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Quinton de Kock hammered a 70-ball 94 as South Africa pummelled Sri Lanka by 113 runs in the second ODI in Centurion.
Being put in to bat first, South Africa got off to a fantastic start as De Kock and Reeza Hendricks amassed a 91-run partnership, during which De Kock raced past his fifty, before Hendricks was caught by Akila Dananjaya at fine leg off the bowling of Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga for 29.
De Kock and skipper Faf du Plessis added 40 runs to the score before De Kock was caught behind off the bowling of Thisara Perera for 94, which came off 70 balls and included 17 boundaries and a six.
Rassie van der Dussen and Wiaan Mulder were the next to go as they were dismissed by Thisara and Vishwa Fernando for two and 17 runs respectively.
Du Plessis and David Miller steadied things with a 44-run stand before Du Plessis was clean bowled by Thisara for 57, which came off 66 deliveries and included seven boundaries.
Once Du Plessis was gone, South Africa began to lose wickets in a hurry and went from being 220/5 to being bowled out for 251.
Thisara was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Malinga and Dhananjaya de Silva snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Vishwa, Dananjaya and Kasun Rajitha, they chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 252 to win, Sri Lanka were dealt an early blow as opener Niroshan Dickwella was caught behind off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for six runs.
Avishka Fernando didn’t fare much better as he was clean bowled by Lungi Ngidi for 10 runs.
Kusal Perera was the next to go as he was caught by Miller at point off the bowling of Anrich Nortje for eight runs.
Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando halted South Africa’s charge with a 40-run partnership before Mendis was run out by Nortje for 24.
Oshada went on to score 31 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Nortje.
Once Oshada was gone, Sri Lanka crumbled as they went from 92/5 to being skittled out for 138.
Rabada was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Ngidi, Nortje and Imran Tahir claimed two wickets each.
De Kock was named Man of the Match.