South Africa v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 22, 2014

Tight bowling disrupts South Africa

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Sri Lanka 165 for 7 (Kusal 61, Tahir 3-26) beat South Africa 160 for 8 (Duminy 39, Senanayake 2-22) by five runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Lasith Malinga versus David Miller. It was supposed to be the yorker versus the big hit. It was supposed to be the cracking finish. But the pressure resulted in miscommunication and again, South Africa ended up on the wrong side of a chase.

With 15 runs needed off the final over and a finisher at the crease, the batting side is always in with a chance, even if that is narrowed by the presence of Malinga. South Africa, however, did not give themselves an opportunity to capitalise. Twin run-outs off the first two balls of the final over, including that of Miller's, left the tail-enders with too much to do against a team who has only lost defending a score of 160-plus twice in the past.

The real damage had been done four overs before when Albie Morkel threatened to take the game away with a couple of assertive sixes. The boom quickly turned to bust. Dinesh Chandimal saw Morkel's plan and moved himself to wide long-on, just square of where the two previous sixes had gone. Ajantha Mendis bowled a low full toss, the kind of delivery Morkel would have hit for six many times before but he didn't get enough on it. Chandimal took the catch inches inside and seemed to know South Africa's fate was sealed.

Sri Lanka appeared the more assertive side from the get-go even though South Africa were buoyed by Dale Steyn's return to full fitness. Their pace spearhead started off with a Pandora's box of an over. He went too full to Kusal Perera who took two fours and a six off him and gave himself two extra deliveries to bowl courtesy a pair of wides. The last of them uprooted Tillakaratne Dilshan's off stump.

Kusal was less ambitious against Lonwabo Tsostobe, who used the slower ball well, but still managed to play the pick-up shot against both Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel. With a healthy covering of grass on the pitch, Morne found some extra bounce to account for Mahela Jayawardene, who was caught off a splice to mid-on. Despite the two wickets in the first six overs, Kusal's big-hitting took Sri Lanka to 51 for 2 at the end of the power-play.

AB De Villiers, captaining in place of the injured Faf du Plessis, introduced spin immediately after the fielding restrictions. JP Duminy started with some control but South Africa's fourth seamer, Albie was guilty of bowling too full. Kusal's fifty came up off 29 balls, the second fastest half-century scored against South Africa, with a single behind square on the leg side.

It was only when Imran Tahir came on that the squeeze was on. Sri Lanka's batsmen found him tricky to pick. Both Kusal and Kumar Sangakkara were foxed by the googly and the run-rate slowed. South Africa gave only 37 runs in the five-over period between 10 and 15 to peg Sri Lanka back.

Angelo Mathews tried to be the architect of a last five-over burst and deposited Tahir over long-on. Chandimal was stumped when he attempted the same, to give Tahir his best returns in T20 cricket of 3 for 26. Mathews batted into the last over and Sri Lanka collected 48 from the final five to set South Africa a challenging total.

Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a solid start when he guided them to 31 in the first three overs. He did not have to deal with Malinga in the opening exchanges, but when he did, de Kock's stumps were broken by a crunching yorker.

South Africa stuck to the strategy of holding de Villiers back and sent JP Duminy at No.3. Duminy's intent to give himself some time bore fruit in the ninth over. Thisara Perera was driven down the ground, slammed over long-on and then scooped for six. Ajantha Mendis was taken for 12 runs in the next over.

Duminy had Hashim Amla for company for 6.2 overs and put on fifty runs to give South Africa stability if not speed, which could come when Amla, the only batsman to have a strike-rate below 100, hit the ball straight to short cover. De Villiers was under some pressure but dealt with it well against both Mendis and Malinga. Mathews had the measure of him when he held back both the pace and the length to an advancing de Villiers, who top-edged.

With de Villiers gone, Duminy should have anchored the chase and left the slogging to Miller but could not hold back. He swept Senanayake to cow corner and South Africa's slide had begun. Despite the big-hitters at their disposal they lost six wickets for 42 runs and the chase unraveled to leave the margin looking closer than it actually was.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY ITJOBSUCKS on | March 25, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @MichaelBurton Everyone in the world knows who the best batsman is!!! Kohli has scored runs all over the world in all formats including 100's in SA, NZ & ENG & has scored 25 100's & he is still 25!! ABD is a choker just like South African team & never performs under pressure.....very rarely performs in ICC events like World Cup & W20!!! ABD has been playing for SA for long time but hasn't made any significant contribution by winning any ICC event!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Good win for SL. Congrats. From India fan.

    But, nevertheless, Steyn is always hammer and tongs against India, but he is a tired caricature of himself when it comes to other teams.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | March 24, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    @ Shami_over_Steyn : Who is this Shami guy? Don't even think to compare these club level bowlers to great players. You are a team full of club level bowlers and flat track bulies.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | March 24, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @Anand Kumar: It is just "Devilliers era". Kohli is a flat track buly. All the Asians especially Indians are flat track bulies. Remember what happened to you in SA and NZ.

  • POSTED BY Rawanaa on | March 24, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    @ 11MP Koholi's hammering.. Oh Yeah We are waiting... which means you believe that Srilannka will come to semis or finals... no doubt kohli is a classy batsman whatever his attitudes are..... and bD fans are saying so rubbish about SL fans.. if BD need to compare their team with SL( NEVER EVER)1st you guys need to get a victory over test nations in group 2 ... then talk we will also supportive too.. but without having performing well you guys are telling we could have done better.. we will be like that team, this team will be world beaters,upset talks ,we can beat any one @ home.... What a jokes men...1st show some consistency... we all know that no one can win forever.. we SL fans not just like INDIANS... we respect wt deserve to respect no matter it is BD, HK,Netherlands,India... etc.. We didnt say BD isnt talented... They really are but show some performance before talking.. otherwise talking only....

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 23, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    @BDrox11: i forgot when i last saw such a disgraceful & retard commentator like you..you seems to me a big BROKER of all teams playing against BD & you join the uninvited party this is your standard!! does your country even play cricket LOL! or what you are so called Srilankan?LOL! why your so called big boys group & YOU talking false&negative on BD's performance in SL vs SA forum so its very much simple that BD fans will show you their stand but other than that BD gives a damn&doesn't have that lowly nature like fans like you!...but if you really had even a little SHAME then you won't have come to BD forum earliar&comment,so better change your profile name now for good so i can't catch you again! you are saying AFG, HK & Nep are a bit upper than BD &comparing being ridiculous this also proves how much you are shameless claiming for your biggest dream of associates to be better than BD LOL...BD already the group champion in the qualifying round! but so what as BD knew it was inevitable

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | March 23, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    @asgar.ali When Was the last time BD won in order for us to even appreciate your team. Let me know when you beat Hong kong team, so that we will come and appreciate your team.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 23, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Best of luck sl. Long way to go.bt as a sri lankan win or lose we with u.

  • POSTED BY Maqsood_aalam on | March 23, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Let's see the difference between levels of fans from 2 countries.

    1. If Kusal/Kula play good cricket, they are world beaters. But if Tamim/Shakib/Al hussain perform, their fans can't appreciate them.

    2. If SL wins, their hard work pay. If BD win, it becomes fluke.

    3. If BD win against SL, SL fans are getting upset & showing disgrace while BD fans should listen to them like school kid. If SL win over BD, SL fans start boasting on BD fans & BD fans have no rights to argue with them since their team has lost.

    Now here I specifically commented on SL fans. None of the points had been objected instead slamming of my country & of my team are seen every where. It means that SL fans got every rights to absurd on every team (forget BD). On the other hand, BD fans must be silent just because their team has lost.

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | March 23, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @asgar.ali on (March 23, 2014, 7:17 GMT): Mate, you have got it all wrong! Sri Lanka win not because they have the best players in the world but because they know their limitations and play accordingly. Each player is aware of what he can do and what he can't and they also know the part they are expected to play in the team. they are a well oiled machine and they are bloody hard to beat! Also mate you just need to score 1 more run that the opposite to win a game! Also SL will play their game as per the quality of the opposition. They don't need to play with the same intensity when they are playing a team like BD, that they'll have to show when playing a team like SA. Also no team can win a world cup without reaching the knockout stage, don't you know? With regard to a bowling actions, well...I'll just say don't go there mate!

  • POSTED BY ITJOBSUCKS on | March 25, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    @MichaelBurton Everyone in the world knows who the best batsman is!!! Kohli has scored runs all over the world in all formats including 100's in SA, NZ & ENG & has scored 25 100's & he is still 25!! ABD is a choker just like South African team & never performs under pressure.....very rarely performs in ICC events like World Cup & W20!!! ABD has been playing for SA for long time but hasn't made any significant contribution by winning any ICC event!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 24, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Good win for SL. Congrats. From India fan.

    But, nevertheless, Steyn is always hammer and tongs against India, but he is a tired caricature of himself when it comes to other teams.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | March 24, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    @ Shami_over_Steyn : Who is this Shami guy? Don't even think to compare these club level bowlers to great players. You are a team full of club level bowlers and flat track bulies.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | March 24, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @Anand Kumar: It is just "Devilliers era". Kohli is a flat track buly. All the Asians especially Indians are flat track bulies. Remember what happened to you in SA and NZ.

  • POSTED BY Rawanaa on | March 24, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    @ 11MP Koholi's hammering.. Oh Yeah We are waiting... which means you believe that Srilannka will come to semis or finals... no doubt kohli is a classy batsman whatever his attitudes are..... and bD fans are saying so rubbish about SL fans.. if BD need to compare their team with SL( NEVER EVER)1st you guys need to get a victory over test nations in group 2 ... then talk we will also supportive too.. but without having performing well you guys are telling we could have done better.. we will be like that team, this team will be world beaters,upset talks ,we can beat any one @ home.... What a jokes men...1st show some consistency... we all know that no one can win forever.. we SL fans not just like INDIANS... we respect wt deserve to respect no matter it is BD, HK,Netherlands,India... etc.. We didnt say BD isnt talented... They really are but show some performance before talking.. otherwise talking only....

  • POSTED BY Ammo666 on | March 23, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    @BDrox11: i forgot when i last saw such a disgraceful & retard commentator like you..you seems to me a big BROKER of all teams playing against BD & you join the uninvited party this is your standard!! does your country even play cricket LOL! or what you are so called Srilankan?LOL! why your so called big boys group & YOU talking false&negative on BD's performance in SL vs SA forum so its very much simple that BD fans will show you their stand but other than that BD gives a damn&doesn't have that lowly nature like fans like you!...but if you really had even a little SHAME then you won't have come to BD forum earliar&comment,so better change your profile name now for good so i can't catch you again! you are saying AFG, HK & Nep are a bit upper than BD &comparing being ridiculous this also proves how much you are shameless claiming for your biggest dream of associates to be better than BD LOL...BD already the group champion in the qualifying round! but so what as BD knew it was inevitable

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | March 23, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    @asgar.ali When Was the last time BD won in order for us to even appreciate your team. Let me know when you beat Hong kong team, so that we will come and appreciate your team.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 23, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Best of luck sl. Long way to go.bt as a sri lankan win or lose we with u.

  • POSTED BY Maqsood_aalam on | March 23, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Let's see the difference between levels of fans from 2 countries.

    1. If Kusal/Kula play good cricket, they are world beaters. But if Tamim/Shakib/Al hussain perform, their fans can't appreciate them.

    2. If SL wins, their hard work pay. If BD win, it becomes fluke.

    3. If BD win against SL, SL fans are getting upset & showing disgrace while BD fans should listen to them like school kid. If SL win over BD, SL fans start boasting on BD fans & BD fans have no rights to argue with them since their team has lost.

    Now here I specifically commented on SL fans. None of the points had been objected instead slamming of my country & of my team are seen every where. It means that SL fans got every rights to absurd on every team (forget BD). On the other hand, BD fans must be silent just because their team has lost.

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | March 23, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @asgar.ali on (March 23, 2014, 7:17 GMT): Mate, you have got it all wrong! Sri Lanka win not because they have the best players in the world but because they know their limitations and play accordingly. Each player is aware of what he can do and what he can't and they also know the part they are expected to play in the team. they are a well oiled machine and they are bloody hard to beat! Also mate you just need to score 1 more run that the opposite to win a game! Also SL will play their game as per the quality of the opposition. They don't need to play with the same intensity when they are playing a team like BD, that they'll have to show when playing a team like SA. Also no team can win a world cup without reaching the knockout stage, don't you know? With regard to a bowling actions, well...I'll just say don't go there mate!

  • POSTED BY AndrewCoops on | March 23, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Amla is a great batsman but not suited to T20. Too conservative and puts pressure on incoming batsmen after posting low and slow score, Horses for courses !!!!

  • POSTED BY 07sanjeewakaru on | March 23, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    @asgar.ali.... Don't think all others think exactly of their countrymen as Bangladesh fans think of theires Thammims,Sakibs,Mominuls,Mushfiqur,Murtazas..etc...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 23, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Art of war Sun Tzu - "know your self and know your enemy , its not you defeat enemy , its enemy defeat himself. let them to do it " . cricket is far more than a physical game now. Sun Tzu 1000 year old. teaching is still applicable. unlike early days matches being win by strategies applied in battlefield. SL t20 side know the code to success & adopted better plans. taking bullshit aren't going to win matches for both Bangla & India. Please follow your team without generating meaningless comments.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Proteas CONSTANTLY LOSE Control of Simple Winning Positions = NO BMT or CHOKING as some call it !!! AB and Duminy ( HUGE experience, yet THREW their wickets AWAY NEEDLESSLY, Miller and Steyn NEEDLESSLY Ran themselves out ( ala Alan Donald did in 199 World Cup, the bowlers bowl ALL OVER THE SHOP, Zero Control, because they are Red Ball Test Specialists !! ) !!! We are ALL just sick and tired of losing time after time after time when it matters in ALL 50 Over and 20/20 Over FORMATS = SERIOUS Disappointment with PLAYERS, SELECTORS and MANAGEMENT !!!

    The bottom line is that 20/20 is like 7's in Rugby, it is a completely different game !! Australia are the ONLY team who use seperate teams for Tests and 20/20, except for those REALLY suited to this Format ( eg Warner) and is the reason they will walk this World Cup , bar a Miracle

    1 DE KOCK 2 DELPORT [ Dolphens, HUGE HITTER ] 3 AB 4 D MILLAR 5 FAF DU PLESSIS 6 JP DUMINY 7 R ROSSOUW 8 R FRYLINK 9 W PARNELL 10 B HENDRICKS 11 I TAHIR

  • POSTED BY CricinfoSriLanka on | March 23, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    @asgar.ali & @Ammo666: You guys should understand that if not for Sri Lanka there was a possibility that ICC would not be holding T20 world cup in Bangladesh due to security reasons. Bangladesh cricket requested SL team to tour Bangladesh to prove the world that Bangladesh is a safe place to play cricket. Win is always a win.. no matter it's a narrow win or a win with a huge margin. SL is No1 T20 team in ICC rankings for almost last 2 years. Bangladesh were ranked bellow 10th position in between associate teams throughout the period. Surely Bangladesh will end up being the last in their group in the end of this tournament as well. Irrespective of pitch conditions or where those tournaments were held SL managed to get in to finals or at least semi finals in all big ICC events since 2003. That clearly shows how consistent performers they are. During that period Bangladesh were ranked top from the bottom in ICC rankings clearly shows that how consistent they are as well.

  • POSTED BY Ultimate_Cricket on | March 23, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Just stick to the final result... SL Won it and this is the 10th consecutive win in all formats (If I'm not wrong) including Asia Cup. So admit they are the best in the business.. spreading hate is not going to help your health guys. Congratz Lions. Win or lose we are with you... And we believe in men in ROYAL BLUE...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 23, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    simple logic most of indian fans cant diogniest when sri lankan win matchs. when sri lanka wins against top team there blood presser going up.

  • POSTED BY nickexplore on | March 23, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Brilliant team win from SL and astute captaincy from Chandimal who has a confidence and boyish enthusiasm for the game that the other players respond to. Even though Chandimal and the big 3 of Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene missed out with the bat, they all took important catches and their turn for a match-winning knock will come. Kusal's innings was both daring and explosive and it rocked South Africa. With Malinga, Kulasekara and Senanayake in fine form the only selection conundrum for SL vs Netherlands seems to be Mendis or Herath.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 23, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    I love my country untill they playing gentlemen's game. I mean walk away after edge. all the best guys.

  • POSTED BY ChandimaEranda on | March 23, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    People like asgar.ali are enjoying irritating & being irritated. Best thing to do is just ignore them and use this as a forum where genuine fans sharing thoughts.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    "With 15 runs needed off the final over and a finisher at the crease, the batting side is always in with a chance, even if that is narrowed by the presence of Malinga." i think this statement has got several contradictions. 15 runs in final over is not that easy.(i mean this is not that much of a batsman's game). Miller-a finisher!!! he might be in IPL, but he has a long journey to fallow to be like bevan, Klusner or dhoni.....u said "that narrows with Malinga"....yeah he is a bowler, but upto now i havent seen him leaking that much in last over ever,so it is sooo tough situation for SA. i think they lost it in 19th over......

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | March 23, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    I think there is enough here for other teams to work with. Targeting Kusal and trying some things to get him cheaply is an obvious one. He's certainly in some hot form but all streaks eventually end. .. Some of those spinners aren't looking too flash either. .. Yes, there's a few things for an astute rival to work on with this SL outfit.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    asgar.ali.. what is your problem ? It is just a cricket match.

  • POSTED BY azamscar on | March 23, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Win is a Win and the fans of the won countrymen deserve to celebrate and post comments in a positive manner and throw the words confidently, in the other hand the disappointed poor fellows will try to minimize the glory of winning by their comments here and satisfy themselves at-least. and you can clearly see all the examples here

  • POSTED BY BDrox11 on | March 23, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    @Ammo666 & Asgar Ali,.. Even having conversation with the fans of team like Bangladesh is shame to a fans like us. i got nothing personal against BD, but try to have arguments with fans or team who are at same level with Bangladesh. currently Afganistan, Hong Kong, Nepal are bit upper than you guys, so try to have conversation with those.. lol

  • POSTED BY Saman23 on | March 23, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    @Francis Mel I will never understand the mentality of some Indian guys like you.YES your team is very talented(with one of the best batting line ups) and YES Indian team has achieved victories in all major formats for which they should be very proud of.But why belittle the Sri lankan victories?No victory in international cricket is "gifted" it is gained by the the winning teams talent.Sri lanka won due to the excellent batting of Kusal and excellent bowling of Kulasekara and Malinga...simple as that.Why spread hate unnecessarily?

