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Proteas seal T20 series win over Sri Lanka

South Africa have defeated Sri Lanka comprehensively by nine wickets in a rain-hit Twenty20 international in Colombo to win the three-match series with a match to spare.

Having lost the one-day international series 2-1, South Africa won the first T20 match by 28 runs and bowled out Sri Lanka for 103 in Sunday’s second match – their lowest score when batting first at home.

Opener Kusal Perera scored 30 but found little support as five different bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals.

Tabraiz Shamsi was the pick of the bowlers with 3-20 while Aiden Markram finished with a career-best 3-21 as the spinners wreaked havoc.

“We’ve got a lot of quality bowlers in the attack. These pitches take a lot more turn than back home, that’s something we’ve got to get used to,” said Shamsi, who was adjudged the player of the match.

In response, South Africa reached the target with the loss of just one wicket as opener Quinton de Kock smashed seven boundaries in his unbeaten knock of 58 while Markram scored 21 off 19 balls.

The final T20I will also be played in Colombo on Tuesday.

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