SL v SA, Group C, World Twenty20 2012, Hambantota September 22, 2012

South Africa win seven-a-side affair


South Africa 78 for 4 (De Villiers 30, Kulasekara 1-9) beat Sri Lanka 46 for 5 (Steyn 2-10) by 32 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

AB de Villiers gave the big crowd at Hambantota as much entertainment as he could as South Africa won a seven-over-a-side shootout against the hosts. The fixture was the most anticipated in Group C but a two-hour 45-minute rain delay meant the contest was curtailed and the result, another one-sided mis-match in a tournament crying out for proper competition.

De Villiers' 30 off 13 balls and baseball style run out of Tillakaratne Dilshan set the tone for a match dominated by South Africa. Together with Dale Steyn's controlled use of pace and movement, he ensured Sri Lanka were never able to get into the match, despite the two early wickets they claimed.

With a licence to go boom or bust, Richard Levi ended up doing the latter when he was deceived by a Nuwan Kulasekera's slower ball. Levi chipped an attempted swipe through the leg-side to mid-on where Dilshan Munaweera had run backwards and made ground to take what will be one of the catches of the tournament.

Hashim Amla showed early intent and sent two of Lasith Malinga's full deliveries over extra cover for boundaries. But a rush of blood to the end ended his time at the crease. He swung wildly at a ball angled in to him from Rangana Herath and was stumped by quick work from Kumar Sangakkara down the leg-side.

Faf du Plessis was promoted up the order to No. 3 to find form but he did not discover much. Instead, de Villiers stole the show. He reverse-swept Herath and heaved him down the ground for six before smashing a Malinga's short ball over midwicket. JP Duminy ended the South African innings strongly, with 10 runs off the last two balls.

Sri Lanka were pegged back in the first over when Dilshan was run out without facing a ball. Mahela Jayawardene called Dilshan through for a run after hitting the ball to extra cover but Dilshan was too slow. Albie Morkel's throw was flat and de Villiers took it on the run and dived into the stumps. The South Africa captain took a whack to the left arm and received some treatment but far greater damage was done to Sri Lanka's chances of winning the match.

Jayawardene fell trying to force runs off Dale Steyn and was caught at deep-square leg and Sri Lanka had all but lost the match in two overs. South Africa dropped three catches but were still offered chances. Kumar Sangakkara, Thisara Perera and Munaweera were all dismissed attempting big shots, something that could not be avoided in the context of the match.

Given the playing conditions - a two-over Powerplay and two bowlers allowed a maximum of two overs each - neither side will read too much into the result. Both teams have qualified for the Super Eights and this result has no bearing on their groupings in the next round.

Readers in the USA, Caribbean and South America can watch highlights of the match here.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Manihara on September 25, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Producing bouncy wickets in Sri Lanka is an excellent idea. For those saying that SL should stick to their strengths, it is a matter of getting priorities in order. The 50 over world cup is much more important than this t20 world cup. The next two 50 over world cups are being held in Australia and England, and in the long term, these bouncy pitches will pay off.

  • George on September 25, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Lucky SL, that got England, West Indies & New Zealand in Super 8.

  • adithya on September 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    someone said sl shud drop malinga,i wud say he is the best fast bowler for sl and bastmen who r smashing him are class batsmen like ab,kohli and main problem is that they don't have enough power hitters like other sides have.....also sl batsmen aren't that good on fast pitches and we saw that in this match.....spin is their strength and they shud play to their strength......i'm happy that ind will play all their matches in colombo(rps) which is now helping spinners....

  • Greg on September 24, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Cannot really read too much into this match - 7 over a side - why bother. Glad to see SA win though. Still have a concern over South Africa's batting line up - Kallis should open the batting and Levi should be dropped - maybe to bring in another power hitter at 7.

  • DINESH on September 24, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Instead of a 7 over game, better they could have organized a super over game. Both are same only

  • Shamalka on September 24, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Malinga and Dilshan are playing for the crowds not for the country. T20 could be the entertainment format of the game but you should know that you're playing for your country not for a club so determination is very much important. Malinga has become batsmen' bunny since of late. He's very much predictable. Why Mahela suddenly wanted to open the batting? Why on earth he wanted a run after hitting straight to a fieldsman and ran Dilshan out? Where's common sense? Why wasn't Thisara sent above Sanga? Coz we all know that 7 over is not Sanga's game. Kallis wasn't sent in to bat up in the order by SA coz they knew that 7 over is not Kallis' game. That's call strategic planning. What is Ford doing in the team as a coach? Players must understand that if they play well only they can continue to be popular. They should never take anything for granted.

  • narbavi on September 24, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    @sanga_cricket_fan: Don't be blind, we all spoke fair points about lankan team and the indian team, and their respective performances recently justify it!!

  • narbavi on September 24, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    @Harshani Pereira: Finals in 2015?? lol, yeah dream bro, dream, need to be really courageous to dream big

  • Mihil on September 24, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    @dariuscorny- spin wickets are not for the batsment they are for spin bowlers. We are good at spin but we saw how your team hitus all around the park in those wickets. Indians are good batsmen in these wickets. I've seen on Aus and England India can't handle rising bowl, but we played better. And Mahela now adays give maximum overs to paceman, he doesn't give whole 10 overs to part time spinners even though they keep good economy. The only match we won at recent india-SL series the only match we won was at hambanthota and we humiliated strong indian battin line-up. In every game in that series we scored 250+ always but couldn't win. But when we won we bundked india out to 138 that's what we are capable of lively tracks. Other wise our grounds are home conditions for indians. The only way to win is by bouncing them out. India,pakistan everybody. Thisara,kula,and eranga can do best in bouncy wickets.

  • Shamalka on September 24, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    I was there at the venue in Suriyawewa and thoroughly disappointed to see a 7 over match after traveling almost about 100Kms from Colombo. Rain had no mercy on us that day and a 7 over match is a disgrace to the game where some greats like Kallis, Sanga, Steyn, Mahela had to play. ICC may have done their best to give the full house something to witness as the home side played but it should've been atleast 10overs. We know that there're telecasting issues due to time frames allocated for the matches since AUS vs WI match was also scheduled to play in the same evening. But ICC still should've had a better plan rather than letting 2 big teams to play a school-like 7over match. It was ridiculous! Our stands was right in front of the SL teams and I was not too happy with the body language with some of our senior players. Malinga has solely become a showman to the crowds so as Dilshan. True enough any celebrity likes the popularity but too much of that may cause distraction to their game.

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