SA beat SL Highlights: Hasaranga’s hat-trick in vain as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets

South Africa have thrashed Sri Lanka by 4 wickets in a thrilling contest here in Dubai. Chasing a competitive total of 143 runs, David Miller turned out to be the hero for the Proteas with his quickfire 23* off 13 balls as he guided his side home that needed 15 off the last over. David Miller’s last over heroics outshined hat-trick hero Wanindu Hasaranga as South Africa acquired the two crucial points. South Africa now has equaled their points with England & Australia and are in the hunt for the semi-final spot from Group 1. The chances for Dasun Shanaka’s side are bleak but they are still not out of the competition.

Chasing 143 runs target, South Africa had a shaky start as Dushmantha Chameera dismissed both openers Q de Kock and Reeza Hendricks in the fourth over. Van der Dussen and skipper Temba Bavuma then took the innings further before a direct hit at non-striker’s end sent back van der Dussen in the shed.

Aiden Markram and Skipper Temba Bavuma then tried building up a handy partnership but Wanindu Hasaranga picked up a hat-trick in his final over & left the match wide open bringing the equation down 25 off 12 deliveries.

However, a 15-ball 34 runs partnership between David Miller and Kagiso Rabada guided the Proteas home on the last ball with 4 wickets in hand. Miller slammed two sixes in the last over while Rabada hit the winning runs with a Four on the last ball of the innings.

Earlier, Put into bat, Sri Lanka posted a competitive total of 142 on the back of superb innings from opener Pathum Nissanka. Nissanka slammed 72 off 58 and singlehandedly took the Islanders to a good total. Apart from Nissanka, only Asalanka (21 off 14) and skipper Shanaka (11 off 12) managed to score in double digits.

For South Africa, Tabraiz Shamsi & D Pretorious picked up three wickets while Anrich Nortje returned with two. Tabraiz Shamsi returned with impressive figures of 3-17 in his quota of four overs and was later adjudged man of the match.

SA vs SL Squads

South Africa

Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks

Sri Lanka

Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Binura Fernando