Sri Lanka got the fighting capital against South Africa on Saturday (October 30) in the Super Twelve of the T20 World Cup. At the end of the allotted 20 overs, they lost all their wickets and collected 142 runs. South Africa will have to do 143 to win.
Sri Lanka lost the toss and elected to field at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. At the end of 18 overs, they had 101 runs for 5 wickets. They lost the first wicket for 20 runs. Kushal Perera went straight to the ball with Enrich Norkier for 6 runs. Charith Asalanka was run out, said Kagiso Rabadar. Asalanka scored 21 runs off 14 balls.
Vanuka Rajapaksa, Aviska Fernando and Wanindu Hasaranga could not do justice to the names at all. Vanuka returned to the pavilion with zero, Aviska 3 and Hasaranga 4 runs. Then, thanks to Pathum Nisankar, the Lankans built a fighting capital. He made 62 off 57 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes and was caught by Noria with the ball of Pretoria.
Among the rest, Dasun Shanaka scored 11, Chamika Karunaratne 5, Dushmantha Chamira 3 and Mahesh Thiksana 6 runs. Tabriz Shamsi took 3 wickets for 16 runs in 4 overs for South Africa. Pretoria also got three wickets. Narkia took two wickets.
This is the third match between the two teams in this year’s World Cup Super Twelve. Both the teams have won one match each. So the match is very important for both the teams. Sri Lanka have lost to South Africa in all five of their last five matches. At one time, one team breathed a sigh of relief, but now Temba Babuma’s team is far ahead.
Sri Lanka have met South Africa 16 times so far in the T20. In which Bavuma’s team has won 11 matches and Shanakar’s team has won 5 matches. Again, South Africa has the highest team collection of these two teams. South Africa’s highest score against Sri Lanka was 198, which they did in 2016 in Colombo. And Sri Lanka’s highest team collection against South Africa is 160, in Cape Town.
Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam overtook Virat Kohli to take the number one spot. As the captain, Babur is now the fastest one thousand run in T20 format.
India’s Virat Kohli had the fastest 1,000 runs as captain so far in the T20 format. Virat scored a thousand runs in 30 innings. Azam broke that record in 26 innings. Babar set the record in the T20 World Cup against Afghanistan on Friday (October 29). He scored 51 runs in the match won by 5 wickets against Mohammad Nabid. Pakistan reached the target of 148 runs given by Mohammad Nabi and reached the port of victory with 6 balls in hand.
Pakistan is having a great time in this year’s T20 World Cup. They are still unbeaten in the tournament, showing great prowess in all three categories, bat-ball or fielding. Babur and Afridi also lost to India in the first match and New Zealand in the second.