World Twenty20 14th Match: Sri Lanka sneak past South Africa behind Perera’s half-century

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Perera walloped six boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 61

Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera smashed a breathtaking half-century to help his side sneak past South Africa by five runs in Chittagong.

Perera was well supported by all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who hammered 43 and took a wicket.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal would have been pondering whether he made the right decision to bat first after opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was clean bowled by Dale Steyn for a golden duck.

Mahela Jayawardene only made nine runs before he was caught by Steyn at mid-on off the bowling of Morne Morkel.

Kumar Sangakkara failed to have an impact as well as he was caught by Lonwabo Tsotsobe at short third man off the bowling of Imran Tahir for 14.

Perera was the standout performer for Sri Lanka as he smashed a magnificent 61, which came off 40 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught by AB de Villiers at mid-off off the bowling of Tahir.

Chandimal scored 12 runs before he was stumped by Quinton de Kock off the bowling of Tahir.

Thisara Perera only made eight runs before he was clean bowled by Morkel.

Sri Lanka eventually finished on 165/7 thanks to Mathews’ quickfire knock of 43, which came off 32 balls and included three boundaries and a six.

Tahir was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Steyn and Morkel chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Chasing 166 to win, South Africa got off to a poor start as de Kock was clean bowled by Lasith Malinga for 25.

Hashim Amla and Jean Paul (JP) Duminy made up for the early loss of de Kock with a 50-run partnership before Amla was caught by Dilshan at short cover off the bowling of Sachithra Senanayake for 23.

De Villiers made 24 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Mathews.

Duminy ended up making 39 off 30 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Dilshan at cow corner off the bowling of Senanayake.

Albie Morkel only scored 12 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Chandimal at wide long-on off the bowling of Ajantha Mendis.

Farhaan Behardien made five runs before he was caught by Jayawardene at long-on off the bowling of Nuwan Kulasekara.

Steyn failed to trouble the scorers as he was run out by Mathews

David Miller was run out by Thisara Perera the very next ball for 18 runs.

Despite Tahir hitting the last ball of the match for six, Sri Lanka still escaped with a five-run win.

Senanayake was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Mathews, Kulasekara, Malinga and Mendis snapped up one wicket each.

Kusal Perera was named Man of the Match for his outstanding knock.

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