ICC World T20, South Africa vs Sri Lanka as happened: Proteas hammer Sri Lanka by 8 wickets

Skipper Faf du Plessis said his South African side will try to salvage some national pride against demoralised Sri Lanka in their final World Twenty20 match in New Delhi on Monday.

FP Sports, Mar, 28 2016

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New Delhi, India: Skipper Faf du Plessis said his South African side will try to salvage some national pride against demoralised Sri Lanka in their final World Twenty20 match in New Delhi on Monday.

Both teams have failed to qualify for the semi-finals after disappointing performances in the group stages, and will be looking to head home with a win under their belts at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

The Proteas' hopes of clinching a first international trophy were dented in their opening game, when England chased down a record 230 runs to win.

South Africa take on Sri Lanka in an inconsequential game. AP

South Africa take on Sri Lanka in an inconsequential game. AP

They comfortably beat minnows Afghanistan by 37 runs as expected, but lost a thriller when the West Indies successfully chased 123 with just two balls to spare and Sri Lanka's defeat to England on Saturday sealed their fate.

"The difference in getting across the line in big games is when big players step up," du Plessis said of his side which boasts Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn.

"I am a fighter and I know we've got a lot of fighters in our team. We are playing for South Africa, we are wearing the Protea badge."

Title holders Sri Lanka also suffered two out of three losses, further evidence of the team's decline over the last two years, a process accelerated by the retirements of batting stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

Sri Lanka were in crisis from the eve of the tournament when their selectors were sacked and veteran injured bowler Lasith Malinga was dropped as skipper for Angelo Mathews.

Sri Lanka opened with a less than convincing win against Afghanistan followed by two straight defeats.

Mathews, who struck a valiant 73 not out in his team's 10-run loss against England on Saturday, admitted the defending champions had failed to live up to expectations.

"It's been a disappointing few months for all of us. We have let down our fans, we let down the whole country. And we haven't played good cricket at all," he said.

Teams:

South Africa (from): Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese, Farhaan Behardien, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris

Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardena, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay

 

AFP

Published Date: Mar 28, 2016 | Updated Date: Mar 28, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115