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Sri Lanka vs South Africa (T20)

Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota,, Date - 22/09/2012, Toss won by - Sri Lanka
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Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

Sri Lanka needed a big innings from somewhere. Dale Steyn's crucial second over gave away minimum of runs and picked up wickets also, which also turned the momentum in South Africa's favour.

A 7-overs-a-side match can never decide the strengths of both the teams but South Africa started off really well, thanks to Amla. Then AB de Villiers came on to score a whirlwind innings of 30 off 13 balls.

6.6 A Morkel to L Thirimanne, SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 32 runs! A short delivery, pulled away for one. Handshakes all over and South Africa go ahead with the momentum. 46/5

6.5 A Morkel to L Thirimanne, Length delivery, angled down fine on the leg side for a couple. 45/5

6.4 A Morkel to L Thirimanne, DROPPED! A length delivery, Thirimanne angles it fine but picks out Morne Morkel at short third man, who puts it down and they take a couple. 43/5

6.3 A Morkel to J Mendis, Goes on the back foot and punches it away for one. 41/5

Lahiru Thirimanne walks in.

6.2 A Morkel to D Munaweera, OUT! Caught in the deep! A short of a length delivery, Munaweera slashes hard, again does not find the elevation but finds Behardien at deep cover. Sri Lanka losing the plot here. 40/5

6.1 A Morkel to J Mendis, A length delivery, heaved away over mid-wicket for a single. 40/4

6.1 A Morkel to J Mendis, WIDE! Delivers a length delivery down the leg side. Mendis misses his heave. 39/4

Albie Morkel to bowl the last over.

5.6 D Steyn to J Mendis, Rocks back and pulls it deep mid-wicket for just a single. 41 needed off the last over! 38/4

5.5 D Steyn to J Mendis, FOUR! Hammered! Fullish outside off, Mendis stays back and rams it over mid on for a muscular boundary. 37/4

5.4 D Steyn to J Mendis, Bouncer on the leg stump, Mendis goes for a pull but misses. A stifled appeal for a caught behind but the umpire says no. 33/4

5.3 D Steyn to D Munaweera, Pats it to the off side and takes a quick single. 33/4

Jeevan Mendis is the new batsman.

5.2 D Steyn to T Perera, OUT! Perera departs! Sri Lanka staring down the barrel now! Short of a length delivery outside off, Perera rocks back for a pull, doesn't connect it well and helps it straight into the hands of Duminy at deep mid-wicket. 32/4

5.1 D Steyn to T Perera, Rocks back and flat bats it straight to mid off. 32/3

5.1 D Steyn to T Perera, WIDE! Fullish and way outside off, Perera leaves it alone. 32/3

Dale Steyn comes back on.

4.6 J Kallis to T Perera, Goes to hit that but gets a top edge behind for a single. 31/3

Thisara Perera walks in.

4.5 J Kallis to K Sangakkara, OUT! A fuller length delivery, around off, Sangakkara goes for a heave on the leg side but nicks it behind. AB with a catch and Sri Lanka are struggling now. 30/3

4.4 J Kallis to D Munaweera, Munaweera drives this through the covers. They pick up a single. 30/2

4.3 J Kallis to D Munaweera, FOUR! Top edge! A short of a length delivery, Munaweera goes hard and finds a top edge behind. Steyn gives it a chase but the ball wins the race. 29/2

4.2 J Kallis to K Sangakkara, Drags it away through mid-wicket for one. 25/2

4.1 J Kallis to K Sangakkara, DROPPED! A short of a length delivery, Sangakkara goes to pul that hard but finds the top edge. Morkel at short fine leg puts it down and they come back for two. 24/2

Here's Jacques Kallis into the attack.

