Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 9 Runs 2 Wkts | SA: 160/8 (6 runs required, RR: 8.00)

  • Imran Tahir8 (4b)
  • Morne Morkel0 (0b)
  • Lasith Malinga4-0-29-1
  • Nuwan Kulasekara3-0-23-1

No doubt the C-word will be thrown around liberally in reference to South Africa, but it's early days in the tournament yet. I'm Andrew Fidel Fernando signing off on behalf of our scorer Gopi Rangarajan as well. Do hop across to the other match, where the toss has just taken place.

Mr.G: "Saffers need to consider playing Parnell in the next game. Steyn bats too high at 8, and with Behardien ineffective at international level, that batting is essentially a seven man affair with Faf unavailable."

Kusal Perera is predictably the man of the match for his 61 off 40.


This is part of what makes Sri Lanka a very, very good T20 team. They have a large cast of bowlers, and one of them routinely steps up to bowl a defininng over. Today it was Kulasekara. They also play a lot of tight matches, and knew exactly how to close this one out. South Africa made some strange decisions, and none of the batsmen that were dominating the bowling were willing to stick it out.


Dinesh Chandimal: "Everyone is over the moon, and I'm full of beans again. Kusal hit some good boundaries to get us a good start and Mathews finished it off well. Death bowling was very good."

Mayank Sharma: "That penultimate over by Kulasekara was the clincher, in my opinion. Getting 15 runs off a Malinga over after that was always going to be difficult."

19.6
6
Malinga to Imran Tahir, SIX runs, six, that's some shot, actually, but one that doesn't make much of a difference. That was the first poor ball Malinga delivered in the over, overpitched on middle stump. Tahir backs away, clears the front him and larrups that over deep extra cover for a big six.
19.5
0
Malinga to Imran Tahir, no run, squeezed out straight to cover, Sri Lanka know they have this now, as long as Malinga doesn't overstep
19.4
2
Malinga to Imran Tahir, 2 runs, Tahir gets under this one which is just short of being a yorker, It goes high over mid off, who goes haring after it, but doesn't get there
19.3
0
Malinga to Imran Tahir, no run, yorker again, dug out to mid off, batsmen think about running but they don't
19.2
W
Malinga to Miller, 1 run, OUT, gone, that's probably all over. Sri Lanka keeping their nerve, because they play a last-ball finish every other week, while South Africa are just giving it away. Another yorker, this time drilled to long off, and Miller jogs down the pitch for the first one, as if he doesn't want the second. Suddenly when he reaches the non-striker's he decides he wants two. It's far too late by then. The throw is already on its way to Sanga, who breaks the stumps with Miller miles out. Sri Lanka feel they've won it now

DA Miller run out (NLTC Perera/†Sangakkara) 19 (33m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 118.75

19.1
W
Malinga to Miller, OUT, Steyn is running down the pitch, but Miller sends him back and oh dear, what a silly way to go. The batsmen should have been talking about whether Miller needed to keep strike during this over or not, but they clearly had not. Miller squeezes an impeccable yorker out to midwicket, and although there is a tight run there, he doesn't want to hand Steyn the strike. By the time Steyn turns back, Malinga is directing the ball onto the stumps, albeit with a fumble.

DW Steyn run out (Mathews/Malinga) 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

It's Malinga v Miller for the last over. Cracking finish

END OF OVER:
19 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 151/6 (15 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.94, RRR: 15.00)

  • Dale Steyn0 (2b)
  • David Miller18 (14b)
  • Nuwan Kulasekara3-0-23-1
  • Lasith Malinga3-0-20-1
18.6
0
Kulasekara to Steyn, no run, lovely over from Kule. Yorker again, this time about a foot wide of off. Steyn tries to drive that down the ground but misses again. Kule celebrates with a fist pump.
18.5
0
Kulasekara to Steyn, no run, Wide yorker, slower ball as well, nicely bowled by Kule. Steyn throws his bat at it but doesn't connect

15 from 8 needed. SA have a better chance as long as Miller is out there. Steyn takes guard. Fine leg is in the circle.

18.4
1
Kulasekara to Miller, 1 run, another yorker, driven wide of long off, but Steyn refuses the second this time
18.3
2
Kulasekara to Miller, 2 runs, superb running. Steyn with a sore hamstring does very well. That was another yorker, squeezed out wide of long on by Miller, but he calls his partner through and they get there safely

Dale Steyn is at the crease, but the batsmen crossed while the ball was in the air,

18.2
W
Kulasekara to Behardien, OUT, gone! Behardien goes, it gets Miller on strike, but Sri Lanka will take that, if nothing else, because it's a dot ball. Kule slowed up his pace a touch, and delivered a length ball on off stump. Behaardien slogged at it, but didn't connect well at all. Hits it down Mahela's throat at long on.

