Match Over - Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
  • Referee: RB Richardson
  • When: 25 Jan 2017, 18:00 SAST
  • Winner: Sri Lanka


  • Umpire1: S George
  • Umpire2: BP Jele
  • Third Umpire: AT Holdstock



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

South Africa



Overs: 19.5 / 20.0

Sri Lanka

9.25pm: What a dramatic finish, Sri Lanka stealing the series thanks to Seekkuge Prasanna's 37 off 16 and a little cameo from Asela Gunaratne, after Niroshan Dickwella provided the platform. You have to think Lungi Ngidi's injury was costly for South Africa, since that meant JJ Smuts having to bowl a couple of expensive overs (and the numerous dropped catches didn't help) - but you have to give SL a pat on the back, after the adversity they have faced. No Angelo Mathews, two others in the squad injured as well, victorious only once in the previous five games... But they pulled off an excellent run chase to take the spoils in Cape Town. Sets things up nicely for the ODIs to come. Anyway, that's if from myself and Gnasher - thanks for your messages and have a good night. Cheerio!

Here's Amaan, with a question many are asking: "Isn't that a hit wicket if it hasn't crossed the boundary, please tell me. I'm too curious as a proteas fan!" I don't think so, Amaan, according to the Laws. Gunaratne had already finished his stroke, so therefore it's equivalent to a batsman crashing into the stumps trying to complete a run (which wouldn't be out, of course). He didn't hit his wicket "either (i) in the course of any action taken by him in preparing to receive or in receiving a delivery, or (ii) in setting off for his first run immediately after playing or playing at the ball". Bit of a daft thing to do but the umpires, as far as I can see, correctly put the stumps back and told them to get on with it.

19.5D Paterson to DAS Gunaratne, 1 run, pitched up and driven through the covers, that is it! Now the SL players can run out on to the field and celebrate - Gunaratne can take a stump this time, grabbing one at the non-striker's end. Sri Lanka win by five wickets and take the series!.
19.4D Paterson to DAS Gunaratne, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, goes for the short ball, swings across the line, the top edge flies away over the keeper! And Gunaratne then grabs a stump, thinking the game was over...! Are SA appealing? Had the ball crossed the boundary? The umpires have told Gunaratne to calm down, puts the stumps back in and we are going to continue.
19.3D Paterson to S Prasanna, 1 run, pitched up, good discipline from Paterson, big swing from Seekkuge and he gets an inside edge on to his pads.
19.2D Paterson to DAS Gunaratne, 1 run, pitched up, comes forward and hammers a drive, picks out deep cover for one.
19.1D Paterson to DAS Gunaratne, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, pitched up on off stump, Gunaratne goes across, gets low... and scoops over short fine leg! Smoothly done and the equation swings even further in SL's direction.
End of over 19. 11 runs this over. 155/5 after 113 balls.
S Prasanna 32 (14b 2x4 3x6 ) AL Phehlukwayo 4-0-28-0
DAS Gunaratne 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 144/5 after 108 balls.
S Prasanna 23 (10b 2x4 2x6 ) D Paterson 3-0-27-0
DAS Gunaratne 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Paterson holds his nerve... The rate goes back up to more than two a ball

End of over 17. 13 runs this over. 131/4 after 101 balls.
S Prasanna 12 (5b 1x4 1x6 ) WD Parnell 4-0-36-1
BKG Mendis 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Nineteen off the over and SL come roaring back thanks to Seekkuge... and that last ball might have been called as a no-ball, too

End of over 16. 2 runs this over. 118/4 after 96 balls.
BKG Mendis 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 4-0-18-3
S Prasanna 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 2 runs this over. 116/2 after 90 balls.
DM de Silva 18 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) AL Phehlukwayo 3-0-17-0
N Dickwella 68 (49b 10x4 1x6 ) more

Here's Bilal Mohideen: "People are forgetting the role that Dhananjaya is playing by holding up one end. It's all about building a partnership and not letting wickets fall. Well done !" Aye, though he could do with getting a wriggle on (or getting out) now... SL need 54 off the last five

End of over 14. 12 runs this over. 114/2 after 84 balls.
N Dickwella 68 (45b 10x4 1x6 ) JT Smuts 2-0-22-0
DM de Silva 17 (23b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Shailesh: "Behardien effectively handed over the game to SL by giving Smuts a second over." Think it might have been out of necessity - Ngidi hurt and he had to find a couple of overs from somewhere

That's called a rearguard defence...