3.6 J Botha to K Sangakkara, Flicks it away through mid-wicket for one. 22/2

3.5 J Botha to K Sangakkara, Short, Sangakkara heaves it away one-handed down to long on and takes two. 21/2

3.4 J Botha to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Picks the gap. Flighted down the leg side, Sangakkara creates a bit of room by moving towards the leg side and crashes it hard through covers. Long off came across but had no chance. 19/2

3.3 J Botha to D Munaweera, Tossed up again, smacked back straight towards Botha, who gets a hand to it and they take one. 15/2

3.2 J Botha to K Sangakkara, Well tossed up, Sangakkara heaves it away on the off side and it lands short of Kallis at deep cover. Single taken. 14/2

3.1 J Botha to K Sangakkara, Down the leg side, Sangakkara goes for a hoick but is hit on the pads. 13/2

Johan Botha to bowl now.

2.6 M Morkel to K Sangakkara, Dropped! A pitched up delivery outside off, Sangakkara goes to whack it on the leg side after clearing the front leg but ends up slicing it behind point. Faf du Plessis runs behind with a good effort but puts it down. 13/2

2.5 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Goes to work it away but misses out and gets an inside edge for one. 12/2

2.4 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Did that hit the bails? Fuller length, 145.8 kph, whizzing past the off stump as Munaweera slashes and misses. As the ball went past the off stump, there was a clear noise. 11/2

2.3 M Morkel to K Sangakkara, Good length delivery, strikes Sangakkara and they take the leg bye. 11/2

2.2 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Pitched up delivery, flicked away to deep mid-wicket just for one though. 10/2

2.1 M Morkel to K Sangakkara, Cracking shot. A well pitched up delivery, Sangakkara cracks it hard and finds Behardien at deep point, but well inside the ropes. One run. 9/2

Kumar Sangakkara walks in next.

1.6 D Steyn to M J'dena, OUT! Holed out in the deep! A fuller length delivery, slow as well at 128.8 kph Jayawardena flicks it aerially but picks out Farhaan Behardien at deep mid-wicket. 8/2

1.5 D Steyn to M J'dena, Well outside off, Munaweera goes to drive but misses out. 8/1

1.4 D Steyn to D Munaweera, Bowls good length on middle, Munaweera steers it away towards cover and takes one. 8/1

1.3 D Steyn to D Munaweera, Another length delivery, curving away, Munaweera goes to cut that but misses that. 7/1

1.2 D Steyn to D Munaweera, A good length delivery, curving away dangerously, Munaweers has no idea about the pacy swing and attempts to flick. Bat was nowhere near to the ball. 7/1

1.1 D Steyn to D Munaweera, Fuller length down the leg side, clipped away through mid-wicket for a couple. 7/1

Dale Steyn to share the attack.

0.6 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Bowls short of a length, Munaweera gets an outside edge. Johan Botha down at third man dives superbly and saves three. 5/1

0.5 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Short of a length outside off, Munaweera goes hard but misses out. 4/1

Dilshan Munaweera is the new batsman.

0.4 M Morkel to M J'dena, OUT! Run out! Dilshan is caught ball watching! Fullish outside off, Jayawardena rams it straight to covers, he sets off, Dilshan is caught ball watching and he starts off late. Albie Morkel throws it to the keeper, who runs in, dives and knocks down the stumps. Dilshan dives in and has a collision with de Villiers. The umpire goes upstairs and replays show that Jayawardena was well short. 4/1

Appeal for a run out against Dilshan. The umpire has gone upstairs!

0.3 M Morkel to M J'dena, FOUR! Nicely placed! Fullish outside off, Jayawardena stays back and slices it over point uppishly for a crunching boundary. 4/0

0.2 M Morkel to M J'dena, Play and a miss! Length delivery outside off, Jayawardena gives himself room for a slash but misses. 0/0

0.1 M Morkel to M J'dena, Appeal for an LBW! Not out! Length delivery on middle, Jayawardena goes for an uppish flick off but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The players appeal for an LBW but the umpire says no. 0/0

Commentary (South Africa innings)

Sri Lanka needed a big innings from somewhere. Dale Steyn's crucial second over gave away minimum of runs and picked up wickets also, which also turned the momentum in South Africa's favour.

A 7-overs-a-side match can never decide the strengths of both the teams but South Africa started off really well, thanks to Amla. Then AB de Villiers came on to score a whirlwind innings of 30 off 13 balls.

