South Africa bowlers cut short Sri Lanka's Chase to nick a massive win by 121 runs

 . Last updated on February 2, 2017, 2:36 PM
South Africa bowlers cut short Sri Lanka's Chase to nick a massive win by 121 runs
David Millers unbeaten 117 off 98 was a crucial element for South Africas strong victory.
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South Africa won the second ODI with Sri Lanka with a huge margin. A century each from Faf du Plessis and David Miller scaled the score to a hefty 307. Chasing the figures, Sri Lanka lost the control of its inning as their batsmen failed to sustain the attacks from Protease bowlers. The visitors were exhausted keeping the chase short by a massive 121 runs. South Africa was dominant throughout the match in both batting and bowling. While Du Plessis scored 105, Miller remained unbeaten striking 117. On the other hand, the bowlers routed Sri Lanka's chase taking down 10 wickets in 37.5 overs.

Sri Lanka won the toss and choose to field. It would have been a good decision, if the bowlers could contain the partnership of Du Plessis and Miller. South Africa started moderately losing Hasim Amla in the fourth over. The momentum in the inning did not pick up until Du Plessis began to fire up his shots. The batsman secured his team from the raising spin attacks of Sri Lanka. He knocked the short deliveries to score good runs in the cover and leg side. It kept the momentum running high with singles and doubles flowing in between those boundaries. Du Plessis hammered seven fours and a six in the stretch. The strike was easy, but he escaped a catch at the slip.

After short stints with AB de Villiers and JP Duminy, Du Plessis got the hand of David Miller to erect a good score. Miller arrived at the crease in the twentieth over when the score reached 108 for 4. The players partnered for more than 22 overs to bring 117 runs into the tally. They remained a challenge for Sri Lanka bowlers until the 42nd over when Newan Kulasekera removed Du Plessis on an attempt to go for another boundary. The score was 225 for 6 in 41.2 overs when the partnership broke. Chris Morris, the sixth batsman down the line played with Miller for only 6.4 overs, but the stretch brought excellent scores with a rate of 9 runs per overs. Miller knocked three fours and six sixes to reach 117 off 98 remaining unbeaten, while Morris plundered two sixes in his short stint to score 26 off 20 balls.

Sri Lanka started cautious in the chase, being careful not to lost the early wickets. However, the openers could not hold the rapture yielding to the attacks by the eighth over. Niroshan Dickwella scored 25 runs before being removed as the first wicket by Wayne Parnell. The other opener, Upul Tharanga, the acting captain, followed him after a couple of overs. The run rate began to depreciate as the batsmen down the line could not hold on to their wickets. There were no partnerships in the inning, while the 36 by Dinesh Chandimal came out as the highest score. South Africa bowlers increased the pressure as they were successful to economize the flow of runs notching occasional wickets. Naturally, Sri Lanka's lower order scrambled to the attacks, surrendering the match scoring only 186.


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