Duminy, Amla help S Africa take 2-0 lead

Duminy, Amla help S Africa take 2-0 lead

Has­him Amla and Jean-Paul Duminy struck half-centuries as South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets in the second one-day intrenational at Buffalo Park on Saturday.

Seeking to come back after a record defeat in the first match in Paarl, Sri Lanka made 236 for six after being put in on a slow pitch under overcast conditions. The hosts then replied with 237 for five in 48.4 overs, Duminy unbeaten on 66.

Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga hit half-centuries in a battling Lankan performance. Tharanga hit 66 and Chandimal 92 not out as Sri Lanka made some amends after being bowled out for a record low 43 in Paarl.

Sri Lanka made another poor start, with captain Tillakaratne Dilshan run out for his second successive nought and Kumar Sangakkara caught behind for three as they struggled to 21 for two after 10 overs.

Tharanga and Chandimal put on 84 for the third wicket to build a foundation for a late innings acceleration that yielded 109 runs off the last 15 overs.

But the tourists were seldom able to break a stranglehold imposed by tight South African bowling and tigerish fielding.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Morne Morkel took two wickets each.