6.6 A Morkel to L Thirimanne, SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 32 runs! A short delivery, pulled away for one. Handshakes all over and South Africa go ahead with the momentum. 46/5

6.5 A Morkel to L Thirimanne, Length delivery, angled down fine on the leg side for a couple. 45/5

6.4 A Morkel to L Thirimanne, DROPPED! A length delivery, Thirimanne angles it fine but picks out Morne Morkel at short third man, who puts it down and they take a couple. 43/5

6.3 A Morkel to J Mendis, Goes on the back foot and punches it away for one. 41/5

Lahiru Thirimanne walks in.

6.2 A Morkel to D Munaweera, OUT! Caught in the deep! A short of a length delivery, Munaweera slashes hard, again does not find the elevation but finds Behardien at deep cover. Sri Lanka losing the plot here. 40/5

6.1 A Morkel to J Mendis, A length delivery, heaved away over mid-wicket for a single. 40/4

6.1 A Morkel to J Mendis, WIDE! Delivers a length delivery down the leg side. Mendis misses his heave. 39/4

The Proteas have done well to post 78 on the board. The Lankans got off to a good start having picked up Levi in the first over but Amla unfurled a wide array of sublime strokes to score 16 from 9. de Villiers (30 off 13) and du Plessis then went berserk and added 38 from 3 overs for the 3th wicket to power the Proteas to a competitive total. The Lankans have a slight advantage knowing the target but with the kind of bowling line-up that South Africa possess, it could be anybody's game! Join us in a while for Sri Lanka's run chase.

6.6 T Perera to JP Duminy, SIX! Oh yes it is! A pitched up delivery, Duminy gets underneath it and lofts it high and handsome over long on. SA end on 78 after 7 overs. 78/4

6.5 T Perera to JP Duminy, FOUR! Fuller length, Duminy gets across and scoops it well over short fine leg. Last ball coming up, will it be a biggie? 72/4

Albie Morkel walks in next.

6.4 T Perera to du Plessis, OUT! Fine catch in the deep! A full delivery, in the hitting zone, Faf du Plessis smacks it down the ground but fails to get the elevation. Jeevan Mendis adjusts well to take the catch at long off. 68/4

6.3 T Perera to JP Duminy, Well outside off and full, Duminy gets across to scoop but it goes off the pads. An outrageous appeal for LBW from Perera and they cross for a leg bye. 68/3

6.2 T Perera to JP Duminy, Excellent, right in the blockhole, Duminy digs it back towards Perera. 67/3

6.1 T Perera to JP Duminy, Low full toss around off, Duminy tucks it away through mid-wicket and takes a couple. 67/3

The players are out for the national anthems. Richard Levi and Hashim Amla are the openers out in the middle. Nuwan Kulasekara will start off with the new ball.

Sri Lanka - Dilshan Munaweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardena(C), Kumar Sangakkara(WK), Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara.

South Africa - Richard Levi, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(WK/C), Farhaan Behardien, Jacques Kallis, Jean-Paul Duminy, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn.

Toss - Mahela Jayawardena spins the coin and wins the toss. SRI LANKA WILL BOWL FIRST! Mentions that it's a short game and hence would like to chase down the total. Says that Ajantha Mendis misses out and Rangana Herath will take his place. AB de Villiers says he is used to such games and admits they are prepared for such short matches. Says that Faf du Plessis comes in place of Robin Peterson.

We have finally reached the stages of the tournament where the big guns will take on each other. This is the Group C encounter between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Hambantota. After what seemed to be ages, the match will start at 1800 local time and it will be a 7-overs-a-side match. The groundsmen did a wonderful job here to sop up the water. Both the teams had a good hit-out against Zimbabwe, while Sri Lanka made good use of the bowlers, South Africa's Levi and Amla played out to not allow the rest of the batsman to get any practice. There will be a two-over Powerplay and two bowlers can bowl a maximum of two overs.

Albie Morkel to bowl the last over.