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | March 23, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    @asgar.ali , i remember BD fans boasting about their team just like that few months ago, until SL toured BD and white wash them in all formats , just dont hate other team just because BD is playing pathetic cricket and loosing even to associate teams those days :D

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 23, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    This was SA's game for the taking but somehow they messed around and gave SL a chance and SL were good enough to take the opportunity. Firstly this was a 175+ wicket, there was little spin and easy paced wicket which nullifies SL's strenghts. SA were 100+ for a couple down and basically had the chase under control and SL managed to hang in and applied enough pressure.

    AB, JP and Albie threw their wickets when they didnt have to and SA bascially stumbled in what should have been a gettable target. For the last time AB needs to bat at #3 and most of SA's issues will be sorted. There will be no pressure on the batting oreder if this guys bats for any lenght of time.

    For SL how awesome was Kusal? It's one thing bashing Kula around but quite another carting Steyn around. Kusal is special and is fast moving to the top problem for opponents. The 19th over bowled by Kula was sensational and basically sealed the game. I thought Chandimal did a decent job of handling the bowlers and fielders

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    I have to say feel sorry for (asgar.ali). the comment speaks for itself. Sri Lanka is the #1 team in T20. for a long time. Period

  • POSTED BY BDrox11 on | March 23, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    @Ammo666 & Asgar Ali... ha ha ha i just can not stop my laugh, are you both are from the Country called Bangladesh, whose Cricket team not only regularly got beaten by top 8 teams as well as Associate teams, who are yet to win a single test match against any top 8 team from away or at home, Cricket team which always being a disgrace to the Cricket world??? lol

    Wow i should admire the guts you have shown to come here without having any shame(of course BD haven't have any shame) to put comments against a top side like SL in SL's own forum lol. so how about the recent thrashing from HK, are you guys ready to got thrashed by WI, Ind, Pak and Aus? lol

  • POSTED BY Maqsood_aalam on | March 23, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    According to SL fans.....

    1. Kusal Perera is best batsmen in the world leaving Warner behind.

    2. Legends like Sanga, Mahela are better than Sir Don & Sir Gary

    3. Kula/Slinga better than Styen/Johnson on any day

    4. Slinga/Murali/Mendis/Angell/Sena have clean action no matter at any angle or sudden Jerks

    5. Other teams are either mediocre or making number to the tournament

    6. With every win (no matter closed one or opponent's blunders) their fans can post absurd on others & can boast on own.

    7. 5 runs/2 wickets/last ball win are clinical performances.

    8. It's crime for associates/low profile team to win against SL. Their fans start to dominate on other counterparts.

    9. Reaching knock out stage is like winning world cups

  • POSTED BY ChandimaEranda on | March 23, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Criticizing players, fans via web pages is showing nothing but lack of attitudes. We never forget what India & Pakistan did when Aus & WI refused to come to Sri Lanka in 1996 WC. Cheer to your country & respect others.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Games , one team win with others mistakes , if not match will be tie. The team made lesser mistake ,wins. thats the general truth. People tell sri lanka in the easy group , at least NZ in sri lankans group , isnt it indians ?

  • POSTED BY cric_passion on | March 23, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Now SL fans can't even enjoy their wins without taking cheap shots at India. Its nice you won the match. We can understand that when you guys write negative about India it makes you feel good. Maybe you know the reasons well. Seriously guys it doesn't show your respect for the game. Anyways I enjoyed the match. But the comments section is to talk about the game. Not to take out your personal Vendetta. SL team is good but they must be disappointed that their fans are more happy when India loses rather than their own win. Cheers!!

  • POSTED BY anoop3301 on | March 23, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    One thing that could work against the Sri Lankans is that the teams which they would have fancied their chances against in Semis or Finals ( NZ and SA) are in their own group. Teams like Aus, WI, Ind and Pak are big match teams ( 2 of these teams will make the Semis for sure) and could mean real danger to SL if they meet in knock out matches.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 23, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Like many SA fans, we dont care about T20 because we are so useless at it. If you look at SA's batting lineup you will see immediately why are doomed to fail.

    SA management still hasnt worked out that you need to aggressive in the first 10 overs. If you look at our batting line up we load all our clean hitters at the end of the innings when there will be a lot of pressure and probably too late. So we are forced to watch JP and Amla chip the ball around for singles - total joke, total chockers.

  • POSTED BY anoop3301 on | March 23, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @ SL_rockz:"But lets hope first that you reach semis or finals to play against us." ..lol.. As if you have already reached the semi finals.Never take anything granted mate. Else your team will be flying over Bay of Bengal back to your backyard in no time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    South Africa chokes again pick up any big tournament and you will see when the big tournaments come they choke Steve Waugh was right anyone can win but winning when it matters the most is what makes you great not rankings

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Well done kusala.He got the pressure out from our senior players today .

    Srilanka played quite well in this game . But there are lot to improve .Thisara & Mendis should ball well . I have a doubt that Dili is inform after the Bd's injury and he should play remaining games well . We can not say every batsman play every game well & there is a day to a batsman .That is the nature t20 games .Kulasuriya balled well in death overs like Mali .Thanks our team you kept our heart beat high till the end .Our team is outstanding .

    SA could have won ,if AB would have been up in the order & Amla would have been dropped .Amla is not suitable for t20s. There may have been talented cricketers .What happened to the Duplesis ..

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Hare Babu, What angle are you talking about, It is not the referee that decides the legitimacy of the bowling action, but the umpire!

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | March 23, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Congrats SL...i got to accept that SL real look like a very tough team to beat in this format..great bowling by Kulasekara and Malinga at the death overs...good luck guys...

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | March 23, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    @11MP

    Ah yes i remember Kohli hammers the ball from malinga straight into the stumps in warm up match. :P.. Will look forward to see him .Next time it will be all 3 stumps out of the ground.. LOl... But lets hope first that you reach semis or finals to play against us.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | March 23, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    @Albert_cambell and electric_loco_WAP4: NO way your team is gonna win any ICC trophy, already SA has choked in the first game...so why bother posting unnecessary comments. If you guys want to see how the world cup looks like come to Ind and we will show our two world cups, ICC champion trophy, T20 world cup etc...

  • POSTED BY LoveLanka on | March 23, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    @Haiderpakaswome : It seems you really don't know what is this 15 deg rule is. this is the alowed limit to bend bowlers hand from elbow while delivering the ball. It has nothing to do with the angle whether a bowler bowls with a round arm actions or etc...

  • POSTED BY bllas on | March 23, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Honestly I don't think SL won this because good captaincy. Yes he was there to get the Albie Moekels catch. But see the game if you see the sri lankan team, they were consistently played against all over the match. from the start to end the run rate always hanged around the 8. but if you see SA. They always had to come back to game. First in Thisara bad over, then very bad spell from Mendis. Specially in 17th over chandimal could use kulasekara and instead of that he went for Mendis, who had very bad day and cost 17 runs. but still SA couldn't win the game just because SL were far more better team. Some two three poor overs made it looks like tight game but what my understanding is SA was not even near there

  • POSTED BY Great_Lion on | March 23, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    @ Rana Rajput what the hell are you talking about brother. You talking about the war.It's true that Indians and lankans are arguing but it's all about the cricket man.Because they are love their country to win and nothing else.India and sri lanka are very good friends and It's stay there forever.Don't put those kinds of shocking comments here to send wrong messages.

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | March 23, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Not sure if anyone noticed de Kocks wicket over 4.3 was a throw ball by Melinga. The angle was way more than 15 deg. Don't understand why referee failed to pick up. That wicket cost Safa the match

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | March 23, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka needs to take the tough decision to drop Dilshan and bring in Thirimanna before its too late. When the current forms of the two players are considered, Dilshan is being selected purely on his pedigree and the hope that he'll come good in the next one. Sadly neither pedigree nor hope will win us any games.

  • POSTED BY Falew on | March 23, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    This is all about SL vs SA.But i can see lot of hatred comments about SL.It was a well deserved victory.Well done Kusal,Mathews,Mali and unsung hero Kule.It's funny to see some geniuses talking about bouncy pitches.Guys just take it easy.Can't remember Asia cup?It proves you can't play neither bouncy pitches nor SC pitches.We know that you feel uncomfortable at out of the home.FTB :)

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | March 23, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    If you read the fan comments in the forums after Sri Lanka matches, it is very clear that the other tams when playing against SL commit so many mistakes which causes them to lose the games. The amazing thing is this happens continuously and to all the teams. I wonder whether Chandimal has supernatural powers....???

