South Africa leads the T20 series in a super over encounter
South Africa just escaped from another chock and won the first breathtaking encounter of the series in a super over against Sri Lanka and lead the series by 1-0 at Cape Town.
Losing the toss, Sri Lankans were sent to bat first. Although, Kamindu Mendis hit 41 for Sri Lanka however the travelers were not able recoup completely in the wake of losing two wickets in the initial two overs.
Dale Steyn hit with the second ball of the match when Niroshan Dickwella edged a catch to remain in wicketkeeper David Miller, who took the gloves in anticipation of a possible job as back-up to Quinton de Kock in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Kushal Mendis also got out by 0 run in the 2nd over. Kagiso Rabada did the trick this time. However, Kamindu Mendis did well and scored 41 runs before he got out by a googly from Imran Tahir. Mendis hit three fours and two sixes in a 29-ball innings.
But Sri Lanka never looked in good position and lost wickets with the regular interval of time. At the end, they only managed to get 134 runs in 20 overs by losing 7 wickets.
Andile Phehlukwayo was the successful bowler in the innings as he took three wickets by giving just 25 runs in 4 overs. He ended the promising partnership of Kaminu Mendis and Angelo Perera as he bowled out Angelo Perera in 12th over and he also took two successive wickets of Thisara Perera and Dhananjaya De Silva in the 19th over of the match.
Chasing the target of 135 runs, South Africa also didn’t start nicely. They lost their off-form batsman Reza Hendricks in just 4th over by run out who got out with just scoring 8 runs from 8 balls. Then they lost their next two wickets early. In-form batsman Quinton De Kock and Faf du Plessis were removed by the Sri Lankans. But after that, David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen made a partnership of 66 runs and made South Africa very close to the win.
One time, it looked like it would be an easy win for South Africa. But captain Lasith Malinga made the crucial breakthrough at the right time and two important wickets of Miller and van der Dussen were fallen at that over. Miller and van der Dussen scored 41 runs and 34 runs respectively.
After that, South Africa’s innings was getting slower and they lost three wickets more. But they only needed just 5 runs in the last over to win the match. Jean Paul Duminy and Dale Steyn were at the crease. Duminy just got out before the last ball of the match. South Africa needed 1 to tie and 2 to win at that time. And from the last ball of the match Imran Tahir was able to get just 1 run. So, Udana successfully defended four runs in the last over and the match was tied.
Lasith Malinga was the standout bowler by taking 2 wickets giving away just 11 runs in 4 overs.
But the drama hadn’t just over yet. As per the rules, super over was played to decide the winner of the match. South Africa batted first this time according to the rules. The two highest run scorer for South Africa in the match Miller and van der Dussen came out to tackle the only over and captain Malinga himself decided to bowl the over. Miller and van der Dussen took 14 runs in the over where Miller hit one four and one six.
Chasing the 15 runs in the super over, Thisara Perera and Avishka Fernando came to bat and Imran Tahir took the ball to defend 15 runs. And Sri Lankans were able to take just 5 runs in that over and finally South Africa won the match by 9 runs in the super over.
David Miller was the man of the match for his both good innings. The next T20 will take place on 22nd March at Centurion.
Sri Lanka 134/7
Kamindu Mendis 41(29), Thisara Perera 19(21)
Andile Phehlukwayo 3/25, Lutho Simapla 1/19
South Africa 134/8
David Miller 41(23), Rassie van der Dussen 34(30)
Lasith Malinga 2/11, Jeffrey Vandersay 1/25
Watch the Super over here-
Toss: South Africa
Result: South Africa won the one-over eliminator
– Khan Mutasim Billah Life (Correspondent, Bdcrictime.com)