SA sneak home in warm-up

2010-04-28 22:32

Bridgetown - A fine unbeaten 61 from Chamara Kapugedera was in vain as Sri Lanka slumped to a five-wicket defeat to South Africa with three balls to spare in a World Twenty20 warm-up on Wednesday.

Kapugedera and veteran Sanath Jayasuriya helped Sri Lanka post 137 for 8 before a 61-run partnership between Mark Boucher and Johan Botha allowed South Africa to squeeze home in the final over.

Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara opted to bat first after winning the toss at the Kensington Oval but Tillakaratne Dilshan fell first ball to Rory Kleinveldt.

Charl Langeveldt then struck twice to remove Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene as Sri Lanka slipped to 22 for 3.

Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Matthews soon followed as Sri Lanka, runners-up to Pakistan in the 2009 Twenty20 final, collapsed to 42 for 5 in the ninth over.

But Jayasuriya (33) helped steady the ship before Kapugedera gave his side a fighting chance with three fours and five sixes.

South African skipper Graeme Smith was dismissed by Nuwan Kulasekara in the first over for one befor Loots Bosman hit a quick 20.

Botha and Boucher put South Africa on their way, scoring at more than 11 runs an over.


  • Eliza - 2010-04-29 00:25

    Hope this performance shuts up all Boucher's critics!! And Botha is such a star!! Well done boys, lets take this momentum into the WT20! Please, Smith, don't be silly... we need you in for more than 1 shot, man!!!

  • Ray.B - 2010-04-29 05:38

    T20 requires a mindset similar to Baseball and also suggests a different coaching and selection scenario There is no room for career development, which is what JP,Bosman and AB require now.

  • Charl - 2010-04-29 07:25

    Well done boys. But remember not to get ahead of your selves.

  • Zolani - 2010-04-29 08:15

    Im looking forward to the cricket, but not the usual comments about our players who dont understand the game, in cricket the hero,s fail more than they shine, thats just cricket, im so glad Boucher,and kallis have silenced the critics. now let see who is the first idiot to slander our great captain

  • Killer Bean - 2010-04-29 08:31

    Congrats boys...and a well done to Boucher for seeing us to the end

  • Willo - 2010-04-29 08:50

    Well said Zolani. Nice to see News24 have removed that rediculous, negative pole about who your least favourite SA player is. Some pretty typical negative stuff from a popular media group.

  • AL - 2010-04-29 08:52

    AWSOME one gents!!!! I`m sure that winning a match against a team like Sri Lanka will probably still not be good enough to the certain few though.

  • Olive - 2010-04-29 08:52

    Well done - especially to Mark Boucher our finisher Looking forward to all the games - The Proteas can do it!!!!

  • Drakkar - 2010-04-29 13:20

    we've seen this before.... On fire during warm ups and group stages only to fizzle out at the business end of the touraments. I can only hope this will be different

  • Jannie - 2010-04-29 16:21

    Ooohhh...whats new! On fire on friendly matches and on ICE world cups!

  • Lesley - 2010-04-29 16:40

    Not too excited about the win in warm up game against Sri Lanka as we know that we will not get any further especially since India will thump us like they did in the previous one day series early this year and I expect Afghanistan will put up a good fight against us. So I dont see us progressing any further then the first round. Australia/India/Sri Lanka and West Indies semi finalists.

  • Johan - 2010-04-29 20:04

    Lesley and Jannie- why so negative at the start. At least give them a fair chanch. Go and support Bafana Bafana if you are so nagative. In fact I support Bafana although I have my doubts. Or else support India perhaps you are better off!!

  • Pedro - 2010-04-30 10:37

    Why is that South Africa's Sport24 is ignoring the tremendous shock win of Zimbabwe over the defending champion, Pakistan? Any reasons, or is it because of Mugabe? I guess when they beas SA the main report in the CRICKET section will be about Phil Mickelson's food poisining!! Once upon a time, 3 super race horces were having a discussion. This first one said, "In a total of 50 races I won 30!!!' and all the other horses nodded in approval going, "Bravo!!", "Hear, hear!!", "Well done!". The second horse: "In a total of 100 races I won 75!!!' and all the other horses nodded in approval going, "Even better! Bravo!!", "Hear, hear!!", "Well done!". Third horse: "In a total of 150 races I won 128!!!' and all the other horses neighed in approval going, "Absolute Champion!!", "Hear, hear!!", "Prima! Well done!", then a small grayhound called Zimbo slipped into their circle and softly said, "In a total of 300 races I won 290' and there was a prolonged silence after which one of the horses went, "Oh! A talking dog!!" Go Zim cricket, go!!!

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