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    SL vs SA, 2nd ODI: as it happened

    Image credit: AFP

    Image credit: AFP

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page)

    TOSS: Sri Lanka opt to bat against South Africa.

    ALSO SEE Live Scorecard

    Playing XIs:

    South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (capt), Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

    ALSO SEE SA won the first match by 75 runs

    Sri Lanka: Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews(capt), Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga

    Commentary (South Africa 1st Innings)

    Right then! South Africa crush Sri Lanka in the first ODI, Sri Lanka return the favours in the second. Who will be victorious in the third? There are the options of a tie and rain clouds as well. Join us on Saturday, 12th July, 2014 at 0430 GMT (1000 IST) to find out what develops in that final ODI at Hambantota. Until then, Adios! Take Care!

    We rarely see an award being given after both the captains have spoken and the Man Of The Match award has been given but suddenly, someone remembers that an award is pending. HASHIM AMLA is given that award for scoring a century tonight.

    Victorious Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews is relieved after the win. Admits that he was concerned after the Lankan middle order collapse. Praises his spinners and Dilshan for his all-round performance. Says that it was pretty tough to bounce back after the defeat, especially with the South Africans continually coming in hard at them.

    TILLAKARATNE DILSHAN (86 RUNS, 3 WICKETS) HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he really enjoys Pallekele and cheekily adds that luck favours him as well. On the target, he says that the Lankans were confident that 260-270 could be defended. On his bowling, he says that he always waits for his chance to come and perhaps, it was Mathews' gut feeling which prompted him to throw the ball to Dilshan. Adds that he is always eager to bat, bowl, field and do anything what is needed for the team. Wants to carry his form through till the 2015 World Cup. Wow. That will take some doing. Bradmanesque.

    South African skipper Ab de Villiers admits that it was disappointing tonight. Started slow with the ball and collapsed with the bat in the middle. Promises to give a good fight at Hambantota. Feels that the target could have been chased down. Praises his bowlers for restricting the Lankans to 267. On being asked whether his wicket opened the flood gates, de Villiers smartly deviates the question by beating around the bush and rather answers that one would see a better performance at Hambantota.

    South Africa struggled with the ball as well and the early loss of Steyn did not help. He, in all likelihood, will miss the final match, so that will be a big blow to the Proteas. So far, the trend in both the matches has been of sides batting first and the chasing one struggling to win. Will the same be followed at Hambantota on Saturday? We never know. Toss becomes important then...

    Hashim Amla was the lone warrior again for the Proteas, with a magnificent century, and mind just diverts back to the moment when de Villiers threw it away. Had he been there for some more time, we could have seen a different story. The batting otherwise was poor, with just 4 managing into double figures, one of which was named 'Mr. Extras'.

    Great comeback by Sri Lanka into this series. There was a threat of the series slipping away after their listless performance in the first game but they have silenced their detractors in style. An 86 by Dilshan on his favourite ground, followed by 3 wickets, while Malinga rocked the visitors early and then late. Overall, a good disciplined performance.

    38.1 A Mendis to D Steyn, OUT! All over! The off spinner landed outside off, Steyn goes back for the cut but misses. The ball nips back in and hits him on the pads. The umpire raises his finger. Steyn despairingly goes for the review. Hawk Eye shows that the impact was the umpire's call and so was the ball hitting the stumps. SRI LANKA WIN BY 87 RUNS AND LEVEL THE 3-MATCH SERIES 1-1! 180/10

    37.6 L Malinga to I Tahir, Yorker on middle and off, well dug out. 180/9

    37.5 L Malinga to I Tahir, NOT OUT. This is on middle, the yorker, goes beneath the bat but hits high on the thigh. Going down. 180/9

    Howzzat? Malinga has bowled the yorker but Tahir has managed to dig it out. Has he? Malinga has asked for a review very furiously.

    IMRAN TAHIR is the last man in.

