de Villiers steams through rain-soaked Sri Lanka
AB de Villers’ brilliant 13-ball 30 helped South Africa beat the hosts Sri Lanka by 32 runs in a rain-soaked affair. Due to the rain, the match was reduced to 7 overs a side. On winning the toss, Mahela Jaywardene did what nearly any captain would do when there’s rain: bowled first. They got off to a good start as Nuwan Kulasekara had Richard Levi caught. However, then came something very rare, and very valuable. Amla going berserk. He took a boundary of Kulasekara, before launching Malinga for 12 in the second over. However, he was stumped of Rangana Herath a little while later. That’s when captain AB walked out to bat. His straightforward assault left the Sri Lankan attack, which was missing Ajantha Mendis, without answers. He sunk his teeth into Malinga and Herath, ruining their figures. AB eventually perished to Malinga, but JP Duminy (12 in 5) ensured that AB’s effort did not go in vain. Eventually they made it to a mighty 76-4 in their 7 overs. To get there, Sri Lanka would have needed something special from Tillakaratne Dilshan. However that did not happen as he was run out by Albie Morkel before he could face a delivery. Soon Steyn snapped up Jaywardene, which pretty much summed it up for the Lankans. From 8-2 in 2 overs, Kumar Sangakkara, along with Dilshan Munaweera, played some shots to keep the home crowd from crying. Soon Kallis snapped up Sangakkara, and that was the game. Jeevan Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne tapped the ball around a bit, but the game was over before it started. In the bowling department, Morne Morkel bowled 2-0-8-0, Steyn bowled 2-0-10-2, and Albie Morkel bowled 1-0-8-1. SO South Africa really are looking a side in form now, and as for the Lankans, it just wasn’t their day. Adios! See you!