Proteas go two down after soggy display

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South Africa went two nil down in their ODI series against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday, falling 17 runs short of the Duckworth Lewis par score as heavy rain caused havoc with the match.

South Africa went two nil down in their ODI series against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday, falling 17 runs short of the Duckworth Lewis par score as heavy rain caused havoc with the match.

Sri Lanka's innings ended on 223 for nine, with four balls to go as rain arrived, leaving the chase target undecided as the covers remained in place. The target was then calculated to be 176 runs in 29 overs. The Proteas reached 104 for five after 21 overs, but needed to be on 121 to win.

Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first, having won the first game by a massive 180 runs. The toss was delayed by an hour to give ground staff time to dry the field, as South Africa announced the fitness of Hashim Amla and the dropping of Colin Ingram.

Amla's good health was not to last though, as he made a diving stop late in the innings and fell hard on his knee, causing him to be carried off the field. He was sent for scans on his knee and groin area, ruling him out of batting in the chase.

As for the wickets to fall, South Africa's bowlers did a good all-round job as everyone took at least one wicket. The star of the effort though was Morne Morkel, who removed openers Upul Tharanga (3) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (43), as well as Dinesh Chandimal (43).

Aside from Chandimal and Dilshan's near-half tons, the next best batting effort was by Kumar Sangakkara, who made 37 before holing out to Alviro Petersen at mid-off thanks to an Aaron Phangiso flighted delivery.

The bowlers were helped by some superb fielding, with AB de Villiers taking a great catch behind the stumps to dismiss Dilshan, while Faf du Plessis' diving catch at backward point sent Chandimal on his way.

When the rain arrived for the second time in the innings, after 49.2 overs, Rangana Herath had just been dismissed by a run out by Morkel, leaving Shaminda Eranga and Lasith Malinga at the crease.

The Proteas' chase got off to a poor start as Robin Peterson opened the batting alongside Alviro Petersen in Amla's absence. The spinner was out in the first over for three, bowled by a Malinga yorker.

JP Duminy (15), De Villiers (12) and Du Plessis (8) all failed to produced valuable scores in what was already a tough chase, leaving Petersen to try and keep the knock together. He was trapped LBW by Herath for 24 though.

David Miller and Ryan McLaren were going relatively well when the final rains arrived, on 22 and 14 respectively, but they were unable to catch up to the 121 required in the 21st over, and trudged off to await the fateful call.

The next three ODIs will be played in Pallekele.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jehan Mubarak, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Lasith Malinga

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Alviro Petersen, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris, Morne Morkel

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