ICC World Twenty20, Match 32, Group 1 - South Africa vs Sri Lanka - As it happened...
South Africa ended their ICC World Twenty20 campaign on a winning note.
In the dead rubber of the ICC World Twenty20, Match 32, South Africa crush Sri Lanka by eight wickets at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
Over 17.4 || Score 122/2 (Amla 56; De Villiers 20)
Off the 4th ball, De Villiers smacked Lakmal for a six to finish off the game in style. With the massive hit South Africa beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets with 14 balls to spare in a dear rubber.
Over 17 || Score 112/2 (Amla 55; De Villiers 12)
Shanaka proved expensive in the 2nd over as he leaked 13 runs off it. First de Villiers smacked him for a six and then Amla collected a boundary. SA need 9 runs from 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 99/2 (Amla 50; De Villiers 6)
It seems that Lanka bowlers have thrown in the towel. Amla hit a boundary and six in the last two overs. Amla has also completed his fifty and 1000 in T20I. SA need 22 runs from 24 balls.
Over 14 || Score 80/2 (Amla 35; De Villiers 2)
Lakmal got lucky wicket in the form of Faf as he was given LBW, even after getting a thick edge off his bat before the ball hit his pad. Big roar from the crowd as they welcomed AB de Villiers. Ten runs came in the last two overs along with the wicket. SA need 41 runs from 36 balls.
F du Plessis lbw b Lakmal 31 (36b)
Over 12 || Score 70/1 (Amla 31; Faf 28)
Both the batsmen are dealing in singles and doubles and are not looking in any hurry to finish off the game. 11 runs have come in the last two overs. SA need 51 runs from 48 balls.
Over 10 || Score 59/1 (Amla 27; Faf 22)
Faf hit two boundaries in last three overs as Proteas cross the 50-run mark. Now the batting unit is cruising towards victory. SA need 62 runs from 60 balls.
Over 7 || Score 38/1 (Amla 22; Faf 6)
Double bowling change as Shanaka is set to bowl his first over. The bowler conceded four in it. SA need 83 runs from 13 overs.
Over 6 || Score 34/1 (Amla 20; Faf 5)
Vandersay to bowl his opening over. Excellent bowling by the spinner as he gave mere two runs in it.
Over 5 || Score 32/1 (Amla 18; Faf 4)
Herath with his 2nd over. Amla hit the spinner for a boundary off his 4th ball. The spinner leaked 8 runs.
Over 4 || Score 24/1 (Amla 11; Faf 3)
Pacer Lakmal to continue. Amla flicked the 4th ball towards wide long on for a boundary. Eight runs came from the over.
Over 3 || Score 16/1 (Amla 6; Faf 1)
First bowling change! Herath to bowl. Tight over first up the left-arm spinner as he conceded mere a single.
Over 2 || Score 15/1 (Amla 6; Faf 0)
Suranga Lakmal to bowl the over. Amal cut the third ball towards point region to collect his first boundary. De kock run out! as Proteas lost their first wicket. Skipper Faf has walked into the middle.
Q de Kock run out 9 (6b)
Over 1 || Score 9/0 (Amla 1; De Kock 8)
South African opener Amla and De Kock are in the middle, while, Shehan Jayasuriya is set to start the bowling proceedings for the Lanka. Amla took a single off the first ball to open his team's account. Then came two consecutive boundaries from the De Kock's willow. Nine runs came from the over.
Sri Lankan Innings
Over 19.3 || Score 120/10 (Shanaka 20)
Abbott to bowl the final over of the innings. Off the 2nd ball, Vandersay lost his wicket. And then Lakmal got run-out in the next ball! Islanders didn't manage to play the entire 20 overs as they lost all their wickets.
RAS Lakmal run out 0 (1b)
JDF Vandersay b Abbott 3 (7b)
Over 19 || Score 119/8 (Shanaka 19; Vandersay 3)
Steyn to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. Shanaka collected a boundary off the 3rd ball. Still the pacer conceded mere six runs in the over.
Over 18 || Score 113/8 (Shanaka 14; Vandersay 2)
Abbott picked his first wicket of the match in the form of Herath. Poor batting display by Lankan batsmen after getting a flying start. Jeffrey Vandersay has joined Shanaka in the middle. Five from the over.
HMRKB Herath c de Kock b Abbott 2 (5b)
Over 17 || Score 108/7 (Shanaka 12; Herath 2)
Shanaka hit Behardien down the ground for a six. 12 runs came from the last two over. Lanka should look to play all 20 overs. Islanders have crossed the 100-run mark.
