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    South Africa [134/8] beat Sri Lanka [134/7] via Super Over in the 1st T20I, lead series 1-0

    After sweeping Sri Lanka 5-0 in the one-day internationals, South Africa will hope to put the finishing touches to their ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 preparations in the upcoming Twenty20 International series, starting in Cape Town on Tuesday, 19 March.

    Overview

    South Africa v Sri Lanka
    1st T20I
    Newlands, Cape Town
    Tuesday, 19 March 2019; 6:00pm local time, 4:00pm GMT

    The 5-0 margin of victory in the ODIs were the best possible result for South Africa ahead of the premier global event. The fact that all departments clicked together augurs well for the team, even if it came against a Sri Lanka side that was underwhelming.

    With impressive performances in the ODIs, Aiden Markram and Anrich Nortje have earned their maiden call-ups to the T20I squad. Impress once again, and their push for selection in South Africa's World Cup squad will gain strength.

    While Markram fought his way back to ODI reckoning with two List A centuries and then scored a career-best 67*, Nortje performed the rather impressive feat of keeping out Dale Steyn on a couple of occasions as he returned eight wickets in four matches.

    Sinethemba Qeshile, the 20-year-old uncapped batsman, is another new entrant to the T20I squad – he will be available for the last two T20Is.

    All of Steyn, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, the captain, and Kagiso Rabada will be rested after the first T20I, opening up opportunities for the likes of Qeshile, and the pacemen Lutho Sipamala and Dwaine Pretorius.

    Lungi Ngidi, who was named in the squad, will not be available for any of the three games after having picked up a niggle. He will be rested. "Lungi [Ngidi] picked up a slight niggle in the last game. I don't think it's too serious, but he's going to be given a break," coach Ottis Gibson said on the eve of the first T20I.

    Imran Tahir is another player who will be rested after the first match, leaving Tabraiz Shamsi, the left-arm wrist-spinner, as the only specialist spinner in the squad for the last two matches.

    For the visitors, their historic win in the Tests must seem surreal. So poor have they been in the ODIs that their captain, Lasith Malinga, has openly voiced his ire after Sri Lanka failed to cross 250 in any of the five matches and were bundled out for sub-200 scores in three of them.

    South Africa will rely heavily on Quinton de Kock's attacking brand of batsmanship South Africa will rely heavily on Quinton de Kock's attacking brand of batsmanship
    Sri Lanka's highest scorer in the series, Kusal Mendis, was 70 runs behind du Plessis, and their second-highest scorer, Oshada Fernando, averaged only 25.40.

    It will, no doubt, be tough for Sri Lanka to bounce back on this tour. They will hope some of the changes to their squad – leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay has returned after nearly three years, along with Suranga Lakmal – will spark a revival.

    Kusal Mendis has been the most consistent Sri Lankan batsman on tour Kusal Mendis has been the most consistent Sri Lankan batsman on tour
    Key players

    Quinton de Kock (South Africa): A tally of 353 runs at 70.60 and a strike-rate of 109.96 with one century and three half-centuries in the ODI series has made de Kock South Africa's MVP ahead of the World Cup. He will look to continue his imperious form – as long as he does, Sri Lanka will have to be wary.

    Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka): Mendis finished as Sri Lanka's top scorer in both Tests and ODIs, and has been the most consistent batsman on tour. Sri Lanka will look to him for inspiration. He is imperative to Sri Lanka's hopes.


    Conditions

    There was floodlight failure at Newlands in the final ODI, causing an early finish, and the players will hope that problem has been addressed. The forecast is good on Tuesday. In the last T20I played here, in February, South Africa defended 192 against Pakistan. A high-scoring match can be expected.

    Squads

    South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen

    Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan
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    South Africa win the toss and opt to bowl first.

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    South Africa won the toss and opt to bowl


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    David Miller is the wicket keeper today. Didn't realise he could keep wicket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    David Miller is the wicket keeper today. Didn't realise he could keep wicket.
    Part time Keeper

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    Styen gets early breakthrough

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    Big hit by Fernando

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    two down

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    Wait why is it that Miller is WK with QDK playing?

    Does that mean Klaasen won't play in the WC?

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    SL 16/2 (3.2 Ovs) CRR: 4.8
    South Africa opt to bowl


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    24 balls gone - 24 runs off 4 balls and 5 singles from the other 20 balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    Wait why is it that Miller is WK with QDK playing?

