SL vs SA 1st T20I Highlights today Friday, 9-10-2021 – 1st T20I (N), South Africa tour of Sri Lanka from R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
ICC Rankings Test, ODI & T20
SA won the toss and chose to bat.
Sri Lanka team: Avishska Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (capt), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha.
South Africa team: Reeza Hendricks, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (capt), Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Post Match Presentation.
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 maximize 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 backroom makes it easier. In conditions like these, you’re going to bowl spin as much as you can. 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.