1st T20I: David Miller, Imran Tahir lead South Africa to super-over victory over Sri Lanka

first_imgadvertisement scorecard Reuters Cape TownMarch 20, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 16:48 IST South Africa trumped Sri Lanka in the super over after both were tied on 134 (@OfficialCSA Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa and Sri Lanka both managed to get 134 runs from their 20 oversAfter the tie, David Miller scored 14 runs off Lasith Malinga’s super overImran Tahir defended those runs with Sri Lanka getting only five in replySouth Africa’s veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir conceded only five runs in a decisive super over as they beat Sri Lanka in their opening Twenty20 International on Tuesday after both teams had finished their innings with the same score.After sending the tourists in to bat, the home side restricted Sri Lanka to 134 for seven in their 20 overs, but then blew a commanding position to end with same total, leaving the Newlands encounter to be decided by a one-over eliminator.David Miller helped South Africa blast 14 runs from their super over, before the wily Tahir restricted Sri Lanka to only five in reply, two of which were wides.South Africa looked odds-on for victory when they reached 118 for three in their innings, needing 17 runs from 22 balls, but a flurry of late wickets left them needing two off the last delivery with Tahir on strike.He missed the ball from seamer Isuru Udana, but partner Dale Steyn scrambled through for a single as Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella botched a simple run out to win the game for his side.Miller had earlier struck a quickfire 41 off 23 balls and put on 66 for the fourth wicket with Rassie van der Dussen (34) as the pair steadied the innings after the home side had lost three early wickets.But Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga took the game into the final over with a superb spell of bowling, ending with figures of 2-11 in four overs.Kamindu Mendis top-scored for visitors in their innings, blazing 41 off 29 balls before he was stumped by stand-in wicketkeeper Miller off the bowling of the impressive Tahir.advertisementMiller was handed the gloves as South Africa seek a back-up option to Quinton de Kock at the World Cup in England and Wales, with the former passing his audition with some neat work behind the stumps.The second match in the series will be played in Pretoria on Friday, before concluding on Sunday in Johannesburg.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow 1st T20IFollow David MillerFollow Imran TahirFollow Cape Town graphs No data available!center_img view more view less 1st T20I: David Miller, Imran Tahir lead South Africa to super-over victory over Sri LankaDavid Miller scored 14 runs off Lasith Malinga’s super over as Imran Tahir restricted Sri Lanka to only five in reply of his. South Africa and Sri Lanka had both scored 134 runs from their 20 overs. commentarylast_img read more



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Albertas oilpatch feels the pinch as crude prices slump to sixyear lows

CALGARY • Oil prices are the lowest they’ve been since the Great Recession and mayors in Alberta’s oilpatch are noticing the difference.[np_storybar title=”Make no mistake, the oilsands have very little place in the NDP’s vision of Alberta’s future” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/how-the-alberta-government-is-trying-to-downgrade-the-oil-sands”%5D FP Comment: Despite all the talk from the Notley government about continuing to develop the oilsands, plans in their climate document call for a wrenching change in Alberta’s economyRead more [/np_storybar]“The barber says that he has less customers coming in,” says Tom Tarpey, mayor of Peace River, population 7,000.“I certainly notice less trucks and cars parked at the hotels in town overnight.”The town in northwestern Alberta is eager to see the economic boost from Shell’s Carmon Creek oilsands project. But in May, the company decided to slow the development by two years while it looks for ways to drive down costs amid a pronounced slump in oil prices.U.S. benchmark oil settled at US$42.62 a barrel on Tuesday. The last time West Texas Intermediate crude languished in that range was early 2009.“We don’t anticipate the price of oil increasing in short order,” said Tarpey. “We see a year to maybe two years before the price of oil recovers to the heady days of US$75-plus.”As a result, Peace River is looking to Alberta’s NDP government for “economic stimulus” in the form of infrastructure projects, he said.In Grande Prairie, a city of nearly 69,000 about a two-hour drive southwest, the impact is also being felt, said Mayor Bill Given.But — as is the case in Peace River — the oil and gas industry isn’t the only game in town. For instance, the forestry industry is buffering the impact of the oil downturn somewhat.Grande Prairie’s energy industry is also heavily focused on natural gas. Operators in the area have been dealing with low prices for that commodity for years and have learned to become more efficient, Given said.Crude oil’s worst summer in trading history signals this price rout is nowhere near doneOilsands production can grow even with curbs in greenhouse gas emissions, report says“Yes, we’re down. Are we down as far as other parts of the province? No, probably not. Would we like to be up a little bit higher? Yeah, sure, potentially. But overall, we’re doing fairly well.”Omer Moghrabi, mayor of Lac la Biche, Alta., — about two and a half hours northeast of Edmonton and close to where the likes of Cenovus and Canadian Natural Resources have major oilsands operations — figures his town has been through three or four busts over the past four decades.“We thought it would start to rebound a little quicker,” he said of this downturn.Like many oil-centred regions in Alberta, Lac la Biche County has a sizable shadow population — transient residents who come for work, often living in camps or hotels. Its 2013 municipal census found this group made up about a quarter of the county’s population of 12,000.Moghrabi figures the shadow population has dropped to some degree, but it’s not clear by how much. Companies that provide services to the oilpatch are feeling the pinch and retailers and restaurants in town are hurting, he said.“But boy, the town still looks busy,” said Moghrabi, who added that finding a parking spot it still a challenge. The oilpatch may be slowing, but tourists are still flocking to the area’s lakes this summer, he said.In Cold Lake, southeast of Lac la Biche, near the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary, the downturn is noticeable, said Mayor Craig Copeland.“You can see the difference in terms of traffic,” he said.Copeland said he’s concerned work will dry up if the downturn stretches into 2016 and that tradespeople will up and leave — creating conditions for a labour crunch when crude prices do eventually rebound.Housing affordability has been a challenge in the young and growing city with a population of nearly 16,000. So falling home prices and increased housing supply is actually a welcome development, said Copeland.“The industry is slow out here. People are hunkering down and just watching the market.”The Canadian Press read more



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