anti-climactic end as four byes bring up victory. But it's a chase that's been clinically completed by South Africa. This was a quickish one on a length outside off, and de Kock missed the reverse sweep. The keeper misses the ball too, and that's that.
Maharaj: All credit to my team, they've made my life easier. They've stepped up and stuck to simple plans. It's important we keep the positives and keep building on that. Maybe we can start better, bowl better in the powerplay and some things in batting as well. We've shown vast improvement over the last two years. We read the conditions early today and decided spin would play a role. Aiden did his own and got three wickets against left-hand batsmen, it was a tactical thing. Shamsi really opened up one end and the bowlers made my life easier, whoever came on did the job.
Shanaka: We were targeting 140-150 and we knew it will turn later, it won't be easy in later part of the game. The batsmen should concentrate more on the game, we were not able to capitalise on the start and the South African bowlers change their pace, they bowled beautifully. Our batsmen needed to rotate the strike more. We have to change our approach, batting in middle period has been a concern for long period, consistently for 2-3 years. It's a major part of the concern. We will come up with better plans in the next game. It's our approach and mindset that needs to change in the T20s, we should have a strong mindset and we need t have a belief in the team.
Shamsi is Player of the Match: I'm just one part of the bowling unit and I've to do my job. We've got a lot of quality bowlers in the attack. Thse pitches take a lot more turn than back home, that's something we've got get used to. If they don't turn, we can't complain and adjust, we've to fight fire with fire. The celebrations come out a bit more especially when you've been hit for a six before that, We do a lot of hard work and it's just a bit of enjoyment.
That's all we have from today then, with the third game left for Tuesday. Until then, it's goodbye and good luck from me, Vishal Dikshit, Saurabh and Thilak. Stay safe everyone.
10.45pm: Comprehensive win by South Africa, and they've got a winning 2-0 lead in the series. First time on tour that a chasing team has won, and this is South Africa's sixth straight T20I win. Their best streak is 7 wins, back in 2009. This is right now their second-best streak, equalling a six-game streak in 2010. This is also their third straight T20I series win - they've now beaten West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka consecutively. Today's victory was set up by the bowlers, who shot Sri Lanka out for 103. The total might have sparked some interest with early wickets, but Quinton de Kock put paid to that fanciful hope with a measured knock, filled with sparkling boundaries. What a day for Aiden Markram too: 3 for 21 with the ball, completely unexpected perhaps. And stayed till the end in the chase with 21*. Will he be the Player of the Match? Or de Kock? Or Tabraiz Shamsi, who bowled quite beautifully to take 3 for 20? We'll find out soon.
Peanut: "Where would we be without dekock eh? What a wonderful player. "
that's a shot of authority. Full on the stumps, comes on the front foot and off-drives it powerfully. Beats mid-off and the bowler and gets a boundary
tossed up outside off, looked like he had second thoughts about driving it through cover, almost pulling out of the shot, but too late and it gets tapped towards point
short ball going down leg, de Kock could have left it alone and got a wide but he tries to paddle it fine. Gets only halfway decent connection on it as it goes to fine leg
tossed up, dances down the track and drives to long-on
length on middle and leg, turned to midwicket
gives himself room and launches into an expansive extra cover drive. Gets it a bit straighter, so long-off can go to his right and cut it off
Just 12 needed.
tossed up on off, solidly defended on the front foot
comes on the front foot and works it backward of square
quicker on on the stumps, deftly turned square, and the fielders are deep so they can run two
regal cover drive to bring up fifty. Full outside off, and he leans into the shot, bisects the field as the ball purrs to the boundary
a bit shorter, goes back and drill it to long-on
leg-spinner this time, on a length on off, punched to point
Udam: "Sri lankan batting order have to work on sweeps, hardly saw a sweep against spinners from current batting line up. "
fullish on the stumps, turned to midwicket
good length on off, stays beside the ball and punches it to cover's left
tossed up on the stumps, comes on the front foot and taps it to short midwicket
too short outside off and Markram is not going to miss out on those. Crashes it through cover with power and authority, having cleared his front leg out of the way
another quick one that hurried him. Had to go on the back foot and bring his bat down quickly to keep it out
Slip and leg-slip in.
outside edge goes for four. Just beyond the reach of a diving DdS at first slip. Quicker one coming into him, he's pushing at it inside the line and gets a thick edge that runs down to the boundary
James : "Markham's role in this game is almost a bowling all rounder. " -- hah! Well there's still 29 to get, so he could get a majority of them and be a proper allrounder.
slightly shorter, goes back and swats it to long-on
|R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo|
|Toss||Sri Lanka, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||South Africa led the 3-match series 2-0|
|Match number||T20I no. 1270|
|Match days||12 September 2021 - night (20-over match)|
Over 15 • SA 105/1South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 35 balls remaining)