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  • 1:02 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 170/5 | Overs 19.5| Target: 170| Seekkuge Prasanna 37 (16), Asela Gunaratne 11 (6): What a win for Sri Lanka! They needed 11 off the final over, but debutant Dane Patersone could not restrict the batsmen. Sri Lanka with this 5-wicket win, win the match as well as the series. Dickwella played a superb innings, but credit must also be given to Prasanna with the way he played.

  • 12:38 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 144/5 | Overs 18| Target: 170| Seekkuge Prasanna 23 (10), Asela Gunaratne 0 (1): Sri Lanka have lost both their set batsmen and now face an uphill task of winning this game. Mendis too was run out by the bowler after he looked to take a quick single. Seekkuge Prasanna has come in and blasted the bowlers around and could be the one to get Sri Lanka over the line. OUT! Niroshan Dickwella c Behardien b Tahir 68 (51), Dhananjaya de Silva st Mosehle b Tahir 19 (27), Kusal Mendis run out 2 (3)

  • 12:16 AM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 114/2 | Overs 14| Target: 170| Niroshan Dickwella 68 (45), Dhananjaya de Silva 17 (23): Sri Lanka going along well. Dickwella especially looks to be taking the match away from South Africa. De Silva is happy to give as much strike as possible to Dickwella. South Africa desperately need to break this partnership.

  • 11:57 PM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 73/2 | Overs 9| Target: 170| Niroshan Dickwella 35 (25), Dhananjaya de Silva 9 (13): Sri Lanka have lost their skipper Chandimal cheaply and this time it’s Tahir, who strikes off his very first ball. There have been series of dropped catches since. In one of the overs from Parnell, there were as many as 3 catches dropped in as many deliveries. South Africa need to hang on to these. Dickwella is ooking in excellent form OUT! Dinesh Chandimal b Tahir 5 (5)

  • 11:35 PM IST

    OUT! Parnell strikes first ball! He removes the dangerous looking Tharanga for 20 (11), SL 36/1 in 4.1 overs. Chandimal is in at 3 for Sri Lanka

  • 11:33 PM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 36/0 | Overs 4| Target: 170| Niroshan Dickwella 13 (14), Upul Tharanga 20 (10): Sri Lanka make a good start to their innings, but still have a long way to go. South Africa will dearly love a wicket or two before the powerplay overs. The openers on the other hand will look to give their middle-order a good platform to build from.

  • 11:09 PM IST

  • 11:06 PM IST
    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 169/5 | Overs 20| Mangaliso Mosehle 32 (15), Wayne Parnell 3 (3): Sri Lanka have managed to pull things back. They have slowed the pace and have benefitted. Mosehle starts the final over with a straight six. 150 up. Udana needs to alter his length. Play and miss. He picks Udana over deep extra cover for a six. Follows it with a replay. 3 sixes already in this over. Kulasekara drops the next one. Terrible fielding. 21 from the final over.
  • 10:55 PM IST

  • 10:54 PM IST
    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 141/5 | Overs 18| Mangaliso Mosehle 5 (4), Wayne Parnell 2 (2): Kulasekara’s over goes well. Only 5 from it (16th over). AB unleashes himself on Udana. That’s a SIX. Pulled away. Close call for a run out. Third umpire has been called. Behardien departs. Mosehle walks out. Kula takes AB in the text over. He finds Tharanga at gully as he looks to cut that. Kulasekara finishes with 4-0-30-1. Well done!

    OUT! Farhaan Behardien run out 6 (6)
    OUT! AB de Villiers c Upul Tharanga b Nuwan Kulasekara 63 (44)
  • 10:37 PM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 119/3 | Overs 15| AB de Villiers 53 (37), Farhaan Behardien 1 (1): Sri Lanka have picked up the wicket of Hendricks for 41. Sandakan gets him out stumped. Chandimal initially missed the wickets, but still had time to knock the bails over in the second attempt. Hendricks’ wicket brought Miller to the crease. Miller too did not last long as he holed out for just 1. OUT! Reeza Hendricks st Chandimal b Sandakan, David Miller c Sandakan b Gunaratne 1 (4)

  • 10:25 PM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 107/1 | Overs 13| Reeza Hendricks 41 (32), AB de Villiers 44 (32): South Africa have gone past 100 and still have 9 wickets left in the final 7 overs to get a big score on the board. South Africa still have big hitters like Miller, Behardien to follow. Sri Lanka must pick up a couple of quick wickets, if they are to restrict South Africa to a reasonable score.

