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There it is! First One-Day International (ODI) series in Sri Lanka for the South Africans. It’s been a dominant show by the tourists, who were in command from the early stages of the match. First series loss for Sri Lankans this year? Certainly. Lasith Malinga is caught by JP Duminy as South Africa complete an 82-run win in the final ODI at Pallekele.
OUT! L Malinga c&b Duminy 0(3)
Morne Morkel strikes twice in the over to take South Africa close to a historic series win. Rangana Herath is caught by Quinton de Kock and Senanayake by Jacques Kallis. All over for the hosts now.
OUT! Herath c de Kock b Morkel 1(4), OUT! S Senanayake c Kallis b Morkel 13(16)
Imran Tahir continues the good work as only one run is scored off him in the 43rd over of the innings. Sri Lanka in deep trouble at the moment.
Perhaps Angelo Mathews left it for too late. The Sri Lankan captain is caught by Morne Morkel for 58 and Sri Lanka have lost their seventh wicket in the game. Spinners Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake at the crease with required run rate now touching the mark of 11. Sri Lanka need 89 runs to win from eight overs.
OUT! A Mathews c Morkel b McLaren 58(81)
Mathews smashes a six off Tahir as Sri Lanka look to recover after that blow. The Sri Lankan captain also completed his half-century in this over. Sri Lanka need 93 more runs off nine overs.
There’s the breakthrough! Ryan McLaren does the job for his side once again as he gets Ashan Priyanjan caught behind with a slow bouncer. Sri Lanka on backfoot now. Priyanjan and Mathews added 83 runs.
OUT! A Priyanjan c de Kock b McLaren 30(46)
Imran Tahir returns to bowl a fine over for his side. Only three runs scored off him and the required rate is now close to 10.
Ashan Priyanjan and Angelo Mathews have now added 79 runs for the sixth wicket, leading Sri Lanka’s revival. But the job is not done yet, the asking rate is now past nine.
Another fine over for the hosts as 12 runs were added. Duminy appealed for leg-before twice against Mathews but the umpire gave the correct decisions. Sri Lanka need 116 more to win from 13 overs.
Good over from Sri Lanka’s perspective as 10 runs come off Dale Steyn. Mathews has started to open up as he smashes two fours off the pacer.
Sri Lanka cross the 200-run mark in the 35th over of their chase. They still need another 138 runs from the remaining 15 overs to win this series. Three runs scored off Imran Tahir.
Time for the batting powerplay. Wayne Parnell comes on to bowl the first over and Sri Lankans manage eight runs off it. These two batsmen have now added 48 runs.
JP Duminy returns into the attack as Sri Lankans manage to add only three runs off him. The hosts now need 149 runs to win from 17 overs.
Ryan McLaren continues the good work for South Africa as they are not letting the Sri Lankans go for their shots. Six runs scored from the 32nd over of the match.
Three more runs off Morne Morkel but this will not do any good to the hosts. The asking rate is well above eight now.
Angelo Mathews is looking to lift his side up but nothing has worked out well so far, From 120 balls, they need 161 runs to win. McLaren’s over gets only three runs.
Mathews dances down the track to put one away for a boundary through covers off Morne Morkel. Sri Lanka now need 1647 more runs to win from 21 overs.
Angelo Mathews cracks a boundary down the wicket off Steyn to break the shackles. The required run rate is well past 7.50 now. Six runs scored off the South African pacer spearhead.
JP Duminy is creating lots of trouble for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Angelo Mathews has so far struggled in this innings, as the Lankans would be looking up to him for inspiration. Sri Lanka now need 177 more runs to win from 23 overs.
Dale Steyn continues as Sri Lanka manage another four runs off that over. Sri Lanka now need 181 more runs to win from 24 overs.
And here goes another!JP Duminy was looking threatening enough with the sharp turn that he was getting, and he finally beats Thirimanne’s defense to knock down his off stump. Ashan Priyanjan starts off with a four through covers.
OUT! L Thirimanne b Duminy 22(37)
Mathews is clearly struggling in the middle. On the other hand. Thirimanne is batting comfortably. Dale Steyn comes back into the attack, as he had bowled only three overs in the start. Sri Lanka go past the 150-run mark.
Finally a boundary after a long wait as Thirimanne cuts one to get going. On the other hand, Mathews is struggling as he has faced 24 balls but has scored only five runs.
Sri Lanka are steady but the asking rate is now past seven. They would not like to be in a situation where the asking rate is too much and not enough batsmen left in the bench. Three runs added off Tahir.
Appeal for caught behind by de Kock and Duminy against Thirimanne, but the review suggests that there was no inside edge. Lucky for Sri Lanka, Thirimanne is still at the crease.
