Plays of the day

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

SHOT: There was some beau­ti­ful straight driv­ing by De Vil­liers, but the top shot goes to Kal­lis, and the most per­fectly ex­e­cuted cover drive in the 52nd over. He got him­self into a lovely po­si­tion and eased the ball through the cover re­gion. He was un­for­tu­nately left a lit­tle shaken up later. BALL: More like a good over from Mathews to Prince, who worked away just out­side the off-stump and drew the bats­men into the stroke with the fi­nal ball of the 90th over. It was a work­man-like ef­fort from Mathews who is still not fully fit to bowl and in fact in­jured him­self again yes­ter­day. CATCH: Thi­lan Sa­ma­raweera goes all ‘Su­per­man’ on pro­ceed­ings, fling­ing him­self to his left and poach­ing the ball high above him with his right hand to get rid of Morné Morkel. Top ef­fort in the fi­nal hour of the day. HERO: AB de Vil­liers re­ally reined him­self in yes­ter­day. The sit­u­a­tion of the game, state of the pitch, the ex­cel­lent Sri Lankan bowl­ing de­manded he do so. His part­ner­ship with Prince was the vi­tal one for the day, and gave South Africa the as­cen­dancy af­ter they were wob­bling at 173/5. VIL­LAIN: Kaushal Silva, the Sri Lanka wick­et­keeper, dropped two catches and his keep­ing was gen­er­ally scrappy. QUOTE: “I can’t wait to see our bowlers on this wicket. If a cer­tain An­gelo Mathews can get it to bounce and hit my gloves I can’t wait to see Dale and Ver­non. If you hit the right ar­eas there is more than enough to work with.” – AB de Vil­liers, reck­ons there is still plenty in the sur­face. CON­DI­TIONS: Very hot, a day for the pool, which was well-pop­u­lated at the lunch and tea breaks. The pitch is still of­fer­ing plenty of as­sis­tance to the seam­ers and for the first two ses­sions the Sri Lankans made ex­cel­lent use thereof. The mois­ture has been baked out of it and it will be bet­ter for bat­ting to­day.


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