    37.4 L Malinga to M Morkel, OUT! Lock, stock and barrel! Slower yorker on middle and off, Morkel is late in getting his bat down and the ball crashes into the stumps. 180/9

    37.3 L Malinga to M Morkel, Excellent yorker on middle and off, well dug out. 180/8

    MORNE MORKEL is the new man in.

    37.2 L Malinga to H Amla, OUT! Game, set, match for Sri Lanka! Malinga dishes out a full toss on middle, Amla looks to heave it over the on side but mistimes it and finds Senanayake at mid-wicket. He completes the catch. The umpires check for a front foot no-ball but that was well in and Amla has to go. 180/8

    37.1 L Malinga to H Amla, Fuller on middle, played to the mid on region. He refuses the single. 180/7

    Sangakkara has a chat with the umpires about the stance of Steyn. He came in after standing way outside leg stump in the previous over which resulted in a few wides.

    36.6 S Senanayake to D Steyn, Steyn comes in line and defends it watchfully. 180/7

    36.6 S Senanayake to D Steyn, WIDE! Slips one down the leg side. 180/7

    36.5 S Senanayake to D Steyn, FOUR! Up and over! Steyn smacks one over the mid off region for a boundary. Also brings up the 50-run stand! 179/7

    36.4 S Senanayake to D Steyn, Steyn comes in line and defends it. 175/7

    36.4 S Senanayake to D Steyn, WIDE! An action replay of the previous delivery. 175/7

    36.4 S Senanayake to D Steyn, WIDE! Bowls it flatter down the leg side. 174/7

    36.3 S Senanayake to D Steyn, FOUR! Sliced away! Steyn comes down the wicket and slices it up and over the point region for a boundary. 173/7

    36.2 S Senanayake to D Steyn, Steyn comes forward and defends it. 169/7

    36.1 S Senanayake to H Amla, In the air but safe! Bowls it on middle, Amla goes for the sweep shot. The ball takes the top edge and goes down towards mid-wicket but falls in no man's land. 169/7

    14th ODI century for Hashim Amla!

    35.6 L Malinga to H Amla, There it is! Full toss on middle, Amla flicks it through the mid-wicket region and completes his century. Brilliant knock from Amla! 168/7

    35.5 L Malinga to H Amla, Amla has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 167/7

    35.4 L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR! Fullish around off, Amla lofts it over the mid on region and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 167/7

    35.4 L Malinga to H Amla, WIDE! Down the leg side, the umpire signals a wide. 163/7

    35.3 L Malinga to H Amla, Driven through mid off by the batsman. 162/7

    35.2 L Malinga to H Amla, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. 162/7

    35.1 L Malinga to H Amla, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 162/7

    LASITH MALINGA (4-0-16-2) replaces Mathews. South Africa need 108 from 90 balls. This stand is worth 33 from 42 balls.

    DRINKS BREAK.

    34.6 A Mendis to H Amla, Flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 160/7

    34.5 A Mendis to D Steyn, Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 159/7

    34.4 A Mendis to D Steyn, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 158/7

    34.3 A Mendis to D Steyn, The ball has taken the inside edge of the bat and goes down the leg side. 158/7

    34.2 A Mendis to H Amla, Drives it through mid off for a single. 158/7

    34.1 A Mendis to H Amla, Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler. 157/7

    AJANTHA MENDIS (5-2-15-1) is back on. Replaces Priyanjan. South Africa need 111 from 96 balls. This stand is worth 30 from 36 balls.

