Result
Only T20I (N), Colombo (RPS), Aug 14 2018, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
98
(16/20 ov, target 99)
99/7
Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
2y
• The Report by Firdose Moonda

Dinesh Chandimal guides Sri Lanka home in low-scoring thriller

Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya and Dhananjaya de Silva rolled South Africa over for their lowest ever T20I total, but the home side's chase was by no means straightforward

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
South Africa98(16.4 overs)
Sri Lanka99/7(16 overs)
end of over 169 runs
SL: 99/7CRR: 6.18 
Isuru Udana5 (5)
Dinesh Chandimal36 (33)
Lungi Ngidi3-0-25-0
Jean-Paul Duminy1-0-2-1

10.30pm Mathews collects the trophy and joins his team-mates for the post-match revelry. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of this tour as much as we did bringing it to you. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Chandan Duorah.

I'll let Andrew Fernando sum up SA's tour:

Strange tour for South Africa.

Lowest Test total since readmission in the first match. (73 all out in Galle).

Lowest T20 total ever in the last match (98 all out in Khettarama).

Some rollicking ODI wins in between.

Dananjaya de Silva, Player of the Match: Nothing much (what was special?), I was just playing according to the situation. It was a good pitch, 130-140 would have been a good total. Very much (enjoying bowling spin v South Africa?). The new ball was coming onto the bat.

Chandimal: Before the game started, we thought it was a good pitch for batters. It was up and down, some sharp turn, it was tough for the batters. When you're at home watching the game, it's tough. Especially because you don't have injury. I changed some technique for the shorter format and I got an opportunity to play the emerging game and got some confidence. When I went to bat, we were one down, and after I faced four-five balls, I realised it was not a T20 wicket and just rotated strike. I just played like Test cricket. We all know South Africa are good, it was a good fight from them. Dananjaya's spell was the turning point. It's really good to come back after ODI series. The boys showed a lot of character and attitude and finish it on a winning note. It's good for the Asia Cup.

JP Duminy: In the context of the game, 30-40 runs would have made a difference. We took the positive route but it did not work. We will take a lot of positives from this tour. It wasn't a raging turner, but key is to understand options and the execution. Again, lot of positives. The seamers did the damage for us, but we were 30-40 runs short in the end. It's good to lead from the front but unfortunately did not lead with the bat. I think coming here and after losing 2-0 in Test matches, we had to change our mindset and fortunate enough we put our best foot forward in the ODIs. We have a few weeks off to rethink and get better. End of September, we have a series against Zimbabwe, hopefully we do well there.

Angelo Mathews: Towards the end, we made it difficult for us but it was fantastic bowling. We have to blame only us because we did not bat well and kept losing wickets. The experience they've got, we have to put in such a performance. You can seem the improvements in various departments. Different conditions, but we are high on confidence. We let the fans down in the ODIs but they did not give up on us.

10.06pm That is that in Colombo. What might have been had South Africa made 120? What might have been had Miller seen off three balls from Akila Dananjaya and set himself up for the seamers in the last six overs? What might have been had South Africa played an extra batsman or an allrounder? South Africa will leave Sri Lanka with these teasing thoughts.

Even as wickets tumbled around him, Chandimal, returning to action after serving his suspension, shepherded the hosts home in a tense finish. Do stick around with us for the presentation.

Jonathan: "Great to have a sensible, experienced guy back in the team! Welldone, SL end the tour with 3 straight wins..onwards and upwards!"

PraveenD: "This match shows you at least 1 player like Chandimal should be in the team to hold one side in a collapse.Well played Chandi !!!"

chandana perera: "hathuru & SL team should be pleased with these performances after run down by SA in first 3 ODIs..."

RiwajAdhikari: "So overall tour : SA 3 - SL 5 Limited overs : SA 3 - SL 3. Good Series overall."

