South Africa v Sri Lanka, World Twenty20 warm-up, Bridgetown April 28, 2010

South Africa squeeze past Sri Lanka

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South Africa 141 for 5 (Boucher 33*) beat Sri Lanka 137 for 8 (Kapugedera 61*, Kleinveldt 2-13) by five wickets
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A combined team effort set up victory with three balls to spare as South Africa brushed past Sri Lanka in their first warm-up match ahead of the World Twenty20. A late fightback from Sanath Jayasuriya and Chamara Kapugedera allowed Sri Lanka to post a modest 137 for 8 and the match was finely balanced when AB de Villiers was dismissed in the 14th over with 63 still needed, but a 61-run partnership between Mark Boucher and Johan Botha took South Africa home in the final over.

Kumar Sangakkara opted to bat first after winning the toss but was quickly left ruing the decision as Tillakaratne Dilshan fell first ball to the impressive Rory Kleinveldt. Charl Langeveldt then struck twice in his second over to remove Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene as Sri Lanka slipped to 22 for 3.

Dinesh Chandimal lasted just two balls before he hit Morne Morkel to Herschelle Gibbs, and when Angelo Mathews was dismissed by Roelof van der Merwe Sri Lanka were in deep trouble at 42 for 5 in the ninth over. But Jayasuriya drew on his vast experience in a relatively sedate 33 from 41 balls as he dominated a half-century stand with Kapugedera to claw his side back into the game.

Once he was dismissed, caught behind off Kleinveldt, Kapugedera came to the fore, slamming three fours and five sixes to finish unbeaten on 61. The wickets were shared around by the South African bowlers, with Kleinveldt, Langeveldt and Morkel taking two each, while Rusty Theron and van der Merwe weighed in with one apiece.

Nuwan Kulasekara removed Graeme Smith in his first over for single figures as Sri Lanka started their defence strongly, but Loots Bosman kept the score ticking over with a rapid 20. After his dismissal, Gibbs and de Villiers struggled to reach the boundary, and when they were removed in consecutive overs Sri Lanka were right back in the match.

But Botha and Boucher set about their task with gusto, scoring at more than 11 runs an over to take South Africa to the brink. Botha was bowled by Thissara Perera off the first ball of the final over, but Boucher sealed the confidence-boosting result with a boundary two balls later.

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  • malingasyorkers101 on April 29, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    I think they should move dilshan down the order for a while until he regains his form, and play jayasuriya as opener, and they shud definetely play welegedera instead of kulu because kulu didn't play well in the opening match. my team for tommorow: Dilshan (just give him one last chance as opener to see if he can perform), mahela, sanga, sanath, kapu, mathews, chandimal, mendis, murali, malinga, and welegedera

  • Zaidumer11 on April 29, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    nothing to worry about guys their will be a tough fight between u 2

  • udc2363 on April 29, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    i think sana should open and should come to no4, to strenthen the middle order if not our middle order will be vulrenable.

  • on April 29, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Wonder why Sanga didn't play Murali and Mendis. They are our best spinners and they should have definitely played!

  • duminda74 on April 29, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    To add some for Mayan's Comment SL lost same way to SA in Warm-up match in 2009. In that match SL batted first and top order collapse same way, then Mathews & Kulasekara gave some runs to reach 109/9. SA chased it hardly in 20th over. Things are happening identical in this time around and I think SL can go one step further.

  • on April 29, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka should wake up and start fire as they did last year. This time to win the world cup not losse. Smart and Fast cricket. Good luck boys

  • first_slip on April 29, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    dont worry guys it was just a practice match, u will see srilanka will be in finals,we have got awsome players in their..so dont worry we will be fine...

  • on April 29, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    sana proved wrong to all.........he proved that he can bat anywhere in the batting order..............Sanga will use him as an allrounder......his bowling figures were very good .................

