Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 25th Match, Group 1, Sharjah, Oct 30 2021
Match Result: South Africa won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Player of the Match: Tabraiz Shamsi
Match Report: The sedentary period in 2020 has completely gone and now its arbitrarily-timed palpitations in 2021! Yet another contender for “Cliffhanger of the year”, and David Miller has held his nerve. “He who panics last, wins the game,” a great man once said, and the composure of Miller and Rabada to score runs under enormous pressure, proves it once more.
There was a hat-trick playing on their minds, and the fact that there was only one recognized batsman left – not to mention all the off-field troubles troubling Cricket South Africa. They’ve left it out there, unaware to all that ails them off the field. South Africa have prevailed, partially destroying an age-old taboo.
Tabraiz Shamsi | Player of the Match – “My first Man of the Match trophy in the World Cup, so it’s a special moment, but not to take anything away from Nortje, Markram, Miller and Rabada, they played their parts really well.
I haven’t had a great number of chances previously, but I kept working hard, was looking to do something special, try and win games for the country. The number one rank doesn’t really matter for me, I’m just glad that I am bowling well, we have one of the finest bowling attacks in the world and I’m just happy to be part of it.”
Dasun Shanaka | SL captain: “It was enough to defend for Kumara. He was nailing his yorkers, so I thought he was dependable. Credit to how the South African batsmen played under pressure.
We had Wanindu for the death too, but we used him up before. Nissanka was fantastic and we know that he’s a bright prospect for Sri Lankan cricket. It’s difficult for us after this, but we have to keep fighting.”
Temba Bavuma | South Africa captain: “It’s hard to keep everything at the back of my mind, and we had a job to do. We took it deep and it was a good thing that we managed to get over the line. David hasn’t done that for us in a while, and it’s great that he came good at the right time.
Shamsi is a good player for us, he’s been effective all over the world in this format and he’s been doing this for quite a while now. I took on the responsibility to soak the pressure. The shot was on, but I am a bit annoyed that I couldn’t execute it well enough.”
Wanindu Hasaranga Hat-Trick: