South Africa comprehensively won the second ODI by 121 runs against Sri Lanka at Durban, thanks to Faf du Plessis and David Miller s centuries. The duo added 117 runs for the fifth wicket, helping South Africa post 307. Du Plessis, who was awarded Man of the Match, smashed 7 fours and a six. Apart from his skills with the bat, he was incredible in the field, taking a blinder of a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella for 25. Du Plessis had replicated the same in the Test series, to send captain Angelo Mathews back to the pavilion.

“Someone once told me that if you fear getting hit on the finger or if you fear what happens when you fall, that’s when you are going to get hurt because you go into it 50-50. But if you go into balls-to-the-wall, if I can say that, then you are going to be okay,” du Plessis said to regarding the catch.

He also shed some light on his gameplan. He further added, Wicket in the first 10 overs was nice; there was not a lot of swing. My gameplan was to try adding some pressure on the opposition with the ball being new and hard. In the middle it was to run very hard and play calculative shots. Dav and I complimented each other really well. We put boundaries when there was opportunity. So a real good partnership and a 100-plus on that wicket was a match winning point. Full Cricket Scorecard, South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI at Durban.

Du Plessis take on David Miller:

On speaking about batting along Miller, du Plessis added, It is great to bat with him because he can shift gears. The game plan for him was not to try taking risk by hitting sixes because it was not necessary. It is great to see he can adapt to his gameplan. He is not just a power-hitter, but a smart batter as well. He has become now a world-class batsman. I am really happy he is putting up some really good performances. He believes he can do more beyond the 30-40 runs. This attitude is going to make him a world-class finisher.

South Africa and Sri Lanka will now meet for the third ODI at The Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday. If South Africa win, they will seal the five-match series 3-0. However, Miller has been ruled out of the remainder of the series due to finger injury.