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    South Africa defeat Sri Lanka by 16 runs to lead 2-0 in the series

    Having won the first game after a thrilling super over, South Africa will look to seal the series with a game to spare when they face Sri Lanka in the second T20I on Friday, 22 March.

    The first T20I in Newlands was a low-scoring thriller, with South Africa only just being able to match Sri Lanka's total of 134/7. The match went into the Super Over, where David Miller hit Lasith Malinga for a four and a six to set the visitors a target of 15, before Imran Tahir comfortably defended the score.

    The batsmen on either side will hope to do a lot better in the next game. Only Sri Lanka's Kamindu Mendis and South Africa's Miller, who also kept wicket for the first time, with success, were able to get past the 40-run mark.

    Andile Phehlukwayo and Malinga put on an excellent display of T20 bowling, riddling the batsmen with cutters on a slowish surface. Phehlukwayo finished with 3/25, while Malinga conceded just 11 in his four overs, for two wickets.

    Malinga even bowled a brilliant penultimate over, conceding just one run and taking a wicket off the final ball. It left the hosts with five runs to get in the final over, with just two wickets to spare. Sri Lanka will take a lot of confidence from how the senior paceman and captain delivered.

    The second and third matches will also be a gauge of South Africa's bench strength, with Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and Quinton de Kock rested.

    Their stocks have been further depleted, with Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje out of the rest of the series due to injury.

    The absence of first-choice options offers the likes of Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi, Sinethemba Qeshile and Dwaine Pretorious an opportunity to prove their worth. If they do well, a potential spot in South Africa's squad for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 awaits.

    Key players

    Andile Phehlukwayo (South Africa): The bowling all-rounder's stocks are on the rise in limited-overs cricket as he keeps delivering match-winning performances with the ball and often complements that with useful batting contributions. In the first game, he claimed three wickets for 25 runs to break the back of Sri Lanka's batting. His cleverly-masked slower balls can be difficult to contend with, particularly in the shortest format, as Sri Lanka found out in the first match.

    Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka): What he has lost in pace, the Sri Lanka captain has made up for with improved accuracy and smarter variations. He put on a real show in the first T20I, showing that he still has it, after a lukewarm ODI series. The manner in which he kept his nerve in the 19th over of South Africa's chase is testament to the value he brings to the team.

    Conditions

    The pitch at Centurion has traditionally been good for batting, but if conditions are dry, like they seemed to be in the second ODI, when South Africa won by 113 runs despite scoring just 251, the bowlers can come into play in a big way. There is also the threat of a brief thunderstorm.

    Squads

    South Africa: JP Duminy (c), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Sinethemba Qeshile, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen

    Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Perera, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1110673
    Last edited by Zeeraq; 22nd March 2019 at 18:38.

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    CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has congratulated the Standard Bank Proteas on winning the KFC T20 International Series against Sri Lanka with a match to spare. The Proteas took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series when they beat the visitors by 16 runs at SuperSport Park on Friday evening.

    The Proteas can now attempt to complete a clean sweep in the final match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday afternoon (14h30 start).

    “Congratulations to captain Faf du Plessis, stand-in captain JP Duminy, head coach Ottis Gibson and all the players and support staff who have now won all their white-ball series, both home and away, during the course of the 2018/19 season,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

    “Although these latest games have been in the shortest format these successes have been largely achieved by the players who will be representing us at the ICC Men’s World Cup later this year and our players have shown a very impressive winning culture.

    “It is also highly encouraging to see the way players who have made their debut in the T20 format have established themselves at international level and this helps create a bigger pool of potential Proteas for our national selectors.

    “You only have to look at the progress made this season by the likes of Rassie van der Dussen and Lutho Sipamla to see the new talent emerging. And we have had two new caps in the format in the latest series in Aiden Markram and Sinethemba Qeshile.

    “I would also like to thank our fans who have come out in large numbers to support the Proteas throughout the season,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

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    REEZA HENDRICKS and Rassie van der Dussen shared a South African record second wicket partnership against Sri Lanka and Dale Steyn and Chris Morris then both made a double strike with the new ball to put the Standard Bank Proteas well on their way to a series-clinching win in the second KFC T20 International match at SuperSport Park on Friday evening.

    Victory by 16 runs gave the Proteas a 2-0 series win with just the final match to be played at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday afternoon (2.30pm start).

    Hendricks (65 off 46 balls, 9 fours) and KFC Man of the Match Van der Dussen (a career best 64 off 44 balls, 4 fours and 3 sixes) set up the Proteas total of 180 with their partnership of 116 in 13 overs.

    Once again, Sri Lanka were not able to lay any kind of foundation up front in their reply as Steyn, who went level with Imran Tahir (61 wickets) as South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in this format, and Morris tore the top order wide open.

    It left Sri Lanka on 47/4 at the end of their power play and things steadily got worse as they subsided to 83/7 at the end of the 14th over.

    But, as has happened throughout the white ball section of the tour, they were not going to go down without a fight as long as Isuru Udana was around. He lived a charm life, being dropped once and then caught off what turned out to be a no ball on review, but there was no denying his power hitting that caused him to break one bat as he hammered his way to an unbeaten 84 off 54 balls (8 fours and 6 sixes).

    Sri Lanka needed 72 off the last four overs but without his partners being able to give him much assistance the task proved beyond him with 32 required off the last over bowled by Lutho Sipamla.

    Morris had the best bowling return of 3/32 and, in addition to Steyn, there were also two wickets for Tabraiz Shamsi who had the outstanding return of 2/16 from his four overs.

    The Proteas gave debut appearances to Aiden Markram and Sinethemba Qeshile with the latter fitting comfortably into the wicketkeeping duties, taking two catches and not conceding any extras.


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