Spinners Tabraiz Shamsi and Aiden Markram set up a crushing nine-wicket win for South Africa in the second T20I against Sri Lanka on Sunday to clinch the series.
The duo took three wickets each to help bowl out Sri Lanka for 103, a total the tourists chased down in 14.1 overs to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Colombo.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock hit an unbeaten 58 and put on 62 runs with opening partner Reeza Hendricks, who made 18.
The left-handed De Kock struck his 10th T20I half-century and first against Sri Lanka to see the team home with Markram for company on 21 after Hendricks’ departure.
But it was the spinners who set up victory with world No 1 T20I bowler Shamsi, a left-arm wrist spinner, returning impressive figures of 3-20.
Markram, a top-order batsman who has been named the replacement for England’s Dawid Malan in IPL side Punjab Kings, returned a career-best 3-21 with his off-spin bowling. Markram had scored a match-winning 48 in the Proteas’ opening win.
Fast bowler Anrich Nortje struck first with the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal for five before the spinners took over and got the remaining nine scalps.
Shamsi, a left-arm wrist spinner, combined with fellow slow bowlers to wrap up the opposition innings.
Bjorn Fortuin took two and skipper Keshav Maharaj – both left-arm spinners – claimed the final wicket.
South Africa made short work of their modest chase with De Kock leading the charge to reach his fifty off 42 balls as he hit seven fours.
Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga took the only wicket of Hendricks.
The third T20I is on Tuesday at the same venue.
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