3rd Match, Group B, Kennington Oval, London, 03 June 2017

Sri Lanka vs South Africa

Sri Lanka 2nd Inn:203/10 (41.3)

Kusal Perera 44 (66);
Imran Tahir 8.3-0-27-4; Kagiso Rabada 8-1-46-1;

Last bat: Nuwan Pradeep

Result: South Africa won by 96 runs.

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Sri Lanka Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) c Parnell & b Morne Morkel 41 33 5 1 124.24
Upul Tharanga(c) c Miller & b Tahir 57 69 6 0 82.61
Kusal Mendis c de Villiers & b Chris Morris 11 10 2 0 110
Dinesh Chandimal runout (de Villiers) 12 21 1 0 57.14
Chamara Kapugedera lbw Tahir 0 1 0 0 0
Kusal Perera not out 44 66 5 0 66.67
Asela Gunaratne c Parnell & b Tahir 4 13 0 0 30.77
Seekkuge Prasanna lbw Chris Morris 13 20 0 1 65
Suranga Lakmal runout (Tahir) 0 3 0 0 0
Lasith Malinga b Rabada 1 2 0 0 50
Nuwan Pradeep c Duminy & b Tahir 5 12 1 0 41.67
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 6, w - 8, nb - 1)15
Total(203 all out in 41.3 overs)203 (4.89 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/69 (Niroshan Dickwella, 8.2 ov.) 2/94 (Kusal Mendis, 11.5 ov.) 3/116 (Dinesh Chandimal, 17.2 ov.)
4/117 (Chamara Kapugedera, 17.5 ov.) 5/146 (Upul Tharanga, 25.2 ov.) 6/155 (Asela Gunaratne, 29.2 ov.)
7/191 (Seekkuge Prasanna, 37.2 ov.) 8/191 (Suranga Lakmal, 37.5 ov.) 9/192 (Lasith Malinga, 38.1 ov.)
10/203 (Nuwan Pradeep, 41.3 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Kagiso Rabada 8 1 46 1 5.75 (3w)
Wayne Parnell 10 0 54 0 5.4 (1w)
Morne Morkel 6 0 31 1 5.17 (2w)
Chris Morris 7 0 32 2 4.57 (1w)
Imran Tahir 8.3 0 27 4 3.18  
Jean-Paul Duminy 2 0 7 0 3.5 (1w)
               

South Africa Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Hashim Amla runout (Dickwella) 103 115 5 2 89.57
Quinton de Kock(wk) c Dickwella & b N Pradeep 23 42 2 0 54.76
Faf du Plessis c Chandimal & b N Pradeep 75 70 6 0 107.14
AB de Villiers(c) c Kapugedera & b Prasanna 4 4 0 0 100
David Miller c Prasanna & b Lakmal 18 22 1 1 81.82
Jean-Paul Duminy not out 38 20 5 1 190
Chris Morris runout (Tharanga) 20 19 3 0 105.26
Wayne Parnell not out 7 8 0 0 87.5
Kagiso Rabada dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Morne Morkel dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Imran Tahir dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 10, nb - 0)11
Total(299 for 6 in 50 overs)299 (5.98 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/44 (Quinton de Kock, 12.1 ov.) 2/189 (Faf du Plessis, 33.4 ov.) 3/194 (AB de Villiers, 34.4 ov.)
4/226 (David Miller, 41.4 ov.) 5/232 (Hashim Amla, 42.3 ov.) 6/277 (Chris Morris, 47.5 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Lasith Malinga 10 0 57 0 5.7 (5w)
Suranga Lakmal 10 0 51 1 5.1 (2w)
Nuwan Pradeep 10 0 54 2 5.4 (1w)
Asela Gunaratne 10 0 64 0 6.4 (1w)
Seekkuge Prasanna 10 0 72 1 7.2 (1w)
               
All|Overs 1-50
4

to Dickwella, FOUR, uses the feet and backs away to the leg-side. Opens up the off-side. The timing is not up to the mark but manages to put it over the extra cover fielder. The ball trickles down to the fence

D

to Tharanga, no run, is down. Not because he is injured or something. Because he has dropped a sitter off his own bowling. Short ball and Tharanga's mistimed pull lobbed to who had all the time in the world to compose himself but somehow tried to grab that one too hard and the ball popped out of his palms

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, backs away a touch to thump through the off-side. Gets a thick edge that flies over the slip cordon into the third man fence

