South Africa in Sri Lanka, 3 T20I Series, 2021

Sri Lanka vs South Africa - 3rd T20I

Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Date & Time: 14 September 2021

South Africa 121/0

RR: 8.25 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets

commentary

That's it from this game. The visitors win the T20I series 3-nil after losing the ODI series. Both the series were dominated by some great show of spin bowling and now both the teams will look to focus on their next ventures. For Sri Lanka its the T20 World Cup group stages, but before that they play a couple of T20 matches against Oman. South Africa can relax and recover for the T20 World Cup. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Good bye and take care.

Keshav Maharaj, the skipper of South Africa is up for a chat. He says that the boys deserve all the credit and they have been brilliant. Adds that the batters have stood up when needed. Says that they could still improve when it comes to bowling in Powerplay. Tells that the bio-bubble is challenging but the team has found a way to get through it. Signs off by saying that the bowling and batting has been good but they still need to work on their fielding and they are working hard on it.

Dasun Shanaka, the skipper of Sri Lanka says, that South Africa were very good today and congratulates them and they have been outstanding throughout the series. He adds that Hasaranga and Karunaratne have been the positives and have impressed with the ball. Mentions that even though they have lost the series, they did win the ODI series and are confident for the qualifiers. He adds that they need to improve their batting and didn't finish well with the bat after getting starts.

Quinton de Kock has been awarded as the Player of the Match and also the Player of the Series. He says that he understands the conditions really well now as this is his third tour. Adds that he played in The Hundred and it helped him to develop a few more skills. Tells that it will be important to take good care of his body as he has a long season going ahead.

...THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY...

Right then, earlier in the day Dasun Shanaka elected to bat first and the decision turned out to be a poor one. Sri Lanka could only muster up 120 runs on the board, thanks to a late blitz from Chamika Karunaratne. The South African openers were at it from ball one and made short work of the total, inflicting more misery on the hosts.

Oh, Sri Lanka they just don't learn from past mistakes and are adamant that there bowlers can keep on defending low totals. To be honest it'd be harsh to criticise the bowlers today but none of them looked like picking up a wicket either. Wanindu Hasaranga, as usual created a couple of chances but that was it. The ball didn't turn enough today and the Sri Lankan spinners couldn't put any pressure on the South African openers and in the end the hosts succumbed to yet another defeat.

The batting is clicking for South Africa at the right moment. Not a long time ago, Quinton de Kock looked out of sorts and so did the visitors and they kept chopping and changing the batting order. They have now dealt with that issue and the two openers showed their class today. de Kock was the first to bring up a half century and Hendricks soon followed suit. They put an unbeaten partnership of 121 runs and have taken their team to victory in some commanding way.

South Africa have literally walked their way to victory and have completed a clean sweep over the hosts in this T20I series. As for Sri Lanka, they couldn't be more disappointed with their performance.

14.4
2
Chamika Karunaratne to Quinton de Kock, Length ball, on off. Quinton de Kock drives it through cover and takes two. South Africa win comprehensively by 10 wickets and take the T20I series 3-0.
14.3
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Reeza Hendricks, Short ball, around off. Reeza Hendricks pulls it towards deep square leg and takes a run.
14.2
2
Chamika Karunaratne to Reeza Hendricks, Full ball, on the stumps. Hendricks drives it straight back above the bowler and the fielder at long off cuts it off with a dive and manages to keep it to a couple.
14.1
2
Chamika Karunaratne to Reeza Hendricks, Short ball, on off. Hendricks pulls it comfortably to cow corner for a couple.

Bowling change.

13.6
0
Kamindu Mendis to Quinton de Kock, Flighted ball, on middle and leg. Quinton de Kock misses the flick and gets hit on the pads. Just 7 runs needed now!
13.5
0
Kamindu Mendis to Quinton de Kock, Floated, around leg. Quinton de Kock tickles it towards short fine leg.
13.4
1
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, Flatter and shorter, on middle. Reeza Hendricks rocks back and pulls it towards deep square leg for one.
13.3
2
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks brings up his fifty now! What a partnership this has been for the Proteas! Tossed up, on middle. Reeza Hendricks turns it towards square leg and collects a couple.
13.2
1
Kamindu Mendis to Quinton de Kock, Quicker ball, darted on the pads. Quinton de Kock turns it towards deep mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
13.1
1
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, Flatter ball, on middle. Reeza Hendricks pushes it towards long on for a run.

Bowling change.

