Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd T20I, Hambantota August 4, 2013

Bowlers, Miller set up series win


South Africa 145 for 6 (Miller 36, Senanayake 2-18) beat Sri Lanka 123 for 7 (Sangakkara 39, Tsotsobe 2-17) by 22 runs
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It was South Africa against Kumar Sangakkara again, this time in Hambantota, and the visiting bowling unit overcame to guarantee their side a trophy. In vicious winds, South Africa's attack held their nerve to defend a challenging total and ensure the series was won with a game to play.

Sangakkara was the only batsman to mount a challenge and lacked the support South Africa's line-up gave each other, albeit somewhat scrappy. Their top order showed slight improvements and two partnerships in the 30s helped them post a sizable target but, as was the case in the first match, the bowlers were tasked with winning the match. Led by Lonwabo Tsotsobe upfront, they struck regularly to ensure Sri Lanka were always an arm's length from the total.

Sri Lanka stumbled from the get-go when Mahela Jayawardene, who was brought back into the XI in place of the rested Tillakaratne Dilshan, lasted five balls. Tsotsobe got a short ball to angle across him and Jayawardene edged to Quinton de Kock. Kusal Perera took three boundaries off Morne Morkel to threaten his first score of substance in the series but lost another partner early on. Dinesh Chandimal chased a wide one from Tsotsobe and was also caught behind.

Then, Sri Lankan hearts were set aflutter when Perera and Kumar Sangakkara could have been dismissed three times in the space of six balls. Perera pulled Tsotsobe in the direction of two fielders but found space, while Sangakkara outside edged Parnell past a vacant slip area and then inside-edged inches away from his stumps.

The pair managed six runs off the next 15 deliveries before Perera was trapped in front trying to reverse sweep an Imran Tahir googly. Replays showed it had pitched just outside leg but with no DRS reviews in the shortest format, Perera had to go. He did, shaking his head all the way.

Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne rebuilt but picked the wrong bowler to take on when Wayne Parnell was brought back. Thirimanne tried to heave him over midwicket and was bowled off a full delivery. Angelo Mathews holed out but Sri Lanka's challenge ended when Sangakkara was caught by David Wiese at extra cover.

Wiese was playing only his second match for South Africa and has not done too much of note yet but he back-pedaled to take the catch over his head and ensure Sri Lanka had too much to do. They needed 56 runs off the last five overs and, as South Africa's batting showed, that was always going to be unlikely.

South Africa's opening stand failed again when Henry Davids was bowled by a Nuwan Kulasekara inswinger. De Kock showed improvement with a more aggressive approach and used his feet better to come down the track, especially against the spinners. He took it too far though and was stumped off Sachithra Senanayake's bowling.

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy put on 38 for the fourth wicket, which proved the difference between the two sides. De Villiers looked well set when he was run-out but had helped lay a small foundation for David Miller to capitalise on.

Although South Africa's finishing was not explosive, Miller managed two big sixes in his favourite area down the ground. He eventually fell on his sword but the 36 runs he put on was enough to earn him the Man-of-the-Match award.

South Africa's record against Sri Lanka in T20s on the island is vastly different to the ODI form. While they have only won two fifty-over matches, South Africa have triumphed in all three T20s played against Sri Lanka in their homeland.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Not much is being made of Tahirs immense contribution to the side. He gave away 5/over and took some wickets compared to Phangiso/Perterson who went for over 8 in the one dayers with fewer wickets. Why have the selectors not gone with him earlier and why is he still on the sidelines in the one-day format. Perhaps its time Perterson and Phangiso were dropped along with Ingram and McClaren who both turned in mediocre performances. McClaren is not a one-day allrounder and not suited to the finishing role Also DeKock still seems too immature for one-day and plays a high risk game suited to t20. He needs time out too.

  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    It's only the bowlers who are providing the base for sri lanka's ranking in the T20's - the batting is abysmal - there is no consistency in the middle order, nor is there firepower in the initial over and the latter sategs - except perhapsa a little bit in Perera and Mathews. Contrast that with SA - Miller, Duminy, Albie -- India - Dhoni Raina Jadeja - WI - Pollard, Bravo , Sammy. At least we should have explosive openers like Aussi (Watson/ Warner ) (Newzealnd - Brendon Mccalum ) to compensate - Kusal is not in the same league as Jayasuriya, but he can be given a few more chances maybe in the middle - but Chandiamal and Thirimanne are woeful - Thirimane especially is a waste in T20's as he does not have a second gear. Chandimal has been give so many chances but he has not put in a significant match winning performance for as far as I can remember - Contrast that with the likes of Arjuna and Aravinda who were not only solid but could turn a match around at will

