Disciplined bowling and Aiden Markram’s 48-point rapid fire helped South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 28 points in Friday’s first 2020 international match.
Markram’s 33-goal knock led South Africa to a 5 to 163 lead. By limiting Sri Lanka to a 135 to 6 defense, it led to a 1-0 lead in the three-game series in Colombo.
Despite Dinesh Chandimal’s best 66 unbeaten matches of his career, the captain and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj led the bowling ball with an impressive number of 1 of 19 in his T20 debut to flatten Sri Lanka’s strike. ball.
After the team chose to hit the ball first, Markram’s offensive rounds were won by four rounds in one round and six rounds in two rounds, thus increasing the total number of South Africa.
The opening game Quinton de Kok (36) and Renesas Hendricks (38) set the tone with 73 points, and then lost their wickets to leg spinner Vanindu Ha Salanga.
Markram and David Miller made 65 runs on the fourth wicket and 35 goals. The latter made 26 of 15 pitches, bringing the offense to the opposition bowler. The Sri Lankan captain and mid-speed bowler Dasun Shanaka broke the partnership with the Markram wicket in the penultimate game to curb the boom in South Africa.
Sri Lanka regularly lost wickets in the chase, Avishka Fernando used up 11 times, and Maharaj let Bhanuka Rajapaksa return without success.
Chandimal then played a heroic round, recording his sixth T20 in half a century and surpassing his previous best 58. He hit five four-pointers and two six-pointers in his 54-ball percussion.
The second game was held at the same venue on Sunday.