South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20: Hendricks, Van der Dussen push South Africa’s lead to 2-0

Reeza Hendricks 65 South Africa Sri Lanka 2nd T20 Centurion cricket

Reeza Hendricks struck nine boundaries during his knock of 65

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Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen smashed 65 and 64 respectively as South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 16 runs in the second Twenty20 International in Centurion.

Being put in to bat first, South Africa lost debutant Aiden Markram early on as he was caught by Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga at mid-on off the bowling of Isuru Udana for three runs.

Hendricks and Van der Dussen made up for the loss of Markram with a 116-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Hendricks was dismissed by Malinga for a 65, which came off 46 balls and included nine boundaries.

Van der Dussen went on to score a career-best 64, which came off 44 deliveries and included four boundaries and three sixes, before he was clean bowled by Akila Dananjaya.

With stand-in captain JP Duminy hammering a 17-ball 33 towards the end of the innings, South Africa finished on 180/3.

Udana, Malinga and Dananjaya picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 181 to win, Sri Lanka were dealt a big blow on the third ball as opener Avishka Fernando was caught by Tabraiz Shamsi at short midwicket off the bowling of Dale Steyn for a duck.

Steyn struck again three balls later as he clean bowled Kusal Mendis for four runs.

Niroshan Dickwella mustered 20 runs before he was dismissed by Chris Morris, while Kamindu Mendis was caught behind the very next ball.

With Sri Lanka continuing to lose wickets in a hurry, they soon found themselves reeling at 83/7.

However, Udana refused to go down without a fight and walloped an unbeaten 84 off 48 balls, which included eight boundaries and six sixes.

Despite his career-best knock, Udana could not lead Sri Lanka to victory as they fell short of their target and finished on 164/9.

Morris was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Steyn and Shamsi took two wickets apiece. As for Dwaine Pretorius, he claimed one.

Van der Dussen was named Man of the Match.

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