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Sri Lanka vs South Africa - Only T20I

Series: South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2018
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date: 14 August 2018

Sri Lanka 99/7 (16 Ovs) RR: 6.19 | Sri Lanka won by 3 wkts

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So, an old-fashioned low scoring humdinger to end the tour for South Africans. It started on a calamitous note for them, they improved drastically with white ball but were exposed against quality spin in the last two matches again. For Sri Lanka, last three matches were exactly what the doctor ordered for them. They will be oozing with confidence when they take on Asian giants in Asia Cup. That's it from us, this is Varun Dixit signing off on behalf of Akshay Maanay, Hariprasad and Vinod.

Angelo Mathews, winning captain: Of course, I had butterflies in my stomach in the end. We made the chase difficult. It is only us to blame, we kept losing wickets and made it tough. There is a lot of improvement in all the three departments. We can carry the momentum to Asia Cup, we are very high on confidence. I want to thank the fans, we let them down in the ODI series but still they came in numbers, supported us and I am glad that we gave them something back.

JP Duminy, losing captain: Another 30-40 runs would have made a huge difference. We tried a few things, unfortunately our execution wasn't there. There were a lot of soft dismissals in the last match, so we thought about playing attacking cricket but we could not execute our plans. We have learnt lots of lessons on this tour. We will take a lot of confidence on winning the ODI series. Spinners did the trick for them. For us, seamers did the damage. It was a good cricket wicket but 99 was never going to be enough. I enjoyed leading today, I wanted to lead from the front but couldn't do it with the bat. We fought well with the ball but it wasn't our day. We changed our mindset and in the first three (ODIs) matches of the series we played really good positive cricket and that is one thing we will take forward. End of September we have a series against ZIM and hopefully we will continue with the same brand of cricket.

Dhananjaya de Silva, Man of the Match: I was playing according to the situation. My team wanted me to hang in and I did that. It was a good pitch, a total of 130 would have been a good score. Fast bowlers were the easiest to bat on this wicket.

22:07 Local Time, 16:37 GMT, 22:07 IST: It was a narrow escape in the end for Sri Lanka. Their supporters must have had their hearts in the mouth in the second half of the run-chase. But Chandimal, in his comeback match brought his experience to the fore and guided his team to a memorable victory. The target was an ordinary one and Sri Lanka definitely made a mountain out of a molehill. Rabada was fiery in his 4-over spell and got two wickets in his first over but South Africa still needed more. Dhananjaya de Silva joined Chandimal and both portrayed good counter-attacking cricket. They were coasting at one point of time but Shamsi with Dala came into the attack and the duo were exceptional. With combined figures of 4-48, made it really interesting but South Africa seriously missed another quality spinner and once their spell was over, Chandimal and Udana took the hosts home. Time for the presentations..

15.6
4
Lungi Ngidi to Udana, FOUR. That's it Sri Lanka win by 3 wickets! Pitches this one up and Udana was ready for it. He plunges forward and drives it straight down the ground, terrific timing and it beats the mid-off fielder and will reach the fence. Chandimal has a bright smile on his face at the non striker's end
15.5
1
Lungi Ngidi to Chandimal, 1 run, drives it to sweeper cover to take another run. Four required now! Sri Lanka are almost there
15.4
2
Lungi Ngidi to Chandimal, 2 runs, another two! This will bring back smiles on the faces of the Sri Lankan fans. It was a full toss on the pads and Chandimal tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple
15.3
2
Lungi Ngidi to Chandimal, 2 runs, great effort from Klaasen! He comes from deep cover to his left and dives full stretch to save it from reaching the fence. They are putting their bodies on the line. It was cut square of the wicket and the duo take a brace
15.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Chandimal, no run, on a good length and at the stumps, Chandimal was in the crease and defends it to short mid-wicket
15.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Chandimal, no run, on a good length and at off, opens the face of the bat to guide it to point

Lungi Ngidi [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

14.6
0
Duminy to Udana, no run, now the straight one. Good variations from Duminy! Udana plays for the turn and it fizzes past his outside edge
14.5
0
Duminy to Udana, no run, this one gripped the surface and it turned, Udana was deceived by it and inside edged it to short mid-wicket
14.4
0
Duminy to Udana, no run, at the pads and Udana pushes it to short mid-wicket
14.3
1
Duminy to Chandimal, 1 run, target down to single digit now. It was on a fuller length and line was outside off, Chandimal moves across and nudges it to the leg-side for a single
14.2
1
Duminy to Udana, 1 run, full toss at the pads, Udana pushes it to long-on to bring Chandimal back on strike

Isuru Udana, right handed bat, comes to the crease

14.1
0
Duminy to Dananjaya, out Bowled!! Skipper gets the wicket on his very first ball. This one doesn't turn at all. Dananjaya made the mistake of playing for the turn, he attempts a drive, it breaches his defence and smashes the stumps. This is turning into a tasty encounter now! Dananjaya b Duminy 2(7)

Duminy to Dananjaya, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Jean-Paul Duminy, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Two slips and backward short leg.

