1st T20I (N), Colombo (RPS), Aug 2 2013, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
(20 ov, target 116)
South Africa won by 12 runs
Player Of The Match
South Africa
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Duminy helps South Africa pull off heist

JP Duminy led with an all-round performance to help South Africa pull off a 12-run win in the low-scoring opener of the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
South Africa115/6(20 overs)
Sri Lanka103/9(20 overs)
end of over 208 runs
SL: 103/9CRR: 5.15 
Kumar Sangakkara59 (53)
Ajantha Mendis0 (0)
Morne Morkel4-0-28-2
Wayne Parnell3-1-8-2

That is all for this game, and that is all from Colombo. Over to Hambantota now. Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers

Du Plessis: "Very chuffed, so proud of the boys, we were under pressure after the ODIs, great character. We are playing a world class team excellent in their skills, we have some outstanding fielders, that is our way of creating pressure. I thought it was a good score on this wicket, I told them if we keep fighting, we will pull it through."

Chandimal: "We did well in the first half, Sachithra bowled really well. We lost early wickets, then we hit a few rash shots. Sanga is in good form, but others hit a few rash shots. We have two more games and are looking forward to them."

JP Duminy is the Man of the Match. Duminy: "Went well with the bat and exceptionally with the ball. Little bit of consistency for me with the bat, pretty happy. Facing the Sri Lankan spinners is something we have to look at. We are going to celebrate this win, it has been far and few for us on this tour."

Faf du Plessis is all smiles, South Africa needed this after the ODI series. They managed 115, which Duminy admitted at the break was not enough at all. But the Sri Lanka top order let them in through some needlessly aggressive shots, Duminy tied them down after that, and even as the asking-rate rose, Sri Lanka's response was to collapse. Absolutely nothing on that scorecard apart from Sanga's unbeaten fifty. Have a look at these - 11, 9, 8, 4, 0, 5, 0, 0, 0. Epic meltdown. Sri Lanka have now lost six out of seven T20s at the Premadasa

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run
full and wide outside off again, and Sanga half-heartedly wafts at it, misses, and South Africa have completed an incredible comeback
Morkel to Sangakkara, no run
Sanga backs to leg and Morkel goes wide outside off, just inside the marker, and Sanga has no way of reaching that
Morkel to Sangakkara, no run
tries the ramp again, but this is wider outside off, and he gets it along the ground to deep backward square leg, refuses the single
Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR runs
and again, he's really taken to these ramp shots of late, walks across and lifts it comfortably over out of the reach of short fine leg, took it from outside off, what execution
Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR runs
Sanga gets one away, slogs over midwicket, from outside off, for a one-bouncer four
Morkel to Sangakkara, no run
moves across and swings at a full ball, cannot beat midwicket

What a collapse

end of over 19Wicket maiden
SL: 95/9CRR: 5 • RRR: 21.00
Kumar Sangakkara51 (47)
Wayne Parnell3-1-8-2
Morne Morkel3-0-20-2
Parnell to Malinga, OUT
one more wicket, Malinga slices a high full toss to point, and Parnell can't stop smiling
SL Malinga c du Plessis b Parnell 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Parnell to Malinga, no run
backs away and has a go at a short of a length ball, but misses
Parnell to Senanayake, OUT
another one falls, Parnell bowls a slower length ball outside off, Senanayake moves across, looking for the ramp shot probably, tries to swat it away, and ends up edging it weakly to the keeper
SMSM Senanayake c †de Kock b Parnell 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Parnell to Senanayake, no run
a short ball now, Senanayake tries to pull, is hit on the glove and the ball drops onto the pitch
Parnell to Senanayake, no run
a dab and a miss outside off now to a length ball
Parnell to Senanayake, no run
hits a length ball straight to mid on
end of over 185 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 95/7CRR: 5.27 • RRR: 10.50
Kumar Sangakkara51 (47)
Sachithra Senanayake0 (0)
Morne Morkel3-0-20-2
Imran Tahir4-0-22-1
Morkel to Sangakkara, FOUR runs
Sanga, meanwhile, shows some nerve to walk across, and ramp a full delivery on the stumps over short fine leg, took it from off and middle, was gone had he missed

Mazher Arshad: "JP Duminy has become the first South African to score 50 and take 3 wickets in a Twenty20 International."

Morkel to NLTC Perera, OUT
Sri Lanka has sunk deeper, and there is little time left to make it ashore now, Thisara has had a go at a length delivery, and skied it to extra cover
NLTC Perera c du Plessis b Morkel 0 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
Morkel to NLTC Perera, no run
good length, on the pad, Thisara nudges it to midwicket
Morkel to NLTC Perera, no run
beaten, 142 kph short of a length ball on the stumps, bounces over as Perera swings and misses
Morkel to Sangakkara, 1 run
back of a length, on off, dropped behind point for one

Daniel Alexander: "Stage set for a Thisara Perera assault!"

Morkel to Sangakkara, no run
mid off is up and Sanga has cleared front leg and mowed this length ball, to the man on the bounce

Down to Thisara now, could be over in a few hits, could hole out. Morne Morkel comes back

Best performances - batsmen
KC Sangakkara
59 runs (53)
9 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
25 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
JP Duminy
51 runs (52)
3 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
14 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
SMSM Senanayake
JP Duminy
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Jean-Paul Duminy
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 323
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.30, Second Session 20.30-21.45
Match days2 August 2013 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
David Wiese
Imran Tahir
Ranmore Martinesz
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Tyron Wijewardene
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft