SA beat SL by 9 wickets | Sri Lanka vs South Africa Highlights And Cricket Score 35th ODI Match

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Date: Jun 28, 2019 Start Time: 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT | 10:30 Local
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
SL
203/10 Overs: 49.3
SA
206/1 Overs: 37.2
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets

Sri Lanka vs South Africa Highlights And Cricket Score - 35th ODI Match - Summary

End of Over : 37.2 SA: 206/1

Right then, that's all from this one-sided contest. Apart from the time when the honeybees attacked the ground, there was not a single moment when the South African team was down. Now, we shift our focus to the double-header on Saturday. In the first match, Pakistan will be facing Afghanistan in Leeds at 1030 local (0930 GMT) and in the next one at 1330 local (1230 GMT), the Trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand and Australia will lock horns at Lord's. We look forward to your company. Cheers!!

South African skipper, Faf du Plessis says it was a good game and they did justice to the talent they possess. Credits Pretorius for his performance. Admits they did not start well but the nature of the wicket made them feel that they should bowl straighter lines and be on top of the stumps. Mentions that it feels bitter sweet as this win has come too late. Adds that they did the basics right with the bat and one big partnership made things look so easy. Admits they have not been able to do that consistently. Shares that the loss against Bangladesh was something that hit them hard and tells they took the hangover of that game into the next one.

Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne admits they were outdone in all departments especially in batting. Says they played slowly in the middle and could not rotate the strike and that made them try for big shots. Tells that they failed to do that and hence they could get just 200. Reckons the pitch was slow and credits South Africa for the way they bowled. States South Africa fielded well and hence they could not get the singles and had to go for the big shots. Feels they need to learn how to build pressure and how to induce mistakes from the opponents. Wants to win the two remaining games and work hard in all the three departments.

Dwaine Pretorius is the Man of the Match. Says that he is happy that his team got over the line and he contributed. Tells that he just tried to work as hard as possible and is happy to have played well. Mentions that hitting the top of off was a very good option and he is delighted that he could execute it. Further says that it's a vital win for them as it shows what they are about as a team but is sad that it came too late.

Early on, it was a clinical performance by South Africa in the field and that set the tone. They bundled out Sri Lanka for just 203 courtesy some impressive bowling by the likes of Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada. The Islanders failed to turn up in this crucial game for them and this loss has put them in a precarious situation in the points table.

Easy-peasy! The run chase was as good as a walk in the park for the Proteas. They were after a minuscule target and chased it down without breaking a sweat. Losing Quinton de Kock early didn't put them off much as after that the pair of Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis constructed an unbeaten partnership of 175 runs to see South Africa through. Just their second win of this edition and coincidentally the first one was also a 9-wicket win (vs Afghanistan).

37.2 4

Thisara Perera to Faf du Plessis. FOUR! That is the end. Faf du Plessis finishes it with a boundary. Thisara bowls it on the pads, Faf flicks it fine down the leg side. The keeper dives to his left but to no avail. The ball goes to the fine leg fence for a boundary. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 9 WICKETS AND 76 BALLS TO SPARE.

37.1 1

Thisara Perera to Hashim Amla. On off, Amla flicks it towards square leg and gets a single.

End of Over : 37 5 Runs SA: 201/1
36.6 0

Isuru Udana to Faf du Plessis. Outside off, du Plessis looks to drive but gets beaten.

36.5 1

Isuru Udana to Hashim Amla. Length ball on off, Amla milks it to sweeper cover for a single.

36.4 0

Isuru Udana to Hashim Amla. Fuller on off, Amla nudges it to cover.

36.3 0

Isuru Udana to Hashim Amla. Good length ball on off, Hashim strokes it to cover.

36.2 2

Isuru Udana to Hashim Amla. On off, Amla flicks it towards mid-wicket for a couple. 200 comes up. South Africa just 4 runs away from a comprehensive victory.

36.1 2

Isuru Udana to Hashim Amla. Good length ball on off, Amla steers it past point and gets a couple.

End of Over : 36 5 Runs SA: 196/1
35.6 0

Lasith Malinga to Faf du Plessis. Full on off, du Plessis pushes it to mid off.

35.5 0

Lasith Malinga to Faf du Plessis. Slower yorker on off, du Plessis blocks it.

35.4 0

Lasith Malinga to Faf du Plessis. Full on off, du Plessis drives it to cover.

35.3 4

Lasith Malinga to Faf du Plessis. FOUR! Full, almost a yorker on off. Du Plessis hits it through mid off and gets a boundary. Now just 8 needed and Faf is also just 8 away from his century.

35.2 0

Lasith Malinga to Faf du Plessis. Yorker on middle, du Plessis does well to hit it towards mid on.

Summary

South Africa will take on Srilanka at Chester-Le-Street in order to gain some pride while Srilanka would like to push their outside chance of making to the semi-finals. It has been a poor outing for the Proteas as they have won just one match in their campaign and are only ahead of Afghanistan. On the other hand, not much was expected from the Dimuth Karunaratne-led side but managed to create a lot of buzz by defeating hosts and overwhelming favourites, England which is so far considered as the biggest upset in this year's tournament. Below-par performances from ace players have hurt the campaign of the Proteas and Off-the-field controversies have made things worse.

 

The island nation should go with all guns blazing against the South Africans as they have everything to play for. A lot will depend upon their legendary bowler Lasith Malinga who has performed quite decently in this tournament despite his not-so-good body shape. However, South Africa will depend on their key players like Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller and Imran Tahir as all of them are capable of taking the game away from the opposition. Many are regarding this match as a dead-rubber but Sri Lanka will be playing for their semis spot and South Africa for pride.

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