Perera continues.Faf takes a single to third man, plays it past the slip fielder.WICKET! Petersen edges it to Sanga behind the stumps, Perera's persistence just outside the off stump pays off. Petersen gone for 29 and South Africa in trouble.
Herath comes in to spin the ball. South Africans seemed to be comfortable against the fast bowlers. Petersen angles it into his favourite leg side for a single. Most of the runs have come from good shots and risk-free cricket. WICKET! AB misses an off spinner, it turned just enough to hit the off stump as AB missed it. Herath gets the wicket and South Africa lose their skipper. Faf comes out to bat. Three dots to end the successful over.
Perera strays down the leg side and Petersen plays a leg glance for four, another good shot from the Proteas. Four again, AB this time leans over and angles it through mid on and midwicket for four. 9 from the over.
Eranga induces a play and a miss from AB. AB playing his shots now, just pushes it through the point region again, a back foot drive for four. Petersen flicks it off his pads, and short fine leg does well to keep it to a single. AB stands tall and drives it through the off side for four. 10 from the over, SL will make a bowling change soon.
Perera introduced into the attack, Malinga sharing some thoughts with him. Petersen places it nicely through the leg side for three runs, Malinga does well to stop a boundary. AB hits it through the square for four, a quality shot for four. A good over for South Africa, 8 from it.
A difficult chance to Eranga, hit back to the bowler by de Villiers but Eranga fails to grab it. AB was early into the shot, but it was a very difficult chance. Petersen gets another boundary through the square leg for four. Petersen gets a single to bring AB back on strike. Six runs from the over again.
Malinga continues, and Petersen works him through square leg for four. Malinga beats the outside edge of Petersen's bat. Petersen pushes it through square leg again for a couple of runs, making it six from the over.
Duminy looking in good touch, another boundary straight down the ground. The umpires are checking if it was taken by the keeper, Duminy surely got some bat on it. The umpires will check with the third umpire, Sanga says he definitely took that. WICKET! Replays show it was a clean catch and Sanga takes a good low grab to get rid of Duminy. The captain, de Villiers comes out to bat. Pitched up and de Villiers plays it on the leg side for four.
Duminy drives it straight down the ground for four, Malinga smiles as Petersen ducks out of the way. Four from the first ball and then a leg bye taken. Petersen pulls it fine and fine leg can't stop the boundary, so two boundaries in the over so far. Duminy drives through the covers for another boundary, another good shot from Duminy, played it through the line. Duminy inside edges it to square leg for a single.
Chandimal does not review a shout for lbw and replays show it was pitching outside leg. The required rate is already over 6 and will keep climbing with every dot ball. Eranga is bowling well here, troubling Petesen with some good length bowling. A bit of uneven bounce also helping the bowler. Just a single from the over.
Malinga starts his second, Duminy punches the short ball from Malinga, it goes to point. Malinga finishes another good over, just a single from it.
Eranga gets the new ball from the other end. Petersen gets a single, working the ball square on the leg side. A good over from Eranga to start, just two from it.
No Amla today, he is recovering from a neck strain. Petersen and Ingram will open the innings for South Africa, Malinga begins with the ball for Sri Lanka. WICKET! Bowled him, Malinga is given the new ball and produces a beautifully unplayable yorker, Ingram misses and Malinga strikes. Duminy is the new man in. A big shout for lbw, but the umpire reckons it was going down leg. Leg byes down to the fine leg boundary for four. A great over from Malinga.
Sri Lanka have finished their 50 overs with 320 for 5. Tharanga provided some runs in the beginning, Sanga and Mahela steadied the ship and then Sangakkara smashed the South African bowlers all over the park in and after the power play. South Africa have not won an ODI in Sri Lanka since 1993 and will need to bat really well to break that record today.
Perera swipes and hits it over the field for a boundary to the sweeper, no one in that region. Perera hits it over the field again and gets a boundary to long off, 8 runs from 2 balls, Perera carrying on from where Sanga left it. The short ball from McLaren pulled for a single to fine leg. Mathews is suspended for slow over rate and AB de Villiers could be suspended here too. Chandimal takes a single to bring Perera on strike. Perera finishes the innings with a huge six down the ground and SL end up with 320 for 5.
Phangiso to bowl the second last over and Sanga is on strike. Sanga goes for the reverse sweep and misses, keeper misses it too and it is a single. Perera gets a single after muscling the ball to midwicket. Sanga hits it over the field on the off side for a couple of runs. Six, Sanga hits it out of the park for another six over midwicket. WICKET! Sanga caught by Duminy on the ropes for 169, what an innings this has been for SL and Sanga. Duminy takes a good catch. Chandimal, the captain, comes out to bat. One over to go, SL are 304 for 5.
