Sri Lanka Clinch T20 series 2-1 against Proteas
South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I,Capetown
Series:Sri lanka tour of South Africa 2016-17
Srilanka won by 5 wickets, and series 2-1
RSA 169/5 (20.0 Ovs)
SL 170/5 (19.5 Ovs)
MoM & MoS: Niroshan Dickwella
AB de Villiers hit a half of-century on his return to international cricket, however it used to be now not adequate to hinder Sri Lanka from beating South Africa in the series-determining third and final Twenty20 international at Newlands on Wednesday.
De Villiers made (63)off forty four balls in a South African total of 169-5 however Sri Lanka received by 5 wickets with one ball to spare to regain some delight after being outplayed in a three-match test series.
“i’m over the moon,” stated stand-in Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal. “After shedding the test series, i am particularly comfortable with the way in which we performed.”
Opening batsman Niroshan Dickwella made 68 off 51 balls before Seekkuge Prasanna clinched a 2-1 series win for the tourists by slamming an unbeaten 37 off sixteen deliveries.
Dickwella was named man of the match and man of the series after making valuable contributions in all three matches.
South Africa dropped five catches – together with three off successive balls in a single over from Wayne Parnell – and had been hampered by way of an harm to fast bowling discovery Lungi Ngidi, who left the discipline after bowling best two of his capabilities 4 overs.
Sri Lanka, though, would take delight in overcoming the lack of injured captain Angelo Mathews, who performed a in shape-profitable innings to degree the series within the 2nd suit in Johannesburg final Sunday. “Angelo is a massive a part of this win,” stated Chandimal.
“it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” stated South African captain Farhaan Behardien. “I suggestion we had sufficient runs on the board but the dropped catches put us on the back foot and losing Lungi Ngidi wasn’t superb.”
playing in his first international match after recuperating from an elbow injury which kept him out of action for six months, De Villiers made a cautious begin, along with his first run coming off the fifth ball he faced.
His first six runs were singles but he steadily expanded his variety of strokes, hitting left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan for a straight six and pulling a short ball from Asela Gunaratne for one more six as he went to his ninth T20 intl fifty off 35 balls.
He cleared the boundary with another pull shot, off Isuru Udana, however he lost his wicket just as South Africa have been watching to pile on the stress when he squeezed a force in opposition to Nuwan Kulasekera to Upul Tharanga at backward point off the 1st ball of the 18th over.
With Behardien having been run out three balls prior, it supposed South Africa misplaced two experienced, explosive batsmen in speedy succession.
Mangaliso Mosehle hit three sixes in the ultimate over, nonetheless, to enable South Africa to post a aggressive whole.
The left-handed Dickwella provided the foundation for Sri Lanka’s win with a 71-run 1/3-wicket partnership with Dhananjaya de Silva. However leg-spinner Imran Tahir disregarded both batsmen within the 16th over to present South Africa a risk earlier than Prasanna’s uninhibited hitting took Sri Lanka over the line.