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Huge 128-run win for Sri Lanka takes Series 4-1

Posted on 31 July 2013 by admin

Sri Lanka is celebrating a huge 128-run win in the 5th and last ODI taking the series against South Africa 4-1.

It was Tilekeratne Dilshan (99) and Kumar Sangakkara (75 n.o.) once again who raised Sri Lanka to a grand total of 307 for 4 wickets. Skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss for Sri Lanka and elected to bat. A dominant performance from Sri Lanka, sweeping aside South Africa today despite bringing in a host of understudies. Caps a terrific series for them, and leaves South Africa with plenty of homework to do.

Stats man extraordinnaire Mohandas Menon tweets: This 4-1 defeat is South Africa's worst ODI series performance since its 4-0 loss in England (Natwest Series) in August 2008.

Uwaisul Karnain: "The only favor done by the top order players of South Africa for their tailenders is that they have preserved their review."

indika chathuranga: "As a srilanakan fan who loves watching SA team playing since the childhood, i'm thoroughly dissapointed with their performance in this series. Hope they will put up a good fight in T20s against the worlds no1 T20 team. Best of luck.."

James: "South Africa have "plenty of homework to do"? Have they re-engaged Mickey Arthur?" A few more series like this, and Mickey will be back in charge of SA.

Presentation ceremony:

The Man of the Match is Tillakaratne Dilshan: "I think McLaren bowled that over really well. Little bit disappointed but these kind of things happen. I'm really enjoying, when I get a start I want to make a big one. Really good series for me, bowled well, batted well, fielded well."

Man of the Series is Kumar Sangakkara: "We had thir batting at 3, he and Dilshan gave us the platform, it was my job to push the scoring. I haven't changed my game a lot, I try to play situations well, I try to target bowlers, when you play in Sri Lanka you need totals above 260. My first series was a triangular against SA, they are the best side in Test cricket, they've always done well against us. I've enjoyed watching guys like AB and Hash."

AB de Villiers: "Looked like we played cricket out of our league, unfortunately couldn't get some momentum going. We'll keep learning. It's amazing when you start to lose all these negatives kick up and you start to overanalyse things. It was a great experience, played some quality spin and against a subcontinent team that really know their conditions very well."

Angelo Mathews: "Couldn't have asked for any better, I thought Dilshan and Thirimanne batted brilliantly, unfortunately Dilshan couldn't get to his century. We have got a good blend of seniors and juniors, pretty happy with the way they performed. On behalf of the national team, I'd like to thank the fans for their support."

Tillakaratne Dilshan followed up his fourth ODI century with 99, Kumar Sangakkara overtook Misbah-ul-Haq as the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year and Lahiru Thirimanne found confidence with a half-century and a second-wicket partnership of 163 with Dilshan against an attack that was lethargic in hot, humid conditions

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LIFE can begin anew at 60, 70 or 80 – A Bit of Motherhood!

Posted on 31 July 2013 by admin

 Valuable material to be read, and made a part of your life ahead.

Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 or 70 or 80 years of age owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinions. But, it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously.

Here are ten  'mantras'  to age gracefully, make life after retirement pleasant, enjoy and treasure the elder years of wisdom and intelligence at its best.

 1. Never ever say 'I am aged'
There are three ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by the health conditions and the third is how old you feel you are. While we don't have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.

2. Health is wealth

If you really love your kids and kin, taking care of yourself and your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Take out a health care insurance coverage.

3. Money is important

Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don't spend beyond your means even for your children. You have lived for them through out, and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful they should take care of you. But never take it for granted !!


4. Relaxation and recreation

The most relaxing and recreating forces are healthy attitudes, good sleep, music and lots of laughter. Have faith in yourself, learn to sleep well, love good music, and see and join the fun side of life.

5. Time is precious

It is almost like holding a horse's reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that every day you are born again. Yesterday is a paid cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. "Today is ready cash in hand; use it profitably. Live this moment".

6. Change is the only permanent thing

We should accept change ; it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.

 
7. Enlightened selfishness

All of us are basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But, our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and happiness we derive by doing  good to others, without expecting anything in return.
 

