and get to the ball. He saves two runs for his side. His throw at the keeper's end is though not collected by de Kock but there is back up behind.
12.4
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis pushes it to covers.
12.3
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Length delivery on middle and off, Kusal blocks it.
12.2
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Back of a length delivery outside off, Mendis looks to send it over the slips but misses.
12.1
4
A Nortje to K Mendis, FOUR! Overpitched on off, Mendis lofts it over mid off. He does not time it well but gets enough to send it over the mid off fielder. Andile Phehlukwayo gives it a chase and looks to pull the ball back in with a dive but he fails to do so cleanly.
11.6
0
W Mulder to O Fernando, Length delivery on off, Mendis pushes it to covers. Tight start from Mulder, just 3 runs off his first.
11.5
1
W Mulder to K Mendis, Good length delivery on middle, Mendis tucks it towards mid-wicket for another single.
11.4
1
W Mulder to O Fernando, On off, Fernando taps it to third man and rotates the strike.
11.3
1
W Mulder to K Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis guides it to third man for a run.
11.2
0
W Mulder to K Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Kusal gets on his back foot and blocks it.
11.1
0
W Mulder to K Mendis, Starts right on the money. Good length delivery on middle and off, Kusal looks to defend it. He does so with the upper half of the bat.

Wiaan Mulder is now on.

10.6
0
A Nortje to O Fernando, Short and wide outside off, Oshada goes after that one but fails to put bat on ball. End of a successful first over from Anrich!
10.5
0
A Nortje to O Fernando, Flicked away to the square leg fielder by Oshada.
10.4
1
A Nortje to K Mendis, Short of a length outside off, Kusal dabs it down towards third man for a run.
10.3
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Fuller this time outside off at 148 kph, Mendis looks to flick the ball away on the leg side but gets a leading edge on it that goes towards point.
10.2
0
A Nortje to K Mendis, Pace once more! Mendis has to stand tall and keep it out uncomfortably towards point.

Kusal Mendis walks out at number 4. Sri Lanka need a big innings from him here.

10.1
0
A Nortje to K Perera, OUT! Nortje strikes first ball! Three down now are the Lankans. A huge wicket this, that of the magnificent Kusal Perera. A shortish length ball on the middle and leg stump line, at 145 clicks. Perera wants to pat it down on the leg side but closes the face of the bat early. Is surprised by the pace and extra zip on that one as the ball takes the leading edge and lobs towards cover-point. Miller runs across to his left from point and takes a good catch. Faf du Plessis was running to the right as well but does well to stay out of the way of Miller. South Africa surely have a stronghold in the game now!

Powerplay 2 has been signalled by the umpire. Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Anrich Nortje has also been introduced into the attack.

