1st T20I (N), Cape Town, Mar 19 2019, Sri Lanka tour of South Africa
(20 ov, target 135)
Match tied (South Africa won the one-over eliminator)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
SA Innings
Full commentary
end of over 204 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 134/8CRR: 6.7 
Imran Tahir1 (1)
Dale Steyn1 (3)
Isuru Udana3-0-32-0
Lasith Malinga4-0-11-2

9.30pm What a miraculous game of cricket. South Africa needed 18 to win off their final four overs, but they just found ways to get dismissed. For now, though, some more strategy for both teams to deal with. Who will be the three batsmen, who will be the bowler? South Africa will bat first in the Super Over. Tahir has the ball in his hand, but are South Africa bluffing? They have to bat first anyway. Let's get ready for the Super over

Om Pashupati: "As someone would say - Excellent game. At the end, cricket is the ultimate winner !"

David Cousins: "Nail biting is a compulsive neurotic behaviour that can be triggered by any number of things. Boredom is one. How can people compare this to a world cup semi-final? This is a random fixture with absolutely nothing riding on it, that happens to be a close game."

Mayurdan Gadhav: "Dickwella had missed the stumping chance of faf and now this in last ball! He is the man who give chance to SA."

Nkgenyane : "Does that count as a choke?" -- if they lose, for sure! Momentum with SL now though.

Udana to Imran Tahir, 1 run
It's a Super Over! Dickwella has missed the easiest run-out of his life. Length ball on off, and Dickwella tries to cut, but the ball's been under-edged to Dickwella. Steyn runs from the other end, and Dickwella takes aim at all three stumps, but he misses! This is a tie (for now)

Alright then. South Africa need 1 to tie, 2 to win. Sri Lanka need to concede 0 to win, 1 to tie, 2 to lose. Delay in proceedings. Will Tahir be the hero, or will Udana? Or will we see a super over? As someone loves to say, "All three results are possible".

Long off and extra cover in the deep. Udana runs in to bowl, but then doesn't deliver the ball! Keeping everyone waiting. Cheeky

Venu: "This match reminds my childhood when i was watching the wc semi finals between SA and Australia.."

Udana to Duminy, 1 run, OUT
slower ball, full and wide outside off, and he drags a shot to deep midwicket. Duminy wants the second run, but there's no way he'll be able to make it back. Throw from the deep is flat and straight, and Dickwella affects another run out! Duminy gone
JP Duminy run out (Dananjaya/†Dickwella) 9 (33m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

Super over anyone? South Africa need 3 off two balls. Bowler-keeper-captain in a conference. This game has sprung into life in the last 10 minutes.

Udana to Steyn, 1 run
length ball on middle, and he muscles a pull to deep midwicket

Azweer: "An Absolute NAIL BITER.....!!!!"

JAI SRIVASTAVA: "If SA fail to score this then it would be the greatest ever choke in cricket history since they needed 18 off 4 overs"

Udana to Steyn, no run
play and a miss! Sri Lanka are now officially ahead. Slower ball, length on middle, and Steyn can't connect with the pull

The fans are super nervous. De Kock's biting his nails too

Pc: "Udana will win the battle "

Udana to Steyn, no run
full outside off, and angling away from Steyn. Tries to muscle this over square leg, but misses. Nerves!

The No. 9 batsman, Steyn, is on strike. Long off comes in, no fine leg

Udana to Duminy, 1 run
slower ball on off, and guided off his hips to deep square leg. Can they take the second run? Nope

Om Pashupati: "More than runs, I think SL are 1 bowler short today. Big Question - Who will bowl the last over ?" -- Looks like Udana. Long on, deep midwicket, deep backward square riding the boundary line. Duminy on strike

end of over 191 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 130/7CRR: 6.84 • RRR: 5.00
Jean-Paul Duminy7 (5)
Lasith Malinga4-0-11-2
Dhananjaya de Silva4-0-28-1

Reckon Duminy told Rabada to go for a wild slog, especially since Duminy would've had the strike even if Rabada was out. South Africa need 5 off the final over

Azweer: "A repeat of WC'99 semis...!!!"

