22:47 Aus 100-1 (9.1 ovs) vs WI 191-8:
- ScorecardAus 100-1 (9.1 ovs) vs WI 191-8
AUSTRALIA BEAT WI BY 17 RUNS (D/L METHOD)
It continues to rain heavily in Colombo and the umpires are left with no option but to call off the match.
Australia, who made a good start with the bat, reaching 100 for one in 9.1 overs have won the match via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Australia have made it to the Super Eights, while West Indies play Ireland on Monday, the winners of which will progress to the next round.
Watson smashed a quickfire 41 from 24 balls, while Mike Hussey made 28 from 19 balls to help them snatch victory in the rain-hit match.
22:05 Aus 100-1 after 9.1 overs chasing 192 for victory:
- ScorecardAus 100-1 (9.1 ovs) vs WI 191-8
RAIN STOPS PLAY
Dwayne Bravo comes to bowl as Australia look in control of the chase. They have maintained a good run rate since the start and kept things under control.
Hussey and Watson take a single each from the first two balls before the left-hander pulls it on the leg side for a four.
Eight runs from that over as Aus reach 99 for one after nine overs.
Rampaul, who was hit for 22 runs in his first over, comes back for his second over.
Watson takes a single from the first ball before the heavens open out. The players runs for cover as it starts to rain heavily at the stadium.
The Duckworth-Lewis par score after 9.1 overs is 83 and Australia are 17 runs ahead of it so incase there is no further play, Australia will win the match.
- ScorecardAus 91-1 (8 ovs) vs WI 191-8
Sammy is doing a good job with the ball in the middle overs. Just three singles from the first five deliveries before Hussey walks across and flicks it behind square on the leg side for a four as Aus get seven from that over to reach 69 for one in seven overs.
Part-timer Samuels into the attack now. Watson slogs it over midwicket for a four and lofts the next ball over long-off for a six.
Watson then slogs the next ball on the leg side but Smith at deep midwicket puts down an easy catch as it goes through his fingers over the ropes for a six.
Watson then rubs further salts on Samuels's wounds as he pulls a short ball behind square on the leg side for a four.
22 runs from that over as Aus reach 91 for one after eight overs.
21:49 Aus chase 192 for victory:
- ScorecardAus 62-1 (6 ovs) vs WI 191-8
Captain Darren Sammy into the attack now. Watson pulls the first ball and it falls short of mid-on for one before Watson takes a single too.
Hussey looks to turn it fine on the leg side but fails to connect and hits him on the helmet. The left-hander then slogs it over wide mid-on for a six but fails to get runs off the next two deliveries.
Narine to bowl his second over. Watson pulls it to deep midwicket for two run before Narine oversteps and gifts Aus a free hit. Watson makes most of the free hit as he slog sweeps it over midwicket for a six.
After six overs, Australia are 62 for one, needing another 130 runs in 14 overs.
- ScorecardAus 42-1 (4 ovs) vs WI 191-8
West Indies introduce spin early bringing in the exciting mystery spinner Sunil Narine to bowl the fourth over.
Narine starts with one that holds its line for one and Hussey gets one from the next ball. Narine gets the third ball to turn a long way as Watson fails to get it away before flicks the next ball on the leg side for one.
Four singles from Narine's first over as Aus reach 42 for one after four overs.
21:36 Warner out for 28:
- ScorecardAus 38-1 (3 ovs) vs WI 191-8
Edwards claims the important wicket of Warner in his second over. Warner throws his bat at a wide delivery but misses and he is given out caught behind after a quick knock of 28 from 14 balls.
Warner is clearly unhappy with the decision and walks back shaking his head in his disbelief.
Mike Hussey is batting at number three. He cuts Edwards over the point region for a four as Aus reach 38 for one in three overs.
- ScorecardAus 30-0 (2 ovs) vs WI 191-8
Ravi Rampaul to bowl the second over. Warner gives him a cracking welcome as he cuts the first ball over the thirdman region for a six.