  • minura-superselector on April 29, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs the top order to fire..theyve been winning games like that and they should try to keep it that way...still think Jeevantah Kulatunga would have been a better pick.. My Team for the 30th

    1.Dilshan 2.Mahela 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Sana 6.Kapugedara 7.Mathews 8.Perera/Randhiv (depending on the pitch) 9.Murali 10.Malinga 11.Welagedara

    chances are that welagedara will be chosen ahead of kulasekara for the tournament opener and there would be a gamble between randhiv and thisara..

    hope for the best

  • shan228 on April 29, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Well done SL….Guys remember.. Our main three blowers didn't play. Still we have managed to put up a good fight yesterday. We have to improve with the bat. My X1 for 1st match- Dilshan,Mahela,Sanga,Kapu,Sanath,Angelo,Perera,Chinthaka or Chandimal,Murali,Malinga & Mendis.All the Best Lanka………….

  • malingasyorkers101 on April 29, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    I think they should move dilshan down the order for a while until he regains his form, and play jayasuriya as opener, and they shud definetely play welegedera instead of kulu because kulu didn't play well in the opening match. my team for tommorow: Dilshan (just give him one last chance as opener to see if he can perform), mahela, sanga, sanath, kapu, mathews, chandimal, mendis, murali, malinga, and welegedera

  • Zaidumer11 on April 29, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    nothing to worry about guys their will be a tough fight between u 2

  • udc2363 on April 29, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    i think sana should open and should come to no4, to strenthen the middle order if not our middle order will be vulrenable.

  • on April 29, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Wonder why Sanga didn't play Murali and Mendis. They are our best spinners and they should have definitely played!

  • duminda74 on April 29, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    To add some for Mayan's Comment SL lost same way to SA in Warm-up match in 2009. In that match SL batted first and top order collapse same way, then Mathews & Kulasekara gave some runs to reach 109/9. SA chased it hardly in 20th over. Things are happening identical in this time around and I think SL can go one step further.

  • on April 29, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka should wake up and start fire as they did last year. This time to win the world cup not losse. Smart and Fast cricket. Good luck boys

  • first_slip on April 29, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    dont worry guys it was just a practice match, u will see srilanka will be in finals,we have got awsome players in their..so dont worry we will be fine...

  • on April 29, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    sana proved wrong to all.........he proved that he can bat anywhere in the batting order..............Sanga will use him as an allrounder......his bowling figures were very good .................

  • minura-superselector on April 29, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs the top order to fire..theyve been winning games like that and they should try to keep it that way...still think Jeevantah Kulatunga would have been a better pick.. My Team for the 30th

    1.Dilshan 2.Mahela 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Sana 6.Kapugedara 7.Mathews 8.Perera/Randhiv (depending on the pitch) 9.Murali 10.Malinga 11.Welagedara

    chances are that welagedara will be chosen ahead of kulasekara for the tournament opener and there would be a gamble between randhiv and thisara..

    hope for the best

  • shan228 on April 29, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    Well done SL….Guys remember.. Our main three blowers didn't play. Still we have managed to put up a good fight yesterday. We have to improve with the bat. My X1 for 1st match- Dilshan,Mahela,Sanga,Kapu,Sanath,Angelo,Perera,Chinthaka or Chandimal,Murali,Malinga & Mendis.All the Best Lanka………….

  • Ceylons-Don on April 29, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Sangakaras captaincy has been filled with inconsistency and bad decisions. I think all of Lanka thought he was the rite man for the job, but he has failed in important games time nd time again. Eg. last T20 wc final, getting welegedara to bowl the final overs after he was targeted and was bashed for aprx 14 runs per over. while he had other bowlers like mathews in waiting with low run rates. BUT most importantly Sanath has proved alot of crits wrong, coming to the aid, however his placement lies at the top, it is clear dilshan is out of form, golden duck.. we can not open with him in this tournament with him being this badly in form. it will preasure the rest of the squad, Sanath needs to open with mahela. dilshan at 1 maybe, and so on. He is again one of the only performers for the squad. go old boy, sanaths going to score a 100 in this tournament. and Sangakara needs captaincy lessons especialy on field setup.

