Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd ODI, Colombo, 23/07/2013. In a rain marred match Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 17 runs by the Duckworth/Lewis method. The Proteas delivered an inspired performance after their massive loss three days ago, but it proved futile as once again they couldn’t achieve victory.
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat, knowing that the changing conditions will affect the outcome later in the game, making it very difficult for batsmen to score. Morne Morkel spearheaded the Protea attack and managed to extract a lot of bounce out of the usually flat pitches. He took three wickets but more importantly kept their hosts from scoring as freely as they did in the first game, conceding only 34 runs from his 10 overs.
The Sri Lankan batsmen all got decent starts but nobody capitalized on it as the Protea bowlers managed to restrict the space the batsmen had at the crease. The rain started to pour at the end of their innings but umpires decided to let play resume until the 50th when it become too difficult for the bowlers to keep control of the ball. The fielding side could feel satisfied at the restricting Sri Lanka to 223 runs, needing just over 4 an over to claim victory.
The rain kept on pouring though and the target was readjusted to 176 from 29 overs needed. This pushed the rate required up to 6, and with the Sri Lankan bowlers in great form looked like a formidable total. The Proteas also suffered another major setback as Hashim Amla who recovered from injury in time to be selected for this match. The prolific run scorer was carried of the field as he jerked his knee into the ground whilst fielding, a worrying sight for any professional athlete.
This meant that the Proteas had to tinker with their batting line up and promote Robin Peterson as opening batsman. This was a setback as in tight games you need your top players to stabilize an innings, something that this side lacks. The Sri Lankan bowlers did very well in keeping the South Africans behind the required rate, which built pressure and lead to wickets. With the rain returning there was just too much left to do for the remaining batsmen with the score on 104/5 after 21 overs. The umpires called for the covers, and the Proteas were caught short with 17 runs by Mr Duckworth and Lewis as the total was again readjusted to 121.
Sri Lanka 223/9 (Dilshan 43, Chandimal 43, Morkel 3/34) beat South Africa 104/5 (Petersen 24, Miller 22*, Herath 2/16) by 17 runs (D/L method)