SL vs SA 2021, 3rd T20I: The third T20I between Sri Lanka & South Africa was played on Tuesday at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo. After losing first two T20Is in the series, Sri Lanka aimed to win the third T20I & avoid a series sweep. However the hosts couldn’t succeed in their goal as South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by massive 10 wickets.
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss & elected to bat first. The Proteas spinners kept Sri Lankan batsmen at bay right from the beginning of the match by scalping 3 wickets right in the first four overs. Kagiso Rabada fetched the prized wickets of Avishka Fernando & Bhanuka Rajapaksa while Dhananjaya Silva was removed by Bjorn Fortuin. Kamindu Mendis scored more 34 runs along with Kusul Perera before Aiden Markram send Kamindu Mendis back to the pavilion for 10 runs.
Kusul Perera continued to lead Sri lanka’s innings but was finally dismissed by Keshav Maharaj for 39 runs. The hosts lost half of their team when they scored just 80 runs in 13 overs. Sri Lanka team could score more 40 runs in the last seven overs by losing more three wickets. Sri lanka finished their innings with a poor total of 120 runs by losing huge 10 wickets. Chamika karunaratne contributed in Sri lanka’s total of 120 runs by scoring 24 runs from 19 balls in an innings comprised with two sixes.
For South Africa team, Fortuin and Rabada picked up two wickets each while Markram, Maharaj and Mulder picked up one wicket each.
Openers shine as South Africa registers a 3-0 series sweep over Sri Lanka in T20I series
The Proteas squad chased the total of 121 with 32 balls to spare. Their openers Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock, were aggressive in their stint with the bat. Hendricks scored 56 runs from 42 balls in an innings embellished with five boundaries & a six whereas De Kock scored 56 runs from 46 balls to help the visitors chase the target of 120 runs with ease.
The duo stayed unbeaten on crease throughout the chase. Sri Lankan bowlers tried the best to remove the set openers but failed to do so. Proteas won the third t20I to clean sweep Sri Lanka in the three match T20I series with a score of 3-0.
SL vs SA 2021, 3rd T20I: Brief Scores
Sri Lanka 120/8 in 20 overs (Kusul Perera 39, Chamika Karunaratne 24, Bjorn Fortuin 2/21), South Africa 121/0 in 14.4 overs (Quinton De Kock 59, Reeza Kendricks 56, Maheesh Theekshana 0/28
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