Two balls later he lofts it over mid-off for a four and then pulls the next ball over the square leg region for a six.
Rampaul then oversteps the crease and Warner gets four from the free hit delivery in a streaky fashion as the inside edge goes past the stumps.
22 runs from that over as Aus reach 30 for no loss after two overs.
21:24 Gayle, Samuels hits 50s:
- ScorecardAus 8-0 (1 over) vs WI 191-8
West Indies hit a total of 15 fours and 11 sixes in their innings and the Aussie batsmen will also have to hit plenty of boundaries to overhaul this huge total.
Pacer Fidel Edwards will bowl the first over and up against him is David Warner. He starts with a bouncer that Warner ducks under before he is beaten off the next ball, outside the off-stump, but that is ruled a wide.
He cracks the next ball wide off the mid-off fielder for a boundary to get Australia going in their run chase.
Warner hits the next ball back the bowler before steering the fourth ball behind point to get a couple.
Edwards sends down a quick yorker which Warner keeps out and ends the over with a single to mid-off.
21:09 Gayle, Samuels hits 50s:
- ScorecardWI 191-8 (20 ovs) vs Aus
Starc to bowl the final over. Sammy throws his bat at the first ball which is wide outside the off-stump but gets a thick outside edge which flies past the wicketkeeper for a four.
But Sammy gets the next ball off the middle as he lofts it down the ground for a huge six as WI continue to make good progress.
Two balls later Sammy holes out a full toss to long-on where Warner completes an easy catch to send back the WI captain for 11.
Ramdin is bowled off the very next ball, as he gives himself room but fails to connect and it shatters his stumps.
Sunil Narine is facing the hat-trick ball and he slaps it over the cover region for a boundary as WI post a huge 191 for eight in their 20 overs.
- ScorecardWI 175-6 (19 ovs) vs Aus
Cummins to bowl the penultimate over of the innings, which is also his fourth. Bravo makes room and looks to flay it over the covers but gets a thick outside edge which flies past the wicketkeeper for a four.
Cummins then bowls a slower bouncer which Bravo looks to pull but mishits it to long-on for two.
Cummins finally gets his man as Bravo is bowled for 27. The right-hander made room before trying to hit it again through the off-side but missed it completely
and was bowled.
Denesh Ramdin starts with three runs as he steers a full toss behind point region where veteran Hogg makes a good diving stop.
- ScorecardWI 165-5 (18 ovs) vs AusWICKET: Pollard c M Hussey b Watson 10 (8b, 2x4)
Watson comes back to bowl his fourth and final over. He starts with a bouncer that Pollard fails to connect before smashing the next ball, which was fuller, powerfully back past the bowler for a four.
Pollard then chips Watson over the leg side but is brilliantly caught by Mike Hussey running in from deep midwicket, diving forward to complete the catch.
Seven runs from that over as Watson finishes with two for 29 in four overs.
- ScorecardWI 158-4 (17 ovs) vs Aus
West Indies are treating the crowd to an exhibition in power hitting. This time, Dwayne Bravo lofts Cummins over the covers with a cracking inside out shot for another maximum as West Indies batsmen continue the entertainment with 10 fours and 10 sixes already hit in the innings.
Cummins then bowls a no-ball to Pollard, who flicks it to the leg side and the free hit is pulled to deep square for one by Bravo.
20:44 Samuels c Warner b Hogg 50:
- ScorecardWI 145-4 (16 ovs) vs AusWICKET: Samuels c Warner b Hogg 50 (32b, 3x4, 4x6)
Hogg to bowl his final over. Samuels takes a single from the first ball to complete his half-century from just 31 balls.
However, he is dismissed two balls later as he holes out to Warner at long-on after a cracking innings of 50 from 32 balls.
But there is no relief for Australia yet as new batsman Kieron Pollard gets off the mark with a four, lofting Hogg back over his head off the first ball he faces.
