The Proteas will be looking to wrap up their prep for the upcoming T20 World Cup when they face off against Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 in Colombo.
The Proteas clinched the series in emphatic fashion on Sunday but will still be eager to finish the tour on a high.
South Africa have now won five T20Is on the bounce and will want to stay in the winning mode for the looming World Cup.
Sri Lanka vs South Africa | 14 September 2021 | Premadasa Stadium, Colombo | 15:30
To Win Match
Sri Lanka 31/20
South Africa 52/100
After good performances in the ODI series, Sri Lanka have fallen away dramatically in the shortest format which will set alarm bells ringing in their camp.
Sri Lanka have struggled against world-class spin which seems an odd problem for an Asian side to suffer from in a series against South Africa, but they have been afflicted in this regard for some time.
Wanindu Hasaranga is their dangerman with the ball but he was reduced to a non-factor last time out as Sri Lanka failed to get enough runs on the board.
Sri Lanka could just be guilty of trying to change too much, too often in a bid to solve their batting problems, removing ODI star Avishka Fernando from his preferred opening slot.
While no South African cricket fans would be naive enough to think the team’s troubles are behind them after a short winning streak in T20I cricket, but the results have eased the pressure on a management unit beset by scandal.
On the field, some things are coming together for the Proteas, who continue to do well in the powerplay while struggling through the middle overs.
In the second T20I, they weren’t asked to perform a challenging chase, but they still had to get over the line and did so with minimum fuss thanks to the dominant form of Quinton de Kock.
Aiden Markram’s bowling looks to be a bit of a bonus for the Proteas, as the batsman is in some of the best form of his life as it is, and now his skipper can get a few overs and wickets out of his off-spin.
Verdict: South Africa 52/100
The Proteas should complete the whitewash even if they rotate the side.