    Does that mean Klaasen won't play in the WC?
    I think D Kock will concentrate on his batting , and they may be looking to free one spot and play an allrounder to strengthen the lower order batting

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    Fifty up

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    Lanka need some big hits here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justcrazy View Post
    I think D Kock will concentrate on his batting , and they may be looking to free one spot and play an allrounder to strengthen the lower order batting
    Miller is being tried just so they don't have to take a WK

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    four down

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    lanka loosing wickets here , they need good finish here

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    113 . 7

    7 balls left

    can they get to 130 here

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    130 up

    2 balls to go

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    135 is the Target

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    Lanka need early wickets here to make a match out of this

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    15 after 3 overs

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    SA probably don’t trust Klasssen so they are experimenting with Miller as keeper. Very clever.

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    Lanka make breakthrough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    SA probably don’t trust Klasssen so they are experimenting with Miller as keeper. Very clever.
    Pakistan should have done same with Umar Akmal. That way Pakistan could have played another all rounder .

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    Required rate is over 7 now , lanka should look to push it further

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justcrazy View Post
    Pakistan should have done same with Umar Akmal. That way Pakistan could have played another all rounder .
    Didn’t even need to be Umar Akmal. We had more than enough time to develop a back up keeper.

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    Lanka bowling well , just need a few wickets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Didn’t even need to be Umar Akmal. We had more than enough time to develop a back up keeper.
    He can be good option as a hitter , better than maqsood , Umar Amin and Asif

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justcrazy View Post
    He can be good option as a hitter , better than maqsood , Umar Amin and Asif
    Umar Akmal should bat at 4 or 5 if selected.

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    gone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Umar Akmal should bat at 4 or 5 if selected.
    If I was a selector or coach , I would drop sarfaraz , and play Umar Akmal as WK , batting as floater according to situation , from 4 - 7

    My top three would be fixed.

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    Did anyone see that finish


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    Wow what a great game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Did anyone see that finish
    SA are NOT going to the semis. How're u gonna tie a match when u need only 6 in 2 overs?
    Chokers

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    Malinga is a legend. If he bowled at 150KM like before, no doubt he'd go as one of best bowlers in LOI of all time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Did anyone see that finish
    How'd he miss that

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    Malinga bowling baseball Slurve Ball. It Drifts and Dips at the same time.

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    SL need 15 to win of Super Over. Tahir to bowl.


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    Respect to Legend Tahir

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    what an exciting game

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    THE Standard Bank Proteas maintained their white-ball dominance over Sri Lanka but it took a super over to get them there in the first of three KFC T20 International matches at PPC Newlands on Tuesday evening.

    The Proteas had looked to be coasting to victory in the match proper when they needed 18 runs for victory in the final four overs with seven wickets in hand, David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen having just shared a 50 partnership off 33 balls. This included Miller’s career best 41 (23 balls, 5 fours and a six), beating his previous best of 40 against these opponents.

    But they managed to lose 5 wickets for 17 runs to finish the match all square with Lasith Malinga taking a superb 2/11 in his four overs.

    He did not enjoy the same success in the super over when Miller scored 13 of the 14 runs that he and Van der Dussen put together off the six balls.

    It left Sri Lanka needing 15 to win – a tie would have given victory to the Proteas on the superior number of boundaries hit in the match proper – but Imran Tahir proved more than equal to the occasion, conceding only 5 runs from his 8 balls (he sent down two wides).

    In the end the Proteas were left to rue their not having played very smart cricket in the closing stages of their innings in chasing down a modest target.

    Sri Lanka could also reflect on the fact Niroshan Dickwella missed the easiest of run outs off the final ball of the match proper that would have given them a one-run victory.

    It was also remarkable that Isuru Udana, after his effective hitting in the ODI Series, only came into bat at No. 8 and was largely responsible for the unbroken partnership of 21 he and Akila Dananjaya had off the last 10 balls of their innings.

    Possibly the most significant thing about the match proper was that Miller kept wicket for the Proteas for all 20 overs and took his maiden catch in this position and made his first stumping without conceding a bye. His all-round contribution with the bat and in the field saw him named KFC Man of the Match.

    Quinton de Kock took over the gloves for the Super Over.

    The second match takes place at SuperSport Park on Friday evening (18h00 start) and the final one at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday (14h30) start.

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    Experimenting with Miller as a keeper was an interesting move. I guess they don't have much confidence in Klassen.

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    SA are chokers par excellence.A target of 135 should have been a walk in the park.

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    What a finish that was. How did Dickwella miss on that last ball?


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