South Africa 115-6 (Duminy 51) beat
Sri Lanka 103-9 (Sangakkara 59no) by 12 runs
First Twenty20 International, Colombo
JP Duminy hit 51 in 52 balls and then took three wickets as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 12 runs in the first Twenty20 International in Colombo.
The left-hander became South Africa's leading Twenty20 International run-scorer during the course of his half-century which lifted the Proteas to a score of 115 for six having slipped to 23 for three early on.
The Sri Lankan innings followed a similar path as they also lost early wickets but aside from Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten 59, they offered little challenge to South Africa, for whom Duminy returned three for 18.
He had come to the crease as Sachithra Senanayake was cutting a swathe through the tourists' top order, the off-spinner removing Henry Davids (1), Quinton de Kock (5) and captain Faf du Plessis (8).
Duminy then hit three fours and a six and with support from AB de Villiers (15) and David Miller (25) was able to take South Africa on to what proved to be a very competitive total in a low-scoring game.
Senanayake finished with three for 14 with Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and Ajantha Mendis taking one wicket apiece.
Sri Lanka got off to a flyer with Kushal Perera (11) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (9) adding 15 in three overs before South Africa fought back.
Morne Morkel removed Perera and Duminy struck to have Dilshan caught by de Villiers after Dinesh Chandimal was caught behind off Lonwabo Tsotsobe for eight.
While Sangakkara looked untroubled at one end, making 59 in 53 balls with nine fours, no other player could pass five runs and there were four ducks as Sri Lanka collapsed from 72 for three to 95 for nine.
Duminy struck twice in quick order to have Mathews caught and bowled for four and then Jeevan Mendis caught by Imran Tahir for nought, first ball.
Tahir (1-22) then removed Lahiru Thirimanne (5) with the final ball he bowled to leave Sri Lanka needing 25 to win in the final three overs, and even with Sangakkara at the crease, they were beaten, going on to also lose the wickets of Thisara Perera, Senanayake and Malinga, all without scoring, in a frantic finale.
Morkel returned two for 28 and Parnell finished strongly to end up with two for eight from three overs.
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