Imran Tahir continues and Sri Lankan batsmen can manage only one run off him. Sri Lanka now need 203 more runs to win from 30 overs.
Mathews and Thirimanne are slowly rebuilding the Sri Lankan innings. They have not been aggressive so far, dealing in singles and also with some surprising turn that JP Duminy is generating. Four more runs added.
Imran Tahir continues from the other end. Thirimanne and Mathews are not looking to attack as they are currently dealing in singles right now. Five more runs added to their total.
JP Duminy comes into the attack. The second delivery is too wide, races down to the boundary as the ‘keeper misses out on collecting it. Good over from Sri Lanka’s perspective as 10 runs come off it.
Tahir appeals for a leg-before against Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Mathews, but the umpire was not interested. No review taken. Only one run scored in that over.
South Africa are all over the Sri Lankans at the moment. The hosts need a strong partnership in the middle as not many batsmen are left to bat. Only two runs off McLaren in that over.
Sri Lanka need 224 more runs to win from 35 overs.
There goes another!Mahela Jayawardene’s calculation is beaten by the strong breeze as the ball travels more than what he had anticipated. Dale Steyn takes a fine catch in the deep off Tahir, who gets South Africa second wicket in his second over. Sri Lanka in big trouble.
OUT! M Jayawardene c Steyn b Tahir 2(8)
BIG WICKET!Kumar Sangakkara is caught behind the wickets and Sri Lanka are in big trouble here. There is a difference of approximately 50 runs between Sri Lanka’s score when compared to South Africa’s at this stage. But they need batsmen to stay at the crease. Sangakkara tries to pull one way outside the leg stump but gets an edge. Ryan McLaren is delighted!
OUT! K Sangakkara c de Kock b McLaren 36(23)
Terrible, terrible mix up! Dilshan is out and South Africa have dealt a huge blow. Dilshan and Sangakkara got their calling for a run totally wrong as the former came down running while Sangakkara turned back to the non-strikers’ end. Crucial phase for the hosts as Mahela Jayawardene walks in. Three runs and a wicket in Imran Tahir’s first over.
OUT! T Dilshan run-out 30(24)
The track at the Mahinda Rajpaksa Stadium is not going to support bowlers. Sri Lanka have completed 100 runs in the 11th over of their chase, which is excellent from their perspective. However, they will need these two — especially Sangakkara to stay at the crease for long. Dilshan’s superb placement on the off side gets Sri Lanka yet another boundary. Seven runs scored off Ryan McLaren.
Kumar Sangakkara is leading Sri Lanka’s charge here. The breeze isn’t allowing couple of shots to go the distance they should. Still, two boundaries collected off Parnell in that over. Another boundary scored off the final ball. Sanga on fire. Sri Lanka off to a flier!
Sangakkara on fire. He hits two fours to Morkel.
Quite a decent over from Wayne Parnell. Nine runs from the over.
Good comeback from Morne Morkel. Only six runs from the over.
Wayne Parnell removes Perera, who was looking dangerous. He goes for 37. Next man in is Sri Lankan batting machine Kumar Sangakkara. Two experienced batsmen in the middle, can they create a history? 300 runs has never been chased in Sri Lanka.
OUT! Perera 37 (25) c de Villiers b Parnell
19 runs from the over. Steyn hammered by Perera. Sri Lanka reaches 50 inside five overs!
Six runs comes off the second ball of Morkel’s over. Perera is on fire. Morkel had a chat with AB de Villiers in between. Heavy wind around the ground have made the bails fall. Dilshan hammers one straight down the ground.
Dale Steyn into the attack and Morne Morkel was pushed to the short leg following Kusal Perera trying to knick a short ball of Steyn on the leg. Finally Perera managed to hamerred a slower delivery of Steyn towards cover and that was four. There was an appeal for leg before and Steyn looked determined but the South African after lots of discussion didn’t take the review.
Kusal Perera puts one away for four off Dale Steyn as Sri Lanka begin their chase of this huge target. They will need a positive start.
Lasith Malinga sends down the final over of the innings. South Africans manage to add another 11 runs to their total. This is fine effort by the South Africans as they have put up the highest total at the venue. Sri Lanka have an uphill task ahead.
De Viliers continues the carnage as the first delivery by Mendis is put away for a six. The bowler has the last laugh as he gets the right-hander caught in the deep on the off-side. On the next ball, Duminy gives a simple return catch to the bowler.
