After a hard fought win in the ODI series, old problems have resurfaced for Sri Lanka in T20 cricket as the team is unable to bat out the 20 overs.
Sri Lanka handed the T20 series to the Proteas on Sunday after suffering a heavy nine wicket defeat with 35 balls to spare. The Proteas had won the opening game by 28 runs.
On Sunday, having been bowled out for 103 runs, Sri Lanka had little chance although the wicket had lot of assistance for spinners. Having consolidated their position during the Power Play, the tourists cruised to win to clinch the series with a game to spare.
The series was a good preparation ahead of next month’s World Cup. But not sure whose bright idea it was to play the games on rank turners.
For ICC events, you can expect belters and Sri Lanka would have been better off preparing sporting tracks. South Africa’s spinners have outperformed their Sri Lankan rivals and chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi has been a revelation.
Ranked world’s number one bowler in the shortest format of the game, Shamsi rarely sends down a bad ball and also picks up crucial wickets.
The left-arm wrist spinner has been well backed up by the duo of Kehav Maharaj and Bjon Fortuin, both of whom bowl left-arm orthodox spin. Part-timer Aiden Markram picked up three wickets with his off-spin in the second game.
South Africans have used the sweep; both conventional and reverse to good effect to counter opposition spinners. Sri Lankan batters need a good lesson or two on sweeping.
The hosts aren’t making best use of Power Plays and to make things worse, their innings is not well paced out which has resulted in them being bowled out without utilizing 20 overs.
A tough contest against a strong South African side will stand the hosts in good test especially when they play the qualifying round ahead of the World Cup.
With the series gone, Sri Lanka will be looking for a consolation win in the final encounter. Both teams are expected to do a few changes to give their reserves a chance.