Result: Sri Lanka edge out South Africa in T20 World Cup opener

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga reacts after taking the wicket of India batsman Sachin Tendulkar during the ICC Cricket World Cup Final on April 2, 2011
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Sri Lanka claim a five-run victory in their first Twenty20 World Cup match against South Africa.

Sri Lanka won their Twenty20 World Cup opening fixture by five runs at the expense of South Africa in Chittagong this afternoon.

It was Sri Lanka that won the toss and opted to bat, and it initially seemed the correct decision when opener Kusal Perera made 61 runs from 40 deliveries.

However, his partners Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara made just 23 runs between them, as the South African bowling unit started to stifle the batting side.

That changed, though, when all-rounder Angelo Matthews came to the crease and made a quickfire 42 before he was bowled by Dale Steyn, which helped his team to post a total of 165-7 from their 20 overs.

In reply, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla made 25 and 23 respectively, before JP Duminy contributed a knock of 39 from 30 balls when his innings was ended by Dilshan.

It meant that the South Africans went into the final over requiring 15 runs to reach their target, but they fell five short having lost eight wickets.

Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot during the third and final Twenty20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium in the southern district of Hambantota on August 6,
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