8. Forget and forgive

Don't be bothered too much about others mistakes. We are human, and not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped on one cheek. But, for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will only be increasing our BP.

9. Everything has a reason; a purpose

Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are, and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and right in their own ways.

10. Overcome the fear of death

We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is that no one is going to die for you; they may be  depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will carry on.
NOBODY  GETS  OUT  OF  THIS WORLD  ALIVE !
Regardless of how far the journey is, or how capable we are, we have to do our best to reach our goal. This is to say that you have to put in and demonstrate Perseverance at its Best ……

 

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Canada Foreign Minister John Baird will attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka

Posted on 31 July 2013 by admin

 

 

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird is expected to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, External Affairs Ministry Monitoring MP Sajin Vass Gunawardena said today. The MP said this when he met newspaper Editor and electronic media heads at Temple Trees for breakfast this morning.

Gunawardena said the government however hopes Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as the head of state, will attend the key summit.

The MP said that more than 80 percent of the participants for CHOGM have confirmed their attendance at the summit.

He also said that advanced teams from the Commonwealth countries are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka over the next few days.

Gunawardena also said that that Sri Lanka expects USD 2 Billion investments from the summit.

The Canadian government had in April said it will not send a full delegation to the November summit in Sri Lanka.

Emma Welford, Spokesperson for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade had told the Colombo Gazette at the time that Canada will continue to monitor events in Sri Lanka and do what it can to try to increase pressure on the government of Sri Lanka to make changes on the human rights issue.

“As the Prime Minister has stated very clearly, we expect our concerns to be addressed prior to the next Commonwealth Head’s of Government Meeting. However, given the current circumstances, it would be very difficult for this government to fully participate in this Summit,” Welford said.

Welford added that the Canadian government has spoken loud and clear on the issue of human rights in Sri Lanka, including its concerns on the lack of accountability for the serious allegations of war crimes, lack of reconciliation with the Tamil community, and with the events that have taken place since the end of the civil war.

Earlier Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper hinted that he would like to see this year’s Commonwealth summit moved out of Sri Lanka in protest over the country’s human rights record. (Colombo Gazette)

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“The Bradby” comes to Toronto

Posted on 30 July 2013 by admin

"The Bradby" came to Toronto last Saturday, July 27th when the lionhearted Trinitians met their arch rivals – Royal College in the Canadian version of the blue ribbon of Sri Lanka's school rugby union season. It was a celebration of rugby with an exhibition game by the Josephians and Peterites during half time. Credit goes to Rati Selvaratnam of Trinity and Inbakumar Rajendra of Royal for organizing the Toronto game under the leadership of T. Kukendran, President of Royal and Ananda Wickremasinghe, President of Trinity College Kandy. A large crowd was present at the picturesque Wanderers Rugby Club in Ajax. A live band was in attendance and popular DJ Pradeep kept the younger crowd hopping with his hip hop music. Food vendors were dishing out hot food outside of the pavilion with Beer flowing from the Club Bar. All in all, a good time was had by the over 300 spectators. The Bradby will become an annual event in Toronto and it was a super launch this year!

The Bradby Shield Encounter is played annually between two of the most prestigious schools in the country and traditional rivals Royal College, Colombo, and Trinity College, Kandy. The encounter consists of two legs, one being played in the Royal College Sports Complex in Colombo, and the other in Trinity College Rugby Stadium in Pallekelle. The winner is decided on the aggregate of the scores from these two matches, usually played a few weeks apart. The Bradby is generally played in late August or early September and is the most watched rugby match in the country, drawing more spectators than either inter-club or international fixtures.It is also an important social event of the Sri Lanka's elite drawing over 20,000 spectators and watched live on television by millions more.

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A brief history of the Kandy Esala Perahera

Posted on 30 July 2013 by admin

The month of Asala (July), during which period this annual pageant is usually held, had been considered a month of celebrations and festivity, both among Indians and Sri Lankans. Even from the lifetime of the Buddha in the 6th century BC, the Asala festival was held to commemorate the Buddha’s Conception, his Renunciation and the First Sermon.

