South Africa exited the ICC World T20 2016 with a consolation win against an uninspired Sri Lanka side. With absolutely nothing but pride at stake in this final Group 2 match, South Africa were the ones who did the business with bat and ball to pick up a win at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.
Choosing to field first, the South Africa bowlers, on a wicket that had a green tinge to it, bowled Sri Lanka out for 120 in 19.3 overs, with the chase easily enough scripted by Hashim Amla, Faf Du Plessis and AB De Villiers. With their batsmen having little trouble, SA, like Sri Lanka already out of semifinal contention, coasted to an eight-wicket win with 14 balls to spare.
If Sri Lanka, after their shoddy batting performance, were going to make a game of it, early wickets were necessary, and while they sent Quinton De Kock packing in the fifth ball of the second over, the wicket-falling stopped there. De Kock only had himself to blame for the run out, getting out if his crease at the non-striker's end in the search of a quick single, with Tillakaratne Dilshan smashing the stumps down direct.
Sri Lanka, without Angelo Mathews and Dushmantha Chameera, could not find a way through after that, however, as Amla (56 n.o., 52b, 5x4, 1x6) and Du Plessis (31, 36b, 3x4) played calm cricket, treating the match as an ODI innings to knock 60 runs in 11.1 overs to set the game up for De Villiers (20 n.o., 12b, 2x6) to do what he does, much to the crowd's delight. The great man finished off the match in style, smashing a six that nearly went out of the ground.
Earlier, Sri Lanka began with a bang, scoring 44 runs in 4.2 overs, before it all started going pear-shaped. Aaron Phangiso (4-0-26-2), having been hit for a four and a six by Dilshan off his first two balls, roared back by picking up two wickets off his last two balls of the over – of Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne, both castled.
Sri Lanka never recovered from that double blow as their soft batting underbelly came to the fore again, with Milinda Siriwardana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamara Kapugedera and Thisara Perera all falling cheaply to leave the Lankans in trouble. Only Dilshan put on any real score of note, scoring 36 from 40 balls (4x4, 1x6), but with wickets falling in clumps, it was the South African bowlers who made merry.
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