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South Africa won by 5 wickets.

S Africa vs Sri Lanka

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Last Updated: January 14, 2012 4:39pm

  • South Africa won by five wickets

    South Africa go two-up in this five-match series with another straight forward victory. It was set up by the bowlers, restricting Sri Lanka to 236, a total that was always going to be fairly easy if a solid platform was provided. Smith, Amla, Kallis and the not out man Duminy all did their bit to provide that and despite a few unnecessary dismissals late in the piece the hosts were always in control. Join us again on Tuesday for the third ODI from Bloemfontein. Cheers

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    Over 49 Dilshan 0-0-2-3

    237-5 - Dilshan's back and Morkel looks to end the game with one big slog sweep but he makes no contact. He slaps two down the ground and South Africa get home as Duminy sprints through for three after a Morkel cut but he should have been run out but Sangakkara doesn't field the throw! Oh well, it's all over, South Africa march on but some of the middle order batting was far from convincing in truth.

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    Over 48 Prasad 1-2-0-1-0-0

    232-5 - Morkel flicks the ball wide of midwicket in effortless fashion but the sweeper gets around to restrict them to two. Five needed from twelve.

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    Over 47 Malinga 0-W-0-0-0-4

    228-5 - Wicket! Disappointment for du Plessis as he chips a Malinga slower ball straight back to the bowler. One imagines the dismissal is nether her nor there in terms of the final result but Morkel (Albie that is) nearly does the exactly the same thing but Malinga can't hold on! Morkel ends the over with a boundary, clipped through midwicket, and South Africa now need 9 from 18.

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    Over 46 Prasad 2-0-1-1-0-0

    224-4 - Prasad is back. Duminy miscues a heave over mid on but as is the case when things are going your way, it falls safely and he picks up two.

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    Over 45 Malinga 1-0-1-0-4-0

    220-4 - In a reverse of the last over it's singles first up before du Plessis latches onto a leg side delivery from Malinga and helps it on its way to the fine leg fence.

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    Over 44 Kulasekara 4-1-1-1-1-1

    214-4 - Du Plessis gets a little lucky as he comes down the track and skewers the ball over point. A boundary so early in the over is so important, it takes any pressure off and as a result the batsmen continue to dab the ball around. Du Plessis tries a hook late on and will be thanking his lucky stars that the top edge drops short of fine leg.

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    Over 43 Malinga 0-1-1-0-1-1

    205-4 - Malinga comes back into the attack in one last throw of the dice for the Sri Lankans. It's all a bit too sedate though really, with singles sufficient for the home side and that's all they produce.

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    Over 42 Kulasekara 0-1-1-1-1-1

    201-4 - Having played his part in the run out, Kulasekara comes into the attack. It's as if de Villiers never left though, as du Plessis and Duminy collect a handful of singles to bring up the 200.

  • Over 41 Mathews 1-1-2-W-1-wd-1

    196-4 - The runs are flowing with ease here and it's starting to take the game away from the visitors. Wicket! But just as it seems to be getting easy, de Villiers misjudges one of the customary quick singles but it proves one too many and a direct hit sends him packing! It was straight to Kulasekara, a fairly unnecessary risk really, and they pay the price. Du Plessis is the new man and he is immediately off the mark.

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    Over 40 Herath 2-6-1-1-0-1

    189-3 - Six runs! That's the stuff! Heaved over long on from Dunimy and it's out the ground so they have to find a replacement ball. De Villiers and Duminy exchange singles, the last of one brings up Duminy's fifty off 63 balls. A good effort.

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    Over 39 Dilshan 0-1-1-4-1-1

    178-3 - Spin from both ends as Dilshan brings himself on. De Villiers attempts a reverse sweep and it goes all wrong, it really does look pretty awful when that shot goes wrong! But he sticks at it and tries again, this time making good contact and picking up four. The rate has really picked up since de Villiers came to the crease, there is finally some urgency.

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    Over 38 Herath 0-2-0-0-1-1lb

    170-3 - A change of pace as Herath returns to the attack. Duminy whips a low full toss off his pads and picks up two for his troubles.

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    Over 37 Malinga 1-1-1-0-1-1

    166-3 - No real surprise that Duminy and de Villiers are nudging the ball around and scampering through for singles, it's one of their biggest strengths, two real jack in the boxes.

  • Over 36 Prasad W-1-2-4-1-1

    161-3 - Wicket! Kallis is gone! Looking to give himself room and crack the ball over the covers, it's wider than he thought and really had to reach for it. As a result, it comes off the toe end and Chandimal is able to come around and take a good catch. The skipper de Villiers is the new man at the crease and immediately is busy at the crease, working the ball around and closing out the over with a boundary

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    Over 35 Malinga 0-0-1-1-0-2

    152-2 - Duminy whips the ball into the midwicket region and a diving stop prevents the boundary but they're able to trot through for single. The middle order man picks up two to end the over, squeezing out a yorker into the point area.

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    Over 34 Prasad 0-1-1-1-1-1

    148-2 - Dhammika Prasad comes back into the attack. The half-century stand comes up from 75 balls as Duminy takes one to short third man.

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    Over 33 Malinga 1-0-1-0-1-4

    143-2 - South Africa decide to take their batting Powerplay. Back on comes Malinga. Hopefully we will get a bit of excitement as the last hour or so has been dire in terms of entertainment. Duminy takes one through square leg. Shot! And fielding! Lovely drive from Kallis, but Tharanga is equal to the task at cover. After Kallis takes one to cover, Malinga has big appeal for a nick off Duminy, but the umpire says not out. The noise he heard was from bat hitting ground. Kallis ends the boundary drought with four down the ground.

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    Over 32 Herath 1lb-1-1-0-0-1

    136-2 - Kallis looks to use his feet but he ends up padding it away and his partner calls him through for an extra. Duminy takes one to long-off. Time for drinks.

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    Over 31 Dilshan 0-0-0-0-1-1

    132-2 - Dilshan continues and he now as a man at short cover in for Duminy. The left-hander has picked up some easy runs through that area. He backs away and gets it through cover for a single. Kallis takes one to the leg-side.

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Match Details

Date
14th Jan 2012
Toss
Venue
Buffalo Park, East London
Umpires
B R Doctrove and S George

s africa BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Smith c Tharanga b Prasad 28
Amla b Prasad 55
Kallis c Prasad 37
Duminy not out 66
de Villiers run out 17
du Plessis c&b Malinga 18
Morkel not out 12
Extras 1w, 3lb 4
Total Close, 48.4 Overs 237 - 5
Full Batting Card

sri lanka BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Malinga 10 1 38 1
Kulasekara 8 0 47 0
Mathews 2 0 13 0
Prasad 10 0 46 3
Dilshan 8.4 0 44 0
Kulasekara 1 0 6 0
Herath 9 0 40 0
Full Bowling Card