20:39 WI 138-3 after 15 overs:
- ScorecardWI 138-3 (15 ovs) vs Aus
Three singles from the first three balls of Hogg's third over. Samuels has taken over the attacking mantle from Gayle as he lofts Hogg down the ground for a six before pulling the last ball fine on the leg side for a four as WI reach 124 for three in 14 overs.
Watson is back for his third spell and also his third over. Bravo pulls the second ball to midwicket for one before Samuels defends the next ball ball, which is slower in pace.
Samuels then crashes the fourth delivery over the long-on region for another six before pulling the next ball over midwicket for a flat six as WI continue to hammer the Aussie bowlers.
- ScorecardWI 111-3 (13 ovs) vs Aus
Samuels cuts a wide ball from Christian behind point for a boundary before pulling the next ball to deep midwicket for one.
Bravo hits the fifth ball down the ground to long-off for one before Samuels smokes the last ball inside out over the off-side for a six.
- ScorecardWI 99-3 (12 ovs) vs Aus
Hogg comes back to bowl his second over. Bravo flicks the first ball on the leg side for a single. Samuels defends the second ball before he is beaten off the next ball as he fails to read the spin.
Samuels is then beaten outside the off-stump as he looks to play the cut shot but misses before a single to long-on.
20:23 WI lose 3rd wicket:
- ScorecardWI 97-3 (11 ovs) vs AusWICKET: Gayle c and b Watson 54 (33b, 5x4, 4x6)
Watson into the attack now. He dropped Gayle when his score was four and he has made them pay big time.
However, Watson makes up for that error by claiming the wicket of Gayle off the first ball of his new spell. Gayle looked to turn it on the leg side but got a leading edge that spooned on the off-side and was taken by the bowler himself.
Gayle walks back after a blazing innings of 54 from 33 balls, having hit five fours and four sixes.
Watson bowls a short ball which Samuels pulls and get over the fielder at short midwicket for a single.
Dwayne Bravo gets off the mark with a single to the covers with another two singles to end the over.
- ScorecardWI 93-2 (10 ovs) vs Aus
Starc back into the attack now, to bowl his third over. Gayle looks to flick the first ball over midwicket but fails to connect and gets a leg bye and Samuels take one from the second ball.
Gayle then gives himself room as Starc bowls it full and wide outside the off-stump that the left-hander misses outside the off-stump.
Three singles off the last three balls to end the over as WI reach 93 for three after 10 overs. Gayle has raced to 54 from 32 balls, with Samuels on 12 from 11 balls.
- ScorecardWI 88-2 (9 ovs) vs Aus
Christian bowls a short delivery to Samuels, who defends it before a single to bring Gayle on strike. The left-hander tries to heave the third ball but retracts at the last moment to guide it straight to point before another mis-hit goes to midwicket for one.
Samuels drives it through the covers for two before steering the last ball past point for a boundary.
20:09 WI 80-2 after eight overs:
- ScorecardWI 80-2 (8 ovs) vs Aus
Off-spinner Glenn Maxwell into the attack as Australia bring on spinners from both ends. Gayle punches the first ball back over the bowler's head for another maximum as it continues to rain sixes in Colombo.
He sweeps the next ball for one before a single by Samuels brings him back on strike.
The next ball is flat and quicker and Gayle is hit on the pads as the Aussie go up in appeal but umpire Aleem Dar turns it down.
Gayle hammers the fifth ball over midwicket for another huge six to race to 47 from 25 balls, with the help of four fours and four sixes.
He has another go at the final delivery but gets an inside edge which narrowly misses the stumps and goes past the wicketkeeper for a four.
Gayle races to his half-century from just 26 balls as WI reach 80 for two after eight overs, having scored 69 runs from the last five overs.
- ScorecardWI 62-2 (7 ovs) vs Aus
Australia introduce spin in the form of veteran Brad Hogg and he will be up against the dangerous Gayle, who is lethal against spinners...infact against all bowlers he comes up against.
He flicks the first ball on the leg side for one. Samuels is struck on the pads and there is an appeal for LBW but the umpire is not interested.
