Sri Lanka in South Africa, 5 ODI Series, 2019

South Africa vs Sri Lanka - 3rd ODI

Venue: Kingsmead, Durban

Date & Time: 10 March 2019

Sri Lanka 121/5

RR: 5.04 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 71 runs (D/L method)

commentary

Our coverage of this game comes to an end. Two inconsequential matches are still left in the series and both teams will take that as an opportunity to try different team compositions and game plans. The fourth ODI is on Wednesday, 13th March and we look forward to your company at 1300 local (1100 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis says that the batting was one thing they were looking forward to. Opines that they were brilliant today. Praises Dwaine Pretorius' knock and lauds the way Miller and Phehlukwayo finished the innings. States that scoring runs at the death is critical and to have big hitters in the tank is something they are blessed with. He is happy that the talking they did after the last game was put into action today. He is overall satisfied with today's work. On winning the series, du Plessis replies that it's great and they are looking forward to the next two matches. Mentions that regardless of the result, they will be trying out new combinations.

Quinton de Kock is once again the Man of the Match for his fine century. Says that he does just the top-ups to stay in the groove and he tries to train as less as possible as it can be tiring. Adds that scoring is just a mental thing and he is going with a strong mindset at the moment. He is happy to finally convert his 80s and 90s into a big score. As a team, de Kock wants to keep doing what they are doing currently.

Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga says that their bowling was not up to the mark and they misfielded quite a bit also. Adds that they didn't get a good start and the DLS revised target was a bit too much. Feels the rain came at the wrong time as Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando were doing a good job. Considers Kamindu's bowling as a positive. On the World Cup plans, Malinga replies that they want to give opportunities to players to gain confidence and do their job.

Chasing a target in excess of 300, Sri Lanka required a quickfire start but it never came. Niroshan Dickwella fell early and then after a bit of resistance, Avishka Fernando also departed. The pair of Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis looked good in the middle but the rain intervened and ate out too much time from the chase. When the chase resumed, Sri Lanka were handed almost an impossible task of scoring 118 runs off 48 balls. South Africa bowled Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi post that and the spin twin finished the job efficiently.

An easy win for South Africa and they take an unassailable lead in the 5-match ODI series. It was a professional effort from them with the bat. Quinton de Kock led with a fine century and all the other batsmen, barring Reeza Hendricks, played good hands. Partnerships were the main feature of their innings as they went on to post a big total on the board. The Sri Lankan bowling once again was listless and apart from debutant Kamindu Mendis, the rest struggled.

23.6
0
I Tahir to I Udana, Missing leg! That will be it then, SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 71 RUNS (DLS Method)! A well-disguised googly by Tahir. He lands it full and around off, Udana tries to defend it off his front foot but misses. He is rapped on the pads and they put in an unsuccessful appeal. Imran wants to get it reviewed and a smiling Faf obliges. The replays roll in and they show that it's turning down too much. Now, the players are shaking hands in the middle.

Huge shout for an lbw! Not given. Doesn't matter much but Tahir wants to review it. Faf du Plessis smiles and signals for it.

23.5
0
I Tahir to I Udana, Flatter and fuller on off, defended watchfully.
23.4
0
I Tahir to I Udana, Loopy and full on off, it's pushed back to the bowler.
23.3
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
23.2
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, Strides forward to defend but is first hit on the pads and then it takes the inside half of his bat. Rolls through the keeper's legs and short third man cuts it off.
23.1
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, Lunges to a full ball and pushes it to covers.
23.1
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, Wide! Flatter and shorter, wide outside off and turning further away, Mendis leaves it.

Last over of the chase coming. Imran Tahir to bowl it...

22.6
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Watchfully defended off the front foot to the off side.
22.5
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Floated one landing full on middle, it's defended back off the front foot.
22.4
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Quicker this time, flat and short on middle, Udana tries to punch from the back foot but it takes inside edge and rolls to short fine leg.
22.3
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Leans forward to a full ball and drives it straight to covers.
22.3
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Wide! This one goes straight on after pitching outside leg, Isuru tries flicking but misses.
22.2
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Loopy and full on leg, Udana defends it off his pads to the on side.
22.1
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Wrong 'un outside off, Isuru has no idea where this will spin. Tries getting forward and putting bat to it but misses.
21.6
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, Turning back in from outside off, Kamindu goes back and defends it from the bottom half of his willow.

Isuru Udana is the new batsman.

