Wednesday, 21 August 2019

De Kock steers South Africa to 2-0 lead in Sri Lanka

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DAMBULLA: Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock hit an attacking 87 to guide South Africa to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international in Dambulla on Wednesday.

Chasing 245 for victory, the visitors rode on a 91-run opening partnership between de Kock and Hashim Amla, who scored 43, to achieve their target with more than seven overs to spare.

South Africa take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

In just two ODIs in Sri Lanka, Quinton de Kock has given a timely reminder of his worth to this Proteas team as preparations for the 2019 World Cup continue.

In De Kock, the Proteas have one of their biggest weapons in their bid to win a first ever World Cup next year.

“I’m feeling more satisfied,” said De Kock.

“Adding value to your side is always a nice feeling. It obviously also helps that we’ve started winning again.”

Yet in the greater scheme of things, it’s De Kock’s good starts at the top of the order with Hashim Amla that really should be stealing the headlines.

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