Rezza Hendricks, and Quinton de Kock struck unbeaten half-centuries as South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets within the third T20I on the R Premadasa Stadium right here on Tuesday, finishing a 3-0 sweep within the three-match sequence.
Hendricks struck an unbeaten 56 off 42 deliveries whereas de Kock blasted 59 off 46 deliveries as South Africa, chasing Sri Lanka’s modest complete of 120/8, reached 121 for no loss in 14.4 overs to romp dwelling to an enormous victory.
It was a scientific efficiency by the guests each with the ball and bat on Tuesday. They first restricted the hosts to 120/8 with Bjorn Fortuin and Kagiso Rabada claiming two wickets apiece. Fortuin completed with 2/21 whereas Rabada had 2/23 as South Africa made early inroads and saved taking wickets at common intervals. Kushal Perera, making a return from an damage, top-scored with 39 whereas Chamika Karunaratne struck an unbeaten 24 off 19 balls in the direction of the top giving the innings some form of respectability.
Having gained the toss and elected to bat, Sri Lanka have been off to a fast begin, however the lack of three wickets in three consecutive overs derailed their innings within the Powerplay. Rabada, who has not been in the very best of kind these days, accounted for the wickets of Avishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa whereas Quinton de Kock accomplished a sensible stumping off Bjorn Fortuin to dismiss Dhananjaya de Silva.
In reply, the South African openers – Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks raced off the block within the run chase. The Sri Lankan bowlers tried their finest to disturb the rhythm however merely couldn’t get the identical perches off the wicket as their South African counterparts.
After 8 overs, the Proteas have been cruising within the run chase, with their rating at 64/0, requiring 57 runs off solely 72 deliveries. Hendricks and de Kock have been each trying snug on the crease with scores of 29* every. The pair additional put their foot down, with each of them registering strong half-centuries in a efficiency which is able to give them plenty of confidence forward of the 2021 ICC Males’s T20 World Cup.
Given the sequence was already wrapped up, each groups determined to ring in modifications for the ultimate sport. The hosts made three modifications to the group that misplaced the second T20I by 9 wickets with Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, and Praveen Jayawickrama making method for Avishka Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, and Lahiru Madushanka. The Proteas determined to go along with an additional all-rounder, herald Wiaan Mulder to switch Anrich Nortje.
Sri Lanka 120 for 8 in 20 overs (Kushal Perera 39, Chamika Karunaratne 24 not out; Bjorn Fortuin 2/21; Kagiso Rabada 2/23) misplaced to South Africa 121 for no loss in 14.4 overs (Reeza Hendricks 56 not out, Quinton de Kock 59 not out) by 10 wickets.