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De Kock stars again as South Africa seal T20I series whitewash over Sri Lanka

The
Proteas,
who
clinched
the
series
victory
on
Sunday,
completed
another
routine
win
after
the
hosts
limped
to
a
run-a-ball
120-8,
with
Kagiso
Rabada
and
Bjorn
Fortuin
taking
two
wickets
apiece.

De
Kock,
who
top-scored
with
58
not
out
against
in
the
previous
game,
was
ably
supported
by
Reeza
Hendricks
(56
not
out)
as
the
pair
sealed
victory
inside
15
overs.

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Sri
Lanka
opening
batsmen
Kusal
Perera
offered
the
most
resistance,
making
39,
but
when
he
was
dismissed
by
Keshav
Maharaj
with
the
score
at
80-5,
the
hosts
failed
to
reach
an
imposing
total
once
more.

Chamika
Karunaratne
managed
an
unbeaten
24

his
highest
score
in
the
format

but
with
De
Kock
and
Hendricks
racing
to
46
without
loss
after
the
powerplay,
another
victory
for
the
tourists
was
all
but
confirmed.

De
Kock
reached
his
11th
T20I
fifty,
and
fifth
for
the
year,
off
40
balls
and
Hendricks
followed
suit,
recording
his
sixth
T20I
half-century
in
two
balls
fewer
as
Maharaj’s
side
triumphed
with
32
balls
remaining.


Miserly
Maharaj

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De
Kock
will
steal
the
headlines
with
more
top-order
fireworks,
but
captain
Maharaj
should
take
credit
as
well
as
he
continues
to
improve
ahead
of
the
spinning
surfaces
that
await
him
at
the
T20
World
Cup.

The
left-armer
assumed
the
captaincy
role
for
his
first
ever
T20I
series
and,
in
the
final
match,
bowled
a
game-high
12
dot
balls
as
he
conceded
just
14
runs
from
his
full
allocation,
including
the
wicket
of
Perera.


Persistent
Perera

Perera
scored
a
third
of
his
team’s
runs
in
the
second
T20I
as
he
made
30
off
25
balls
and
he
almost
repeated
the
feat
on
Tuesday
with
his
highest
score
of
2021.

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However,
the
opener
was
not
supported
by
his
team-mates,
with
only
Karunaratne
and
Dasun
Shanaka
(18)
troubling
the
opposition
bowlers,
who
dominated
once
more
in
Colombo.

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