  • 10:10 PM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 79/1 | Overs 10| Reeza Hendricks 35 (25), AB de Villiers 23 (21): South Africa have accelerated well. De Villiers is going slow, but he struck his first boundary after 16 deliveries, which will make him feel a lot better. Hendricks too is going well at the other end. He has been the more attacking player in the partnership.

  • 9:57 PM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 48/1 | Overs 6| Reeza Hendricks 26 (16), AB de Villiers 2 (6): South Africa have lost their first wicket and it was JJ Smuts, who was trapped in front by leg-spinner Prasanna. His wicket has brought AB de Villiers to the crease. And that marks the end of the powerplays as well. OUT! JJ Smuts LBW b Prasanna 19 (14)

  • 9:39 PM IST

    LIVE: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I, SA 22/0 | Overs 2| JJ Smuts 12 (7), Reeza Hendricks 10 (5): South Africa are off to a good start. They scored 10 off the very first over from Thikshila de Silva. JJ Smuts with two boundaries in that over. Hendricks too was not far behind. He struck Kulasekara to the fence off his very first delivery. SA managed to score 12 of the 2nd over. Sri Lanka need a couple of strikes before the powerplay overs end.

  • 9:11 PM IST

    Here’s a quick look at the pitch

  • 9:09 PM IST

    Playing XI:

    South Africa: JJ Smuts, Reeza Hendricks, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien (c), Mangaliso Mosehle(wk), Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson, Imran Tahir, Lungisani Ngidi

    Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal(c & wk), Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thikshila de Silva, Nuwan Kulasekara, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Upul Tharanga

  • 9:05 PM IST

    TOSS: SA have won the toss and have opted to bat first

  • 9:04 PM IST

    AB de Villiers will finally play his first match for South Africa since June 2016. He scored a brisk century in his comeback game in the domestic circuit and we could expect some fireworks tonight. Some dark clouds are hovering over Cape Town. Let’s hope that they do not play spoilsport

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South Africa and Sri Lanka are levelled at 1-1 in this three-match T20I series © Getty Images

Hello, good evening and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the third and final T20I between South Africa and Sri Lanka, to be played at Newlands, Cape Town. This is Pramod Ananth, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the game which will mark the return of a champion back into the international circuit. Yes, AB de Villiers is all set to play his first match since June 2016, and all eyes are pinned on this clash which also happens to be the series-decider, after both the teams won a game each in the series.

South Africa and Sri Lanka are levelled at 1-1 in this three-match T20I series, and the return of de Villiers to the second-string hosts’ side tilts the game heavily in their favour. De Villiers has made a successful return from the elbow injury, hammering a quickfire century in the domestic circuit to signal his rich form. However, this being a clash of the most unpredictable format, it will be daft if South Africa take things lightly as the visitors have already trumped them once. Sri Lanka will hope to repeat their performance of the second T20I. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I at Cape Town

In the second contest, Lakshan Sandakan made most of the spinning wicket at Johannesburg to guide Sri Lanka to a win. Sandakan bowled a measly spell of 4-0-23-4 to help Sri Lanka bowl out South Africa for a paltry 113. However, the going was not easy for the visitors when it was their turn to bat, as they suffered batting collapses. However, the brilliance of Angelo Mathews saw them through, despite him struggling with the hamstring injury. Mathews scored a 50-ball 54 not out with 3 sixes and 1 boundary. SA vs SL 3rd T20I, preview: Proteas hold advantage over injury-hit visitors

Earlier in the series, South Africa had maintained their domination over Sri Lanka after pummelling them 3-0 in Tests, by winning the first game of the T20I affair by 19 runs. In a rain-truncated game at the Super Sport Park in Centurion, Sri Lanka managed 107 for 6 in 10 overs, chasing a target of 127 set by South Africa. Angelo Mathews: It’s fine if selectors replace me as Sri Lanka captain

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (wk & c), Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thikshila de Silva, Nuwan Kulasekara, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Sachith Pathirana, Suranga Lakmal.

South Africa (From): JJ Smuts, Heino Kuhn, AB de Villiers, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), David Miller, Farhaan Behardien (c), Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Lungisani Ngidi, Reeza Hendricks, Dane Paterson, Theunis de Bruyn.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I at Cape Town