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South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2016/17, 2nd T20I: Twitter Reacts As Visitors Edge Out Proteas In Close Finish 

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2016/17, 2nd T20I: Twitter Reacts As Visitors Edge Out Proteas In Close Finish

Riding on debutant spinner Lakshan Sandakan’s four-wicket haul, Sri Lanka defeated South Africa by three wickets in the second T20I to level the three-match series 1-1.

After restricting the hosts to only 113, the visitors were in danger of squandering the good opportunity to register their first win on the tour after being reduced to 35 for 3 after the fifth over. But a 51-run partnership between Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews set the tone for an easy chase. The partnership was ended when Chandimal edged a Lungisani Ngidi delivery to the wicket-keeper. Two wickets inside 10 runs made the chase a tricky affair for Sri Lanka but Angelo Mathews (54) remained till the end to help his team cross the finish line with 2 balls remaining.

Earlier, South Africa skipper Farhan Behardien’s decision to bat first totally backfired as his side was dismissed for a paltry 113. The hosts lost wickets at regular intervals with left-arm chinaman Sandakan finishing with 4 for 23 in his allotted four overs. Heino Kuhn was the top scorer for the Proteas with 29 off 20 balls. Apart from Kuhn, only Behardien could cross the 20-run mark as the new-look South Africa team struggled throughout their innings on a pitch that was assisting the spinners.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:

https://twitter.com/RuairiStirling/status/823196222135615489

https://twitter.com/Buzwebakhe/status/823188254442876932

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