South Africa will be forced to use their fifth bowler now.

13.6
0
Junior Dala to Chandimal, no run, on a good length and at the stumps, taps it poiltely to cover and looks for a single, decides against it and rightly so
13.5
1
Junior Dala to Dananjaya, 1 run, on a fuller length and aimed at the stumps, semi-stride forward and a drive wide of mid-off
13.4
1
Junior Dala to Chandimal, 1 run, back of a length delivery at the body, tucks it to fine leg
13.3
1
Junior Dala to Dananjaya, 1 run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, clips it to fine leg for a single

Slip, gully and backward short leg for Dananjaya.

13.2
1
Junior Dala to Chandimal, 1 run, he was touch late on the shot and it was in the air for wee bit, it falls wide of cover and they take a single
13.2
1
Junior Dala to Chandimal, wide, this is becoming predictable now. It was banged in short again and it was too high, wide
13.1
0
Junior Dala to Chandimal, no run, short of length delivery aiming at the body, hops and defends to cover

Wicket maiden from Shamsi! An absolute rarity in this format. He ends a good spell with figures of 4-1-26-2

12.6
0
Shamsi to Dananjaya, no run, well tossed up delivery, it spun away and went past the outside edge of Dananjaya
12.5
0
Shamsi to Dananjaya, no run, fuller length delivery at the stumps, defends to the off-side

Slip, short cover and backward short leg in.

12.4
0
Shamsi to Dananjaya, no run, it was at the stumps, Dananjaya was deep in his crease and he blocks it to cover
12.3
0
Shamsi to Dananjaya, no run, pushes it to the off-side

Akila Dananjaya, left handed bat, comes to the crease

12.2
0
Shamsi to Perera, out Bowled!! Peach from Shamsi! He bowls a dream delivery, would have loved that. Perera should have gone after him, he doesn't really have a defensive game. He was playing according to the situation but will have to depart. It was another wrong 'un, turned in after pitching. Perera doesn't read it off the hands, he fails to read it off the pitch too. It breaches his defence and goes in between bat and pad to disturb the furniture. South Africa still in it. Perera b Shamsi 0(2)

Shamsi to Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

12.1
0
Shamsi to Perera, no run, wrong 'un to start his spell, hits the pads and goes to the off-side

Backward short leg and a slip in.

11.6
0
Junior Dala to Chandimal, no run, short of length delivery at the body, Chandimal gets behind it and taps it to cover, Perera was looking for a single but Chandimal raises his hand to say 'NO'
11.6
1
Junior Dala to Chandimal, wide, another bouncer attempted. It was too short and it sails over the head of Chandimal. Wide called!

Thisara Perera, left handed bat, comes to the crease

11.5
0
Junior Dala to Shanaka, out Caught by Hendricks!! South Africa are picking up wickets at the regular intervals and courtesy that they are still in the match. It was banged in short, Shanaka went for a half-hearted pull shot, he closes the face of the bat early, gets a top edge and Hendricks at deep square leg takes a fine catch. Shanaka c Hendricks b Junior Dala 16(16) [4s-3]

Junior Dala to Shanaka, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

11.4
0
Junior Dala to Shanaka, no run, mighty heave across the line from Shanaka, gets an inside edge and it hits the pad of front leg, could have easily dragged it back onto the stumps
11.3
0
Junior Dala to Shanaka, no run, mistimes the drive, ends up dragging it back to Junior Dala
11.2
2
Junior Dala to Shanaka, 2 runs, plunges forward and drives it to deep extra cover for a brace
11.1
1
Junior Dala to Chandimal, 1 run, at the pads and Chandimal tucks it to backward square leg
10.6
0
Shamsi to Shanaka, no run, this one turned in and it deceives Shanaka totally, he plays down the wrong line and was rapped on the pads. Shamsi looked confident, umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge shakes his head and he went upstairs, was proved wrong within a minute. SA lose a review

Review Time: SA have taken a LBW review against Shanaka. Replay shows it is missing leg-stump comfortably.