5.6 D Steyn to J Mendis, Rocks back and pulls it deep mid-wicket for just a single. 41 needed off the last over! 38/4

5.5 D Steyn to J Mendis, FOUR! Hammered! Fullish outside off, Mendis stays back and rams it over mid on for a muscular boundary. 37/4

5.4 D Steyn to J Mendis, Bouncer on the leg stump, Mendis goes for a pull but misses. A stifled appeal for a caught behind but the umpire says no. 33/4

5.3 D Steyn to D Munaweera, Pats it to the off side and takes a quick single. 33/4

Jeevan Mendis is the new batsman.

5.2 D Steyn to T Perera, OUT! Perera departs! Sri Lanka staring down the barrel now! Short of a length delivery outside off, Perera rocks back for a pull, doesn't connect it well and helps it straight into the hands of Duminy at deep mid-wicket. 32/4

5.1 D Steyn to T Perera, Rocks back and flat bats it straight to mid off. 32/3

5.1 D Steyn to T Perera, WIDE! Fullish and way outside off, Perera leaves it alone. 32/3

Thisara Perera will now bowl the last over.

JP Duminy is the next man in.

5.6 L Malinga to de Villiers, OUT! de Villiers is gone! A very full delivery, AB once again aims to clear the infield but ends up slicing it to Jeevan Mendis at mid off. A fine knock in a shortened game. 65/3

5.5 L Malinga to de Villiers, Half-volley around off, heaved away over the cover region for a couple. 65/2

5.4 L Malinga to de Villiers, Bowls full yet again, de Villiers ends up slicing it over the cover region and comes back for two. 63/2

5.3 L Malinga to de Villiers, Pitches it up, AB goes for the hard whack but the ball flies down off the edge, Kulasekara at third man judges the bounce well and gives away just a couple. 61/2

5.2 L Malinga to de Villiers, Well pitched up outside off, de Villiers goes to heave it away but it comes off the bottom part of the bat, just lobs over mid off and they come back for two. 59/2

5.1 L Malinga to de Villiers, SIX! Massive hit! A short delivery outside off, AB waits back and whacks it hard over mid-wicket. They need more of these now. 57/2

5.1 L Malinga to de Villiers, WIDE! Delivers it well outside off, AB reaches out on the off side but fails to get any bat. 51/2

Dale Steyn comes back on.

4.6 J Kallis to T Perera, Goes to hit that but gets a top edge behind for a single. 31/3

Thisara Perera walks in.

4.5 J Kallis to K Sangakkara, OUT! A fuller length delivery, around off, Sangakkara goes for a heave on the leg side but nicks it behind. AB with a catch and Sri Lanka are struggling now. 30/3

4.4 J Kallis to D Munaweera, Munaweera drives this through the covers. They pick up a single. 30/2

4.3 J Kallis to D Munaweera, FOUR! Top edge! A short of a length delivery, Munaweera goes hard and finds a top edge behind. Steyn gives it a chase but the ball wins the race. 29/2

4.2 J Kallis to K Sangakkara, Drags it away through mid-wicket for one. 25/2

4.1 J Kallis to K Sangakkara, DROPPED! A short of a length delivery, Sangakkara goes to pul that hard but finds the top edge. Morkel at short fine leg puts it down and they come back for two. 24/2

Lasith Malinga comes back into the attack.

4.6 R Herath to du Plessis, Superb running. Down the leg side, du Plessis whacks it down through mid on and does well to come back for two. 50/2

4.5 R Herath to de Villiers, Darts it full, de Villiers steers it away through covers to take one. 48/2

4.4 R Herath to de Villiers, SIX! The first of this shortened match! A short delivery, AB goes back and pulls it handsomely over wide mid-wicket. 47/2

4.3 R Herath to du Plessis, Well flat and pitched up again, Faf lofts it down through mid on for a single. 41/2

4.2 R Herath to de Villiers, Flat and full down the leg side, AB goes for the big shot but heaves it down through long on for one. 40/2

4.1 R Herath to de Villiers, FOUR! In the gap. The arm ball sliding down, AB anticipates it and reverse-sweeps it over the point fielder. 39/2

Here's Jacques Kallis into the attack.

