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Proteas drop T20 Series decider

By Marc Jacobson - Jan 26, 2017
Proteas drop T20 Series decider

With five dropped catches and one misjudged catching opportunity, it can be suggested that the Proteas also dropped the T20 Series decider as they slumped to a five-wicket loss to Sri Lanka at Newlands on Wednesday night. South Africa scored 169/5 in their lot of 20, as Sri Lanka surpassed that target with only a ball to spare.

Imran Tahir dropped a catch and not long after that, misjudged an airborne opportunity on the outfield of batsman, Seekkuge Prasanna, who was on two at the time, when the ball walloped over Tahir’s head and went for four. Prasanna then decisively went on to smash an unbeaten 37 off 16 deliveries to headlock the T20 Series victory for the visitors.

In other dropped catches, debutant, Dane Paterson dropped a sitter placed at his bread-basket near the boundary; wicket-keeper, Mangaliso Mosehle dropped a rocketing snick behind the stumps and Wayne Parnell then dropped a catch from his own delivery. Not to suggest that the last three aforementioned dropped catches also all happened in three consecutive balls.

Later on, Lungi Ngidi, then also dropped a catch at short fine-leg with Paterson bowling in the middle. Two of the mentioned dropped catches also vitally came off the blade of Niroshan Dickwella who went on to score the highest of the night – 68.

Creaming that off, South Africa’s bowling was also below par, with many full-tosses and off-line deliveries that saw its fair share of punishing. With that, Sri Lanka made good use of their late-cut and leg-glance/fine-leg shots for boundaries behind the wickets; off deliveries that lacked the ideal capacity for a fine line-and-length onslaught.

In an acclaimed second-string Proteas side, the light of the night was stalwart AB de Villiers’ return after last playing for the national side mid-last year and having smashed a rapid 63 before getting excellently juggled-caught at square. This suggesting, unlike the Proteas’ fielding efforts, that Sri Lanka took their pivotal opportunities when on offer.

Forming a 71-run partnership with de Villiers, Reeza Hendricks, amassed 41 and Mosehle clobbered an unbeaten 32 with the highest strike-rate in the Proteas’ fold of 213.33, which included three sixes in the final over.

Although not good in the field, Tahir achieved bowling figures of 3/18 – which seemingly blurs out his fielding blunders. 

Image: Sri Lanka storm onto the field after sealing the series decider.