Match Over - Sri Lanka won by 3 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 08 Aug 2018, 11:00 SAST
  • Winner: Sri Lanka


  • Umpire1: PR Reiffel
  • Umpire2: LE Hannibal
  • Third Umpire: NJ Llong



Overs: 39.0 / 39.0

Sri Lanka



Overs: 21.0 / 21.0

South Africa

Jai Srivastava: "This is Sri Lanka's 1st win over South Africa after 11 consecutive ODI losses. Am I right?" --- Yes.

MineshR: "No doubt. De Silva has created the momentum for Sri Lanka with his superb 4 overs spell and brilliant fielding. "

Lasan Rashmika: "Is that Malinga who bowled that final over with the mask of Lakmal?"

Osura Vindula: "Well deserved win Sri Lanka. & a great fight & a come back frm Proteans as well. Sri Lankans hv improved a lot since da 3rd ODI. Mostly in fielding. Happy to see they are back in track again :)"

Hassan Mahmood : "Miller can't score in final over while chasing He couldn't get 9 against Pakistan, 7 against Wood and today he failed to get only 8"11:50pm South Africa will be wondering how. Sri Lanka looked genuinely panicked at the halfway stage of this second innings. After piling up 306 in 39 overs, they might've felt terrible at the start they had conceded. But they made their way back through two brilliant moments in the field, both in the 13th over. Mathews lunged low to get Klaasen and Shanaka took the half-chance that Duminy gave him. It all turned there. And Miller's plan to be the batsman in the last over was foiled by some genius tactics from Sri Lanka's present-day captains across formats. A win by three runs by DLS method. They'll take it.

20.6RAS Lakmal to CJ Dala, 1 run, can't get it away. It's a single at extra cover and it's not enough. Lakmal bangs it in, cramps Dala at chest height and the attempted pull splices harmlessly into the off side.
20.5RAS Lakmal to CJ Dala, 2 runs, swings it away and it's a long chase for both deep square and deep midwicket. They've come back for the second. Length ball on the stumps and he hurriedly drags this away. Chance for a third there? Not today.
20.4RAS Lakmal to CJ Dala, No run, beats the inside edge and leg stump. Length ball angled into the batsman who's looking to offer the full face as he tries to lift this over midwicket.

Point, extra cover, mid-off, midwicket are in

20.3RAS Lakmal to L Ngidi, 1 run, length ball into the pads, a laboured push towards long-on.
20.2RAS Lakmal to DA Miller, OUT, No run, gone! Sri Lanka have engineered this wicket to perfection! A slower ball from Lakmal. You can predict the line and length from the field, you can't predict the pace. Miller, forced into swinging across the line, has not picked the offcutter in the corridor. Looks to slog and gets an inside edge onto stumps.

Now point moves across to short third man. Third man moves across to deep backward point.

20.1RAS Lakmal to DA Miller, No run, whacked to sweeper cover and he won't run. It's like bowling in a Test match for Lakmal. Bowls to his off side field. Angle across the corridor. Miller gets a good piece of this but it's straight to the fielder and he won't run.
End of over 20. 8 runs this over. 183/8 after 120 balls.
KA Maharaj 17 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 4-0-32-2
DA Miller 21 (15b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Eight required. We'll have a result.. South Africa are exactly where they need to be as far as DLS is concerned, but can Miller translate that into a win over the next six balls? Lakmal to bowl. Miller has strike. Fine leg and square lThird man is back. Point and extra cover are the other fielders inside the circle. ...oh in fact square leg has now moved into cover. It's a 6-3 off side field. Brave. Deep midwicket and long-on the only ones back on the leg side. So you can imagine the line.

End of over 19. 8 runs this over. 175/7 after 114 balls.
KA Maharaj 11 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 4-0-42-2
DA Miller 19 (13b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Sixteen required. Two overs to go. Thisara will bowl the penultimate over.

Mohammad Adnan : "if at 20 overs it rains...whats the score required if 7 or 8 or 9 wickets down" ---176 for 7, 180 for 8, 182 for 9. Those are par scores, so add one for the win.

End of over 18. 5 runs this over. 167/7 after 108 balls.
KA Maharaj 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 3-0-24-1
DA Miller 16 (11b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Darth Vader: "This game might be a cheap thrill compared to the classic complexity of a Test match, but boy, what a thrill it is!"

