Sri Lanka vs S Africa
It is often said that low scoring matches are the most exciting. This one was no exception, as both batting line-ups struggled on a slow deck. South Africa looked to have scored an under-par total of 115 but Sri Lanka paced their chase poorly. They left too much to do in the final overs and then started to lose wickets regularly. The pressure told on the new batsmen at the crease and South Africa ended up defending a very modest total. The visitors won by 12 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three match series.
Over 20 - SL 103/9 (Mendis 0, Sangakkara 59)
Sangakkara sweeps the pace of Morkel over mid-wicket to get his team four runs closer to victory. A scoop then goes for another boundary. 13 needed off 3 deliveries. A dot ball means that if Morkel doesn't bowl any extra's, South Africa cannot lose. Another dot means that the Proteas will win this first T20 series. The number 1 T20 team in the world have been beaten.
Over 19 - SL 95/9 (Mendis 0, Sangakkara 51)
Parnell is back to bowl a potentially match defining over. After a couple dot balls, South Africa are favourites for the first time in this match. WICKET. Senanayake is caught behind by de Kock. WICKET. Malinga hits a full-toss straight to point and is comfortably caught. A double wicket maiden means that Morkel will have 21 runs to defend off the last over.
Over 18 - SL 95/7 (Senanayake 0, Sangakkara 51)
Morkel is back to try and defend the runs at the death. Perera has a reputation as a big hitter, but it is difficult for anybody to walk to the crease and smash it from ball one. Sri Lanka are digging themselves into a very tough position. WICKET. Perera mis-hits and is caught at mid-off. Some brilliance by Sangakkara ends the over as he scoops a boundary to bring up his 50.
Over 17 - SL 90/6 (Perera 0, Sangakkara 46)
Tahir is back for his last over. Sangakkara backs away and finds the vacant space over extra cover where he finds a much needed boundary. WICKET. de Villiers completes another good catch above his head on the long-off boundary. Thirimanne is on his way and may have thrown South Africa a life line.
Over 16 - SL 83/5 (Thirimanne 4, Sangakkara 40)
Duminy will complete his ration of four overs. The over is worked around for singles. Sri Lanka look to be setting a platform for their final charge to the target.
Over 15 - SL 79/5 (Thirimanne 2, Sangakkara 38)
Davids comes into the attack to bowl some part-time off-spin. If Sangakkara bats through, Sri Lanka will still win. He is definitely the key. Sangakkara lofts a drive straight down the ground and picks up a boundary that settles the crowd.
Over 14 - SL 72/5 (Thirimanne 0, Sangakkara 33)
Duminy's third over starts with a two as Sangakkara runs well between the wickets. WICKET. A very soft dismissal as Mathews bunts it straight back to Duminy who completes the caught and bowled. JP is having a great game with runs and now wickets. WICKET. Mendis sweeps his first ball to the man posted on the square-leg boundary. Tahir who took the catch celebrates and Duminy finds himself on a hat-trick.
Over 13 - SL 69/3 (Mathews 4, Sangakkara 30)
Wiese gets his first bowl in international cricket. A huge appeal for caught behind is turned down by the umpire. Sangakkara rubs salt into the wound by cutting the next delivery to the boundary. Wiese's first over costs 8 runs.
Over 12 - SL 61/3 (Mathews 3, Sangakkara 24)
Sangakkara hits Duminy over cover with the turn for a one-bounce four before pulling a short delivery to the boundary. The Sri Lankan left-hander looks to be in now which is not a good sign for South African fans.
Over 11 - SL 52/3 (Mathews 3, Sangakkara 15)
Sangakkara tries to hit Tahir over cover. Duminy drops a very tough chance, but that could have been the chance to win the game. Six comes off the over as Sri Lanka stutter towards the target.
Over 10 - SL 46/3 (Mathews 1, Sangakkara 12)
Duminy is brought into the attack to bowl some off-spin. WICKET. Dilshan attempts to clear the ropes but de Villiers takes a very good catch on the long-on boundary. Sri Lanka are digging themselves into a hole. The Proteas have a spring in their step as they feel thay are back in the match.
Over 9 - SL 44/2 (Dilshan 9, Sangakkara 11)
Tahir starts another over. The ball keeps low and nearly gets through Sangakkara. A well bowled over yields just 3 singles.
Over 8 - SL 41/2 (Dilshan 7, Sangakkara 10)
Sri Lanka take a quick single, and the direct hit results in an over-throw. The batsmen are finding the fielders, meaning that the scoring rate is being kept in check.
Over 7 - SL 35/2 (Dilshan 5, Sangakkara 6)
Tahir gats his first bowl in an international T20 match. He is a genuine wicket-taker who has all the variations up his sleeve. Sangakkara gets down on one knee and sweeps fine to collect four runs.
Over 6 - SL 29/2 (Dilshan 4, Sangakkara 1)
The Proteas have started the defence of their total very well. If they manage to remove Sangakkara and Dilshan cheaply, then it will be game on. Parnell comes into the attack. A good start for Parnell who will be looking to impress in his return to international cricket.
