Sri Lanka in South Africa, 3 T20I Series, 2019

South Africa vs Sri Lanka - 2nd T20I

Venue: SuperSport Park, Centurion

Date & Time: 22 March 2019

Sri Lanka 164/9

RR: 8.2 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 16 runs

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Right! 2-0 to South Africa, or shall we say, 7-0 to the Proteas, ever since the Tests ended. The Lankans simply have found no arsenal to build on their Test series win and will need to find some magic to try and avoid a whitewash. Do join us on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Johannesburg at 2.30 pm local (1230 GMT) for all the action from the third and final T20I. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious South African skipper, JP Duminy, feels that it is a very satisfying series win, albeit with a few areas to brush up upon but reckons that it was a complete performance in this game. Praises Hendricks and van der Dussen for staging that century partnership. On Steyn, he calls him a champion, setting things himself in the Powerplay, along with Chris Morris. On Morris, he is amazed with the stuff he provides with the new ball and also at the end. Praises Isuru Udana for his terrific knock but will take the win. On his dropped catch and then affecting the run out. JP says that he was fortunate that the ball did not go far after he dropped it. Is looking forward for the final game on Sunday, aiming to end the series on a high.

RASSIE VAN DER DUSSEN HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his record stand with Hendricks, Rassie says that both the players compliment each other nicely and enjoyed their partnership. Adds that Hendricks scores in different areas than him and hence bowling to both of them would be difficult and the pair exploited exactly that. On his World Cup chances, van der Dussen says that he can only work on the opportunities he gets and continue to work harder. On his game plans, Rassie says that one just needs to be aware about all oppositions, one's strengths and one's weaknesses. Adds that now he will rest but tomorrow he will check and analyze how he played tonight.

Sri Lankan skipper, Lasith Malinga, feels that the Lankans bowled well at the start but lost it towards the end. Reckons that 175 was a gettable target on a good pitch like this. Praises Isuru Udana for his fight but laments the lack of support for him. Admits that the first six overs need a partnership to set the tone, which is the talk in the dressing room but throughout the tour, his team has not had it and hopes that the players learn. Praises Udana again for knowing his responsibility and batting sensibly. On himself being 2 wickets away from becoming the leading wicket-taker in T20Is, Malinga smiles and says that he will continue giving his best and just try to restrict the flow of runs. On his near future, Lasith says that he will continue to play as long as his body allows him to and will give it his all in every game.

Save aside that assault from Udana, otherwise it was a good bowling scorecard for the home side. Dale Steyn struck twice in the very first over while Morris broke the backbone of the Lankan innings taking 2 in one over. Sipamla had a tough outing but Pretorius and Shamsi ensured that things were in control. Please do stay tuned for the presentation...

An unbeaten 84 from 48 balls, with 8 fours and 6 sixes. Spare a thought for this man - Isuru Udana Tillakaratna. He came out all guns blazing and took the Protean attack to the cleaners, bashing everyone. Had he got some support at the other end, who knows, Sri Lanka might have even pulled off a coup.

Chasing 181 to win, one needed a good start, if one is a batting team. Instead, South Africa got a terrific start with the ball. 1/1, 5/2, 31/3, 31/4, 56/5... the wickets just kept falling one after the other. In fact at one stage, the Lankans were falling well short of even 100 but Udana's heroics got them so close.

Not a bad effort from Sri Lanka at all. Sorry. From Isuru Udana. He has single-handedly brought the Lankans so close, probably within a couple of bad balls within victory. But to be honest, the Lankans did not deserve to win and they did not.