10.5
4
Shamsi to Shanaka, FOUR, this is poor bowling now. He drags this one short, Shanaka had enough time to rock back and chose his spot, he pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a four. No one out there as Duminy has an attacking field
10.4
4
Shamsi to Shanaka, FOUR, now deft touch! Line was outside off and Shanaka waits and waits for this one and opens the face of the bat at the last moment to guide it fine of short third man for a boundary
10.3
4
Shamsi to Shanaka, FOUR, good shot this, bit of risk involved but Shanaka connects it well. It was a fuller length delivery at the stumps, Shanaka gets inside the line of the ball by moving across and sweeps it to fine leg
10.2
0
Shamsi to Shanaka, no run, straight bat and a defensive shot back on the ball which was aimed at the stumps
10.1
1
Shamsi to Chandimal, 1 run, terrific effort from Hendricks stops three runs for his team. It was on a fuller length and Chandimal drives it wide of mid-off where Hendricks dives and stops it
9.6
1
Junior Dala to Chandimal, 1 run, at the pads and he clips it wide of mid-on for a single
9.5
0
Junior Dala to Chandimal, no run, another short of length delivery. He is not afraid to bang it in. Chandimal hops in the crease and defends it down to the off-side. He was right behind this one though
9.4
1
Junior Dala to Shanaka, 1 run, on a good length and outside off, Shanaka steers it to third man for a single. The most used shot in limited over cricket
9.3
0
Junior Dala to Shanaka, no run, good short of length delivery. It hurries Shanaka, in the end he did well to duck under it
9.2
0
Junior Dala to Shanaka, no run, full-toss at the stumps, Shanaka pushes it to mid-on
9.1
0
Junior Dala to Shanaka, no run, hits the deck hard on a good length, Shanaka defends it to cover
8.6
1
Shamsi to Shanaka, 1 run, goes on the back foot and turns it to deep mid-wicket to retain strike
8.5
0
Shamsi to Shanaka, no run, doesn't read it off the hand, line was outside off and he is happy to leave it alone

Backward short leg and leg slip both are in now.

8.4
0
Shamsi to Shanaka, no run, flighted one at the stumps, defended to the leg-side

Dasun Shanaka, right handed bat, comes to the crease

8.3
0
Shamsi to Mathews, out Caught by Klaasen!! Good captaincy from Duminy to have a man at backward short leg and an even better effort from Klaasen to grab that nut, never easy at that position. It was a well tossed up delivery at the pads, Mathews was playing with the spin and nudges it uppishly, Klassen dives low to his left, stretches his left hand and the ball sticks. Sri Lankan skipper departs for a duck. Mathews c Klaasen b Shamsi 0(3)

Shamsi to Mathews, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

8.2
0
Shamsi to Mathews, no run, defends it to the leg-side

South Africa attacking. FSL is in.

8.1
0
Shamsi to Mathews, no run, flighted delivery around off, it spun in and Mathews takes off his bottom hand to push it back

Tabraiz Shamsi [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack

7.6
4
Junior Dala to Chandimal, FOUR, bad delivery! It deserves to reach the fence and Chandimal does the needful. Lots and lots of room, Chandimal punches it wide of cover, places it well and it rolls along the carpet and reaches the fence. No need to run for that!
7.5
0
Junior Dala to Chandimal, no run, on a good length and at the stumps, defends it to cover

Angelo Mathews, right handed bat, comes to the crease

7.4
0
Junior Dala to de Silva, out Caught by Phehlukwayo!! Short ball does the trick. de Silva attempts the pull shot, gets it off the top half of the willow and it scoops up high in the night sky. Phehlukwayo at mid-on settles himself and takes a fine catch. Good innings from de Silva comes to an end, he should have taken them past the finishing line though. de Silva c Phehlukwayo b Junior Dala 31(26) [4s-4 6s-2]

Junior Dala to de Silva, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

7.3
0
Junior Dala to de Silva, no run, on a good length and around off, de Silva pushes it to the off-side
7.2
6
Junior Dala to de Silva, SIX, this short of length delivery lacked venom and de Silva pulls it wide of fine leg for a flat six. Timing was stellar and it goes over the ropes. Junior Dala doesn't have pace of Rabada and de Silva found it relatively easy to deal that
7.1
1
Junior Dala to Chandimal, 1 run, on a good length and at the stumps, Chandimal goes on the back foot and punches it wide of mid-on

