Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene and all Sri Lankan players flop against South Africa
They have been known as chokers and many thought that they were going to do the same now once again. Sri Lankan team managers and their supporters too were sure that their team is going to beat South African side without much of hard work.
South African team is in a great shape right now. They have done well despite suffering some losses. But we have seen that even best of the best teams too have suffered losses. Notwithstanding their great run in the last few months not many people were hopeful that they will be able to beat Sri Lanka today.
But they looked the best side today as they not just went on to beat Sri Lanka, they did it in great style. Not just they restricted Sri Lanka at an unbelievably low score of just 133, they went on to score this total after losing merely a single wicket. The humiliating defeat saw Sri Lanka make blunders after blunder today.
To be true the whole credit of South African win goes to their top of the border bowling. Both pace and spin played their roles perfectly. Kyle Abbott, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel destroyed Sri Lankan batting order and the left of the word was done by Imran Tahir and JP Duminy who made sure the pressure wasn’t released, and were there to accept the wickets when the pressure became too much to take.
Before the beginning of the match Sri Lankan captain said, â€œObviously the pressure will take it to them.” He introduced debutant offpsinner Tharindu Kaushal as a “duplicate Murali” and “mystery spinner”. They made mystery moves, too. Kusal Perera was asked to open although Lahiru Thirimanne had scored 261 runs at the top of the order this World Cup.
But things went awfully wrong for them and nothing actually worked for Sri Lanka. The loss here, that too so badly, will ensure that many players will not be able to play at world level again.
Sri Lanka 133 (37.2 ov)
Sri Lanka innings
MDKJ Perera c â€ de Kock b Abbott 3
TM Dilshan c du Plessis b Steyn 0
KC Sangakkaraâ€ c Miller b Morkel 45
HDRL Thirimanne c & b Imran Tahir 41
DPMD Jayawardene c du Plessis b Imran Tahir 4
AD Mathews* c du Plessis b Duminy 19
NLTC Perera c Rossouw b Imran Tahir 0
KMDN Kulasekara c â€ de Kock b Duminy 1
PHT Kaushal lbw b Duminy 0 1
PVD Chameera not out 2
SL Malinga c Miller b Imran Tahir 3
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 7, nb 2) 15
Total (all out; 37.2 overs) 133
South Africa innings (target: 134 runs from 50 overs)
HM Amla c Kulasekara b Malinga 16
Q de Kockâ€ not out 78
F du Plessis not out 21
Extras (lb 4, w 12, nb 3) 19
Total (1 wicket; 18 overs) 134 (7.44 runs per over)
Did not batRR Rossouw, AB de Villiers*, DA Miller, JP Duminy, DW Steyn, KJ Abbott, M Morkel, Imran Tahir
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