South Africa post 145/6 against Sri Lanka in 2nd T20

David Miller (above) top-scored with 36 runs while JP Duminy played a handful knock of 30 © AFP (File Photo)

Aug 4, 2013
South Africa put up an improved performance to post 145 for the loss of six wickets against Sri Lanka in the second T20 International at Hambantota on Sunday.
The Hambantota pitch is known to favour the fast bowlers. On a windy Sunday evening Sri Lanka had the right men to attack in the form of Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara. Both didn’t disappoint as they made good use of the wind to trouble the batsmen in the early overs.
Though South Africa got away in the first T20, they surely had to push the quality of their batting. They received an early jolt as Henry Davids was dismissed by a typical Kulasekara in-cutter which swung a long way in to dislodge his stumps.
The Proteas clearly appeared in trouble but Quinton de Kock and skipper Faf du Plessis were cautious to keep their wickets intact. Du Plessis hit a beautiful shot in the seventh over off Mathews with just a deft touch flying over long-on for a six. De Kock however fell after he failed to cover the line of the delivery against Sachithra Senanayake and was stumped by Kumar Sangakkara scoring 19 runs.
Du Plessis (12) too fell soon being beaten completely by a trademark full-length delivery by Lasith Malinga. At a precarious position from 48 for three, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy played positively to keep the momentum going.
Duminy, in good form, looked comfortable while De Villiers kept charging at the bowlers. The latter soon fell having mistimed a shot to short extra-cover and set off for a single but Kusal Perera’s brilliant throw saw him fall short of the crease.
That brought big-hitter David Miller at the crease. Duminy fell in the 16th over trying to smash one on the leg-side only to top-edge it into Mathews’ hands. Duminy played a handy innings of 30 from 23 balls.
Miller too played some aggressive shots scoring a 21-ball 36 with a boundary and two sixes to his name before being brilliantly caught by skipper Dinesh Chandimal off Kulasekara.
South Africa surely have put up a far better performance than the previous match especially at a venue where fast bowlers tend to dominate. For Sri Lanka this is a do-or-die match since another defeat would mean the series going in favour of the Proteas. Overall, 145 is a formidable total on this ground.
Brief Scores
South Africa  145 for 6 in 20 overs (David Miller 36, JP Duminy 30; Sachithra Senanayake 2 for 18, Nuwan Kulasekara 2 for 22) vs Sri Lanka
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