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Miller, du Plessis centuries sets up massive win for South Africa

David Miller (left) scored 117 runs off 98 deliveries
David Miller (left) scored 117 runs off 98 deliveries

South Africa 307-6 (Miller 117no) beat
Sri Lanka 186 (Chandimal 36) by 121 runs
Second One-Day International in Durban

Faf du Plessis and David Miller scored fluent centuries as South Africa went on to post 307 for six in the 50 overs overs, following which a collective bowling performance saw them dismiss Sri Lanka for 186 in the chase in the second One-Day International in Durban.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field first. The second over of the day saw Suranga Lakmal (2-54) drop Hashim Amla (15) off his own bowling. However, the bowler got his revenge after trapping Amla LBW two overs later.

Du Plessis (105) started the innings confidently with a couple of boundaries but Quinton de Kock (17) holed out to deep midwicket to give Dhanjaya de Silva (1-42) his first wicket while Lakshan Sandakan (1-51) had AB de Villiers (3) caught behind.

The wickets continued to tumble as Sachith Pathirana (1-19) accounted for the wicket of JP Duminy (11) leaving Proteas reeling at 108 for four.

Du Plessis, who reached his 25th ODI fifty was dropped in the 23rd over by Dhananjaya as David Miller (117 not out) was slowly getting into the groove at the other end. The pair brought their 50-run stand off just 54 deliveries.

With back-to-back sixes in the 36th over bowled by Dhananjaya, Miller reached a fine half-century while du Plessis completed his century with a boundary in the 40th over.

The last 10 overs, Proteas scored 90 runs, even though they lost du Plessis and Chris Morris (26) in it. Miller, who completed his century off 94 deliveries remained unbeaten as South Africa posted 307 for six in the 50 overs.

Sri Lanka started the innings confidently with a 41-run opening stand between Niroshan Dickwella (25) and Upul Tharanga (26) in the first seven overs. But a double strike from Wayne Parnell (2-34) saw them both dismissed in quick succession.

Kusal Mendis (20) and Dinesh Chandimal (36) tried to keep the fight going but Andile Phehlukwayo (1-21) provided the breakthrough by dismissing the former.

From there on Imran Tahir (2-26) and Duminy (2-30) applied constant pressure along with the rest of the South African attack to dismiss Sri Lanka for 186.

The 121-run win has taken South Africa to 2-0 lead in the five-match series while du Plessis bagged the player of the match.

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