SL vs SA: Sri Lanka’s lowest score in T20I and T20 World Cup, Enrique Norkhia makes history

The Sri Lankan team fell apart like cards against South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2024 on Monday. Sri Lanka’s innings was bundled out for just 77 runs in 19.1 overs at the New York Stadium. Sri Lanka made their lowest score in T20 International and T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka’s previous lowest score in T20 Internationals was 82, which they scored against India in 2016. At the same time, Sri Lanka’s lowest score in a T20 World Cup was 87 (against Australia, 2010). Let us tell you that 77/10 is the fifth lowest score made by a full member team in T20 world.

South African fast bowler Enrique Norkhia played a vital role in bowling out Sri Lanka cheaply. He guided the likes of Sri Lankan openers Kusal Mendis (19), Kamindu Mendis (11), Charith Aslanka (6) and Angelo Mathews (16) to the pavilion. Norkhia not only bowled a killer but also a very economical spell of four overs. He spent only 7 runs and took four wickets. His economy was 1.75, a record. Norkhia has created history. He T20 World Cup Bowled the most economical four-over spell. Norkhia’s first best performance was four wickets for 10 runs.

Sri Lanka’s lowest score in T20 Internationals

77 vs South Africa New York 2024
82 vs India Vizag 2016
87 vs Australia Bridgetown 2010
87 vs India Cuttack 2017
91 vs England Southampton 2021
Sri Lanka’s lowest score, Enrich Nortje

Lowest score of a full member team in a T20 World Cup

55 England v West Indies, Dubai 2021
60 New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Chittagong 2014
70 Ban v New Zealand, Kolkata 2016
72 ban vs Australia, Dubai 2021
77 Sri Lanka vs South Africa New York 2024

Most economical 4 over spell in T20 World Cup

1.75 Enrich Nortkhia vs Sri Lanka, New York 2024
2.00 Ajanta Mendis vs Zimbabwe, Hambantota 2012
2.00 Mahmudullah vs Afghanistan, Mirpur 2014
2.00 Wanindu Hasaranga vs UAE, Geelong 2022

Sri Lanka captain Wanindu Hasaranga won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa. His decision turned out to be completely wrong. The drop-in pitch at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium was a nightmare for the Sri Lankan batsmen who struggled against a slow outfield. Accounts of four Sri Lankan players were not opened. Three players could not reach double figures. Spinner Keshav Maharaj and fast bowler Kagiso Rabad took two wickets each.

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