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Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st T20I at Colombo, SL v SA, Sep 10 2021 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st T20I (N), Colombo (RPS), September 10, 2021, South Africa tour of Sri Lanka
(20 ov, T:164) 135/6

South Africa won by 28 runs

Player Of The Match
48 (33)
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end of over 2013 runs
SL: 135/6CRR: 6.75 
Chamika Karunaratne22 (14b 1x4 2x6)
Dinesh Chandimal66 (54b 5x4 2x6)
Kagiso Rabada 3-0-21-0
Anrich Nortje 4-0-29-1

10.39pm: That brings us to the end of our coverage for this first T20I. We'll back in a couple of days for the second. Till then, this is Saurabh Somani bidding goodbye on behalf of Vishal, Raghav and the team.

Keshav Maharaj: I'm very happy, brilliant team performance all round. Everyone stuck their hands up when they needed to and made my life easier. I've always wanted to play T20 cricket for South Africa and I've got my debut at 31, but I feel 21. I'm just trying to do my bit and hopefully get a place in the T20 starting line-up (for the World Cup).

Dasun Shanaka: There were quite a few challenges. I must admit we should maximise the powerplay. It's been a bit of a concern in the last few series. We should adjust to conditions and win games. We are trying to play the best team in this series to win the series, but I would like to give more chances to players also.

Aiden Markram is the Man of the Match: It's something new (batting in the middle order). But I suppose at the end of the day just getting some game-time is good. It's been good, challenging. Obviously very different from South African conditions. Lots of experience in the back room makes it easier. In conditions like these, you're going to bowl spin as much as you an. If there's a need for me to bowl, I'd be ready for that opportunity. I've been putting in some work. But looking at how the guys bowled today, I think it's best I just keep to the field. (World T20 squad) The guys who are selected there's a bit of relief and obviously the guys not selected there's a bit of hurt.

Presentations coming up.

Shazeen: "Well not the perfect start to my 20th birthday but I am happy regardless. It's a bitter sweet start to my bday. Bitter part Sri Lanka fought hard but are on the way to a defeat, sweet part is that Chandimal Aiya has gotten some runs. " -- happy birthday Shazeen.

Simbu: "SA's dominance is highlighted by Shamsi only bowling 2 overs. " -- indeed. They didn't even need him to bowl his full quota.

OR: "I cant believe its 2021 and people are still talking about anchors in a T20" -- I feel you OR.

10.25pm: That's that, a 28-run victory for South Africa. Markram and Miller provided the ballast to push them to a challenging total, and the bowlers then kept a tight leash on Sri Lanka, who never got going in the chase. Keshav Maharaj won the toss, took a wicket first ball and wins the match on his T20I debut. He's also got the best bowling figures for his side with no bowler taking more than 1 wicket. Maharaj took 1 for 19 in four overs.

Rabada to C Karunaratne, 1 run

full ball outside off, driled to long-off for a tame end.

Rabada to Chandimal, 1 run

top edge lands safely behind short third man. Went to pull, ball got a bit bigger on him than he thought, but he swung hard, so the edge carried over the fielder

Rabada to C Karunaratne, 1 run

another full toss, this one is not as well connected as the first ball, bounces to deep midwicket

Rabada to C Karunaratne, FOUR runs

outside edge flies to the third man boundary. Not where he intended it to go, looking fo a big hoick again, takes the outside edge and goes fine

Rabada to C Karunaratne, no run

bangs it in slower and shorter outside off and he can't connect with the pull shot, trying to fetch it from shoulder height well clear of off

Jayal: "Chandimal's job is to anchor the innings, and he has done that perfectly. Avishka, Bhanuka, Shanaka and all the other Kas are expected to go ballistic around himThough I wonder if we have too many anchors, with DDS and Asalanka also slow off the blocks" --- I firmly believe a good T20 side does not need an anchor. If you do anchor, do it at 130 s/r minimum and then amp it up.

Rabada to C Karunaratne, SIX runs

that one's got air miles on it. Massive, massive hit to a full toss at thigh height that he just flicked effortlessly to send sailing over deep midwicket. Ball will have travel agents queuing up for it, looking at it's journey

42 needed off the last over, so this is all but done.

end of over 194 runs
SL: 122/6CRR: 6.42 RRR: 42.00 • Need 42 runs from 6b
Dinesh Chandimal65 (53b 5x4 2x6)
Chamika Karunaratne10 (9b 1x6)
Anrich Nortje 4-0-29-1
Dwaine Pretorius 3-0-21-1
Nortje to Chandimal, no run

full pace yorker outside off, 147 clicks no less, he gets bat down in time and along the ground to steer to short third man

Nortje to Chandimal, no run

keeps it wide outside off but inside the tramline, another slower ball. Chandimal too early into the attempted square drive, can only bottom edge it back down the pitch to the bowler

Nortje to C Karunaratne, 1 run

full toss outside off, punched to deep cover

Nortje to C Karunaratne, 1 wide

this is too far outside off and he'll have to re-bowl that. Think he anticipated the batsman going across

Nortje to C Karunaratne, no run

another slower ball, outside off at 111 kph. The batsman wanted to send this from Colombo to Kandy looking at his big wind-up, but he connects only with air

Nortje to Chandimal, 1 run

length ball on a sixth stump line, out of the back of the hand at 113 kph, slapped to wide long-off

Nortje to C Karunaratne, 1 run

moving well across, full toss outside off, he's cramped for room a bit, thumps it to long-off

Nortje to finish his quota.

end of over 186 runs
SL: 118/6CRR: 6.55 RRR: 23.00 • Need 46 runs from 12b
Dinesh Chandimal64 (50b 5x4 2x6)
Chamika Karunaratne8 (6b 1x6)
Dwaine Pretorius 3-0-21-1
Anrich Nortje 3-0-25-1
Pretorius to Chandimal, no run

slower ball again outside off, he's coming down the track and is comprehensively beaten by the lack of pace, left feeling for the ball as it goes past

Pretorius to C Karunaratne, 1 run

moves across this time and whips a low full toss to deep midwicket

Pretorius to C Karunaratne, no run

swing and a miss. Comes down teh track and looks to carve it through off but can't connect

Pretorius to Chandimal, 1 run

short ball, can't latch onto the pull, deep square leg fields

Pretorius to Chandimal, 2 runs

uses wrists to power this to long-on, and they hare back for the second. Good work by Pretorius to deflect a sharp throw onto the stumps but the batsman had made it

Pretorius to Chandimal, 2 runs

too early into the attempted swing into the legside, but it lands well short of deep square leg, who opts to stay back and block the boundary instead of going for the improbable diving catch

end of over 178 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 112/6CRR: 6.58 RRR: 17.33 • Need 52 runs from 18b
Chamika Karunaratne7 (4b 1x6)
Dinesh Chandimal59 (46b 5x4 2x6)
Anrich Nortje 3-0-25-1
Dwaine Pretorius 2-0-15-1
Nortje to C Karunaratne, SIX runs

shot. Another quick ball at 142 kph, but half-volley length almost on the legs. He clears his front leg well out of the way and brings his bat down in a mighty arc to deposit this well clear of long-on

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