South Africa Seal T20 Series

Morne Morkel (second right) took two wickets to bowl South Africa to victory
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South Africa 145-6 (Miller 36) beat
Sri Lanka 123-7 (Sangakkara 39) by 22 runs
Second Twenty20 International, Hambantota

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 22 runs in the second Twenty20 International in Hambantota to move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead with one game still to play.

In another relatively low-scoring match, South Africa posted 145 for six before Sri Lanka could only reach 123 for seven in reply.

JP Duminy followed on from his match-winning heroics in the opening match by hitting 30 and David Miller struck 36 and their efforts were backed up by a brace of wickets apiece from Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel.

Nuwan Kulasekara returned to Sri Lanka's side and struck quickly to remove Henry Davids for seven and his opening partner Quinton de Kock made 19 before Sachithra Senanayake had him stumped.

Lasith Malinga bowled Faf du Plessis for 12 before Duminy, AB de Villiers (15) and Miller, who faced 21 balls, hitting a four and two sixes, launched the recovery after the Proteas had slipped to 48 for three.

Senanayake (2-18) struck again to remove Duminy and Kulasekara had Miller caught behind to return two for 22 as David Wiese (7 not out) and Wayne Parnell (10 not out) ended the innings.

Kushal Perera then smacked 21 in 22 balls but at the other end Tsotsobe had both Mahela Jayawardene (6) and Dinesh Chandimal (2) caught by de Kock as South Africa regained control.

Perera fell to Imran Tahir but Sri Lanka fought back through Kumar Sangakkara (39) and Lahiru Thirimanne (18) until wickets in the 13th, 14th and 15th overs finally swung things South Africa's way.

Thirimanne was bowled by Parnell, Angelo Mathews (1) was caught by de Villiers off Wiese, who then took an excellent catch to remove Sangakkara off the bowling of Morkel.

Kulasekara hit a six as he tried gamely to keep Sri Lanka's chances alive but he too fell caught behind, this time off Morkel, for 10, and Thisara Perera's 22 not out in 20 balls was far too little, far too late for the home side.

Tsotsobe finished with two for 17 and Morkel two for 34.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

20th July: 1st ODI, Colombo
SRI 320-5 beat RSA 140 by 180 runs
23rd July: 2nd ODI, Colombo
SRI 223-9 beat RSA 104-5 by 17 runs (D/L)
26th July: 3rd ODI, Pallekele
RSA 223-7 beat SRI 167 by 56 runs
28th July: 4th ODI, Pallekele
SRI 239-2 beat RSA 238 by 8 wickets
31st July: 5th ODI, Colombo
SRI 307-4 beat RSA 179 by 128 runs
2nd August: 1st T20I, Colombo
RSA 115-6 beat SRI 103-9 by 12 runs
4th August: 2nd T20I, Hambantota
RSA 145-6 beat SRI 123-7 by 22 runs
6th August: 3rd T20I, Hambantota
SRI 164-4 beat RSA 163-3 by 6 wickets