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  • 10:14 PM IST

    Angelo Mathews (54*) has been rightly adjudged as the Man-of-the-Match. That’s all from here. The action now moves to Cape Town, where the final game, also the series decider, will be played on Wednesday. We will see you then. Goodbye for now!

  • 9:49 PM IST

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  • 9:29 PM IST

    It was a roller-coaster ride and in the end, experience prevailed. Angelo Mathews proved once again why experience can’t be bought. He was injured, not in a position to run, but hit two sixes in the final over to seal a victory, his team’s first on this tour. The three-match T20I series remains alive at 1-1, with the final game at Cape Town being reduced to a series decider.

  • 9:25 PM IST

  • 9:24 PM IST

    Brilliant from Angelo Mathews! Wasn’t in a position to run due to a possible hamstring issue; hit 2 sixes in the final over to take Sri Lanka home! The series is alive.

  • 9:20 PM IST

    SIX! Mathews does it! SL on the cusp of maiden win on this tour.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    A dropped chance on the first ball, and Mathews doesn’t run. SL need 7 off 5.

  • 9:17 PM IST

    Mathews decides to play. He takes a single off the last ball. Sri Lanka now need 7 off the final 6 balls.

  • 9:16 PM IST

    Big moment this in the game, will Mathews stand, and importantly, deliver again?

  • 9:15 PM IST
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  • 9:11 PM IST

    Sri Lanka are 7 down; they need 10 off 9 balls now. Kulasekara is the new man in.

  • 9:10 PM IST

    OUT! Thikshila de Silva c Behardien b Parnell 3(6)

  • 9:09 PM IST

    Dot ball. Gold-dust. 10 off 10.

  • 9:09 PM IST

    Thikshila de Silva takes a couple at the third-man region. 10 off 11 now.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    Mathews gets 1 run off the first ball by Parnell: 11 off 11 now.

  • 9:07 PM IST

    Sri Lanka need 12 off 12. Will Mathews get them over the line? Or Can South Africa pull off a win here?

  • 9:04 PM IST

    Are Sri Lanka choking? They are almost throwing it away here. Prasanna has departed as the 6th wicket. Sri Lanka now need 17 off 17, with Mathews still being around.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    OUT! Sekkuge Prasanna c Tahir b JJ Smuts 2(5)

  • 8:55 PM IST

    Lungi Ngidi (4-0-19-4) inspired a comeback for South Africa. He dismissed a well-set Chandimal, and immediately after, Imran Tahir picked Asela Gunaratne for 3. Sri Lanka are now 5 down. Mathews is still around. But they need 21 from 24 balls.

  • 8:51 PM IST

  • 8:51 PM IST

    OUT! Dinesh Chandimal c Mosehle b Ngidi 22(28)

  • 8:44 PM IST

    The experience of Mathews and Chandimal is guiding Sri Lanka towards their maiden win in this tour. Sri Lanka need 31 to win from 37 balls now, with 7 wickets in hand.

  • 8:38 PM IST

    The experienced duo of Mathews and Chandimal guides Sri Lanka past 50.

  • 8:37 PM IST

    Though there was not much action in the first innings with the bat, there were wickets, all 10, to tumble. Take a look at them in the highlights:

  • 8:15 PM IST

    Ngidi gets his third wicket, as an impatient looking Dickwella departs for 22. Sri Lanka are wobbling at 35 for 3 after 5 overs.

  • 8:15 PM IST

    OUT! Niroshan Dickwella c Mosehle b Ngidi 22(15)

  • 8:06 PM IST

    Man-of-the-Match in the last game, Lungi Ngidi starts exactly from where he’d left. He has picked up two early wickets to rock the Lankan innings. While Dhananjaya de Silva played a lose shot to get dismissed, Kusal Mendis played an unnecessary shot to find his stumps being rattled.

    Dickwella has been joined by Dinesh Chandimal now.

  • 8:03 PM IST

    OUT! Kusal Mendis b Ngidi 4(2)


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket scores and updates of the second game of the three-match T20I series between South Africa and Sri Lanka. After being thrashed in the longer format, Sri Lanka were eager to grasp their first win of the tour and turn the tides in the shortest format. However, a new-look South African, side under the leadership of Farhaan Behardien, pipped them in the first T20I at Centurion. In a rain-curtailed, 10-overs-per-side contest, South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs to take crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The two teams will now meet at Johannesburg in the second T20I on Sunday.

A completely new-look South African side, led by Behardien, surprised the Angelo Mathews-led Sri Lankan side. South Africa were without the services of the likes of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Test skipper Faf du Plessis, wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, pacers Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander. They instead fielded as many as five debutants in the first T20I. Beherdien, who was leading an inexperienced bunch comprising of JJ Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Theunis de Bruyn, Lungisani Ngidi and gloovesman Mangaliso Mosehle, did an exceptional job as his side got over the line in his first essay.

South Africa hammered 126 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the stipulated 10 overs. While the newcomers played a decent hand at the top, it was the experienced duo of David Miller (40 off 18) and Behardien (31* off 18), who took the side to an above-par total.

Full Cricket Scorecard, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I at Johannesburg

Sri Lanka, who were without the services of Lasith Malinga, struggled to keep the South African batsmen under check. In reply, their batsmen did sparkle in the high-voltage chase, but failed to get to the total that looked beyond their reach right from the onset.

Openers Niroshan Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva played handy knocks at the top of the order and got the team a splendid start. However, once they were dismissed, the Sri Lankan batsmen failed to keep up the tempo in the chase and kept losing their wickets. There were boundaries raining all through the innings, but wickets also kept on falling at the same pace, and Sri Lanka ended at 107 for 6.

The second T20I will give Mathews and co. another chance to get their act together and end the tour on a high. They had a disastrous three-match Test series, and will be eyeing a turnaround in the most unpredictable format. Apart from Mathews, the performances of Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhananjaya de Silva and Kusal Mendis will also be under scanner.


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Lakshan Sandakan, Thikshila de Silva, Nuwan Kulasekara

South Africa: Farhaan Behardien (c), Theunis de Bruyn, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heino Kuhn, David Miller, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Lungisani Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, JJ Smuts

Full Cricket Scorecard, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I at Johannesburg