21.5
0
I Tahir to T Perera, OUT! What a catch by Rassie van der Dussen! The new bat brings zero luck for Thisara. Tahir gets Perera out once again, almost in an identical manner like the last match. A flatter full ball outside off, probably a googly, Thisara goes hard at it and slices it over extra cover. Rassie in the deep charges forward and completes the catch with a slide. This chase is heading the way it was supposed to...

Thisara Perera is changing his bat.

21.4
2
I Tahir to T Perera, Fetches a full toss from outside off and slogs it to deep mid-wicket for two. Not finding his timing, Thisara.
21.3
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, Quicker and flatter on middle, Mendis eases it past the bowler to long on for a run.
21.2
1
I Tahir to T Perera, A mistimed lofted shot over covers by Thisara for one more.
21.1
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, Gets back and works it with the spin through mid-wicket for a single.
20.6
1
T Shamsi to K Mendis, Goes on the back foot and punches it to sweeper cover for one.
20.5
0
T Shamsi to K Mendis, Thisara Perera is hurt! Tossed up ball on middle, Kamindu drills it right back and it hits Perera on the shoulder. He immediately winces in pain as his bat falls from his hand. Seems fine to continue.
20.4
1
T Shamsi to T Perera, In the air... drops safely! Turning away from middle and off, Perera top edges his attempted heave across the line and it goes aerial. Falls safely at cover-point. They take one.
20.3
2
T Shamsi to T Perera, Up and just over point! Full and flighted outside off, Perera throws his bat at it and slices it off the outside edge. Phehlukwayo jumps but it goes just over him for a couple.
20.2
1
T Shamsi to K Mendis, Walks down the track and helps it with the turn to deep mid-wicket for one.
20.1
2
T Shamsi to K Mendis, Shortish and on off, cut through point by Kamindu for a couple.
19.6
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, Flicks a full ball with the spin to deep mid-wicket for a single. We're done with 20 overs. So, even if it rains, we will have a result.
19.5
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, Turning away from the left-hander, on the shorter side, Kamindu cuts but finds point.
19.4
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, Presses forward to a full ball and drives it to extra cover.
19.3
1
I Tahir to T Perera, Shortish and outside off, smashed off the back foot to deep cover for just a single.

Debutant Kamindu Mendis walks in next.

19.2
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, OUT! Caught and bowled! Tahir bowls it a lot slower through the air. Lands his leg spinner on a fuller length outside off, Mendis tries to play the slog sweep but it spins away and takes the top edge. Tahir runs across to his left and completes the catch at short cover. 89 needed off 28 balls.
19.1
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, Loopy and outside off, spinning away, Mendis allows it through thinking it will be a wide. It ain't.
18.6
1
T Shamsi to K Mendis, Quicker on middle, turned in the gap at mid-wicket for a quick single. 16 from the over. But Sri Lanka need many more.
18.5
6
T Shamsi to K Mendis, SIX! High and handsome! Tossed up ball on middle, Kusal once again goes with the spin and thwacks it over wide long on for a maximum.
18.4
2
T Shamsi to K Mendis, EDGY! Flatter and shorter on off, Kusal rocks back to play the square cut but it takes the outside edge and runs down to third man for a couple.
18.3
6
T Shamsi to K Mendis, SIX! Mendis has sent this packing! Loopy and on middle, turning in, Kusal attacks it by getting down the track and muscles it over long on. Shamsi is seen wiping the ball.
18.2
1
T Shamsi to T Perera, In the air... Safe! Tossed up ball on middle, Perera mistimes his lofted shot behind the bowler's head. Hendricks attempts to take the catch with a dive from long off but fails to reach it. A single is taken.
18.1
0
T Shamsi to T Perera, Flat and short on off, Thisara moves back and cuts it straight to extra cover.
17.6
1
I Tahir to T Perera, Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
17.5
0
I Tahir to T Perera, Beaten! A flatter and fuller ball outside off, a wrong 'un, Perera goes hard at it but fails to connect.
17.4
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, Forces a full ball down to long off for one.
17.3
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, Play and a miss! A leg spinner around off, Mendis once again attempts to heave but it turns to beat the outside edge. The keeper collects the ball and breaks the stumps, appeals also but nothing from the square leg umpire.
17.2
4
I Tahir to K Mendis, FOUR! First boundary after the rain-break! Loopy and full ball around middle, Kusal clears his front leg and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
17.1
1
I Tahir to T Perera, A juicy full toss around leg, Perera hangs back and powers it over mid-wicket. The wide long on fielder stops it in the deep and only a run results.

