South Africa underlined their strength once again going into the T20I World cup as they decimated Sri Lanka by 9 wickets at the Premadasa to prove that they will be a force to reckon with in the T20I World cup. This is their 3rd successive T20I series win after beating the World cup favourites West Indies 3-2 and Ireland 3-0
Sri Lanka won the toss and batted first. They lost Chandimal early as he hit Nortje straight to mid wickets throat. Rajapaksa joined Kusal Parera as they took apart Rabada for 29 runs in his two overs that included a brutal six over long-on by Parera as the hosts reached 38/1 in 5 overs.
However, once the spinners came along from both ends the Sri Lankan batting fell apart and wickets went down like ninepins. Markram started the slide getting Rajapaksa (20) caught and bowled off a full toss. Dhananjaya D Silva (4) missed a ball from Shamsi that spun away to be stumped. Shanaka(10) after hitting a 6 off Shamsi, missed the line to the next one that spun in and was bowled and Kusal Parera(30) was lbw as he missed a sweep off Markram.
Fortuin got into the act getting Hasaranga(4) bowled as he shaped to cut and got Chameera plumb in front and Shamsi again got one to spin prodigiously to get Karunaratne (8) bowled and Sri Lanka was knocked over for 103 as the rest folded up quickly.
For the Proteas, all the spinners ruled. Man of the match Shamsi (3/20) was unplayable at times, while Markram (3/21), Fortuin (2/12) and Maharaj (1/10) all chipped in with wickets making Sri Lanka batting look ordinary.
South Africa made short work of their chase with Quinton De Kock looking in sublime touch. He hit crisp boundaries and rotated the strike judiciously with Reeza Hendricks (18) to take South Africa to 62/1 before Hendricks departed.
However, Aiden Markram continued his purple patch and played with care on a difficult pitch and De Kock continued to find the gaps. Finally, the Proteas easily won in the 15th over with DeKock (58*) and Markram (21*) staying unbeaten.
Biief scores: SriLanka 103, South Africa 105/1