Samuels then charges down the wicket but defends it back to the bowler before a single to the cover region.
It doesn't take much for Gayle to go on the attack against Hogg. He calmly flicks the spinner over long-on for another big six before sweeping the next ball to deep square leg for a single to keep the strike.
19:59 WI 53-2 after six overs:
- ScorecardWI 53-2 (6 ovs) vs AusWICKET: J Charles b Christian 16 (12b, 2x4, 1x6)
Dan Christian is the new bowler. He bowls a short ball on the pads which Charles helps round the corner for a boundary past the short fine leg fielder.
But Christian provides Australia with the much-needed breakthrough as he claims the wicket of Charles. The right-hander rocks back and tries to defend the short delivery but somehow plays it back on to his stumps to be bowled for 16.
Marlon Samuels starts off with a simple before Gayle makes him and crashes Christian through the covers for a boundary.
Gayle also gives himself room but defends a slower delivery that is full and on his pads. The last ball is short which Gayle tries to pull but fails to connect and they steal a single.
- ScorecardWI 43-1 (5 ovs) vs Aus
Gayle gets into the act now. Cummins offered him a bit of width and Gayle lofts it over the point fielder for a boundary before defending the next ball.
Gayle has changed gears here as he pulls Cummins for back to back boundaries through midwicket as the tactics of bowling short balls seem to be backfiring here.
The next ball is a slow bouncer as Gayle reads it just in time and lets it go to the keeper.
But he smacks the next ball over midwicket that goes high and handsome into the stands over midwicket for a monster six.
18 runs from that over as WI reach 43 for one after five overs.
- ScorecardWI 25-1 (4 ovs) vs Aus
Starc to bowl the fourth over of the innings. The first ball is short of good length and Gayle defends it back to bowler, while the second is wide down the leg side.
Gayle is content to play cautiously so far as he looks to flick it on the leg side but the leading edge goes through the covers for two. The left-hander is then forced to block out a yorker.
He looks to break the shackles as he tries to heave it over the off-side. The ball goes off the edge over point as Watson comes in from thirdman and makes a good effort diving effort but fails to hold on.
Johnston then finally gets it off the middle for a huge six over mid-on for the first boundary of the innings with the bat for West Indies. He looks to heave it through the leg side again but this time gets a thick inside edge which goes past the short fine leg fielder for a four.
19:45 WI 11-1 after 3 overs:
- ScorecardWI 11-1 (3 ovs) vs Aus
Watson is taken off after just one over and Pat Cummins comes in to bowl the third over. Charles lets the first ball go through to the keeper while the second ball is a yorker right on the stumps which the batsman has to defend.
Charles is beaten outside the off-stump as he plays and misses one that is outside the off-stump. He looks to break the shackles as he gives himself room and tries to flay it through the off-side but yet again he is beaten.
Cummins has settled into a perfect rhythm in his first over. The last two balls beat Charles all ends up, who seems to be all at sea against the moving ball. He is lucky not to have edged any of the deliveries in that over as Cummins starts with a maiden over.
19:41 Starc claims first wicket:
- ScorecardWI 11-1 (2 ovs) vs AusWICKET: D Smith b Starc 2 (5b)
Left-arm Mitchell Starc to bowl the second over. Smith is beaten off the first ball and the second ball hits his pads as the ball drifts in sharply.
Starc gets the next ball right on target as it pitches outside the off-stump and comes in sharply to strike the stumps as Smith is bowled for two.
Johnston Charles is the new batsman and he plays the first ball tentatively for a single on the leg side. Two more singles to end the over as WI reach 11 for one after two overs.
- ScorecardWI 8-0 (1 over) vs Aus
Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith walk out to open the batting for West Indies, while Shane Watson will open the bowling for Australia.
Watson starts with a short ball which Smith pulls to the leg side for one to get himself and West Indies off the mark.
Gayle lets the next ball go the keeper and ducks under the next ball, which is short and quick, but it hits his helmet and goes for four byes.
