COLOMBO — JP Duminy starred with bat and ball as South Africa overcame Sri Lanka in an exciting 12-run victory in the first Twenty20 international in Colombo today.
The tourists, restricted to a modest 115 for 6 after electing to bat, bounced back to stop Sri Lanka at 103 for 9 in front of a packed house of 30,000 at the Premadasa stadium.
Duminy top-scored with 51 off 52 balls to help the tourists recover from a poor start and then grabbed three wickets for 18 runs, earning himself the man of the match award.
It was a morale-boosting win for South Africa over the world’s top- ranked Twenty20 side following an embarrassing 4-1 defeat in the last one-day series.
Kumar Sangakkara put up a fight for the hosts with an unbeaten 59 off 53 balls, but young opener Kusal Perera (11) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.
With 21 runs needed off the last two overs and three wickets in hand, left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell swung the game South Africa’s way by removing Sachithra Senanayake and Lasith Malinga without conceding a run in the penultimate over.
Sangakkara hit two boundaries in Morne Morkel’s final over, but it was not enough to carry his team to victory.
Morkel and Parnell finished with two wickets each.
David Miller (25) shared a fifth-wicket stand of 56 with Duminy after the Proteas slumped to 50 for 4 in the 11th over.
Off-spinner Senanayake, who shared the new ball with Malinga, struck in each of his first three overs to reduce South Africa to 23-3 by the sixth over.
Senanayake claimed both openers, Quinton de Kock and Henry Davids, leg-before, and then bowled South Africa’s du Plessis for eight.
Star batsman AB de Villiers was on 15 when he skied Angelo Mathews to the cover region and Kusal Perera rushed in to take a good catch.
Duminy hit three boundaries and a six before he was dismissed in the penultimate over, caught in the deep off Ajantha Mendis. (AP)