Asala is also considered to be the beginning of the raining season (Vassana) when the monks commence their Retreat. Also, this month is considered to be the period when ritual performances to the protective divinities are held, (eg Pattini puja) as recorded in the text ‘Pattini-Halla’. Being considered a ‘chaste’ month, the period is held sacred for the availability of water, hence prosperity.

Several records have been left behind by dignitaries and other visitors to the island such as Robert Knox, John Davy, etc. The description of the perahara. These accounts provide much evidence as to the constitution and organization of the present day perahara. Yet many features seem to have been added and some changed to suit the time and the available resources and conditions.

The earliest record maintained on the Kandy annual pageant was by Robert Knox, an Englishman who lived in the court of Kandy for many years as a prisoner during the time of Rajashimha II (1636-1684). According to Knox, the Kandy perahara was conducted purely to honor the Devale divinities, Alutnuvara (Uppalavanna), Kataragama and Pattini. The Natha Devale, however, though the oldest shrine in Kandy, was not mentioned by Knox. During the time of King Kirti Sri Rajasimha the Natha Devale too is mentioned in the processions of the four Devales. The most important feature that occurred at this time was the addition of the Tooth Relic procession to the processions of the four Devales. It is said that the king himself placed the Relic casket in the ‘Ransivige’ fixed on to the back of the tusker. The Mahavamsa further records that the procession held by King Kirti Sri Rajasimha with all splendors assumed the form of a national festival.

 

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ICC World Cup 2015 final returns to Melbourne

Posted on 30 July 2013 by admin

Twenty-three years after Imran Khan led Pakistan to victory over England, Melbourne will again host the World Cup final in 2015, while Sydney and Auckland will host semi-finals just as they did in 1992.

A wide range of alternative options for the major matches of a tournament co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand had been discussed in the lead-up to the formal announcement of the official fixtures in Melbourne on Tuesday, including the prospect of a semi or final at Sydney's Olympic Stadium and even Adelaide Oval.

But the organisers ultimately retained the same formula as 1992, handing matches to the SCG and Eden Park before the event's show-piece takes place on March 29 at the MCG, where a crowd of more than 87,000 had watched Imran's team triumph.

Among other key fixtures, the previously earthquake-stricken Christchurch will host the tournament's opening match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on February 14 at Hagley Oval, while later that same day Australia will play England at the MCG. The cup holders India will commence their tournament by facing Pakistan in Adelaide the following day.

Having been drawn together in Pool A, Australia will travel to Auckland to meet New Zealand on February 28. Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Wellington will each host a quarter-final.

Many luminaries were on hand in Melbourne's Docklands for the announcement, including the ICC chief executive Dave Richardson who kept wicket for South Africa at the 1992 event, alongside Dennis Lillee, Ian Chappell, Kapil Dev, Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist and Michael Hussey.

"The ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship tournament of the 50-over game. The 2015 tournament will mark 40 years since the first World Cup in 1975 and that history of great contests and heroes helps make the tournament what it is – the most sought after prize in our increasingly global game," Richardson said.

"The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be returning to Australia and New Zealand after 23 years and will be staged at the back of two outstanding 50-over ICC events – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. I'm absolutely confident that the success of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will further strengthen the status of 50-over cricket as a successful and viable format alongside Tests and Twenty20 Internationals."

Several tournament venues have undergone major redevelopments with 2015 in mind, not least the SCG with a projected capacity of 48,000, and Adelaide Oval's expansion to accommodate 50,000. Eden Park has also undergone a considerable facelift to also be capable of hosting 50,000 spectators.

The tournament will feature 49 matches across 44 days in 14 cities throughout February and March of 2015. Australia's 2014-15 Test summer has been shortened to a mere four matches against India in order to leave room for the cup's lengthy schedule. A 14-team format has the competitors pitted in two groups of seven, each to play six pool matches before the top four in each group advance to the quarter-finals, semis and final.

Pool A: England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Qualifier 2 and Qualifier 3

Pool B: South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Qualifier 4

Venue cities: Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier, Nelson, Hamilton, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Wellington

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Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

 

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Sri Lanka clinches 4th ODI to win Series against South Africa

Posted on 28 July 2013 by admin

Well, it was the Dilshan/Sangakkara that clicked for Sri Lanka once again to secure the series against South Africa. Sri Lanka won by 8-wickets. An unbeaten century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and 91 from Kumar Sangakkara carried Sri Lanka to a series win over South Africa with one match to play. The pair ensured the hosts achieved the highest successful run chase at Pallekele with six overs to spare to underline some of South Africa's most pressing issues as they attempt to rebuild their one-day side.