19.6
1
L Sipamla to I Udana, Outside off, pushed towards long on for a single to end the game. JUST A 16-RUN VICTORY FOR SA.
19.5
6
L Sipamla to I Udana, SIX! Ho ho ho! The match might be over but not the effort. A short ball, Udana launches into this one and pummels it over mid-wicket!
19.4
0
L Sipamla to I Udana, A short ball, outside off, Isuru pulls it uppishly but it almost carries to Reeza Hendricks at deep mid-wicket who dives to take it. Replays show that it was a touch short.
19.3
2
L Sipamla to I Udana, SAFE! Comedy of errors. Slower ball, fuller outside off, Udana reaches out to sweep and drags it through mid-wicket. He is initially happy with the single but Vandersay is halfway down the track to shake hands with him. Seeing Udana stationary, Vandersay stops. But now, Isuru starts to run. There is a run out on offer at the striker's end but the throw comes at the bowler's end where Sipamla fumbles. By that time, Vandersay gets in. Now, Sipamla picks the ball and has a shy at the keeper's end but misses. The keeper collects the ball and disturbs the stumps and appeals. It is referred upstairs but replays show that Udana's dive has got him in. Two runs overall.

Confusion, confusion! Is it a run out in the end?

19.2
0
L Sipamla to I Udana, Misses out. Without any illegal delivery, this match is done. Full and outside off, IU gives himself room to the leg side again, aims to go off side but finds short extra cover.
19.1
6
L Sipamla to I Udana, SIX! Udana continues his party. Moves to 75! Full and outside off, Isuru gives himself room to the leg side, waits for the ball to come to him and swings it over long off!

Jeffrey Vandersay is the last man in. Lutho Sipamla will bowl the final over.

18.6
0
C Morris to L Malinga, OUT! TIMBER! Chris Morris has the last laugh. Perfect yorker on middle, Malinga makes room and looks to drive but misses it and gets bowled. He had no clue about that and he paid the price for it. Expensive over from South Africa. 16 runs and a wicket have come from the over. Sri Lanka need 32 runs in the last over to win the match.
18.5
4
C Morris to L Malinga, FOUR! Third boundary of the over. Full toss and outside off, Malinga looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
18.4
1
C Morris to I Udana, Full on middle, Udana lofts it over mid on for a run.
18.3
6
C Morris to I Udana, SIX! Stand and deliver stuff from Isuru Udana. Full on middle, Udana lofts this straight down the ground for a maximum. He is a player to watch out for.
18.3
0
C Morris to I Udana, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer, Udana does well to duck under it. The umpire gives it a wide for height.
18.2
4
C Morris to I Udana, FOUR! Terrific shot. Full and outside off, Udana smashes it through covers for a boundary.
18.1
0
C Morris to I Udana, Full on off, Udana drives it to covers.

Chris Morris is back on.

17.6
4
T Shamsi to L Malinga, FOUR! JUST OVER THE STUMPS! Floated outside off, Malinga looks to defend but the ball spins in, takes the inside edge and goes over the stumps to the fine leg fence!
17.5
0
T Shamsi to L Malinga, Full and around middle, Malinga looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.

Lasith Malinga comes in at number 10, replacing Akila.

17.4
0
T Shamsi to A Dananjaya, OUT! TIMBER! There goes the 8th wicket. Sri Lanka do not have choice as they have to go for the shots. Floated well outside off, Dananjaya looks to play against the turn, looking to play the slog sweep but in the process, drags it back onto the stumps.
17.3
1
T Shamsi to I Udana, TOP EDGE AND SAFE! Flighted delivery on middle, Udana looks to go big but gets a top edge on this one. It lands in no man's land. It goes towards mid-wicket for a run.
17.2
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Tossed up on off, Udana looks to play a reverse sweep but misses it.
17.1
4
T Shamsi to I Udana, FOUR! Great start to the over. Tossed up on middle, Udana gets on one knee and plays a reverse sweep between point and third man for a boundary.
16.6
1
L Sipamla to I Udana, IN THE AIR AND SAFE! Short delivery, Udana looks to heave it over mid on but gets a top edge. It lands in no man's land. The batsmen take a single. In the process Udana breaks his bat. 33 runs have come from the last two overs.
16.5
0
L Sipamla to I Udana, Bowls a short of a length delivery, Udana looks to hook but misses it completely.
16.4
6
L Sipamla to I Udana, SIX! That is colossal! Maiden T20I fifty for him. Outstanding stuff from him. Length delivery on middle, Udana lofts this cleanly over mid-wicket for a maximum! That has gone out of the park!
16.3
4
L Sipamla to I Udana, FOUR! Off the inner half! Udana will not mind. He moves to 46! A short ball, around off, Isuru swings hard but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat, past a diving short fine leg to the fence behind!
16.2
4
L Sipamla to I Udana, FOUR! WHOOSH! Udana is enjoying himself here. A length ball, outside off, Isuru gets his front leg out of the way and smashes it over cover for a boundary!
16.1
0
L Sipamla to I Udana, A length ball outside off, slower in pace, Udana swings hard but misses.