Junior Dala, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

6.6
0
Rabada to de Silva, no run, nasty bouncer to end a fiery spell! It was aimed around face and de Silva did well to sway away from the line and duck
6.5
0
Rabada to de Silva, no run, astute slower one outside off, might heave from de Silva but bat was nowhere close to it and he ends up missing it by a mile
6.5
1
Rabada to de Silva, no ball, Rabada oversteps! It was at the stumps and de Silva could only block it back
6.4
0
Rabada to de Silva, no run, good length delivery aroud off, drives it straight to cover
6.3
4
Rabada to de Silva, FOUR, top shot! Nothing wrong with the delivery, it was on a good length and there was just a bit of width. de Silva identifies the line and length early, gets into a terrific position and drives it on the up through cover. Timing was sumptuous and it races to the boundary in a canter
6.2
0
Rabada to de Silva, no run, straight bat comes out on that fuller length ball and blocks it to cover. He held his pose for sometime
6.1
1
Rabada to Chandimal, 1 run, fuller length delivery aiming at the pads, Chandimal comes on the front foot and drives it straight down the ground for a single
5.6
0
Shamsi to de Silva, no run, fuller length around off, de Silva wanted to punch through cover, he was early into the shot and ends up dragging it back to Shamsi
5.5
1
Shamsi to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal goes back and across on this one, it hits him high on the bat and it was in the air for sometime. It doesn't carry to Shamsi and goes wide of him
5.4
0
Shamsi to Chandimal, no run, this one was aimed at the stumps, Chandimal defends it back
5.3
0
Shamsi to Chandimal, no run, now the other one, Chandimal gets his bat down on time and defends it back
5.2
6
Shamsi to Chandimal, SIX, connection wasn't great but bats these days are just outstanding. He goes down on knees, takes out the slog-sweep again and deposits it over backward square leg for half a dozen. Shamsi under pressure!
5.1
4
Shamsi to Chandimal, FOUR, this is poor bowling. It was short and down the leg-side, Chandimal moves inside the line of the ball and slog-sweeps it wide of fine leg for a boundary
5.1
1
Shamsi to Chandimal, wide, tossed up delivery turning down leg, Chandimal leaves and umpire calls it wide

Tabraiz Shamsi, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack

4.6
0
Rabada to de Silva, no run, that's a top nut! Banged in short at good pace, de Silva was hurried by it. He sways away from the line of the ball and ducks
4.5
0
Rabada to de Silva, no run, wanted to steer past gully, there wasn't any third man but gully dives to his right and stops it from going any further
4.4
1
Rabada to Chandimal, 1 run, hits the deck hard on a good length, Chandimal hops in the crease slightly, pushes it wide of cover
4.3
0
Rabada to Chandimal, no run, on a good length around off, it skids off the deck, Chandimal was hurried by it a touch. In the end he manages to open the face of the bat to point
4.2
0
Rabada to Chandimal, no run, good length delivery around off, Chandimal pushes it to mid-off, mistimes this shot
4.1
4
Rabada to Chandimal, FOUR, attempted yorker goes wrong, it ends up being a juicy full-toss at the pads. Chandimal clips it wide of fine leg, finds the gap and it races to the fence
3.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to de Silva, no run, fuller than a good length and de Silva carefully defends towards point
3.5
4
Lungi Ngidi to de Silva, FOUR, gorgeous! "The shot of the innings for me," says Pollock. Textbook back foot punch from de Silva. Rides the bounce on the short of length delivery and creams it past cover. He doesn't even bother to run, just stands there and admires the shot
3.4
4
Lungi Ngidi to de Silva, FOUR, Sri Lanka getting some momentum back their way. The crowd also finding their voice. Ngidi errs by offering width, de Silva with feet stuck together drives on the up and pierces the gap through extra cover
3.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to de Silva, no run, fuller and close to off, de Silva whips it straight to mid-on, either side and that would have been four. Shadow practices the shot
3.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to de Silva, no run, back of a length around off, de Silva knocks it to a squarish mid-off
3.1
6
Lungi Ngidi to de Silva, SIX, streaky! The pace of Ngidi takes it all the way. Not a short delivery to play the pull and hence de Silva looks ugly while playing that, the top-edge runs away fine over the slip cordon and just bounces over the ropes
2.6
1
Rabada to de Silva, 1 run, on the shorter side is Rabada and hurries de Silva on the short-arm jab, mistimed to the right of mid-on
2.5
0
Rabada to de Silva, no run, back of a length around off, de Silva bunts it into the off-side
2.4
4
Rabada to de Silva, FOUR, good shot! More in control this time. Banged in with a cross-seam delivery, rises around chest height, de Silva is unfazed, swivels on his front foot and pulls it through square leg. Rolled his wrists nicely over the ball
2.3
1
Rabada to Chandimal, 1 run, short of length on off, Chandimal taps it in front of mid-on and sets off, Shamsi was the fielder and the duo selected the right man to steal a single, got it with ease
2.2
1
Rabada to de Silva, 1 run, in the air and safe. Tried the get out of jail shot and almost perished. Good length ball angled in, de Silva went for the pick-up shot but with the pace with which Rabada is bowling, it hits the higher part of the bat and balloons over mid-wicket

