South Africa secure series win over India

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Outstanding centuries from openers Hashim Amla and seven telling breakthroughs between seamers Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe carried South Africa to a convincing 134-run win – and unassailable two-nil series lead – over India in Sunday's second ODI at Kingsmead in Durban.

Outstanding centuries from openers Hashim Amla and seven telling breakthroughs between seamers Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe carried South Africa to a convincing 134-run win – and unassailable two-nil series lead – over India in Sunday's second ODI at Kingsmead in Durban.

De Kock and Amla were superb across a 194-run alliance inside 36 overs, as the latter welcomed a second ton for the week and the latter became the fastest to reach 4,000 runs in this form of the game.

Both fell in reasonably quick succession, though, as the hosts' bid to post a total in excess of 300 ultimately settled on 280 for six. The visiting attack, to their credit, did well to restrict a rampant opposition order intent on delivering a mental and physical edge ahead of the two-Test series.

The visting batsmen, however, did not complement the late breakthroughs by the bowlers. Plenty of responsibility rested on the shoulders of opener Shikhar Dhawan and the in-form Virat Kohli, but both endured a duck – as Steyn and Tsotsobe struck early.

The left-handed Suresh Raina's standalone 36, in fact, was the highest score in a final tally of 146 all out in 35.1 overs. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, meanwhile, delivered a consolation 26.

Tsotsobe, Steyn – and fellow right-armers Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander – were entirely effective in unison. All-rounder Ryan McLaren and part-time slow bowler JP Duminy did more than make up the proverbial numbers. The decision not to select a specialist spinner, indeed, was justified.

Wicketkeeper-batsman de Kock was named Man of the Match for four catches behind the stumps – and a great ton that featured nine boundaries.The third and final fixture will get underway in Centurion on Wednesday.

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