AB de Villiers admitted South Africa's recent experience of rain-shortened matches helped them to a convincing 32-run victory over Sri Lanka at the ICC World Twenty20.
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De Villiers cracked 30 from only 13 balls as the Proteas raced to 78 for four in a match reduced to seven overs per side due to earlier rain.
Tight bowling restricted the hosts to a lacklustre 46 for five, and De Villiers insisted playing two short shootouts in England had proved useful.
"We played a couple in England towards the end of our series there," de Villiers said. "We had a little chat before we started because it's not easy to keep the focus with all the rain.
"We spoke about what we learned from England and it was fresh in our minds when we went out. I think that definitely helped. The guys were on the button from ball one."
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene added: "We probably gave 15 runs extra in the field and didn't bowl to our plans. Even with the bat we didn't get off to a good start, we lost wickets.
"In a seven-over game you have to throw caution and just try and get bat on ball, which we didn't do."