The next ball is wide outside theoff-stump before the left-hander turns the next ball on the leg side for one.
Eight runs from the first over.
19:35 WI win toss, elect to bat:
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has won the toss and elected to bat against Australia, in the Group B match, in Colombo.
This is the first match for West Indies in the World T20, while Australia beat Ireland in their first game.
19:26 SL lose by 32 runs in rain-hit match:
- ScorecardSL 46-5 (7 ovs) vs SA 78-4 (7 ovs)RESULT: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs
Sri Lanka have been completely outplayed in this match. They face an impossible task of scoring 41 from the last over for victory.
Albie Morkel to bowl the final over. He starts with a big wide down the leg side and captain de Villiers is not impressed with that start. Mendis pulls the next ball to midwicket which goes on the bounce to the fielder for one.
Munaweera cuts the next ball straight to the fielder on the point boundary to be dismissed for 13.
Mendis hits the next ball to covers for one and Lahiru Thirimanne is dropped off the first ball as he looks to cut it but Morne Morkel fails to take the catch jumping high.
He gets another couple from the first ball before a single to end the match.
South Africa coast to a 32-run victory in a rain-hit match to underline their credentials as one of the top favourites for the title.
19:19 SL 33 for 4 in sixth over:
- ScorecardSL 38-4 (6 ovs) vs SA 78-4 (7 ovs)
Sri Lanka need boundaries from each of the remaining 12 deliveries to win the match, with 48 needed from two overs.
Steyn is back after a superb first over. He starts with a wide outside the off-stump to Perera, who hits the next ball to the covers.
He then looks to heave Steyn across the line on the leg side but holes out straight to Duminy at deep midwicket to fall for 1.
Steyn then bowls another quick short of length delivery to Munaweera, who drops it on the off-side for one.
The pacer then bowls a very quick bouncer to Jeevan Mendis, who hardly has time to sway out of the way as it is called a wide.
Mendis then lofts Steyn over mid-on for a boundary and a single from the last ball.
Steyn finished with match-winning figures of two for 10 in two overs.
19:12 SL 31-3 after five overs:
- ScorecardSL 31-3 (5 ovs) vs SA 78-4 (7 ovs)WICKET: Sangakkara c de Villiers b Kallis 13 (11b, 1x4)
South Africa are in complete control as Sri Lanka need 57 runs from 18 balls for victory.
Jacques Kallis comes in to bowl the fifth over. Sangakkara top edges the pull and Albie Morkel at midwicket drops the simplest of catches, despite having enough to judge it and settle under it.
He gets a single from the next ball before Munaweera top edges the pull too, which flies over the short fine leg fielder for a boundary.
Sangakkara is caught behind as he looks to heave it over the off-side but gets an outside edge which is gleefully accepted by de Villiers behind the wicket for 13.
Thisara Perera is the new batsman and he takes a single to get off the mark.
19:07 SA 22 for 2 in 4 overs:
- ScorecardSL 22-2 (4 ovs) vs SA 78-4 (7 ovs)
Off-spinner Johan Botha into the attack now. Sangakkara fails to get the first ball away as he is hit on the pads, trying to play it on the leg side. He takes a single on the off-side and Munaweera also gets one from the next ball.
Sangakkara then brings some joy to the cheer as he smashes a full delivery powerfully through the covers for a boundary.
Botha then bowls it slower in the air and Sangakkara lofts it to long-on for two before a single to midwicket.
- ScorecardSL 13-2 (3 ovs) vs SA 78-4 (7 ovs)
New batsman Kumar Sangakkara hits a cracking cover drive from the first ball he faces, from Morkel, but another superb stop from the South Africans to keep it down to one.
Two more singles before Munaweera is beaten outside the off-stump as he looked to smash it through the covers.
Sangakkara gets a lifeline off the last ball of that over. He got a thick outside edge as du Plessis ran to his right from point but failed to hold on while he fell to the ground.
Just five runs from that over as SL reach 13 for three in three overs, needing 66 from four overs for victory.
