AB de Villiers hit the final ball of the Super 10s for a six as South Africa strolled to an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their World T20 dead rubber in Delhi this afternoon.
Sri Lanka’s 120 all out was never going to be enough. Hashim Amla batted through for 56 not out, with solid support from Faf du Plessis (31) and De Villiers, who added an unbeaten 20 at the end, smashing two big maximums along the way as South Africa reached their target with more than two overs to spare.
Both teams will be disappointed to be going home before the semi-finals. Sri Lanka were the defending champions, but were facing their first major tournament without experienced and world-class players such as Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, while Lasith Malinga was injured.
South Africa have no such excuses. They must look at their bowling attack. Excellent leg-spinner Imran Tahir stood up, but their seamers went the distance in another major tournament flop for the Proteas.
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