South Africa took a 1-0 lead within the three-match collection towards Sri Lanka.© AFP
Disciplined bowling and a quickfire 48 by Aiden Markram helped South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 28 runs within the first Twenty20 worldwide on Friday. Markram’s 33-ball knock guided South Africa to 163-5, a complete they defended by limiting Sri Lanka to 135-6 to steer the three-match collection 1-0 in Colombo. Skipper and left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj led the bowling with spectacular figures of 1-19 on his T20 debut to flatten the Sri Lankan batting regardless of a career-best unbeaten 66 by Dinesh Chandimal. Markram arrange victory together with his attacking innings laced with one 4 and two sixes so as to add to the South African whole after they elected to bat first.
Openers Quinton de Kock (36) and Reeza Hendricks (38) set the tone with a stand of 73 earlier than shedding their wickets to leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.
Markram placed on 65 runs off 35 balls for the fourth wicket with David Miller, who hit 26 off 15 deliveries, to take the assault to the opposition bowlers.
Sri Lankan skipper and medium-pace bowler Dasun Shanaka broke the partnership with Markram’s wicket within the penultimate over to test the South African surge.
Sri Lanka misplaced wickets at common intervals of their chase with Avishka Fernando run out for 11 and Maharaj getting Bhanuka Rajapaksa out lbw for nought.
Chandimal then performed a valiant innings to report his sixth T20 half-century and surpass his earlier better of 58. He hit 5 fours and two sixes in his 54-ball knock.
The second match is on Sunday on the identical venue.
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