CT:Sri Lanka v SA: 7th match, Motera [updates]

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Hopefully we should have an exciting game between S.A and Sri lanka.

Sri lanka win the toss and will bowl 1st.

South Africa team

GC Smith, HH Dippenaar, HH Gibbs, JH Kallis, AB de Villiers, MV Boucher, JM Kemp, SM Pollock, RJ Peterson, A Nel, M Ntini

Sri Lanka team

WU Tharanga, ST Jayasuriya, DPMD Jayawardene, KC Sangakkara, MS Atapattu, TM Dilshan, MF Maharoof, WPUJC Vaas, SL Malinga, M Muralitharan, CRD Fernando
Pitch Report: It is a beauty says Barry Richards. The cricketing sense says that bat first but the dew conditions are very bad in Motera. So the captain who wins the toss will definitely look forward to chase. But the track is much better than many others used in this tournament earlier.

SL win toss and decide to field
Pitch looks rock solid and has quite alot of grass on it, the wicket could speed up in pace with dew tonite and could favour the S.A, they dont really have genuine spinners that they can use really.
Vass to open bowling here.

Looked good against W.I and looked like a trundler v Pakistan.
Good ball 1st up pitches just outside off-stick and swings away

Smith plays and misses.

2nd ball is carbon copy!
Dipenaar opening with smith has a pretty impressive ODI record:-

Overall average of 43.78 from 102 odis and apart from against india hes scored very well against all comers.
Malinga to bowl at other end.

S.A 1/0 (1)
Lovely punched drive down ground for 4 by smith

14 games played on ground in past.

8 games won by team batting 1st and 6 won by team chasing.

Highest totals chased on ground

1) India chased 324 to win v West indies in 02/03 (5 wkt win)
2) Pakistan chased 316 to win v india in 04/05 (3 wkt win)

so its a high scoring ground!
jayawardene has the 3rd all time best captaincy winning % ...

inzy is in the 10th position ... ponting is in the 2nd ...
Smith gone tame dismissal chips ball straight to short midwkt.

good planning interms or field placing and bowling.
smith plays into jayawardene's plans ... a tame dismissal ... was expecting a good knock from him ... lets hope it comes from gibbs ..
RSA 26/1

edge from gibbs drops short thou of keeper.
Gibbs gone to Malinga.

RSA in trouble 30/2 from 8.3
Dippenaar gone caught behind, great take by Sanga behind the stumps.

Seems niether W.I or S.A batsmen have been prepared to get after Vass like farhat/hafeez did.
I am bored of these commentators I am getting here. Dujon, Shivarama, Fleming, Bishop
Taufel has indicated and confirmed "Dunya goal hey". power play taken. that is a surprise.
Kallis has to stand up now. He is the recognised batsman and has to go after the bowling to give the Proteas a chance. Vaas and Malinga are bowling well but while the field is up a few risks have to be taken.
Lovely shot from Kallis, backfoot drive through the covers for 4.