So that brings us to the end of the 1st T20I between South Africa and Sri Lanka which was reduced to a 10-over game. The hosts once again came out on top and have taken a 1-0 lead. The visitors continue their disappointing run in the rainbow nation. They have to bounce back soon as the next game takes place on Sunday at the Wanderers in Johannesburg at 1800 IST (1430 local). Until then, take care! Cheers!
Man of the Match, Lungi Ngidi says he is very happy after having a dream debut. Says he was a little nervous but the home crowd helped him. Adds that he is trying out different skills but today's pitch didn't require them. Shares that he tried to beat batsmen with pace and bounce. Hopes that he has such performances in the future as well for his nation.
South Africa's skipper Farhaan Behardien is a happy captain and is very happy with his team's performance. He appreciates Mosehle's and Ngidi's effort. Adds that sending Miller up the order was a plan as they want him to face as many balls as possible and it did work out for them tonight. Also says that the bowlers did really well and ends up by saying it's really great going 1-0 up to the Wanderers!
Sri Lanka's skipper Angelo Mathews says it's disappointing to be on the losing side. Feels his bowlers did well to restrict them to 126. Says that they needed a good start and they got one but the middle period wasn't a good one for them. As it was a 10-over game, batsmen had to go hard but it didn't pull off for them. Lauds the performances from Dickwella and Prasanna.
Chasing a challenging target, Sri Lanka got the best possible start. Niroshan Dickwella, in particular, batted with authority and punished the African bowlers to all parts of the park. Imran Tahir removed both de Silva and Dickwella in the sixth over and Sri Lanka never recovered from the twin blow. The rest of their batting capitulated in an attempt to keep up with the rising NRR and eventually they fell short by 19 runs. The visitors will be disappointed after slipping from 59/0 in 5 overs and losing 6 for 48 in the next five.
Good positive result for South Africa as they take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series. They bowled just better than Sri Lanka and have managed to edge them out. The star with the ball for the home team was debutant Lungi Ngidi whose two overs actually proved to be the real differential factor. He conceded only 12 runs in the run fest and bagged a couple of wickets in one over.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Asela Gunaratne
Full and angling in, dug out to long on for a single. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 19 RUNS!
Full toss outside off, Asela looks to slog it but gets it off the outside edge, on one bounce to the short third man fielder.
Andile Phehlukwayo to Dinesh Chandimal
Full outside off, DC bends his knees and drives it to sweeper cover. A single taken!
FOUR! Wide outside off, Chandimal slashes it over point for a boundary! Great shot, but it's come a little late!
Back of a length delivery outside off, Chandimal skips down the track a touch and tries upper cutting it but fails to connect.
Full outside off, driven to long off for a single.
27 needed off the last over. Can Sri Lanka pull out a miracle?
Andile Phehlukwayo to bowl the final over!
Wayne Parnell to Asela Gunaratne
Fullish on middle, Asela plays it without much timing over mid on for one. 9 runs and an important wicket of Mathews off it!
SIX! Gunaratne is not going down without a fight! Shortish ball, around off, Asela swings his bat, gets it from the meat and sends it whistling over mid-wicket for a biggie.
Wayne Parnell to Dinesh Chandimal
Fuller and outside off, driven through covers for one.
A well cooked short ball, Chandimal tries to pull but is late in bringing his bat in line.
Short ball on off, Gunaratne top edges his pull shot just over the bowler's head for a single.
Asela Gunaratne is the new batsman.