As we know the preparations for the Icc T20 World Cup 2021 are going on all around the world. The home team Sri Lanka has won the ODI series by 2-1 but in the T20I the visitor team South Africa posted their first victory in the first T20I by 28 runs. The opener of the South African team Quinton de Kock scored 36 runs off 32 deliveries. Reeza Hendricks added 38 runs to his team’s scorecard. Aiden Markram was the top runs scorer with 48. David Miller contributed 26 runs off 15 deliveries. From the home team performance, Dinesh Chandimal smashed 66 runs off 54 balls. Dasun Shanaka 16, Avishka Fernando 11, and Chamika Karunaratne added 22 runs.
SL vs SA 2nd T20I Highlights today Sunday, 9-12-2021 – 2nd T20I (N), South Africa tour of Sri Lanka from R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and chosen to bat.
Maharaj: We would have also batted first. The bowlers executed our plans and batters came to the party, which was good to see. We have one change, Miller is managing his thigh injury and van der Dussen comes in.
Shanaka: Batting first is a huge advantage. Powerplay is a bit of a concern for us, batting first. Avishka is rested and Kusal is back after recovering, Praveen Jayawickrama makes his debut.
Sri Lanka team: Kusal Perera (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (capt), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana.
South Africa team: Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (capt), Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Post Match Presentation.
Maharaj: All credit to my team, they’ve made my life easier. They’ve stepped up and stuck to simple plans. It’s important we keep the positives and keep building on that. Maybe we can start better, bowl better in the powerplay, and do some things in batting as well. We’ve shown vast improvement over the last two years. We read the conditions early today and decided spin would play a role. Aiden did his own and got three wickets against left-hand batsmen, it was a tactical thing. Shamsi really opened up one end and the bowlers made my life easier, whoever came on did the job.
Shanaka: We were targeting 140-150 and we knew it will turn later, it won’t be easy in the later part of the game. The batsmen should concentrate more on the game, we were not able to capitalize on the start and the South African bowlers change their pace, they bowled beautifully. Our batsmen needed to rotate the strike more. We have to change our approach, batting in the middle period has been a concern for a long period, consistently for 2-3 years. It’s a major part of the concern. We will come up with better plans in the next game. It’s our approach and mindset that needs to change in the T20s, we should have a strong mindset and we need to have a belief in the team.
Shamsi is Player of the Match: I’m just one part of the bowling unit and I’ve to do my job. We’ve got a lot of quality bowlers in the attack. These pitches take a lot more turn than back home, that’s something we’ve got get used to. If they don’t turn, we can’t complain and adjust, we’ve to fight fire with fire. The celebrations come out a bit more especially when you’ve been hit for a six before that, We do a lot of hard work and it’s just a bit of enjoyment.