SL vs SA 2021: South Africa Captain Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of the remainder of the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka due to an injury. Bavuma was hit hard on his right thumb during the first ODI on Thursday which was later termed as a fracture.
According to a report in the media, Temba Bavuma will soon return to South Africa to consult a specialist doctor. His return to cricket will be decided after his injury will be assessed by the doctor. Meanwhile, in Temba Bavuma’s absence, Keshav Maharaj will take up the reins of captaincy for the ongoing ODI series. The selectors are yet to announce the captain for South Africa’s T20I squad in Sri Lanka.
During South Africa vs Sri Lanka’s first ODI, Bavuma was hit on the thumb in the 26th over of South Africa’s innings. He was trying to avoid a fielder’s throw & he ended up getting hit on the right thumb. He got dismissed on 38 after playing a couple of overs due to discomfort.
South Africa was given a target of 301 runs to win the opening ODI. Opener Aiden Markram contributed 96 off 90 while Rassie van der Dussen made a run-a-ball 59. However, despite Heinrich Klaasen’s 31-ball 36 at the end, the Proteas fell 14 runs short of the target. For Sri Lanka, opener Avishka Fernando starred with the bat by scoring 118 runs while Charith Asalanka hit 72 runs as the hosts posted a target of 300 for 9 after winning the toss & opting to bat first.
Speaking about Temba Bavuma’s injury, Proteas opener Aiden Markram termed his injury as a game-changing moment. Bavuma & Markram together stitched a 106 run stand however well settled Bavuma was dismissed at the end of the 28th over after scoring 38 runs. Bavuma’s dismissal didn’t affect Markram’s innings as he went ahead to score 96 runs. However, despite Markram’s heroics with the bat, South Africa couldn’t chase the target after falling short of 14 runs
“The partnership was definitely gaining some momentum. It was very unfortunate to lose him to something so freakish. It was certainly a momentum-halting moment in the game”, Markram said at a post-match presentation.
The South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I will be played on September 4. The ODI series will be followed by three T20Is.
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