South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: De Kock’s 121 hands South Africa unassailable 3-0 lead

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Quinton de Kock celebrates after scoring his 14th ODI hundred

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Quinton de Kock scored a superb 121 as South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by 71 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the third ODI in Durban.

Electing to bowl first, Sri Lanka got an early breakthrough as South Africa opener Reeza Hendricks was caught by Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga at mid-off for four runs to give Isuru Udana his first ODI wicket.

De Kock and captain Faf du Plessis made up for the loss of Hendricks with a 97-run partnership, during which De Kock surpassed his fifty, before Du Plessis was caught behind off the bowling of Malinga for 36.

De Kock and Rassie van der Dussen kept the scoreboard ticking with a 66-run stand before De Kock was caught behind off the bowling of Kasun Rajitha for 121, which came off 108 balls and included 16 boundaries and two sixes.

Van der Dussen went on to score a 67-ball 50, which included three boundaries, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of debutant Kamindu Mendis.

David Miller and Dwaine Pretorius added 53 runs to the score before Pretorius was clean bowled by Udana for 31.

Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo ensured South Africa finished their innings on a high as they forged an unbeaten 47-run partnership.

Miller finished on 41, which came off 46 balls and included three boundaries, while Phehlukwayo remained undefeated on 38, which came off 15 deliveries and included five boundaries and a six.

Thanks to them, the Proteas finished on 331/5.

Udana was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Malinga, Rajitha and Mendis chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Initially chasing 332 to win, Sri Lanka lost opener Niroshan Dickwella in the third over as he was caught by Imran Tahir at mid-on off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for two runs.

Avishka Fernando, who opened the batting with Dickwella, managed to score 23 before he was caught by Tabraiz Shamsi at mid-on off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi.

Shortly after Avishka was dismissed, the rain came and the game was suspended for quite a while.

After it eventually relented, Sri Lanka were given a revised target of 193 to win off 24 overs.

However, just two balls after the match restarted, Oshada Fernando was caught behind off the bowling of Shamsi for 25.

Kusal Mendis fell shortly after for a quickfire 41, while Thisara Perera was was dismissed by Imran Tahir for 12.

As a result of their dismissals, Sri Lanka ended up falling well short of their target as they finished on 121/5.

Tahir was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Rabada, Ngidi and Shamsi claimed one wicket each.

De Kock was named Man of the Match.

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