3TC Cricket Era Begins: De Villiers plays lightning inning to lead Eagles to win

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Srinagar, July 18: It was all new format and it was slogathon as South Africa introduced experimental 3TC cricket format on Saturday.

In the end it were the Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers lightning half-centuries that lead Eagles side to victory in the three-team Solidarity Cup fixture at Centurion Park.

Markram (70 from 33 balls) and De Villiers (61 from 24) helped the Eagles to 160 for four in its 12 overs, convincingly beating the Kites (138 for three) and Kingfishers (113 for five).

Played with the twin aims of raising money for charity and providing the countrys leading players with some cricket under COVID-19 lockdown, there were no fans in the stadium and all fielders were posted to the boundary in order to ensure social distancing.

The three sides, made up of eight players each, batted in two six-over innings in which they faced each of the other opponents in the field.

A draw at the start of the game decided who would bat, bowl and sit in the stands first.

The team with the highest score in the first round of innings, in this case the Eagles (66), bats first in the second to post an aggregate total for the other teams to chase.