David Miller and Faf du Plessis shine with bat as South Africa outclass Srilanka at Durban

The second game of the one day series between hosts South Africa and Sri Lanka was played at Kingsmead, Durban. South Africa batted first as Tharanga decided to bowl first on a slow surface.

Faf du Plessis scored a magnificent ton to take the side out of danger as South Africa were placed in all sorts of problem at 108 for 4 before Miller came to the crease as duo added 117 runs for fifth wicket to see the hosts pile on the runs in the last ten over.du Plessis looked in ominous form as he played with utmost fluency finding gaps and regularly picking boundaries against spin bowlers on a slow surface. Miller also got into his usual groove after his initial struggle at the start.du Plessis went on to notch up his seventh hundred and was dismissed by Nuwan Kulasakera after scoring 105 runs of 120 balls.He struck seven fours and a six in his innings.

Chris Morris joined Miller at the crease as they added another 60 runs together to see South Africa cross 300-run mark after 50 overs. Miller did not go on to notch up his fourth ton as he remained unbeaten till the end and scored 117 runs off 98 balls. The left handed batsman smashed six sixes in his innings to see South Africa end up with 308 runs.

Srilanka started the chase well as openers added 45 runs in the first ten overs. Things started to go wrong again once openers departed. The likes of Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis and Upul Tharanga all managed to get into double digits but could not kick on score big runs required for the visitors to win the game.

South Africa fielding was excellent as bowlers did a nice job with Wayne Parnell and Imran Tahir picking up two wickets apiece. The hosts have moved an inch closer to a possible series win as they now are 2-0 up in the five match series.

Sri Lanka will need to find produce better performance with the bat or else South Africa might clinch the series in third game at Johannesburg.


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