Lutho Sipamla returns. 2-0-12-0 so far.

15.6
1
JP Duminy to I Udana, Floated on off, Isuru plays it towards point for a run. 18 runs have come from the over. Very big over for Sri Lanka and a much-needed one. Sri Lanka need 68 runs in 24 balls.
15.5
0
JP Duminy to I Udana, Tossed up on middle, Udana looks to sweep but misses it and gets hit on the pads.
15.4
6
JP Duminy to I Udana, SIX! Nice use of the Free Hit. Second six of the over. Full toss on middle, Udana lofts it over mid on for a maximum.
15.4
0
JP Duminy to I Udana, NO BALL! Forget the catch, JP Duminy has overstepped! Full toss on leg, Udana lofts it over mid on but does not get the distance on it. It goes to Markram at long on who takes an excellent catch just before the ropes. He is not sure whether he has touched the ropes or not and throws the ball back in play. All that effort in vain. The next ball will be a Free Hit.

Is that a catch? Aiden Markram has taken a cool catch at long on but he is not sure. Wants the umpire to check it upstairs.

15.3
4
JP Duminy to I Udana, FOUR! They need more of these. Tossed up outside off, Udana looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
15.2
6
JP Duminy to I Udana, SIX! Short delivery on leg, Udana pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
15.1
0
JP Duminy to I Udana, Tossed up on middle, Udana plays a reverse sweep to short third man.

Duminy brings himself on now.

14.6
1
C Morris to I Udana, Full toss on off, Udana drives it towards mid off for a single.
14.5
1
C Morris to A Dananjaya, Full on off, Dananjaya drives it towards covers for a run.
14.4
1
C Morris to I Udana, Full and outside off, Udana drives it through covers for a run.
14.3
0
C Morris to I Udana, Full on off, Udana drives it to mid off.
14.2
4
C Morris to I Udana, FOUR! Length delivery on middle, Udana looks to pull but gets an inside edge. It goes towards fine leg for a boundary.

Chris Morris is back into the attack.

14.1
0
C Morris to I Udana, Full on off, Udana drives it to mid off.
13.6
1
L Sipamla to I Udana, Length delivery on middle, Udana nudges it towards square leg for a run.
13.5
1
L Sipamla to I Udana, OUT! That is simply superb from the skipper! It is ironic to say that it is a superb piece of fielding when the fielder drops a sitter but seeing what he has produced after that, makes your hair stand on end. Let us go event by event. Full and outside off, Udana swings high and handsome in the air. The ball almost touches the stratosphere and when it comes down, Duminy is waiting for it at cover. But he is not able to judge the downward path and catches it away from his body, or rather, looks to do so. Puts it down. But then, here comes the main stuff. Duminy gets up in a flash, quickly sensing that the batsmen are looking for the single. Dhananjaya de Silva has come a long way down but Udana has gone nowhere. Duminy quickly picks up the ball and has an under-arm shy at the bowler's end. Hits them and celebrates. The umpire refers it upstairs and replays show that de Silva is well short.

Akila Dananjaya walks in next.

DROPPED, YET OUT? JP Duminy has put down a sitter but has he claimed a run out via a direct hit? He is confident while the umpire has sent it upstairs. Dhananjaya de Silva is the man in question.

13.4
4
L Sipamla to I Udana, FOUR! Nice shot. Length delivery outside off, Udana lofts it over extra cover for a boundary.
13.3
1
L Sipamla to de Silva, Length delivery on middle, Dhananjaya nudges it towards square leg for a run.
13.2
1
L Sipamla to I Udana, Full on middle, Udana drives it through mid on for a single.
13.1
0
L Sipamla to I Udana, On a good length on off, Udana defends it off the back foot.

