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Proteas clinch T20I series

  • Published at 01:48 am March 23rd, 2019
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South Africa's Reeza Hendricks plays a shot during their second T20I against Sri Lanka in Centurion Friday AFP

In the process, the Proteas took an unassailable 2-0 lead with the third match scheduled to be held Sunday in Johannesburg

South Africa clinched the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka after winning the second game by 16 runs in Centurion Friday night.

In the process, the Proteas took an unassailable 2-0 lead with the third match scheduled to be held Sunday in Johannesburg.

The Lankans' reply was eventually not good enough, despite a blazing 48-ball 84 from Isuru Udana, who smashed eight fours and half a dozen sixes.

Chris Morris bagged three wickets for the Proteas, while Dale Steyn and Tabraiz Shamsi notched two each respectively.

Earlier, Reeza Hendricks hit a high-quality 65 as South Africa scored 180 for three.

Hendricks started the season as one of the favourites to make South Africa’s squad for the World Cup later this year but a run of poor form, together with the resurgence of Aiden Markram, put his chance in doubt.

Markram opened the batting with Hendricks Friday but was out for three in the second over.

Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen (64) then took charge in a second wicket stand of 116 off 78 balls.

While Van der Dussen’s innings was marked by power hitting, which brought him four fours and three sixes, Hendricks oozed class as he struck nine fours in a 46-ball innings marked by fluent off-side drives.

Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga, who sent South Africa in to bat, ended the stand when Hendricks hit a slower ball to mid-off. 

Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya bowled Van der Dussen two overs later and the scoring rate slowed briefly before South African stand-in captain JP Duminy finished the innings with a flourish, scoring 33 not out off 17 balls.

2ND T20I

Sri Lanka 164/9 (Udana 84*, Morris 3/32) lost to South Africa 180/3 (Hendricks 65, Van Der Dussen 64) by 16 runs