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

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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  • Binoy 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

  • zaid on April 29, 2010, 17:18 GMT

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

  • SUren 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Duminda 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Prbath 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 dont worry we will be fine...

  • Dummy4 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 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

  • shan 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………….

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