length ball outside off, and he slices a cut shot over cover. Man in the deep cleans up and South Africa win the Super over!
final ball coming up.
10.20pm And that's all from Newlands. The first T20I was full of twists and turns, and almost had a surprise ending. Whatever the result, Sri Lanka made a real fist of things, and South Africa will expect more of the same when the teams meet in the second match at Centurion on Friday night. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage, and please do join us again. Until next time, goodbye!
"That was great fun," says winning captain Faf du Plessis. "The series needed a bit of that, a tight finish. Both teams put under pressure to see how they respond. We didn't deal well with it, with the bat, but getting another opportunity with the Super Over, we did. Big risks can pay off. We're working with Dave behind the scenes (as a wicketkeeper) to explore that option. He was nervous to do it in a full match, but what a way to start with that nick off Dale, and a perfect day behind the stumps. I was surprised the way the pitch played, I didn't think it would spin that much. Malinga has been the world's best T20 bowler for donkey's years. He knows what he's doing, and it's really hard to hit him. Andile is getting a reputation as someone who plays big moments well. He didn't come off with the bat, but we need guys like that. He's maturing, and hopefully he'll keep building on that."
David Miller is the Man of the Match. "It was a little bit longer than expected," says Miller. "Didn't expect the Super Over, but great result. We haven't really prepped for something like that, but took five minutes and gathered our thoughts about who should bat and bowl. Rassie and I were going well, then he lost his wicket, and my run out was very unnecessary. But we got the win at the end of the day and we can learn from it. We thought around 10 would be a good figure in the Super Over, so we tried to give ourselves a chance and it came off well."
10.10pm "T20 is a very interesting game," says Lasith Malinga. We tried our best, but at the end of the day we didn't get what we need. But I'm still really happy with how we did. I think 130 is not enough to win a T20 game, but using two spinners did work. But at the end of the day we couldn't get through. I'm used to these situations and conditions. Now I'm getting too old! (Laughs). I tried my best to show the youngsters how it's done, bowling the variations. I tried the variations in the Super Over, but it didn't happen, Miller batted really well. I always believe people can do something special. I got four wickets in four balls once, so something is always possible."
Adarsh: "So that was Tahir's Last international match in South Africa. What a match and a fitting end to his career in his own country. That roar signifies his emotions. "
9.57pm Please stick with us for the presentation. Will be interesting to hear what both captains have to say.
Azweer: "CSK is waiting for Faf, Tahir & Ngidi..."
9.56pm What joy on Tahir's face. He gives out a full-throated roar to soak in the win. The South Africans hug it out, the Sri Lankans walk out in disappointment. Ottis Gibson breathes a sigh of relief.
full and wide outside off, but turning further away. Thisara lets it go, and this is a wide!
full just outside off, and he goes for an expansive slog sweep again. Thisara misses the slog, and Tahir's celebrating like he's won!
full outside off, and turning further away. Doesn't bowl the googly well, and that's wide! SL need 12 off 2
in the air, and dropped by Steyn! Full on off, and the attempted slog takes a leading edge to long off. Steyn runs in to take the easiest of catches, but the ball hits his palm and pops out
full and wide outside off, and the slower delivery turns farther away after hitting the deck. Goes for an expansive slog to long on, but cannot connect. Tahir gives out a big roar
short and flat, wide outside off, and Avishka tries to cut. He misses, and de Kock drops the catch! Oh, and Miller's no longer keeping. QdK is
Tom : "Am I the only person who thinks Super Overs are rubbish? If it's a tie, it's a tie! No need to force an unnecessary winner, more often than not a super over is an anticlimax! "
quicker ball, on leg stump, and he muscles a leg-side pull to deep midwicket. Nearly carries to the man in the deep
9.52pm Oh dear, the area below the sightscreen is on fire! But people have quickly spotted in, and killed the fire. OK, here we go. Time for the day's final over. For certain.
Perera's on strike, without a helmet. That means Imran Tahir will bowl the super over. Will Tahir's variations win the battle, or will Thisara's levers do the trick?
Ali Hasnain: "What a mess SA got themselves into. From no where they got into this situation. Stop blaming dickwella .. srilanka should not have been in a winning position."
9.49pm Avishka Fernando's walking out. And so is Thisara Perera
9.43pm Two boundary-shots from Miller have given them a solid total to defend. If Sri Lanka score 14 too, then South Africa win because the hosts have hit more boundaries tonight.
Who will Sri Lanka field with the bat?
Aruna Caldera: "15 to get, send Dickwella in and ask to clear the mess he got SL in to "
Monasha: "Ran out of fingernails, so brought the nail cutter to work on the legs nails."
full on middle, and he drives this straight. Malinga gets a hand to it, and that slows the ball down. Allows South Africa to get the second run. Sri Lanka need 15 to win
final ball coming up.
yorker on middle, but he drills an inside out drive to extra cover! Shades of Klusnener in the final over of the 1999 World Cup semi
wiiiild! Full toss, but dipping outside off, and Miller can't slap it away. Ball goes through to Dickwella, and the square-leg umpire thinks that's a fair delivery. Quite a dip there
fuller on off, and Miller's down on one knee. Swings across the line and this has cleared square leg!
length ball, just outside off, and he gently guides it away to midwicket for a single. They want a second run, but SA have been plagued by run-outs tonight. They eventually stick with the single
Van der Dussen on strike now.
length ball on off, and only 115 kph. Cut square to point for a single
9.36pm Miller is padded up. Lasith Malinga will bowl.
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.
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.."
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
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.
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"
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 "
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
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
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, 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.
Superb Malinga over, and spell. Twenty-three balls and only 11 runs from him tonight
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"
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
full just outside off, and the ball grips off the surface, before going past his outside edge. Through to the keeper
full on off, and driven with the bat's open face to deep point. Happy to take a single
slower ball, full on leg, and defended towards the leg side
SA need 6.
tapped away to point, and they want the quick run! Completed, rather comfortably
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
crunched! Fast and full on middle, but he brings out the reverse sweep. No chance for anybody!
arm ball, wide outside off and extra turn off the pitch. Surprises Phehlukwayo, who tried to cut
half-tracker outside off, and he drags a pulled shot to deep midwicket
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...?"
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...
length ball on off, and tapped away to point off the back foot
Boy oh boy
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