ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Sri Lanka vs South Africa - Match 35

Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

Date & Time: 28 June 2019

South Africa 206/1

RR: 5.51 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Quinton de Kock bowled Lasith Malinga bowled Lasith Malinga 151630
Hashim Amla not out not out 8010550
Faf du Plessis not out not out 96103101
Aiden Markram
Rassie van der Dussen
JP Duminy
Chris Morris
Andile Phehlukwayo
Dwaine Pretorius
Kagiso Rabada
Imran Tahir
Extras 15 (b 0, lb 1, w 14, nb 0)
Total 206 (1 Wkts, 37.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
31-1 (Quinton de Kock,4.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Lasith Malinga10 1 47 1 4.70
Dhananjaya de Silva4 0 18 0 4.50
Suranga Lakmal6 0 47 0 7.83
Thisara Perera5.2 1 28 0 5.38
Jeevan Mendis7 0 36 0 5.14
Isuru Udana5 0 29 0 5.80

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 bittersweet 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 they took the hangover of that game into the next one.

Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne admits they were outdone in all the 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 odd runs. 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
T Perera to 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
T Perera to H Amla, On off, Amla flicks it towards square leg and gets a single.

Thisara Perera to bowl now which might be the last over of the game.

36.6
0
I Udana to du Plessis, Outside off, du Plessis looks to drive but gets beaten.
36.5
1
I Udana to H Amla, Length ball on off, Amla milks it to sweeper cover for a single.
36.4
0
I Udana to H Amla, Fuller on off, Amla nudges it to cover.
36.3
0
I Udana to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Hashim strokes it to cover.
36.2
2
I Udana to H 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
I Udana to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla steers it past point and gets a couple.
35.6
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Full on off, du Plessis pushes it to mid off.
35.5
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Slower yorker on off, du Plessis blocks it.
35.4
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Full on off, du Plessis drives it to cover.
35.3
4
L Malinga to 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
L Malinga to du Plessis, Yorker on middle, du Plessis does well to hit it towards mid on.
35.1
1
L Malinga to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla glances it towards mid-wicket for a single.
34.6
4
I Udana to du Plessis, FOUR! Full on middle, du Plessis smashes it through mid on for a boundary. He's eyeing a century here.
34.5
0
I Udana to du Plessis, Fuller on off, du Plessis pushes it to mid off.
34.4
1
I Udana to H Amla, Back of a length ball on off, Amla hops and tucks it towards mid-wicket for one more.
34.3
0
I Udana to H Amla, Length ball outside off, Amla cuts it to the fielder at point.
34.2
1
I Udana to du Plessis, Slower ball. It is full on off, du Plessis flicks it to square leg and gets a single.
34.1
0
I Udana to du Plessis, Good length ball on off, du Plessis punches it to cover.

Isuru Udana is back into the attack.

33.6
1
L Malinga to du Plessis, Full on off, Faf strokes it to sweeper cover and keeps the strike.
33.5
4
L Malinga to du Plessis, FOUR! 150-run stand comes up between the two. Full toss on the pads, du Plessis flicks it towards square leg and fetches a boundary. Just 20 runs needed now.
33.4
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Full on middle, Faf pushes it to mid on.
33.3
1
L Malinga to H Amla, Back of a length ball on off, Amla pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.
33.2
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Yorker on off, Hashim jams it out.
33.1
1
L Malinga to du Plessis, Full toss on the pads, du Plessis turns it behind square leg for a single.

Lasith Malinga is back! 8-1-35-1 so far.

32.6
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Floated on middle, Faf sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 26 runs needed now.
32.5
4
J Mendis to du Plessis, FOUR! Short and wide, du Plessis picks it early and cuts it like cutting a piece of butter through point for a boundary.
32.4
1
J Mendis to H Amla, Flighted on middle, Amla nudges it to long on and rotates the strike.
32.3
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Tossed up on off, Faf nudges it to long off for one.
32.2
1
J Mendis to H Amla, On the pads, Amla flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
32.1
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Shorter on middle and leg, Faf milks it down to long on for one.

Drinks Break! Just 35 more needed with plenty of balls remaining. Sri Lanka are just going through the motions with nothing happening for them. Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis have batted with a lot of control and authority, and it looks certain that they will get their second win of this World Cup. Another 9-wicket win? Let's find out...

31.6
0
T Perera to H Amla, Good length ball around off, Amla strokes it to point.
31.5
1
T Perera to du Plessis, Length ball on off, du Plessis punches it to cover. The fielder there misfields allowing the batsmen to take a single.
31.4
0
T Perera to du Plessis, Good length ball on off, Faf punches it to cover.
31.3
1
T Perera to H Amla, Around off, Amla guides it down to third man and gets a single.
31.2
0
T Perera to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla pushes it to cover.
31.1
1
T Perera to du Plessis, Fuller on off, du Plessis strokes it towards mid off and gets one.
30.6
0
J Mendis to H Amla, NOT OUT! Amla survives. The pitching looked to be the cause of a concern and it is indeed pitching outside leg, however marginally. Tossed up ball landing around leg, Amla looks to sweep but misses. The Sri Lankan players put in an appeal and the umpire, after giving a thought, raises his finger. Amla has a chat with his skipper and then takes it upstairs hesitantly. Ultra Edge shows that there was no bat involved. Amla sees that and starts walking but he returns all in smiles as the Ball Tracker shows the ball was pitching outside leg by centimeters.

DRS time! Hashim Amla has been adjudged lbw while attempting a sweep shot. Has that pitched outside leg? Is there any bat? The third umpire is having a look and Hashim Amla is already seen walking off the field. He's called back. A bit embarrassing for Hashim, who looks down, smiles and then returns. More than half of the ball landed outside leg. Matter of centimeters, to be honest.