South Africa in Sri Lanka, 3 ODI Series, 2021 |2nd ODI |9/4/2021 R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
So, that is it from this game! WE HAVE A DECIDER THEN! That will be played on the 7th September. The game will begin at 2:30 pm Local (9 am GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Keshav Maharaj, the South African skipper, says that his job was made easier by the team. Adds that the batters put on a good score and the bowlers started really strong. Adds that there was more energy and the boys were more motivated. Mentions that they played three spinners due to the conditions and credits the coaches and selectors for backing the decision. Further adds that they looked to capitalize in the death overs and praises Klaasen for the way he batted.
Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan skipper, he says that they started well with the ball but the stand between Malan and Hendricks took the game away from them. Adds that the total was chaseable but the rain break made things tougher. Says that he will look to give more overs to his pacers in the next game.
Janneman Malan is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH, says that it is good to come to a place like this and get a good score. Adds that he didn't face much spin in the first game and he was trying to bat straight against the spinners here. Says that he is determined to give his best every time for his team.
The problem for Sri Lanka was they lost way too many wickets at the start! Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka then did show some fight but one of them needed to play a special innings. Asalanka did give it his all, he got a fine fifty but it was an uphill task. Had they got a start from the top order, the story might have well been different. Have to say, the Lankans were outplayed here.
It was Rabada who began things off by taking two wickets quickly at the start. Mulder then joined in with one. In no time the hosts were 4 down. There was a partnership then but the South African bowlers just did not let Dasun Shanaka and Charith Asalanka score freely. The required rate kept climbing, then there was a rain break which saw the game being reduced even more. And after the delay, it was their spinners who came to the fore for the visitors with Tabraiz Shamsi being the star with a five-for.
A very convincing win for South Africa and they have managed to level the series! They were clinical, right from the start! After electing to bat, their batters came to the fore. Janneman Malan was the mainstay with a brilliant ton and the others played around him. South Africa managed to post a total that seemed above par at that point and their bowlers proved that to be right.
Tabraiz Shamsi to Akila Dananjaya, OUT! TAKEN! There comes the final wicket and Tabraiz Shamsi gets his fifth! Tossed up, on off Akila Dananjaya comes down the track and hits it down the ground. The ball does not have enough legs on it. Aiden Markram runs to his left from long off and slides to take it. That ends the game and South Africa win by 67 runs (D/L method)!
Tabraiz Shamsi to Akila Dananjaya, Tossed up, outside off. Akila Dananjaya chips it towards deep cover for one.
Tabraiz Shamsi to Praveen Jayawickrama, Loopy ball, on off. Pushed past covers for one.
Tabraiz Shamsi to Dushmantha Chameera, OUT! BOWLED! Tabraiz Shamsi does the magic yet again! Tossed up, on off. Dushmantha Chameera comes down the track to slog it but misses. The ball goes through the gate and clips the top of the off pole. Praveen Jayawickrama is the last batter.
END OF OVER 36 | 4 Runs & 2 Wkt | SL 194/8
Keshav Maharaj to Akila Dananjaya, Shorter ball, outside off. Akila Dananjaya looks to run it to third man but gets no bat on it.
Keshav Maharaj to Dushmantha Chameera, Loopy ball, outside off. Dushmantha Chameera sweeps it hard to deep mid-wicket for one.
Keshav Maharaj to Akila Dananjaya, Loopy ball, on off. Turned towards mid-wicket for one.
Keshav Maharaj to Chamika Karunaratne, OUT! BOWLED! Keshav Maharaj gets his first wicket of the game! Sri Lanka's last hope is gone! Chamika Karunaratne batted really well and kept things interesting but has to walk back. Fuller ball, wide outside off. Chamika Karunaratne goes for the drive but gets the inside edge. The ball crashes back onto the stumps. Akila Dananjaya walks out to bat now.
Keshav Maharaj to Chamika Karunaratne, Full and way outside off. Chamika Karunaratne shuffles across a bit and leaves it. He thinks that this will be called as wide but that shuffle makes the umpire decide that is a legal delivery.
Keshav Maharaj to Chamika Karunaratne, Loopy ball, outside off. Chamika Karunaratne slaps it to deep cover and they come back for the second.
END OF OVER 35 | 6 Runs & 0 Wkt | SL 190/7
Andile Phehlukwayo to Chamika Karunaratne, On off, this is pushed towards cover for one.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Chamika Karunaratne, Two more! Outside off, this is cut through point for two.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Dushmantha Chameera, Shorter and on the body, this is worked through square leg for one.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Chamika Karunaratne, Shorter and slower outside off, this is slammed down to long on for one.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Dushmantha Chameera, Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Dushmantha Chameera, Outside off, Chameera slashes but misses.