15.6
4
Ngidi to Udana, FOUR runs
Shot, Udana! He seals it for Sri Lanka with a text-book style straight drive. With short leg in place, Ngidi pitches it up on middle, 143.2ks, Udana picks up the length. He presses forward and drives it smoothly straight past the bowler

Short leg in place

15.5
1
Ngidi to Chandimal, 1 run
good length on a fourth-stump line, Chandimal stretches out, meets the pitch, and push-drives the ball to the left of Amla at short cover
15.4
2
Ngidi to Chandimal, 2 runs
full-toss, on the pads, whipped away to deep midwicket
15.3
2
Ngidi to Chandimal, 2 runs
just short of a good length and outside off, Chandimal jumps back and flays a cut to the left of sweeper cover. Klaasen in the deep throws himself to his left to stop the ball
15.2
Ngidi to Chandimal, no run
short and angling into a push to mid-on
15.1
Ngidi to Chandimal, no run
back of a length and slanting in at off, leans back and jabs to point

Lungi returns

end of over 152 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 90/7CRR: 6 • RRR: 1.80 • Need 9 from 30b
Isuru Udana1 (4)
Dinesh Chandimal31 (28)
Jean-Paul Duminy1-0-2-1
Junior Dala4-0-22-2
14.6
Duminy to Udana, no run
wide of the crease and slides on outside off, Udana searches for the ball... and misses

Anji: "Shows why Chandimal is needed in this SL team. Holds one end"

14.5
Duminy to Udana, no run
short and breaks in, draws an inside edge to the leg side
14.4
Duminy to Udana, no run
darted on leg stump, jabbed to midwicket

Vincr: "Miscalculation?This is Duminyyyy!!!"

14.3
1
Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run
shuffles across off and whisks an offbreak down to long-on
14.2
1
Duminy to Udana, 1 run
full-toss, angling into leg stump from over the wicket, patted to the leg side for one
14.1
w
Duminy to Dananjaya, OUT
The chase tightens in Colombo. Chandimal watches his team-mates crumble around him. Slider on middle from round the wicket, Akila stays leg-side of the ball and looks to belt it through the covers. He does not touch it at all. The middle stump takes a beating
A Dananjaya b Duminy 2 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

SA's fifth bowler: Duminy. Two slips and a short leg in place

end of over 145 runs
SL: 88/6CRR: 6.28 • RRR: 1.83 • Need 11 from 36b
Dinesh Chandimal30 (27)
Akila Dananjaya2 (6)
Junior Dala4-0-22-2
Tabraiz Shamsi4-1-26-2
13.6
Dala to Chandimal, no run
on a length and outside off, steered to point
13.5
1
Dala to Dananjaya, 1 run
overpitched and outside off, driven through the line to the right of mid-off

Obeid: "Duminy has used only 4 bowlers so far. He has only two remaining from Ngidi who is the only frontline bowler left. Miscalculation from Duminy?"

13.4
1
Dala to Chandimal, 1 run
short on middle, clipped to fine leg
13.3
1
Dala to Dananjaya, 1 run
veering into the pads, glanced to fine leg
13.2
1
Dala to Chandimal, 1 run
Dala hits a hard length outside off - neither driveable nor pullable - spliced wide of the covers
13.2
1w
Dala to Chandimal, 1 wide
bouncer on middle, ducks under it, too high and that's another wide
Best performances - batsmen
LD Chandimal
36 runs (33)
3 fours
1 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
flick
11 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
211528125
DM de Silva
31 runs (26)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control61%
Productive shot
pull
17 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
6110012011
Best performances - bowlers
PADLR Sandakan
O
4
M
1
R
19
W
3
Eco
4.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
A Dananjaya
O
4
M
0
R
15
W
2
Eco
3.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossSouth Africa , elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Dhananjaya de Silva
Series resultSri Lanka won the one-off match
Match numberT20I no. 695
Season2018
Match days14 August 2018 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Ranmore Martinesz
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath