Proteas start WB campaign on a good winning note

Henry

The Proteas won their opening match of the World Cup cricket tournament in Delhi by 102 runs against Sri Lanka.

The foundation for the South Africans’ victory was undoubtedly laid by their three batting heroes: Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram scored all three centuries and they ensured that the Proteas were able to score 428/5 in their allotted 50 overs. .

After that, Sri Lanka valiantly tried to chase the runs.

Kusal Mendis sent the ball over the boundary rope with a few whirlwind shots, while Charith Asalanka scored a steady fifty.

But in the end a winning target of more than 400 runs was just too much; even if you bat at more than seven runs per over.

The Protea bowlers took frequent wickets to stop Sri Lanka’s scoreboard momentum, but they still conceded many boundaries.

For example, Marco Jansen was bowled for 92 runs in his ten overs and Mendis in turn hit a string of sixes off Lungi Ngidi’s bowling.

Still, South Africa deserves this victory.

If the batsmen can continue their merry willow fest, they can certainly be one of the danger teams of the World Cup.

Needless to say, Aiden Markram was named player of the match.

The 29-year-old batsman scored the fastest century in the tournament’s history when he celebrated the milestone off just 49 balls.

“I know what the team expects from me as a batsman and I try to combine a positive attitude with smart cricket. On the whole it was a good batting pitch, the ball sailed over the boundary rope and it was a game that saw lots of action,” said Makram.

The Proteas play against Australia in Lucknow on Thursday.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 428/5 in 50 overs: Rassie van der Dussen 108, Aiden Markram 106, Quinton de Kock 100 and Dilshan Madushanka 2/86.

Sri Lanka 326/10 in 44.5 overs: Charith Asalanka 79, Kusal Mendis 76 and Gerald Coetzee 3/68.