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De Kock ton eases Proteas to ODI series win

10th March 2019, 19:45 by Craig Smithson

Quinton de Kock hit a century as South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 71 runs via the D/L method to wrap up the one-day international series.

The Proteas, who went into the third match of the five-match series in Durban leading 2-0, were put into bat first and De Kock was instrumental in the side reaching 331-5 off their 50 overs as he fired 121 off 108 balls for his 14th ODI hundred.

Rassie van der Dussen was the other notable scorer as he chipped in with a 50 to give the hosts a formidable tally.

There was a two-hour delay for rain with Sri Lanka on 75-2 after 16 overs, before they returned to reach 121-5 from 24 overs - well short of the victory target of 193 set via the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method.

Afterwards, De Kock said: "I have been scoring a lot of 80s and 90s lately, so getting a century was pleasing for me.

"I train really hard and make sure to be in my groove. A lot of practice can be mentally tiring, so I try to stay away from that. It's just a mental thing. I have been hungry to score big runs. It's a good mindset I am in that’s working for me."

It means South Africa have an unassailable 3-0 lead with two ODI's left to play, with the fourth game taking place at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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