F Behardien c Jayawardene b Kulasekara 5 (10m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

18.1
1
Kulasekara to Miller, 1 run, yorker on off stump first up, drilled to long off where it's nicely fielded

Kule bowls the 19th. Xolile: "The Dutch would have chased down this target in 11.2 overs"

END OF OVER:
18 | 10 Runs | SA: 147/5 (19 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.16, RRR: 9.50)

  • David Miller14 (11b)
  • Farhaan Behardien5 (3b)
  • Lasith Malinga3-0-20-1
  • Ajantha Mendis4-0-44-1
17.6
1
Malinga to Miller, 1 run, yorker on the stumps, but Miller is not even slightly troubled by it. Hits it to midwicket for a single and keeps the strike. Ten off that over
17.5
2
Malinga to Miller, 2 runs, another yorker, again dug out nicely towards long off. Thisara Perera is slow to come off the fence and it allows two, much to Sanga's dismay
17.4
1
Malinga to Behardien, 1 run, lovely inswinging yorker from Malinga, jammed out nicely by Behaardien. Gets it far enough away from Malinga to get a single
17.3
1
Malinga to Miller, 1 run, a yorker on the pads, whipped away powerfully to the legside sweeper
17.2
4
Malinga to Miller, FOUR runs, lovely shot from Miller as Malinga misses his length. This one is overpitched outside the off stump and Miller throws his hands at it and gets it past cover. The long off running around can't get close to it
17.1
1
Malinga to Behardien, 1 run, yorker on the stumps, dug out down the ground for a single

Ntokozo: "This is my problem with Albie! Seems like he hasn't learnt anything since he was dropped!" Malinga is back for his penultimate over.

END OF OVER:
17 | 17 Runs 1 Wkt | SA: 137/5 (29 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 9.66)

  • Farhaan Behardien3 (1b)
  • David Miller6 (7b)
  • Ajantha Mendis4-0-44-1
  • Sachithra Senanayake4-0-22-2
16.6
3
Mendis to Behardien, 3 runs, flat, length ball turning away from the batsmen. He punches that away towards long on and sprints a single. A throw comes in and hits the stumps at the non strikers' end, but the batsman is found to be well inside the crease on replays, and what's worse for Sri Lanka, they get an extra run off the deflection
16.5
1
Mendis to Miller, 1 run, yorker length ball on leg-stump, Miller squeezes this away towards long on

Mohammed: "We wants a Malings vs Miller contest to see who would prevail as a winner. "If it's in the v it's in the tree" or "On the stumps, break the stumps""

16.4
W
Mendis to JA Morkel, OUT, he's got him! I don't believe it, because that ball was there to be hit as well. Chandimal moves himself to wide long on, just square of where the two previous sixes had flown, but this time, though Albie plays a similar shot to another low full toss, he doesn't collect all of the ball. Chandi completes a pretty good catch over his head and is delighted

JA Morkel c Chandimal b Mendis 12 (5m 4b 0x4 2x6) SR: 300.00

16.3
6
Mendis to JA Morkel, SIX runs, that's hit even better. Albie could be sealing this for South Africa. That one is overpitched, and Albie slogs it way over long on again. Shot

Top class

8.2

Lasith Malinga's economy in the last five overs in T20Is, the third-best and the best by a fast bowler (minimum 400 deliveries)

Mystery for the win

2

Ajantha Mendis is the only bowler to have two six-fors in T20 cricket. He has 62 wickets, with an economy rate of 6.16

Invaluable

AB de Villiers has played every match South Africa have been involved in in the World T20

In form

317

Hashim Amla's tally in the Ram Slam 2013-14, third-highest, at a strike rate of 143.43, only Quinton de Kock and David Miller had more

Not his usual self

48

Hashim Amla's highest score in T20 internationals. He has six fifties in domestic matches, with a highest of 88 not out

Trial by spin

5

No. of wickets for Sachithra Senanayake in four matches against South Africa, the most for a Sri Lanka bowler

In the end

42

Average no. of runs conceded by South Africa in the last five overs of a T20 match

Game Changer

5.56

Imran Tahir's economy against Sri Lanka from 16 overs, this is also his best figures in T20Is

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

First Round Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
BDESH32141.466
NEPAL32140.933
AFG3122-0.981
HKG3122-1.455
First Round Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
NL32141.109
ZIM32140.957
IRE3214-0.701
UAE3030-1.541
Group 1
TeamMWLPTNRR
SL43162.233
SA43160.075
NZ4224-0.678
ENG4132-0.776
NL4132-0.866
Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
INDIA44081.28
WI43161.971
PAK4224-0.384
AUS4132-0.857
BDESH4040-2.072