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South Africa came up with a disciplined bowling performance

South Africa prevail in Super Over

South Africa post 14 in the Super Over, with Miller managing a six and a four off Malinga. Imran Tahir gives away only five in Sri Lanka's reply in the Super Over as South Africa manage a jail-break of a victory.

Match tied, Super Over:

Only one run conceded by Malinga in the 19th over, and he also sends back Rabada to finish with figures of 2 for 11. A single for Duminy off Udana is followed by a couple of dots to Steyn, before Duminy is back on strike. But he can only score one and is run out while attempting a second. With two needed off the last ball, Tahir manages a single to stretch the game into a Super Over.

SA close in:

A boundary apiece for Duminy and Phehlukwayo off Dhananjaya de Silva and the pressure is eased. Although Phehlukwayo is eventually dismissed, South Africa should get the remaining runs without much fuss, needing 6 off 12 deliveries.

Hope for Sri Lanka:

An attempt for a quick second results in the run out of Miller as Sri Lanka try to sneak back in with quick strikes.

Malinga strikes:

After managing a six and a four off Dananjaya, van der Dussen departs for 34, giving Malinga his first wicket. South Africa are still in control, though, needing 17 more to win off 21 deliveries.

Big over:

Three boundaries off Udana is followed by a mighty six as Miller scores 20 off the 15th over to bring down the equation to 32 off 30. Should be easy now for South Africa. Can Sri Lanka change the script?

Close finish on the cards?

66 needed off 48 balls, with Miller and van der Dussen at the crease. Although Miller has scored a couple of fours, South Africa will be hoping that he gets some big ones going soon.

Big strike:

Just when Faf du Plessis looked like steering South Africa's chase, Jeffrey Vandersay delivers an important strike, sending back the skipper for a 23-ball 21. Looking to go over cover, du Plessis ended up slicing a catch to backward point, leaving South Africa at 52 for 3 in the 10th over.

De Kock departs:

Akila Dananjaya strikes in the seventh over, getting the in-form de Kock out for 13 off 17. Looking to up the ante with a reverse sweep, the batsman gets a top edge and is caught by the 'keeper. South Africa are 33 for 2. Can Sri Lanka put more pressure on the hosts?

Missed opportunity:

Faf du Plessis would have been a goner when he yorked himself to a Dhananjaya de Silva delivery but Dickwella misses a stumping chance.

Hendricks run out after 21-run stand:

A watchful opening partnership comes to an end as Hendricks is run out after attempting a non-existant third in the fourth over.

Sri Lanka finish with 134:

A couple of useful boundaries by Akila Dananjaya in the 19th over. Udana finds the fence off Rabada for a four in the final over, which yields 13 runs as Sri Lanka finish with 134 for 7.

Thisara fails:

Looking to go over the top, Thisara mistimes it to hand du Plessis a catch at the deep. Dhananjaya de Silva departs the very next ball, bowled down the leg side as Phehlukwayo bags two in two. Sri Lanka 113 for 7 in the 19th over.

Onus on Thisara:

Barring a six off Phehlukwayo, Thisara Perera has been relatively quiet. Can he unleash mayhem in the death overs?

Five down:

A well-set Kamindu Mendis departs for 41. Coming down the track, he failed to read a googly and was out stumped. Flashy glovework from Miller. Sri Lanka reduced to 76 for 5 in the 13th over.

Phehlukwayo strikes:

Just when a partnership was developing, South Africa have nipped it in the bud. Angelo Perera departs for 16, bowled after trying to play across the line. Sri Lanka are 73 for 4.

Slow going:

Since the fifth over, only one four has been scored as Sri Lanka's run-rate has dipped. They are 60 for 3 after 9.

Lucky break...

...for Mendis as he hits one straight back at Sipamla, who's late to react to the ball and failed to even get a hand as it travelled to the boundary.

Another wicket:

Lutho Sipamla also gets a wicket in his first over. A good catch by Hendricks, who throws the ball up in the air before crossing the boundary, and gets back in time to hold the ball at deep backward square. Fernando departs after a promising 16. Sri Lanka are 42 for 3 after 6.

Sri Lanka up the ante:

Kamindu Mendis too manages two maximums off Rabada - the first was a top-edge over third-man and the second to the same region but off a well-executed ramp shot. He follows it up with two back-to-back fours off Steyn, helping Sri Lanka to 39 for 2 after 5.

Rabada strikes:

Another poor stroke costs Sri Lanka their second wicket. Kusal Mendis looks to loft a Rabada delivery over mid-on but fails to get the elevation in what appeared to be a half-hearted stroke, and departs without scoring. Meanwhile, Fernando continues to deal in sixes, pulling a Steyn delivery over deep mid-wicket.

Early wicket:

Dale Steyn strikes off the second ball of the opening over to send back Niroshan Dickwella for a duck. The batsman went after a wide delivery without much footwork and ended up edging it to 'keeper Miller. Plenty of movement on offer for Steyn as he begins with a wicket maiden. Avishka Fernando scores the first runs for Sri Lanka by clearing the long-on fence off Kagiso Rabada in the second over.

Toss and teams:

The toss goes in favour of the South African skipper Faf du Plessis, who has asked Sri Lanka to bat. Avishka Fernando is making his debut for Sri Lanka. Quinton de Kock is part of the XI but David Miller is the designated wicketkeeper.

Sri Lanka Playing XI: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Angelo Perera, Thisara Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga (c), Jeffrey Vandersay

South Africa Playing XI: Quinton De Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller (wk), JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lutho Sipamla, Imran Tahir

Lights okay? The last international hosted at Newlands was the fifth ODI, which ended in a farcical fashion with a malfunctioning floodlight tower bringing an abrupt end to the game. Have the technical glitches been rectified?


Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for the first T20I between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Newlands, Cape Town. If inspiration is what Sri Lanka are looking for, they needn't look further than their bilateral series record against South Africa in the shortest format, with the Proteas seeking their first T20I series win against Sri Lanka in close to six years. But Sri Lanka's record in recent times comes as a confidence-denter, having being whitewashed by their opponents in their last two three-match series.

With South Africa's vision on the World Cup, their T20I team bears a close resemblance to their one-day setup. While they'll look at fixing chinks with their 50-over game, South Africa will not want to take the match itself lightly. For Sri Lanka, after a dream start to the tour when then won the Test series, things have gone downhill. Will there be a resurgence?

As we wait for the toss and the team updates, here's a look at the preview for the game.

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