3.6 J Botha to K Sangakkara, Flicks it away through mid-wicket for one. 22/2

3.5 J Botha to K Sangakkara, Short, Sangakkara heaves it away one-handed down to long on and takes two. 21/2

3.4 J Botha to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Picks the gap. Flighted down the leg side, Sangakkara creates a bit of room by moving towards the leg side and crashes it hard through covers. Long off came across but had no chance. 19/2

3.3 J Botha to D Munaweera, Tossed up again, smacked back straight towards Botha, who gets a hand to it and they take one. 15/2

3.2 J Botha to K Sangakkara, Well tossed up, Sangakkara heaves it away on the off side and it lands short of Kallis at deep cover. Single taken. 14/2

3.1 J Botha to K Sangakkara, Down the leg side, Sangakkara goes for a hoick but is hit on the pads. 13/2

3.6 A Mathews to de Villiers, du Plessis shuffles inside the crease, the ball is short down the leg side and he fends it away through square leg to settle for one. 35/2

3.5 A Mathews to du Plessis, Good length delivery outside off, du Plessis punches it hard past cover-point. Kulasekara dives across in the deep to save a run. The running is good as well. 34/2

3.4 A Mathews to du Plessis, A back of a length delivery, short enough, Faf leaves the crease to pull it away on the leg side but misses it. 31/2

3.3 A Mathews to de Villiers, Run out chance missed! A short delivery, pulled away to mid-wicket, they cross for a risky run, Munaweera attempts at the non-striker's end but misses and Mathews is too late to react as well. 31/2

3.2 A Mathews to de Villiers, Short of a length outside off, AB punches it away through covers and comes back for two. 30/2

3.1 A Mathews to du Plessis, Short of a length outside off, Faf pats it down towards point and takes one. 28/2

Johan Botha to bowl now.

2.6 M Morkel to K Sangakkara, Dropped! A pitched up delivery outside off, Sangakkara goes to whack it on the leg side after clearing the front leg but ends up slicing it behind point. Faf du Plessis runs behind with a good effort but puts it down. 13/2

2.5 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Goes to work it away but misses out and gets an inside edge for one. 12/2

2.4 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Did that hit the bails? Fuller length, 145.8 kph, whizzing past the off stump as Munaweera slashes and misses. As the ball went past the off stump, there was a clear noise. 11/2

2.3 M Morkel to K Sangakkara, Good length delivery, strikes Sangakkara and they take the leg bye. 11/2

2.2 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Pitched up delivery, flicked away to deep mid-wicket just for one though. 10/2

2.1 M Morkel to K Sangakkara, Cracking shot. A well pitched up delivery, Sangakkara cracks it hard and finds Behardien at deep point, but well inside the ropes. One run. 9/2

Angelo Mathews is the bowling change.

AB de Villiers is the new man in at number 4.

2.6 R Herath to H Amla, OUT! Excellent stumping! The arm ball down the leg side, Amla goes for the heave on the leg side but misses it, tries to get back quickly but Sangakkara unveils a fast stumping to get rid of Amla. 27/2

2.5 R Herath to du Plessis, Short, punched away towards cover-point for a single this time. 27/1

2.4 R Herath to du Plessis, Once again uses his feet down the track and pushes it away through point. Does well to take two. 26/1

2.3 R Herath to du Plessis, Goes to work it away but gets a bottom-edge on that. 24/1

2.2 R Herath to du Plessis, Arm ball sliding down, worked away neatly through mid-wicket and they take a couple of runs. 24/1

2.1 R Herath to H Amla, Gets down the track and whacks it through mid off and takes one. 22/1

Kumar Sangakkara walks in next.

