After heavy rain, and a lengthy delay that saw the match being reduced to 7 overs per side, SA finally got underway in a dead rubber match vs Sri Lanka as both teams had already qualified for the Super 8’s.
Sri Lanka won the toss and put SA into bat which already gave the home side the advantage, but SA responded well as they quickly raced to a 10 an over run-rate thanks mostly to the mighty Hashim Amla’s bat. There was then a slick piece of keeping skills from Sangakarra to dismiss Amla, and caused South Africa’s run-rate to drop slightly.
The downward trend didn’t last long as SA’s middle order finished things off superbly for them, to end with a score of 78 runs in their 7 overs to put the South Africans in a commanding position.
It went from bad to worse for Sri Lanka as their aspirations for a victory took a huge blow when Dilshan was run-out without facing a ball.
The Sri Lankans never really recovered from that early setback as they found themselves struggling at 13/2 after 3 overs. The run-rate kept climbing and soon they found themselves needing over 18 runs an over for victory.
That proved to be a bridge to far for the home side as South Africa came out comfortable winners by 32 runs.
Now it’s almost impossible to take much out of a 7 over a side game, but one positive was that our middle order showed massive strike power (Duminy especially) which bodes well for later when we might need people to come in and hit from the start.
All in all another top performance from the South Africans who played a very good six or Knicks match, as well as being brilliant in economy bowling.