Lutho Sipamla is back on. 1-0-4-0 so far.

12.6
0
D Pretorius to de Silva, Length delivery outside off, Dhananjaya guides it towards the keeper.
12.5
1
D Pretorius to I Udana, Full and outside off, Udana pushes it towards covers. The batsmen cross ends.
12.4
0
D Pretorius to I Udana, Full on off, Udana drives it to covers.
12.3
1
D Pretorius to de Silva, Short delivery, Dhananjaya pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single.
12.2
1
D Pretorius to I Udana, Short and outside off, Udana cuts it towards point for a run.
12.1
1
D Pretorius to de Silva, Short and outside off, Dhananjaya cuts it towards point for a run.
11.6
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Floated on off, Udana plays it to point.
11.5
1
T Shamsi to de Silva, Tossed up on middle, Dhananjaya flicks it towards square leg for a run.
11.4
1
T Shamsi to I Udana, Floated on off, Udana defends it towards the off side. The batsmen take a run.
11.3
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Play and a miss! That missed the off stump by a whisker. Tossed up just outside off, Udana looks to defend but gets beaten due to the spin on this one.
11.2
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Floated on off, Udana keeps it out.
11.1
1
T Shamsi to de Silva, Tossed up on middle, Dhananjaya flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
10.6
1
D Pretorius to de Silva, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
10.5
0
D Pretorius to de Silva, Around off, de Silva hops and blocks.
10.4
1
D Pretorius to I Udana, Short and wide outside off, punched off the back foot to deep cover for a single.
10.3
4
D Pretorius to I Udana, FOUR! Good shot! A length ball outside the off stump, Isuru Udana lifts this over the covers for a boundary.
10.2
0
D Pretorius to I Udana, On a length and top of off stump, Udana defends from the crease.
10.1
1
D Pretorius to de Silva, On the pads, worked away wristily for a single by de Silva.
9.6
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Huge shout for LBW, turned down. Inside edge, perhaps. Full and around middle, Udana lunges forward to defend but the ball spins in and takes the inside edge, before hitting him on the pads.
9.5
0
T Shamsi to I Udana, Full and around middle, watchfully defended.

Isuru Udana walks in now.

9.4
0
T Shamsi to A Perera, OUT! Edged and taken! Shamsi amongst the wickets now. Full and outside off, the googly, Perera pushes at it, lunging well away from the body and gets a thick outside edge. Simple catch to JP Duminy at first slip.
9.3
0
T Shamsi to A Perera, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers.
9.2
0
T Shamsi to A Perera, Around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
9.1
1
T Shamsi to de Silva, Down the leg side, flicked through fine leg for a single.
8.6
1
D Pretorius to de Silva, Length delivery on middle, Dhananjaya flicks it towards square leg for a run. Great over from Pretorius. 5 runs and a wicket have come from the over.
8.5
1
D Pretorius to A Perera, Bowls it wide and outside off, Angelo reaches and plays it towards mid off for a single.
8.5
0
D Pretorius to A Perera, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer outside off, Angelo does well to duck under it. The umpire gives it a wide for head height.
8.4
1
D Pretorius to de Silva, Short of a length delivery, Dhananjaya pulls it towards square leg for a single.
8.3
0
D Pretorius to de Silva, On a good length on off, Dhananjaya de Silva defends it off the back foot.
8.2
1
D Pretorius to A Perera, Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.

Dhananjaya de Silva comes in at number 7, replacing Thisara.

