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Centuries from Faf du Plessis and David Miller helped South Africa thrash Sri Lanka by 121 runs in their second one-day international at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

Du Plessis' steady 105 was complemented by Miller's unbeaten 117 from 98 balls, which saw South Africa post 307 for six on a dry surface that took turn from early in the match.

"It's hard to single out which had a better knock, because they were both match-winning innings," de Villiers said in a television interview.

"I thought it was a 10 out of 10 batting performance."

In reply, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 186 inside 38 overs, as left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell struck twice up front and spinners Imran Tahir and JP Duminy also took two wickets apiece.

The result gave South Africa its 11th straight win on home soil, as well as a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

It did find itself under pressure early on when it was put in to bat and slumped to 108 for four, but Du Plessis and Miller added 117 for the fifth wicket at a good rate.

Du Plessis was fortunate to be dropped on 63 at slip off the bowling of Lakshan Sandakan early in the partnership, but made the most of that break as he brought up his seventh ODI century.

The right-hander fell with eight overs remaining as he attempted to clear long-on, but Miller was dropped the very next ball and cashed in as he added a further 50 runs to his score from just 27 balls.

The left-hander went to his fourth one-day century at the start of the final over, and then hit two more sixes to finish with six maximums from the innings.

Although Sri Lanka started brightly in reply to South Africa's imposing total, with Niroshan Dickwella (25) and Upul Tharanga (26) taking the attack to the hosts, Parnell dismissed both openers in the space of four deliveries.

Kusal Mendis (20) and Dinesh Chandimal (36) also offered hope, but were equally responsible for throwing away promising starts.

Once they were dismissed, Sri Lanka's hopes evaporated and Duminy and Tahir ran through the tail.(newindianexpress)

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  • Kadiya Thursday, 02 February 2017 08:16 PM

    Not interested!!!

    kaboos Thursday, 02 February 2017 01:07 PM

    Our national team walks into every match with a negative frame of mind. . Our team need counseling. furthermore no match fee to be paid on performance .

    acn Thursday, 02 February 2017 05:47 PM

    Team of glorified, incompetent parasites..

    Lankan Man Thursday, 02 February 2017 08:52 AM

    If you check the score cards of last 3 Test innings and last two ODI innings, Sri Lanka team could not bat 50 overs. They don't have physical, mental and match fitness. This is the sad state of Sri Lankan cricket team. Good school boys team could do better.

    Jagath Leanage Thursday, 02 February 2017 09:01 AM

    Very ordinary approach by our players while S.A. played a professional game . Every body knew its a very difficult to pass if it is 300 . What our officials would have done was to ask our players to bat full 50 overs and get some batting practice for the next game .

    ara Thursday, 02 February 2017 09:52 AM

    is sanath selector cum coach, sooner we get rid of him the better, ruined the 2015 world cup, instead of letting Mahela open in his last tournament opted for Dimuth Karunaratne, this tells his thinking pattern


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