South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in the second T20I in the three-match series to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in Colombo.
The visitors chased down a target of 104 runs in the 15th over with Quinton de Kock notching up a half-century.
WHO SAID WHAT?
Tabraiz Shamsi | MoM: I am just one part of the unit and I just do my job on the day. We have quite a few quality bowlers in our attack. These pitches take a lot more turn than the ones back home. We need to use it to our advantage and you can see the quality in out bowling. Sri Lanka prepared spinning wickets and we fought fire with fire. I put my heart and soul into the team. It’s just the emotions of my hard work coming out in my celebrations.
Dasun Shanaka | Losing skipper: We were targetting 140-150. We knew it would turn and wouldn’t be easy in the later parts of the game. I think the batsmen need to concentrate more in the game. We had a good start and we weren’t able to capitalize. Credit to the South African bowlers, they read the wicket really well and varied their pace. We should have looked for partnerships instead of the big shots. We need to change our approach in the middle overs. It is a major concern and we need to come up with better plans in the future for the World Cup. The mindset and the approach need to change in the boys. We should have a strong mindset and have the belief that we could do well.
Keshav Maharaj | Winning skipper: All credit to my team. They made my life easier. We had simple plans and it all paid off. It is important that we keep building on the positives. We could bowl better in the powerplay and with our batting. There has been a vast improvement in the last two years for us. We read the conditions early and identified that spin was difficult to play. Aiden just stepped up with the lefties were batting. Shamsi’s spell opened up the game from one side and the bowlers made my life easier. Full credit, whoever came on did their job.