  • Prashan on August 5, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    I see lot of worries about our youngsters. Yes Thirimanne better stick to tests and ODIs as he has shown signs in these 2 formats. Kushal Perera needs to be persisted with like Marvan Atapattu. Chandimal should be dropped as he has failed to cross 50 in internationals since March. Dimuth Karunaratne is good but not sure if he fits T20 cricket. Our bowling is not a worry indeed especially for ODIs and T20s as Senanayake is a great find. Dhananjaya may be better than Ajantha Mendis. Our fault also for not giving good batting friendly conditions to our young frigate to boost their confidence.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka may do well to send Mathews and Thisara and in the first 4 for T20s. Mathews bat at no 4 for his club and used to bat at all positions for school including opening. I also feel that Angelo Perera should bat at the top 4 as well as a experiment. Let Mahela, Sanga bat later to accelerate. Unfortunately Chandimal has lost his flair and he is not hitting well now. It may change any time but as of now he is not T20 material. He is a brilliant batter of course. May be bring in Kapu as a wild card may play dividends who knows. Our bowling looks adequate but not the boundary clearing.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    For all those guys who are bashing Chandimal here. I will keep saying that "He is the next 'big thing' in SL cricket" despite his poor shows. He has changed his game a lot which has affected his batting quite significantly. I dont know the cause behind him. One possible reason wud hav been Marvan's pedagogy. Chandi just needs to be the same as he when he entered the int'l scene with 2 attacking tons(Harare & Lord's). From those 2 innings, this guy's talent was evident. Just stick to him and let sumone advise him to play his natural game n u will see this guy producing laurels for SL cricket. I too wont exclude Thirimanne from the team given his stable batting. I agree wih ppl saying he is not T20 material but T20 is not all abou hitting. Its about playing quality shots too which Thiri has but needs more time to develop. High time that Angelo P shud be given a chance.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Wonder, whether Chandimal is heavily over-rated? There is a huge gap in the captaincy skills of Sanga & Mahela on the one hand and those of the two youngsters SL is trying to groom into taking over the roles performed by those two contemporary legends in SL Cricket, in such an exemplary manner! A long way to go!

  • Sandip on August 5, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    SL's win loss ratio was 0.29 till 31st Dec 1990. It was 0.68 for next 5 years till 31st Dec 1995. It improved to 1.06 for next 5 years ending at 31st Dec 2000. It was 1.07 till 31st Dec 2005. It was 1.33 till 31 Dec 2010. It is 1.05 from 1 Jan 2011 till date now. SL fans thought they were good post WC 1996 but if you looked at stats, they were constant from 1991 to 2005. This period belonged to Arjuna, Arvinda, Murli, Vaas. These guys put SL on the world map and raised their previous standard. The best period was between 1 Jan 2006 to 31st Dec 2010 where it raised to 1.33. It is par now if calculate from 1 Jan 2011. It could be better if IND had not good record recently against them. SL fans should not be worried at all. Looking at the comments here, I would say they are too harsh on the team now. They maintain average win/loss ratio in spite of transition period. They should be given free space without their 3 current seniors. Only then they will prosper. Surely. Let them stand alone.

  • Altaf on August 5, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Miller absolutely fits at 6, plays role like Klusener with same style. Though SA will be missing for bowling support from Miller. Tahir proved his inclusion in ODI might have changed the result. Faf should be given captaincy in ODIs as well. SA have good chance to level the account 4-4 by winning last match, clean sweep will be the extra bonus !

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    well done was good come back After 4-1 loss.I am still With SL and was good performance even though they on loosing side.turning point for me 3 batsman of SL 3 is not for should either go with Sanga or thirimanna..but chandimal is no 4 for sure.. LOoking at the performances..I am happy sri lankan youngsters..Chandimal is better than mathews as captain,where he is so fluent in creating pressure and bowling changes.Mathews is far way back.I felt kusal is pretty unlucky and Sri lanka did well in bowling except MAlinga.Malings is out of form for me rather he should be in bench and shamind should be back with the pace 140+(I didnt see 140+ pace variation from malinga for while).Sri lanka did well in batting under windy conditions.Il tell conditions were worst than SA innings.Anyway..Sri lankan young batsman need to find their was good performance from SA but Sri lanka is not second from youngsters point

  • Altaf on August 5, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Faf again showed is ability with captaincy. Same as in first game, he wisely used bowlers to defend comparative total. Using Parnel in death shows tactical skills of Faf and he should be considered to lead team in ODIs as well particularly when option for DeVilliers is started to be considered.