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | March 23, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    There is something seriously wrong in the cricketing culture of Saffas. Or is it some kind of karma? In spite of being # 1 test team, and # N ODI team, when it comes to crunch events, they just can't perform, and always choke. That is the difference between teams like India and teams like SA. India reserves its best for the big stage, i.e., ICC events where the stakes are high. While SA keeps winning matches against all teams in soon to be forgotten bilateral series (like the one against India recently), but will always flounder on the big stage. Saffa fans should demand better from their players. No point in winning these random ODI/T20 series, if you can't win in the important events. For example, in WC 2003, they forgot the run count and settled for a tie instead of a win, and got themselves out of the reckoning. And also don't forget T20 WC 2012, when Saffas failed to win even a single match, and their captain apologized to the fans, tearfully.

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | March 23, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Good win to SL . it is always relieved to begin a big tournament with a win . it takes pressure out of you by some level . In this format a team needs to win 3 out of 4 matches to qualify ( there is scenario you get knocked by NRR after winning 3 but that is rare) generally its 3 matches . SL won important one game and looking out of the blocks . But we have a lot to improve . Dlshan does not have a clue as an opener theses days . So it s an issue . Netherland match is a litmus test for him .otherwise Mahela should open and Thiri should come for middle order . Thisara & Mendis bowl lots of poor deliveries . So Herath would be fine against Eng & NZ . But good start and hope tream do sharper in next games .

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    T20 cricket is to be enjoyed and forgotten about. Not for theorising and critical analysis. Congratulate both teams and thank them for wonderful entertainment provided.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Defeating SA is always bring great relief to any team.The leadership qualities of Chandimal deserves special acclodes.He brought in Angelo when the going was tough and he got the wicket of AB.After consecutive sixes from Morkel Chandimal strengthened the leg side boundary and placed himself, then Morket perished.SL is simply great.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | March 23, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    The whole innings was a tactical blunder by SA. They played the first half like an ODI game failing to pick up the scoring rate. They put unnecessary pressure on themselves by waiting till the last few overs to pick up the scoring rate. They played too safe, and paid the price. They have to face the truth that they lost the game themselves due to poor strategy, not the excellence of the other team. The batting order is all wrong and I can't see a place for Amla here. His innings alone put SL back in the game, when they should have been well out of it by the 12th over or so.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    Considering that SL have crunch matches and last-ball finishes every other as just normal routine matches, this was pretty much a walk in the park. And I really hope Chandimal finds enough form for at least a few quickfire 20s or 30s, he has to somehow, at least mildly, justify his place in the team. What happened to that 22-year-old Dinesh Chandimal, the guy who at a time was even more reliable than Mahela? I want that Chandimal back, this one is no good...

  • POSTED BY VinothSam on | March 23, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    No big deal guys. SL is the no 1 T20 team whereas SA is on fourth place. What more you expect. SL always win.

  • POSTED BY on | March 23, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Agree Deepal.... However if India had won even with a 1 run margin the pundits would be saying what a great win it was... and India is the best side in the world bla, bla bla.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 23, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy......wat were the results in indias tours to new zealand & SA...zero wins....poor chaps....so many talks...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 23, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    @Francis Mel......how many games india won batting first....??? U guys hav the worse death bowling .....dont bark....every one play for their strength....

  • POSTED BY true-cric-lover on | March 23, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    good death bowling from SL well played SA. @ Francis Mel .. the gift like we gave u in 2011 WC final coz that day kula not bowled well. no one give gift mate we need to earn so respect others.

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | March 23, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    From the comments made by some of the Indian fans here, I wonder whether Sri Lanka has taken-over Pakistan as their new cricketing arch-rivals. Some of them get really hurt when SL do well and sadly for them, it must have been pure torture since of late. May be you guys should pay more attention to what team India is doing? After all India need to come to the semi's at least, if they want the privilege of playing vs Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY Manowara on | March 23, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Yes SL are narrow margin winners. Last over winning means good bcs the opponents are not competitive in last overs. Winning with comprehensive margin means some thing seriously wrong with the opponents or they are not competitive. If thats the way Indian fans likes they should play at second level of game. Find a tournament where Namibia, Uganda or at least USA Or Canada participate. they would struggle against Bangladesh, Ireland or even Zimbabwe. Hey mate appreciate the win by a opponents and enjoy the game. Ifs and but are applicable to any country. For example a legendary Youvi played in the last India match did nothing to the progress of the game. Even if India bring Viru or Sachin back they cant make any progress. Nothing they can do at the prasant state of the game in India. This is same to any country. Accept it SL are doing well at the moment. So would do India in time to come win games in narrow margin. Winning in narrow margin means tight competition.

  • POSTED BY 11MP on | March 23, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    We let you win warm-up match to keep you guys guessing my brother @ Rawanaa. Remember Kohli's hammering is waiting for you. Good luck Ligers.

  • POSTED BY 11MP on | March 23, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Keep you dream on @CricinfoSriLanka. Always overconfident Srilankan fan.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 23, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    Make Matthews the captain for God's sake, and drop Chandimal. This is ridivulous

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 23, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    @Rajesh.kumar-Forgot w/w SA gave Ind in their recent-ODI-series there?Amazing how 1 win v Pak makes Ind fans forget all in recent past.Why is mediocre Totsobe playing in place of Parnell?He's better,quicker bowler,handy bat too.For 'obvious reasons'?-:)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 23, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Dale Steyn is one of my favorites, but explosive Kusal chased him away in the first over. Well done little Sana!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 23, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Good win for SL. You cant hoping one player's performance. This is a team game. Every body shoud condribute. Specialy captain need to play for the situation. He never can through his wicket easily like this match. And he have to lear english language well. He answering for every question as same. Mendis not turning the bowl. I think 19th over is the game changed totally to our side. Nuwan & malinga saves the lions. Very best of luck through the tournament to our team

  • POSTED BY whocareswhowins on | March 23, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Good clinical performance from SL. Well played. SL are consistent performers in ICC tournaments. Deserving winners today too. (An Indian fan).

  • POSTED BY tarukmann on | March 23, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    well done Sri lanka! but yesterday's team was not right thats what made match very tight. sri lanka should droup Mendis he can't handle pressure and the place of so called captain of Sri lanka Chandimal( every one who had seen the match know who was the real captain) he is no where near of good form. Mahela atm he is a passanger in this side apart from asia cup final he struggled to reach double figures. Dilshan and Thisara must show improvement in next match if not they should support mahela & Chandimal to carry water. no more free rides please we got good talent on the bench likes of Thirimanne. Hearath ,Lalmal

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 22, 2014, 23:56 GMT

    It's so funny to see Sri Lankan fans hate on India like Pak fans lol Pak and Indian fans have mutual respect and hate but what u islanders have started will only result in a fight back from Indians u wish hadn't started. Btw I was really hoping for u to win so India can play u in semis and show u what are team is.. Nothing!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 22, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Good match well played both team

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 22, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Gread win srilanka well played

  • POSTED BY chat.asanka on | March 22, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    don't under estimate sl power. see the consistence of winning. can average team do this???? they are the no.1 since 2012. you will say their individual performance are very low..but who cares.. as a team u can face any kind of resistance and won the battle that's call team spirit.sl never concern individual goals. that is the hidden truth of their success.u take it or not they are the most strategical team in this world in t20s. cricket is not only hitting the ball or taking wickets there is something beyond that. pls be be kind enough to appreciate on their attempt. see this win as a real cricket fan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    South Africa as usual bad in big tournaments, even though they have world best star players. SL plays their own brand of cricket in big tournaments since Ranathunga's time. Chandimal looks very brave & cool captain, Kusal plays better than well known batsmen, Mathews looks one of the Best allrounders in the WC, Malinga is the best as usual, tall Sahitra is getting better and better plus SL has three old guns & Herath , who can show their class in any time. My money for SRI LANKA.

  • POSTED BY Doolman on | March 22, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Our loss is more due to the poor display on the field with the wrong bowling choices. Once again, too predictable with the pace bowling. Cricket has evolved in shorter format. Amla must bat in th middle order next game, faf and dekock must open, even miller might be an option. No point having two big hitters at the end. No point coming close and not closing games, disappointing .

  • POSTED BY gahapanmachan on | March 22, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    SL done well without the big 3 firing. SA can take heart for getting close in these foreign conditions. Going from here, SA will do a lot better against weaker sub con teams like India.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | March 22, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Do any other SA fans believe Miller needs to stand up against good bowling attacks. He is great at smashing domestic bowlers around but against the guys like Ajmal, Malinga etc he looks clueless. He needs to stand up and be counted when it matters.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | March 22, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas, wow an Indian talking about doctored pitches. Now that is rich. And an Indian having a go about performance in unfamiliar conditions, that's even richer. Boast all you want but SA are the no 1 side in the format that cricketers actually care about. These trashy tournaments will come and go and India would get demolished in SA, Aus or NZ this very day. Keep the gloating down and just appreciate the good cricket from Sri Lanka and the entertaining game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    No Mendis for the rest, if SL wants to secure wins. He can't bowl under pressure and has now become an 'easy bowler' though he takes wickets here and there. Two costly for T20, at least for the way he performs in this series. Looks like Dilshan should also follow Sanga and Mahela.

  • POSTED BY St.John on | March 22, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Farhan Uvais... Yeah for sure...Sanga & Mahela will score hundreds with a six every third ball when they find their rhythm...Bah!...