9.6
1
L Ngidi to K Perera, Fuller outside off, Perera slashes at the ball and it flies towards third man on the bounce. Phehlukwayo stops it at a single. Sri Lanka are 52/2 at the end of 10 overs.
9.5
1
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Outside off on a length, Oshada angles it wide of slip and down to Rabada who does well this time to stop it at a run.
9.4
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Oshada stands tall and defends this one onto the surface.
9.3
4
L Ngidi to O Fernando, FOUR! Fifty is up for the away side! Short of a length outside off, Oshada sways out of the line and then ramps the ball towards the left of third man. Rabada comes around to try and stop the ball but fails to do so as he does not stop it completely. Free runs for the visitors.
9.2
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Good ball! A delivery bowled from wide of the crease by Ngidi, Oshada misses the flick and gets hit high on the pads. The ball looked it would miss the leg stump as well. Hence not much of an appeal.
9.1
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Length ball outside off, defended towards cover by Oshada.
8.6
0
K Rabada to K Perera, Bouncer to finish the over. Perera ducks under it.
8.5
1
K Rabada to O Fernando, Back of a length delivery on off, Oshada guides it to third man for a single.
8.4
4
K Rabada to O Fernando, FOUR! This time Fernando will get his boundary. Fuller length delivery on middle and leg, Oshada goes aerial and hits it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
8.3
2
K Rabada to O Fernando, Brilliant fielding. Full toss on middle and leg, Oshada flicks it fine of the fine leg fielder. Andile Phehlukwayo there runs to his right and saves a certain boundary for his side by covering the ground and then getting down in time. The batsmen take a couple.
8.2
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Good length delivery around off, Fernando pushes it to the fielder at point.
8.1
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Yorker outside off, Oshada looks to hit it straight but misses.
7.6
0
L Ngidi to K Perera, Short outside off to end the over, patted towards mid off.
7.5
0
L Ngidi to K Perera, Another fuller one on the middle and leg stump line, driven towards mid on by Kusal Janith Perera.
7.4
0
L Ngidi to K Perera, Fuller one on middle, pushed back to the bowler with a straight bat.
7.3
0
L Ngidi to K Perera, KP has defended it by getting right behind the line of the short length delivery on off.
7.2
1
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Shot! Superb fielding too! A length ball outside off, Oshada cuts the ball hard but fails to find the gap. The ball goes too close to point who stops the ball acrobatically. Saves a certain boundary. Single taken post the half stop.
7.1
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Length ball outside off, pushed back to the bowler by Oshada. Ngidi fakes a throw back towards the batsman.
6.6
2
K Rabada to K Perera, Good length delivery on the body, Perera flicks it wide of the fine leg fielder and gets a couple.
6.6
0
K Rabada to K Perera, Wide. Rabada misses his line and bowls this down the leg side. Kusal tries to flick but misses. The umpire signals it as a wide.
6.5
0
K Rabada to K Perera, Length delivery on off, Perera pushes it to cover.
6.4
3
K Rabada to O Fernando, Shortish delivery on middle and leg, Oshada looks to pull but the upper hand comes off the bat. It goes over the mid-wicket fielder. Wiaan Mulder gives it a chase and saves it from going to the fence. The batsmen meanwhile come back for the third.
6.3
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Back of a length delivery on off, Fernando blocks it off his back foot.
6.2
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, This is even more pacy. Good length delivery just outside off stump at 149 kph, Oshada looks to poke at it but misses.
6.1
1
K Rabada to K Perera, Fast and straight. Bowled at 148 kph. Kusal hits it to the right of mid off and takes a single.
5.6
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Kept out by Oshada off the back foot to end a successful over from Ngidi.
5.5
1
L Ngidi to K Perera, Quick single! On the pads, pushed towards mid on by Kusal. He sets off for a single as soon as he hits it and completes the run easily.
5.4
1
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Dabbed down to third man for a single by Fernando to get off the mark.
5.3
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Close! Outside off and slightly fuller this time, Oshada looks to drive the ball through covers but fails to get any willow on the ball. That was super close to the bat and could have easily taken the outside edge.
5.2
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Length ball outside off, pushed towards point with soft hands by Oshada off his back foot.

Fernando replaces Fernando, Oshada comes in to bat at number 4.

5.1
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, OUT! Ngidi has one now! Avishka is bowled! A length ball on the off stump line, Avishka looks to pull across the line but fails to put bat on ball. It goes on to knock top of off stump. The perfect ball! South Africa are pumped up here! This is absolutely unneeded from Sri Lanka though. The target is not such a big one and such rash shots are not needed. Playing across the line was a bad idea against the new ball and it has proved costly here. Sri Lanka need 223 runs more in 269 balls.
4.6
0
K Rabada to K Perera, Another good defense to end a good over from Kagiso.
4.5
0
K Rabada to K Perera, Shorter one on the off stump line, defended by Perera solidly.
4.4
0
K Rabada to K Perera, FOUR LEG BYES! Length ball on the pads, Kusal looks to glance it fine on the leg side but misses. The ball goes to the fence though off the pads. Leg byes signalled.
4.3
0
K Rabada to K Perera, Bouncer! KP ducks in time to let that one go over him.
4.2
2
K Rabada to K Perera, Catch it... is the call but Ngidi seems to have gone a little late there! DROPPED! Could be a huge miss! A fuller one outside off, Kusal goes for the slash but is nowhere in control of the ball. It flies towards third man where Lungi thinks that the ball is coming straight to him. The ball though dips and Ngidi has to come ahead. He does and then dives to take the ball but cannot hold on. Two runs are taken until the ball is thrown back.
4.1
0
K Rabada to K Perera, A length ball outside off, pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
3.6
1
L Ngidi to K Perera, Worked away off the pads to deep square leg for a single. Kusal keeps strike.
3.5
0
L Ngidi to K Perera, Loud appeal but not given! Seems like height was an issue there. A length ball on the leg stump line, Kusal Perera misses the flick and gets hit high on the pads when he was on his toes. There is a question asked to the umpire who is unmoved. On second replay, we could even say it might have been pitching slightly outside leg.
3.4
0
L Ngidi to K Perera, Shortens the length once more, Perera defends from the crease.
3.3
0
L Ngidi to K Perera, Hit really hard but straight to the fielder! Really full outside off, Kusal Perera goes for the cover drive and times it beautifully but does not find the gap.
3.2
0
L Ngidi to K Perera, Shorter in length outside off, defended onto the surface.
3.1
0
L Ngidi to K Perera, On the hips, Kusal looks to work it away on the leg side but fails to put bat to ball. Gets hit on the thigh pad.
2.6
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, Sanity on the last ball as Avishka comes ahead a bit and defends the ball with a straight bat. 11 runs but a big wicket of Dickwella as well from the over.
2.6
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, FIVE WIDES! Another bouncer but free runs for Sri Lanka! Wayward from Rabada as he looks to bowl a bumper at Fernando again. The ball goes way down the leg side and beats de Kock who has no chance to reach that one.
2.5
6
K Rabada to A Fernando, SIX! Another top edge but this time it has gone all the way! A length ball on middle and leg, Fernando wants to go for the pull but is not in control off the shot. The pace on the ball though takes it over the rope behind the keeper.
2.4
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, On a length and pushed towards the mid on region by Avishka.