Over 15 || Score 96/7 (Shanaka 2)
Steyn back into action. Perera hit the world-class pacer for a boundary off the first ball. Steyn has the last laugh as he got the better of Perera off the last ball. Seven runs came from the over.
Over 14 || Score 89/6 (Perera 3; Shanaka 1)
Imran Tahir to bowl. Another Lankan batsman bite the dust. Kapugedera Out! Batsmen are looking listless at the moment. Islanders need a partnership here. Four came off the over along with a wicket.
CK Kapugedera b Imran Tahir 4 (7b)
Over 13 || Score 85/5 (Perera 0; Kapugedera 4)
Dilshan Out! Behardien picked up his 2nd wicket as the opener was trapped in front of the wicket. SL in deep deep trouble now. Perera has come to the middle.
TM Dilshan lbw b Behardien 36 (40b)
Over 11 || Score 80/4 (Dilshan 34; Kapugedera 1)
Behardien to bowl. Lanka lost another wicket as new man Jayasuriya gave a simple catch to Faf at covers. Islanders have lost all four wickets in a heap. Three from the over along with a wicket.
DSNFG Jayasuriya c du Plessis b Behardien 1 (3b)
Over 10 || Score 77/3 (Dilshan 32; Jayasuriya 1)
Sri Lanka lost their third wicket in the form of Siriwardana, who got run out. This wicket also fell in Phangiso's over. Six runs came in the over.
TAM Siriwardana run out 15 (10b)
Over 9 || Score 71/2 (Dilshan 31; Siriwardana 11)
Imran Tahir with his 2nd over. 2nd ball by the leggie was above waist as SL got a free hit. Dilshan made full use of the free hit as he collected his 4th boundary off the match. Another good over for the batting side as 11 came off it.
Over 8 || Score 62/2 (Dilshan 25; Siriwardana 9)
David Wiese to bowl. Siriwardana welcomed the bowler with a boundary towards long leg. Expensive over as eight runs came off it.
Over 7 || Score 54/2 (Dilshan 23; Siriwardana 3)
Dilshan hit Phangiso for a boundary off the fifth ball as Islanders cross the 50-run mark. The spinner conceded seven in the over.
Over 6 || Score 47/2 (Dilshan 18; Siriwardana 1)
Siriwardana has come to the middle after Lanka lost two wickets in a heap. Imran Tahir to bowl his first over. Two runs came off it.
Over 5 || Score 45/2 (Dilshan 17)
Spinner Aaron Phangiso to bowl his opening over. The spinner picked up two wicket in his last two balls. He first sent back opener Chandimal to the pavilion and then got the better of Thirimanne. Twin blow pushed Lanka on the back-foot.
HDRL Thirimanne b Phangiso 0 (1b)
LD Chandimal b Phangiso 21 (20b)
Over 4 || Score 34/0 (Chandimal 21; Dilshan 6)
Abbott with his 2nd over. This time the pacer bowled at a tight line and didn't offer any room for the batsmen to free their arms. Four runs from the over.
Over 3 || Score 30/0 (Chandimal 19; Dilshan 4)
Steyn to continue. Dilshan too opened his account with a boundary. Later in the over, Chandimal hit the bowler for a six and a boundary. 16 runs came off the over.
Over 2 || Score 14/0 (Chandimal 8; Dilshan 0)
Abbott to bowl the over. Expensive one by the pacer as he conceded nine runs in it. Dilshan is yet to open his account.
Over 1 || Score 5/0 (Chandimal 5; Dilshan 0)
Chandimal opened Sri Lanka's account with the help of a boundary off Dale Steyn's fifth ball. Five from the opening over.
South Africa have won the toss and elected to field first.
Sri Lanka had never started as one of the contenders in this prestigious event but for Proteas getting eliminated at group stage is a harsh result, considering that their side was packed with phenomenal players.
The script has gone horribly wrong for the Proteas after two defeats in three matches.
More than anything it was their defeat against England in the opening match that hurt South Africa the most. Failing to defend a mammoth 229 for four was a result that put them in a position where they were left to catch up with other teams.
The pitch at Feroze Shah Kotla ground has always been a difficult one for the batsmen. Stroke-making is far from easy and batsmen must spend some time before trying to open their arms. The ball grips and does not come on to bat.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris, David Miller, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, David Wiese.