The game of cricket has witnessed players playing different types of shots all around the park. Some players became widely popular because of their ability to play a wide range of shots. Playing such exquisite and extravagant shots is good for the game and the team.
Meanwhile, South African cricketer Aiden Markram made the headlines after he deftly executed a pull shot to perfection against Sri Lanka in the first ODI at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Markram was the standout performer for the Proteas in the first ODI.
The right-handed batsman led the batting unit by example during the run-chase. Earlier, Sri Lanka batted first and posted a super total of 300/9 in their quota of 50 overs. It’s really been a long time since the Lankans touched the 300-run mark in One Day Internationals.
Avishka Fernando brought up his third ODI century in a grand fashion. He scored 118 runs off 115 balls with the help of 10 boundaries and 2 sixes. Asalanka smashed 72 off 62 balls including 6 fours and a six. Kagiso Rabada and Keshav Maharaj took 2 wickets each for the Proteas.
Aiden Markram stuns everyone by playing an exquisite pull shot
During the run-chase, Aiden Markram approached the innings with caution and aggression. The right-handed batsman took his batting to the next level by playing some sensational shots. In the process, he went on to score a brilliant half-century.
Markram ended up scoring an impressive 96 off 90 balls with the help of 5 fours and 4 sixes at a strike rate of 106.67. The best part of the game was witnessed during the last ball of the 7th over when Markram played a pull shot off pacer Dushmantha Chameera.
The right-arm fast bowler delivered a short-pitched ball and to which Markram dispatched it into the stands. Apart from him, Rassie van der Dussen played a surreal knock as well. He scored 59 off 59 balls with the help of 6 fours.
Good morning in the name of Aiden Markram. 🌄
I present you the shot of year. If your kids want to learn how to bat show them videos of Markram. #AidenMarkram #SLvSA #Proteas pic.twitter.com/deWs8UJK6q
— Melan Dravid 🏏 (@DravidMelan) September 3, 2021
Sri Lanka bowlers managed to get back into the game despite leaking runs. They kept the Proteas in check and the visitors managed to score 286/6 in 50 overs. Sri Lanka won the game by 14 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.