South Africa won by 45 runs and whitewashed Sri Lanka in the t-20 series. Accordingly, South African opener Reeza Hendricks and Dwaine Pretorius smashed Sri Lankan bowlers and Andile Phehlukwayo leads the wicket-taking festival.
South Africa beats Sri Lanka by 45 runs
The visitor’s team Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first again. Though South Africa opener Aiden Markram returned scoring 15 runs only Reeza Hendricks and Dwaine Pretorius made 90 runs partnership. Despite scoring 66 runs with 8 fours and couple of sixes Reeza Hendricks got out but Dwaine Pretorius scored 77 runs from 42 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes. Lastly, Captain JP Duminy scored 34 runs from only 14 balls with a couple of fours and 3 sixes and made an unreachable score of 198 runs.
In spite of starting comparatively well, Sri Lanka lost its continuity in the match again. Accordingly, opener Niroshan Dikwell scored 38 runs off 22 balls with 7 fours and Isru Udana again flashed on the match but none of the batsmen steer the team. In spite of Isru Udana hit 4 sixes to score 36 runs off 22 balls and Angelo Perera scored 15 runs but none of the rests scored double digits. South Africa won by 45 runs and whitewashed Sri Lanka in the t-20 series. Andile Phehlukwayo picked 4 wickets.
Lasith Malinga is not feeling well
As South Africa won by 45 runs and whitewashed Sri Lanka in the t-20 series. The captain expected more from this kind of wicket in Johannesburg, “I think this kind of wicket, we wanted them to score 170 or 180. But they had a good partnership and things got away from us. As a captain, I wanted breakthroughs. We didn’t get wickets in the ODIs and T20Is. But when we batted we lost one wicket after the other. Home conditions help them. They know the conditions exactly. They have talented players as well and that is why they have been successful as well. All the players need to analyze what they need to do going forward. The Test Series was a plus point. Isuru Udana was the plus point in the ODIs and T20Is for us.”
Of Course, Malinga admires the South African scorers, “Earlier in the day, South Africa on the back of the fifties from Hendricks and Pretorius managed to scale a total close to 200. The hosts started off on a sedate note before going bonkers in the second half of the innings. Skipper Duminy also chipped in with a quick cameo to propel his team to a strong total.”
Losing the t-20 after the ODI is more painful as a captain, “Clean sweep in the ODIs, clean sweep in the T20Is now. SA is on a roll. And Lanka on a free fall. Sri Lanka once again fell prey to the run rate and lost too many wickets. By the time, the heavens opened up they were 6 down and well behind the DLS. They were 42 for no loss but then suddenly a barrage of wickets pulled them back. The rains came in at the score of 111 for 6 and the innings was reduced to 17-overs with a target of 183. SA though made short work after the rain break to end the innings at 137. Phehlukwayo was the wrecker-in-chief with a four-for to his credit.”
Dwaine Pretorius won the man of the match
Dwaine Pretorius, won the man of the match, “I really enjoyed the opportunity. Grateful for that. At the end of the day, it is important that the team wins. I just look to keep the score ticking. Our top-order has been phenomenal. JP cleared the boundary pretty easily. I am just grateful for the opportunity and for getting the chance to bat at three.”
Reeza Hendricks bagged the man of the series
Reeza Hendricks bagged the man of the series, “It has been a dry couple of days after the ODI series. But quite pleased with the T20Is. It was a good team performance. Just happy I could contribute to the team. I thought I had to go for it with a few overs remaining. Dwaine played really well. He made it really easy for me. Quite pleased overall.”
Jean-Paul Duminy satisfied to complete the assignment
Jean-Paul Duminy satisfied to complete the assignment, “Certainly is pleasing to win 3-0. Was nice to get over the line in the first game. We probably set the game up in the first 10 overs and explode in the last 10. We didn’t execute that well in the first game. Individuals have stood up and stepped up to the plate at the highest level. It is a confidence booster as far as the shoulder is concerned. It is important to have a good support staff around you. We still got a couple of weeks of domestic cricket left before the World Cup. You always want to perform the best for your country.”
Therefore, South Africa won by 45 runs and whitewashed Sri Lanka in the t-20 series. Of Course, this becomes the right preparation for South Africa for World Cup-19, on the other hand, Sri Lanka must found their gaps to cure.