Imran Tahir to continue from this end...

16.6
2
T Shamsi to K Mendis, Misfield! Short and on off, Kusal moves back and cuts it to point where the fielder misfields and concedes a couple of runs.
16.5
1
T Shamsi to T Perera, Very full and very wide outside off, Thisara throws his bat at it and drills it to sweeper cover for one.
16.4
0
T Shamsi to T Perera, Skidding down from middle and leg, Perera tries to work it around but misses.
16.3
0
T Shamsi to K Mendis, Extra loop on this one. Lands it around leg and gets it to turn down. Mendis fails to flick and it goes off his pads to short fine leg. A leg bye taken.
16.2
1
T Shamsi to T Perera, Tossed up ball on middle, spinning away slightly, Perera flicks it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.

Thisara Perera arrives. 117 needed off 47 balls.

16.1
0
T Shamsi to O Fernando, OUT! Caught behind! Flighted ball outside off, skidding away with the angle, Oshada tries to play a late cut but it takes a thin outside edge and settles into the gloves of de Kock. They appeal and the finger is up.
16.1
0
T Shamsi to O Fernando, Wide! Spinning down the leg side, Oshada tries to sweep but misses.

The players are back on the field. Tabraiz Shamsi to bowl. Here we go again...

Update 1810 local - GOOD NEWS! The rain has disappeared completely. The chase is now reduced to 24 overs and Sri Lanka need another 118 runs in 8 overs. The DLS par score is 115. Play to start in 10 minutes.

Update 1725 local - Rain has stopped and going by some Twitter handles, the covers are coming off too. Will we get second time lucky? Hoping for the best. Stay tuned for further updates...

Update 1710 local - Keep all the hopes of a resumption in the back pocket. RAIN IS BACK and the waiting game continues. We have started to lose overs already. This ain't looking very promising at the moment. Let's see what happens next.

Update 1653 local - We're hearing that it has stopped raining and there will be an inspection soon. Let's be positive and hope for a resumption soon. Stay tuned...

Update 1609 local - Nothing new to report. It continues to rain and the covers are firmly in their place. South Africa might just be regretting the fact that they didn't bowl spinners to quickly get done with 20 overs. The wait continues. Stay with us, we will keep you posted.

Update 1529 local - Oh no! The umbrellas are up in the stands as it has started RAINING IN KINGSMEAD! The covers are coming on and we are in for a delay now. The DLS par score at this stage is 110. But we are still 4 overs away from constituting a match. More covers are coming on now. Stay tuned for latest updates...

Drinks break. Sri Lanka trying to recover after early blows. The current pair is amidst a 40-run stand now and the touring team will hope that they continue for as long as possible. South Africa have done well so far and will try to maintain the same tempo in the middle overs. Let's see how this chase pans out in the next phase. 257 needed off 204 balls.

15.6
1
I Tahir to O Fernando, Bowls it on the leg stump line, Fernando forces it down to long on for a run.
15.5
1
I Tahir to K Mendis, Punches this one to long on for a run.
15.4
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, The batsman has driven the ball to covers.
15.3
0
I Tahir to K Mendis, Lands it on middle, the batsman has defended that one off the back foot.
15.2
1
I Tahir to O Fernando, Flighted this time, driven towards the left of long off. A run completed.
15.1
0
I Tahir to O Fernando, Floated on middle, punched to covers.

Spin time! Imran Tahir has the ball in his hand.