OUT! AB de Villiers c Priyanjan b Mendis 108(71), OUT! JP Duminy c&b Mendis
Duminy slams one for four towards the midwicket area, after putting away the second ball off Malinga for a four through covers. 10 runs added. The Sri Lankan pace spearhead has certainly had tough time today.
South Africa cross the 300-run mark and AB de Villiers completes his 17th ODI century. Mathews is shoddy in that over with six runs being given as extras. De Villiers took only 67 balls to get to the three-figure mark. He has struck 11 fours and threes sixes so far in the innings.
Malinga continues as South African batsmen get another 15 runs off him. The first ball is a full toss and is smashed for a six by de Villiers, who moves close to his century.
De Villiers goes all out against Senanayake this time as he picks up consecutive fours to keep the momentum going for South Africa. 13 runs scored off the Sri Lankan spinner.
Sri Lanka are trying to pull back things in control here. Another good over, this time by Lasith Malinga as the South Africans fail to keep up with their scoring rate. Only three runs scored.
Excellent over from Sri Lankan perspective as only two runs were given by Sachithra Senanayake. South Africa will aim to go hard in the next over.
AB de Villiers moves across the wickets to smash the ball on the leg side, getting a boundary off Herath. Another good over for the tourists as they add another nine runs to their total.
Quinton de Kock is OUT! The left-hander makes room to smash Senanayake over the fielder at mid-on but ends up mistiming the stroke. De Kock departs after his innings of 128 runs, studded with 12 boundaries and three massive sixes.
OUT! Q de Kock c Mendis b Senanayake 128(127)
Rangana Herath is smashed for a six on the midwicket region by de Villiers as South Africa continue to make merry on this wicket. Another 10 overs to go and the tourists will be aiming to go ballistic in order to put a very strong total.
Tillakaratne Dilshan comes on, and de Kock slams him for a huge six over midwicket region. Nine runs scored in that over.
Play resumes after the break and South Africans continue to attack. De Villiers swats one on the midwicket for four to keep the momentum going. He follows it up with another four, this time through the covers. De Villiers also brings up his half-century in this over off Malinga.
De Kock slams one over the ropes off Senanayake as South Africa are in complete command at the moment. These two batsmen have added 80 runs for the third wicket. Nine runs scored in that over.
AB de Villiers slams a boundary on the leg side as South Africa bring up their 200 in the 36th over of the innings, off Lasith Malinga. Sri Lankan bowlers have not been impressive on this day, and the tourists have seized the initiative.
Quinton de Kock completes his century as South Africa are in complete command here. The left-handed opener brings up his hundred with a single off Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Ajantha Mendis has been expensive today. He has given away as many as runs in six overs, and has not taken a wicket yet. Not completely his fault, the wicket is not responsive enough. South Africa add another six runs to their total. De Kock two runs away from his century.
Ab de Villiers and Quinton de Kock have steadied the South African innings. They have looked comfortable at the crease after Kallis’s departure. However, de Kock was lucky to have survived a run-out.
Anjanta Mendis comes back on and De Villiers is on the charge. First he cracks the ball to the boundary behind square and then lofts it over deep mid wicket for a big six. This is exactly the tonic South Africa needed and 12 runs comes of the over.
Dilshan continues to impress with his canny off-spin and despite the signal of intent from the Sri Lankan batsmen to take him on, they have to contend with singles and four runs comes of the over.
Herath continues and the batsmen drop anchor. They are determined to see Hearth’s overs through and only four runs comes of the over.
Dilshan is in and he gets spin and turn and pitching it in the right ares. He has continued his good work from the previous game and it is yet another boundary-less over for South Africa.
Herath comes in and gives the ball a lot of loop and flight and only singles comes of the first few balls. Only five comes of the over and Hearth yet again stands tall.
Ajantha Mendis comes in and Ab de Villiers settles in. Mendis is not getting the control of Herath and batsmen are fairly relaxed with his bowling. Six runs comes of the over.
Ragana Herath is back and he is gone. Kallis’s miserable run continues and this one is pitched in line and the veteran all-rounder is caught plumb in front. A review is taken but there was never a doubt from the first instant that the ball was crashing onto the stumps.
OUT! J Kallis lbw b Herath 4(9)
Ajantha Mendis continues and Quinton de Kock cuts away in style and take three runs from it. Kallis is still cautious and is struggling to get away. Just six runs comes of the over.
Rangana Herath continues and Quinton de Kock steps down the track and Oh dear! Sangakkara spurns an easy stumping chance and this could cost Sri Lanka dear. Its yet another tidy over from the spinner and just two runs comes of it
Ajantha Mendis comes and pushes the out of form Jacques Kallis on the back foot straight away. Amla’s wicket has made South Africa conservative and only two runs comes of the over.