At first glance, it would seem the bowlers are to blame but South Africa's middle-order are the real culprits in their defeat. Hashim Amla and JP Duminy shared a second-wicket stand of 101 to set a strong base for the team but the batsmen who followed squandered the advantage.

From 118 for 1, South Africa were 238 all out, losing nine wickets for 120 runs. By contrast, Dilshan and Sangakkara shared a partnership of 184 – Sri Lanka's highest against South Africa – to maintain their strong record at home against South Africa.

South Africa have only won two ODIs in Sri Lanka and their inability to adapt to conditions was exposed again. The absence of quality spinners and senior players to take responsibility in the batting line-up cost them dearly and they will now return to Colombo with only pride to play for.

South Africa began to make some amends for their failings with the bat and Hashim Amla's return was central to that. Amla, who missed the first and third match with injury and could not bat in the second, recovered in time to form one half of South Africa's fourth opening pair in as many matches.

While Quinton de Kock's inexperience was exposed against Lasith Malinga, when he was yorked for 8, Amla had the Sri Lankan attack erring. The seamers continually offered him too much width and he pulled and cut at will.

Amla and JP Duminy, who has looked good without producing results in the series so far, settled in and took the batting powerplay after 15 overs. That proved a tactical mistake. Sri Lanka's slew of spinners limited run-scoring opportunities and only 22 were scored in the five-over period.

The pair succeeded in planting a platform but Amla did not stick around to help the launch from it. He was lbw to Dilshan, who went around the wicket to trap him on the back foot, and even a review could not save him.

AB de Villiers' lean run continued as he was caught behind trying to paddle-sweep. Faf du Plessis also did not contribute, offering a chance to Angelo Mathews in his follow-through and eventually being stumped.

Ajantha Mendis foxed the less-experienced players, who have not learnt to pick him. David Miller was bowled by the legbreak and Farhaan Behardien clipped him straight to short leg.

The fall of wickets forced Duminy to continue a quiet vigil and his strike rate remained in the 60s, until the last four overs, when he finally decided to launch against Malinga. Duminy managed to improvise, turning would-be yorkers into low full-tosses, but Malinga's change of pace accounted for the tail.

Still, South Africa would have thought they had enough with 198 the previous-best successful chase in Pallekele. Their bowlers started well against a changed Sri Lankan top order – with Mahela Jayawardene replacing Upula Tharanga – as Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe extracted extra bounce and got movement, but ill-discipline infected them again. South Africa sent down 17 wides, taking their series total to 58, and indicating an obvious problem with line.

Jayawardene was frustrated by the early squeeze and when he tried to steer Tsotsobe to third man, he was caught by a diving Amla at gully. That was the last success South Africa saw until it was too late. Dilshan showed a willingness to ride out the pressure and looked for singles with Sangakkara instead of going for big shots to thwart the bowlers.

But South Africa still had their chances. Sangakkara was on three when he edged Kleinveldt but Amla could not pull off the half chance, and on 33, when Duminy appealed for an lbw against him. South Africa had a review in hand but de Villiers chose not to use it. Afterwards, he said neither Duminy nor de Kock, who was keeping, were convinced, Replays, though, showed Sangakkara was out.

His flirtation with fortune over, Sangakkara matches Dilshan blow for blow thereafter. Dilshan was strong square of the wicket and on the pull and brought out his trademark scoop off Tsotsobe. His century came off 119 balls with a swivel down to fine leg.

Sangakkara peppered the on-side, with 52 of his runs coming in that area. After Dilshan crossed the century mark, Sangakkara was racing against the remaining runs to get there. He smacked Morkel for two fours to get into the nineties, but fell on his sword when he top-edged to mid-off.

Dilshan finished things off to leave South Africa with plenty to think about. Foremost in their minds will be their poor effort in the field, and their decision-making under pressure, both of which need work before Wednesday.

