Nortje, Rabada shine as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets


Anrich Nortje’s four-wicket haul powered South Africa to beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets on the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Monday.

Anrich Nortje demolished Sri Lanka with career-best figures of 4/7 as South Africa exploited the bounce on supply to safe a six-wicket win of their T20 World Cup opener in New York on Monday.

At a venue the place India will play three of their 4 Group A league matches, Sri Lanka’s determination to bat first backfired.

Nortje, Kagiso Rabada (2/21) and Keshav Maharaj (2/22) mixed to take eight wickets in a dominant bowling efficiency as Sri Lanka folded up for 77 in 19.1 overs, their lowest T20 whole.

But it was not a stroll within the park for South Africa within the difficult circumstances of Nassau Stadium as the Proteas needed to sweat it out after Sri Lanka diminished them to 27/2 contained in the powerplay.

Sri Lankan wrist spinner Wanindu Hasaranga led their bowling present together with his 2/17 from three overs, taking the wickets of Quinton De Kock (20) and Tristan Stubbs (13) in successive overs.

But the shortage of scoreboard stress meant South Africa knocked off the goal in 16.2 overs to get a significant enhance to their internet run-rate.

South Africa now have two factors with a NRR of 1.048 to steer the Group D standings. Bangladesh, Nepal and the (*6*) are the opposite groups within the group.

The in-form Heinrich Klaasen smashed Hasaranga for an enormous six over long-on and adopted it up with a straight boundary to deliver up 11 runs within the the fifteenth over and nearly kill the competition.

Nuwan Thusara drew the primary blood for Sri Lanka within the second over when he induced an out of doors edge from Reeza Hendricks with an outswinger.

Mathews then gave Aiden Markram some robust time and in addition hit the South African skipper awkwardly within the stomach area that required some medical consideration.

A spectacular six by means of covers from Markram broke the shackles however he was out the subsequent over from Dasun Shanaka with Kamindu Mendis pulling off a shocking catch at slip.

Nortje bowled full tilt to steer the four-pronged tempo assault and bettered his earlier finest T20 figures of 4/10.

Kagiso Rabada returned with 2/21, whereas wily left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj additionally relished the circumstances to finish up with 2/22.

The drop-in pitch on the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium proved to be a nightmare for the Lankan batters who struggled to time the ball whereas the outfield too was sluggish.

The Proteas assault, alternatively, revelled within the pleasant circumstances, starting with a first-ball wicket for Ottneil Baartman who returned with outstanding figures of 1/9 on his World Cup debut.

The rookie pacer hit the deck exhausting, and induced an edge off Pathum Nissanka (3) from a fullish supply that swung away and in addition had some bounce.

Nortje was quick and livid and in addition obtained a wicket off his first over when Kamindu Mendis mistimed a pull to make it 31/2 inside eight overs.

There was additionally assist for spinners, as Maharaj struck twice in successive deliveries, dismissing skipper Wanindu Hasaranga and Sadeera Samarawickrama.

Half of the facet was again within the hut on the halfway mark with Nortje taking his second after Kusal Mendis mistimed a pull.

Veteran Angelo Mathews regarded most snug and made a 16-ball 16 earlier than Nortje dismissed him for his fourth scalp.

Nuwan Thushara’s run-out ended their innings in 19.1 overs.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by DNA employees and is printed from PTI) 

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Nilesh Desai
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