19:00 SA 8-2 after 2 overs in rain-hit match:
- ScorecardSL 8-2 (2 ovs) vs SA 78-4 (7 ovs)WICKET: Jayawardene c Behardien b Steyn 4 (6b, 1x4)
World's fastest bowler Dale Styen comes on from the other end. Munaweera flicks the first ball to the leg side for two runs and is beaten off the next two balls as Steyn gets the ball to move away from the right-hander.
The next ball is bang on the mark as Munaweera defends it to the cover region for one.
Jayawardene is also beaten outside the off-stump by another cracking delivery from Steyn.
The Sri Lankan captain then lofts the final ball high on the leg side but holes out straight to Behardien at deep midwicket to fall for four.
That could well turn out to be match-winning over in such a short game -- three runs and the key wicket of Jayawardene.
18:54 SL need 79 from 7 overs for victory:
- ScorecardSL 5-1 (1 over) vs SA 78-4 (7 ovs)
WICKET: Dilshan run out 0 (0b)
South Africa have a slight upperhand at the halfway after posting a healthy 78 for four in seven overs, at a run rate of 11 runs per over. With pacers of the quality of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in their side, they would be confident of defending this total.
Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan will open the innings as Morne Morkel will bowl the first over.
Jayawardene is struck on the pads from the very first delivery but the LBW appeal is turned down as the ball hits him high on the thighs.
He is beaten off the next ball before he chips the third ball over the point region for a four.
Sri Lanka lose a wicket off the next ball as Dilshan is run out without facing a ball as wicketkeeper de Villiers dives full length to break the stumps.
New man Dilshan Munaweera edges the first ball which flies past first slip and Johan Botha makes a diving stop at thirdman to give away just one.
18:37 Match reduced to seven-overs-a-side:
- ScorecardSA 78-4 (7 ovs) vs SLWICKET: Faf du Plessis c Mendis b Perera 13 (11b)
New batsman JP Duminy flicks the first ball from Thisara Perera to deep midwicket for two as SA batsmen continue their impressive running between the wickets.
The second ball is a good yorker from Perera and Duminy can only defend it back to the bowler.
Duminy walks across the stumps and looks to scoop it fine on the leg side but misses to get just one.
Faf du Plessis holes out to long-off to be caught after a sedate 13 from 11 balls.
Duminy then walks across and this time he gets the scoop over the short fine leg fielder for a four. He ends the innings in style as he lofts Perera straight back over his head for a six that takes SA to a massive 78 for four in their seven overs.
18:32 SA 65 for 3 after six overs:
- ScorecardSA 65-3 (6 ovs) vs SLWICKET: De Villiers c Mendis b Malinga 30 (13b, 1x4, 2x6)
Malinga to bowl his second and final over. He starts with a wide delivery to de Villiers way outside the off-stump.
The second ball is short and de Villiers despatches it over the midwicket fence for a huge six.
He then looks to get under the full delivery from Malinga but chips it on the off-side for a couple. He gets a thick outside edge from the next delivery and it flies to the thirdman region where Kulasekara makes a good stop to give two runs.
De Villiers chips the next ball over the covers for another couple as SA continue to pile on the runs. Malinga bowls another full delivery and yet again de Villiers gets it away for a couple.
Malinga gets his man from the last ball of that over. De Villiers walks across before chipping a full delivery straight to the fielder at mid-off to fall after a quickfire innings of 30 from 13 balls.
- ScorecardSA 50-2 (5 ovs) vs SL
AB de Villiers reverse sweeps Herath over the point region for his first boundary before a single to deep midwicket. Du Plessis chips it to the long-region for another single.
De Villiers then gets it off the middle lofting Herath over the long-region for the first six of the match. The next ball is hit straight to covers for a single. Du Plessis is struggle to get the ball away as his chip falls short of the fielder at long-on but they sprint across for two.
- ScorecardSA 35-2 (4 ovs) vs SL
Angelo Mathews comes on to bowl the fourth over as du Plessis takes a single from the first ball.