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, slower ball but ends up playing into Dickwella's court. The latter backs away and carves the drive over backward point. This is how he will play. The onus is on the Proteas to chalk out a plan, soon

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, for a change this time he shimmies a bit towards the off-stump and flicks the length ball over the mid-wicket region. One bounce over the ropes

D

to Dickwella, no run, dropped again. This is not an easy catch for a fast bowler but considering my argument on his last attempt, this fits the bill as a conventional one, so I am not sure how I can defend . Was cracked straight to him. Got his left hand to that but could not cling on

4

to Dickwella, leg byes, FOUR, too easy for Dickwella. In fact he has not got any bat there. But as long as runs come for Dickwella. Was drifting down the leg-side. Dickwella wanted to tickle that fine, deflected off the legs to the fine leg fence

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, this is poor length from . Too short and does not even rise enough. Tharanga rolls on the pull and places it through mid-wicket

6

to Dickwella, SIX, this will hurt . No pacer likes to be hit this way. Moves to the leg-side and clubs over the cow corner. That's a 90 metre hit. The plan is simple from Dickwella. See ball, hit ball. In fact he is trying to hit those as well which he is not seeing well

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, someone needs to talk to . He is losing the line completely. Tries a full ball but gets too straight. Whipped over mid-wicket

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, the best of them so far. Given the length which is full the drive was on. But Tharanga did not try much, the focus was on placing it well and he did so through cover. Raced away

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, needs to stick to one length. No two balls have pitched on the same length. He gets driven and resorts to a short length immediately, pays the price in the end. Tharanga pulled it between mid-wicket and mid-on with ease

W

Morkel to Dickwella, out Caught by Parnell!! So Morkel strikes. Dickwella runs out of luck. Had to. Was throwing his bat at everything. And no one man can claim all the luck in the world. Was a length ball to him and he tried to dispatch it over the cow corner with a mighty swing. Sliced off the outer half and Parnell at third man was never going to drop that one. Dickwella c Parnell b Morkel 41(33) [4s-5 6s-1]

4

Morkel to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, short ball. Kusal Mendis was ready for it. Was already on the back foot and hence could pull well through mid-wicket

4

Morkel to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, Morkel overcorrects with a full one on the legs. Kusal Mendis gets across a touch and whips over the infield at mid-wicket. That will set the tone for him. Back to back fours

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, and now a brilliant drive. 's worries continue. Once again after beating the bat he goes too full and is driven through cover. No one misses half-volley these days. Why would the captain of a team chasing 300 will?

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, this is the second time he has pulled in that region. Another short ball lacking potency. Tharanga stays back and places between mid-wicket and mid-on. Seemed to have too much time to play that one. Has the track got better under the sun?

W

Morris to Kusal Mendis, out Caught by de Villiers!! Did we all forget that Superman flies? ABD has taken a one-handed stunner at mid-on. The length ball stuck a bit and Kusal Mendis's flick lobbed in the air. Still seemed safe but de Villiers leapt high and plucked it with his right hand. Why is Morris so pumped up? That's ABD's wicket from top to bottom. Kusal Mendis c de Villiers b Morris 11(10) [4s-2]

4

Morkel to Chandimal, FOUR, bad ball. Short and wide. Chandimal cuts off the back foot past backward point. That once again releases the pressure

W

to Chandimal, out Chandimal Run Out!! Gosh, if this is out, ABD is having his kinda day again. Yes, Chandimal has been sucked into the genius of ABD. Just about pushed off the front foot to him, ABD is at extra cover, runs in to get hold of the ball - which he had done well to half-stop and deflect - and flies forward and then again to get hold of it. Flies for the second time in the day. And doesn't take time to get rid of the ball. So imagine him flying, and his hand shoving the ball while he's in the air. Straight at the stumps at the bowler's end, just as tries to make way and almost uncomfortably hugs umpire Aleem Dar. Chandimal run out (de Villiers) 12(21) [4s-1]

W

to Kapugedera, out Lbw!! Okay, I was so much into 's celebration that I thought there's a review. Time had stopped, for me. Anyway, this was the googly from . What made it worse for Kapugedera was the indrift, making Kapugedera unsure of the footwork. So waits, and the ball rips in to pin him in front. Appeal, given, and takes off, after being held back for so long by AB de Villiers. He has his own ways to prove a point, his celebratory run not included. Ball-tracking in: that was taking the middle and leg-stump. Kapugedera lbw b 0(1)