Kusal Perera walks out to bat at number 3.

2.3
0
K Rabada to N Dickwella, OUT! The first one is gone! This is Rabada's 100th wicket in ODIs, the third quickest to reach this landmark for South Africa after Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel. A short of a length ball on middle, Dickwella looks to heave it away on the leg side. But he gets a top edge and the ball goes miles in the air. De Kock runs backward and settles under the ball before pouching it and taking a good catch. That was just the start that South Africa would have wanted but not what the visitors would like.
2.2
0
K Rabada to N Dickwella, Another one on a shorter length, and coming in after landing. Dickwella tries to defend on his toes but fails to put bat on ball. Gets hit on the thigh pad.
2.1
0
K Rabada to N Dickwella, Short of a length outside off from KG, Dickwella is on his toes as he defends this towards cover.
1.6
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, A length ball outside off, defended with a straight bat by the batsman to cover.
1.5
1
L Ngidi to N Dickwella, Quick single! A length ball on top of off stump, Niroshan pats the ball down to the mid-wicket region and gets a run.
1.4
0
L Ngidi to N Dickwella, A short length ball outside off, Dickwella looks to pull this one away but connects only with thin air.
1.3
2
L Ngidi to N Dickwella, Gets a little too straight this time, Ngidi. Dickwella works it through square leg for another couple.
1.2
0
L Ngidi to N Dickwella, Short outside off once more, pushed to the point fielder with timing but no placement.
1.1
0
L Ngidi to N Dickwella, Outside off on a short length, defended onto the ground by the batsman.

Lungi Ngidi with the second new ball.

0.6
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, Short of a length once more on the leg stump line, Fernando looks to flick but misses. He gets hit on the thigh pad. Good start for Sri Lanka.
0.6
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, Wide! Rabada sprays this short of a length ball down the leg side. The umpire penalizes him.
0.5
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, Short of a length outside off, Avishka goes chasing after it but is not able to put bat on ball.
0.4
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, On the pads, worked on to the leg side but for no run.
0.3
4
K Rabada to A Fernando, FOUR! What a way to get off the mark! Short length ball on top of middle, Avishka makes some room to free his arms and lifts this over mid-wicket. A boundary to begin with.
0.2
1
K Rabada to N Dickwella, NOT OUT! He is in comfortably. A short of a length ball on the hips, Dickwella pats it towards mid-wicket and starts running. His partner is a little late to react and has to rush in the end. Miller there picks up the ball and hits the stumps at the keeper's end. The fielders appeal and the square leg umpire takes it up. The replays show Avishka is safe!

Run out appeal! Avishka could be out without facing a ball if he is short of the crease here. He does not look too worried though.

0.1
2
K Rabada to N Dickwella, On the hips, Dickwella turns it off towards square leg for a couple of runs. Niroshan off the mark straightaway.

We are back for the chase. 252 to get, should be a good 3 hours or so of cricket now. Trust South Africa to fight hard, while Sri Lanka if they bat well should reach the target. Niroshan Dickwella and Avishka Fernando to open for the visitors. Kagiso Rabada with the first new ball. The hosts will look for early wickets. All set and ready to go, let's play!!!