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Duminy stars in Proteas revival

2013-08-02 18:47
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Colombo - JP Duminy has turned in a superb all-round display to help the Proteas overcome Sri Lanka by 12 runs in an exciting victory in the first T20 international in Colombo on Friday.

As it happened: Sri Lanka v SA

The tourists, restricted to a modest 115-6 after electing to bat, bounced back to stop Sri Lanka at 103-9 in front of a packed house of 30 000 at the Premadasa stadium.

Duminy top-scored with 51 off 52 balls to help the tourists recover from a poor start and then grabbed three wickets for 18 runs, earning himself the man of the match award.

It was a morale-boosting win for South Africa over the world's top-ranked Twenty20 side following an embarrassing 4-1 defeat in the last one-day series.

Kumar Sangakkara put up a fight for the hosts with an unbeaten 59 off 53 balls, but young opener Kusal Perera (11) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

With 21 runs needed off the last two overs and three wickets in hand, left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell swung the game South Africa's way by removing Sachithra Senanayake and Lasith Malinga without conceding a run in the penultimate over.

Sangakkara hit two boundaries in Morne Morkel's final over, but it was not enough to carry his team to victory.

Morkel and Parnell finished with two wickets each.

South Africa's Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis was delighted by his team's win.

"I am very chuffed and so proud of the boys," he said.

"We were under pressure after the one-day series, but the team showed great character tonight.

"The wicket was not easy to bat on, so I thought ours could be a good total. I told the boys that if we kept fighting, we could pull it off."

Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal said bad batting cost his team the match.

"We bowled well, but then undid all the good work with some rash shots," he said.

"But there are still two more games to go and we will look to come back strongly."

David Miller (25) shared a fifth-wicket stand of 56 with Duminy after the Proteas slumped to 50-4 in the 11th over.

Off-spinner Senanayake, who shared the new ball with Malinga, struck in each of his first three overs to reduce South Africa to 23-3 by the sixth over.

Senanayake claimed both openers, Quinton de Kock and Henry Davids, leg-before, and then bowled South Africa's du Plessis for eight.

Star batsman AB de Villiers was on 15 when he skied Angelo Mathews to the cover region and Kusal Perera rushed in to take a good catch.

Duminy hit three boundaries and a six before he was dismissed in the penultimate over, caught in the deep off Ajantha Mendis.

The second and third matches will be played in Hambantota on Sunday and Tuesday.


South Africa: 115-6 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 51, D. Miller 25; S. Senanayake 3-14)

Sri Lanka: 103-9 in 20 overs (K. Sangakkara 59 not out; JP Duminy 3-18)


South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Henry Davids, Faf du Plessis AB de Villiers (captain), JP Duminy, David Miller, David Wiese, Wayne Parnell, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wicketkeeper), Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeevan Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis


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