South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes his team is where it needs to be but their Vision 2019 – of winning their first ever 50- over World Cup – has now transcended formats. Cricket South Africa’s national selection panel convener Linda Zondi earmarked the first T20I of the three-match series, starting on Tuesday (March 19), as part of the agenda for exploring options for the upcoming 50-over World Cup. With a major T20I tournament not in sight, the plan is not a bad idea.
David Miller was amazing with the gloves and bat. Well, Sri Lanka were restricted to 134 for seven. Miller could manage 41 runs of 23 balls, as the lower order department collapsed big time, they could only match Sri Lanka’s total. There was a super-over game, where in South Africa scored 13 runs in one over but, Sri Lanka couldn’t manage to get the asking rate.
“We didn’t handle it well with the bat in the last five or six overs but getting another opportunity in the super over I thought we handled it beautifully,” said South African Skipper, Faf du Plessis. Miller was handed wicketkeeping gloves in preparation for his likely role as Quinton de Kock’s back-up in the World Cup. He caught Niroshan Dickwella off Dale Steyn’s Bowling off the second ball of the match and made a crucial stumping when Kamindu Mendis brain faded for Imran Tahir’s Googly.
“T20 is a different game,” said Malinga, adding that the tactic of using mainly spin bowlers worked, even though his team were not able to get across the line.
“But still, I am really happy with what we are doing,” he said.
UFFF!!!! What a game. Everyone thought South Africa would cruise to 134 but the slow surface aided the Sri Lankan Spinners and we had an encounter to remember. Today was the closest that the visitors have come to a victory in white- ball cricket and they will take a lot of positives from that.