South Africa demolishes Sri Lanka to wipe out T20 series

COLOMBO: Quinton de Kock inspired and undefeated fifties bowling (Photo) and Reeza Hendricks helped South Africa sweep the Twenty20 series 3-0 against Sri Lanka with a landslide 10-wicket win in Colombo on Tuesday.

Chasing 121 for the win, South Africa beat at home in 14.4 overs with De Kock on 59 and Hendricks making 56 in the third T20 in Colombo.

Visiting bowlers Bjorn Fortuin and Kagiso Rabada took two wickets apiece to narrow Sri Lanka to 120-8 after the hosts chose to beat first.

The Proteas extended their winning streak to seven in T20 games. They had clinched their third straight series in the shortest format with a win in Game 2.

“All the credit goes to the boys, they played really well after losing the ODIs,” said skipper Keshav Maharaj, who made his T20 debut early in the series.

“Good preparation for the World Cup (T20).”

De Kock and Hendricks put up South Africa’s highest T20 partnership of 121 for any wicket against Sri Lanka in another display of dominance following their previous nine wicket win.

De Kock, a left-handed goalie-batter who hit a winning 58 in the second T20, threw his fifty on 40 balls and attacked the opposing bowlers.

Hendricks recorded his seventh half-century T20 and hit five fours and a six in his 42-ball stroke.

The South African bowlers took the win after Rabada rocked the top spot with his pace. He fired Avishka Fernando for 12 and beat Bhanuka Rajapaksa for five.

Fortuin got two key wickets including Dhananjaya de Silva, perplexed for one, and Wanindu Hasaranga, absent for four, to return numbers of 2-21 with his left arm rotation.

Opener Kusal Perera scored the best goal with 39 before falling to left-arm skipper and spinner Keshav Maharaj who trapped wicket goalkeeper lbw.

Sri Lanka slipped to 86-7 before number nine Chamika Karunaratne hit 24 undefeated balls out of 19 to give the team some respect as they finished the innings with a six.

“Our bowling was good, but we need to rethink our batting unit,” said captain Dasun Shanaka.

“The boys know what they need to do to progress and we will. The wickets are essential in the T20s, although we have had departures we have just launched wickets in the middle and that is a concern for the future. “

It was a disappointing result for the hosts who won the three-match day series 2-1 last week. – AFP

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