Proteas go for the un­known after Test white­wash

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE & INTERNATIONAL CRICKET - By Seth Fran­cis

DE­SPITE a com­pre­hen­sive Test se­ries vic­tory, South Africa go into the T20 se­ries against Sri Lanka with a lit­tle bit of the un­known.

Jon-Jon Smuts, The­u­nis de Bruyn, Man­gal­iso Mosehle, Andile Phehluk­wayo, Dane Pater­son and Lungi Ngidi are all in line to make their T20 de­buts for the Proteas.Though there will be some ex­pe­ri­enced heads in the form of skip­per Farhaan Be­har­dien, Im­ran Tahir, David Miller and Wayne Par­nell.

For Sri Lanka, there are two un­capped play­ers in their group in the shape of all­rounder Thik­shila de Silva and spinner Lak­shan San­dakan. The tourists are cur­rently on a six match los­ing streak in T20 cricket fallen to a 2-0 de­feat in their most re­cent se­ries against Aus­tralia at home.

This three match T20 se­ries comes off the back of a onesided Test se­ries, with South Africa wrap­ping up the white­wash with an in­nings vic­tory in­side three days in the fi­nal clash.

Hav­ing made 426 thanks to cen­turies from Hashim Amla and JP Du­miny, the home bowlers then took con­trol of the match.

Sri Lanka col­lapsed from 70-3 to 131 all out with Ver­non Phi­lan­der and Kag­iso Rabada each pick­ing up three wick­ets, and the fol­low on was duly en­forced.

And the vis­i­tors didn’t fare much bet­ter sec­ond time round with Wayne Par­nell’s 4-51 the pick of the bowl­ing as Sri Lanka were all out for 177 to lose by an in­nings and 118 runs de­spite Dimuth Karunaratne’s half-cen­tury.

Leader: Farhaan Be­har­dien

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