OT

to Tharanga, 2 runs, could have been a run-out here. Hurried back to the striker's end, was Tharanga here. So he wanted to go up and over covers, and trimmed this googly - which he hadn't read - off the outside edge through backward point. A good throw back to de Kock and Tharanga had to sprint back in

4

to Kusal Perera, FOUR, good sweep. Shapes early with the indrift from round the wicket and then executes it, getting right on top and reaching out on his front foot. Round the corner

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, that's a googly dragged down. A myopic could read it, and so Tharanga going across the angle with a pull is totally on. Goes over mid-wicket

W

to Tharanga, out Caught by Miller!! That's a big wicket. Captain walks. Read the googly, as Sanga confirms on air, but sort of slices it to sweeper cover. Actually a lovely loft from Tharanga this. Looked stop-and-play to naked eyes but to his bad luck, the googly turned a touch more than he anticipated. And took the outside edge. And the ball carried for all the momentum in the shot. Miller in the deep, who runs to his left and pouches it. Tharanga c Miller b 57(69) [4s-6]

W

to Gunaratne, out Caught by Parnell!! And he strikes again. This could be over soon, with Tharanga back in the hut. And now this. Gunaratne gone too. So just the bit of width on this, Gunaratne reaches out on his front foot and has a slap. Finds cover-point here. Just a touch of eagerness to force the ball, and then the away drift plotted his downfall here. Gunaratne c Parnell b 4(13)

4

to Kusal Perera, FOUR, googly from over the wicket but the line's leg-stumpish. Pull-swept behind square leg with a nice swivel

4

Morris to Kusal Perera, FOUR, just how good eyes make a difference. Read the length early here - short ball - and slammed the pull in front of square. Maharaj there in the deep. Isn't playing the game but has to field. That's how it is. Dives, well, but can't stop it

6

Morris to Prasanna, SIX, WHACK! Out of the blue. Sitting up outside off and it's been clubbed over mid-wicket. All the way. Into the crowd. Sun's out and so are Prasanna's shots. More please

4

to Kusal Perera, FOUR, bends his back on this short ball on leg-stump and takes the gloves, is it? Nah, the bat, the top-edge, as Kusal Perera is in a tangle trying to pull this. Gets rins through fine leg here

W

Morris to Prasanna, out Lbw!! Prasanna reviews: Given out lbw, he thinks it's not out and goes up. So a seam-up ball that decks in off the pitch and just hurries him on the shuffle-clip. Height? Looks okay -- hitting the top of off and middle here, ball-tracking suggests. Has to be out when Aleem Dar gives it, except when it's a stumping. Prasanna lbw b Morris 13(20) [6s-1]

W

Morris to Lakmal, out Lakmal Run Out!! Rubs your eyes, for Tahir has a direct-hit here. Takes Lakmal's attempt for a single, and the batsman himself. So this was shortish in length, Lakmal drags the short-arm sorta pull towards mid-on. Thinks he can take a single to Tahir, who's not quite renowned, but the leg spinner for once has overwhelmed. Hits bull's-eye, getting the ball to bounce in front of the stumps and then taking them out. Lakmal doesn't dive. Hadn't gone so far out to do that, you can say maybe. This is heading towards a fast finish, this match. Lakmal run out (Tahir) 0(3)

W

to Malinga, out Bowled!! Chops it on. Backs away just a touch to cut but fails on two accounts: there's no room to cut this, so he's cramped already, and then the ball decks in off the pitch, taking the bottom edge to light the bails up. Sri Lanka's promise heading to an early finish.. Malinga b 1(2)

4

to Pradeep, FOUR, had the room made early, goes straight, and Pradeep manages to force it, off the outside half, over covers. Boundary

4

to Kusal Perera, FOUR, barreled down through straight mid-off. Made room, sees a full ball and poof, Sri Lanka last a ball more. Umm, 97 needed..

W

to Pradeep, out Caught by Duminy!! South Africa win by 96 runs. goes full after that long-hop googly, is slog-swept but Pradeep gets it straighter. Pin-finds Duminy at long-off. Pradeep c Duminy b 5(12) [4s-1]

OT

to de Kock, no run, loud shout for LBW and we have the first review of #CT17. did it pitch in line with the stumps? de Kock was caught in his crease, it's a fair delivery, no edge on that. de Kock is struck a tad high on the back-pad, but the ball didn't need to travel a lot. Ultraedge and HotSpot confirms that there's no edge, pitches in line, impact is in line and hitting the stumps returns as umpire's call. de Kock survives. That's a good review from Sri Lanka, only the height saved de Kock here. He was caught in his crease to that went with the angle, got his bat down late and was struck high on the back-pad, the impact was in front of middle and off, but it was only clipping the bails. Sri Lanka have lost their review

