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World Miller, Rabada pull off thrilling chase despite Hasaranga's hat-trick

19:50  30 october  2021
19:50  30 october  2021 Source:   afp.com

Sri Lanka storm past Ireland to secure Super 12s spot

  Sri Lanka storm past Ireland to secure Super 12s spot Sri Lanka recovered from a nightmare start to record a 70-run victory over Ireland and book their place in the Super 12s stage of the T20 World Cup on Wednesday.Both sides came into Wednesday's clash fresh from emphatic wins over Namibia and Netherlands respectively, but it was 2014 champions Sri Lanka who underlined their credentials, despite a dreadful start with the bat.

David Miller and Kagiso Rabada combined to propel South Africa to a thrilling victory as they edged Sri Lanka by four wickets despite a hat-trick by Wanindu Hasaranga in the T20 World Cup on Saturday.

Packing a punch: Kagiso Rabada (l) and David Miller celebrate after hitting South Africa to victory over Sri Lanka with one ball to spare © INDRANIL MUKHERJEE Packing a punch: Kagiso Rabada (l) and David Miller celebrate after hitting South Africa to victory over Sri Lanka with one ball to spare Showing support: Atter missing the previous match after declining to take the knee, Quinton de Kock was recalled and joined the protest © INDRANIL MUKHERJEE Showing support: Atter missing the previous match after declining to take the knee, Quinton de Kock was recalled and joined the protest

With South Africa needing 15 off the final over bowled by Lahiru Kumara,Miller smashed two sixes and Rabada struck the winning boundary as South Africa reached their target of 143 with one ball to spare in Sharjah.

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Tip of the hat: Wanindu Hasaranga celebrates after dismissing Dwaine Pretorius for a third wicket in three balls © INDRANIL MUKHERJEE Tip of the hat: Wanindu Hasaranga celebrates after dismissing Dwaine Pretorius for a third wicket in three balls

Miller finished with 23 off 13 balls while Rabada made 13 off seven to carry their team home after Hasaranga took the third hat-trick in tournament history.

South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma admitted it had been a tough few days after the Quinton de Kock controversy.

De Kock was recalled to the team on Saturday after refusing to take the knee in Tuesday's game against West Indies.

"It's quite hard to put everything together that's happened over the last couple of days," a relieved Bavuma said.

"There was a bit of it at the back of the mind but we had a job to do and we had to dig deep."

Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka said he had no regrets over using Kumara for the final over.

Epic South Africa hitting tops hat-trick in belter

  Epic South Africa hitting tops hat-trick in belter South Africa have downed Sri Lanka in a World Cup thriller, responding to a hat-trick with incredible power-hitting.Hasaranga put Sri Lanka in a dominant position when he completed a hat-trick in the 17th over, leaving South Africa in trouble at 6-112 chasing 143 to win.

"It was enough to defend for Lahiru," Shanaka said.

"He was bowling yorkers and he was superb in the practice games which is why I went with him."

Hasaranga's figures of 3-20 were not enough for Sri Lanka who made 142 in their innings.

His triple strike was spread over the final ball of his third over and first two of his fourth and pushed South Africa to a precarious 112-6 with his second victim, Bavuma, out for 46.

The left-handed pair of Miller and Rabada then smashed 34 runs between them to give South Africa their second straight win in the Super 12 stage.

Sri Lankan fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera had struck twice in his second over to sent back the South African openers including the recalled De Kock caught and bowled for 12.

Bavuma stood firm to put on key partnerships including a 47-run fourth-wicket stand with Aiden Markram to raise hopes of a successful chase.

Markram made 19 before attempting an extravagant off drive against Hasaranga off the last ball of the 15th over, but missed the ball that crashed into the stumps.

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Hasaranga came back strongly in the 18th over to get Bavuma and Dwaine Pretorius off the first two balls before Miller and Rabada robbed Sri Lanka, who have two losses from three Super games, of a win.

Ireland fast bowler Curtis Campher took four wickets in four balls in the qualification stage against Netherlands. Australia's Brett Lee took the first hat-trick of the competition in 2007 against Bangladesh.

- De Kock takes knee -

Earlier Sri Lanka's Pathum Nissanka hit 72 but South Africa bowled out their opponents for 142.

Bavuma praised leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for his three wickets that set up the win.

"Shamsi is a big player for us, a weapon, we've seen wristspinners are always effective in this format," said Bavuma.

Shamsi returned figures of 3-17 from his four overs of leg spin and fast bowler Pretorius also took three wickets after South Africa elected to field first.

De Kock returned to the South Africa starting lineup after missing the previous match after refusing to take the knee.

Having apologised for his stance, he knelt down in support of the anti-racism gesture along with the rest of the Proteas team.

Fast bowler Anrich Nortje struck first as he bowled Kusal Perera for seven in the fourth over, but Nissanka and Charith Asalanka put on 40 runs for the second wicket.

Asalanka was run out in an attempt to take a second before Shamsi took charge with his leg-spin bowling to push Sri Lanka on the backfoot. He made 21 off 14 balls.

Shamsi, who is the world's number one ranked T20 bowler, sent back Bhanuka Rajapaksa caught and bowled for nought and then got Avishka Fernando for three in a similar dismissal an over later.

Harasanga became Shamsi's third victim with Sri Lanka in trouble at 91-5 in the 14th over.

Nissanka hit back to reach his second half-century in the shortest format and smashed six fours and three sixes to surpass his previous T20 best of 61 and provide Sri Lanka with a fighting total.

He finally fell to Pretorius who had figures of 3-17 from his three overs.

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