Lasan Rashmika: "Suddenly a good over becomes an ordinary. Poor unLUCKmal"

End of over 17. 3 runs this over. 156/7 after 101 balls.
KA Maharaj 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 3-0-28-2
DA Miller 11 (8b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Third Powerplay now and they can have five outside the circle

A free hit. Lakmal thought the over was done, but Paul Reiffel points out that Sri Lanka had only four inside the circle for that last ball.You're meant to have five.

End of over 16. 5 runs this over. 153/6 after 96 balls.
PWA Mulder 4 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 2-0-19-1
DA Miller 10 (7b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Rimnaz: "Shoutout to those fans who stayed on! Nothing could make them leave! Kandyans are always big fans of SLC! "

End of over 15. 10 runs this over. 148/5 after 89 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 9 (8b 2x4 0x6 ) DM de Silva 4-0-26-1
DA Miller 9 (6b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Kim: "Big question is will Miller not crack under pressure, he always seems to fail when SA really needs 30 to 35 runs"

End of over 14. 8 runs this over. 138/5 after 84 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 8 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) CBRLS Kumara 3-0-28-0
DA Miller 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 2 runs this over. 130/5 after 78 balls.
JP Duminy 38 (23b 3x4 2x6 ) DM de Silva 3-0-16-1
DA Miller 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Max: "Duminy was 56 runs short of 5000 runs. I think he will cross the mark today. But DeKock who debuted very late has alreaey 4000 runs. Unbelieveable" --- You know, I was about to post this before the run out, but I think we can now see why Duminy hasn't blazed away. Another dismissal at a crucial juncture for him.

End of over 12. 6 runs this over. 128/3 after 72 balls.
H Klaasen 17 (12b 2x4 0x6 ) CBRLS Kumara 2-0-20-0
JP Duminy 37 (21b 3x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 11. 9 runs this over. 122/3 after 66 balls.
H Klaasen 12 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) DM de Silva 2-0-14-0
JP Duminy 36 (20b 3x4 2x6 ) more

Dhaval : "I think after the departure of AB, Duminy realized he has to take some pressure off Faf and he has responded brilliantly. This Duminy 2.0 will be the key for SA in WC19. "

End of over 10. 12 runs this over. 112/3 after 59 balls.
H Klaasen 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 3-0-29-1
JP Duminy 34 (18b 3x4 2x6 ) more

Sean: "Get klassen in he likes the wet weather! "

Night, Sreshth. Hi everyone, how's it going?

And with that, it's a change in commentary. Here's Varun Shetty to take you till the end of the game.

End of over 9. 4 runs this over. 99/2 after 53 balls.
HM Amla 40 (22b 6x4 0x6 ) DM de Silva 1-0-4-0
JP Duminy 27 (15b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 8. 9 runs this over. 95/2 after 47 balls.
HM Amla 38 (19b 6x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 2-0-18-0
JP Duminy 26 (12b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Azam : "Still no dot after 7 overs is this a record? " -- There is no record, sir. The two wickets were off dot balls.

End of over 7. 12 runs this over. 86/2 after 42 balls.
JP Duminy 24 (10b 3x4 1x6 ) MD Shanaka 2-0-20-1
HM Amla 32 (16b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Jasraj Padhi: "Making a case for net year's IPL now, is Hash ??? :D There a few teams that would benefit from an opener like him. " -- or maybe he's getting in form for the CPL, which starts later today

End of over 6. 18 runs this over. 74/2 after 36 balls.
JP Duminy 14 (6b 1x4 1x6 ) CBRLS Kumara 1-0-14-0
HM Amla 30 (14b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Usama: "Minimum how many overs need to bowl for providing result of this match?" -- 20

End of over 5. 8 runs this over. 56/2 after 30 balls.
HM Amla 29 (13b 5x4 0x6 ) MD Shanaka 1-0-8-1
JP Duminy 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Usama: "Sreshth, can you tell us after every over what's DLS par score?" -- Well, if the game stops now, the match will be abandoned since we're past the cutoff time!

Reza: "Not a single dot ball. Except for the wicket delivery"

End of over 4. 13 runs this over. 47/1 after 23 balls.
HM Amla 22 (9b 4x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 1-0-13-0
RR Hendricks 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Shashwat: "Poor Hendricks...came to show his ODI skills, now has to switch to T20 mode again!!"

End of over 3. 13 runs this over. 34/1 after 18 balls.
Q de Kock 23 (13b 3x4 1x6 ) RAS Lakmal 2-0-25-1
HM Amla 11 (5b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 9 runs this over. 21/0 after 12 balls.
Q de Kock 16 (10b 3x4 0x6 ) A Dananjaya 1-0-9-0
HM Amla 5 (2b 1x4 0x6 ) more

10pm Right, we're ready to continue and Lakmal will continue with his spell. Still a sizeable number of fans at the ground.

