SRI LANKA TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2019
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David Miller starred in South Africa’s Tremendous Over win © AFP
The one-way site visitors in white-ball cricket in Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa prolonged into the T20Is with the hosts taking a 1-Zero lead within the three-match sequence after a victory within the opening sport at Newlands, Cape City on Tuesday (March 19). Nevertheless it was solely after the guests pressured the sport right into a Tremendous Over, exhibiting loads of struggle regardless of posting solely 134 on the board.
Needing 5 for victory within the ultimate over, JP Duminy took a single off Isuru Udana and noticed Dale Steyn play out a few dots earlier than taking a single. With three required off two, Duminy ended up being run out whereas attempting a second to get again on strike. Imran Tahir managed a single to stage scores, with Niroshan Dickwella in charge for a missed run-out and a possibility to seal the sport. South Africa went on to submit 14 within the Tremendous Over – David Miller managing a six and a 4 off Lasith Malinga. Imran Tahir then got here up with a nice show below stress, conceding solely 5 to facilitate South Africa’s jail break.
The chase started with the Sri Lankan bowlers protecting the South African openers in test in the course of the powerplay, limiting the boundaries with tight bowling. The stress resulted in wickets as Reeza Hendricks was run out whereas the in-form Quinton de Kock top-edged a reverse-sweep. Faf du Plessis, who survived a missed stumping probability, tried to regular the chase with a measured method till his try to carve a Jeffrey Vandersay supply over cowl resulted in a catch to level because the skipper went again for a 23-ball 21.
It was solely when Miller arrived on the crease that there was some urgency to South Africa’s innings as he managed essential boundaries to deliver down the required fee. The large over that South Africa had been hoping for got here within the 15th when Miller was immaculate together with his placement, putting three fours off Udana earlier than timing one to perfection to clear the extra-cover fence, serving to himself to 20 runs. Rassie van der Dussen was joyful to play second fiddle in a half-century stand for the fourth wicket, and importantly he did not not throw it away in contrast to the primary innings when Sri Lanka struggled to get any partnership going regardless of some promising begins.
Van der Dussen waited till his 27th supply for his first boundary, which was a slog sweep for a six off Dananjaya, adopted by a edge for a 4 which introduced down the equation to 18 off 24. Van der Dussen, although could not keep till the top, outfoxed by Lasith Malinga’s change of tempo, whereas Miller was run out trying a fast second, elevating Sri Lanka’s hopes. A boundary apiece for JP Duminy and Andile Phehlukwayo off Dhananjaya de Silva eased the stress however South Africa misplaced a few wickets as Sri Lanka managed to stretch it to the ultimate over after which the Tremendous Over.
Earlier, requested to bat, Sri Lanka suffered early setback with Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis falling to poor strokes. Whereas Dickwella went after a large supply from Dale Steyn handy ‘keeper Miller a catch, Kusal Mendis’s half-hearted try at hitting Kagiso Rabada excessive resulted in a catch at mid on, with each batsmen registering geese. In the meantime, debutant Avishka Fernando started in a promising trend as he cleared the fence a few instances whereas Kamindu Mendis additionally obtained into the act with some clear strikes. Their 35-run partnership promised the muse Sri Lanka had been hoping for, just for wickets to hamper their progress.
Hendricks balancing act near the fence, throwing the ball up within the air as he crossed the fence earlier than getting again in time to cling on to the ball, despatched again Fernando to present Lutho Sipamla a wicket in his first over. Angelo Perera gave Kamindu Mendis firm in a watchful 31-run stand earlier than Sri Lanka misplaced each in fast succession.
The onus was on Thisara Perera to offer some momentum within the back-end of the innings however the left-hander, barring one six, didn’t get going and was ultimately dismissed by Phehlukwayo for a 21-ball 19, and the bowler additionally despatched again Dhananjaya to bag his third three-wicket haul in T20Is. Nonetheless, he gave away a few boundaries off his final two balls, whereas Rabada conceded 13 within the final over as Isuru Udana and Dananjaya added some helpful runs to assist Sri Lanka end with 130-plus.