World Twenty20: South Africa vs Sri Lanka – As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava & Jayanta Oinam
Updates from the 14th match of 2014 ICC World Twenty20, between South Africa and Sri Lanka being played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.
South Africa innings:
Over 20 || Score 160/8
15 required from last six balls. Malinga fired a yorker, Miller hit that straight to short midwicket, Steyn wanted a single, Miller sent him back, but Steyn was half way down the crease and is run-out! 15 required from 5 balls. Morne Morkel is the new man in, Miller is on strike. Malinga fires another yorker, Miller hit it towards long-on and returned for a suicidal second run, and now Miller is run-out! 14 required from 4 balls. Imran Tahir is the new man in. Malinga fires a yorker again, Tahir hits it towards covers and they haven't gone for a single! 14 from 3 required. Tahir smashed the next ball high in the air and scored two runs, 12 runs required from 2 balls. Tahir worked the penultimate delivery towards covers, and they haven't gone for the single again. Malinga offers some width off the last ball, Tahir slashes hard and it sails all the way over deep cover for a Six! But despite that massive shot, South Africa are short by 5 runs.
DA Miller run out 19 (16b)
DW Steyn run out 0 (2b)
Over 19 || Score 151/6
Kulasekara has been given the big responsibility to bowl the penultimate over. Miller drove the first ball towards long-off for a single. Behardien was on strike and he had to play a big shot, he took his chance but hit the ball straight to Jayawardene at long-on. Dale Steyn is the new man in and he had a long chat with Miller. Miller worked the third ball towards wide of long-on and scored two runs. Miller took a single off the fourth ball. The fifth ball was a dot ball as Kulasekara went for a wide delivery outside the off-stump. Kulasekara ended the over with a dot ball as well. Just four runs and a wicket, brilliant over for Sri Lanka! South Africa need 15 runs from the last over – to be bowled by Lasith Maliga!
F Behardien c Jayawardene b Kulasekara 5 (4b)
Over 18 || Score 147/5
Malinga to bowl his third over. Miller was offered some width off the second ball and he drove that powerfully though covers for a boundary! Miller took a single off the last ball to keep the strike. South Africa now need 19 runs to win from the last two overs.
Over 17 || Score 137/5
Mendis to bowl his final over. Miller took a single off the first ball and Morkel smashed the second ball high over long-on for a Six! The third ball was in Morkel's zone and he smacked that over deep midwicket for an even better Six! Morkel tried to hit his third consecutive six, didn't hit it from the middle of the bat and was caught at deep midwicket by skipper Chandimal. Farhaan Behardien is the new man in. 17 runs from the over, and a crucial wicket of dangerous Morkel.
JA Morkel c Chandimal b Mendis 12 (4b)
Over 16 || Score 120/4
Senanayake to bowl his final over. He has been very impressive today and he picked another wicket for his side when Duminy went for the slog sweep and was caught by Dilshan at deep midwicket. Excellent over this, just five runs and the wicket of a set batsman.
JP Duminy c Dilshan b Senanayake 39 (30b)
Over 15 || Score 115/3
Mendis to bowl his third over. Just five runs from the over. South Africa now need 51 runs from 30 balls. Not to forget, Malinga will bowl 18 off those 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 110/3
Mathews to bowl his third over. There was no long-off and AB played a powerful shot past the fielder at mid-off for a boundary. But Mathews had the last laugh as he changed the pace, AB was charging down the wicket and managed just an edge to Sangakkara! Big big wicket for Sri Lanka! Seven runs from the over.
AB de Villiers c Sangakkara b Mathews 24 (16b)
Over 13 || Score 103/2
Lanka need wickets and Malinga has been brought back into the attack. He begins with a full-toss on the leg side and AB smashes that for a boundary through square leg. Nine runs from the over.
Over 12 || Score 94/2
Mendis to bowl his second over. AB scored a boundary in that over when he drove Mendis through covers for four runs. 11 runs from the over. South Africa are cruising here!