  • POSTED BY MrCricket0099 on | March 22, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    @Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheis. Everything you said was completely ironic, good-ness me. "They can win all they want on doctored pitches but when they travel overseas..." Are you kidding me? Look at your team, you're a failiure anywhere outside the sub-continent, in nz, sa, aus, eng. SA has Steyn, Morkel, De Villiers, Amla, Philander and countless other legends currently. What has India got? A bunch of second rate flat-track bullies, getting 200+ plus scores but overseas struggling to make double digits.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    congrates Sri Lanka cricket team to achieve such kind of wonderful win.....only you can possible to gaining such kind of win against strong SA.... good luck SL for semi finals. good luck for Malinga.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    congratulations Srilanka

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    @Francis Mel: your limited intelligence amuses me.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    count down start. one down INSHA ALLHA five to go

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    IndianCoolGuy and the rest of the Indian fans. You can only win matches in flat-tracks... Kholi is a Flat track bully...lol... Pakistan is a much better team than yours and we Sri Lankans will support Pakistan every time you play them.

  • POSTED BY Ashvidu on | March 22, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Francis Mel : Get a life man. Keep your ifs and buts for Windies trashing..

  • POSTED BY ksquared on | March 22, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    All of u indian fans still having an asia cup hangover I guess!!! @Francis Mel I'm guessing u were under a rock some where in Mumbai for the past month SL afraid to chase what a laugh!!!! I seem to recall SL chased to beat India and again to beat Pakistan in the Final of the asia cup!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SLSup on | March 22, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    Reaction to @wapuser: There are toilets at home and then there are public toilets - both for appropriate use by humans. It is my understanding that those who pee on a lampost are not actually human. But you must be quite a breed cos you actually use a typewriter to post comments on cricinfo. Wow. Impressive!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    great win for lanka

  • POSTED BY Ali_Chaudhary on | March 22, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Amla does it again. He rubish batting cost SA the match. He must at 11 if SA want to make for the next round.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | March 22, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    We had the game till Duminy was at the crease. But we just couldn't finish it in the end. Got to give the credit to SL for bowling well at the death overs. Also another problem is our tail is too long. Our tail starts just after Albie morkel at No.7. This is why I wanted Parnell to play ahead of Tsotsobe. He can ball quicker than Tsotsobe, but also can bat well at No.8. Especially in this form of this game, we need a pinch hitter batting at No.8. Hopefully he will be included for the NZ and ENG games. Good Luck to proteas for the next 3 games.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Like most SL wins, another gift.

  • POSTED BY dilshanSL on | March 22, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    We can finish tight matches easier than other countries. That's why we are rank 1 in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Whenever any team win by a small margin like Sri Lankans did today all these Cricket Pundits appearing on TV and telling that other team should have won this game if not for the mistakes they made and this is not a comprehensive win and bla bla bla. Common guys, this is not Test cricket and it is T20 for God sake. Everyone is going to hit hard and trying to score maximum they can, so that they can defeat their opponents. That is the goal of this form of game. This form of the game is electrifying form and everyone is going to make mistakes when playing this electrifying game. So it doesn't matter how small the winning margin is. What matters is who won the game whether it is by one run or fifty runs. Give credit to whom it deserves guys.

  • POSTED BY YsaKaru on | March 22, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    welldone lankan boys!!!!!!!! 19th over is one of the best death bowling i've seen from nuwan kulasekara. And also CAP. CHANDIMAL proving that again and again he is NOT suitable for t20i format......... however GOOD LUCK LANKANS FOR THE REST OF TOURNAMENT!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    @St.John even in this format it's not only the big hitting that counts. Im pretty sure your Netherlands are gonna get hammered when sanga and mahela starts to find their rhythm.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | March 22, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    No one can take the choker tag off Saffas. When it looked that they will win easily, they choked yet again. There is nothing you can do about this. Saffas will always keep winning ODIs and T20s in bilateral series, and keep a high ranking, but when it comes to ICC tourneys, it is not a matter of if they will choke, it is only a matter of when they will choke. I don't think Saffas will ever win any ICC tournament....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 22, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | March 22, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Close win, but a great win nevertheless! Mahela, Sangakarra and captain Chandimal couldn't force the bowling after star opener Dilshan got out. Lots of contributors keep clamoring for the captain's removal, but it's not that easy. I understand chief selector Jaysuriya's dilemma. Whom can he appoint as captain? MJ, KS, and Dilshan don't want it, so whom else? Thrimanne is a dark horse…maybe…Besides, it's the middle of a WC tournament and sacking the captain now might demoralize the team. I'd say continue with Chandimal at least till this T20 WC is over.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    @slrocks- u know nothing about pitch preparation. for an icc tournament icc control that not host country. u can blame on bcci for icc. but not Bangladesh. u r lucky to b in a easy group.

  • POSTED BY looloogun on | March 22, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    sa should have loots bosman or levi opening with decock and wan vyk should be no 3 leave the born finisher duminy do his job in the middle hve parnell instead of behardien albie can come up the order my preference would be no 3 if there is no wanwyk. amla not for t20 if u already have one slow duplessis

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | March 22, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    May give Dilshan one more chance at the next game with lowly Netherlands to get him to his form. Although sort of a green top, SL managed without Thisara so he & Mendis may be replaced by Chaturanga & thrimanne.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    It was thrilling ... shown why they are no.1 in t20.. .. smalll island people with awsome talent.. dont forget SA is a very strong side

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | March 22, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    @vkias History will tell you only the team that won not the number of runs or the balls remaining. For your record SL won the Asia Cup final by chasing 260 with nearly 4 overs to spare, isn't that comprehensive. Overall I think both the teams will have things to work with, hope they will fix them in the few next games.

  • POSTED BY CricinfoSriLanka on | March 22, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    This is my prediction : Group 1-> 1) Sri Lanka, 2) New Zealand, Group 2-> 1) Australia, 2) India. Semi Final 1 - Sri Lanka v India -> Sri Lanka , Semi Final 2 - Australia v New Zealand -> Australia. Final : Sri Lanka v Australia - Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Thisara perera is really overrated! he didn't do anything for SL consistently. he is poor expensive bowler and sloppy fielder! he batting well only 1 game after 10 failures! If bowlers bowl out side off stump he cant put bat on ball even!

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Talent, but NO BRAINS, that is how the Proteas lost. Simple

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    When fans of all other countries are able to appreciate good cricket ( regardless of the team who accounted for it ) , these FUNNY fans from one of our neighboring countries always put "funny first" by condemning every other teams performances. sometimes they make funny theories, sometimes they come up with funny stats, sometimes they dream up nice stories. Simply pathetic. Learn TO APPRECIATE GOOD CRICKET from fans of countries like SA, ENG, NZ, PAK OR SL BTW good cricket by both SL & SA. Defending the score to the last ball and trying to reach the target till last minute are both indicates how competitive these two teams are.& its not something to describe as poor performances ( like some of the ind fans believes )

  • POSTED BY St.John on | March 22, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Great win SL! Lessons to be learnt though…T 20 doesn't allow batsmen the luxury of playing themselves in. You almost have to lash out from the first ball you face. If you can't do that don't put up your hand for T20. Both MJ and KS batted like dainty ballerinas and almost lost the match for SL. The captain Chandimal was no better. He scores in singles and two's, hits an occasional 4, but the SL management thinks he is the jewel in the crown. The trio can learn from the Netherlands top who know how to hit 6's...

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | March 22, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    What an exciting match with Sri Lanka mastering how to pull off wins at the crunch time which is the hallmark of a champion side.It was an absorbing contest against a very strong SA side with a top bowling & batting unit .Though Kusal & Malinga stand out ,Mathew's contribution & Nuwan's penultimate over & last four of the SL innings & Sachithra's wickets are equally valuable. These are the games that will promote the T20!

  • POSTED BY lazyone on | March 22, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Doesn't matter Bangaladesh has given grassy pitches. SL has a bowling attack suited for any given conditions.

  • POSTED BY Remocity on | March 22, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Someone told after ind v pak match group 1 teams are average and Sa n Nz may make it to semis. I would like to ask the person did he watch the match today SL vs Sa. Are u think only India and pak going to win? Yesterday match was boring admit it. Well played SL team go all the way. People don't like small island and young team dominating the game. Sanga, Mahela pls score some runs and sign off your career with t20 trophy. People of India and Pakistan Don't under estimate group 1 they will give u great entertainment for the viewers.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | March 22, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    It was a clinical performance by Sri Lanka as a team. Once again the efficiency of Sri Lanka made them victorious. Well, Chandimal's batting hasn't been up to the mark lately but he thrives as the captain. He never panics under pressure. Today's victory has a lot to with Chandimal's superb captaincy. Anyway, Dishan seems to be really struggling and it's a bit unfair for in-form batsman, Thirimanne to be sidelined. It's in the best interest of the team to bring Thirimanne back in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 22, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Remind me again why either of SA or SL play in a world event? SA for obvious reasons, they keep patting their own backs even though they hv been disastrous in world events, and SL is just a tad better for making up the other team so that a final could b played. ICC is just letting SL play in the name of expanding cricket.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | March 22, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    After all Bangladesh tried to beat SL using other teams by preparing a fast grassy pitch knowing if it turned SA wont stand a slightest chance of beating world No 1. So they made a non- spin friendly track. :) .. Very ironic that how this hosting nation badly need to beat us.. :) Because their winning streak was beaten by us. we beat BD badly ..It must be so hurting for them . But we wish you good luck from Sri Lanka. . One kind message eventhough you tried many things your country is way below than where SL stands now..Congrats SL and well played SA.. We knew you were the toughest opponents in the group in we beat you we will secure NO 1 in the group. Thanks PAK fans you are really awesome ppl . Always supports us and we will again come back to your country to play cricket ans show world that you are ready to play cricket inside PAK,

  • POSTED BY onebump on | March 22, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Tight finish. Both teams made mistakes. SL should have got 20-30 runs more and SA had the match on their hands on a couple of occasions but gave it away. Both need to tighten up. For SL dilshan looks a liability. Good for SL to get the first match under their belt. When will chandimal come to the party?????

