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Undoing the mini advantage
Another over with four boundaries and poor Kasun Rajitha is at the receiving end of Wiaan Mulder's class. A flick-pull, a couple of backfoot punches and a thickish outside edge takes him to 16 off 4! Du Plessis is solid at the other end. Sri Lanka will need to do some damage control.
A second wicket for Perera
Why didn't they try these short balls earlier. Another South African falls to the short ball and Thisara Perera has a second wicket. Van der Dussen drags this from outside off and top edges it. Kasun Rajitha holds on at deep mid-wicket. South Africa are 137 for 3 now having been 91 for 0. Good little comeback from Sri Lanka.
The one that got away
No century for Quinton de Kock at his beloved Centurion. A very soft end to a sparkling innings six short of that magic number. Played the flick early off this Thisara Perera delivery and got a leading edge that flew straight up. Tricky take for keeper Dickwella under the swirling ball, but he holds on.
De Kock is gone for 70-ball 94 and he is livid. Cameras catch him giving his bat the John McEnroe treatment in the dressing room.
Slow phase gives SL crucial breakthrough
South Africa had managed just 16 runs in over 4 overs post the PowerPlay with Hendricks in particular needing a move on. Lasith Malinga cleverly brought himself back into the attack and the first noteworthy short ball of the day gets him a wicket.
Hendricks goes for the pull. Gets a top edge and finds fine leg.
SA: 91/1 in 14.3 overs (Quinton de Kock 60*)
Overs 10 and 11 have cumulatively gone for just 4 runs. Akila Dananjaya is in to the attack and the batsmen are playing him watchfully. A good over from Rajitha as well.
Ouch... But remember stranger things have happened in cricket
36-ball half-century for De Kock
Sri Lanka haven't tried any short balls at QdK. The slower balls are not working on this batting beauty. It's a 36-ball half-century for De Kock, 20th in ODIs. He's hit 12 fours. That's 48 runs in just boundaries. Stop him if you can!
Another bowling change
Kasun Rajitha is brisk and even gets one to squeeze through Quinton de Kock's defence. But like other Sri Lankan bowlers this morning, he too follows it up with a freebie on the pads. Eight off his first over. Sri Lanka need to get a break early or this could get really ugly.
That dipping slow Malinga yorker...
Makes an appearance but it is sandwiched between two poor deliveries on either side of the wicket that Reeza Hendricks puts away for fours. South Africa 37/0 after 5 overs.
Here's Fernando again. Replacing Dhananjaya, who had replaced him. Take 2!
Early sign of spin
One over, that's it for Fernando. Sri Lanka turn to the off-spin of Dhananjaya de Silva to rein in De Kock. Not a bad move but QdK is in the mood. He picks up two boundaries - over extra and over long-on - to continue South Africa's fast start.
QdK off to a flier
Four boundaries in the second over from Vishwa Fernando. The left-armer is erring with his line and lengths. Too full and too much room for Quinton de Kock to flay deliveries through the covers.
An over in stark contrast to the one bowled by Lasith Malinga first up, against Reeza Hendricks.
After that rather ominous over from Fernando, my colleague Raju Peethala sends me a reminder of the last ODI these two sides played in Centurion.
Toss: Sri Lanka elect to bowl
Kasun Rajitha and Avishka Fernando come in for the visitors. Tharanga and Lakshan Sandakan go out. South Africa swap one all-rounder for another with Andile Phehlukwayo coming with Dwaine Pretorius going the other way.
Tharanga's sack was on the cards wasn't it. His last century was in October 2017.
South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wiaan Mulder, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Niroshan Dickwella(w), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga(c), Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando
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2nd ODI - Preamble
Sri Lanka were brought crashing back to earth at Wanderers after their glorious highs of the Test series win. There'll be time for reflection, but it's now. If that win was an improbable proposition before the tour, their mission World Cup 2019 would lie in the same ballpark.
Lasith Malinga has a quite a task on his hands to galavanise this side, bereft of several key players. Now he has to get them geed up to avoid going down two-nil down. Although series results are secondary at this point. It's about identifying the personnel and the style of play, although it might be a little too late for the latter.
What about South Africa then? They're significantly better-placed than their visitors but have a few questions to answer themselves.
We've got those covered in the Preview. Why don't you gorge on it while we wait for the toss?
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