Two slips and a gully in place

2.1
0
Rabada to de Silva, no run, back of a length on off, de Silva hops and turns it to mid-wicket
1.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Chandimal, no run, short of length around off, Chandimal rides the bounce and knocks it into the off-side
1.5
1
Lungi Ngidi to de Silva, 1 run, now the inside edge. On a length and gets de Silva to play away from the body, he obliges and goes for the drive on the up, the ball squirts off the edge and rolls backward of square
1.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to de Silva, no run, slanted in from a length and de Silva is beaten on the flick, rapped on the pads and there is a stifled appeal for LBW. Clearly going down leg

Duminy stations himself at fourth slip

1.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to de Silva, no run, jaffa! Pommie gets excited on air and yells "GONE". But that has beaten de Silva neck and crop. The nip-backer from Ngidi and de Silva is stuck to the crease, does not account for the movement and is beaten on the inside edge. The ball flies over the stumps

Two slips waiting

1.2
1
Lungi Ngidi to Chandimal, 1 run, edged and safe. Fuller and outside off, Chandimal drives and the thick outside edge runs down to third man
1.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Chandimal, no run, beaten! Ngidi also hits the surface hard and gets it to lift outside off, Chandimal has a waft away from the body and is beaten comfortably. Almost two-three inches between bat and ball

Lungi Ngidi, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

Dhananjaya de Silva, right handed bat, comes to the crease

0.6
0
Rabada to Kusal Mendis, out Lbw!! Excellent review! Rabada said it was 50-50 to de Kock and the keeper told his skipper to take the chance. Sri Lanka have lost two in the first over. This game ain't over! Rabada is fired up. Pinpoint yorker aimed for the base of the stumps, Mendis is beaten for pace once again and is late in bringing his bat down, the ball beats the inside edge and crashes into the back pad. Ball-tracking showed it to be hitting leg-stump. UltraEdge picked up a spike but it was bat brushing the surface. Kusal Mendis lbw b Rabada 1(3)

Rabada to Kusal Mendis, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

South Africa review: Rabada gestures it is marginal. de Kock gives Duminy the signal to go for the review. Fair delivery. There is a spike as ball passes bat. But there is contact with the ground as well and that is what the third umpire thinks as well. Three Reds! OUT!

0.5
0
Rabada to Kusal Mendis, no run, sharp short of length and Mendis swings off his feet attempting the pull, but the ball is through before the bat comes down. Just too quick! Good come back from Rabada

Free-hit coming up!

0.5
2
Rabada to Chandimal, no ball, 1 run, poor from Rabada. Oversteps and offers space outside off, Chandimal runs it down to third man

Dinesh Chandimal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

0.4
0
Rabada to Kusal Perera, out Caught by Shamsi!! South Africa have an early wicket. The crowd are stunned. So is Perera. Stands his ground before walking off. Fuller delivery angled across the southpaw, Perera went through the line trying to clear mid-on, does not get the elevation and Shamsi is right on the edge of the circle to take that. The ball was traveling and he did well to have his body behind. Kusal Perera c Shamsi b Rabada 3(3)

Rabada to Kusal Perera, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

0.3
2
Rabada to Kusal Perera, 2 runs, in the air and wide of mid-off. Back of a length delivery outside off, Perera checks his back foot punch and sends it uppishly to the right of Duminy, who chases it down
0.2
1
Rabada to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, short of length and hits the bat hard, the line is around leg and hence Mendis is able to glance it to fine leg
0.1
1
Rabada to Kusal Perera, 1 run, back of a length close to off, Perera is on the back foot to defend, the ball holds its line to find the inside edge and the ball drops after a deflection off the pad, the duo race across

Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis are at the crease. Kusal Perera is on strike. Rabada will open the attack