  • on April 29, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    There is no malinga in this match. He makes a big difference to the srilankan line up.

  • on April 29, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    mmmm, lost in warm up game, 2009 warm up game lost too, also againts SA.

    our guys not taking warm up matches series.

  • on April 29, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Sana proved me wrong in this practice match...Hope he'll prove we're wrong in the league matches too...Good luck guys!! ;)

  • nawaben on April 29, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    It seems after Sanga become captain, our team is very poor in defending respectable totals. Just wonder the stat of SL (or teams that sanga captain) won batting first.

  • on April 29, 2010, 3:20 GMT

    Good batting and bowling by SJ M.P., now puts a selection quandary, Playing Chandimal or Jayasuriya in the middle order would be the better option. mahela, dilshan, sanga, mathews, jayasuriya, kapugedara, perera, malinga, welegedara, murali, mendis

  • on April 29, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Wake up calls for Sana and Kapu,,, well-played. Itz ok I mean lot of our front line bowlers were rested (not exposed) in this match. So this performance matters a lot for them. But abt batsmens well, I feel sorry for them apart from SANA and KAPU. Wish u all the best ....!!!! (Im looking forward to see Chandimal in action)

  • solangaarachchi on April 29, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    At least Sana proved his selection for the first match both & bowl. Especially with the bowl. Kapu cemented his place. SL should rethink the strategy of opening Mahela. If he goes cheaply SL in Middle order wobble. Randiv bowled well except last huge over. Kumar has to rethink how he manage bowlers. Still Randiv deserve his place

  • on April 29, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    I don't think the Sri Lankan team as a whole has the talent and capabilty to win the world cup. I mean they lack the kill man.

  • Manikchand_Gutka_eating_desi on April 28, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Well played proteas Congrat..........Hope you do good

  • WannaBeRusta on April 28, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    Its very important to get out of the IPL mentality and realistically assess what will be a good score in WI pitches. Over the years we have witnessed how run making is difficult in carribean wickets, in complete contrast to flat indian pitches. A score of 150-160 could be a match winning score eventhough it was considered a well below par score in this years IPL.

  • DwightR on April 28, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    although the batting was a failure outside kapugedera the positives were Jayasuriya's batting and the fact that it looks like SL can defend small totals.. i also like the line-up sanga has, i would move Mathews ahead of Chandimal but otherwise it looks solid especially if you have Jayasuriya, Kapugedera and probably Kulu batting 6,7,8..look forward to a good tournament and victory frm the lankans!

  • on April 28, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Close game ! Sri Lanka could have done better ! Looks like its an open World Cup this time . Lets see who cracks into Mighty Pakistan !

  • Sageleaf on April 28, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Well the Sri Lankans are not playing well. So many things are happening around them. IPL was the best example. Sanath Jayasuriya was totally dropped and even Dilshan was not considered for many matches. If any senior player is not performing just bench them and give the opportunity to younger players. Kumar just go with the best team how you feel. It's about time for you to stop experimenting and have a solid team. When Murali is bowling please place a leg slip and also challenge the hard hitters by dropping mid on deeper when fast bowlers are operating. Perseverance is the key to success. I hope Chinthaka Jayasinghe and Tissara Perera get more matches. It's T20 and you don't need an orthodox side to play. Do not leave room for any complacency.

  • on April 28, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    No need to panic as of yet but we should have done better...Especially the batting...Hope SL can put up a good showing and bring in the trophy this time....

  • on April 28, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    No need to panic as of yet but we should have done better...Especially the batting...Hope SL can put up a good showing and bring in the trophy this time....

  • on April 28, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    No need to panic as of yet but we should have done better...Especially the batting...Hope SL can put up a good showing and bring in the trophy this time....

