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South African captain, Farhaan Behardien, admits that the batsmen struggled to adapt to the slow and spinning conditions in their three-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the second KFC T20 International at the Bidvest Wanderers on Sunday.

Behardien (27) and opener, Heino Kuhn (29), were the only batsmen to make meaningful contributions in challenging conditions and against a three-pronged spin attack, but the lack of a substantial partnership and wickets falling at regular intervals stunted the push for a defendable score. The Proteas’ total of 113 all out was their lowest T20 score at the ground, with the uncharacteristic conditions playing into the hands of the visitors’ attack.

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Angelo Mathews played a gallant and heroic innings to lead Sri Lanka to the first victory of their tour when they beat South Africa by 3 wickets with two balls to spare in the second T20 International match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. The series will now go to a decider at PPC Newlands on Wednesday when the Proteas will be strengthened by the return of AB de Villiers.

Mathews finished unbeaten on 54 (54 balls, 1 four and 3 sixes). It was his fifth half-century in this format and took his career total past 1 000 runs. 

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South Africa head into the second KFC T20 International against Sri Lanka at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Sunday with confidence and one eye on a series victory. The Proteas hold a 1-nil lead in the three-match series after the heroics of a 19-run win in the first match on Friday, but will face a different situation at the ‘Bullring’, with clear weather and a fast-paced high-scoring encounter on the forecast.

Proteas big-hitter, David Miller, who top-scored with 40 off 18 balls in Friday evening’s win, believes the team will carry some confidence and momentum into the match, which is expected to house a boisterous sold-out crowd.

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Former skipper Ricky Ponting has backed swashbuckling batsman Aaron Finch to take over the reins of the T20 International side for the three-match series against Sri Lanka next month.

Ponting, who will take on the assistant coach role for Australia for the first time alongside former pacer Jason Gillespie and under coach Justin Langer in the series, feels the Victorian is the right man to lead in Steve Smith's absence.

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South Africa unveiled the latest jewel in their fast bowling crown when Lungi Ngidi took a superb 2/12 to help bowl his side to a 19-run victory over Sri Lanka in the opening KFC T20 International match at SuperSport Park on Friday evening.  It was technically a T10 match as persistent rain reduced the contest to a 10-over a side match, making it even more of a lottery than would otherwise have been the case.

Although the South African victory was set up by the fourth wicket stand of 51 in 3.1 overs between David Miller (40 off 18 balls) and stand-in captain Farhaan Behardien (31 not out also off 18 balls) and then consolidated by the two experienced spinners, Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso, the clincher came from Ngidi when he took 2/4 in the 8th over. 

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The Proteas T20 squad will be looking to continue with the winning trend set by the Test and ODI squads in the upcoming KFC T20 International series against Sri Lanka starting at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday. The Proteas hold a 100% series win record after an impressive start to the season, and have the opportunity to add another series trophy to the cabinet.

Captain, Farhaan Behardien, says the squad will not be taking their opposition and the series lightly, especially in the absence of some of the regulars in the team. He commended the selectors for rewarding performances in the CSA T20 Challenge, and hopes the series will grow the depth of the resources available to the national side.

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South Africa's new fast bowling T20 cap, Lungi Ngidi, hopes to add another milestone to his fast-moving cricket career in the upcoming KFC T20 International series against Sri Lanka starting at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday. The 20-year-old has had a dream run over the last couple of months after making his debut for the Multiply Titans in the CSA T20 Challenge this season- he was named as the bowler of the match in the six-run victory in the final - and hopes to take his performances onto the international stage.

“I wouldn’t say that I expected it sooner, but the journey has been amazing for me, everything has unfolded quickly,” he said ahead of the squad’s first training session on Tuesday. “I have put in a few performances here and there but the coaches were always reminding me that consistency is the best thing. That is what I tried to do, one step at a time, I tried to be as consistent as possible, and the performances came naturally with playing well.”

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