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South Africa secure 19-run win in rain-affected 10-over game

David Miller smashed a 18-ball 40 for the Proteas
David Miller smashed a 18-ball 40 for the Proteas

South Africa 126-5 (Miller 40) beat
Sri Lanka 107-6 (Dickwella 43) by 19 runs
First Twenty20 International in Centurion

A collective all-round display from South Africa saw them register a 19-run win in a rain-affected first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Centurion.

After a delay of two hours and 15 minutes due to rain, the game was reduced to 10 overs per side. Sri Lanka won the toss and without any hesitation opted to bat first.

Heino Kuhn (10) started the innings with a couple of boundaries but was trapped LBW by Nuwan Kulasekara (2-27) in the second over.

The third over bowled by Suranga Lakmal (1-18) saw JJ Smuts (13) smash a four and a six but was caught at extra cover, ending his eight-ball cameo.

Theunis de Bruyn (19) looked in tremendous touch as he raced to 10 runs off his first three deliveries. South Africa were 37 for three at the end of three overs.

Even though, a couple of tight overs from Asela Gunaratne (0-12) allowed Sri Lanka to make a brief comeback, David Miller (40) and Farhaan Behardien (31 not out) ensured South Africa posted 126 for five in the 10 overs.

South Africa looked clumsy in the field as they dropped Dhananjaya de Silva (27) three times in the first four overs. Niroshan Dickwella (43) provided the much needed start for Sri Lanka with six boundaries and first two sixes in his first 18 deliveries.

Imran Tahir (2-23) produced a brilliant double-wicket sixth over when he dismissed both the openers but not before Dhananjaya smashed a couple of sixes to bring down the target to 40 runs off the last three overs.

Lungi Ngidi (2-12), easily the pick of the bowlers, accounted for the wickets for Seekuge Prasanna (12) and Kusal Mendis (1). With the required run rate climbing to 18 runs per over, Sri Lanka failed to take control and succumbed to a 19-run defeat.

The Proteas have also taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Ngidi was declared the player of the match for his figures of 12 for two.

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