Men’s T20 World Cup: South Africa beat Sri Lanka for 77 as tournament comes to New York for the first time | cricket news

South Africa overcame Sri Lanka for their lowest international T20 score of 77 en route to a six-wicket victory as the T20 World Cup came to New York for the first time.

Proteas pacer Anrich Nortje won 4-7 in four overs on Long Island, while slow-scoring Sri Lanka were bowled out in precisely 19 overs after surprisingly choosing to bat on a walk-on pitch.

South Africa fell to 23-2 in five overs of their reply on the extremely tricky surface and should have been 23-3, but Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis, who was previously his men’s top scorer with 19, bowled Tristan Stubbs at zero.

Aiden Markram’s Proteas reached their target with 22 balls to spare in a chase without fireworks: Heinrich Klaasen (19 off 22) and David Miller (6), who reached the winning boundary, the unbeaten batsmen.

Sri Lanka, world T20 champions a decade ago, struggled with the bat amid some admittedly excellent bowling, reaching 24-1 at the end of the powerplay and then slipping to 46-6 after 12 overs.

Their poor run included the loss of three wickets for one run, with South African spinner Keshav Maharaj (2-22) striking twice in as many balls in the ninth over to remove Sri Lanka captain Wanindu Hasaranga and Sadeera Samarawickrama for Ducks.

Seamer Ottniel Baartman recorded figures of 1-9 in his four overs in Nassau, including 20 dot balls, as the pace of delivery remained more akin to an old-style Test match than a modern-day T20 match.

Sri Lanka captain Wanindu Hasaranga lost to South Africa in Nassau.

South Africa have many great batsmen, but they too found it difficult to score with Markram’s glorious elevated cover for six, one of only two boundaries they hit in the first seven overs.

Quinton de Kock (20 off 27) dragged Angelo Mathews into the stands at deep square leg in the eighth over before being the third man out in the 11th over, bowling a simple catch to Hasaranga.

When Stubbs (13 off 28) was caught sharply by Charith Asalanka covering Hasraranga in the 13th over, South Africa were four down with 20 runs still needed, but Klaasen and Miller took their team home.

David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen of South Africa (Associated Press)
South Africans David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen led their team to victory on Long Island

South Africa are yet to reach a World Cup final in the 50+ or ​​20+ formats, with seven semi-final exits across the two tournaments earning the Proteas an unwanted “chokers” label.

Sri Lanka and South Africa are joined in Group D of this competition by Nepal, Bangladesh and the Netherlands, and Nepal and the Netherlands will meet in Dallas on Tuesday (start time 4:30 p.m.).

Whats Next?

South Africa will face the Netherlands in New York on Saturday, June 8 (3:30 p.m.) with Sri Lanka against Bangladesh that same day in Dallas (01:30 am).

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Eoin Morgan, Nasser Hussain and Urooj Mumtaz join Ian Ward to talk about their dream World T20 XI.

defending champions England open against Scotland in Barbados on Tuesday (first dance at 3:30 p.m.) with Ireland will play 2007 winners India in New York on Wednesday (also at 3:30 p.m.).

Watch every match of the Men’s T20 World Cup live on Sky Sports from now until the 29th.

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