South Africa vs. Sri Lanka, World T20: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 22, 2014

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, right, congratulates teammate Kusal Perera for scoring fifty runs during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match against South Africa in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
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Sri Lanka got their World Twenty20 campaign off to a winning start with a keenly-fought five-run win over South Africa in Chittagong.

Batting first, Sri Lanka posted 165-7 in their 20 overs, a score set up by Kusal Perera's dashing 61 and finished by skipper Angelo Mathews' 43.

In response South Africa began steadily, but there weren't enough telling contributions across the batting order to get them home, and they pulled up just short.

World T20: Sri Lanka vs. South Africa Scorecard
Sri Lanka Innings
K Perera c AB de Villiers b Tahir 61 63 40
Dilshan b Steyn 0 4 1
M Jayawardene c Steyn b M Morkel 9 16 9
Sangakkara c Tsotsobe b Tahir 14 23 18
Mathews b Steyn 43 50 32
Chandimal st de Kock b Tahir 12 15 9
T Perera b M Morkel 8 8 6
N Kulasekara not out 7 8 4
Senanayake not out 1 1
Extras 0nb 7w 3b 0lb 10
Total for 7 165 (20.0 ovs)
Steyn 4.0 0 37 2
Tsotsobe 4.0 0 31 0
M Morkel 4.0 0 31 2
Duminy 2.0 0 13 0
A Morkel 2.0 0 24 0
Tahir 4.0 0 26 3
South Africa Innings
de Kock b Malinga 25 18 18
Amla c Dilshan b Senanayake 23 41 26
Duminy c Dilshan b Senanayake 39 45 30
AB de Villiers c Sangakkara b Mathews 24 14 16
Miller run out (Chandimal) 19 33
A Morkel c Chandimal b A Mendis 12 5 4
Behardien c M Jayawardene b N Kulasekara 5 3
Steyn run out (Mathews) 0 6 2
M Morkel not out 0 0
Tahir not out 8 4
Extras 0nb 2w 0b 3lb 5
Total for 7 160 (20.0 ovs)
N Kulasekara 3.0 0 23 1
Mathews 3.0 0 21 1
Senanayake 4.0 0 22 2
Malinga 4.0 0 29 1
T Perera 2.0 0 18 0
A Mendis 4.0 0 44 1

The Proteas went in without their captain Faf du Plessis, who had not recovered from a hamstring injury, though Dale Steyn was passed fit and entrusted with the first over.

Perera took him for 17 in the first five balls before Steyn atoned by removing Tillakaratne Dilshan with the final ball of the over.

It summed up the match—momentum for one side suddenly, inexplicably cancelled by the other. 

Aside from Perera and Mathews, there was precious little from the islanders with the willow, with veterans Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara falling cheaply, and Imran Tahir starring with the ball with figures of 3-26.

The chase looked like it would be close, and so it proved.

Quinton de Kock supplied a bright start with an 18-ball 25 before being yorked by Lasith Malinga. Hashim Amla, meanwhile, anchored with a 26-ball 23 which lacked fluency.

JP Duminy and stand-in skipper AB de Villiers appeared to have rescued the innings, only for both to fall when well set.

That brought Albie Morkel to the middle, and he cracked two sixes before his four-ball innings came to an end. 

With 29 runs required from 18 balls and two fresh batsmen at the crease, the game was finely poised, but with Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara both skilled death bowlers, panic mode set in for South Africa, as evidenced by two run outs in the final two overs.

The loss may not be terminal for South Africa's hopes—they will fancy their chances against New Zealand, England and the Netherlands in their remaining games—but it represents a huge boost for Sri Lanka, who are amongst the favourites for the trophy in familiar subcontinental conditions.