14.6
0
D Pretorius to K Mendis, Fullish and angling in on off, Mendis presses forward and defends it back.
14.5
1
D Pretorius to O Fernando, A touch short and on off, Oshada opens the face and glides it down to third man for one.
14.4
0
D Pretorius to O Fernando, Good length ball on off, pushed from the crease to point. Four dots after a 13-run over.
14.3
0
D Pretorius to O Fernando, Digs in a short ball on middle, Oshada lets it go to the keeper by swaying away from the line.
14.2
0
D Pretorius to O Fernando, Back of a length delivery on off, Fernando goes on the back foot and plays it down to point.
14.1
0
D Pretorius to O Fernando, Full in length on middle, Oshada gets behind the line and defends it to mid on.
13.6
4
A Phehlukwayo to K Mendis, FOUR! Risky but safe! Fullish and around the stumps, Mendis flicks it and flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket. The ball though goes uppishly and just wide of the fielder inside the ring for a boundary.
13.5
0
A Phehlukwayo to K Mendis, On a length outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
13.4
2
A Phehlukwayo to K Mendis, Plays a lofted shot on this full ball. He got the elevation but could not get proper timing on this one. The fielder stops the ball just inside the rope. The batsmen complete a couple of runs.
13.3
4
A Phehlukwayo to K Mendis, FOUR! Length ball and some width on offer, Mendis plays a late cut and the ball goes from the right of the first slip fielder to the fence. The third man gives a run but is not able to stop the ball.
13.2
1
A Phehlukwayo to O Fernando, Short and on middle, Oshada pulls it hard but onto the ground. It goes to square leg and he reaches the other end.
13.1
2
A Phehlukwayo to O Fernando, Good length on the pads, the batsman has played it fine down the fine leg region as the ball races towards the ropes. Kagiso Rabada dives to his right and saves a couple.
12.6
0
D Pretorius to K Mendis, Changes the line this time, bowls it near the waist. Mendis plays it on the on side for no runs.
12.5
0
D Pretorius to K Mendis, Short ball outside off, punched to the fielder at point.
12.4
1
D Pretorius to O Fernando, Outside off, Oshada gets a thick edge past the vacant slip cordon as the ball runs down to third man for a single.
12.3
0
D Pretorius to O Fernando, Good length on off, Oshada keeps it out on the off side.
12.2
4
D Pretorius to O Fernando, FOUR! Another length ball on the pads, Fernando flicks it from the line towards the mid wicket region. The ball races away to the fence.
12.1
0
D Pretorius to O Fernando, Starts the over with a length ball on the pads, it's driven straight to mid on.
11.6
2
A Phehlukwayo to K Mendis, Targeting the pads again. Mendis works it to mid-wicket and comes back for a couple. 6 from Andile's first over.
11.5
1
A Phehlukwayo to O Fernando, On a length around the stumps, flicked away by the batsman towards mid-wicket for a single.
11.4
1
A Phehlukwayo to K Mendis, Uppish and just wide of the fielder. Short ball and some width on offer, Mendis goes for a square cut but doesn't bother to keep it down. It goes just wide of the point fielder for a run.
11.4
0
A Phehlukwayo to K Mendis, Wide. Sprays it outside leg and a wide signalled by the umpire.
11.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to K Mendis, Ahead of a length on off, Mendis strides forward and pushes it to mid off.
11.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to K Mendis, Similar delivery, Mendis lets it go safely to the keeper.
11.1
1
A Phehlukwayo to O Fernando, Starts his over with a back of a length delivery outside off, Fernando opens the face of the bat and guides it towards third man for a run.

Bowling change as expected. Andile Phehlukwayo to have a go now.

10.6
0
K Rabada to K Mendis, Short and outside off, Mendis goes on his toes once more and shoulders arms.
10.5
0
K Rabada to K Mendis, Bangs it in on middle, Mendis gets on his toes to defend it.
10.4
1
K Rabada to O Fernando, Full toss on the pads, the batsman has turned it down to deep mid-wicket for a run.
10.4
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Short ball down the leg side, Fernando moves across and leaves it. Wide signaled.
10.3
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Slower ball just outside off, Fernando tries to drive but misses. The ball goes straight to the keeper.

Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir are seen warming up.

10.2
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Fullish and around off, Oshada offers a front foot defense to it. Nice and firm.
10.1
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Back of a length outside off, the batsman guides it to point.

Powerplay 2 time! A maximum of 4 fielders are now allowed outside the ring. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada to continue...