12.6
4
Dasun Shanaka to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Nicely done! Length ball, on middle. Quinton de Kock shuffles across and gets it past the short fine leg fielder as the ball races away for a boundary.
12.5
2
Dasun Shanaka to Quinton de Kock, Another slower ball, outside off. Quinton de Kock goes over mid off and collects a couple of runs.
12.4
1
Dasun Shanaka to Reeza Hendricks, Full ball, on middle. Reeza Hendricks works it down the ground for a single.
12.3
4
Dasun Shanaka to Reeza Hendricks, FOUR! A slower-ball bouncer, around off. Reeza Hendricks swivels and works it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.
12.2
1
Dasun Shanaka to Quinton de Kock, Quinton de Kock brings up his fifty from 48 balls! A slower ball, outside off. Quinton de Kock guides it towards third man for one. What an innings this has been from the southpaw!

Dasun Shanaka comes on to bowl now.

12.1
2
Dasun Shanaka to Quinton de Kock, Length ball, around off. Quinton de Kock flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
11.6
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, Smart batting from Quinton de Kock. On middle and just nudged away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
11.5
4
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! In the air and in the gap. Full and on middle, Quinton de Kock gets down on one knee and slogs it past wide long on for another boundary.
11.4
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, A touch short and wide, Reeza Hendricks makes room and plays it through covers for one.
11.3
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, On the pads, de Kock hops back and flicks it to deep square leg for a run.
11.2
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, Difficult chance for Dinesh Chandimal. On leg and Quinton de Kock just looks to paddle it fine. The ball goes off the face of the bat and Chandimal has no idea about it and fumbles.
11.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, Tossed up, on off and worked to long on for a single by Reeza Hendricks. Both batsmen now on 41 runs.

Wanindu Hasaranga is back into the attack.

10.6
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Reeza Hendricks, Dragged down on length, Hendricks hangs back and pulls it comfortably to deep mid-wicket for another single.
10.5
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Quinton de Kock, Slower short ball, outside off. de Kock pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
10.4
0
Chamika Karunaratne to Quinton de Kock, On a length, angling across de Kock outside off, Quinton goes for a square drive but misses it completely.
10.3
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Reeza Hendricks, On a length on the pads and Hendricks comfortably clips that away to deep square leg for a single.
10.2
1
Chamika Karunaratne to Quinton de Kock, This time wide outside off short ball and De Kock slashes his bat at that one and gets a single at deep point.
10.1
2
Chamika Karunaratne to Quinton de Kock, On the pads full this time. de Kock taps it into the gap at square leg and gets a couple.

Chamika Karunaratne is into the attack now.

9.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, SAFE! Slower one, looped up on middle. Quinton de Kock pulls it hard and the fielder at short mid-wicket jumps up and gets his fingertips on it. They get a run
9.5
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Tossed up, outside off and Quinton de Kock has creamed this one through covers for a boundary despite a superb diving effort by the fielder at wide long on.
9.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, Flighted ball, on middle and this one holds a bit in the pitch. Reeza Hendricks watches works it to wide long on for another one.
9.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Tossed up, outside off. de Kock cuts off the back foot and the fielder at third man makes a diving stop to keep it to one.
9.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, On off and driven through covers for a run. It's just too easy out there for the South African openers.
9.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Flatter one, on off stump and going on with the arm. Quinton de Kock looks to tap it on the off side but gets an inside edge past the stumps towards fine leg for a run.

Bowling change.

8.6
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, Looped up, on leg stump. de Kock pushes it to long on for one.
8.5
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, Flighted ball, on off. Hendricks pushes it down to long off for a single.
8.4
2
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, Fuller one, on middle, swept away to deep square leg for a couple. Good running.
8.3
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, Around off, driven to cover.
8.2
4
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, FOUR! Dragged down, on middle and Reeza Hendricks is quick to hop on the back foot. He pulls it in front of square on the leg side and gets a boundary.
8.1
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, Tossed up, on middle and blocked out.

Bowling change.

7.6
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Reeza Hendricks, Length ball, on middle and leg, clipped to deep mid-wicket for a single.
7.5
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Reeza Hendricks, Slower delivery, outside off. Reeza Hendricks looks to drive but gets a knick on it but the ball dies on its way to the keeper.
7.5
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Reeza Hendricks, FIVE WIDES! A pacy bouncer outside off and this one just flies over the keeper's head and into the fence.
7.4
0
Dushmantha Chameera to Reeza Hendricks, No run. on lenmgth on off, Hendricks pushes it off the backfoot to short extra cover.
7.3
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Quinton de Kock, This time its short on the body, De Kock comfortably pulls it to deep fine leg for a single.
7.2
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Reeza Hendricks, Full on off, firmly struck there by Hendricks to mid off, but the dive from the fielder half stopps it and keeps it down to just a single.
7.1
1
Dushmantha Chameera to Quinton de Kock, Full outside off, De Kock drives it sweetly through covers for a single.

Bowling change.

