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.
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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