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South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 14th T20 Match, Group 1, ICC World Twenty20 2014

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Sri Lanka won by 5 runs | South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Live Score, 14th T20 Match, Group 1

Sri Lanka put it across South Africa to launch their campaign on a winning note. Do join us for the second Group 1 game of the night, its the battle of the underdogs - England vs New Zealand. Cheers and farewell for now.
Chandimal: 'We have bowlers like Mendis and Malinga. Yeah, Kushal played some really good cricket. He has improved his game. It became really tight at the end but we knew that we could win this game. It was a good start and Mathews batted well at the end.'
AB de Villiers: 'The bowlers did came back but it was not our best bowling performance. If we are to progess further in the tournament then we will have to learn to chase totals.'
Kusal Perera is the Man of the Match for his belligerent 40-ball-61.
Hashim Amla, de Kock, AB, Miller, Albie et all got starts but were guilty of not making it count. Whilst Mendis blew hot and cold, Sachitra Senanayake left the Proteas batsmen at sea in the middle overs. Miller and Albie Morkel smashed a few meaty blows but as is the norm, Malinga's ferocious yorkers saw Sri Lanka prevail in the end. The efficient bowlers were backed up by some energetic fielding as well. The broad grin on Chandimal's face sums up the satisfaction of a job well done. Do stay with us for the presentation ceremony.
End of over 20, 9 runs (W W1 . 2 . 6 )
RSA: 160/8
Imran Tahir - 8(4) This over: 8 runs
Morne Morkel - 0(0) This over: 1 runs
Lasith Malinga
(4.0 - 0 - 29 - 1)
19.6 Lasith Malinga to Imran Tahir 6
SIX, Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 5 runs. This was on a length and outside off, Tahir creates additional room and slams it up and over deep extra over. It has been a case of too little, too late for the Proteas
19.5 Lasith Malinga to Imran Tahir 0
no run, very full and around off, Tahir drills it straight to the fielder at extra-cover
19.4 Lasith Malinga to Imran Tahir 2
2 runs, fullish and outside off, Tahir swings his bat and slices it uppishly, long off runs back but the ball evades him
19.3 Lasith Malinga to Imran Tahir 0
no run, yorker speared in on middle, dug back down the track
Imran Tahir, right handed bat, comes to the crease
19.2 Lasith Malinga to David Miller W
out D Miller Run Out!! 1 run completed. That might just be the death knell for RSA. Miller falls run-out. What else other than a yorker, D Miller digs it down to long-off. Miller has to rush double quick for the second, for he was jogging for the first run. Thisara fires a throw adjacent to the stumps, Sanga does the rest to crush South Africa's hopes. D Miller run out (T Perera/Sangakkara) 19(16) [4s-1]
Morne Morkel, left handed bat, comes to the crease
19.1 Lasith Malinga to David Miller W
out Steyn Run Out!! Malinga delivers an all too familiar yorker, D Miller gets his bat down in time and squirts it away towards wide mid-on. Miller sets off initially but sends his partner back. Mathews picks up the ball up quickly and throws it to Malinga at the bowler's end. Malinga just palms the ball onto the bails to catch Steyn napping. Steyn run out (Mathews/Malinga) 0(2)
Run-out chance sent upstairs. Its OUT. Steyn has to go!
The equation boils down to 15 off the final over. Man with the ball? The name is Malinga, Lasith Malinga.

Match details

Toss : Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Rod Tucker (Australia) and S Ravi (India)

TV umpire : Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

Match referee : Javagal Srinath (India)

Teams

South Africa : Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(wk), Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Albie Morkel, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.

Sri Lanka : Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga.

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