South Africa rattles Sri Lanka in 1st T20I
After losing the ODI series the South Africans came out strong and beat Srilanka convincingly in the 1st T20I . After putting up 163 on the board, the Protea spinners bowled well to restrict Sri Lanka to 135/6
The tourists win the toss and batted. De Kock (36) and Hendricks(38) put on 73 in 9.3 overs and both played delightful shots and kept rotating the strike. After their dismissals, Markham and later Miller held the innings together and played positive cricket. Markram hit 48 off 33 balls by rotating the strike and punishing loose balls while Miller hit 26 off 15 balls.
For Sri Lanka Hasaranga (2/23) again showed his consistency with another fine spell. South Africa rattles Sri Lanka in 1st T20I.
Chasing 164, the hosts rattled off 34 in powerplay till in form Avishka (11) got run out which turned the game for South Africa. Dinesh Chandimal making a comeback to T20I cricket played a stellar knock of 66 off 54 balls with great strokes down the ground and on both sides of the pitch hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes. However, he hardly got any support with Shanaka (16) and Asalanka (6) also falling cheaply. Later Karunaratne (22*) tried hard but it was too little too late. The South African spinners were excellent with the skipper on his T20I debut Keshav Maharaj getting 1/19 in 4 overs. Sri Lanka lost by 28 runs and Markram for his fine batting getting the man of the match award .
South Africa 164/5 , Sri Lanka 135/6