2nd ODI: Bowlers, Quinton de Kock star as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 113 runs

The Faf du Plessis-led South African side took 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

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South African bowlers once again came to the party as the hosts beat Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI. @Twitter

It went downhill very quickly as South African bowlers once again came to the party as the hosts won the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Centurion on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

While South Africa had a wobble of their own when they batted despite Quinton de Kock’s breezy 94 and skipper Faf du Plessis’ 57, the target of 251 also became too much to chase for Sri Lanka as the Lasith Malinga-led side was bundled out for 138. The hosts sealed a 113-run win at the SuperSport Park. (SCORECARD: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI)

Imran Tahir, who had scalped three wickets in the first ODI, added two more to his tally while pacers Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje shared seven wickets among themselves to run through the Sri Lankan innings.

While Sri Lanka did not enjoy a good start as Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera were back in the dressing room with only 52 runs on the board, Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando, who had starred in Sri Lanka’s Test series-clinching win in Port Elizabeth, had given their innings some stability. (ALSO READ: Sri Lanka aim big at 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup)

However, a mix-up between the two saw Mendis run-out which initiated a freefall of wickets as Sri Lanka were skittled for 138.

Earlier, Thisara Perera’s three wickets helped the tourists bundle out South Africa for 251 despite being in a solid position at one stage having nine wickets in hand with 131 runs on the board. (ALSO READ: 2019 Cricket World Cup tracker: Where does Hashim Amla stand?)

Asked to bat, South Africa were off to a flier with Quinton de Kock’s belligerent 94 off 70 which was studded with a whopping 17 boundaries and a solitary six. QDK had himself to blame after a poor shot selection denied him a century.

South Africa were 131/1 when De Kock fell to Perera in the 21st over. Captain Faf du Plessis then shouldered the responsibility to take his side to a respectable total adding 57 to the tally before Perera returned to send du Plessis back to the pavilion.

After Du Plessis’s dismissal, South Africa collapsed dramatically. From 220/4, they were bundled out for 251 in 45.1 overs with Perera being the catalyst for Sri Lanka with the crucial wickets of De Kock and Du Plessis.

Perera returned with impressive figures of three for 26 in his seven overs. Sri Lanka have a chance to level the series on a pitch that’s a bit on the slower side.

Brief scores: South Africa 251 all out in 45.1 overs (Quinton de Kock 94, Faf du Plessis 57; Lasith Malinga 2/39, Dhananjaya de Silva 2/55) beat Sri Lanka 138 all out in 32.2 overs (Oshada Fernando 31; Kagiso Rabada 3/43, Lungi Ngidi 2/14, Imran Tahir 2/39) by 113 runs

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