The second One day International match between South Africa and Sri Lanka occurred at Pallekele today. After giving some horrible performance by Sri Lankan, they were buckled up today to give a bite in the series. Sri Lanka slipped up in Colombo, but now they are in a must-win situation. After losing the first match Sri Lanka did not change their squad.
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. Kusal Perera and Tillakartne Dilashan opened the innings for Sri Lanka. From the very beginning of the match Dilshan was in furious mood. In the 1st over of the match Dilshan whammed it along the ground down to long-on and got the 1st four of the innings. Dilshan kept on rolling the scoreboard where Kusal perera was giving support on the other side. Philander was the other bowler of the first spell with Steyn. Steyn Philander pair failed to suppress the pressure. At the 4th over Philander succeeded to get the wicket of Perera. Sangakkara came at Perera’s place. Sangakkara did not click today and he was out at 7 runs with only one boundary. When Dilshan was spoiling the proteas show, South Africa Skipper brought another bowling weapon Morne Morkel in the scene. Morkel took the deadly wicket of Sangakkara. The man who is fixed in the field today,entertained the total crowd of the ground by his stylish four’s. The day is marked for Dilshan. Lahiru Thirimanne get into the field after Sangakkara. He contributed 36 runs off 49 balls. The flow of run got slow in this partnership. Tahir took Lahiru’s wicket at the starting of the 23rd over. Jayawardane came at Lahiru’s place. When he was setting his eye, Tahir trapped him and he was out by LBW but Jayawardane took review. It was a flatter one and he looked to sweep, the ball struck the bottom of the pad in front of middle stump and they don’t seem to have Hot Spot, after a long wait the decision is reversed, the ball did deviate before striking the pad and Steve Davis upstairs was convinced. After getting the second life in the field he again started his innings sincerely. Dilshan who gave a powerful head start, misjudged Duminy’s ball and tried to sweep it in 31st over and lost his stumps. Sri Lankan skipper came after Dilshan. He played a reliable innings adding 34 runs in the Sri Lankan account. In the meantime Tahir was bowling to Jayawardane and he had made room to scoop it over the off side but he didn’t read the googly and the ball crashed middle and leg. After his was out Priyanjan took his place. Skipper gave him some time to settle in the crease rolling the score on the board. McLaren bowled it on the corridor of uncertainty, Mathews was cramped for room, feet not moving and thick outside edge to the keeper. Kulasekhara came at the place of Mathews. That time Priyanjan played a hurricane innings and scored 25 runs. After Priyanjan bowlers did not add huge score to the account and ended up SriLAnkan innings at 267 run
Sri Lanka kept the series alive going into the third game. Sri Lankan bowlers flushed out proteas squad. Malinga bowled one of his best matches in his career. Hashim scored and did not lose his form in this match too and hit a ton of 101 runs. But except him total team just messed up. Malinga pinned two wickets under 5 overs. AB de Villiers scored 29 runs but did not keep moving on the score. De Kock and Kallis failed again in this match. Duminy, Miller, Mclaren. Philander did not stand on the crease for long time and added only 9 runs collectively. As a bowler Dale Steyn Played well and scored 23 runs. Other bowling weapon Morkel, Tahir both added duck to the South African account. Mendis took the wicket of deadly Duminy and Steyn. But the original hero of the match is Dilshan. Not only with his bat, he mesmerized the crowd with the ball too. He took the wickets of De Villers, Furious Miller and Philander’s wicket. Malinga hammered the final nail on the coffin taking the wicket of Amla destroying all the hope of South African team. Proteas all out at 39th over scoring 180 runs only.
Hence third ODI will be the decisive match.