Sri Lanka vs South Africa, World T20I: As it happened...

Feroz Khan/Zeenews Sports Bureau

Hambantota (Sri Lanka): Led by their captain AB de Villiers, South Africa won their final group fixture against Sri Lanka at Hambantota on Saturday by 32 runs in a rain-affected T20I that was curtailed to 7-overs-a-side.


Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene won the toss inviting his counterpart de Villiers to bat first after which the latter led his team to 78/4 in seven overs. The host never looked like being able to chase the total and their misery was punctuated by the fact that their most destructive batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan packed his bags without even facing a ball after being run out in the first over of the chase.

With this win, South Africa ended with the maximum (4) points in their group above Sri Lanka and bottom placed Zimbabwean side.
Here is how the match panned out:

Sri Lanka Over: 7 | Score: 46/5

It’s the other Morkel (Albie) who will bowl the final over of the match and he gets the wicket of Munaweera off his second delivery after the batsman cut one perfectly but found Behardien at sweeper cover to halt the flight of his shot. He departs after scoring 13 (14b, 1X4).

And the South Africans have clinched victory in this 7-over-a-side game by 32 runs as the host managed just 46/5 in reply to their opponents target of 79.

Sri Lanka Over: 6 | Score: 38/4

Thisara Perera pulls and is caught at deep midwicket by JP Duminy. Needs to time it perfectly to clear the fence on this side! Lanka seem to have all but lost this group fixture.

Jeevan Mendis is the new man in and lifts Steyn over mid on for a boundary off the second delivery he faced. Seven runs from the over. They need 41 runs from the final over.

Sri Lanka Over: 5 | Score: 31/3

Another catch dropped. This time the beneficiary is again Sanga who was dropped by Albie Morkel at midwicket after mistiming a pull shot off Jacques Kallis. Munaweera then managed a boundary off the fourth delivery via a top edge over short leg.

Sri Lanka Over: 4 | Score: 22/2

Johan Botha to bowl his off-breaks now. Sanga makes some room and places it perfectly past covers for his first boundary of the innings off the fourth delivery.

Sri Lanka Over: 3 | Score: 13/2

South African quickies are doing a fine job here as lanky Morkel has given just five runs off his second and final over of the match. He though could have got a wicket to his name but for Plessis who dropped Sangakkara at backward point. A tough chance it was.

Sri Lanka Over: 2 | Score: 8/2

Mahela Jayawardene perished after trying to lift the scoring rate stymied by some superb bowling from Dale Steyn. The runs weren’t coming and captain Jayawardene lifted Steyn’s final delivery of the second over and got the elevation but not the distance as Behardien completed a comfortable catch at deep square leg. He departs after scoring 4(6b, 1X4). Kumara Sangakkara is the new man in the middle.

Sri Lanka Over: 1 | Score: 5/1

Right! A cracking start to the defence of their total for the Proteas here! They have got the dangerman Tillakaratne Dilshan back in the dugout without even bowling a single delivery to him. Mahela Jayawardene began the chase by playing the first two deliveries from Morne Morkel for nought. Then he lifted one up for a boundary past covers.

Then Dilshan who was caught short of his crease after a brilliant effort from keeper de Villiers had him run out after the batsman kept watching the ball and thus was late in his gallop towards the strikers’ end. He departed for 0(0b). Dilshan Munaweera is the new man in the middle

The players are back in the middle and the action is just about to begin in this super-exciting T7 game.
So, the hosts will need to score 79 runs off seven overs on offer here at Hambantota to top the Group C of the ICC T20 World Cup. For South Africa, captain AB de Villiers top scored with 30 runs while for Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath took 1/21 in his quota of two overs.

South African innings

South Africa Over: 7 | Score: 78/4

Thisara Perera will bowl the final over of the innings as South Africa look to collect as much run as possible of the final six deliveries. Perera did well for his first four deliveries giving away just three runs while picking the wicket of big-hitting Plessis who was caught by Jeevan Mendis at long –off after looking to send one past the fence for a biggie. The next two deliveries produced 10 runs as Duminy hit a boundary via a paddle scoop and then hitting one straight over the bowler’s head for a maximum as South African scored 78/4 while batting first against Sri Lanka in a rain curtailed match on Saturday.

South Africa Over: 6 | Score: 65/3

Villiers slaps Malinga over midwicket region for a huge six, welcoming him in a similar fashion as he did to Herath after the slinger had dropped the first one wide of off-stump to be called a wide by the umpire. Four doubles off four balls later de Villiers was caught by Jeevan Mendis at mid-off while going for a biggie after failing to time it. He departs after scoring 30 (13b, 1X4, 2X6). JP Duminy is the new man in.

South Africa Over: 5 | Score: 48/2

A good over for South Africa as they collect 15 runs off Herath’s second and final over of the innings. Villiers greeted him with a reverse sweep that went for a boundary over point region. He then pulled one over the deep midwicket boundary for a maximum. The Proteas are getting into the groove here!!!

South Africa Over: 4 | Score: 35/2

Angelo Mathews comes in to bowl now and leaks just eight runs. De Villiers, though survived a chance in the second delivery of the over while running towards the non-strikers’ end after mis-hitting a pull to midwicket. Munaweera was quick to fire in a throw but Mathews failed to collect the ball as de Villiers made his ground successfully.

South Africa Over: 3 | Score: 27/2

Rangana Herath puts brakes on Amla’s innings as he has removed him for 16 runs. Amla came shimming down the track and missed it. Sangakkara was quick enough to remove the bails in a flash. It is the Proteas’ captain AB de Villiers in the middle now.

South Africa Over: 2 | Score: 21/1

Lasith Malinga is being taken to task here by “The Monk”. Hashim Amla first lifted him over cover fielder for a boundary off his first delivery and then made some room to hit the fourth one over extra cover for another four. Malinga then sent the next one down to the leg side for a wide. And with this over it's the end of powerplay.

South Africa Over: 1 | Score: 9/1

Nuwan Kulasekara has begun the proceedings for the host in this rain curtailed 7-over-a-side cricket match as Richard Levi and Hashim Amla take guard in the middle. And it’s is the fourth delivery of the match and Dilshan Munaweera has pulled off a stunner at midwicket running back and diving full length to end Richard Levi’s brief stay one the crease. It was a slower one from Kulasekara and Levi was through with his shot a bit early. He departs for 4 (4b). Faf du Plessis is the new man in.
TOSS: Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bowl first. It will be a T7 game with powerplay of 2 overs. Two bowlers are allowed to bowl two overs each while three will bowl one each
Update 6: The toss is at 5:45 pm (Sri Lanka time) and the game will begin by 6:00 pm (Sri Lanka time). It will be 7 overs-a-side game with powerplay of 2 overs.

Update 5: The skies have cleared and the covers are being taken off. Hopefully the match will start now and the sellout crowd will finally witness some action.

Update 4: Not so good news from Hambantota as we are getting reports of light drizzle.

Update 3: The rain has stopped but the covers are still on.

Update 2: Sanjay Manjrekar has tweeted "Rain has stopped in looking time for the groundsmen to earn their wages."

Update 1: As per the latest news, it is raining heavily in Hambantota and covers are on. The toss has been delayed.
Already assured of their places in the Super Eight stage, both Sri Lanka and South Africa would be eyeing a win to top their pool when they play against each other on Saturday.

Welcome to our live coverage of the ICC World Twenty20 (Group C) encounter between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Teams (from)

South Africa (Playing XI): Richard Levi, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(w/c), Farhaan Behardien, Jacques Kallis, Jean-Paul Duminy, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dilshan Munaweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene(c), Kumar Sangakkara(w), Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga