About the Match
Unlike the ODI series, the Proteas started their T20 campaign in smashing fashion and won the first game. They meet Sri Lanka in yet another T20 to be played at 4th August at Hambantota. First T20 happened to be a low scoring thriller despite the fact that it was played on a flat deck. Hambantota’s pitch will not be as flat and will offer some help to spinners, but still can turn out to be a run scoring feast. South Africa will be banking on their batting, especially AB de Villiers, JP Duminy and David Miller to register a win and take the series. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will rely heavily on their spinners with Senanayake and Mendis as their spearheads. It was a nail-biting finish in the first game and nothing short of thriller is expected in the second one too.
The South Africa struggled with their same old problem of their batting not firing, but the bowlers came forward to take them behind the line. The total of 115 never seemed enough, but incredible bowling display helped by some poor batting by the hosts made it look colossal. South African batsmen, however, looked to be getting to something when they decided to the attack to their spinners. AB de Villiers looked brilliant during his short stay and Miller and Duminy finished the innings in a blazing style. Their bowling was excellent, both first-up and in the death with Morkel and Parnell being very effective. Tahir and Duminy bowled fabulously well in the middle overs. If Proteas continue their bowling form and improve their batting, it is going to take some work for Sri Lanka to get back into the series.
The finish to the first T20 wasn’t even close to the way they started it. Picking up three crucial wickets in the power play, and then folding South Africa to 115, the hosts must have cruised to that target, but instead they failed and failed badly. Apart from Kumar Sangakkara, none of the batsmen took responsibility and inexperience was clearly reflected by the way they were batting. Absence of Mahela Jayawardene was huge difference as experience played a key role. While their batting was extremely poor, their bowling had no negatives whatsoever. Malinga and Senanayake were excellent early on and others took the carriage forward in the middle overs. Overall, Sri Lankan bowling is already creating troubles for the visitors and should they improve their batting, South Africa will surely have a hard time.
After being pinned down in the ODI series, men in green bounced back in a brilliant fashion to take the lead. Now that they’ve drawn the first blood, they need to push hard in the second game and seal the series. However, it is not going to be easy against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka have been in tremendous form in the recently concluded series with their spinners troubling all of the South African batsmen; having said that, the Proteas’ batsmen looked to be coming back in form and their bowling has always been effective, regardless of conditions. I think experience will once again play a key role and South Africa will seal the series with a win.
South Africa, 2.10 @ William Hill
On the whole, Sri Lankan batting struggled as they failed to chase down a paltry total. Tillakratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara looked settled with Sangakkara scoring a valiant fifty in a losing cause. Sangakaara has been in splendid touch throughout the season and it won’t be surprising if he outscores TM Dilshan yet again.
TM Dilshan vs KC Sangakkara - Batsman Match:
Kumar Sangakkara, 1.83 @ Bet365