Sri Lanka neglected to dodge another whitewash as South Africa secured an agreeable 45-run triumph in the third T20I at Johannesburg. In a downpour intruded on diversion, South Africa were never truly compromised at any phase in the wake of being placed in to bat first.
Reeza Hendricks and Dwayne Pretorius crushed fifties as South Africa paced their innings to flawlessness. Hendricks, similar to his opening accomplice Aiden Markram, stayed careful in the powerplay on a pitch that was two-paced. Sri Lanka depended on change of pace from their quick bowlers in that period and kept a mind the scoring rate regardless of not picking wickets.
The weight however was before long felt by the openers with Markram dying while at the same time attempting to drive the issue in the last over of that powerplay. This got Pretorius in and not at all like how he completed his innings off, the begin was generally curbed. Alongside Hendricks, he put on a 90-run represent the second wicket that set the innings up for a thriving end.
Toward the finish of the 10-over imprint, South Africa had only 70 ready and hinted at no desperation. Be that as it may, a switch was flicked by then with Hendricks pursuing the turn of Jeffrey Vandersay to initially set the tone. In the wake of getting his second fifty in the same number of recreations, Hendricks at long last tumbled to a speedier googly from Vandersay.
Be that as it may, that wicket did little to separate South Africa’s energy. With captain JP Duminy for organization, Pretorius went on a stroke-production overdrive, notwithstanding hitting Suranga Lakmal for three limits in an over. Malinga wasn’t saved either, with Duminy hitting his partner for two fours and a six in the eighteenth over. The couple added 71 out of 30 balls to take South Africa to 198.
Sri Lanka’s charge was driven by the bold Niroshan Dickwella who trucked the length balls from Junior Dala to give the early force. In any case, his new opening accomplice, Dhananjay de Silva couldn’t exactly keep up and was out LBW to Pretorius in the fifth over. That wicket additionally set off a breakdown that saw Sri Lanka lose 4 wickets in 12 balls, including that of Dickwella to Phehlukwayo for 38. With no decision however to prop up hard, Sri Lanka guaranteed that stayed with a sniff, even late into the pursuit through Isuru Udana.
A downpour delay had guaranteed that the objective must be overhauled to 183 from 17 overs. Udana, who had prior seen the other threat man in Thisara Perera being run out by an immediate hit from Hendricks, kept Sri Lanka in the chase with a lot of hearty blows. Hitting four sixes in his 23-ball remain, Udana got the objective down to 46 off 17 balls and leaving the hosts somewhat jumpy. Be that as it may, Phehlukwayo got the last nail in the casket when he had Udana gotten splendidly by David Miller at long off to adequately end Sri Lanka’s test.
The guests lost their last four wickets in about nine balls to convey the innings to a speedy close and hand South Africa a 45-run win by the Duckworth-Lewis strategy.