And only after Tillakaratne Dilshan’s outfit had surpassed Jonty Rhodes’ South Africa Legends by eight wickets. The people of Sri Lanka have always been the most popular teams on paper and they reached their full potential when they came home to a comfortable win with a sub-par goal of 126 balls and 16 balls.
Sri Lanka drove on Chinthaka Jayasinghes 47 * (25b, 8×4, 1×6) and Upul Tharangas 39 * (44b, 5×4) partnership of 70 runs for the third wicket overs.
Before that, captain and in-form Dilshan scored 18 and Sanath Jayasuriya got as many runs. Former Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan won the throw and settled on the first field. The train clicked as the Lankers unfolded the South Africans for a low score of 125 in 20 overs.
Seamer Nuwan Kulasekara was the commander in chief of the Sri Lankans with five wickets for 25 runs. For South Africans, it was opener Morne van Wyk who starred with half a century of 57 balls with eight borders.
South Africa started on a positive note when Van Wyk got off to a solid start, but the Lankers immediately put a brake on the African recovery when Kulasekara brought in form partner Andrew Puttick for a duck.
The South Africans needed a big partnership and got one in Van Wyk and Alviro Petersen. The duo weren’t aggressive but didn’t shy away from reaching that strange limit or turning a punch before Farveez Maharoof got the scalp off Petersen when the scoreboard read 65/2.
Van Wyk later got his first half century of the tournament before Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya held him prisoner at the gates for 53.
As soon as the prelude went home, it was all formality for Sri Lanka. Aside from Van Wyk and Petersen, only Justin Kemp got the double-digit score as the rest of the South African batsman fell to single-digit numbers. South Africa lost its seven gates for 29 runs, all thanks to Kulasekara’s super magic.
Brief Results: South Africa 125 all in 20 overs (Morne van Wyk 23, Alviro Petersen 27; Nuwan Kulasekara 5/25) lost to Sri Lanka Legends 129/2 in 17.2 overs (Upul Tharanga 39, Chinthaka Jayasinghe 47, Tillakratne Dilshan 18, Sanath Jayasuriya 18) of 8 wickets.
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