Sanga powers this through the gap at deep midwicket for another boundary, making a mockery of the bowling. WICKET! Thirimanne gives an easy catch to Peterson at mid wicket, unable to put away the easy full toss. Thisara Perera is the new batsman and he likes to hit it out of the park. Sanga on strike, Perera takes a single to short third man. Sanga pulls and gets two as it goes over Faf at midwicket. SL 293 for 4 after 48 overs.
Sanga gets more runs, edges it to the third man boundary. This is Sanga's highest ODI score and he is getting more runs. Another boundary to third man. Morris drops the ball in his run up, pressure telling on the South Africans. And another wide down leg side. Sanga plays a cheeky sweep to fine leg for four, controls the ball to the boundary. Sanga then takes a single to third man, fearless batting, showing all his stumps as Morris seems to have lost his line and length.
McLaren back into the attack to stem the run flow. A quick and awkward single for Thirimanne gets Sanga back on strike. Sanga gets a single to bring Thirimanne who takes another single to third man. A quick run as the ball goes to the keeper, and de Villiers misses the stumps, it was a sure chance for a run out. Sanga bowled of a no ball, the crowd cheers McLaren for the no ball. Four runs and McLaren is not happy with the fielding at fine leg.
Thirimanne takes a single from the first ball and then Sanga goes down on one knee and pulls it for another boundary over midwicket. It was in the air but in the gap and timed to perfection. Sanga hits a six over deep square leg, down on one knee again and hits it out of the ground. Then he makes room for himself and goes over extra cover for four, Morris puts the dive in but fails to stop the four. Sanga takes a single with the chip shot to long on. After 45, SL are 260 for 3.
This is a good batting wicket, but South Africa need to bat well if they have to chase this score, Sri Lanka will be looking to maximize it with wickets in hand. Thirimanne is unable to get a single to bring back Sanga on strike, good field placing and bowling by Morkel. He runs it down to third man to get Sanga on strike. Sanga walks away from his stumps and hits this over the field and gets a boundary to extra cover, he is batting really well here. Another boundary, this time Sanga pulls it through the leg side for four. 9 from the over.
Sanga controls it very well, sweeps it just past square leg for four, picking the gaps perfectly. SIx from the over, SL 234 for 3.
Morkel starts his 9th over, he has been effective even with his extras today. Sanga takes a single down the ground and Thirimanne takes another single to bring Sanga back on strike. Just three singles from the over, SL 228 for 3.
Duminy into the attack, after McLaren and Morris were hit all over the park by Sanga. A wide to start for Duminy, Thirimanny is quiet at the other end on 8. Sanga pulls this away to the midwicket boundary to bring up another ODI 100 for him, a great knock. He started slowly but has really accelerated the scoring in the power play. After the boundary, he takes a single to bring Thiri on strike. Another good over for Sri Lanka 8 from it.
Last over of the power play, Thirimanne pulls it away for a single to square leg. Sanga hits it over the in-field and over extra cover for four, then he just clears his front leg and hits it through the line and out of the park for a six. McLaren getting the treatment and he bowls a wide under pressure. Sanga takes a single to make it 46 runs from the power play.
A wide outside off to start the over from Morris, a shake of the head from the bowler. Sanga asking for a change of the bat as he muscles this one through the off side for four. Sanga pulls and gets it over the man at square leg for a six, good effort from the fielder but the ball was always going to sail over him. Top edge, one bounce four, Sanga switching gears and Morris receiving the treatment. Sanga gets another boundary, what an over this is, he hits it straight down the ground for four to long on. Morris fires in a yorker and Sanga keeps it out, good comeback. A great over for SL and Sanga.
McLaren continues in the power play, he will get three overs of the power play. A couple of singles and then a swing and a miss from Sanga. Then he frees up his arms and swings it but Phangiso at mid on does well to stop the single. Sanga pulls and Morris at deep square leg takes it on the bounce to save a certain boundary. Three singles from the over, another good one in the powerplay.
Thirimanne gets off strike with a single to third man. A couple of singles, and then a play and a miss from Thirimanne, he has not looked comfortable at the crease today. Thirimanne comes out of his crease and finds the gap in front of point for two runs. Four from the over.
