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Debutant batsman Reeza Hendricks made 102 to help South Africa post 363 for seven against Sri Lanka in the third one-day international in Pallekele on Sunday.

Along with opener Hashim Amla who struck a half-century, Hendricks provided the stability after Sri Lanka made an early strike with the scalp of Quinton de Kock (2).

Hendricks’s 89-ball 102 gave the visitors the push after being put into bat first as he became only the third South African and 14th overall to register a hundred in his first ODI. Colin Ingram and Temba Bavuma are the other two.

Hendricks reached the three figures with a boundary but was out off the very next ball. However, there was no end to Sri Lankan misery as JP Duminy then took over and began clattering boundaries at will included 22 runs off Suranga Lakmal in an over.

He was out on 92 off 70 with eight fours and four sixes to in it. David Miller then raced to his 11th ODI fifty before holing out on 51. Andile Phehlukwayo’s cameo off 23 not out then pushed them to 363/7 – their highest score on Sri Lankan soil.

Sri Lanka used six bowlers with each of them proving expensive. Thisara Perera leaked 75 runs in his 10 overs but picked up four wickets. Spinner Akila Dananjaya was the most expensive of the lot, taking one wicket for the cost of 81 runs.

South Africa are aiming to close out the five-match series having already taken a 2-0 lead.

Brief Scores: South Africa 363/7 (Reeza Hendricks 102, JP Duminy 92, Hashim Amla 59, David Miller 51) vs Sri Lanka (Thisara Perera 4/75, Lahiru Kumara 2/67)