  • Lakpj on April 28, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    need 2 improve batting, great effort with the bowl without the 3 Ms (murali, mendis and malinga). if SL bat and get 160 on the board with their bowling it is defendable against any team.

  • on April 28, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Ah! I thought there would be more info than just what's available on the scorecard, on this bulletin. Wanted to know how the batsman were dismissed. Where in the field they were caught etc.. Does Cricinfo not have a reporter at the ground?

  • NISH67 on April 28, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Sanga and the think tank ( if there is one ! ) should strongly re-visit their obsession of batting first after winning the toss in limited overs internationals , no matter what the conditions and opposition are . The excuse trotted out most often is that as our bowling is our strength , we have the ability to defend totals . The last T-20 final against Pakistan was a prime example of when we lost the plot and batted first on a " bowl first " pitch . Well the batsman need to do their job as well and the captain needs to pull up his socks tactically as his recent record is abysmal whether leading Sri Lanka or Kings 11 Punjab !

  • amilasan on April 28, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Jayasuriya played well as per the situation with both bat and ball. It is good if Jayasuriya gets an opportunity to open the innings with Dilshan. Since Mahela didn't perform it will be the suitable option. Come on Jayasuriya, do your role as Sanga mentioned. You will get back to your rytham soon. Good luck.

    Kapugedara is brilliant. He should not give up this last chance given to him. He is a pretty much good player than his stats are revealing.

  • amilasan on April 28, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Jayasuriya played well as per the situation with both bat and ball. It is good if Jayasuriya gets an opportunity to open the innings with Dilshan. Since Mahela didn't perform it will be the suitable option. Come on Jayasuriya, do your role as Sanga mentioned. You will get back to your rytham soon. Good luck.

    Kapugedara is brilliant. He should not give up this last chance given to him. He is a pretty much good player than his stats are revealing.

  • on April 28, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Good performance by M.Boucher and Bhotha ...

  • yohandf1984 on April 28, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Our bowlers nearly sneaked the game. Bowling combination seems ok with Malinga,Murali , Angi ,Thisara, Chanka & Sanath as all rounder.Batting order to b revised . Dilshan is in sheer out of form so it has to be Sanath , Mahela , Dinesh , Sanga , Kapu , Chinthaka , Angi, Thisara . Dilshan can b given a chance in the game against Zimbabwe if Dinesh faills. GOOD LUCK SRI LANKA!

  • on April 28, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Hopefully this T20Is tournament will mark Mahela Jayawardene's second coming. I still remember when Mark Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar got the opportuinity to open the batting. Aravinda De Silva after his retirement in an interview to Swarnavahini said that Mahela would become the greatest SL batsmen...so you won't miss my retirement. Well all these years I have been waiting to see the awesome Mahela that Aravinda was talking about. So far only seen that brilliance fewer times. Biggest example was his century during the 2007 World Cup semifinal vs New Zealand. Anyways I believe if Mahela keeps the open slot in T20Is & ODIs as he did at IPL we will see a different Mahela Jayawardene that Aravinda De Silva was talking about.

  • on April 28, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Hopefully this T20Is tournament will mark Mahela Jayawardene's second coming. I still remember when Mark Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar got the opportuinity to open the batting. Aravinda De Silva after his retirement in an interview to Swarnavahini said that Mahela would become the greatest SL batsmen...so you won't miss my retirement. Well all these years I have been waiting to see the awesome Mahela that Aravinda was talking about. So far only seen that brilliance fewer times. Biggest example was his century during the 2007 World Cup semifinal vs New Zealand. Anyways I believe if Mahela keeps the open slot in T20Is & ODIs as he did at IPL we will see a different Mahela Jayawardene that Aravinda De Silva was talking about.

  • on April 28, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Good to see Sanath scoring a few runs. Much needed ones. Even though he won't get an opportunity to open, it'd be good experiment batting him low down the order.

