De Kock hit 109 off 87 balls, playing the dominant role in an opening partnership of 187. © AFP

De Kock hit 109 off 87 balls, playing the dominant role in an opening partnership of 187. © AFP

Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, South Africa’s opening pair, both hit centuries as Sri Lanka’s bowlers took another pounding in the fifth and final One-Day International at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday (February 10).

Looking to complete a 5-0 series sweep, South Africa scored 384 for 6 after being sent in to bat. De Kock hit 109 off 87 balls, playing the dominant role in an opening partnership of 187, a record for South Africa against Sri Lanka. Amla was more circumspect initially but went on to make 154 off 134 balls.

It was Amla’s 24th ODI century, equalling AB de Villiers’s South African record, but he survived chances on 27 and 42 as Sri Lanka, nearing the end of a largely dispiriting tour, put up a mediocre fielding performance.

Amla took 112 balls to reach his century but cut loose after reaching the landmark, hitting another 54 runs in 22 deliveries and adding five sixes and three fours to the 12 boundaries he hit in reaching three figures.

De Kock needed only 80 balls to reach his 12th century in just 74 matches. On the ground where, in his previous ODI apperance, he had hit 178 against Australia, another big one seemed possible as he reached his century in the 25th over but he only faced seven more balls before being caught on the point boundary.

Most of the bowlers took heavy punishment but Suranga Lakmal claimed three wickets while conceding 71 runs in ten overs to return the best figures for Sri Lanka.