Over 5 - SL 27/2 (Dilshan 3, Sangakkara 1)
Tsotsobe is bowling with a lot more pace than he has done in the past 18 months. WICKET. The pace and bounce finds the edge. Chandimal is caught behind by de Kock. The form batsman in Sri Lanka now makes his way to the wicket.
Over 4 - SL 24/1 (Dilshan 1, Chandimal 8)
WICKET. Morkel gets the breakthrough. Perera attempts to go over the top but only manages to hit it straight up in the air. cover completes the catch. Morkel's poor control continues as he over-steps. The free hit is lifted over sqaure-leg for a boundary and gets Chandimal off the mark. Chandimal ends the over in style as he plays a lofted drive on the up for his second boundary. That stroke shows how true the pitch really is.
Over 3 - SL 15/0 (Dilshan 1, Perera 11)
Dishan is off the mark as he swats a short ball to the deep square-leg fielder. A quiet over results in Dishan attempting to play his signature scoop, but no contact is made.
Over 2 - SL 13/0 (Dilshan 0, Perera 10)
Morkel shares the new ball and will provide the batsmen with plenty of pace to work with. The ball is talking as Perera is consecutively beaten outside the off-stump. The good balls are surrounded by wides though which relieves any pressure. Perera recognises one and crashes it through cover to collect another boundary.
Over 1 - SL 7/0 (Dilshan 0, Perera 6)
Tsotsobe will have the first crack with the new ball. Perera smashes through the line and clears mid-off to get himself off the mark. The bowler pulls his length back and is pulled for another two runs.
End of innings
South Africa limped to 115/6 off their 20 overs. It is the lowest ever T20 score by a South African team when they have batted the full 20 overs. Duminy, the top scorer, has admitted that it probably won't be enough. It is a very good pitch and I feel that South Africa needed about 160 in order to be competitive. The Sri Lankans bowled well, but were aided by the lack of urgency shown by the Proteas. The hosts should knock off the required runs easily when they come out to bat.
Over 20 - SA 115/6 (Wiese 3, Parnell 0)
Mendis starts the last over with a full-toss. Dunimy hoiks it through mid-wicket for a boundary and brings up his 50. Wiese is off the mark first ball in international cricket. WICKET. Dunimy doesn't hit the full-toss far enough and is caught on the mid-wicket boundary. Wiese skies the last ball which is dropped by the bowler and the batsmen scamper through for two runs to end the innings.
Over 19 - SA 107/5 (Wiese 0, Duminy 46)
Malinga starts his final over. He has earned a reputation for bowling yorkers at the death of an innings, so the South African batsmen will have their work cut out. The bowler misses his length and Miller cracks it to long off. The fielder catches the ball but loses balance and throws it back into the field of play. No wicket, but five runs are saved. WICKET. Miller slices the ball into the off-side and is caught on the cover boundary. Wiese makes his way to the crease on debut.
Over 18 - SA 102/4 (Miller 23, Duminy 43)
Mendis should complete his ration of overs from this end. Miller finds the middle of the bat and his first boundary is a six straight down the ground. The 100 comes up at the same time as the 50 partnership.
Over 17 - SA 90/4 (Miller 13, Duminy 41)
Malinga is back and should bowl two out of the final four overs. The batsmen look disinterested in attacking and giving their bowlers a sporting chance. Dunimy picks the slower-ball and slaps it through the leg-side for a much needed boundary.
Over 16 - SA 81/4 (Miller 11, Duminy 35)
Senanayake is back, he has been the chief destroyer today. An outside edge brings Miller a welcome two runs, he is yet to strike a boundary. It is time for the batsmen to go big, as they will not post a competitive total at this rate.
Over 15 - SA 75/4 (Miller 7, Duminy 33)
Mendis is back and almost spins one through Miller's gate as the batsman tries to drive against the turn. Singles are being knocked around, but it has reached the stage where big hits are required. Duminy agree's and sweeps the first six of the innings.
Over 14 - SA 65/4 (Miller 5, Duminy 25)
Dilshan is given another over. Miller shows the first signs of aggression by advancing down the wicket. He doesn't get to the pitch though and a single is the result.
Over 13 - SA 59/4 (Miller 3, Duminy 21)
It may be hard to believe, but the pitch is actually good for batting. There is no seem movement and only a touch of spin. The batsmen can't blame the conditions for the situation in which they find themselves. Another tame over is defended as Mathews finishes with 1/13 off his four overs.
Over 12 - SA 56/4 (Miller 2, Duminy 19)
Dilshan is back into the attack. Its a smart move as the fifth bowler can get another over out the way while the new batsman gets used to the conditions. Five singles come from a bowler that South Africa really should be targeting.
