South Africa takes a 2-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series after they defeated Srilanka in the 2nd ODI at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla. After dominating the Test series, the Srilankans are falling apart in the limited overs format. Their batting looked out of sorts so far in the ODI series.
At the toss, Srilankan skipper Angelo Mathews called the right side of the coin and opted to bat first. After a miserable start, Srilanka managed to post 244/8 in 50 overs. Thanks to the batting efforts of Niroshan Dickwella and their skipper. Dickwella and skipper Mathews contributed 69 and 79 respectively. For the visitors, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi picked up 3 wickets each. In addition, Kagiso Rabada and Willem Mulder claimed 1 wicket each and put the breaks on.
South Africa displays a healthy chase
It was never a tough chase for the visitors as they notched up the victory with 43 balls to spare. Quinton de Kock was instrumental in the run chase. He smashed a sparkling 78-ball 87 runs as he shared a 91-run opening stand with Hasim Amla. the latter fell just short of his half-century. In fact, Amla played run-a-ball inning of 43 runs. Skipper Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy also played their part with 49 and 32 runs respectively. In the end, the 20-year old Wiliam Mulder played a 19 (not out) run inning to ensure visitors cross the line. South Africa won by 4 wickets and de Kock received the Man of the Match Award.
With 3 matches to go in the series, the hosts would look to bounce back in the 3rd ODI to stay alive. The 3rd ODI will be played on August 5 at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.