4

to de Kock, FOUR, not anymore, first boundary of the day. Plenty of width on offer from , it was wide as well, de Kock reached out and sliced the drive through cover-point, beats the infield and rolls away to the fence

4

to Amla, FOUR, first boundary for Amla, tad too full and too straight from , allows Amla to use his wrists - gets inside the line and clips it over mid-wicket, couple of bounces and over the ropes

4

to de Kock, FOUR, lovely shot, de Kock will feel much better after this shot, on a good length and just outside off, he presses across, uses his wrists and whips it in front of square on the on-side, no one at mid-wicket and the ball rolls away to the fence

W

to de Kock, out Caught by Dickwella!! Edged and caught! Reward for some disciplined bowling from the Lankans this morning. de Kock was never at home on this pitch and his misery is over now. On a good length and angling across the left-hander, de Kock was once again unsure about playing at it, has a loose waft and gets a thick outside edge - Dickwella dives across the fielder at first slip and completes a good catch. The first wicket of the day for Sri Lanka and they have well and truly deserved it. de Kock c Dickwella b 23(42) [4s-2]

4

to Amla, FOUR, lovely shot, drops one short and just outside off, Amla makes room, opens the face of the bat at the last moment and cuts it late, beats backward point to his left and races away to the fence

D

to du Plessis, 2 runs, chance and Malinga has made a mess of it, banged in short and on the stumps, du Plessis gave the charge, was in no position on the pull - went through with the shot. The top-edge swirled high and perhaps was held back by the breeze. Malinga back-pedalled, crossed the ropes, then realised that he had to rush forward as the ball was dropping on him. Makes a complete misjudgement and drops a sitter. He ended up diving well in front of the body, got both hands but can't hold on

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, lovely shot, on a good length and well outside off, du Plessis moves right across his stumps, opens the face of the bat at the last moment and runs it very fine, beats third man with ease

6

to Amla, SIX, Amla takes on and sends him sailing over long-off, length delivery outside off, Amla has room to free his arms and he deposits it high and over mid-off, went a long way into the stands - first six of the day

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, du Plessis sweeps and sweeps fine, gets it to the left of square leg and the man in the deep, who's very square has no chance. Went down low, rolled his wrists over and got on top of the bounce, South Africa are making the move now

4

to Amla, FOUR, Sri Lanka are losing momentum and the errors are propping up. This was too short and wide from , Amla backed away and cracked it towards cover-point, the fielder lets the ball slip through his hands and into the fence

OT

to Amla, 1 run, fifty for Amla, he keeps churning the runs, gets a good round of applause from AB and Co. This was tossed up just outside off, eased in front of square on the off-side for a single

4

to Amla, FOUR, gentle start from , length ball on Amla's pads, flicked away behind square on the on-side, beats the man in the ring at fine leg and rolls away to the fence

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, du Plessis is playing his shots now, this was tossed up wide of off, du Plessis gets a big stride forward and lifts it over mid-wicket, no one in the deep and it's another boundary for the batsman

6

to Amla, SIX, cracking shot, tossed up just outside off, Amla shimmies down the track, doesn't get too close to the ball - that allows him to free his arms and lofts the ball high and over mid-wicket, has enough to clear the fence for a maximum

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, a gift first-up from , short and on the stumps, sat up to be pulled. du Plessis swivels across and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, no chance for the man in the deep

OT

to du Plessis, 2 runs, looks like a clear plan from Sri Lanka, keeps banging it short and the batsmen keep pulling it away, this time - du Plessis gets it in front of square on the on-side for a couple of runs

OT

to du Plessis, 1 run, short of a length and just outside off, worked away wide of mid-wicket and that's a fifty for du Plessis

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, lovely shot, this was tossed up invitingly outside off, du Plessis gets forward, plays inside out and clears the man at cover, the fielder in the deep has no chance either

4

to Amla, FOUR, Amla is toying with the bowlers now, on a good length and on the stumps, Amla steps forward, gets slightly inside the line and clips it over square leg. Placed it to perfection and splits the gap between the two fielders in the deep

4

to du Plessis, FOUR, bit of width and du Plessis continues to put them away. Kept his left leg away from the line and carved it over the fielder at backward point

