South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the second T20I at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. The win gave the visitors an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing three-match series.
Tabraiz Shasmi was the chief architect behind the epic victory for the Proteas. Riding on his sensational bowling, South Africa bundled out the hosts for a mere 103 after the Islanders opted to bat first.
Shamsi picked up a three-wicket haul for just 20 runs in his quota of 4 overs. The left-arm spinner dismissed Dhananjaya de Silva (4), Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka (10) and Chamika Karunaratne (8).
Apart from Shasmi, Aiden Markram also shined with the ball taking three scalps for 21 runs in 4 overs. Markram removed set batters Kusal Perera (30) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (20) before sending Charith Asalanka (14) back to the pavilion to complete his three wickets.
In reply, the touring party chased down the paltry target in 14.1 overs with nine wickets in hand. Opener Quinton de Kock smashed a brilliant half-century and remained unbeaten at 58 off 48 balls to take his side over the finish line.
“I am just one part of the unit, and I just do my job on the day. We have quite a few quality bowlers in our attack. These pitches take a lot more turn than the ones back home. We need to use it to our advantage, and you can see the quality in our bowling. Sri Lanka prepared spinning wickets, and we fought fire with fire. I put my heart and soul into the team. It’s just the emotions of my hard work coming out in my celebrations,” said Shamsi after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Most wickets by left-arm bowlers in T20Is of an year:-
28* – Tabraiz Shamsi🇿🇦 in 2021
27 – Dirk Nannes🇦🇺 in 2010#SAvSL
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) September 12, 2021
South Africa win the second T20I with nine wickets in hand 👏
— ICC (@ICC) September 12, 2021
RESULT | 🇿🇦 #Proteas WON BY 9 WICKETS
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) September 12, 2021
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) September 12, 2021
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) September 13, 2021
A great day for Rajasthan Royals' new signing, Tabraiz Shamsi and Glenn Phillips. Shamsi scalped 3 wickets and won Man Of The Match award against Sri Lanka. Phillips scored a thundering 80 unbeaten in just 39 balls with 9 sixes for Barbados Royals.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 12, 2021
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) September 12, 2021
Will tweet this umpteenth time.
Tabraiz Shamsi is having a dream year in T20Is. His bowling figures till date (2021) :
Wickets : 28
Average : 11.89
Strike Rate : 13.07
— Paridhi Srivastava 7🏏⚽ (@BeingKohlicious) September 12, 2021
Tabraiz Shamsi has been doing really well offlate, will be an imp player for Proteas in T20 worldcup, he is a genuine wicket taker.
— Mani (@TweetsMani14) September 12, 2021