Quinton de Kock, Bowlers shine as South Africa crush Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka produced a wretched batting performance to see South Africa come out on top in the second game of the one-day series played at SuperSport Park, Centurion. South Africa were dismissed for a below par score of 251 runs. In reply, Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals to see them get bowled out for 138 runs in 32.2 overs.

Chasing 251 runs to win, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as Niroshan Dickwella perished in the third over of the innings. Debutant Avishka Fernando was cleaned up by Lungi Ngidi to see Sri Lanka placed at 29 for 2 after 5.1 overs. Kusal Perera was dismissed for a low score as pacer Anrich Nortje picked up his first international wicket for South Africa.

Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis momentarily provided a glimmer of hope as they added 40 runs in bid to rebuild the innings. Mendis was looking good at the crease and scored 24 off 31 balls with the help of boundaries. He was run-out after terrible mix-up with Oshada Fernando in the 20th over of the innings.

Nortje trapped Oshada Fernando in front of stumps to see Sri Lanka reeling at 92 for 5 after 20.1 overs. Dhananjaya de Silva and Thisara Perera got off to decent starts but gave their wickets away to see Sri Lanka hopes of winning the game diminish. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi ran through the tail to see South Africa register 113-run win victory. With this result, South Africa have taken 2-0 lead in the five-match one-day series.

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 113 runs in the second ODI game played at SuperSport Park, Centurion

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first. South Africa got off to a terrific start as openers Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks added 91 runs for the opening wicket. Hendricks worked hard and once again was dismissed in the 20s to see South Africa lose their first wicket in the 14th over of the innings. On the other hand, Quinton de Kock kept scoring at a brisk rate and did not allow Sri Lanka bowlers to put in tight overs.

De Kock once again fell six runs short of century. All-rounder Thisara Perera dismissed de Kock in the 21st over of the innings. He scored 94 off 70 balls with the help of seventeen fours and a six. Captain Faf du Plessis played well once again and chipped in with a half-century to see South Africa push their score beyond 200-run mark. He was dismissed as the ball kept low to hit the stumps off the bowling of Thisara Perera.

Rassie van der Dussen perished for a low score after going for a big shot. The home side lost the plot after the dismissal of du Plessis. South Africa lost six wickets and could only 31 runs to see Sri Lanka make a splendid comeback into the game.

For Sri Lanka, Thisara Perera was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets to his name. Captain Lasith Malinga also finished with two wickets to his name.

Quinton de Kock was named man of the match for his brilliant 94 runs. The third game of the one-day series will be played in Durban on Sunday.

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