South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20: Mathews fights through injury to level series

Mathews was named Man of the the Match for his game-winning knock of 54 not out

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews twisted his ankle while batting, but that did not stop him from leading his side to a three-wicket win over South Africa in Johannesburg.

Opting to bat first, South Africa struggled right from the get-go and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals at their innings progressed.

Heino Kuhn and stand-in captain Farhaan Behardien were the only two batsmen to surpass the 20-run mark as they made 29 and 27 respectively.

With Aaron Phangiso adding 13 towards the end of the innings, the Proteas managed to make 113 before being bowled out.

Debutant Lakshan Sandakan was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Isuru Udana snapped up three, Nuwan Kulasekara took two and Dhananjaya de Silva chipped in with one.

Chasing 114 to win, Sri Lanka lost De Silva, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella in quick succession before Mathews and wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal curbed the flow of wickets with a 51-run partnership.

Chandimal ended up being caught behind off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi for 22 before Sri Lanka’s collapse resumed.

Despite this, Mathews, who injured his ankle with seven balls to go, fought till the end and ended up making an unbeaten 54, which came off 50 balls and included one boundary and three sixes, as Sri Lanka won the match with two balls to spare.

Ngidi was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir and Jon-Jon Smuts claimed one wicket each.

Mathews was named Man of the Match.

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