Malinga to Rabada, OUT
Malinga, you beauty! The wily ol' fox has a bag of tricks, doesn't he? Slower ball, full on leg, and Rabada goes for a big slog. He misses, ball hits.
K Rabada b Malinga 0 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Superb Malinga over, and spell. Twenty-three balls and only 11 runs from him tonight

Malinga to Rabada, no run
yorker, dipping outside off, and going straight into Dickwella's gloves. South Africa need 5 off 7

AWedage: "Imagine SL had 10 more runs. Just 10"

Malinga to Rabada, no run
full on leg, and he's too quick to defend. Ball hits the bat's top half, and nearly goes all the way to Malinga
Malinga to Rabada, no run
full just outside off, and the ball grips off the surface, before going past his outside edge. Through to the keeper
Malinga to Duminy, 1 run
full on off, and driven with the bat's open face to deep point. Happy to take a single
Malinga to Duminy, no run
slower ball, full on leg, and defended towards the leg side

SA need 6.

end of over 1810 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 129/6CRR: 7.16 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 6 runs from 12b
Jean-Paul Duminy6 (3)
Kagiso Rabada0 (0)
Dhananjaya de Silva4-0-28-1
Lasith Malinga3-0-10-1
de Silva to Duminy, 1 run
tapped away to point, and they want the quick run! Completed, rather comfortably
de Silva to Phehlukwayo, OUT
is that six, nope! Full just outside off, but Phehlukwayo can't resist himself. Skips down the ground to slog over long off, but this finds the bat's toe end
AL Phehlukwayo c Udana b de Silva 4 (5m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
de Silva to Phehlukwayo, FOUR runs
crunched! Fast and full on middle, but he brings out the reverse sweep. No chance for anybody!
de Silva to Phehlukwayo, no run
arm ball, wide outside off and extra turn off the pitch. Surprises Phehlukwayo, who tried to cut
de Silva to Duminy, 1 run
half-tracker outside off, and he drags a pulled shot to deep midwicket
de Silva to Duminy, FOUR runs
full outside off, from around the wicket, and the attempted tap towards cover takes a big outside edge. Runs past the keeper's left, and the fielder at short third man can't cut it off!

South Africa need 16 off 18.

Jacques Prince: "Perfect World Cup simulation for SA this! Can they dig themselves out of the Ch...Ch.. Ch...?"

end of over 172 runs • 2 wicket
SA: 119/5CRR: 7 • RRR: 5.33 • Need 16 runs from 18b
Andile Phehlukwayo0 (1)
Jean-Paul Duminy0 (0)
Lasith Malinga3-0-10-1
Akila Dananjaya4-0-28-1

Abhijato: "These balls have been slower than the local train arriving at the Ballygunge station... Very slow, and unlike the trains they're very effective!" -- I'd have reached Golpark by then walking...

Malinga to Phehlukwayo, no run
length ball on off, and tapped away to point off the back foot

Here's Pheh

Boy oh boy

Malinga to Miller, 1 run, OUT
length ball on leg, and worked away with the bat's closed face to deep midwicket. But Miller's too slow to come back, and the fielder at the deep has delivered a flat throw. Dickwella reaches out, collects well, whips the bails off, and the set Miller is gone! An applause for Miller, but he'll be disappointed not finishing the game off
DA Miller run out (BKG Mendis/†Dickwella) 41 (37m 23b 5x4 1x6) SR: 178.26

Graham: "Three overs too late for Malinga. Should have gone hard at them earlier "

Malinga to Miller, no run
full, just outside off, and seaming away after hitting the deck. Misses the attempted cover drive. This one's through to Dickwella

Here's JP

JAI SRIVASTAVA: "@Rifdhy One has come!!"