South Africa beaten Sri Lanka by 22 runs in the 2nd Twenty20 international in wind-swept Hambantota on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Three match T20 series.
JP Duminy scored 30 off 23 balls and David Miller hit a violent 21-ball 36 as the Proteas reached 145-6 after elect to take first strike in the day-night match. Fast bowlers Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel then claimed 2 wickets each as Sri Lanka, the world top-ranked Twenty20 side, were restricted to 123-7 by an inspiring South African fielding display.
Kumar Sangakkara played a lone hand for the hosts with an attractive 39 off 35 balls, but he was only one of 3 batsmen who crossed 30 in difficult conditions for both teams due to the stiff breeze.
The series win helped South Africa salvage pride after an awkward 4-1 defeat in the preceding ODI.
South Africa's Twenty20 skipper FAF du Plessis said the win was sweet revenge for that loss.
Sri Lanka showed no mercy in the ODI and we surely don't want to be showing them any in the T20s, du Plessis said. The team has shown great character after what happened earlier. I thought we played a big game of cricket to get to 145 despite the wind. We were strategically very good in the bowling also.
The tourists, who won the first Twenty20 game by 12 runs in Colombo on Friday, will be looking to secure a series whitewash when the last match is played in Hambantota on Tuesday.Sri Lanka, who will lose their number 1ranking to 2nd-placed Pakistan if they are defeated again on Tuesday, paid the price for poor batting. I think it was a gettable score, but we just did not bat well," said Captain Dinesh Chandimal.