Keshav Maharaj made an extraordinary beginning as substitute captain – on his T20I debut no less – as South Africa attracted first blood the T20I series in Colombo on Friday (September 10). Notwithstanding Dinesh Chandimal’s resistant, unbeaten 66, Sri Lanka couldn’t convey forward their triumphant run from the ODIs as they wavered in pursue to lose by 28 runs.
How was Quinton de Kock’s return?
The prepared opener made Sri Lanka apprehensive ahead of schedule after Maharaj selected to bat first. Dushmanta Chameera got Dasun Shanaka to consume a survey for a LBW consider where the ball pitched external the leg stump and afterward didn’t settle on one the following ball where there was some uncertainty the left-hander had scratched it to the ‘manager. He accompanied the arrangement of putting Sri Lanka through a difficult stretch from the get-go yet it wasn’t him they truly expected to stress over in the long run.
Who was it then, at that point?
Reeza Hendricks. The stocky right-gave batsman gave a decent record of himself in a bid to place himself in dispute to open at the T20 World Cup too as he took on Sri Lanka’s spinners almost immediately, even as De Kock battled to pick some unacceptable ‘uns a bit. Hendricks took a specific preference for debutant Maheesh Theekshana, who denoted his global presentation for Sri Lanka with a wicket off the primary ball and four-fer in the ODI series only a couple of days prior. He didn’t have such karma here as Hendricks crushed him for three fours in an over to push South Africa to 47/0 of every 6 overs.
Who fixed them in those days?
At the point when different spinners couldn’t exactly have an early effect, Shanaka went to his best – who didn’t baffle. He saw the rear of De Kock in the tenth over with another googly that the South African didn’t peruse – and top-edged to profound midwicket. He then, at that point took out Hendricks, who was looking definitely more guaranteed than his initial accomplice, additionally through a top-edge that went to Theekshana at short fine leg.
How did SA recuperate?
Through Aiden Markram, David Miller and four hyper overs
South Africa battled toward the beginning of the second-half of their innings, slithering from 73/1 to 94/3 out of 14 overs. Yet, Markram changed gears flawlessly subsequent to getting his eye in, beginning via hauling a straight six away Akila Dananjaya. David Miller participated in the fun in the accompanying over against Hasaranga as the four overs from the 14-over mark got: 13, 10, 13, 17 – a sum of 53 runs from 24 conveyances to take them to 147/3 out of 18 overs.
What happened then, at that point?
Shanaka took an intense punt and welcomed himself on for his first over of the game to deny South Africa a flying completion. He astounded an extraordinary penultimate, loaded with little back-of-the-hand more slow ones and more full balls outside the off-stump. He consolidated these the two for a conveyance that accompanied Markram’s name on it, sending the No.3 batsman back for a very much made 48 off 33. He parted with 6 while Dushmanta Chameera surrendered 10 as South Africa completed on 163 for 5.
For what reason couldn’t Sri Lanka take a genuine wound at the pursuit?
One gander at the scorecard will reveal to you why. Dinesh Chandimal, who made a sluggish, brazen beginning in the PowerPlay, completed unbeaten on 66 however the following best batting exertion came from No. 8 batsman Chamika Karunaratne with 22* – 12 of which came in the last over when the pursuit was far-off.
Who bowled well for South Africa?
Every individual who got their hands ready. Maharaj utilized six bowlers and five of them packed away a wicket each. Maharaj in the mean time maybe bowled the most urgent spell in the center overs after Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje had effectively made some speck ball pressure. Maharaj bowled 13 dabs in his spell of 1 for 19, hauling the game away from Sri Lanka through the center.
Yet, Dinesh Chandimal battled on?
Indeed. He got a little speed from where Sri Lanka required 96 off 54 conveyances. He attempted to overcome that issue with infrequent limits yet South Africa fended breaking off at the opposite finish to diminish the odds of a short-batting burst like theirs. Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius bowled especially at the demise as the asking rate moved past not really set in stone Chandimal’s grip.
Brief Scores:South Africa 163/5 in 20 overs (Aiden Markram 48, Reeza Hendricks 38, Quinton de Kock 36; Wanindu Hasaranga 2-23) beat Sri Lanka 135/6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 66*, Chamika Karunaratne 22*; Keshav Maharaj 1-19) by 28 runs