Centuries from Faf Du Plessis (105) and David Miller (117) helped South Africa register a remarkable victory over Sri Lanka by 121 in the second ODI at Durban.
Cricketsoccer lists down some of the key talking points from the contest:
Weak start for the Proteas: Winning the toss, Sri Lanka drew first blood in the contest as they dismissed Hashim Amla early in the contest. Amla scored 15 with 3 hits to the fence.
Faf Du Plessis dominates the Sri Lankan attack: Coming in at number 3, Faf du Plessis posed a counter attacking innings against the Sri Lankan bowlers. All through his innings of 105 he was on the aggressive mindset looking to dominate the opposition.
David Miller joins the party: David Miller lived up to his reputation as a hard hitting lower order batsman in the contest. He scored 117 from just 98 balls hitting 3 fours and as many as 6 sixes in his innings. Also he was involved in an important partnership with Du Plessis triggering the South African innings past 300.
Du Plessis – Miller partnership: Together they added 117 runs for the fifth wicket which at the end helped South Africa to cross the 300 run mark which was at last proved to be enough for the Sri Lankan batsmen.
Sri Lankan innings never really got going: Chasing a big total of 308 for victory, the Sri Lankan innings never really got a start. Each of the Sri Lankan top order batsmen got a start, but never really cashed in to make it big. there were many 20’s and 30’s being scored, but not the big 100 needed from one of the top 6.
Losing wickets at regular intervals: South African bowlers took wickets at regular intervals, thereby halting the progress of the Sri Lankan innings. Starts from each batsman was cut short by the bowlers. Dinesh Chandimal was the highest scorer for Sri Lanka with 36 to his name.
Wickets shared by Protea bowlers: The South African bowlers shared the wickets amongst themselves. The pacers in Rabada, Parnell, Morris and Phehlukwayo shared six wickets amongst them and Imran Tahir and JP Duminy shared two each.
South Africa lead the series 2-0: After having lost the T20 series, South Africa are back to winning ways as they lead the 5 match ODI series 2-0.
The contest was a fairly one sided one with South Africa dominating the contest with Sri Lanka playing a catch up game throughout the battle. The inexperience in the Sri Lankan team was exposed once again. It’s high time that they will need to pull their socks up as another defeat for them would mean that they will lose the series.