South Africa started their World Cup campaign by defeating Sri Lanka

Afroza Hossain

Sri Lanka-South Africa match was considered as one of the biggest matches of this year’s T20 World Cup.

Sri Lanka-South Africa match was considered as one of the biggest matches of this year’s T20 World Cup. The expectations of the audience were high for the match yesterday at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

But in the field game, at least in the beginning, that flavor of T20 was not available. After winning the toss and batting, Sri Lanka faced the fire of Proteas bowling. Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 77 runs in 19.1 overs by Anrich Norkiad in pace-friendly conditions. However, South Africa had to play up to 16.2 overs to score this run. In the end, Aiden Markram’s team left the field with a 6-wicket win.

Riza Hendricks and Markram went back to the dressing room in the powerplay, the team could not get any quick runs. Only 27 runs came in the first 6 overs. Avoid the target being small. Two short pairs mean victory in South Africa. First, Quinton de Kock (20) and Tristan Stubbs (13) added 28 runs. Heinrich Klassen and David Miller did the rest. Classen was unbeaten on 19 runs, Miller scored 6 runs.

Sri Lanka also managed to score only 24 runs in the powerplay, with only 2 boundaries. Opener Patum Nishanka (3) was stopped by Otnail Bartman on the first ball of the fourth over of the innings. Kamindu Mendis (11 runs) who fell for three took a catch at fine leg while flicking the ball from Norkea in the eighth over. Keshav Maharaj gave the next blow to the Lankans. The South African left-arm spinner raised the possibility of a hat-trick by dismissing Wanindu Hasaranga and Sadira Samarawickrama in the 9th over. Sri Lanka’s run was 32 for 4.

That score soon became 5 wickets for 40 runs. In the 10th over, Kushal Mendis took a catch at square leg while playing pool on the Norkia bouncer, his 19 runs came from 30 balls. Narkey then struck twice more in the Lankan batting.

Rabada also took two more wickets in the second spell. The Lankan lower order was blown away by the bowling of the two pace stars. Norkia took 4 wickets for just 7 runs, which is South Africa’s best bowling figure in the World Cup. Rabada and Maharaj took 2 wickets each.

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