De Kock helps South Africa go 2-0 up in ODI series

Visitors register four-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the five-match series

Quinton de Kock’s brilliant knock helped South Africa in registering a comfortable four-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the five-match series in Dambulla on Wednesday.After a disappointing outing in the first match of the series, it was home side’s captain Angelo Mathews who won the toss and opted to bat first.His decision, however, backfired as the Islanders lost first two wickets at the score of just 13 in the first two overs.

But a responsible knock from captain Mathews himself kept the home side in the game with a fighting half-century, which was his 36th in the 50-over format as Sri Lanka managed to post 244 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Mathews finished the innings with the top score of 79 not out off 111 balls with the help of six fours. For the visitors, pacers Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo was the best bowler on the show as they claimed three wickets each.

In reply, South Africa had a great start, courtesy 91-run partnership for the first-wicket between De Kock and Hashim Amla, which paved the way for an easy win for the Proteas with more than seven overs to spare. The star of the show for the visitors was wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock, who completed his 16th half-century in the 50-over format and finished the innings with the top score of 87 off just 78 balls with the help of 13 fours and one six.

He was well supported by captain Faf du Plessis — 49 off just 41 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes — and Amla, who scored run-a-ball 43 with the help of six fours.

For Sri Lanka, off-spinner Akila Dananjaya was the star of the show as he claimed three wickets. For his outstanding knock, De Kock was named player of the match.

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