Over 11 || Score 83/2
Hashim Amla scored a boundary off Senanayeke, but then was caught at short cover by Dilshan while trying to go inside out. That was a key wicket for Sri Lanka as Amla was set and was looking to accelerate the pace of his innings. Eight runs from the over.
HM Amla c Dilshan b Senanayake 23 (26b)
Over 10 || Score 75/1
Ajantha Mendis has been brought into the attack, his role will be crucial from Sri Lanka's perspective. Duminy has decided, he won't play too many defensive strokes and he clobbered Mendis for a boundary and a six off consecutive balls. 12 runs from the over. Duminy has certainly relieved some pressure off Amla.
Over 9 || Score 63/1
Perera to bowl his second over. Duminy changed gears in that particular over where he smashed Perera for two boundaries and a six! 16 runs from the over.
Over 8 || Score 47/1
Senanayake to bowl his second over. Just five runs from the over.
Over 7 || Score 42/1
Thisara Perera has been brought into the attack. Good start, just two runs from the over.
Over 6 || Score 40/1
Mathews to bowl his second over. Amla made some room for himself on the leg side and flicked the ball towards short fine leg for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.
Over 5 || Score 32/1
South Africa have got off to a fine start, which is why Lasith Malinga has been brought into the attack. And he strikes, Malinga goes for his yorker and de Kock is bowled! JP Duminy is the new man in. He has been promoted ahead of AB de Villiers. Just one run from the over and a wicket for Malinga! Excellent start this!
Q de Kock b Malinga 25 (18b)
Over 4 || Score 31/0
Senanayake has been brought into the attack. Third ball was short and a misfield from Seekkuge Prasanna led to a boundary! Five runs from the over.
Over 3 || Score 26/0
Kulasekara to continue. The third ball was a length delivery and de Kock launched that towards wide of long-on for a boundary! De Kock made some room for himself on the leg side off the fourth ball, which sailed over deep square leg for a Six! Kulasekara bowled a length ball outside the off-stump and de Kock handsomely drove that through covers for another boundary! 15 runs from the over, de Kock is looking in a devastating mood!
Over 2 || Score 11/0
Angelo Mathews to bowl from the other end. De Kock was offered some room off the second ball and he slapped that past covers for a boundary! Seven runs from the second over. South Africa have a formidable batting line-up. They need to keep wickets in hand for a successful chase.
Over 1 || Score 4/0
Nuwan Kulasekara has the new ball in his hands, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Dock will open the innings for South Africa. Good start from Sri Lanka, four runs from the first over.
Sri Lanka innings:
Over 20 || Score 165/7
Steyn to bowl the final over of the innings. The third ball was a special one from Steyn, a yorker and Mathews was surprised with the pace at which it was bowled. A fine innings from Mathews came to an end. It was a good over from Steyn, but he was unlucky off the last ball as Kulasekara got a thick edge off the last ball which rushed past third man for a boundary! Nine runs from the over. It is a respectable total – a score which would help somebody like Lasith Malinga to aim at the stumps!
AD Mathews b Steyn 43 (32b)
Over 19 || Score 156/6
Morne Morkel picked his second wicket of the match when Perera missed the line of a ball which hit his stumps. Eight runs from the over.
NLTC Perera b M Morkel 8 (6b)
Over 18 || Score 148/5
Dale Steyn has been brought into the attack. Steyn's first ball was a length delivery and Perera smashed that towards wide of long-on for a boundary! The fifth ball was a short delivery and Mathews was lucky on that occasion as they ball took a leading edge, and flew over the keeper's head for a boundary!
Over 17 || Score 138/5
Mathews charged down the wicket and slapped the first ball for a flat six over long-on! Chandimal tried to hit a big hit as he charged down the wicket, but he was stumped by de Kock! Tahir gets his third wicket! Ten runs from the over and Tahir ends his fine spell.
