South Africa vs Sri Lanka 1st T20: Miller powers South Africa to Super Over win

David Miller 41 Super Over South Africa Sri Lanka 1st T20 Cape Town cricket

David Miller got job the done for South Africa in Cape Town

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David Miller smashed a 23-ball 41 and starred in the Super Over as South Africa defeated Sri Lanka in a thrilling encounter in Cape Town.

Opting to bowl first, South Africa got their first breakthrough on the second ball of the match as Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella was caught behind off the bowling of Dale Steyn for a duck.

Kusal Mendis also failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Lutho Sipamla at mid-on off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.

Sipamla then took out Avishka Fernando for 16, while Angelo Perera, who also made 16, was clean bowled by Andile Phehlukwayo.

Kamindu Mendis was Sri Lanka’s top-scorer with a 29-ball 41, which included three boundaries and two sixes.

But, after he was stumped by Miller off the bowling of Imran Tahir, Sri Lanka began to lose wickets at regular intervals and finished on 134/7.

Phehlukwayo was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Steyn, Rabada, Sipamla and Tahir chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 135 to win, South Africa lost opener Reeza Hendricks early on as he was run out by Akila Dananjaya for eight runs.

Quinton de Kock, who opened the batting with Hendricks, mustered 13 runs before he was sent packing by Dananjaya.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis scored 21 runs before he was caught by Dhananjaya de Silva at point off the bowling of Jeffrey Vandersay.

Miller and Rassie van der Dussen stabilised the innings with a 66-run partnership before Van der Dussen was dismissed by Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga for 34.

Miller went on to score 41, which came off 23 balls and included five boundaries and a six, before he was run out.

With Phehlukwayo and Rabada falling shortly after, the Proteas went into the final over needing five runs to win.

However, since they only managed to get four runs and lost JP Duminy in the process, a Super Over was needed to determine a winner.

Malinga was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while De Silva, Dananjaya and Vandersay claimed one wicket each.

Batting first, South Africa scored 14 runs, largely thanks to Miller.

Needing 15 to win off their Super Over, Sri Lanka failed to get anywhere near that as even though Tahir bowled two wides, he only ended up conceding five runs.

Miller was named Man of the Match.

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