Second ODI at Dambulla De Kock powers South Africa to 2-0 lead

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 CITY-DM-24-9 By M. Shamil Amit reporting from Dambulla 

Opener Quinton de Kock, with a fine knock of 87 guided South Africa to a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series as they cruised to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second ODI played under lights at the Dambulla Stadium yesterday.

South Africa in pursuit of 245 runs for victory raced to their target in the 43rd over. 

Quinton’s knock came off just 78 balls and included 13 boundaries and a six and he was involved in two valuable partnerships.

He first put on 91 in 84 balls with his opening partner Hashim Amla and then added 53 for the third wicket with Skipper Francois du Plessis. 

When Quinton was dismissed South Africa were well placed at 162 for three in the 27th over. 

Du Plessis also added 33 for the fourth-wicket with J. P. Duminy.

Despite losing two quick wickets for the addition of three runs Duminy and Willem Mulder put their heads down to add 33 for the sixth wicket before Mulder and Andile Phehlukwayo saw them through without any further hiccups.

Earlier, Skipper Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat first but they got off to an inauspicious start losing their first two wickets in the first two overs.

However, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella defied the bowlers for a considerable period and added 43 for the third wicket. 

Mathews joined Dickwella and the pair put in another recovery act for Sri Lanka with the pair posting the 100 runs in the process.

Dickwella raced to his half century with back-to-back boundaries off spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, and his half century came off 58 balls.

Dickwella made 69 in 78 balls that included 10 boundaries. 

Shehan Jayasuriya joined his skipper and the pair put on a valuable 42 runs for the fifth wicket.

Thisara Perera and Mathews associated in a brief stand of 32 runs for the sixth wicket with Mathews reaching his half century in 71 balls.

The two teams will play their third ODI on August 5 at the Pallekele International Stadium.