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Jul 12, 2014
Kusal Perera got Sri Lanka off to a blazing start with a flurry of boundaries and went after the bowling of Dale Steyn in particular. The fifty was brought up in just the fifth over and the hosts were running away with it. South Africa were searching for answers at this stage and needed wickets to get back in the game.
Wayne Parnell deceived Perera with a slow delivery but the Proteas could not stem the leakage of runs. Old Warhorses Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan went after the bowling and Sri Lanka were on track to chase the target down. Then South Africa struck and before the hosts regained initiative, wickets kept tumbling with the batsmen trying to go for quick runs.
The runs had also dried up considerably and it came through an unlikely source in the form of Imran Tahir and JP Duminy’s slow bowling. Skipper Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne tried rebuilding the innings but they struggled to get quick runs and the run rate was mounting. Mathews in particular had a torrid initial phase and chewed up a lot of deliveries in the middle overs.
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