(UDHAYAM, CAPE TOWN) – South Africa stand in skipper Farhaan Behardien has described their defeat to Sri Lanka in the deciding T20I as a ‘bitter pill to swallow’ as South Africa slumped to a 2-1 series defeat in Cape Town.
Behardien also lamented the loss of quick bowler Lungi Ngidi who has been a real find for the Proteas and one of the few young players who proved he was ready for international cricket.
At the post-match presentation Behardien said: “It’s a bitter pill to swallow. we are a proud nation. We will reassess tomorrow. I thought we had enough runs on the board but the dropped catches put us on the back foot and losing Lungi Ngidi wasn’t ideal.”
The Proteas dropped an unprecedented five catches during Sri Lanka’s innings including three in succession during an over from Wayne Parnell with the bowler himself shelling the third during his follow through.
Brilliance on Sri Lanka’s part stand-in captain Dinesh Chandimal was delighted with the performance. Chandimal said after the contest: “I’m over the moon. After losing the Test series, I’m really happy with the way we played.”