  • on April 28, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    better performance in needed from SL if they want to reach the second round, pathetic performance

  • on April 28, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Jayasuriya and Kapugedera played well. It's good to see Jayasuriya batting and bowling well. It was a great all-round performance by Jayasuriya !

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  • on April 28, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Jayasuriya and Kapugedera played well. It's good to see Jayasuriya batting and bowling well. It was a great all-round performance by Jayasuriya !

  • on April 28, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    better performance in needed from SL if they want to reach the second round, pathetic performance

  • on April 28, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Good to see Sanath scoring a few runs. Much needed ones. Even though he won't get an opportunity to open, it'd be good experiment batting him low down the order.

  • on April 28, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Hopefully this T20Is tournament will mark Mahela Jayawardene's second coming. I still remember when Mark Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar got the opportuinity to open the batting. Aravinda De Silva after his retirement in an interview to Swarnavahini said that Mahela would become the greatest SL batsmen...so you won't miss my retirement. Well all these years I have been waiting to see the awesome Mahela that Aravinda was talking about. So far only seen that brilliance fewer times. Biggest example was his century during the 2007 World Cup semifinal vs New Zealand. Anyways I believe if Mahela keeps the open slot in T20Is & ODIs as he did at IPL we will see a different Mahela Jayawardene that Aravinda De Silva was talking about.

  • on April 28, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Hopefully this T20Is tournament will mark Mahela Jayawardene's second coming. I still remember when Mark Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar got the opportuinity to open the batting. Aravinda De Silva after his retirement in an interview to Swarnavahini said that Mahela would become the greatest SL batsmen...so you won't miss my retirement. Well all these years I have been waiting to see the awesome Mahela that Aravinda was talking about. So far only seen that brilliance fewer times. Biggest example was his century during the 2007 World Cup semifinal vs New Zealand. Anyways I believe if Mahela keeps the open slot in T20Is & ODIs as he did at IPL we will see a different Mahela Jayawardene that Aravinda De Silva was talking about.

  • yohandf1984 on April 28, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Our bowlers nearly sneaked the game. Bowling combination seems ok with Malinga,Murali , Angi ,Thisara, Chanka & Sanath as all rounder.Batting order to b revised . Dilshan is in sheer out of form so it has to be Sanath , Mahela , Dinesh , Sanga , Kapu , Chinthaka , Angi, Thisara . Dilshan can b given a chance in the game against Zimbabwe if Dinesh faills. GOOD LUCK SRI LANKA!

  • on April 28, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Good performance by M.Boucher and Bhotha ...

  • amilasan on April 28, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    Jayasuriya played well as per the situation with both bat and ball. It is good if Jayasuriya gets an opportunity to open the innings with Dilshan. Since Mahela didn't perform it will be the suitable option. Come on Jayasuriya, do your role as Sanga mentioned. You will get back to your rytham soon. Good luck.

    Kapugedara is brilliant. He should not give up this last chance given to him. He is a pretty much good player than his stats are revealing.

  • amilasan on April 28, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Jayasuriya played well as per the situation with both bat and ball. It is good if Jayasuriya gets an opportunity to open the innings with Dilshan. Since Mahela didn't perform it will be the suitable option. Come on Jayasuriya, do your role as Sanga mentioned. You will get back to your rytham soon. Good luck.

    Kapugedara is brilliant. He should not give up this last chance given to him. He is a pretty much good player than his stats are revealing.

  • NISH67 on April 28, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Sanga and the think tank ( if there is one ! ) should strongly re-visit their obsession of batting first after winning the toss in limited overs internationals , no matter what the conditions and opposition are . The excuse trotted out most often is that as our bowling is our strength , we have the ability to defend totals . The last T-20 final against Pakistan was a prime example of when we lost the plot and batted first on a " bowl first " pitch . Well the batsman need to do their job as well and the captain needs to pull up his socks tactically as his recent record is abysmal whether leading Sri Lanka or Kings 11 Punjab !