Believe it or not, South Africa have won a series in Sri Lanka.
It's only a T20 series, but the Proteas have been far more competitive in the T20 format compared to the one-day stuff. They clinched a 22-run win against Sri Lanka on Sunday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in three-match T20 series.
South Africa won the toss, elected to bat first and posted a reasonable 145-6 in 20 overs. Check out the full scorecard on Cricbuzz.
Henry Davids b N Kulasekara 7 (10)
Quinton de Kock st K Sangakkara b S Senanayake 19 (23)
Faf du Plessis b L Malinga 12 (15)
JPl Duminy c A Mathews b S Senanayake 30 (23)
AB de Villiers run out (KJ Perera) 15 (14)
David Miller c D Chandimal b N Kulasekara 36 (21)
David Wiese not out 7 (8)
Wayne Parnell not out 10 (6)
Kushal Perera lbw b I Tahir 21 (22)
Mahela Jayawardene c Q de Kock b L Tsotsobe 6 (5)
Dinesh Chandimal c Q de Kock b L Tsotsobe 2 (7)
Kumar Sangakkara c D Wiese b M Morkel 39 (35)
Lahiru Thirimanne b W Parnell 18 (18)
Angelo Mathews c de Villiers b D Wiese 1 (3)
Thisara Perera not out 22 (20)
Nuwan Kulasekara c Q de Kock b M Morkel 10 (9)
Sachithra Senanayake not out 1 (1)
Sri Lanka: 123-7 (20 overs)
While there are still no 50s to be seen anywhere, South Africa's batsmen looked much improved. Quinton de Kock showed glimpses of what he is capable of with his 19 off 23 and JP Duminy continued his bish-bosh approach to the T20 format, smashing 30 off 23. Similarly, David Miller hit a brisk 36 off 21 to help the Proteas to a decent total—something they have not managed for a while.
Will South Africa make it a 3-0 clean sweep?
Sri Lanka's chase got off to a shaky start with Lonwabo Tsotsobe playing well up front. When the left-armer gets it right, he really is a fine asset to the side. Sri Lanka soon find themselves 27-2 after 4.2 overs.
Kumar Sangakkara stood firm, though, and combined for a 21-run partnership with Kushal Perera and a 37-run total with Lahiru Thirimanne. The rest of his batting partners just couldn't keep up with Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir and Wayne Parnell all being particularly irksome to play.
There was also an improved showing in South Africa's consistency—they conceded just two extras. Sri Lanka's No. 1 ranking in the T20s is now under threat.
They need to win the final clash in order to stay at the top.
Sri Lanka will need to win the final T20 on Tuesday to remain as the No.1 side in ICC Twenty20 Rankings. #SLvsSA— Sujan Rao (@sujanrao) August 4, 2013