8.1
0
D Pretorius to T Perera, OUT! Top edge and taken! Sri Lanka are a sorry 56/5. A short ball, around middle, Thisara looks to pull but gets a top edge. The ball has gone nowhere and the keeper gets under it. Simple catch and Thisara is out of here.
7.6
1
T Shamsi to T Perera, Short and outside off, Thisara cuts it towards point for a run. What an over from Tabraiz Shamsi. Just 3 runs from the over.
7.5
0
T Shamsi to T Perera, Tossed up outside off, Thisara looks to cut but gets beaten on this one due to the away spin on this one.
7.4
1
T Shamsi to A Perera, Flighted delivery on middle, Angelo looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The batsmen change ends.
7.3
0
T Shamsi to A Perera, Floated on middle, Angelo flicks it to the leg side.
7.2
1
T Shamsi to T Perera, Short and outside off, Thisara cuts it towards point for a single.
7.1
0
T Shamsi to T Perera, BEAUTY OF A DELIVERY! Tossed up outside off, Perera looks to drive but gets beaten due to the away turn on this one.

Spin time. Tabraiz Shamsi to bowl.

6.6
2
D Pretorius to A Perera, IN THE AIR BUT SAFE! Short of a length delivery, Angelo pulls it over mid-wicket. It lands in no man's land. The batsmen pick up a couple.
6.5
1
D Pretorius to T Perera, Full on off, Thisara drives it towards mid off for a run.
6.4
1
D Pretorius to A Perera, 50 up for Sri Lanka. Short and outside off, Angelo cuts it towards point for a run.
6.4
0
D Pretorius to A Perera, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer, Angelo does well to duck under it. The umpire gives it a wide for height.
6.3
1
D Pretorius to T Perera, Full on middle, Thisara drives it through mid on for a run.
6.2
0
D Pretorius to T Perera, On a good length on middle, Thisara looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
6.1
0
D Pretorius to T Perera, Full on off, Thisara drives it to mid off.

Pretorius time.

5.6
0
L Sipamla to A Perera, Short and outside off, Angelo cuts it to point. After the Powerplay, Sri Lanka are 47/4.
5.5
0
L Sipamla to A Perera, On a good length on middle, Angelo plays it straight towards the bowler who fumbles. He suddenly wants a run but Thisara does the right thing in sending him back as mid off backs up quickly.
5.4
0
L Sipamla to A Perera, Again on a good length on off, Angelo defends it off the back foot.
5.3
0
L Sipamla to A Perera, On a good length and outside off, Angelo Perera plays it to point.
5.2
0
L Sipamla to A Perera, Outside off, Perera hangs his bat outside off and is beaten by pace.
5.1
4
L Sipamla to A Perera, FOUR! WHAM! Full and outside off, Angelo drives it powerfully straight back down the ground. Thisara just about gets his bat out of the way. The ball rockets down to the long on fence.

Lutho Sipamla into the action now.

4.6
4
D Steyn to T Perera, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Perera smashes it through point for a boundary. 12 runs have come from the over. They need big overs like this.
4.5
6
D Steyn to T Perera, SIX! Amazing shot. Short of a length delivery, Thisara pulls it powerfully over mid-wicket for a biggie. The third umpire wants to check whether the ball has hit the ropes directly or not. The replays show that the ball hit directly in the rope.
4.4
1
D Steyn to A Perera, Length delivery outside off, Perera plays it towards point for a single.
4.3
0
D Steyn to A Perera, On a good length on off, Angelo Perera defends it off the back foot.
4.2
0
D Steyn to A Perera, Outside off, played straight to point.
4.1
1
D Steyn to T Perera, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.

Who is in next? Angelo Perera is the name. Sri Lanka need a partnership.

3.6
0
C Morris to K Mendis, OUT! Caught behind and it is 2 in 2 for Morris! A double-wicket maiden for Morris and the visitors are in a massive pool of trouble. On a good length, outside off, Kamindu just pokes at it. But the ball moves away and takes the thinnest of outside edges. Sinethemba Qeshile hears the nick and straightaway celebrates. The umpire acknowledges. This over might have just broken the Lankan backbone.

Kamindu Mendis walks in at number 5, replacing Dickwella. Fresh from a fine 41 in a low-scoring thriller in the previous game.

