Sri Lanka tried by South Africa bagged the t-20 series as well. Though Rassie Van der Dussen won the man of the match but opener Reeza Hendricks also smashed the Sri Lankan bowlers.
South Africa beats Sri Lanka by 16 runs
Accordingly, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to ball first but South Africa made them wrong. Despite opener, Aiden Markram surrendered to Isru Udana scoring 3 runs at 9 runs on the scoreboard. While second wicket partnership brought 114 runs which actually, made the base of the 180 runs scored for three wickets only. Each Lasith Malinga, Isru Udana, and Akila Dhananjaya distributed the wickets equally.
To the target of the huge score, Sri Lanka started the worst. Accordingly, they lost top orders by 31 runs on the scoreboard then none of Sri Lankan couldn’t steer the team. Despite Sri Lanka faced a huge batting disaster but Isru Udana scored 84 runs that actually reduced lose only. Chris Moris picked 3 wickets and led the wicket-taking festival. On the other hand, each dale Steyn and Tabriz Shamsi picked a couple of wickets.
Sri Lankan Captain Lasith Malinga acknowledge the batting disaster
Sri Lankan Captain Lasith Malinga acknowledge the batting disaster, “The bowling went well, but towards the end, they got a few runs in the last three overs. They got ten runs more than we expected. Very frustrating for us to lose games like these, especially with the top order batsmen. They have to learn what the team is expecting and provide good starts. He (Isuru Udana) realized what responsibility he had and in future also he has a lot of jobs to do in national cricket. I will stick to my basics when bowling. I feel after the World Cup I might try to play the T20 World Cup and probably that could be my last.”
Rassie Van der Dussen is happy to contribute
Rassie Van der Dussen is happy to contribute, “ He (Reeza) played brilliantly. We played a lot together and we understand each other well. We know our strengths as well. He scores in different areas than I do and that’s a huge challenge for the bowlers. Very satisfied. Making my debut for my country it’s a dream come true and I always try to be my best against each delivery I face. Every aspect of the game needs to be on point and I’m just trying to take these learnings and I’m constantly trying to improve.”
JP Duminy ensured the series by two matches
JP Duminy ensured the series by two matches, “Always good to get a series win under the belt. All in all, a good team performance. He (Reeza Hendricks) is a quality player and you always knew something gonna turn for him. That partnership set up the game nicely for us. That’s quality.
The captain added too, “He’s (Steyn) a match winner and he always gives you something in the powerplay. Udana played a fantastic inning, he got a few lives there but in the end, we will take the win. He (Morris) enjoys this sort of responsibility and tonight he was sublime. The confidence he showed today was amazing. Always nice to play in the Highveld and we are looking forward to Sunday and hopefully we will end the series on a high.”
Therefore, Sri Lanka tried by South Africa bagged the t-20 series. Hope Sri Lanka will come back through the third t-20.