and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Asked to bat first, the Proteas piled up 180 for 5 before restricting the Islanders to 164 for 9.
Turning point of the match:
The 116-run stand between Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen helped South Africa recover from a poor start and also the 17-ball 33 runs knock from JP Duminy which eventually made the difference in the end.
Man of the Match:
Rassie van der Dussen walked away with the Man of the Match gong for scoring 64 runs off just 44 deliveries in addition to sharing the century-plus stand with Hendricks.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka – South Africa innings:
Put in to bat, the Proteas lost debutant Aiden Markram early. However, before the Islanders could inflict further damage on them, Hendricks and van der Dussen managed to steady the ship and lay the foundation for the big total. After taking their time early on, the two started playing the big shots once they had their eyes set. At the end of the powerplay, the hosts were 39 for 1 before the two batsmen accelerated.
At the end of the tenth over, South Africa had raced away to 82 for 1 with van der Dussen taking a liking for Thisara Perera. The two went on to complete their fifties en route the record 116-run stand for the second wicket – a record stand for South Africa’s second wicket pair.
Stand-in captain Duminy then gave the innings a final flourish by smashing 33 off 17, helping South Africa finish on 180 for 3.
South Africa vs Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka innings:
Normal service continued when Sri Lanka came out to bat with their batsmen once again falling like a pack of cards. The game looked as good as over when the hosts reduced them to 83 for 7. However, there was a final twist in the tail courtesy Isuru Udana. The No. 8 batsman launched a stunning counterassault to inject life into the drab game and revived Sri Lanka’s hopes.
He smashed 84* off just 48 deliveries but the poor start from the top-order made sure the masterclass went in vain as Sri Lanka ran out of time.
South Africa 180/3 in 20 overs (Reeza Hendricks 65, Rassie van der Dussen 64; Lasith Malinga 1-26, Akila Dananjaya 1-31) beat Sri Lanka164/9 in 20 overs (Isuru Udana 84*, Thisara Perera 22; Chris Morris 3-32, Tabraiz Shamsi 2-16) by 16 runs