Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Shamsi, Markram help South Africa clinch T20 series



Shamsi, Markram help South Africa clinch T20 series

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
South Africa’s Reeza Hendricks plays a shot as Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal (right) looks on during the second international Twenty20 cricket match on Sunday. AFP

Shamsi, Markram help South Africa clinch T20 series

Spinners TabraizShamsi and Aiden Markram set up a crushing nine-wicket win for South Africa in the second Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka to clinch the series on Sunday.

Shamsi and Markram took three wickets each to help bowl out Sri Lanka for 103, a total the tourists chased down in 14.1 overs to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Colombo.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock hit an unbeaten 58 and put on 62 runs with opening partner Reeza Hendricks, who made 18.

The left-handed De Kock struck his 10th T20 half-century and first against Sri Lanka to see the team home with Markram for company on 21 after Hendricks’ departure.

But it was the spinners who set up victory with world number one T20 bowler Shamsi, a left-arm wrist spinner, returning impressive figures of 3-20.

Markram, a top-order batsman who has been named the replacement for England’s Dawid Malan in the Indian Premier League side Punjab Kings, returned a career-best 3-21 with his off-spin bowling.

“Aiden did his own thing and got three wickets against left-hand batsmen, it was a tactical thing,” skipper KeshavMaharaj said after the win.

“Shamsi really opened up one end and the bowlers made my life easier, whoever came on did the job.”

Markram dismissed KusalPerera (30), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (20) and CharithAsalanka (14).

He will join Punjab in the United Arab Emirates for the remainder of the IPL -- re-starting September 19 -- that was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic in India.

It was South Africa’s third straight T20 series win after West Indies and Ireland and their sixth successive triumph in the shortest format.

Fast bowler Anrich Nortje struck first with the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal for five before the spinners took over and got the remaining nine scalps.

Shamsi, a left-arm wrist spinner, combined with fellow slow bowlers to wrap up the opposition innings.

Bjorn Fortuin took two wickets and Maharaj claimed the final one. Both are left-arm spinners.

South Africa made short work of their modest chase with De Kock leading the charge to reach his fifty off 42 balls as he hit seven fours.

Leg-spinner WaninduHasaranga took the only wicket of Hendricks.

“Our batsmen needed to rotate the strike more. We have to change our approach, batting in the middle period has been a concern for a long period, consistently for two to three years,” Sri Lanka skipper DasunShanaka said.

“We will come up with better plans in the next game. It’s our approach and mindset that needs to change in the T20s, we should have a strong mindset and we need to have a belief in the team.”

The third T20 is on Tuesday at the same venue.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Cambodia purchases 4 million Molnupiravir tablets

    Cambodia has arranged for the purchase of four million US-made Molnupiravir pills – enough to treat 100,000 Covid-19 patients – even though the current rate of daily infections in Cambodia remains low. The medicine will be distributed to state hospitals, pharmacies and private clinics, according to the Samdech

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia planning new border checkpoint at Thma Da

    Cambodia is looking into the possibility of opening a new Thma Da Border Checkpoint with Thailand to boost trade and tourism. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport said on December 4 that Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol led a technical working group

  • Hun Sen: Manet to be candidate for prime minister

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed that his oldest son Hun Manet will be his successor as Prime Minister if he is elected. Speaking during the inauguration of a new sewage treatment facility in Preah Sihanouk province on December 2, Hun Sen said Manet will be