9.6
4
L Ngidi to K Mendis, FOUR! Good timing! Ngidi goes for the yorker but instead serves a full toss on the pads. Oshada flicks it past mid-wicket and it races away to the fence. 10 from the over.
9.5
1
L Ngidi to O Fernando, On a good length around off, Oshada pushes it with an angled bat past the diving backward point fielder for a run.
9.4
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Speedy delivery, Oshada pushes at it and misses. A good comeback delivery by Ngidi and he flashes a smile.
9.3
4
L Ngidi to O Fernando, FOUR! Picks it up off his pads nicely. Full and around leg, Oshada lofts it over square leg and fetches a boundary.
9.2
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Fullish and straighter, solidly defended down to mid on.
9.1
1
L Ngidi to K Mendis, Shortish and outside off, Mendis pushes inside the line and it flies off the outside edge. The third man fielder collects it on one bounce and they take a run.
8.6
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, A full ball on middle and leg, angling down, Oshada tries flicking but gets an inside edge onto the pads. Maiden from Rabada. 15 dots in a row, in fact. Tidy stuff from the Proteas.
8.5
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
8.4
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Ripper of a delivery! Rabada angles in a good length ball just around off, Oshada tries to play the trajectory but it straightens off the seam to beat the outside edge. Outstanding bowling by KG!
8.3
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, A touch short and on off, once again Oshada confidently blocks it on the off side.
8.2
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, A length ball on off, Oshada pushes it from the back foot to covers.
8.1
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Back of a length delivery outside off, left alone.
7.6
0
L Ngidi to K Mendis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. A wicket maiden from Lungi Ngidi!
7.5
0
L Ngidi to K Mendis, Excellent welcome delivery by Ngidi. He lands it on a good length and gets it to move away. Mendis pushes at it and misses. Some harmless sledging from the bowler.

Kusal Mendis walks in next.

7.4
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, OUT! A very substandard shot selection by Avishka Fernando. He was bowled trying to play across the line on his debut and has once again fallen by trying to hit across the line. He is shell-shocked at the moment while the South African players are celebrating. Ngidi delivers a good length ball on off, not rising much, Avishka sticks back to play at it on the leg side. Doesn't try to keep it down and smashes it straight to Shamsi at mid on. Yet another simple catch for the fielder and Sri Lanka have both their openers back in the hut. 297 needed off 254 balls.
7.3
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, Good length ball on off, Avishka pushes it with good timing to mid off. Hit it too well, otherwise a run would have been possible at least.
7.2
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
7.1
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, Aerial but safe! A drive on the up by Avishka and it goes down just in front of Rassie van der Dussen at cover-point. The ball strikes the fielder on the chest and that must have been painful.
6.6
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Oshada has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
6.5
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Shout for an lbw, not given. Rabada gets a length ball to skid back into the batsman from around off. Oshada is beaten in pace as he fails to keep it out. It hits him on the pads, they appeal but nothing from the umpire. Maybe, height.
6.4
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Beaten! A good length ball on off, straightening after landing, Oshada plays inside the line and misses.
6.3
4
K Rabada to O Fernando, FOUR! Controlled edge! Back of a length delivery outside off, Oshada stays on the back foot and pushes at it with a gentle angled bat. It takes the outside half and runs wide of first slip for a boundary.
6.2
1
K Rabada to A Fernando, Streaky! Good length ball on middle, straightening a bit, Avishka tries to flick but closes the face of his bat early. It flies over point off the leading edge and they take a run.
6.1
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, Played to the point region by the batsman. No run.
5.6
1
L Ngidi to A Fernando, A bit edgy! Ngidi lands it on a length outside off, Avishka tries driving on the up but slices it behind point for one. 18 runs in the last 2 overs.

Dark clouds have enveloped the stadium.

5.5
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, A back foot punch once more from Avishka but he finds the point fielder on this occasion.
5.4
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, Stays inside the crease to a length ball and pushes it out to covers.
5.3
4
L Ngidi to A Fernando, FOUR! Superb timing! Concentrated more on the timing this time. It's full and on off, Avishka gives it the full face of his bat and pushes it with good timing through mid off.
5.2
4
L Ngidi to A Fernando, FOUR! Not afraid to play the pull shot, Avishka. Ngidi bangs it in on middle, it's been pulled over square leg, albeit without much timing. Still it has enough to trickle past the rope.
5.1
1
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Oshada opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
4.6
2
K Rabada to A Fernando, Short again by Rabada, Avishka plays an instinctive pull shot behind square leg for a couple of runs. 8 from the over.
4.5
4
K Rabada to A Fernando, EDGY FOUR! Rabada delivers a sharp short ball on off, Avishka goes on the back foot to fend at it but it takes the outside edge and flies past the diving second slip fielder. Shamsi tries his best to pull it back near the fence at third man but fails in his attempt.
4.4
1
K Rabada to O Fernando, Width on offer outside off, Oshada just uses the pace of the bowler and runs it down to third man for a run. He is off the mark now.
4.3
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, Bowls a length ball targeting the off pole, Oshada brings down a straight blade in defense.
4.2
1
K Rabada to A Fernando, Great shot! Rabada serves a full ball on off, Avishka plays a lovely straight drive and Rabada only manages to make a half-stop. They cross for a quick single.
4.1
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, Angles in a full ball on off, Avishka drives it to mid off.
3.6
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Beaten! Back of a length delivery outside off, holding its line, Oshada feels for it and gets beaten. Top over by Ngidi.