The batting power play has been taken, 15 overs to go for Sri Lanka. McLaren will start the power play. Thirimanne flicks it off his pads to deep square leg for a single. After a few dots, McLaren ends the over with a poor delivery that goes for four.
Duminy brought back into the attack and driven through extra cover for a single from Sanga. It goes high in the air and lands in the middle of three fielders, Thirimanne trying to give his wicket away. Four from the over.
Morkel starts after the drinks break. WICKET! Morkel frustrating Mahela with a few dots and Mahela pulls this one to deep square leg and Ingram on the boundary takes a good catch. SL lose Mahela for 42. A successful over from Morkel, a wicket maiden.
Mahela places it really well between the sweeper and long off for a handsome boundary after Sanga takes a single from the first ball. Sanga gets a couple clipping it between deep midwicket and deep square leg. And it is the 2nd drinks break.
Morkel is brought back into the attack, to pick up a wicket. Tharanga was dropped off his bowling. Sanga pulls the last ball for a single. Two from the over.
Peterson to bowl the 31st over, this pair just pushing the ball into the gaps for ones and twos. Mahela takes a step out of his crease and hits it over the leg side for four, then he does not connect it well and it lands short of the mid off fielder. Five from the over.
Three singles from three balls to start the 30th over, Mahela makes it four from four with a nudge down leg. After 30 overs SL 152 for 2.
The projected score is around 250 and the par score is 240. Sanga takes a single and gets to his 50, another half century for Sanga. An appeal for lbw and de Villiers walks up to Peterson and asks for the review. A poor review and a good decision from the umpire, it was not out as it was going down leg. Mahela chips it over the circle for a couple of runs, a deliberate chip shot. End of the over, SL 148 for 2.
Another wayward throw from the South Africans, it was always going to be a safe single. A couple of runs for Sanga, and then Mahela plays it late past backward point for a single. Sanga comes down the wicket and hits it over the midwicket region for another six, his second six for today.
Morris starts his 6th over, this pair picking up the singles and building a strong partnership. Mahela drives it for four down the ground, stand and deliver, good shot against Morris. Another boundary, Mahela pulls the short ball from Morris and dispatches it for four over midwicket, another great shot. Fine leg is now up in the circle. Mahela pushes it past backward point for a single. A good over for Sri Lanka, 11 runs from it.
Phangiso continues and will be under a bit of pressure after the last over. Sanga gets a single off the first ball to get Mahela on strike. A wide down leg from Phangiso, who is bowling a much better over to Mahela. Four from the over.
Morris starts the 25th over, Sanga works him on to the leg side for a single. Another single as Mahela drives this to the sweeper. Three runs from the over. Half way through the innings, SL 119 for 1.
A couple of twos and a handsome boundary for Mahela, he is picking Phangiso very well. He is a good player against spin, so it does not take him too long to work out Phangiso.
South Africa have not won an ODI in Sri Lanka since 1993, so they will be looking to change that in this series. Sanga walks out of his crease and mishits it for a single on the leg side. Morris back into the attack, de Villiers shuffling his bowlers well today. Sanga hits this one nicely through the cover, there is protection there so he will get a single. A short ball again from Morris and pulled away for another single. Sanga waits for this one and hits it late, poor ball and a four from it to end the over.
Phangiso starts his 4th over, it will be interesting to see how this pair plays him. South Africa are slightly sloppy in the field, they are generally quite good. Mahela gets a single, hitting the ball straight down the ground, but into the gap. Three runs from the over.
WICKET! Tharanga plays it on to the stumps, inside edge and Tharanga is bowled. He was looking run it down to third man but misses and goes out. Mahela comes out to bat with Sanga, the most experienced batsmen in this line up for Sri Lanka. Mahela plays it through slips and gully for a single. Sanga pulls it to fine leg for a single, short ball from Morkel. Mahel pulls a short one and manages it keep it down as it runs to square leg for a single.
Phangiso continues, the run rate has slowed down in the past few overs, Phangiso maintaining good pressure. Tharanga comes down the wicket, Phangiso stops it but they get a single, Tharanga seems to be struggling again Phangiso. Sanga plays it down the ground for an easy single. After 20 overs, SL 93 for 1.
Morkel continues, a big shout for caught behind but only the bowler was interested in that one. A single to Sanga, a quick run to mid on.
Phangiso rushing through his over, a big shout for lbw, but it was going down leg. Tharanga blocks a few and then gets a single. Single to Sanga to end the over.
