The bowling and unbeaten fifties of Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks helped South Africa beat Sri Lanka 3-0 and scored an overwhelming victory with 10 wickets in Colombo on Tuesday.
Pursuing a victory of 121, South Africa defeated De Cock with 59 points and Hendricks’s 56 points in the third T20 match in Colombo with a score of 14.4.
After the hosts chose to hit the ball first, visiting bowlers Bjorn Fortuin and Kagiso Rabada each took two wickets, limiting Sri Lanka’s score to 120-8.
Proteas extended the winning streak to 7 games in the T20 game. It won the third consecutive series victory in the shortest form in the second game.
“All thanks to the boys, they played very well after losing ODI,” said captain Keshav Maharaj, who made his T20 debut at the beginning of the series.
“Get ready for the (T20) World Cup.”
De Kock and Hendricks have played South Africa’s highest 121 T20 partnership in any three wicket against Sri Lanka, which is another dominant position after the previous 9 wicket wins.
De Kock is a left-handed goalkeeper and batsman. He scored 58 points in the second T20 game. He scored 50 points from 40 goals and took the offense to the opposing pitcher.
Hendricks recorded his seventh T20 in half a century and hit five four-pointers and one six-pointer in his 42-ball hits.
After Rabada broke the highest order with his speed, the South African bowler won the victory. He sent Avishka Fernando back 12 points and defeated Bhanuka Rajapaksa by 5 points.
Fortuin got two key wickets, including Dhananjaya de Silva, one was stumped, and Wanindu Hasaranga, four, rotated with his left arm to return the number 2-21.
In the opening match, Kusal Perera scored the highest score with 39 points, and then fell to the captain and left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj, who trapped goalkeeper batsman lbw.
The Sri Lanka team trailed No. 9 Chamika Karunaratne 86-7. He played 24 unbeaten games out of 19 goals, giving the team some respect as he ended the game with 6 points.
“Our bowling is very good, but we need to reconsider our batting unit,” said captain Dasun Shanaka.
“The boys know what they need to do to strengthen, and we will do it. The wicket is the key to the T20, even though we started by throwing the wicket in the middle, this is an issue that needs attention.”
For the hosts who won three one-day series 2-1 last week, this was a disappointing result.