6.6
4
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, FOUR! Down the leg side and Reeza Hendricks just helps it into the fine leg fence.
6.5
2
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, On the pads and Hendricks flicks it to the left of deep square leg and picks up a couple. Fifty is up for the visitors.
6.4
1
Kamindu Mendis to Quinton de Kock, Dragged down and Quinton de Kock misses out on that one. He pulls it in the air but off the toe end of the bat towards deep mid-wicket for another one.
6.3
0
Kamindu Mendis to Quinton de Kock, Flighted ball, on off, pushed to mid off.
6.2
1
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, On middle and turned to deep mid-wicket for one.
6.1
1
Kamindu Mendis to Quinton de Kock, Flatter one, angling in on middle. Quinton de Kock hops back and works it to deep mid-wicket for one.

Change.

5.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, The carrom ball, on middle and well kept out by Hendricks. South Africa are 46/0 at the end of the Powerplay.
5.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, Loopy ball, on the stumps. Hendricks pushes it on the off side.
5.4
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, FOUR! Classy shot from Reeza Hendricks. Flighted delivery, on off and Hendricks goes inside out over covers and picks up a boundary.
5.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, de Kock advances down the track and clips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
5.2
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Outside off and nudged fine, past short third man for a couple.
5.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Very full around off and sneaks through the bat of de Kock.

Change.

4.6
0
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, And again, Reeza Hendricks is once again beaten outside off stump.
4.5
0
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, BEATEN! Pushed slower through the air, outside off and this one grips the surface. Hendricks gets comprehensively beaten.
4.4
0
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, Nicely flighted, outside off and Hendricks looks to drive but misses.
4.3
2
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, Full and straight, Hendricks gets down low and slogs it towards deep mid-wicket and picks up a couple of runs.
4.2
6
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, SIX! Up and over from Reeza Hendricks. Tossed up, around off and Hendricks lofts it over extra cover and well over the ropes for a biggie.
4.1
0
Kamindu Mendis to Reeza Hendricks, Flatter ball, on off. Hendricks defends it out.
3.6
2
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, On middle and worked through mid-wicket for a couple.

Review taken by Sri Lanka here. They have lost it!!!!

Sri Lanka have taken the review for an LBW decision.

3.5
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, NOT OUT! Tossed up, on off and this is the googly. Quinton de Kock doesn't pick it up and looks to sweep. He misses and gets rapped on the pads and the hosts go up in unison. The umpire turns it down but Sri Lanka take the review. Ball Tracker confirms that the ball was spinning away and missing off stump.
3.4
2
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, Fuller ball, around off. de Kock edges it fine towards third man for a couple.
3.3
4
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Quinton de Kock. Full and on middle, de Kock sweeps it with authority and into the square leg fence.
3.2
4
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! On the pads again and this time Quinton de Kock gets on one knee and sweeps it past backward square leg for a boundary.
3.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, On middle and leg, Hendricks works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Bowling change

2.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, On middle and worked to wide of long on for one.
2.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, Faltter delivery, skidding on at middle. Well kept out by Hendricks.
2.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Full and straight, pushed down to long on for a run.
2.3
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Fuller ball, on off and de Kock squeezes this one through the infield on the off side and the ball races to the fence.
2.2
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Flatter one, on off and tapped to point.
2.1
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, FOUR! Sliding down leg and de Kock just makes room to get inside the line of the ball. He then goes inside out over extra cover and picks up a boundary.
1.6
4
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, FOUR! This one is dragged down and Reeza Hendricks latches onto it. He pulls it to the vacnt mid-wicket fence for a boundary.
1.5
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, On the pads and de Kock sweeps it fine to short fine leg. Reeza Hendricks calls for a quick single and gets it.
1.4
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, Another googly, this time on middle. Quinton de Kock defends it out.
1.3
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, A googly this time, around leg stump. Quinton de Kock doesn't pick it up and gets rapped on the pads. The bowler appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
1.2
0
Wanindu Hasaranga to Quinton de Kock, Down the leg side and de Kock looks to sweep but misses. The ball comes off the pads and is fumbled by the keeper as well.
1.1
1
Wanindu Hasaranga to Reeza Hendricks, Full and on middle, driven to long off for a run.

Who will bowl from the other end?

0.6
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Short and wide, Quinton de Kock will be disappointed to miss out on that one. He taps it to cover and just two off the first over.
0.5
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Flatter delivery again, on off. de Kock goes on the back foot and cuts it to point.
0.4
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Flatter one, angling into middle and leg. Kept out by de Kock.
0.3
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Quinton de Kock, Very full and on off. de Kock bunts it back to the bowler.
0.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, Hendricks is off the mark. Tossed up on middle and nudged to mid-wicket for a single.
0.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, Sliding down leg again and Hendricks gets a tickle down to short fine leg.
0.1
0
Maheesh Theekshana to Reeza Hendricks, WIDE! Maheesh Theekshana starts with a bowl turning way down the leg side. Wided.