South Africa Vs Sri Lanka Quick Review – South Africa inch up in tough group to solidify their dark horse status.
Match Details, Scorecard, & Video Highlights
Toss: South Africa won the toss and chose to field first.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, UAE
Umpires: Joel Wilson & Paul Wilson
What Actually Happened
- Winner: South Africa won by 4 wickets
- Scores: Sri Lanka 142/10 – South Africa 146/6
- Player of the Match: Tabraiz Shamsi 3/17
- Best Figures
- Tabraiz Shamsi (4-0-17-3), Dwaine Pretorius (3-0-17-3)
- Wanindu Hasaranga (4-0-20-3)
- Most Runs
- Pathum Nissanka 72 (58)
- Temba Bavuma 46 (46)
Moments of The Day: Hasaranga’s Hat-Trick, Miller-Rabada’s Finishing Defines Close Game
- Pathum Nissanka has been one of the most promising names in Sri Lanka’s domestic circuit, boasting a first class average of 64.45 & scoring his first ton within 4 Tests. With this 72, I am glad he has transferred his talent in T20Is.
- Temba Bavuma has been under scrutiny ever since his Test debut and more so, since captaincy. His 46 (46) might not look inspiring, but in this World T20, each team needs a middle order batter that can grind it out. Also his leadership with the QDK saga has been brilliant. Supporting his teammate all the way, while standing up for the movement at the same time.
- Let us talk about David Miller. In 2018 & 2020, he averaged 20.16 with 113.08 SR and 25.00 average at 120.48 SR respectively. He had a good 2019, which kept him in the team but he is flourishing this year – 46.50 at 148.80. This match with the World Cup on the line, he struck two of the cleanest sixes of the World Cup, with Rabada hitting the last 4 to give South Africa a close victory. Miller’s career phases- Killer Miller, Accumulator Miller, Gone Miller….and the Old Miller is back!
Broken Cricket Dream of the Day: Can SL Keep Playing the Same Brand of Cricket?
- SL are one of the only countries playing a positive brand of Cricket regardless of the situation. The attitude helped them win 4 in 4, but with 2 consecutive losses including a close one here might dent their confidence. Can they continue in a similar fashion?
T20 World Cup Points Table, Stat Alert
No need to go elsewhere for the Points Table, Highest Run Scorer, Highest Wicket Taker, Most Catches, and Most Dismissals. We will keep updating it in every article!
- Jos Buttler – 214 runs (England, 4 Matches)
- Wanindu Hasaranga – 14 wickets (Sri Lanka, 7 Matches)
- Calum MacLeod – 6 catches (Scotland, 5 Matches)
- Matthew Wade – 5 dismissals (Australia, 3 Matches)
Group 1 Table
|Points||Net Run Rate|
|1. England||4||4||0||0||8||+ 3.183|
|2. South Africa||3||2||1||0||4||+ 0.210|
|3. Australia||3||2||1||0||4||– 0.627|
|4. Sri Lanka||4||1||3||0||2||– 0.590|
|5. West Indies||3||1||2||0||2||– 1.598|
|6. Bangladesh||3||0||3||0||0||– 1.069|
Group 2 Table
|Points||Net Run Rate|
|1. Pakistan||3||3||0||0||6||+ 0.638|
|2. Afghanistan||3||2||1||0||4||+ 3.097|
|3. New Zealand||2||1||1||0||2||+ 0.765|
|4. Namibia||2||1||1||0||2||– 1.287|
|5. India||2||0||2||0||0||– 1.609|
|6. Scotland||2||0||2||0||0||– 3.562|
Also, if you have not yet read our T20 World Cup Previews, here is a list of all of them! Check them out and share ahead:
- A Review – Group A 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka
- B Review – Group B 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland
- 1 Review – Group 1 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies
- 2 Review – Group 2 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand
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