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World T20, SL vs SA: as it happened


Sattwik Biswal,Cricketnext.com
Sep 22, 2012 at 07:56pm IST

Sri Lanka innings:

7th over: 46 for 5: Albie Morkel gets his first over and concedes 8 runs and gets a wicket. Sri Lanka batsmen never got the kind of start they needed and the seven-over match didn't give them the opportunity to raise the tempo at the later stage. Dale Steyn claims two wickets while Kallis and Albie Morkel chipped in with one-wicket each.

Munaweera c Behardien b JA Morkel 13 (14)

World T20, SL vs SA: as it happened

AB de Villiers quickfire 30 and Dale Steyn's two wickets powered South Africa to a 32-run win against Sri Lanka.

6th over: 38 for 4: Now it's all over for Sri Lanka with 41 runs required from the last over. South Africa have dropped too many catches in this match and need to work on that.

Thisara Perera c Duminy b Steyn 1 (3)

5th over: 31 for 3: Jacques Kallis comes on and first ball digs in a short one and Sangakkara mishits and Albie Morkel spills a rather easy catch. Three balls later, Kallis induces an edge to de Villiers.

Kumar Sangakkara c †de Villiers b Kallis 13 (11)

4th over: 22 for 2: Johan Botha comes on to bowl and this gives the Lankan batsmen to cut loose. However, a decent over from Botha comes to an end, just 9 runs going by T20 standard.

3rd over: 13 for 2: As of now nothing seems to going Sri Lanka way. The batsmen are struggling to get the boundaries going. Just five runs from this Morkel over.

2nd over: 8 for 2: Dale Steyn comes on and pulls through a brilliant over by giving away 3 runs and the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene. Mahela flicks off his legs and plays straight to square-leg fielder.

Jayawardene c Behardien b Steyn 4 (6)

1st over: 5 for 1: Morne Morkel starts the proceedings for South Africa and gets through a tidy one. A sloppy effort from Dilshan while coming for the second costs him the wicket, but a brilliant wicketkeeping of de Villiers can't be ignored.

Tillakaratne Dilshan run out 0 (0)

South Africa innings:

7th over: 78 for 4: After du Plessis wicket, JP Duminy gets a four and six off the last two balls. Duminy plays his favourite scoop shot over short fine-leg for a four and then dispatches the length ball for a six.

Faf du Plessis c Mendis b Perera 13 (11)

6th over: 65 for 3: Malinga gives away an expensive over of 15 runs. De Villiers gets a short one from Malinga and pulls it over midwicket for a six, but after that he fails to connect big and chips one straight to mid-off.

AB de Villiers c Mendis b Malinga 30 (13)

5th over: 50 for 2: With the arrival of AB de Villiers boundaries have started to come for South Africa. First ball off Herath, de Villiers reverse sweeps for a fours and then slams a length ball over long-on.

4th over: 35 for 2: Sri Lankan bowlers are doing the job well by not giving away too many runs. Angelo mathews gives 8 runs in this over.

3rd over: 27 for 2: Great over considering the 7-over scenario - six runs given and a wicket of Amla. Herath sees Amla coming out of the track and pitches it wide and Sangakkara does the rest behind the stumps.

Hasim Amla st Sangakkara b Herath 16 (9)

2nd over: 21 for 1: Mahela gets in the Twenty20 specialist, Lasith Malinga and Hashim Amla welcomes him with a gorgeous shot over the covers for four. Fourth ball again Amla goes through the extra-over region for a boundary. 12 runs come in this over.

1st over: 9 for 1: Nuwan Kulasekara strikes early and gets the wicket of dangerous Richard Levi. In such a match, there is no time to settle down which puts both the teams in a tricky situation. Levi tries to play over leg side but skies it to mid-on where Munaweera completes a brilliant catch.

Richard Levi c Munaweera b Kulasekara 4 (4)

5:45pm: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene wins the toss and opts to bowl. Rangana Herath replaces an injured Ajantha Mendis, while South Africa bring in Faf du Plessis in place of Robin Peterson.

Teams:

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

South Africa: 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

5:37pm: So now the confirmation is here by the ICC Twitter handle: "The toss at Sri Lanka-South Africa will take place at 1745 SL time. Match starts at 1800 SL time. Match will be seven-overs-a side."

5:30pm: There can be a possible 6:00pm start with Sanjay Manjrekar tweeting also of a 7-over-a-side match.

5:00pm: Well the on and off situation continues, as the rain has stopped and the covers are being taken off. Moreover, the ground looks nice and dry and the packed Hambantota can expect some cricket.

4:30pm: Bad news again, as a slight drizzle has started and the covers are back on the ground.

4:15pm: The latest is covers are coming off and 5-overs-a-side match can be expected at 6:10pm, provided the ground beneath the cover stays dry.

Mpumelelo Mbangwa tweets: ‏@mmbangwa "Movement out on the pitch; sandbags and tyres off the covers and now for the covers themselves. Promising!"

3:50pm: Rain has stopped but now the groundsmen have job in their hands of getting the ground to playing condition. Hopefully, we will have a full 20-over game.

3:23pm: The ground is still covered and if the rain stops then there is a chance of a five-over game. As of now things look quite unlikely for a proper 20-over match.

2:52pm: It's still raining heavily in Hambantota and quite unlikely for the conditions to improve so soon.

2:45pm: Hello and welcome to the seventh match of World Twenty20 between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Hambantota. Both the Group C teams have progressed to the Super Eights and the result of this match won't affect the either side.

Not so good news coming from Hambantota, as the ground is covered due to rain and there might be a delayed start to the game.

Sri Lanka and South Africa had easy outings in their openers against Zimbabwe, who became the first team to crash out of the event with two consecutive losses.

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