Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 4th Match, Group D at New York, T20 World Cup, Jun 03 2024 - Match Result

RESULT
4th Match, Group D, New York, June 03, 2024, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(16.2/20 ov, T:78) 80/4

South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
4/7
anrich-nortje
Cricinfo's MVP
79.05 ptsImpact List
anrich-nortje
Match centre 
Scores: M Venkat Raghav | Comms: Madushka Balasuriya
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka 77/10(19.1 overs)
South Africa 80/4(16.2 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
SA79.05--04/74.0179.05
SA45.32--02/222.6945.32
SL31.239(10)12.3916.561/60.7514.67
SL31.0716(16)24.0933.290/16-- 2.22
SA27.71--01/91.0627.71

And with that it's a wrap from us. Here's how the table looks for Group D after this result. Sri Lanka might have been expecting a net run rate pounding after being bowled out for 77, but in the end it's definitely recoverable. But now they have no more margin for error going forward. Their next game will be up against Bangladesh on Saturday, but more immediately we have Afghanistan taking on Uganda in another six hours or so, while tomorrow will also see England taking on Scotland in the late game. Be sure to join us for that, but until then, on behalf of Fidel and the rest of the team this is Madushka signing out!

Aiden Markram: "Yeah happy with the win. The batting was a little up and down, speaks to quite a tough wicket but we found some way to score runs. It's a tough one from a batting perspective. You try to take the pitch out of it, but if the ball misbehaves or there's low bounce, it's just one of those things and hopefully we can take some learnings out of it. [importance of adapting] Lots of different conditions as you move around the tournament. Obviously fortunate that we have our next two games here, so we know what to expect. But important to assess as you move around. [Nortje] Wasn't worried about him, but it's a fantastic day for him. From a mental point of view, he was massively down [with his recent form], so the boys were really happy for him. And hopefully he kicks on for the rest of the tournament.

Wanindu Hasaranga: [right decision to bat first?] Yeah, our batters were looking at 160-170. To be honest this a 120 wicket, especially with our bowlers. [How did you find the pitch?] We went with our bowling strength, that's why we batted first. We wanted to put up a good score and defend it. [Positives] This is early in the tournament, as a team we wanted to do much better especially in the batting. We know we have bowling strength, so if our batters do well we can go further."

Karthik: "Could this game have the most dot balls in a Mens T20I? or all T20s? 74 in SL innings, 52 in SA innings so far." --- It's definitely the most in T20I WC game. 127 out of 214 balls faced by the batters in this game were dots. The previous most was 123 dot balls during SA-IND game in 2007 in Durban and the Oman-Namibia game last night. The most in any T20I is 148 dots between Ireland and Kenya in 2008.

Anrich Nortje is the Player of the Match for his figures of 4 for 7: "It's been a tough few days but we worked really hard. It's just great to get a result and the momentum that goes with it. I'm very happy, been feeling good. It just hasn't paid off in the last few games. But yeah, it's a great result for the team cos it was a tough wicket. Kudos to the team. We didn't know what to expect, we just trying to assess the wicket. I think the boys did really well, especially at the start. So really happy with how it went. Not sure if all the games are going to be like this, so we'll have to keep assessing going forward."

1.36pm So despite some nervy moments South Africa eventually secure a resounding win to kick off their WC campaign in style. On a surface that proved to be two-paced to go with some uneven bounce, Sri Lanka might rue the decision to bat first having won the toss. It was pretty much all downhill from that point on as they struggled to come to terms with the sluggish surface, though credit should go for the South African bowlers who gave the SL batters nothing to work with. With just a target of 78, South Africa then inched their way to victory despite the best efforts of the impressive Lankan bowlers.

16.2
4
Hasaranga to Miller, FOUR runs

And that is that! Miller skips down the track and whips this past Hasaranga to beat the man at long-on. South Africa win by 6 wickets

16.1
1
Hasaranga to Klaasen, 1 run

good length leg break just outside off, cut to deep point for a single

end of over 163 runs
SA: 75/4CRR: 4.68 RRR: 0.75 • Need 3 from 24b
David Miller2 (5b)
Heinrich Klaasen18 (21b 1x4 1x6)
Maheesh Theekshana 1-0-3-0
Wanindu Hasaranga 3-0-17-2
15.6
Theekshana to Miller, no run

Appeal for leg before as Miller is rapped on the pads in front of leg stump. Not out is the call but SL review. This looked to be pitching well outside leg on first glance, and indeed it is.

15.5
1
Theekshana to Klaasen, 1 run

short-arm pull, on the bounce towards deep midwicket

15.4
Theekshana to Klaasen, no run

length on off, goes back and punched to short cover

15.3
1
Theekshana to Miller, 1 run

short of a length, scuffed pulled down to deep midwicket

15.2
1
Theekshana to Klaasen, 1 run

length on the stumps, skids through. Back foot punch down to long on

15.1
Theekshana to Klaasen, no run

good length on off, stays back and defends

Just 6 more needed, and in comes Maheesh Theekshana for a bowl

end of over 1511 runs
SA: 72/4CRR: 4.80 RRR: 1.20 • Need 6 from 30b
David Miller1 (3b)
Heinrich Klaasen16 (17b 1x4 1x6)
Wanindu Hasaranga 3-0-17-2
Matheesha Pathirana 3-0-12-0
14.6
Hasaranga to Miller, no run

good length on the stumps, makes room but ends up punching this to Hasaranga's right. He dives and saves the run

14.5
1
Hasaranga to Klaasen, 1 run

Shorter and pulled away. Timing isn't there as long-on runs around to collect

14.4
4
Hasaranga to Klaasen, FOUR runs

And again! Another full one, and this one is pummelled flat and straight

14.3
6
Hasaranga to Klaasen, SIX runs

Clobbered down the ground! This is floated right up and Klaasen needs little more invitation, as he leans back and just launches this over long-on

14.2
Hasaranga to Klaasen, no run

good length on the stumps, back foot punch. Hasaranga dives to his left and saves the run

14.1
Hasaranga to Klaasen, no run

good length leg break, holds up in the surface as Klaasen stands tall and fends this into the offside

end of over 143 runs
SA: 61/4CRR: 4.35 RRR: 2.83 • Need 17 from 36b
Heinrich Klaasen5 (12b)
David Miller1 (2b)
Matheesha Pathirana 3-0-12-0
Wanindu Hasaranga 2-0-6-2
13.6
1
Pathirana to Klaasen, 1 run

Quality yorker, but Klaasen just about gets bat on it. Ball bobbles away towards square leg and they sneak another single

13.5
1
Pathirana to Miller, 1 run

full on middle and leg, tucked past midwicket. Just the single

13.4
1
Pathirana to Klaasen, 1 run

Oof! Inswinging yorker on the stumps, Klaasen gets an inside edge on the drive as he's caught on the crease. Single to deep backward square

13.3
Pathirana to Klaasen, no run

wide yorker just outside off. Looks to dig this out, but backward point does excellently to save the single

13.2
Pathirana to Klaasen, no run

Good length and this one sticks in the surface. Klaasen is forced to check his drive

13.1
Pathirana to Klaasen, no run

good length outside off, Klaasen punches it tentatively to cover

Sri Lanka chipping away then, but surely there aren't enough runs on the board?

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Q de Kock
20 runs (27)
0 four1 six
Productive shot
flick
8 runs
0 four0 six
Control
64%
H Klaasen
19 runs (22)
1 four1 six
Productive shot
on drive
8 runs
0 four1 six
Control
82%
Best performances - bowlers
A Nortje
O
4
M
0
R
7
W
4
ECO
1.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
K Rabada
O
4
M
1
R
21
W
2
ECO
5.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
Series
Season2024
Player Of The Match
Match numberT20I no. 2635
Match days3 June 2024 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsSouth Africa 2, Sri Lanka 0
Language
English
Win Probability
SA 100%
SLSA
100%50%100%SL InningsSA Innings

Over 17 • SA 80/4

South Africa won by 6 wickets (with 22 balls remaining)
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