Over 11 - SA 51/4 (Miller 0, Duminy 16)
Mathews is back and de Villiers slapps the first ball straight to mid-wicket, a tough chance is dropped. WICKET. The second delivery is sliced into the outfield and the catch is completed this time. de Villiers is gone and South Africa are crumbling. A single prevents the wicket maiden, but the pressure is building rapidly.
Over 10 - SA 50/3 (de Villiers 15, Duminy 15)
Mendis is introduced, this will be the spell that defines the Proteas innings. Mendis is the only bowler to have taken 6 wickets twice in T20 international cricket. Four leg-byes rescues the over for South Africa, but it still yields only 6 runs.
Over 9 - SA 44/3 (de Villiers 14, Duminy 14)
Malinga is back to break the partnership after South Africa's first good over of the innings. He almost does the trick straight away as de Villiers top edges a short delivery which narrowly lands before fine-leg. The batsmen are dealing with the pace reasonably comfortably, but spin will prove the real challenge.
Over 8 - SA 38/3 (de Villiers 12, Duminy 10)
Perera is welcomed to the bowling crease by a picture perfect cover drive, resulting in a boundary to de Villiers. Much more urgency is shown by the batsmen as they recognise what is being delivered. A short ball is pulled easily for four by de Villiers.
Over 7 - SA 27/3 (de Villiers 2, Duminy 9)
The power play is behind us and South Africa are in deep trouble, especially since the two gun bowlers in the form of Malinga and Mendis still have 7 overs between them. Dilshan is brought into the attack.
Over 6 - SA 23/3 (de Villiers 0, Duminy 7)
Senanayake is struck for four straight down the ground by du Plessis. The South African skipper spoke during the week about the need to put pressure on the Sri Lankan spinners. WICKET. It has not worked. Faf moved around the crease once too aften and the furniture is disturbed.
Over 5 - SA 19/2 (du Plessis 4, Duminy 7)
Mathews continues as the batsmen look to stop the carnage. Duminy plays a lovely stroke through the covers and picks up his first boundary. A couple is nudged past mid-on as the scoreboard finally starts to tick over.
Over 4 - SA 13/2 (du Plessis 4, Duminy 1)
Faf moves around the crease causing the off-spinner to bowl a wide. The pressure is showing as du Plessis takes a single that was not there, Davids is lucky to escape being run out. WICKET. Davids is struck on the pad, trying to sweep a half-volley, and is given out lbw. He never looked comfortable and a very shaky innings has come to an end.
Over 3 - SA 10/1 (du Plessis 3, Davids 1)
The fall of an early wicket has resulted in Malinga being whipped out of the attack and saved for the death. The accurate Mathews replaces him. A steady start for the bowler means that South Africa are half-way through the power play and have scored just 10 runs.
Over 2 - SA 7/1 (du Plessis 1, Davids 0)
Senanayake shares the new ball. WICKET. The off-spinner slides on with the arm and traps de Kock plum in front. Immediately, South Africa struggle with the spin. Sri Lanka have started well.
Over 1 - SA 6/0 (de Kock 5, Davids 0)
Malinga is given the first over and will look to set the tone for the hosts. The first ball is a yorker but slides slightly down the leg-side, giving South Africa a leg-bye to get off the mark. The ball is changed after just three deliveries because the seam has split. The first three balls swung for Malinga, so this could be good news for the batsmen. The new balls swings down the leg-side and is glanced for the first boundary.
The pitch is dry and will be similar to the ODI track. It will be dry and a bit slow but runs will be on offer if the batsmen apply themselves. Sri Lanka have picked plenty of spin options which suggests that the deck will turn.
Sri Lanka XI
Dilshan, K Perera, Sangakkara, Chandimal,Thirimanne, Mathews, J Mendis, T Perera, Senanayake, Malinga, A Mendis.
South Africa XI
de Kock, Davids, du Plessis, de Villiers, Duminy, Miller, Wiese, Parnell, Morkel, tahir, Tsotsobe.
South Africa win the toss and decide to bat first on a dry Colombo surface.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over of the first Twenty20 International - in the three-match series - between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
- 2nd Aug 2013
- South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.
- R. Premadasa Stadium
- R Martinesz, Wimalasiri
- TV Umpire
- R S A Palliyaguruge
- Match Referee
- A J Pycroft
- Reserve Umpire
- T H Wijewardene
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|M.D.K.J. Perera||c Wiese b Morkel||11|
|T.M. Dilshan||c de Villiers b Duminy||9|
|L.D. Chandimal||c de Kock b Tsotsobe||8|
|K.C. Sangakkara||Not out||59|
|A.D. Mathews||c&b Duminy||4|
|B.M.A.J. Mendis||c Tahir b Duminy||0|
|H.D.R.L. Thirimanne||c de Villiers b Tahir||5|
|N.L.T.C. Perera||c du Plessis b Morkel||0|
|S.M.S.M. Senanayake||c de Kock b Parnell||0|
|S.L. Malinga||c du Plessis b Parnell||0|
|Extras||1nb, 5w, 1lb||7|
|Total||20.0 Overs||103 - 9|