AB de Villiers will be a key batsman in the contest © Getty Images
AB de Villiers will be a key batsman in the contest © Getty Images

Jul 6, 2014

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Ryan McLaren is rewarded with wickets after a mean spell earlier on. This could signal the match turning in the direction of South Africa. Remember Senanayake and Kulasekera..South Africans are elated as Dale steyn makes his team smell victory.
OUT!K Sangakkara c Du Plessis b McLaren 88(84), L Thirimanne b McLaren 13(25), N Kulasekera b Steyn1(3)
Yet again, Kumar Sangakkra stands tall in a run-chase for Sri Lanka. Now, support has narrowed down to Thirimanne only. Every South Afric.
Sangakkara is the only hope for Sri Lanka. Thirimanne is at the other end and needs to give the legend as much of strike as possible.
Sri Lanka have lost another wicket and that is of Angelo Mathews. Morne Morkel has got him out. Now it is up to Sangakkara to play a great knock. Sri Lanka definitely in a spot of bother here as South Africa slowly but surely edge ahead.
Imaran Tahir bowled yet another one his lop hoplike deliveries and Mahela Jayawardene got a faint edge and Quinton de Kock takes a fine catch. Ashan Priyanjan also goes, trying to clear the deep and Sri Lanka are in trouble here
OUT! M Jayawardene c De Kock b Tahir 10(16), A Priyanjan c Kallis b Tahir 5(8)
Dale Steyn comes steaming in but no avail, the ball is hooked away in style by Sangakkara and it reaches the boundary. Sri Lanka still maintain the six runs per over rate.
There is the much needed it breakthrough and its the well set Tillakaratne Dilshan. It was a wicked, teasing delivery outside off stump and Dilshan nicks it to ‘keeper Quinton de Kock.
Dilshan and Sangakkara know they have done their earlier hard work and are in ease at the moment. Ryan McLaren has been superb while the others have been taken aprat easily – baffling?
Imran Tahir is being given a harsh lesson by Tillakaratne Dilshab. The leg-spinner’s lolypop leg-spin is taken apart with utter disdain by Dilshan and three boundaries come of the over, McLaren has been the pick of the bowlers so far while whopping 24 has come of Tahir’s two overs.
Kusal Perera’s wicket has not perturbed these two old, wily veterans at the crease and the batsmen they are on track as far the run-rate is concerned too. Nine runs came of Imran Tahir’s first over, which included a stylish boundary by Dilshan. Ab de Villiers is trying out all his options here.
Typical Sangakkara! soft hands,shift in body weight and gentle push and the ball reaches the boundary. The chase is still on.
South Africa strike and it is through Philander. Kusal Perera’s own style has led to his downfall here. The southpaw flicks off his legs and Morne Morkel takes at fine catch at short-fine leg. The decision is referrred and it is concluded that the fielder had his fingers behind the ball.
OUT!K Perera c Morkel b Philander 34(33)
More boundaries for Perera and its not turning out out to be a good welcome for Philander in the Indian subcontinent. The Lankans are racing away.
A flurry of boundaries and Sri Lanka are off to a flyer and who else, it is Jayasuriya’s long lost younger brother Kusal Perera who is going berserk. Dilshan was looking dormant but he too is now on the front foot and the scoreboard is ticking along rapidly.
More damage for Sri Lanka as Miller carts a full length Malinga delivery over the ropes and 300 is up for South Africa. The other deliveries yield singles and the Proteas finish in a commanding position at 304 for five.
Just when I was praising the Sri Lankan bowlers, the two beefy left-handers go violent and clear the ropes with utmost ease. Dilshan, Priyjanjan’s figures are disturbed as the batsmen use their feet and smash the leather.
Sri Lankan bowlers are having their best ever spell in the match and batsmen just can’t find a way to get the boundaries. Just 10 runs have come of the last two overs. Ashan Priyanjan is a surprise package in the death overs here.
There goes another one and South Africa are unable to get things under way. Duminy, after a laboured stay is back to the pavilion. Its left to killer Miller now.
Duminy c Dlshan b Senanayake 16(25)
Thats it! Hashim Amla dismissed and it is Mendis again, who takes his third wicket. A slightly quicker and fuller one from the finger spinner and Amla’s sweep goes in vain and that’s curtains.
Amla lbw b Mendis 109 (130)
Sri Lanka have put the brakes on the scoring rate with some good bowling. Duminy is struggling to put things away and Amla is still trying to switch gears after scoring a century.
Thats it, 13th ODI hundred for Hashim Amla…this should be one of his better ones in a country where South Africa has a wretched record.
What a waste AB! after being so well set, the South AFrican ODI captain miscues a lofted shot straight down the ground and Kulasekera makes no mistake.
AB de Villiers c Kulasekera b Mendis 75(70)
Ajantha Mendis is ineffectvoe against AB and more runs leaking in all directions. Two boundaries of have come pf the Mendis over.
Like Kulasekera in the previous over, Mathews tries the slow ball and it is smacked over the ropes by AB
The Afrikaaner genius bring up his half-century and it has been a busy innings.With plenty of batting to come, the Proteas can push for a gigantic score as long as these two are at the crease.Kularsekara tires to outfox AB with a slower ball but the batsman is up for it and smacks boundary. Then Amla goes big and clears the rope. Big over!
The South African mavericks at the crease are making Sri Lanka pay for their lapses on the field and the bowlers are struggling to get breakthroughs after their double strike. Its all Protea at the moment and the partnership has breezed over fifty in no time. De Viliers just hammered two back-to-back fours off an Ashan Priyanjan over.
Drop catches are costing Sri Lanka. The hosts could have had both of the current batsmen back in the pavilion but they are still at the crease. Amla was dropped by Thisara perera while he was trying to scoop him over long on.
Hashim Amla is constructing yet another big knock and edging towards yet another half-century. De Villiers has wasted no time and is rotating the scoreboard along very well. There it comes, its a single off Ashan Priyanjan.
Bouncer from Malinga and Amla tries to hook it. Sri Lankan players go up but the umpire turns it down. A review is called by Kumar Sangakkara and the on-field umpire’s decision stays.
Angelo Mathews is rotating his bowlers around and it is giving a lot of trouble for Hashim Amla, in particular to get away. De Viliers o the other hand is looking comfortable at the crease.
Hashim Amla is looking good at the crease and it is important for South Africa that the batting genius goes on to get a big score. Ab de Villiers has also made a good start.
Captain De Villiers gets off to a good start with a boundary. South African innings needs to be repaired now.
De kock was trying to free his arms, going for another boundary but ends up getting an inside edge and his stumps are broken. Just when South Africa were smarting from that wicket, Jacques Kallis is out plumb in front off the second delivery. Its Ajantha Mendis with the strike. Sri Lanka are back!
OUT! Q de Kock b Mathews 27 (45), J Kallis lbw b Mendis 0 (2)
The Doosra of Senanayake is replaced by Ajantha Mendis’ mystery spin. He starts off with a terrible wide, for which the ‘keeper can’t get his hand to and the batsmen cross for a couple. Seven runs come of the over.
Sri Lanka are desperate in pursuit for their first wicket and Angelo Mathews has brought himself on. Amla has dropped anchor as his younger partner is on the move and 50 comes up for South Africa in the 11th over.
Quinton de Kock is on the move and he steps down the wicket and smashes Senanyake for a six in utmost disdain. He is looking in ominous nick and the pursuit for a fourth consecutive ODI century is on!
Amla and De Kock are in no hurry for quick runs are stroking the ball around for ones and two’s. Sachitra Senanayeke’s spin will be a threat as innings progresses.
Kulasekara continues and the first ball is leg bye and goes for four. It was pitching towards leg and little knock off Amla, the ball runs for four. The second ball was a good length ball. The in-swinger. Amla nodes and the next ball runs to the fine leg and two runs. Pretty good bowling from Kulasekara. Good length deliveries.
A good start from South Africa. The first bowling change for Sri Lanka. Sachithra Senanayake has been introduced to the bowling attack. He bowls to Amla and no runs come off the first five balls. Only single off the last ball.
A good start from South Africa. The first bowling change for Sri Lanka. Sachithra Senanayake has been introduced to the bowling attack. He bowls to Amla and no runs come off the first five balls. Only single off the last ball.
An wonderful good length ball hits de Kock’s padbut it has pitched outside leg. The next ball is punched by de Kock towards extra cover for two runs. De Kock and Amla is yet to get the chance of opening their arms and play free. Kulasekara and Malinga till now have been decent.
Malinga returns. The first ball of the over is smashed by De Kock for a boundary. It is followed by two dot balls and then de Kock cuts one for a single. Malinga is then kocked by Amla for a couple of runs as, the batsman hits a wide delivery through extra cover. Amla punches the final ball of the over for a boundary.
Kulasekara bowls the second over. Six runs off the over. Quinton de Kock smashed a boundary. The ball was too wide and de Kock smashed it through point.
Lasith Malinga starts the proceedings for Sri Lanka. A good over from the Lankan pace spearhead. Only one run off the first over.