    33.6 A Mathews to D Steyn, FOUR LEG BYES! This is another nasty delivery, probably the best one has seen Mathews has bowled so far, a short ball outside off, Steyn sways away this time and the ball goes off his right shoulder over the keeper for a boundary. 157/7

    33.5 A Mathews to D Steyn, IN THE AIR... LANDS SAFELY! A good short ball on middle and off, rises steeply, Steyn tries to sway away, cannot and then tries to fend it out. The ball goes off his glove straight up in the air towards the off side. Mathews himself calls for it. He runs towards silly point, but the ball is a touch wide off him. He slips, tumbles and has a great fall. 153/7

    33.4 A Mathews to D Steyn, Another bouncer, Dale ducks under it. 153/7

    33.3 A Mathews to D Steyn, A bouncer on middle and off, Steyn sways away. 153/7

    33.2 A Mathews to H Amla, Flicks this away for a single. 153/7

    33.1 A Mathews to H Amla, A short outside off, cut through point for a single. Oh wait... there is a misfield and the batsmen take the second. 152/7

    ANGELO MATHEWS (2-1-8-0) is back. Replaces Dilshan. South Africa need 118 from 102 balls. This stand is worth 23 from 30 balls.

    32.6 A Priyanjan to D Steyn, FOUR! Just over! Flighted outside off, Steyn looks to go over the top and mistimes it, gets it just over the man at mid off for a boundary! 118 more needed from 102 balls! The stand is worth 23 from 30 balls now. 150/7

    32.5 A Priyanjan to D Steyn, Tossed up outside off, Steyn looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 146/7

    32.4 A Priyanjan to D Steyn, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. 146/7

    32.4 A Priyanjan to H Amla, WIDE! Turns from outside off, Amla misses his flick as the ball spins down the leg side. The batsmen take a single. 146/7

    32.3 A Priyanjan to D Steyn, Full and outside off, played through point for a run. 144/7

    32.2 A Priyanjan to D Steyn, Landed outside off, well blocked out. 143/7

    32.1 A Priyanjan to H Amla, Full outside off, pushed through to long on for a single. 143/7

    ASHAN PRIYANJAN into the attack now. Replaces Senanayake. South Africa need 126 from 108 balls. This stand is worth 15 from 24 balls.

    31.6 T Dilshan to D Steyn, This is outside off, well kept out. 142/7

    31.5 T Dilshan to D Steyn, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 142/7

    31.4 T Dilshan to D Steyn, Full and outside off, played straight to mid-wicket. 142/7

    31.3 T Dilshan to D Steyn, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 142/7

    31.2 T Dilshan to H Amla, Short outside off, punched away for a single. Any Australian reading this? Amla is on 87... 142/7

    31.1 T Dilshan to H Amla, Full on middle, flicked straight to square leg. 141/7

    30.6 S Senanayake to H Amla, Full on middle, Amla gets down and sweeps it through square leg for one. 141/7

    30.5 S Senanayake to D Steyn, Goes back and works it through square leg for a run. 140/7

    30.4 S Senanayake to D Steyn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 139/7

    30.3 S Senanayake to D Steyn, FOUR! Hammered! Full on middle and off, Steyn initially looks to slog it over the on side but on seeing the line and length, changes his decision and blasts it past mid off instead! The partnership moves into double figures. 129 more needed from 117 balls now. 139/7

    30.2 S Senanayake to D Steyn, Another watchful defense from Steyn. 135/7

    30.1 S Senanayake to D Steyn, Full and outside off, well defended. 135/7

    30.1 S Senanayake to D Steyn, WIDE! Slips this down the leg side, it turns further away, flick shot missed. 135/7

    29.6 T Dilshan to D Steyn, Landed outside off, Steyn goes back and cuts it through point for three runs. 134/7

    29.5 T Dilshan to D Steyn, On middle and off, played straight to short mid-wicket. 131/7

    29.4 T Dilshan to H Amla, On middle and off, worked through mid-wicket for a run. 131/7

    29.3 T Dilshan to D Steyn, Full on middle, Steyn looks to flick but gets a leading edge which goes through the covers for a single. 130/7

    29.2 T Dilshan to H Amla, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 139 more needed from 124 balls. 129/7

    29.1 T Dilshan to H Amla, Full on middle, flicked straight to mid-wicket. 128/7

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