Morkel comes back after the drinks break, an unconventional approach to bowling changes today from South Africa. Another wide from Morkel. Sanga pulls it to the fine leg fielder for a couple. A half-hearted pull missed by Sanga to end the over.
After 15 overs, SL are moving along at a rate of around 5 runs per over. Duminy continues, South Africa should be looking for wickets. Brilliantly played, Tharanga gets a bit of width and uses it perfectly to get a boundary. A good over is spoilt by a poor last ball.
Phangiso, another spinner, starts his first spell. Sanga walks out of his crease but midwicket does well to deny him the single. Four, Sanga who was looking like he was in a hurry, hits a four and then takes a single. Tharanga thinks about the single, but decides against it.
Duminy continues, Tharanga gets four from the first ball, cuts it behind point with almost no footwork. Six from the over, Duminy going for 11 runs in 2 overs.
McLaren bowls a good one to Tharanga, who pushes it awkwardly for a single. Tharanga slashes and edges it past the vacant slip area for four. Another wide, this time from McLaren, de Villiers is not happy. Tharanga takes a single to bring Sanga on strike and he blocks the last ball.
JP Duminy starts bowling, his 100th ODI today. Pulled on to the leg side by Tharanga for a couple of runs, this is a big ground so there will be a lot of twos and threes. Tharanga pushes it through extra cover for a single. After 12 overs, SL 57 for 1.
McLaren continues. Good stop from Alviro in the covers, a good over after the power play just two from it.
Peterson to bowl the last over of the power play. Sanga comes down the ground and hits it over the top for a six, just clearing the ropes, a good shot against the spinner. Then takes a single to rotate strike. After the first power play, SL are 50 for 1.
A couple of runs for Sanga as the bowl is mishit to midwicket. Then Sanga takes a single from the last ball and keeps the strike.
Another bowling change, Peterson comes into the attack. So Morris and Morkel only get three overs each and the McLaren and Peterson are introduced. Tharanga blocks a few, then comes down the pitch and drives it through mid off for four, safe shot, played it along the ground.
It goes through the point fielder, a bit of awkward bounce confusing the fielder, the batsmen get a single. Tharanga cuts it hard to third man for a single. McLaren is bowling now, replacing Morkel, seems to early for a bowling change. A good start from Ryan, just a couple of runs from the over.
Chris Morris had a chat to Donald when Morkel was bowling his last over, Donald giving him some advice. Sanga pushes it down leg to fine leg for a single, a leg bye called. Tharanga is looking in good touch, plays this on the up and for a four to end the over.
Morkel on the money now, bowling in a good channel. Tharanga drives it and finds the gap perfectly through extra cover for four, it races to the boundary. Not a bad ball, just a good shot. Just the four from the over, After 5 overs, SL are 27 for 1.
Dilshan edges it past second slip for a couple of runs. It goes through the point fielder and Dilshan picks up two. Miller makes a good stop at cover to deny a single. WICKET! Dilshan bowled, Morris goes through his defences. A successful over from Morris, Sanga is the new man in.
A much better over from Morkel, no extras and some good lines and lengths. A maiden in the end.
Chris Morris to open the bowling with, and bowls a wide. Then bowls another wide and the batsmen run a single. Another wide, that is an extra over in wides already. de Villiers is getting a work out behind the stumps as he has to stop the wides in all directions. Tharanga gets a single to third man and then Dilshan hooks it to square leg for a couple. Dilshan plays it on the up and through the covers for four, not a good start from South Arica.
First runs for Sri Lanka come off a wide ball. Morkel strays down leg. Dilshan opening the batting today with Tharanga. Three wides in a row for Morkel now who seems to have traded his no ball problem for a wide one. Edged to second slip and dropped by Petersen. Tharanga gets a four to end the over for Sri Lanka.
The weather is typical of the sub-continent - hot and humid, with some marginal cloud cover to balance comfort levels. The pitch, as expected by a Proteas XI sporting two frontline spinners - is going to take turn. The duo will be up against a Sri Lankan top eight featuring as many as five left-handers.
Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jehan Mubarak, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Lasith Malinga.
Colin Ingram, Alviro Petersen, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel.
Sri Lanka have recalled Jehan Mubarak, who last played an ODI in 2009, and Chandimal will lead the side in the absence of the suspended Angelo Mathews. No Hashim Amla nor Lonwabo Tsotsobe for South Africa, but Morne Morkel is back.
AB de Villiers wins the toss and South Africa will bowl first. Dinesh Chandimal reckons he would have done the same, had he triumphed at the flip of the coin.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the first ODI - in the five-match series - between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.