W

to du Plessis, out Caught by Chandimal!! What a catch at mid-wicket. Needed that sort of an effort to break this partnership. The duo was taking the game away from the Lankans and Chandimal inspires with a brilliant grab to his right. Short ball and du Plessis went for the pull, tried to keep it well in front of the square but ended up getting too close to Chandimal. The latter flew to his right and snaffled that one. du Plessis c Chandimal b 75(70) [4s-6]

W

to de Villiers, out Caught by Kapugedera!! No. No. No. All you fantasy players, here's your charmer making a walk back the pavillion. Got a short ball that skid on a bit. de Villiers wanted to pull off the back foot. All fine until there but then he decided to go too hard on it and miscued off the top edge towards short cover. Easy dolly for the fielder there. Two quick wickets. Two big wickets and Sri Lanka can say they are back in it. de Villiers c Kapugedera b 4(4)

4

to Miller, FOUR, with mid-off in the circle, this was a little too audacious from . Threw a floater on off and saw himself driven past the fielder to the long-off fence

6

to Miller, SIX, you cruel, fate! He was flighting for a while and this time Miller decides to take him on. Skips down and cracks it flat over his head for a maximum

OT

to Amla, 1 run, 25th hundred for the big Hash. Oh, they call him the mighty Hash. Gets across to this back of a length and tucks to behind square on the on-side. No big celebration as such. Knows the job is not done yet. Will help South Africa if he stays as the pitch is not playing that well

W

to Miller, out Caught by Prasanna!! Now you know why Amla staying there is important for South Africa. Miller is gone and the new man will be in who will take his time. So here's what happened: Miller showed his cards too early by stepping down and the cards were not that great either. The short one followed him into the torso from where he tried to short-arm pull it away. Was always going to be tough to do so. Got a thick leading edge that lobbed towards third man for another easy take. Miller c Prasanna b 18(22) [4s-1 6s-1]

W

to Amla, out 1 run completed. Amla run out. Amla cannot believe he has run himself out. Worked through mid-wicket and took on the fielder who had to run in a few yards. But did not realise that having stayed there for more than 3 hours it was him who was going to be in danger there. Did not have the legs to sprint with ease, put in the dive as well but the throw was just too accurate at the striker's end. Umpire Aleem Dar did not have to go upstairs to rule that one out. Amla Run Out!! (Kusal Mendis/Dickwella) 103(115) [4s-5 6s-2]

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, short and wide and it's not that night. It's not that opposition where he failed to put things away in the final over. So this time he cuts, and cuts well: past backward point. Third man's run to his right is not good enough

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, there's a lot of meat behind this one. The short ball that did not threaten Chris Morris's supremacy. He is anyway tall enough to fetch it with ease, finds the gap in front of square on the on-side. There was a man in dark blue trying his best to get across to his left, cameras lost him soon

4

to Chris Morris, FOUR, there was a time when his yorkers would be dead right. But 's abilities are waning with age. This one ends up being a half-volley on off. Chris Morris cracks the drive past a diving mid-off to his left

4

to Duminy, FOUR, cheeky and effective. Not a bad ball by any means. For someone looking to go wild across the line, this would have been a gem. But Duminy is sensible there, waits, stays a bit leg-side and then squeezes past the keeper into the third man fence

4

to Duminy, FOUR, he wanted to squeeze it past backward point but edges it off the outer part and that fetches him the result that was the intention primarily - a four. A yorker around off and the ball runs off the edge to the third man fence

4

to Duminy, FOUR, finally something sensible from Duminy. Gets across to this full ball, takes on the full and scoops to the fine leg fence

W

to Chris Morris, out Chris Morris Run Out!! The quality of cricket from Sri Lanka keeps getting better. This is another full ball outside off. Chris Morris drives straight to the fielder at extra cover and goes for the run. The fielder has one stump to aim the bowler's end. Ok, just a little more than a stump. And he hits the bull's eye. Chris Morris continues to run towards the pavillion. Chris Morris run out (Tharanga) 20(19) [4s-3]

4

to Duminy, FOUR, full marks to Sri Lanka for the way they have bowled but Duminy keeps getting boundaries every now and then. A good enough ball for death overs - full and across Duminy. He squeezes it past backward point. Times well enough to beat the man at third man as well

4

to Duminy, FOUR, respite for Duminy and South Africa. Another full ball Duminy manages to put that away this time. Got across and drilled it straight down the ground

6

to Duminy, SIX, JPD helps his side finish on a high. Full toss and he gets across to club it over the cow corner fence. South Africa finish one short of 300