The Proteas won the toss and elected to bat first, which was the right move on a turning Colombo wicket in blistering conditions. They were however on the back foot from the start as their run-rate never got going, and they lost the wickets of Levi, Kallis, and Amla (yes Amla) cheaply.
JP duminy then came to the crease eager to mend the South African innings, and along with the help of Behardien and AB de Villiers managed to do just that, as the team recovered to end on 133/6 which while still under par, gave them a shout in tricky batting conditions.
The Pakistan reply didn’t start well either, as they found themselves struggling on 31/3. They however couldn’t recover as they slipped further to 76/7 as the match had seemingly been stolen by the Saffers.
Then it happened, in stepped Umar Gul who along with Umar Akmal as the backbone of the partnership, blitzed a 17 ball 32 to put Pakistan back on top, and even though Gul lost his wicket in the dying stages of the match, he had done enough to rescue Pakistan as they claimed a 2 wicket win over South Africa.
It was definitely a tough pill to swallow, after we did so well to fight back into the match, however there is nothing that can be done about a freak innings like Umar Gul had which, in T20 Cricket can win a game for a side as it did today. Luckily there’s a next time, as we do still have 2 more games and can still make it into the semi-finals, however this loss has made things a lot more difficult for us and we will have to do something special to somehow get through this group in the top 2 after losing our first match.