South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs in a Group C match of the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup at Hambantota yesterday.
Despite the rain and a score of seven overs a side, South Africa put in to bat first, ran up an impressive total of 78 for four wickets. When Sri Lanka picked up both South Africa openers within the first three overs with 27 runs on the board, they surely believed they were going to win, but the game was turned around by a cameo including two sixes and one four by de Villiers.
De Villiers said the experience of playing rain-shortened games in England helped South Africa.”We played a couple in England towards the end of our series there,” de Villiers said.
Speaking about how the rain affected their play, de Villiers said, “We had a little chat before we started because it’s not easy to keep the focus with all the rain. We spoke about what we learned from England and it was fresh in our minds when we went out. I think that definitely helped. The guys were on the button from ball one.”
However, both teams have qualified to play in the Super Eight stage of the tournament.