1.6 D Steyn to M J'dena, OUT! Holed out in the deep! A fuller length delivery, slow as well at 128.8 kph Jayawardena flicks it aerially but picks out Farhaan Behardien at deep mid-wicket. 8/2

1.5 D Steyn to M J'dena, Well outside off, Munaweera goes to drive but misses out. 8/1

1.4 D Steyn to D Munaweera, Bowls good length on middle, Munaweera steers it away towards cover and takes one. 8/1

1.3 D Steyn to D Munaweera, Another length delivery, curving away, Munaweera goes to cut that but misses that. 7/1

1.2 D Steyn to D Munaweera, A good length delivery, curving away dangerously, Munaweers has no idea about the pacy swing and attempts to flick. Bat was nowhere near to the ball. 7/1

1.1 D Steyn to D Munaweera, Fuller length down the leg side, clipped away through mid-wicket for a couple. 7/1

Rangana Herath is the bowling change.

1.6 L Malinga to H Amla, Excellent bowling. Delivers it full down the leg side, Amla yorks himself and fends it away towards short fine leg to end the over with one. 12 off the over! 21/1

1.5 L Malinga to H Amla, Pitched up well outside off, curving away, Amla was shuffling across but fails to drive it away. 20/1

1.5 L Malinga to H Amla, WIDE! Amla shuffles across and exposes all the stumps, Malinga aims for the leg stump yorker but delivers it well down the leg side. 20/1

1.4 L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR! Another superbly timed shot. A well pitched up delivery, Amla slices it away over covers this time and the ball finds the ropes. 19/1

1.3 L Malinga to du Plessis, Low full toss outside off, steered away straight to point. Dilshan fumbles and they take the single. 15/1

1.2 L Malinga to H Amla, Pitched up right upto the middle stump, Amla works it away through square leg and takes one. 14/1

1.1 L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR! Excellent shot! A short delivery outside off from Malinga, Amla strides out and hits it through the line, up and over the cover region. 13/1

Dale Steyn to share the attack.

0.6 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Bowls short of a length, Munaweera gets an outside edge. Johan Botha down at third man dives superbly and saves three. 5/1

0.5 M Morkel to D Munaweera, Short of a length outside off, Munaweera goes hard but misses out. 4/1

Dilshan Munaweera is the new batsman.

0.4 M Morkel to M J'dena, OUT! Run out! Dilshan is caught ball watching! Fullish outside off, Jayawardena rams it straight to covers, he sets off, Dilshan is caught ball watching and he starts off late. Albie Morkel throws it to the keeper, who runs in, dives and knocks down the stumps. Dilshan dives in and has a collision with de Villiers. The umpire goes upstairs and replays show that Jayawardena was well short. 4/1

Appeal for a run out against Dilshan. The umpire has gone upstairs!

0.3 M Morkel to M J'dena, FOUR! Nicely placed! Fullish outside off, Jayawardena stays back and slices it over point uppishly for a crunching boundary. 4/0

0.2 M Morkel to M J'dena, Play and a miss! Length delivery outside off, Jayawardena gives himself room for a slash but misses. 0/0

0.1 M Morkel to M J'dena, Appeal for an LBW! Not out! Length delivery on middle, Jayawardena goes for an uppish flick off but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The players appeal for an LBW but the umpire says no. 0/0

Lasith Malinga to share the attack from the other end.

0.6 N Kulasekara to H Amla, Fuller length outside off, Amla steers it away through cover-point and takes one to end the over. 9/1

0.5 N Kulasekara to H Amla, FOUR! A good length delivery outside off, Amla slices it away over point and finds the fence. 8/1

Faf du Plessis is the next man at number 3.

0.4 N Kulasekara to R Levi, OUT! Excellent catch from Munaweera! A slower delivery, Levi goes to heave it, is too late into the shot and the bottom-hand goes away as he swings it, the ball lobs up past mid on. Munaweera scampers across and puts in a full-stretched dive to take a blinder. 4/1

0.3 N Kulasekara to R Levi, Pitched up delivery, worked away past square leg and the ball dies down near the ropes. They take two. 4/0

0.2 N Kulasekara to R Levi, Run out chance! A short ball, whacked down straight to Mathews at mid on. Amla is sent back and the throw misses the stumps. 2/0

0.1 N Kulasekara to R Levi, Fuller length on off, Levi goes to push it away but gets an inside edge through square leg for two. 2/0

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