Proteas bowl out of WT20 with low-key win over SL
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in their inconsequential World T20 cricket match here on Monday. Earlier, feft-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso led South African attack in choking Sri Lanka as the Proteas bundled out the defending champions for just 120. After being invited to bat, Sri Lanka were off to a decent start with openers -- Tillkaratane Dilshan (36) and stand-in skipper Dinesh Chandimal (21) -- putting on a quick-fire 45-run stand.
It was Phangiso who tilted the balance in favour of the Proteas with his double strike that pegged the Sri Lankans back. Introduced in the fifth over, Phangiso dismissed Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne (0) in the last two balls and Sri Lanka could never recover from the setback.
Leg-spinner Imran Tahir also contributed with his tight spell in which he dismissed Chamara Kapugedera, giving away only 18 runs in his four overs. Farhaan Behardien (2/15) and Kyle Abbott (2/14)chipped in with two wickets each as they also benefited from the pressure created by the spinners. Styen was the only bowler who struggled, leaking 33 runs for one wicket from his four overs. Dilshan was again not at his best but played a fighting 36-run knock with four fours and six while Chandimal was the next best with 21 off 20 balls.