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Kavan Rambukwella was a fine Trinity College product

Posted on 28 July 2013 by admin

 

A moment to remember of the most prolific rugby stalwart in yester years is Kavan Rambukwella who died on 13th of February 2002. He was one of the finest center-three-quarters Trinity College produced and the country has seen. He played for the Trinitiains from 1950 to 1952. In 1950 he played under S.S. Bambaradeniya, and rest of the team mates were A.I.J. Madugalle, D. Ratwatte, R.W.Tucker, H.L. Fernando, S.A. Bertie Dias, V.Wijeratne, L. R. Pilimatalawa, Lakshman Jayakody, M.S. Panditharatne, J. Shanmuganathan, B.Spledewinde, G. Tenakoon, J. Weerasekara, S.S. Bambaradeniya.

That year Trinity won the first leg of the Bradby by 6 points to nil at Bogambara and the second leg they won 5-3 at the Race Course.

Trinity lost both games in 1951 under Mervyn Panditharatne 3-19 and 5-13 while in 1952 also with Panditharatne as Captain Trinity won 6 nil and 12 nil. Rambukwella won his rugger colours in 1950 along with Lakshman Jayakody, A.T.J. Madugalle, C. Shanmuganathan, B.O. Spledewinde, J.G.G. Tenakoon and J.Weerasekara, and the coveted Rugby Lion in 1951.

Kavan was a top class athlete as well and led the school team in 1950 and 1951. Whilst at school, he was invited by Kandy sports Club, but joined his favourite club CR and FC and captained the side in 1960/1961, played an exclusive role both as a rugger player and administrator later. he also played for the Low Country and All-Ceylon.

Rambukwella was President of the CR & FC and Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union. He helped the CR & FC rugby in a big way, and also made valuable contributions to improve rugby at Police SC, from 1968 to 1972. During that time as the coach, Police rugby achieved excellence.

In 1968 Police team was promoted to "A" Division in Inter-club rugby league tournament, In 1970 and 1971 Police shared the Clifford Cup. Police was the outright winners of the Clifford Cup in the year 1972 all this was due to the major contribution by Kavan. Due to his devoted contribution and good work, late DIG Daya Jayasundara and DIG Nimal Lewke suggested to donate a trophy through the Police Department for the great services the Police Rugby obtained the trophy in his name for the best Outstation Team at Police Inter Division Rugby Tournament as an encouragement to boost outstation rugby.

Before coaching Police, Rambukwella helped Thurstan College in 1962 when Raj Weerasekara led Thurstan College.

Rambukwella was a huge 'live wire' for the Trinity College – Old Boys Association Colombo Branch for a very long time advising the young and old of how to get things moving traditionally with emphasis on the code of conduct by all Trinitians, even before passed away.

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Chief of Defence Staff Roshan Gunathilake promoted to rank of Air Marshall

Posted on 27 July 2013 by admin

Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshall Roshan Gunathilake paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees Friday. He is due to retire from his present post on August 1. In recognition of services rendered to defeat terrorism during his tenure of office, he was promoted to the rank of Air Marshall by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Presidential Media Unit announced recently.

Air Chief Marshal WDRMJ Roshan Goonetileke RWP & bar, VSV, USP, ndc, psc was appointed the Chief of Defence Staff on 28 February 2011 on relinquishing Command of the Sri Lanka Air Force. He was the 12th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) and is the eldest son of the 5th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, late Air Chief Marshal Harry Goonetileke and the elder brother of late Group Captain Shirantha Goonetileke, who was killed in combat in 1995. He was the second serving service Commander to be appointed as Chief of Defence Staff whilst holding the office.

Born on 28 February 1956, he completed his education at St. Peter's College, Colombo Sri Lanka, where he excelled in both studies and sports. He joined the Sri Lanka Air Force as an Officer Cadet in the General Duties Pilot Branch on 13 January 1978. On successful completion of flying training, he was commissioned in the rank of Pilot Officer on 24 August 1979.

