Colombo [Sri Lanka], Sep 14 (ANI): The South African men’s cricket team ended their tour of Sri Lanka in glorious style by winning the final T20 international match in Colombo on Tuesday night by 10 wickets and making a 3 sweep -0 of the series.
It was the Proteas’ third victory by that margin, previous ones against Pakistan and Zimbabwe, while Quinton de Kock’s unbroken partnership of 121 and Reeza Hendricks was a South African record for any wicket partnership against Sri Lanka. .
The performance also saw the Proteas equal their record of seven successive wins in this format, first achieved in 2009 when they beat Australia twice at home and then won five consecutive matches in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in England.
Remarkably, the Proteas have lost only one wicket in the last two games of this series while bowlers limited Sri Lanka to one ball run in the same games.
Today’s victory was set up by another superb bowling performance after Sri Lanka won the draw on the best batting surface of the series with Kagiso Rabada and Bjorn Fortuin responsible for three wickets in power play. Thereafter, there was no recovery for the home side who seemed to struggle to reach triple digits before finishing at 120.
De Kock (59 of 46 balls, 7 fours) and Hendricks (56 of 42 balls, 5 fours and a six) then did some light work on the target, the match ending with 32 balls still available.
De Kock was named both man of the match and man of the series.
Short Notes: Sri Lanka 120/8 in 20 overs (Kusal Perera 39, Chamika Karunaratne 24; Bjorn Fortuin 2/21); South Africa 121/0 in 14.4 overs (Quinton de Kock 59, Reeza Hendricks 56; Maheesh Theekshana 0/28) (ANI)