  • POSTED BY waaasss on | March 22, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Kulasekara's penultimate over made the difference

  • POSTED BY lazyone on | March 22, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Well played SL. Great captancy. Herath should replace Mendis. Dilshan should be given more chances. He is important for the side. Good luck for the next games!!

  • POSTED BY awt786 on | March 22, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka , Sri Lanka is really a dangerous team in this world cup which can beat any team in any conditions... best of luck to them

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | March 22, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka - I predicted it right - in these conditions SL always had the upper hand. Amla - I am a big fan of u in the longer format - but I think that U shud not be part of a T20 side - no offense...

    SA must change their tactics - cant say how much Faf was missed today - he is a good player & i think he is a better captain in T20 than De Villiers (though AB is my fav SA player).

    Malinga - U beauty! How much wud the Indian team give to have a bowler like that?!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    @Vinod Villa Pudasun, you have a point. Chandimal outplayed all three seniors and TP with the bat, but still he is the only one who gets criticised. I'm surprised that no one has noticed that Chandimal has slowly but surely begun to improve ever since the pak series, when he scored a couple of 40+ scores as well as a match-winning 60+. In fact, Chandimal is very much like Mahela, frustrates with poor form, and then suddenly provides a gem. Just lay off him, people, once he finds his feet, he may become a crucial player in the SL team. His international start is in fact much better than Sanga and Mahela's start. So give him a chance, someday he will prove his worth and live up to his potential...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    South Africa like to win in the last few overs. Call it the Klusener legacy. They like packing their teams with second-rate allrounders who can chuck down pies then salve their guilt by slogging a few sixes. It worked for a few years but other teams have sussed them out, employing specialist batters and bowlers. There is no substitute for cricketing skills, and whilst South Africa are passiomate about winning, they simply aren't good enough. You won't choke if you eat and breathe through diffetent tubing. South Africa like to stuff their faces whilst running around applauding each other. Entertaining but suicidal.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    It was the penultimate over brought the win. Well done Kulasekera. However, inclusion of Lakmal should be consider against Netherlands. They are very confident against slower bowlers. Lakmal would release pressure in death overs.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | March 22, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    @vkias.. At he end of the day SL won. that's the most important thing. specially in a T20 format, one over could change the faith of either team who performing on that day. it is obvious when some one can not bear the victory of a one particular team, they some how trying to highlight the fake negative point from hall lot of bunch of positives there to see. i don't think if your team was at the same position where SL was in the 18th over with 20+ runs to get from 12 balls, your team would give the opponent the victory in the 48th over it self. we know your team can not handle the pressure as well as one of the worst bowling attack with worst bowling record.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Chandi scored 12 from 8 balls and it was 4th highest by Sl Batsman and scarify his wicket 4 his team! I don't know why people blame him! what about dilshan poor form? what about thisara..we can't bat,worst bowler and sloppy fielder! chandi played well

  • POSTED BY Rawanaa on | March 22, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Shami_over_Steyn whats wrong with you man if Srilanka is an ordinary team then why you guys lose warm up match against Srilanka ??? India is below ordinary ?? So dont provide jokes... You like it or not Srilanka is number one t20 team.... you can't digest it ??? :P

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    SA would have lost to any side the way they played, Amla should be dropped, Robin pieterson should be brought back as opener,

  • POSTED BY proteasfire on | March 22, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka!! Congratulations!! SL bowled really well in the death overs and credit should be given to them for that. But 166 was always chasable and SA had it under control for majority of run chase. Again some strategy problem for them as usual. They should bat AB and Miller high in the order to give them best chance of victory. They leave too much in the end and apply pressure on themselves and not allowing any time for their best players to settle down and smoke bowlers later on. SA should get rid of Amla in T20s instead open with Faf and DeKock. The batting order should be like this if they are to make any impact in this tournament. Faf, DeKock, AB, Miller, JP, Behardien, Morkel, Parnell, Steyn, Morkel, Tahir. #poorstrategy cost them this game. Not sure when or if they will learn from mistakes.

  • POSTED BY SL_Fan_5 on | March 22, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    SL's batting continues to be wobbly…but does it need to be with an inform batsman on the bench? Chandimal is still young and still has a chance for him to continue to play for the team but it really doesn't make sense to continue for this tournament with him. Playing Thirimanne gives the extra batting depth/security to play an additional spinner if it calls for it. By the end of tournament, once the pitches get a beating, they will turn into spin wickets more likely than not. SL selectors have never shied away from making tough calls for matches; hope they will do it again now before it's too late. Playing the best team for the occasion should be the first step to trying to win this tournament for the seniors. Looking forward to an exciting tournament.

  • POSTED BY BlackHawk on | March 22, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Both Dilshan and Chandimal looked awful in the middle! This will be a test of the selectors to see if they will drop at least Dilshan because his poor performance is putting pressure on the other batsmen. Why on earth did they pick Mendis over Herath?

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | March 22, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    SL won with zero contribution from Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga. The future looks better than promising!

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    CSK puts so much faith in Albie Morkel and he delivers on a consistent basis. How was selecting Albie Morkel a debate? I would put Albie over Millers. And perhaps open Millers in place of Amla. No offense as he is a class player, but 20 overs is not everyone's cup of tea.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | March 22, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    congrats Sri Lanka getting a win under our belt but our fielding was extremely poor today and we need to pick that up back to our usual standards..Well batted Kusal today, nice to see you getting some runs. i honestly thought halfway that we were about 15 short but well done to the boys for defending that total... @NP-NY- any more excuses, the term you are looking for and fail to ever produce is "well done Sri Lanka"

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | March 22, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    When you are playing with 7 batsmen including allrounders your top order needs to mix aggression with caution. Both AB & Albie Morkel were guilty of too much aggression and threw away the match. The total put up by SL was good but eminently gettable. Watching SA innings one felt whenever SL needed a wicket or2 proteas obliged. That is why the teams who bat deep and have bowlers like Faulkner who are big hitters are very dangerous as the top order gets more freedom to take liberties. Early days though in this relatively easier group.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Drop Amla and Berhadien. Move De Villiers up the order. SA need to get some urgency. They should have won today. Wake up SA

  • POSTED BY Lloydster on | March 22, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Good old SA choking again coupled with some poor bowling and battling collapses. What I fail to understand is that they never seem to learn form past mistakes. AB didnt do a good job as Captain either . Donald failed again to get his bowlers to bowl disciplines lines and I know its still early days but the signs are there for another early plane back to SA. Get it right or get a coach that can Proteas.

  • POSTED BY Oracle_Magus on | March 22, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    SA team has yet again 'Choked' during a Run chase. Lankans really took advantage of this weakness of SA and opted to field first. Lankans are the only team presently who can successfully opt to target their opponents weakness as they have the batting depth for a chase and the bowling fire power for defending a total. Though the SA bowling is one of the best Kushal tore them apart in the beginning. Except him and Mathews, others offered very little resistance to SA bowlers. On the other hand all SA batsmen got a start, but was unable to convert them into a match winning innings. Senanayake bowled miserly, but it was Malinga and Kulasekara's death bowling that sealed the deal. All in a good performance by both teams and we got to see a thriller. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 22, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Its been very long that SL did not win a match comprehensively....almost all matches since from BD tour are last over finishes....for SL, Kulasekara's over got through them....for SA, Albie morkel is culprit...after the dismissal of Duminy..he could have been played bit sensibly, when Miller was at the other end....better luck for SA for the next game...both teams well played..congrats SL for crossing the line

  • POSTED BY proud71 on | March 22, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Really disappointed by SAF performance, they are great players .But luck was not there for them. Well done SL.

    Bangladesh played two T20 against SL and lost both at last ball , those two match can be won by anyone. I just wonder if Ban lost like this what gonna be reactions of Bang haters. Most of our loses in this year are very very close. Most of them we lost due to our(Bang) over smart captain(worst captain in today's cricket and one of worst in all time)

  • POSTED BY vallavarayar on | March 22, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    For a guy who bats as if batting is a huge chore, Angelo Matthews is invariably consistent. As is Dinesh Chandimal. Consistently poor, I mean. Well done Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY ARJa on | March 22, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    I just don't get it. How is it that RSA never seem to win tight games these days. This is no longer choking. This is just a joke now. Can't really see them beating any team other than Dutch in this round. And judging by how the last game went, even that is no guarantee.

