An unbroken 121-run opening stand! Reeza Hendricks (59 off 46) and Quinton de Kock (56 off 42) produced a seemingly flawless opening stand as South Africa chased down Sri Lanka's 120/8 in the third and final T20 International match at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Tuesday. The Proteas reached the target in 14.4 overs to spare, and completed back-to-back T20 series sweeps against Sri Lanka. Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to bat first. But none of the batsmen, except Kusal Perera (39 off 33) managed to play a good knock. Shanaka tried to dig in but could manage only 18 off 26 balls. Chamika Karunaratne, however, hit 29 off 19 including a last-ball six to Sri Lanka a fighting total. Sri Lanka won the preceding three-match ODI series 2-1. This was the last match for both teams before the ICC T20 World Cup. Catch highlights of SL vs SA, 3rd T20 match here:
9:58 PM IST: Result! What a chase. Clinical.
South Africa win by 10 wickets with 32 balls to spare, and clean sweep the series 3-0.
9:44 PM IST: 11th T20I fifty for Quinton de Kock (50 off 40) South Africa need 23 runs in 46 balls. SA - 98/0 (12.2); SL - 120/0.
9:34 PM IST: South Africa need another 40 runs in 60 balls. Reeza Hendricks (37 off 30) and Quinton de Kock (38 off 30) added 81 runs in 60 balls. SA - 87/0 (10); SL - 120/0.
8:52 PM IST: Cautious start for South African openers, Reeza Hendricks (6) and Quinton de Kock (1). They need another 113 runs. SA - 12/0 (2); SL - 120/8.
8:27 PM IST: A late flourish from Chamika Karunaratne give Sri Lanka a fighting total. SL - 120/8.
8:15 PM IST: 100 up for Sri Lanka in the 18th over with a reverse sweep from skipper Dasun Shanaka off Tabraiz Shamsi. SL - 100/7 (18).
8:02 PM IST: Then a horror run out. Lahiru Madushanka's come and gone. A single off two balls. SL - 86/7 (14.2).
7:59 PM IST: Bjorn Fortuin gets his second. Wanindu Hasaranga (4 off 4) caught by Keshav Maharaj. SL - 85/6 (13.5).
7:55 PM IST: Keshav Maharaj traps Kusal Perera (39 off 32) in front. Review wasted. Another one bites the dust. SL - 80/5 (12.5).
7:44 PM IST: Sri Lanka in trouble. Kamindu Mendis, the latest batsman to depart as Aiden Markram strikes in his second over. Kusal Perera is unbeaten on 31 off 24. SL - 62/4 (10).
7:25 PM IST: Sri Lanka struggling to get going. Already lost three wickets for 39 runs in the first five overs. Kagiso Rabada has so claimed two wickets. SL - 39/3 (5).
6:42 PM IST: Playing XIs
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (w), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Wiaan Mulder, Keshav Maharaj (c), Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi.
6:33 PM IST: Sri Lanka win toss and bat first.
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Pradeep, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Lahiru Madushanka, Pulina Tharanga, Akila Dananjaya, Minod Bhanuka, Binura Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Pathum Nissanka.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj (c), Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams, Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, George Linde, Heinrich Klaasen, Wiaan Mulder.