ICC WT20: South Africa Ease To Win Over Sri Lanka
South Africa 113-4 (Gibbs 48, de Villiers 32) beat
Sri Lanka 109-9 (Botha 2-9, Kallis 2-12) by six wickets
ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Lord's
South Africa made it two ICC World Twenty20 warm-up wins in two after they eased to a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Lord's.
Sri Lanka were restricted to 109 for nine thanks to a sublime bowling and fielding display from the Proteas and a 70-run partnership for the third wicket between Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers enabled South Africa to eventually get home with five balls to spare.
There was some early movement for South Africa to exploit but Sri Lanka were guilty of some injudicious strokes and were soon in trouble at 40 for six when captain Kumar Sangakkara (17) fell, trapped in front by Johan Botha.
He was one of only four batsmen to reach double figures, Angelo Mathews batting nicely for 24, Farveez Maharoof making 11 and Nuwan Kulasekara smashing 24 in 14 balls including a six over cover from the final ball of the innings.
Botha, Jacques Kalis and Dale Steyn all picked up two wickets while Wayne Parnell and Albie Morkel also took a wicket.
Sri Lanka were in the game when they dismissed openers Graeme Smith (1) and Kallis (2), Kulasekara trapping Kallis in front and Lasith Malinga having Smith caught at third man.
Patience was the watchword for Gibbs and de Villiers, but Sri Lanka were left frustrated as Maharoof dropped him twice early on and Gibbs was given another chance when Tillakaratne Dilshan put him down at short extra cover, although it would have been a stunning catch.
Gibbs hit 48 before he was bowled by a Malinga slower ball and de Villiers holed out for 32, leaving JP Duminy (12 not out) to hit the winning runs.
Malinga's return saw him fetch two for 21 with Kulasekara (1-13) and Isuru Udana (1-23) both impressive.
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