South Africa 134 for eight (Miller 41, Malinga 2-11) tied (Miller 13*, van der Dussen 1*) beat Sri Lanka 134 for 7 (Mendis 41, Phehlukwayo Three-25) (South Africa win by way of one-over Eliminator)
Sri Lanka’s spinners squeezed and throttled and tugged down the opposition run fee in defence of a modes rating, nevertheless it was the most effective sluggish bowler on present – Imran Tahir – who noticed South Africa by means of a tense Tremendous Over state of affairs, and prompt that no matter his teammates are like, he’s able to holding his cool in robust circumstances.
Not choking is essential for South Africa. They’re in a World Cup yr. They’ve a historical past of wilting within the warmth of an in depth end. However in conceding solely 5 runs within the Tremendous Over, Tahir prompt there are gamers in South Africa’s ranks who can thrive in tense circumstances. So too David Miller, who had earlier top-scored with 41 off 23 balls, earlier than hitting a six and a 4 off Lasith Malinga’s Tremendous Over to set the opposition a goal of 15. With Tahir in South Africa’s ranks, that concentrate on at all times appeared unlikely for Sri Lanka.
Even earlier than the Tremendous Over, although, this was an intriguing low-scoring thriller, throughout which every group had its moments, even when South Africa was ascendant for almost all. After they had restricted Sri Lanka for 134 for 7 on a slow-ish however not unplayable Newlands floor, the hosts could have anticipated to cruise to victory. Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya and Jeffrey Vandersay, nevertheless, took a wicket apiece and conceded solely 81 of their 12 mixed overs.
However though the spinners have been glorious, Malinga was the true star of the Sri Lanka bowling innings. He conceded a 4 off his second ball – and that solely off an out of doors edge off Quinton de Kock’s bat, that flew to the third-man boundary. He didn’t enable the opposition a boundary thereafter in common play, bowling an particularly excellent pair of loss of life overs, by which his figures have been three runs for 2 wickets.
Due to Malinga, Isuru Udana nonetheless had 5 to defend off the final over of the innings. He conceded a single to JP Duminy – the final recognised batsman – first ball, then delivered two slower-ball dot-balls to Dale Steyn to make the equation 4 from three balls. Duminy was run out quickly after, however then off the final ball of normal play, maybe, got here the important thing second of the innings.
South Africa had two to get, with No. 10 batsman Tahir on strike. He bottom-edged the final ball of the innings to keeper Niroshan Dickwella, who ought to hav simply run out non-striker Dale Steyn and received Sri Lanka the match. Dickwella, although, had didn’t take his glove off, and his shy on the strikers’ finish missed – Dale Steyn comfortably out by a few metres had Dickwella hit a minimum of one of many stumps. His teammates’ annoyance at Dickwella’s mistake was plainly apparent within the break between common play and the Tremendous Over.
Tahir’s last over was maybe probably the most dramatic efficiency of an intense T20 match, however Miller’s efficiency was additionally key to South Africa’s victory. Not solely did he finally pummel Malinga – who had figures of two for 11 from his 4 overs in common play – he had additionally struck 41 off 23 balls as South Africa chased 135.
Miller had arrived on the crease with the rating on 52 for Three and South Africa monitoring at lower than a run a ball – Sri Lanka’s spinners having tied the hosts down. He was instantly aggressive, nevertheless, slapping Jeffrey Vandersay for 4 by means of cowl first ball, earlier than slog sweeping him to the boundary in Vandersay’s subsequent over.
It was towards Isuru Udana, although, that Miller really accelerated, and swung the match in favour of South Africa. Within the 15th over of the innings, with South Africa needing 52 off 36 balls, Miller smoked three fours a six and a two, single-handedly taking 20 off that over.
Malinga’s excellent loss of life overs would later see Miller dismissed, and push Sri Lanka to a place the place they might dream once more, however Malinga’s excellent closing overs gave Sri Lanka an opportunity, with South Africa’s tailenders now in residence on the crease. Slower-ball specialist Udana did ship a superb last over, by which the one actual pockmark for Sri Lanka was Dickwella’s game-defining missed run out.
Earlier, Kamindu Mendis had been the one Sri Lanka batsman who seemed midway fluent on this pitch, even when he did rating all however certainly one of his boundaries – three fours and two sixes in complete – off the primary eight deliveries that he confronted. In that preliminary interval, he hit his first six by top-edging Kagiso Rabada over third man, earlier than ramping him over the identical boundary subsequent ball. Kamindu made 41 off 29 balls, however none of his teammates may cross 20.
Andile Phehlukwayo was the most effective of South Africa’s bowlers, taking Three for 25 from his 4 overs. Lutho Sipamla was the following greatest, claiming 1 for 19. All South Africa’s bowlers took a minimum of one wicket apiece.