Colombo: Spinner Lakshan Sandakan starred in Sri Lanka’s hard fought three-wicket win over South Africa in the only T20I after the visitors were bowled out for their lowest total in the game’s shortest format.
Electing to bat, South Africa were bundled out for 98, a total the hosts surpassed with four overs to spare. The Proteas were two runs less than their previous low score of 100 against Pakistan in 2013.
Dinesh Chandimal, who returned from his ban for breaching the spirit of the game, remained unbeaten on 36 to guide the team home in a tricky chase.
But it was Sandakan’s bowling figures of 3-19 with his left-arm wrist spin that set up the win. He was ably supported by fellow spinners Dhananjaya de Silva and Akila Dananjaya who took two wickets each.
Sri Lankan batsmen also made heavy weather of their 99-run target as the South African bowlers led by paceman Kagiso Rabada made the hosts work hard for their win.
From a comfortable 59-2 the hosts slipped to 88-7, but Chandimal kept his calm during his 33-ball stay that laced with 3 fours and one six.
(With inputs from agencies)