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Cricket news - South Africa overcome Sri Lanka fight with Super Over win

David Miller starred in South Africa's Super Over win

The one-way traffic in white-ball cricket in Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa extended into the T20Is with the hosts taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after a victory in the opening game at Newlands, Cape Town on Tuesday (March 19). But it was only after the visitors forced the game into a Super Over, showing plenty of fight despite posting only 134 on the board.

Needing five for victory in the final over, JP Duminy took a single off Isuru Udana and saw Dale Steyn play out a couple of dots before taking a single. With three required off two, Duminy ended up being run out while trying a second to get back on strike. Imran Tahir managed a single to level scores, with Niroshan Dickwella to blame for a missed run-out and an opportunity to seal the game. South Africa went on to post 14 in the Super Over - David Miller managing a six and a four off Lasith Malinga. Imran Tahir then came up with a fine display under pressure, conceding only five to facilitate South Africa's jail break.

The chase began with the Sri Lankan bowlers keeping the South African openers in check during the powerplay, limiting the boundaries with tight bowling. The pressure resulted in wickets as Reeza Hendricks was run out while the in-form Quinton de Kock top-edged a reverse-sweep. Faf du Plessis, who survived a missed stumping chance, tried to steady the chase with a measured approach until his attempt to carve a Jeffrey Vandersay delivery over cover resulted in a catch to point as the skipper went back for a 23-ball 21.

It was only when Miller arrived at the crease that there was some urgency to South Africa's innings as he managed crucial boundaries to bring down the required rate. The big over that South Africa were hoping for came in the 15th when Miller was immaculate with his placement, striking three fours off Udana before timing one to perfection to clear the extra-cover fence, helping himself to 20 runs. Rassie van der Dussen was happy to play second fiddle in a half-century stand for the fourth wicket, and importantly he didn't not throw it away unlike the first innings when Sri Lanka struggled to get any partnership going despite some promising starts.

Van der Dussen waited until his 27th delivery for his first boundary, which was a slog sweep for a six off Dananjaya, followed by a edge for a four which brought down the equation to 18 off 24. Van der Dussen, though couldn't stay until the end, outfoxed by Lasith Malinga's change of pace, while Miller was run out attempting a quick second, raising Sri Lanka's hopes. A boundary apiece for JP Duminy and Andile Phehlukwayo off Dhananjaya de Silva eased the pressure but South Africa lost a couple of wickets as Sri Lanka managed to stretch it to the final over and then the Super Over.

Earlier, asked to bat, Sri Lanka suffered early setback with Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis falling to poor strokes. While Dickwella went after a wide delivery from Dale Steyn to hand 'keeper Miller a catch, Kusal Mendis's half-hearted attempt at hitting Kagiso Rabada over the top resulted in a catch at mid on, with both batsmen registering ducks. Meanwhile, debutant Avishka Fernando began in a promising fashion as he cleared the fence a couple of times while Kamindu Mendis also got into the act with some clean strikes. Their 35-run partnership promised the foundation Sri Lanka were hoping for, only for wickets to hamper their progress.

Hendricks balancing act close to the fence, throwing the ball up in the air as he crossed the fence before getting back in time to cling on to the ball, sent back Fernando to give Lutho Sipamla a wicket in his first over. Angelo Perera gave Kamindu Mendis company in a watchful 31-run stand before Sri Lanka lost both in quick succession.

The onus was on Thisara Perera to provide some momentum in the back-end of the innings but the left-hander, barring one six, failed to get going and was eventually dismissed by Phehlukwayo for a 21-ball 19, and the bowler also sent back Dhananjaya to bag his third three-wicket haul in T20Is. However, he gave away a couple of boundaries off his last two balls, while Rabada conceded 13 in the last over as Isuru Udana and Dananjaya added some useful runs to help Sri Lanka finish with 130-plus.

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