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693dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Tight bowling disrupts South Africa

After Kusal Perera set them up with a rapid half-century, Sri Lanka exhibited excellent skills at the death to ensure South Africa fell short

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MDKJ Perera
MDKJ Perera
61(40) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 31 runs
  • 2x4 - 2x6
4 0 5 6 25 9 7 5
AD Mathews
AD Mathews
43(32) 3x4 - 1x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
4 0 1 7 5 4 15 7

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
O4
M0
R26
W3
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SMSM Senanayake
SMSM Senanayake
O4
M0
R22
W2
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Andrew Fidel Fernando

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

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