New batsman AB de Villiers strokes the second ball to sweeper cover, who is perched on the ropes, to give away two runs.
De Villiers hits the next ball straight to midwicket but still decides to risk a single and luckily for him Munaweera misses the direct hit at the bowler's end.
Du Plessis gives Mathews the charge who adjusts and bowls a short ball outside the off-stump as the right-hander is beaten outside the off-stump.
Du Plessis steers the next ball behind point as Kulasekara makes a good stop running to his left from sweeper covers but the SA batsmen sprint across for three runs before a single to end the over.
18:17 SA 27-2 after 3 overs:
- ScorecardSA 27-2 (3 ovs) vs SLWICKET: Amla st Sangakkara b Herath 16 (9b, 3x4)
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath into the attack now. Amla gives him the charge but hits it straight to long-off for one.
Du Plessis turns the next ball on the leg side for a couple before he defends the next delivery. The right-hander then steers the fourth ball past point to get another couple.
The next ball comes in with the arm and du Plessis hits it to the covers for one.
Amla falls off the next delivery as he gives the charge yet again but is beaten in the flight to be stumped courtesy of some quick glovework by wicketkeeper Sangakkara.
18:13 SA 21-1 after two overs:
- ScorecardSA 21-1 (2 ovs) vs SL
Lasith Malinga to bowl the second over. Amla welcomes him with a boundary as he hits the first ball on the up over the covers for his second four. The second ball is a full length yorker that swings in a bit and Amla flicks it on the leg side for one.
Faf du Plessis gets off the mark with a single as he hits a full toss straight to point where Dilshan fumbles to give away the run.
Amla then takes his front foot out of the way and lofts Malinga over the covers again for his third boundary.
Malinga then bowls a wide down the leg side before beating Amla outside the off-stump with the fifth delivery of the innings.
The last ball is a quick yorker on the toes which Amla digs out to the short fine leg fielder for one.
18:07 Kulasekara strikes in the first over:
- ScorecardSA 9-1 (1 over) vs SLWICKET: Levi c Munaweera b Kulasekara 4 (4b)
Cricket statistician Rajneesh Gupta
writes on Twitter: "This is 2nd time a T20I has been reduced to 7 overs a side.Only other game was also in WT20- between NZ & Scot at Oval in 2009!"
Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl the first over and facing him is Richard Levi, who gets off the mark from the very first delivery with a couple on the leg side.
He looks to pull the next ball but it doesn't come as quick as expected and he hits it straight to mid-on.
Levi flicks the third ball behind square leg on the leg side as the ball struggles to get going on the damp outfield, getting the right-hander another couple.
Levi is gone off the next ball. He is deceived by a slower delivery and ends up holing it on the leg side where he is brilliantly caught by Dilshan Munaweera at mid-on, who takes a few steps back and then has to dive back to complete the catch.
Hashim Amla gets off the mark in some style as he lofts a wide delivery over the covers for a boundary and then takes a single from the last ball of that over.
17:56 Match reduced to seven-overs-a-side:
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene wins the toss and elects to bowl against South Africa in the-rain hit ICC World T20 Group C match, in Hambantota, on Saturday.
The start was delayed by two and half hours because of heavy rain. The match is scheduled to start at 1800 hours and it will be seven-overs-a-side game with only two overs of Powerplay.
Only two bowlers will be allowed to a maximum of bowl two overs each, while the other bowlers can bowl only an over.
South Africa make a change, bringing in Faf du Plessis for left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, while Ajantha Mendis misses out for the hosts with an injury and is replaced by Rangana Herath.
Sri Lanka and South Africa are playing each for the first time in Twenty20 Internationals.
17:43 Match to start at 1800 hours:
Heavy rain delayed the start of the World Twenty20 Group C match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Hambantota, on Saturday.
The match will begin at 1800 hours local time and it will be seven-overs-a-side game with only two overs of Powerplay for each side.
The toss will take place at 1745 hours.