Hashim Amla would certainly be gutted having missed out on an opportunity to get a half-century on this placid track. Amla dances down the track to smash Herath for a six, but finds Sachithra Senanayake at long-off. Jacques Kallis, who has scores of 0 and 1 in the last two ODIs, walks in.
OUT! H Amla c Senanayake b Herath 48 (61)
South Africans scramble to add another five runs off Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews. No breakthrough for the hosts yet, all efforts have yielded no result.
Malinga fires his trademark toe-crushing yorker after the break but Amla does well to negotiate it safely. The South African batsman then smashes one down the leg side for a four. Seven runs added off the Sri Lankan pace spearhead.
Angelo Mathews is back into the attack as Sri Lanka are now desperately looking for a breakthrough. The pitch hasn’t helped their spinners at all, and the South Africans have so far looked comfortable in the middle. Amla and de Kock have done well to keep the scoring rate above five. Four runs added in the 19th over.
Lasith Malinga, who was very expensive early on, comes back into the attack. Amla brings up the 100 for his side with a four over the fielder at mid-on. Terrific stuff from the South African openers.
De Kock smashes a four on the first ball off Dilshan as South Africans add another eight runs to their total.
Rangana Herath keeps things in control as Amla and de Kock are able to add only four runs off him.
Dilshan continues as South African batsmen scramble to add another three runs to their total. It is spin from both the ends at the moment but the tourists are cruising comfortably.
Quinton de Kock has reached his half-century and is taking singles with his partner Amla. Herath’s impeccable line though, ties down the batsmen.
Herath and Dilshan have put the brakes on the scoring after De Kock was in a belligerent mood in the powerplay overs. Dilshan maintains a tidy line and despite using their feet, the batsmen get only three singles and the rest are dot balls.
Now Rangana Herath comes into the attack, and Hashim Amla struggles to score off him in his first over. Only one run scored in the 12th over of the innings.
To stem the flow of the runs Sri Lanka introduce spinner Ajantha Mendis. The first over is expectedly quiet with South Africans getting two runs off the first five balls, and the last one is hit for a four by de Kock.
De Kock slams a six inside out off Senanayake, and is dropped at the cover region on the next ball. Overall 13 runs scored in that over.
South Africa batsmen bring up their 50-run stand for the opening wicket in the ninth over of the innings. It’s been a positive start by them, with de Kock taking the aggressive role and Amla providing strong support from the other end. Four runs scored off Mathews in the ninth over of the game.
De Kock smashes Senanayake for another four — this time in the midwicket region on the third ball of the over. Four runs scored off the Sri Lankan spinner.
Quinton de Kock is looking in good nick here. The left-handed batsman smashes Mathews for a four through the covers. Six runs scored in that over.
Senanayake continues and this time the South Africans decide to attack him. De Kock gets a four on the on side. Six runs scored off Senanayake’s third over in the match.
Change in the bowling attack as Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews comes in. The right-arm seamer starts off well, but is smashed for a four by Amla with a fine cover drive. Sri Lanka would be eager to break this partnership as these two get be very dangerous once settled in.
Sachithra Senanayake continues to keep things quiet from the other end. The Sri Lankan spinner doesn’t allow the South Africans to go for their shots, and only four runs come from his second over.
Hashim Amla gets into the groove with a fine cut shot off Malinga for a boundary. South Africa have looked positive so far on this morning with both batsman seizing initiative. Seven runs scored off Malinga in the third over of the innings.
Sri Lanka deploy spin from the other end as Sachithra Senanayake is able to keep de Kock quiet. Only one run scored off in the second over of the innings.
Quinton de Kock begins the proceedings for the South Africans with a boundary on the third ball of the opening over off Lasith Malinga. The second last ball is smashed for a four as well towards midwicket. The final ball is smashed for a four as well.
Toss: South Africa have won the toss and will be batting first in this day fixture
After losing the first One-Day International (ODI) match by a huge margin, Sri Lankacame back strong to beat South Africa by 87 runs in the second match Pallekele on Wednesday. With the series levelled at 1-1, Sri Lanka will be aiming to keep up the winning momentum and seal the series in the final ODI match against an inconsistent South Africa at Hambantota on Saturday.
For South Africa, Hashim Amla has been on top form with back-to-back centuries. He scored 109 in 1st ODI and 101 in the 2nd ODI. AB de Villiers scored 75 in the first match but couldn’t transform his 29 into a big number in the second match. Apart from the duo, almost the whole batting order failed miserably at Pallekele. Hi I am Devarchit Varma and I will be bringing you live updates about the series decider.