Kallis will be playing in the first ODI in Sri Lanka in 10 years!

South Africa’s playing XI – Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (c), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.

Sri Lanka’s playing XI – Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara , Mahela Jaywardena, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews (c), Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga.

South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat. Roshan Abeysinghe tweets the news.


There’s a bit of a hold-up at the Toss, which ought to have happened by now. There were predictions of rainfall in Colombo, and it might be that the pitch is unsuitable for playing at the moment. However, nothing is confirmed at this point. We will get back to you the moment we have further news. In the meanwhile, you can read the match report of the MCC vs Rest of World XI here.

Hello and welcome CricketCountry’s coverage of the first ODI between hosts Sri Lanka and South Africa. I’m R Vishal, and I will be bringing you the live updates and live scores for this match.

The Sri Lankans are on a roll this year, having won every single tournament and series they have played. Under skipper Angelo Mathews, they have looked nigh impregnable. Kumar Sangakkara has been in scintillating form as usual, while the likes of Lahiru Thirimanne and Thisara Perera always make for exciting viewing. Between Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, TM Dilshan and Sangakkara, the Sri Lankan team has oodles of experience.

South Africa are always a challenging side to face, in both home conditions and as visitors. They have a number of match-winners in Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and Faf du Plessis. They are athletic in the field, and explosive while batting. Youngsters Quinton de Kock and David Miller will be keen to establish themselves more firmly by performing on foreign soil.

The match could end up being a contest between the South African quicks and the Sri Lankan batsmen. Much would depend on the pitch, but anything can happen when two of the best teams in the world clash.


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Kushal Perera, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Upul Tharanga, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, David Miller, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Beuran Hendricks, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Ryan McLaren, Imran Tahir.