6dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Dinesh Chandimal guides Sri Lanka home in low-scoring thriller

Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya and Dhananjaya de Silva rolled South Africa over for their lowest ever T20I total, but the home side's chase was by no means straightforward

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LD Chandimal
36(33) 3x4 - 1x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 1 15 2 8 1 2 5
DM de Silva
31(26) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %61%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
6 1 10 0 12 0 1 1

Best performances - Bowlers

PADLR Sandakan
O4
M1
R19
W3
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
A Dananjaya
O4
M0
R15
W2
Eco3.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
16 | 9 Runs | SL: 99/7 | RR: 6.18

  • I Udana5 (5b)
  • LD Chandimal36 (33b)
  • L Ngidi3-0-25-0
  • JP Duminy1-0-2-1

10.30pm Mathews collects the trophy and joins his team-mates for the post-match revelry. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of this tour as much as we did bringing it to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Chandan Duorah.

I'll let Andrew Fernando sum up SA's tour:
Strange tour for South Africa.
Lowest Test total since readmission in the first match. (73 all out in Galle).
Lowest T20 total ever in the last match (98 all out in Khettarama).
Some rollicking ODI wins in between.

Dananjaya de Silva, Player of the Match: Nothing much (what was special?), I was just playing according to the situation. It was a good pitch, 130-140 would have been a good total. Very much (enjoying bowling spin v South Africa?). The new ball was coming onto the bat.

Chandimal: Before the game started, we thought it was a good pitch for batters. It was up and down, some sharp turn, it was tough for the batters. When you're at home watching the game, it's tough. Especially because you don't have injury. I changed some technique for the shorter format and I got an opportunity to play the emerging game and got some confidence. When I went to bat, we were one down, and after I faced four-five balls, I realised it was not a T20 wicket and just rotated strike. I just played like Test cricket. We all know South Africa are good, it was a good fight from them. Dananjaya's spell was the turning point. It's really good to come back after ODI series. The boys showed a lot of character and attitude and finish it on a winning note. It's good for the Asia Cup.

JP Duminy: In the context of the game, 30-40 runs would have made a difference. We took the positive route but it did not work. We will take a lot of positives from this tour. It wasn't a raging turner, but key is to understand options and the execution. Again, lot of positives. The seamers did the damage for us, but we were 30-40 runs short in the end. It's good to lead from the front but unfortunately did not lead with the bat. I think coming here and after losing 2-0 in Test matches, we had to change our mindset and fortunate enough we put our best foot forward in the ODIs. We have a few weeks off to rethink and get better. End of September, we have a series against Zimbabwe, hopefully we do well there.

Angelo Mathews: Towards the end, we made it difficult for us but it was fantastic bowling. We have to blame only us because we did not bat well and kept losing wickets. The experience they've got, we have to put in such a performance. You can seem the improvements in various departments. Different conditions, but we are high on confidence. We let the fans down in the ODIs but they did not give up on us.

10.06pm That is that in Colombo. What might have been had South Africa made 120? What might have been had Miller seen off three balls from Akila Dananjaya and set himself up for the seamers in the last six overs? What might have been had South Africa played an extra batsman or an allrounder? South Africa will leave Sri Lanka with these teasing thoughts.

Even as wickets tumbled around him, Chandimal, returning to action after serving his suspension, shepherded the hosts home in a tense finish. Do stick around with us for the presentation.

Jonathan: "Great to have a sensible, experienced guy back in the team! Welldone, SL end the tour with 3 straight wins..onwards and upwards!"

PraveenD: "This match shows you at least 1 player like Chandimal should be in the team to hold one side in a collapse.Well played Chandi !!!"

chandana perera: "hathuru & SL team should be pleased with these performances after run down by SA in first 3 ODIs..."

RiwajAdhikari: "So overall tour : SA 3 - SL 5 Limited overs : SA 3 - SL 3. Good Series overall."

15.6
4
Ngidi to Udana, FOUR runs, Shot, Udana! He seals it for Sri Lanka with a text-book style straight drive. With short leg in place, Ngidi pitches it up on middle, 143.2ks, Udana picks up the length. He presses forward and drives it smoothly straight past the bowler

Short leg in place

15.5
1
Ngidi to Chandimal, 1 run, good length on a fourth-stump line, Chandimal stretches out, meets the pitch, and push-drives the ball to the left of Amla at short cover
15.4
2
Ngidi to Chandimal, 2 runs, full-toss, on the pads, whipped away to deep midwicket
15.3
2
Ngidi to Chandimal, 2 runs, just short of a good length and outside off, Chandimal jumps back and flays a cut to the left of sweeper cover. Klaasen in the deep throws himself to his left to stop the ball
15.2
0
Ngidi to Chandimal, no run, short and angling into a push to mid-on
15.1
0
Ngidi to Chandimal, no run, back of a length and slanting in at off, leans back and jabs to point

Lungi returns

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4MDKJ PereraBKG Mendis
2nd2LD ChandimalBKG Mendis
3rd53LD ChandimalDM de Silva
4th4AD MathewsLD Chandimal
5th19LD ChandimalMD Shanaka
6th1NLTC PereraLD Chandimal
7th5LD ChandimalA Dananjaya
8th11LD ChandimalI Udana