We're hearing that Kusal Perera has hurt his knees during a diving attempt on the field in the first innings. He is off since and won't bat in Sri Lanka's innings. Massive blow!

3.5
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Presses forward to a length ball and drives it towards mid off.
3.4
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, A length ball outside off, Oshada plays a square drive but finds the point fielder.
3.3
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Oshada has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
3.2
0
L Ngidi to O Fernando, Nearly chops it on! An inward movement on this one from Ngidi and there is extra bounce too. Oshada tries to block but it takes the bottom edge and bounces over the stumps.
3.1
1
L Ngidi to A Fernando, Good length ball on middle, Avishka turns it towards square leg where Phehlukwayo dives across to his right to make a stop. He has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. A run added to the total.
2.6
0
K Rabada to O Fernando, A rising delivery on off, Oshada is on his toes as he blocks it to the off side. End of a successful over for KG!

Oshada Fernando walks in next at number 3.

2.5
0
K Rabada to N Dickwella, OUT! Dickwella has been hunted down cheaply by Rabada. He gets this wicket by bowling a length ball on off at 140 kph. The length is not full enough to attempt a heave-ho over the leg side. But Niroshan still attempts it and skies it high up in the air towards mid on. A simple catch for Tahir inside the ring and he makes no mistake. Early setback for Sri Lanka.
2.4
0
K Rabada to N Dickwella, Four byes! Rabada bends his back to go short and delivers it on middle at 143 kph. Dickwella with a late thought to ramp it over the keeper but misses. The ball flies over de Kock for a boundary.
2.3
0
K Rabada to N Dickwella, Excellent delivery. Just a bit of away movement. It's on a length and outside off at 147 kph, Dickwella pushes at it without any footwork and gets beaten.
2.2
0
K Rabada to N Dickwella, On a length around middle and off, Dickwella stays back and defends it from the outer half of his bat to cover-point.
2.1
0
K Rabada to N Dickwella, Drops it on a length around off, Dickwella plays it close to his body as he defends it down from the back foot.
1.6
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, Angles in a length ball on off, Avishka is half-forward as he pushes it towards mid on. Just a boundary off Ngidi's first over.
1.5
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, Back of a length delivery on middle, Fernando stays on the back foot and taps it down to mid-wicket.
1.4
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, Good length ball on off, Fernando gets forward and plays it towards extra cover.

The sun is peeping out from the clouds now.

1.3
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it out safely to covers.
1.2
4
L Ngidi to A Fernando, FOUR! Well timed and placed! Back of a length delivery outside off, Avishka stays rooted to his crease and carves it through backward point. Tahir runs across to his right from third man but has no chance of cutting it off.
1.1
0
L Ngidi to A Fernando, Serves a length ball outside off, it's driven on the up but straight to the fielder at cover-point.

Lungi Ngidi to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
K Rabada to N Dickwella, The batsman has done well to keep that yorker at bay. No run to end the first over.
0.5
2
K Rabada to N Dickwella, Back of a length delivery angling away from the batsman, Dickwella pushes it with good timing through cover-point. Miller chases it down and Niroshan is off the mark with a couple of runs.
0.4
1
K Rabada to A Fernando, A length ball on middle, Fernando pushes it to mid on and rushes across to the other end. Makes it safely as Pretorius scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. Sri Lanka are underway.
0.3
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, Angles in a length ball on middle, Avishka keeps it out on the leg side from the inside half of his blade.
0.2
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, Two top nuts to start! Rabada lands it on a length close to off stump. It seams away just a shade after hitting the deck and once again Fernando is caught pushing and missing inside the line.
0.1
0
K Rabada to A Fernando, Movement straightaway along with some good pace. It's on a good length outside off, moving away, Avishka pushes inside the line and misses.

Back for the run chase. Niroshan Dickwella and Avishka Fernando are the Lankan openers. The conditions are cloudy and the South African speedsters will be looking to make use of it. Kagiso Rabada has the first new ball in his hand. He bowled with a lot of fire in the last game. Let's see how he goes in this match. Here we go...