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

SA's running disasters and Chandimal's precision change

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the match between Sri Lanka and South Africa

The odd dismissals

It's far too early in the tournament for South Africa's 'chokers' tag to be given an airing, but they didn't help themselves with some brainless running in the final over. Although the batsmen should have spoken after the penultimate over and nutted out a strategy, David Miller and Dale Steyn were on disparate wavelengths when Miller squeezed a Lasith Malinga yorker to midwicket. With 15 needed, Miller didn't budge, not wanting to give up the strike, but Steyn was haring down. The result was an easy run out at the non-strikers' end. Two balls later, Miller ran himself out, sauntering the first run, before deciding to go for a second on the turn. Predictably, he too was metres out.

The fielding change

Albie Morkel appeared to be sealing the match for South Africa in the 17th over, when he struck consecutive sixes off Ajantha Mendis over wide long on. But Dinesh Chandimal made a fielding change and placed himself at the position. The third ball - a full toss - would have gone over the ropes as well, given what had preceded it, but Morkel had not hit it quite as well, and Chandimal completed the catch over his head, right on the rope.

The comeback

South African could have breathed easier when Dale Steyn was declared fit for their World T20 opener but their relief would have given way to panic after his first five deliveries. Three of them were too full and Kusal Perera sent them to the boundary while two of them had to be bowled again because they were wides. Just as it seemed Steyn was off colour, he switched on. He ended the over by firing the last ball in to Tillakaratne Dilshan, full, fast and headed toward the stumps. Dilshan swiped across the line, missed and heard the death rattle. Offstump was out of the ground and Steyn was back.

Running too fast

Kusal Perera was on his way to recording the second fastest T20 fifty against South Africa, after Chris Gayle, and it was obvious he was in a hurry. He was on 49 and wanted to sneak a single off JP Duminy after defending him to cover but Kumar Sangakkara thought the run was too risky and sent him back. Perera had to rush back to the crease and as he realised a direct hit from the fielder may find him short, dived in. He hit the ground hard and immediately put a hand to his chest. It wasn't pain though, Perera had winded himself and needed a moment to get his breath back. So did South Africa's bowlers.

Quick hands

South Africa kept Sri Lanka to 37 runs for six overs between the ninth and 15th over and limiting run-scoring was a priority. Farhaan Behardien, on the long-on boundary knew that. When Dinesh Chandimal timed an Albie Morkel delivery to perfection through mid-off, Behardien scooted around from his position and slid across the ground to cut if off and save Morkel from conceding an extra two.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent; Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Please keep out Ajantha. Please include Rangana Herath. Better to replace Thisara by Prasanna.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    its pathetic to see people praising chandimal or the win, I am a SL fan and chadimal is not suitable for this kind of cricket. He might have the skills but has failed to display them consistently. I hope selectors will replace him wit hThirimanne

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    If Chandi does not find form selectors will be having the same issue they had in the Asia cup last 2 matches. I personally feel chandi is yet to master batting in 20-20. Hope he does soon.

  • Vijay on March 23, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    what was worse than the Steyn run out was Miller's run out. He was strolling for the first when there was clearly two. I can't understand why the batsmen can't sprint for the first even if there is no second, at least in death overs. A fumble or a poor throw can allow a second run. Schoolboy errors by SA.

  • Rajani on March 23, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    After back to back two sixes, taking a catch off a full toss, only a foot or two away from the ropes looks like a matter of luck more than good captaincy. Mendis shouldn't have bowled that over. Kulasekara bowled a fine 19th over and he only bowled 3 overs so...

  • Dummy4 on March 23, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    Lions you should get the cup ,....very good captaincy Chandimal

  • Android on March 23, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    wery good lions.....:::

  • ESPN on March 23, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    I felt this game was gifted to Sri Lanka. We were off in the batting department, fielding and most certainly bowling. Also who's genius idea was it to keep out man of the series Lahiru Thirimanne out? Way to boost his self confidence...

  • Dummy4 on March 22, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Chandimal!!! What a captain he is. Hats off. He will surely guide Sri Lanka to a few global champoinship titles in the many years to come. At 24 he is just starting.

  • Android on March 22, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    well done lions...!!

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