Proteas fire warning shot at Blackcaps
The Proteas will arrive in New Zealand high on confidence after completing a series dismantling of Sri Lanka. Hashim Amla made a sparkling 154 and his opening partner Quinton de Kock a rapid 109 in a batting blitz that earned South Africa an 88-run victory over Sri Lanka at Centurion on Friday and a 5-0 whitewash in their one-day international series. South Africa, who have now won 11 successive ODIs to go top of the world rankings, set their visitors an imposing target after being sent into bat by racking up 6-384 in their 50 overs. Sri Lanka fell well short in reply, finishing on 8-296. Amla and De Kock shared a partnership of 187 as the South African openers got stuck into some mediocre bowling. More than 50 per cent of the home side's runs came from boundaries. It took Sri Lanka until the 27th over to make a breakthrough when De Kock was caught on the boundary by Sandun Weerakkody off Suranga Lakmal.