South Africa outclass Sri Lanka to go 2-0 up
Despite a horrendous collapse, the hosts South Africa came back strongly with the ball to thrash Sri Lanka in the second ODI at SuperSport Park.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka opted to bowl first. The hosts were off to a firing start with openers Quinton de Kock (94) and Reeza Hendricks (29) putting 91 runs in the opening stand. De Kock hit the bowlers all over the park before departing for a well made 94 off just 70 balls.
Skipper Faf du Plessis kept accelerating after the openers gave South Africa a terrific start. He scored a well-deserved fifty before being knocked down by Thisara Perera with a beauty of a delivery.
With 220/4, South Africa were on their way to a big score. But a shock collapse saw them bundle out to only 251 runs in the end. It was Thisara Perera, who opened the gates after removing the skipper. Then he went onto take two more wickets and conceded only 26 runs in his 7 overs.
In reply, the visitors lost both the openers early in the chase courtesy of a terrific bowling duo Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. Sri Lanka couldn’t help themselves after the loss of early wickets.
They kept losing wickets in the middle and there was no stopping for the Proteas’ bowlers. Rabada picked up three wickets while his partner Ngidi picked up two. Anrich Nortje and Imran Tahir also chipped in with two wickets each and the visitors found themselves nowhere in the chase as they were bowled out for only 138 runs.
SA 251 (45.1 ov) | de Kock 94, du Plessis 57 | Malinga 2/39
SL 138 (32.2 ov) | Fernando 31 | Ngidi 2/14, Rabada 3/43
RESULT: South Africa won by 113 runs