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3rd ODI: South Africa outplays Sri Lanka to win by 56 runs

Posted on 26 July 2013 by admin

South Africa 223 for 7 (David Miller 85*, Ajantha Mendis 3-35) beat Sri Lanka 167 (Thisara Perera 65, Tsotsobe 4-22) by 56 runs
 

What a difference two overs can make. That was all it took for South Africa to stay alive in the series, have their confidence restored and beat Sri Lanka at home for the first time in close to 20 years. The 49th and 50th over of their nnings produced 38 runs and took their total from middling to challenging. David Miller scored 35 of them himself – prior to this match no South African batsman had managed a score greater than 29 in the series – hitting Thisara Perera and Lasith Malinga straight down the ground. He proved South Africa could be competitive and could come back after being under pressure in the first two matches, and even large sections of the third.

And what a difference an over can almost make. Perera hit Robin Peterson for the second-most expensive over in ODI cricket to throw Sri Lanka back into contention after they slumped to 93 for 7. The 35 runs included five sixes and a four, Perera displaying his prowess, especially over the leg-side.

Like Miller, he showed the temperament required to succeed in conditions where the surfaces are sluggish – survive first, thrive later. Unlike the South African, Perera was asked to do too much at the end.

Because Miller did not have a target to chase, he had less pressure on him. His strike rate hovered between 70 and 80 for most of his stay at the crease as he settled in. He needed AB de Villiers to usher him through the period where even singles were hard to come by and soon realised patience would pay off.

Only at the very end, when Perera and Malinga seemed to have dinner rather than death bowling on their minds, did Miller pounce on anything too full and one which was too short. Miller registered the first South African half-century on the tour after their top order failed – Hashim Amla's absence is growing glaring as each match goes by.

South Africa tried a third opening pair in as many matches with Lions' team-mates Alviro Petersen and Quinton de Kock fronting up first. Both were watchful but de Kock was unable to contain his attacking instincts and was vulnerable outside the offstump.

He offered a chance in the fourth over when he swung at a wide one without any foot movement but Tillakaratne Dilshan at slip could not hold on. Sri Lanka hit back two balls later when Malinga bowled his first short ball and Petersen tried to hook too early, only to glove it to Kumar Sangakkara.

Sri Lanka's attack continued to find the edge of de Kock's bat and the youngster fell on his sword to open South Africa's middle up to a familiar state of panic. Both JP Duminy and Faf du Plessis posted insubstantial scores, with Duminy looking good again but unable to kick on and du Plessis uneasy at the crease and almost run out twice before actually being found short of his ground.

De Villiers looked closer to breaking the lean run but Sri Lanka's spinners and Ajanthan Mendis in particular did not let him get away. Mendis was difficult to pick while Rangana Herath and Dilshan kept things tight. It was only when Miller decided to hit out that the complexion of South Africa's tour became a little rosier.

Things got better for them from there as the fit-again Lonwabo Tsotsobe did the bulk of the damage upfront. He plucked three wickets in a six-over spell in which he extracted bounce, produced seam movement and partnered Morne Morkel to perfection.

Morkel created pressure at his end with pace and steep lift, while Tsotsobe's accuracy ensured eight dot balls were produced before the first run was scored. Sri Lanka's were troubled by anything back of a length and Dilshan was the first to succumb. He spooned a catch to de Villiers at cover before Kumar Sangakkara went in the same over, chasing one that moved away.

Upul Tharanga was also undone by bounce and edged Tsotsobe to Petersen at slip. With Sri Lanka at 16 for 3, South Africa were in control for the first time in the series.

They held the match in their grip even as Mahela Jayawardene and Dinesh Chandimal combined for a 55-run stand. Robin Peterson reviewed an lbw shout against Jayawardene, which was going down leg and Jayawardene survived a stumping chance when Peterson was bowling but the left-arm spinner had the last laugh. Peterson bowled Jayawardene with one that skidded on, but that was the end of his involvement in the night.

Peterson's figures were ruined by Perera, who hit his first four sixes over the mid-wicket boundary. Then, he sent Peterson back over his head for four and he finished with the biggest hit of the night, over square leg.

That over brought Sri Lanka's required run-rate below six but, it would take more than one over to change the course of the match. Perera had a few more meaty hits, but he didn't have a second over to match his first and when he was dismissed, Sri Lanka's hopes went with him.

 

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Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

 

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