  • POSTED BY AS7777 on | March 22, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    SL fast bowlers death bowling ability is huge plus point. Not only Malinga, and Kulasekara, Lakmal was superb in last couple of games he played. Great yokers. I am beginning to think that SL is far more comfortable against fast bowlers than slow spinners.

  • POSTED BY Domestica on | March 22, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka the best T20 Country without doubt also extends their power in same time to ODI`s by winning 9 Matches in a Row,they are going to best in Cricket in 2015,Congratulations to the real Heroes

  • POSTED BY VarunAGVU on | March 22, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Well done SL... I am a SA fan come what may, but that can not conceal the obvious lack of intent from the first ball of the match. Be it with the bat or ball, SA have seldom hit the straps from the first ball in recent times. Previously they may have choked. Now, it has become a matter of poor planning, from the outset. Chasing a moderate total, SA appeared like lazily strolling towards a low total in the first few overs barring a few strokes from deCock. Even if SA have the best and fit team on the field, as long as they begin with intent, I don not see them progressing. Its just that one change... Make it and SA can be unstoppable. Its high time the players realize their potential and the planning mechanism sort out the strategy. Move on from Kallis. Even when Kallis batted slowly, there was method in it. The current crop shouldn't blindly emulate it. Play to your strengths. SA... Wake up...

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    From couple of month SL won almost all close matches because of excellent death over bowling. Malinga leading from front in death over. I hope SL will carry this form throughout the tournament.

  • POSTED BY kovinbuddi on | March 22, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Sri lanka weldone! You show your maturity in Cricket.It is not easy to beat SL team.Kusal Janith - great perfomance. the team is well balanced. It is important to drop players who are not performing well, no matter whether they are senior. i want to think about what Wassim Akram said about who will win T20 world cup. Can Pakistan have any chance?

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    SA had the game in their hands till 18th over. Then it was a bit too much for tail -enders.

    But I am a bit disappointed with how SL batted with the exceptions of Kusal and Mathews.

    Anyway, good start for the tournament. Well played SL. Better luck next time SA!

  • POSTED BY Cready on | March 22, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    @VarunAGVU. Yes I agree it is tactical and strategic flaws in SA's side. They still play the same strategy as always (consolidate early and try to go big later with supposed wickets in hand) and big surprise they still get the same result. SA have the players, but they lack the tactics that Sri Lanka, for instance, bring to the game.

  • POSTED BY ziiz1477 on | March 22, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan happy to see Sri Lanka is winning the match... Realistically, cannot predict how this winning streak go forward as far as Dinesh Chandimal presence in the Sri Lanka side and captaining.... I don't think Sri Lanka won the match because of him or his captaincy. There is no impact whatsoever whether he is inside the team or not. Hope most of SL fans agree with this. HE IS A CAPTAIN OF NATIONAL SIDE WITH THE AVERAGE OF 13.22 SINCE 2012

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | March 22, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    when Kusal Perera bats every one talking about sanath but I think in near future when sanath in some where people will talking about Kusal ! that's for sure !! well done mate !

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | March 22, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    I'm not a good fan of Chandimal but I think he is a good captain with lot of self confidence & similar to rohit sharma , good talent but no results !!! all & all always SriLanka is the best T20 side & No. 1 in the world !! they prove it again !!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    If Sri Lanka had lost the toss and were made to chase, the result may have been different. It will be interesting to see how they perform in evening matches. It is obvious Sri Lanka are scared of chasing and will avoid it any cost even if it means bowling in the dew.

  • POSTED BY Cready on | March 22, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Nothing extraordinary or unexpected about this match, typical SA T20 performance. It was a good batting wicket, the SA bowlers didn't do horribly, but the problem is simply with SA's batting strategy. Whether they bat first or second, they always always always start to slow. It is imperative to get a solid foundation in the powerplay overs. You want to get 60 in the first 5, 70 in 6, even if you lose two early wickets getting there (as Sri Lanka have shown). So open with AB and QdK. When you have laid that foundation, you can take less risks in the later overs and still get to scores of 180 and beyond. We understand that it is a theoretical strategy, but all strategies are, even SA's current strategy which has been found to be theoretically and practically wanting. Even if they were chasing 140, they would have fell short because they would have tried to get the "big overs" in even later than when chasing 165. Next match hopefully Faf in for Behardien and replace Lopsy with Parnell.

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | March 22, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    No surprises seeing the comments as usual , no one realy wants SL win & almost all dislike SL wining except us Sri Lankans. But who really cares, we are not here to satisfy anyone but ourselves winning the Title. So we do what we do best consistently. We won today & Congrazts Lions on great performance. Ok back to serious stuff; we need to drop Dilshan since he's out of form & not 100% atm, take an all-rounder (prasanna/chathuranga) in for him: Should not give perera the ball or should include Lakmal in place of him. Let MJ open with KP, we are doing great & will do as well. BTW well fought SA.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    this pitch had assistance for SL and the best pitch SA could have dreamed of.SL has to consider Lakmal..He bowl so well in death overs but Kula and Tissara `s batting gives them the edge. Mendis`s problem is he is so unpredictable..he almost ruined it today..If Dilshan does`t score runs in next 2 matches Thirimanne should replace him

  • POSTED BY nilb on | March 22, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    No south african fans in the forum. Only the well wishing Indian fans who are not even in the same group. Poor chaps.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 22, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Its been very long that SL did not win a match comprehensively....almost all matches since from BD tour are last over finishes....for SL, Kulasekara's over got through them....for SA, Albie morkel is culprit...after the dismissal of Duminy..he could have been played bit sensibly, when Miller was at the other end....better luck for SA for the next game...both teams well played..congrats SL for crossing the line

  • POSTED BY KnightRider12155 on | March 22, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Why on earth did SL select Mendis, who had a horrible 2 practice games, instead of the guy who bowled economically and who picked up wickets? HERATH!! Mendis is superb on wickets which helps turn, but if not he is just a slow bowler with no movement off the pitch. Easy pickings. Herath is a good spinner who would keep the runs down and the pressure will result in picking up wickets.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | March 22, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    @ Prabhash1985: well said. I think you are right at one point. For some reason SL love pakistan. May be because of competition between Pakistan and India. SL supporters never support India and support Pakistan. I think SL should tour pakistan once again and try to revoke the cricket matches in Pakistan. But why SL scare of bouncy & fast pitches? They can play only on Spin tracks? oh that's the reason why SL is quite confident about this series?

    coming to this match, SA should have taken risks at other bowlers 6 overs before. They should have kept in mind that its hard to hit malinga. I think they failed to use their brains.

    in this group I might not be surprised if Eng loose game against Netherland as they have completely new faces. So SL has just one more good match vs NZ(A week spin playing team) and at that match if SL gets a spin track, then its a carpet walk for SL.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | March 22, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Kulasekara was superb at the death even in the last T20 WC but went unnotice for some reason and Malinga, is obvously a death specialist but Kulasekara's death bowling is a huge plus point for SL.

    Also, that Tahir six might prove to be vital, if the group has to be decided on net run rate and atm, both SA and NZ are battling it out for a qualifying place because SL will win this group quite easily and Eng, just don't look like a threat.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Amla is the reason behind all the T20 debacles for the Proteas in recent past. He is not at all a natural T20 player. Better for him and the South Africans to let him focus on Tests and ODIs only, where he is a top player without any doubt. Well deserved win by the Lankans.

  • POSTED BY Cready on | March 22, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Nothing extraordinary or unexpected about this match, typical SA T20 performance. It was a good batting wicket, the SA bowlers didn't do horribly, but the problem is simply with SA's batting strategy. Whether they bat first or second, they always always always start to slow. It is imperative to get a solid foundation in the powerplay overs. You want to get 60 in the first 5, 70 in 6, even if you lose two early wickets getting there (as Sri Lanka have shown). So open with AB and QdK. When you have laid that foundation, you can take less risks in the later overs and still get to scores of 180 and beyond. We understand that it is a theoretical strategy, but all strategies are, even SA's current strategy which has been found to be theoretically and practically wanting. Even if they were chasing 140, they would have fell short because they would have tried to get the "big overs" in even later than when chasing 165. Next match hopefully Faf in for Behardien and replace Lopsy with Parnell.

  • POSTED BY sriyan76 on | March 22, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    If Du Plesis played sri lanka would have lost.If Kallis or Graham Smith or Hershell Gibbs played Sri Lanka would have lost.If Donald Bradman played Sri Lanka would have lost and so on.Lots of Ifs mate.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Faf du Plessis record against sri lanka is so poor why you hope he will win for you crickinfo .dont try to diminish our victory by poor commentary change the artical

  • POSTED BY shakeena on | March 22, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Oh god some times I think Sri Lankan team is willingly doing these last over finishes for the attention :) Great game guys.. The Little Sana was superb and what a over from Kule.. The Lions ROAAAAAAAr again..

    But I have a request from our heroes.. Please in next game don't take it to the last over or there is a risk of having so many heart patients in Sri Lanka :)

    may all mighty bless all our heroes !!!

  • POSTED BY Sameeratennakoon on | March 22, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    SL done well though dew was a factor.. I got to say field setting by SL wasn't impressive. They were bad in the field too. Next match Hearath will replace Mendis. Dilshan's form is a big concern,he can't bat and his trademark fielding not very promissive. It's very funny that Indian fans have a huge upset than the SA fans.. Come on guys enjoy the game..