LD Chandimal st de Kock b Imran Tahir 12 (9b)
Over 16 || Score 128/4
Mathews and Chandimal continue the good work and they have added 11 runs in the over. Both these batsmen aren't hesitating in playing the unorthodox strokes to collect as many runs as possible.
Over 15 || Score 117/4
Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal have accelerated the pace of the innings and they are looking in good momentum at the moment. Sri Lanka need these two to stay for another few overs if Sri Lanka entertain any chances of reaching a formidable total.
50 for Parera.
In between, Kusal Parera has reached his half-century by taking a single off JP Duminy towards leg side in the fifth ball of eighth over. In his 29-ball innings, the opener has struck five boundaries and three sixes.
Over 9.5 || Score 83/3
Imran Tahir provided the much needed break for his team by removing the veteran Sangakkara.
Kumar Sangakkara c Lonwabo Tsotsobe b Imran Tahir 14(18)
Sangakkara, in a bid to up the tempo, picked a wide delivery from Tahir which took a top edge. Tsotsobe took the catch at third man as a jubilant Tahir celebrated in his usual style ... running wild.
Over 8 || Score 70/2
Yet another good over for Sri Lanka.
Albie Morkel's first over costed 13 runs for the bowling side, with both Kusal and Kumar Sangakkara hitting a boundary each in the over.
Over 6 || Score 51/2
Kusal Perera continued to punished South African bowlers. He has reached into 30s from 20 odd balls with abundant boundaries to boot.
Over 4.2 || Score 42/2
Second wicket for the Proteas.
Morne Morkel did enough to invite Jayawardene to play an ambitious shot. The Sri Lankan batsman's shot ended up with a catch for Steyn at mid-on.
Mahela Jayawardene c Dale Steyn b Morne Morkel 9 (9b)
Over 4 || Score 38/1
A relatively better over for South Africa as Lonwabo Tsotsobe conceding only eight runs.
So far, it's all about Kusal Perera. The opener has displayed a full range of shots.
Over 3 || Score 30/1
AB de Villiers brought Morne Morkel in place of Dale Steyn in the third over. But the change of bowler didn't particularly worked for the fielding team as Kusal continued to play fearlessly.
The southpaw in on 25 from 13 balls.
Over 2 || Score 22/1
As expected, Lonwabo Tsotsobe shared the new ball with Steyn. The left-handed bowler started his over with a wide, but succeeded in keeping the Sri Lankan's quite by keeping the line and length.
In the centre, Kusal has his imperious compatriot Mahela Jayawardene for company.
Over 1 || Score 17/1
Dale Steyn started the proceedings with a straight delivery- onto the stumps, but Sri Lankan opener Kusal Perera hit two successive boundaries off the second and third deliveries, and followed it up with a huge six.
Thus Sri Lanka are off to a flying start.
But in the last ball, Steyn yorked Kusal's opening partner Tillakaratne Dilshan for a nought.
Tillakaratne Dilshan b Dale Steyn 0 (1b)
Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss, will bat first.
Despite all the worries about Dale Steyn's fitness, the South African speedster will play today.
Here are the teams:
South Africa: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachitra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis
Sri Lanka: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers (capt.), JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir
Chittagong: As the tournament proper enters second day into the competition, now it`s the turn of heavyweights to have their share of bricks and bouquets.
In the first of Group 1 clash, South Africa will take on Sri Lanka, with the Islanders starting as the overwhelming favourites. Sri Lanka were the finalists in two previous occasions, losing to Pakistan in 2009 and West Indies in 2012. So, despite their final jinx, Sri Lankans have always been one of the favourites in the tournament.
Talking about the `jinx`, the Proteas have always been associated with luck and its various other calculations or miscalculations. Besides, they have also not done too well in this competition, for that matter of fact, in any of the ICC tournament. Probably that`s the reason why they are often dismissed as the eternal chokers.
However, the poor past record cannot discount any team and their prospects thereof. Both the teams played two warm-up matches. Sri Lanka lost to defending champions West Indies but earlier, they have defeated continental rivals, India. South Africa defeated both Bangladesh and Pakistan.