9.54pm It's going to be a 21-over game. Target 191. Starting in six minutes. South Africa need 170 more in 19 overs.

Stuart: "Ridiculous DLS target, SL massive favourites now "

Pukhraj Saxena: "Ideally this match should be called off or else it will be unfair for SL. A wet ground will give advantage to batting team and SL doesn't deserve to loose this game after making 306 runs in 39 overs. 184 in 20 overs is a peak of a cake for this SA batting lineup against a dead ball with no swing and spin."

Kawsar Kadir : "Hi... It's frustrating now.... Any update whether the match will be played or not??? " -- The umpires should be checking the field conditions anytime now.

Yasiru Bandara: "Heeyyy Sreshth, many commentators on here ( or you can call us "ESPN ball by ball commentary Fans") requested a vlog including your office and how you guys do the commentary and stuff for the 25th anniversary. When will it come out...? " -- We did something like this last year during IPL 2017. See if you can spot me ;)

DA: "The shortened contest today will only make it so much more entertaining.It's something for the SL fans who haven't been having the best of days lately. With all the fireworks today, their getting their money's worth,despite all the rain."

9.35pm Inspection in 15 minutes, according to Cricket South Africa. Play must start by 10.02pm for us to get a result.

sudarsanan nara: "@Mukesh - That was harsh. May be we can ask them to post any feedback which comes for the next 30 minutes..."

Mukesh Bhat: "Whoever messed with DLS numbers should get their salary calculated using DLS.. that punishment suffice for their mistake"

9.29pm The rain has stopped, according to Roshan Abeysinghe's tweet.

9.26pm DLS confirmations: If it's a 20-over game, then SA's target would be 184. If 30, then it's 252.

Devinda Daulaga: "Ahhhhh Shaaaaah you playing with us about the DL System to keep us in it aren't you??" -- If Shanaka can play with you, why can't Shah?

SL: ""9.18pm Folks, apologies. The target will be higher for a 20-over shootout. We'll let you know what the exact number is soon." Welcome to the world of commentator arrogance!" -- Haha, please. Just human error. :)

9.18pm Folks, apologies. The target will be higher for a 20-over shootout. We'll let you know what the exact number is soon.

Durgesh Kulkarni: "Whats Cut of time ???" -- Around 10pm, because we need 18 more overs for SA to go past 20 overs - which is the minimum needed to play an ODI. And we lose an over for every four minutes of no play, starting 8.44pm.

8.44pm It's drizzling, and the SA batsmen are walking out even before the umpires ask them to. And yes, now come the ground staff as the drizzle gets slightly heavier. We're going to lose more overs

Radu: "@Upul: Yes, 1 run added. The rain breaks (and the respective adjustments to the number of overs to be bowled) occurred very early in the SL innings. The adjustment is there to compensate SL for the additional risk they might have taken in these first few overs had they known that they had to bat for only 39 overs not 50 (as originally scheduled) or 42 (as ruled after the first rain break). As it is, that additional risk amount only to 1 run."

End of over 1. 12 runs this over. 12/0 after 6 balls.
Q de Kock 12 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 1-0-12-0
HM Amla 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Shehan Mendis: "Knowing the SL selectors even after this performance from Shanaka, I wont be surprised if we don't see him for sometime, just like he vanished after taking the three opening wickets in the Test series against England."

MahneelMusa: "@Upul Chandana, loved your leg breaks back in the day!" -- Exactly my sentiment!

Q de KockB RAS Lakmal231331176.92
HM AmlaC CBRLS Kumara B A Dananjaya402360173.91
RR HendricksC DM de Silva B MD Shanaka230066.67
JP DuminyRun out MD Shanaka 382332165.22
H KlaasenC AD Mathews B DM de Silva171320130.77
DA MillerB RAS Lakmal211701123.53
AL PhehlukwayoB NLTC Perera9102090
PWA MulderC DM de Silva B RAS Lakmal471057.14
KA MaharajB NLTC Perera171430121.43
CJ Dalanot out 3300100
L Ngidinot out 1100100
Total 187/9
RAS Lakmal5.004639.2
A Dananjaya3.0030110
NLTC Perera4.003228
MD Shanaka2.0020110
CBRLS Kumara3.002809.33
DM de Silva4.002616.5