End of over 13. 7 runs this over. 102/2 after 78 balls.
N Dickwella 57 (40b 9x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 3-0-23-1
DM de Silva 16 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Yoker111: "Dickwella needs to replace Chandimal and bat one down in all formats. It's about time SL stopped experimenting." Well, he's doing quite well as an opener here...

"Phehlukwayo has a lot of potential," suggests Kevin. "He's a very smart bowler. Did well in the last over and is usually reliable at the death. Can also whack the ball a long way."

End of over 12. 10 runs this over. 95/2 after 72 balls.
N Dickwella 51 (35b 9x4 0x6 ) JT Smuts 1-0-10-0
DM de Silva 15 (21b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 4 runs this over. 85/2 after 66 balls.
DM de Silva 13 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) AL Phehlukwayo 2-0-16-0
N Dickwella 43 (31b 8x4 0x6 ) more

That's a decent over from Phehlukwayo. SL are halfway to their target, from slightly over half the overs

End of over 10. 8 runs this over. 81/2 after 60 balls.
N Dickwella 41 (29b 8x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 3-0-16-1
DM de Silva 11 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 13 runs this over. 73/2 after 54 balls.
N Dickwella 35 (25b 7x4 0x6 ) AL Phehlukwayo 1-0-12-0
DM de Silva 9 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Nothing on Ultra Edge, though it looked mighty close

End of over 8. 5 runs this over. 60/2 after 48 balls.
DM de Silva 9 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 2-0-8-1
N Dickwella 23 (20b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 7 runs this over. 55/2 after 42 balls.
N Dickwella 23 (20b 4x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 2-0-16-1
DM de Silva 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Whatever it is, it's not catching...

End of over 6. 3 runs this over. 48/2 after 36 balls.
DM de Silva 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 1-0-3-1
N Dickwella 18 (16b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Though, on this occasion, he didn't lift up his shirt... In comes Dhananjaya de Silva

End of over 5. 9 runs this over. 45/1 after 30 balls.
N Dickwella 17 (15b 3x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 1-0-9-1
LD Chandimal 5 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ngidi is signalling that he's in trouble here, may have landed awkwardly on his hip. Out comes the physio and, after some stretching, it looks like he'll carry on. Good lad

End of over 4. 11 runs this over. 35/0 after 23 balls.
WU Tharanga 19 (9b 4x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 2-0-20-0
N Dickwella 13 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more

"Looking forward for a DICKSCOOP!" Aren't we all, Uwaisul Karnain

End of over 3. 6 runs this over. 24/0 after 18 balls.
N Dickwella 12 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) L Ngidi 2-0-13-0
WU Tharanga 10 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 9 runs this over. 18/0 after 12 balls.
WU Tharanga 9 (5b 2x4 0x6 ) D Paterson 1-0-9-0
N Dickwella 8 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 9 runs this over. 9/0 after 6 balls.
N Dickwella 7 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) L Ngidi 1-0-8-0
WU Tharanga 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Isn't he a spitting image of KG, Alan. He has a similar action and bowls at similar speeds too." There's certainly a similarity, Arkajit Dutta - though I think Ngidi is a bit taller/lankier

N DickwellaC F Behardien B Imran Tahir686751101133.33
WU TharangaC F Behardien B WD Parnell20181140181.82
LD ChandimalB Imran Tahir58500100
DM de SilvaSt. M Mosehle Imran Tahir1942270070.37
S Prasannanot out 37261633231.25
BKG MendisRun out D Paterson 2930066.67
DAS Gunaratnenot out 1113620183.33
ST de Silva -
KMDN Kulasekara -
PADLR Sandakan -
I Udana -
Total 170/5
L Ngidi2.001306.5
D Paterson3.503809.91
WD Parnell4.0042110.5
Imran Tahir4.001834.5
AL Phehlukwayo4.003208
JT Smuts2.0022011