South Africa beat Sri Lanka as impressive bowling display lights up New York 

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in New York City opened with South Africa showcasing their potent bowling attack. The Proteas, led by a fiery pace attack, bundled out Sri Lanka for a paltry 77 runs, setting a new record for the lowest total by a team against South Africa in T20 Internationals. With this brilliant performance, the Proteas upset their rivals by winning the championship by a comfortable margin of six wickets.

The much-anticipated ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 kicked off in style at the iconic venue in New York. South Africa and Sri Lanka faced off in the opening match of the competition, promising exciting action. However, it was the South African bowling attack that stole the show, dismantling the Sri Lankan batting line-up with a ruthless display of pace and accuracy.
Proteas Unleash Bowling Fury: A Masterclass in Pace and Spin

The opening game confirmed South Africa’s bowling attack’s reputation—which is well-known for its potent combination of spin and pace.

Anrich Nortje: Leading the Charge with Raw Pace

Spearheading the South African bowling attack was the express pace of Anrich Nortje. The right-arm fast bowler was brilliant in Twenty20 Internationals, taking four wickets in four overs for a career-low seven runs. Nortje’s fiery spells ripped through the Sri Lankan top order, dismissing key batsmen early on and restricting the run flow. His devastating yorkers and searing bouncers proved too much to handle for the Sri Lankan batters.

Spinners Complement Pace Attack with Control

The South African bowling attack wasn’t a one-man show. The spin duo of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi provided excellent support to the pacers. Maharaj’s experience was evident as he quickly halted Sri Lanka’s momentum by taking two significant wickets in his opening over. Recognized for his subtle changes, Shamsi kept the Sri Lankan batsmen guessing while exerting strict control over the middle overs.

Sri Lanka Falter Under Pressure: A Batting Collapse of Epic Proportions

While the South African bowlers deserve all the credit for their exceptional display, Sri Lanka’s batting performance on the day was undeniably disappointing.

Top Order Succumbs to Early Pressure

Sri Lanka’s batting woes began early as they lost their key batsmen cheaply. Nortje’s fiery opening spell rattled the top order, dismissing both openers within the first three overs. This early setback put Sri Lanka on the backfoot, and they were unable to recover from the loss of momentum.

Middle Order Fails to Build Partnerships

The Sri Lankan middle order, tasked with rebuilding the innings, also struggled to handle the South African bowling attack. The spinners, Maharaj and Shamsi, applied pressure with tight lines and lengths, restricting boundaries and forcing the batsmen into errors. The lack of partnerships and inability to rotate the strike further compounded Sri Lanka’s woes, leading to a complete batting collapse.


South Africa’s emphatic victory in the opening match of the T20 World Cup served as a stark reminder of their bowling prowess. The combination of Nortje’s raw pace and the control provided by the spinners proved too much to handle for Sri Lanka. This dominant performance not only secured two crucial points for the Proteas but also sent a message to other teams in the tournament. However, the tournament is a long way from over, and South Africa will need to maintain this level of consistency to challenge for the coveted trophy. As the cricketing world gears up for more exciting matches, fans will be eagerly waiting to see if the Proteas can continue their dominant run in the T20 World Cup.

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