Highlights South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, cricket scores and updates: Proteas clinch series with 7-wicket win

FP Sports, Feb, 05 2017

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2nd ODI report: South Africa captain AB de Villiers hailed an "almost perfect performance" after his team crushed Sri Lanka by 121 runs in the second one-day international at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

He singled out Faf du Plessis and David Miller, who both hit centuries as South Africa recovered from a poor start and piled up 307 for six after being sent in on an unusually dry, slow Kingsmead pitch.

Du Plessis (105) and Miller (117 not out) put on 117 for the fifth wicket off 136 balls after South Africa had been struggling at 108 for four.

File photo of South Africa's AB de Villiers and Imran Tahir. AFP

File photo of South Africa's AB de Villiers and Imran Tahir. AFP

South Africa's total always seemed likely to be too many for the tourists to chase and so it proved, as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 186, giving South Africa a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

"It was a fantastic effort by Faf and David, an incredible partnership after being four down early on," said De Villiers.

The batting was backed up by good bowling and lively fielding.

Sri Lanka made a quick start, with Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga putting on 45 for the first wicket off 46 balls.

But both openers fell to outstanding catches, by Du Plessis and De Villiers.

"They played well in the first ten overs and took it to us. But we have a lot of class in the bowlers and we picked up wickets at important times," said De Villiers.

Sri Lanka captain Tharanga rued the failure of any of his batsmen to make more than Dinesh Chandimal's top score of 36.

"There were lots of twenties and thirties but nobody went on," he said.

Tharanga said the stand between Du Plessis and Miller was the biggest difference between the teams.

"We took four wickets but Faf and Miller had a very good partnership. If one of our batsmen had gone on and made a big hundred maybe we could have chased it down."

With inputs from AFP

Published Date: Feb 04, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 05, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115