South Africa vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI: De Kock stars again as South Africa go 4-0 up

Quinton de Kock 51 South Africa Sri Lanka 4th ODI Port Elizabeth cricket

Quinton de Kock scored his 21st ODI fifty

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Quinton de Kock continued to excel with the bat as he scored 51 to lead South Africa to a comfortable six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI in Port Elizabeth.

Opting to bowl first, South Africa got the early breakthrough they wanted as Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga was caught by Tabraiz Shamsi at mid-on off the bowling of Dale Steyn for four runs.

Lungi Ngidi then took out Oshada Fernando for a duck, while Avishka Fernando was caught by JP Duminy at short midwicket off the bowling of Anrich Nortje for 29.

With Nortje also removing debutant Priyamal Perera and Kamindu Mendis, Sri Lanka found themselves struggling at 69/5.

However, the situation only got worse as Kusal Mendis was caught by Nortje at fine leg off the bowling of Andile Phehlukwayo for 21.

Sri Lanka continued to lose wickets, but Isuru Udana refused to go down without a fight and scored a career-best 78, which came off 57 balls and included seven boundaries and four sixes, before Sri Lanka were bowled out for 189.

Nortje was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Phehlukwayo snapped up two, and Steyn, Ngidi, Shamsi and Duminy chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 190 to win, South Africa were dealt an early blow as opener Reeza Hendricks was caught by Thisara Perera at slip off the bowling of Dhananjaya de Silva for eight runs.

De Kock and Aiden Markram made up for the loss of Hendricks with a 56-run partnership before Markram was dismissed by Kasun Rajitha for 29.

De Kock went on to score 51, which came off 57 balls and included six boundaries, before he was sent packing by De Silva, who also took out Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis for a quickfire 43.

Duminy and David Miller finished things off for South Africa as they put together an unbeaten 46-run partnership.

Duminy ended up making 31, which came off 21 balls and included four boundaries and a six, while Miller remained undefeated on 25, which came off 33 deliveries and included a boundary and a six.

De Silva was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Rajitha claimed one.

Udana was named Man of the Match.

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