Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 3 wickets in a low scoring thrilling match at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and ended the series with three consecutive wins after a poor performance in the first three matches of ODI series.
South African batsmen, as usual, looked clueless against the top quality spin bowling and team were bowled out for just 98 runs - their lowest ever T20I total. The spin trio of Dananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, and Lakshan Sandakan finished with combined figures of 7/56 in 12 overs. In the chase Sri Lanka also started poorly and lost both the openers in the first over but Dananjaya de Silva's counter-attacking batting brought them back into the game and after his dismissal, Sri Lanka once again collapsed and reduced to 88/7 but in the end, Dinesh Chandimal on his comeback took the hosts home.
All the major stats and facts from the One-off the T20I match between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo :
1 - Angelo Mathews bagged his first duck in T20I format and after 56 innings which is the joint third most consecutive innings without a duck in T20Is.
Most consecutive innings without a duck in T20I cricket -
79* - MS Dhoni (IND)
65* - Marlon Samuels (WI)
56* - Hamilton Masakadza (ZIM)
56 - Angelo Mathews (SL)
55* - Shoaib Malik (PAK)
* indicates a sequence not ended by a duck
3 - This was Sri Lanka's 3rd consecutive T20I win against South Africa. Before this game, they had beat South Africa in two T20Is in South Africa last year in January.
7 - Number of wickets Sri Lanka spinners took in this game - the joint second most wickets taken by Sri Lanka spinners in a T20I match. They took 9 wickets against Zimbabwe at Hambantota in WT20 2012 and 7 wickets against Australia at Pallekel in 2011.
8 - Lakshan Sandakan has taken 8 wickets at an impressive average of 8.12 in just 3 innings against South Africa in T20I format.
98 - The total of 98 runs is South Africa's lowest ever total in T20I format. The previous lowest total was 100 runs against Pakistan at Centurion in 2013.
Lowest totals for South Africa in T20I cricket -
98 vs Sri Lanka at Colombo, 2018
100 vs Pakistan at Centurion, 2013
101/7 vs Australia at Melbourne, 2014
113 vs Sri Lanka at Johannesburg, 2017
114 vs Australia at Brisbane, 2006