  • POSTED BY BMDeep on | March 22, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    @ NP_NY : Give credit where it is due. I am from Ind and I dont feel a bit ashamed to do that. SL played well, posted a above par total with which they can fight and controlled the death bowling very well. They deserved the victory every bit. I ont think a fully fit( if he already isnt is) and Faf would have done anything better. SA are known for their incredible CHOKING ability and they have done exactly that. There are only two certain things in cricket. One is SA choke every time they were in a hard earned winning position and the second one is Malinga never disappoints in death overs. Finally, congratulations for SL and all d best for d two teams for coming matches.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    18 needed of 12 balls with 5 wickets in hand and Miller in the middle.

    only seasoned Chokers will not win it from there.

    Ok, it is just a game and it was Malinga, sorry Kulasekara.. :/ but what is Tsotsobe doing there? Du plessis not playing, fit Parnell warming the wet bench, slowest Proteas man playing???

    that is baffling....

    Amla!! with due respect but please spare us the T20s.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 22, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    South Africa is a decent team. They can beat their chests all they want by winning on their doctored home pitches. But when they travel overseas and confronted with challenging pitches, they can't buy a win and choke without fail. That's the reality. Congratulations to Sri Lanka on opening their account in this WT20.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 22, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Doesn't matter whose era,Sri Lanka always very consistence every icc event,need a bit luck at finals,we miss three world cups,anyway what a start,all the best.hopefully Asia cup form continues

  • POSTED BY nothingnew on | March 22, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    what a bowling attack by sri lankans except mendis. 19th over was the crucial.Nuwan deliver what extractly SL wanted. Perera's batting will be key for next few games. He is in good in touch . can smash anywhere what he wanted . great to watch . good luck SL for rest of the tournament . We will like to see ,raise the T20world cup this time . bcos u deserve it for very long time . 4 times finalist .great come back . i am sure semis will meet SL with WI . time for revenge in the field

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | March 22, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Bring on anyone, and Sri Lanka will beat them! Steyn fit or not, Du Plesis playing or not, we can win. Steyn bowled brilliantly, but he was smashed in the very first over. Don't care, just play like you did in 90s!

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Keep playing Mahela,Chandimal and Dilshan, Sri Lanka will have no chance of winning the cup.

  • POSTED BY VarunAGVU on | March 22, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    SA lost it in the initial overs. Initially, no urgency from Amla in particular. SA should take note of this and be agressive from from the word go. Only then will they make progress. Choking is not the problem. Tactical flaws are.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 22, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    South Africa were on course the whole way but it turned out that their squib was damp. Well done SL for not giving up. If you keep playing the rest of the comp in the same spirit you will be worthy runners up, again.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    sure we are the top in this group other matches are too easy for us southarica is the second best you try well SA but we are the best

  • POSTED BY mjshaheed on | March 22, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    I am sorry to say this but Amla doesn't fit in SA's T20 plan at all. He is more hurting the team than helping them. He is exceptionally valuable member of the Test and ODI team but he looks out of colour when it comes to T20 games. Hope he realizes this soon and pulls himself out of the T20 team and give chance to someone who is more attacking and deserving.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Congratulations Team Sri Lanka.........

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | March 22, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    SA choked again! 27 off 3 overs with 5 wickets remaining should be gettable on these tracks. SL continuing to benefit from key players missing in the opposition. DePlessis for Behardien and Steyn fully fit, this match could have ended in SA's favor with a few balls to spare.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    It's too early but SA should probably review Amla at the top of the order. I wouldn't be shy of opening the batting with Albie Morkel in these conditions.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    It's amazing - Malinga never fails to come to the party in the death overs.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | March 22, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Just pathetic from South Africa. Scripted their loss perfectly. The entire innings you could predict what was going to happen. What is most annoying is that SL did little other than turn up. Why bother trying when the opposition chokes every time?

  • POSTED BY Lanka1003 on | March 22, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Good captaincy to remove morkal...one more wicket will do the wonder...

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | March 22, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    South Africa's weakness is spin bowling, and their strength is bouncy, faster bowling. So, it's clear that Bangladesh wants Sri Lanka to be out as soon as possible, isn't it why they give a pitch with bounce, and no spin at all? Keep in mind Sri Lanka, that we have no support from anywhere on earth, except from Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Looks like this era of batting will be known as "Kohli-DeVilliers" era. Any given conditions, any form of cricket, any set of bowlers - Kohli and DeVilliers up for it 100%.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    SL are 15 runs short. Most interestingly the big 3 (Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela) did not contribute with the bat today. Surprised to see Ajantha Mendis in the side instead of Herath. Mendis is not in good form and Herath bowled better in the warmup match. Suranga Lakmal is also in good form with the ball, however the problem with him is the contribution with the bat.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    Lankan fans. yes I have doubt's about World cup 2014 winners. As a Pakistani ' I wish Pakistan will lift the cup ' but be realistic . In my opinion . :::::::::::::

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | March 22, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    How good is it. the Asian champions struggle against spin (Tahir) then rely on pace to get them back in the game De Kock (malinga)

  • POSTED BY Lanka1003 on | March 22, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    SL is in top of the world form. Cup is ours no doubt, anyone has?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    another 2 or 3 quick wickets will save the game for sri lanka

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Seems like there is a nice empty stadium in a country that has done so much with all the millions given to them.

    Sri Lanka and South Africa are two excellent teams as well.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 22, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    SL have given SA a sniff. SL came in as favourites for this tournament, but if they lose this game here, they are in trouble. NZ are a good side, and though we have had a lot of fun laguhing at England, they ARE a good team, just lacking confidence. If they get it, they will be hard to beat too.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 22, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    160-170 score is not enough on this pitch...if SL wants to win the match, it should cross 180 mark....otherwise its difficult to win against Proteas....SA should win this..even after many injuries, they are performing nicely....all the best SA

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | March 22, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Shami_Over_Steyn...Well i am not surprised it is natural thing, the most feared you are, that's the team one would target for sledge, so i can feel your fear bro lol. do not worry SL will hunt your team as usual

    Kusal blasted away and Mathews Anchored the Innings nicely. it is Sri Lankan game now to loose. Malinga, Mendis, Senanayake, Kulasekara hopefully do their job as usual.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Excellent batting by Kusal. Very mature innings and showed that he's a smart cricketer too.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka Posted a good score. But I cant satisfy about this score

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Well, Nick Knight thinks 160 is a good score but I'm not so confident. I think SL are 10-15 runs short here. The stat that SL have won all matches where they have put up 160+ on the board is heartening. They'll have to play out of there skins to pull this one off.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 22, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    160-170 score is not enough on this pitch...if SL wants to win the match, it should cross 180 mark....otherwise its difficult to win against Proteas....SA should win this..even after many injuries, they are performing nicely....all the best SA

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | March 22, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    SL should target 180+. This looks like flat batting surface. Other wise have to say .............. SORRY

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 22, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    I expect good batting from de villears, amla, Quinton de kock and finally bursting from millers and markel= crushing defeat of SL

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Hmm...Kusal out. Someone, preferably Mathews will have to play a blinder here. Don't think anything below 180 is gonna be enough.

  • POSTED BY dineshjethi on | March 22, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Srilanka right on top. South africa will be struggling . Dinesh jethi

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    steyn return .....will be a big boost..to south africa

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    This looks to be an excellent batting surface. Sri Lanka will need at least 180 on the board.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 22, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka are an ordinary team. Just because you somehow managed to win a string of games (most of them very close) doesn't make you great. With recent and soon gradual retirements in all forms of their seniors, Sri Lanka will fall like a pack of cards. Even the likes of Malinga and Herath are in their 30s or something lol

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 9:36 GMT

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    hey guys ...lookout ...youg jayasuriya on the field ......love you ...

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 22, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka are an ordinary team. Just because you somehow managed to win a string of games (most of them very close) doesn't make you great. With recent and soon gradual retirements in all forms of their seniors, Sri Lanka will fall like a pack of cards. Even the likes of Malinga and Herath are in their 30s or something lol

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    This looks to be an excellent batting surface. Sri Lanka will need at least 180 on the board.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    steyn return .....will be a big boost..to south africa

  • POSTED BY dineshjethi on | March 22, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Srilanka right on top. South africa will be struggling . Dinesh jethi

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Hmm...Kusal out. Someone, preferably Mathews will have to play a blinder here. Don't think anything below 180 is gonna be enough.

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 22, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    I expect good batting from de villears, amla, Quinton de kock and finally bursting from millers and markel= crushing defeat of SL

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | March 22, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    SL should target 180+. This looks like flat batting surface. Other wise have to say .............. SORRY

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086 on | March 22, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    160-170 score is not enough on this pitch...if SL wants to win the match, it should cross 180 mark....otherwise its difficult to win against Proteas....SA should win this..even after many injuries, they are performing nicely....all the best SA

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Well, Nick Knight thinks 160 is a good score but I'm not so confident. I think SL are 10-15 runs short here. The stat that SL have won all matches where they have put up 160+ on the board is heartening. They'll have to play out of there skins to pull this one off.