3.5
0
C Morris to N Dickwella, OUT! Niroshan Dickwella gives his wicket cheaply. Soft dismissal. After 4 dot balls, Morris gets a wicket. Full on middle, Dickwella looks to loft it over mid on but does not get the timing on it. It goes straight to Lutho Sipamla who takes a comfortable catch. The hosts are three down in no time. Sri Lanka need 150 runs in 97 balls.
3.4
0
C Morris to N Dickwella, Full and swinging down the leg side, Niroshan misses his flick, loses balance and is hit on the pads.
3.3
0
C Morris to N Dickwella, Outside off, punched straight to cover.
3.2
0
C Morris to N Dickwella, A short ball again, Dickwella looks to hook but misses.
3.1
0
C Morris to N Dickwella, Short and outside off, punched through point where Aiden Markram dives to his left and makes a splendid stop.
2.6
4
D Steyn to T Perera, FOUR! Third boundary of the over. Short and outside off, Perera cuts it through point for a boundary. 17 runs have come from the over. Expensive over from South Africa.
2.5
1
D Steyn to N Dickwella, Length delivery on middle, Dickwella looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes towards leg side. The batsmen take a run.
2.4
2
D Steyn to N Dickwella, Length delivery on middle, the keeper-batsman flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
2.3
4
D Steyn to N Dickwella, FOUR! This is even beeter from Niroshan Dickwella. Length delivery on middle, Dickwella plays a scoop over short fine leg for a boundary.
2.2
6
D Steyn to N Dickwella, SIX! First six in the innings for Sri Lanka. Short delivery, Dickwella pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie. They need more of this.
2.1
0
D Steyn to N Dickwella, On a good length on off, Dickwella defends it out.
1.6
1
C Morris to N Dickwella, Length delivery on off, Niroshan guides it towards third man for a run. 9 runs have come from the over.
1.5
4
C Morris to N Dickwella, FOUR! Poor delivery from Morris. Full and down the leg side, Dickwella flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.
1.4
1
C Morris to T Perera, Short and outside off, Perera slaps it through covers for a run.
1.3
2
C Morris to T Perera, Full and outside off, Perera drives it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
1.2
1
C Morris to N Dickwella, On a good length and outside off, Niroshan guides it towards third man for a single.
1.1
0
C Morris to N Dickwella, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Dickwella looks to defend but misses due to the away swing on this one.

Surprise surprise! A promotion for Thisara Perera to number 4. Meanwhile, it will be Chris Morris to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
D Steyn to K Mendis, OUT! Gone! Steyn has two in an over! After a poor delivery the last one, Dale bowls this peach. Lands it on middle and off and on a good length. It shapes away late. Mendis was looking to drive down the ground but the movement knocks the top of off stump after going past the bat. The batsman is almost floored by that ball. Reminds us of the Steyn of the past. Fiery! This match already starting to look in favour of the hosts now!
0.5
4
D Steyn to K Mendis, FOUR! This time the ball finds the ropes. First boundary for Sri Lanka. A length ball on the hips, Mendis flicks it away aerially but in the gap through backward square leg. Fine leg has no time to get around that ball and stop it.
0.4
0
D Steyn to K Mendis, Rippa! A length delivery outside off and shapes away viciously. Mendis wanted to defend that one but the movement had him clueless.

Kusal Mendis is in at number 3, earlier than he would have liked for sure!

0.3
0
D Steyn to A Fernando, OUT! First breakthrough for South Africa. Steyn bowls on a good length on middle, Fernando is early into the shot while looking to flick but gets beaten for pace. The bat turns in his hands. The ball lobs up in the air and goes towards mid-wicket where Shamsi takes the simplest of catches. A unique celebration follows. The visitors need 180 runs in 117 balls.
0.2
0
D Steyn to A Fernando, Again on a good length on off, Fernando defends it out.
0.1
1
D Steyn to N Dickwella, Starts with a good length on off, Dickwella looks to defend but gets an outside edge due to the away movement on this one. It goes towards third man for a run.

We are back for the chase. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Niroshan Dickwella and Avishka Fernando will open the batting for Sri Lanka. Dale Steyn will start the proceedings for South Africa.