ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Date & Time: 28 June 2019
RR: 5.51 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets
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).
Thisara Perera to bowl now which might be the last over of the game.
Isuru Udana is back into the attack.
Lasith Malinga is back! 8-1-35-1 so far.
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...
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.
Thisara Perera is back.
Jeevan Mendis is back on!
Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack.
Dhananjaya de Silva is back into the attack.
Lasith Malinga is back! 5-0-30-1 so far.
Isuru Udana is into the attack for the first time. Sri Lanka in need of wickets. Can he get the breakthrough?
DRINKS! South Africa are going on smoothly at the moment. 123 more needed off 204 balls now. Amla and du Plessis are going along nicely here. The duo has looked untroubled so far and would look to stay unbeaten and see this chase off. Sri Lanka need wickets here and that too in a heap. Their hopes of survival are fading away with every run this pair is making.
Jeevan Mendis is into the attack.
Powerplay 2 is signaled. Maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Just a solitary over for Suranga Lakmal and now Thisara Perera is into the attack.
Suranga Lakmal is into the attack.
Faf du Plessis walks out to bat next.
Dhananjaya de Silva to bowl from the other end with the second new ball. He picked up three wickets against England and will look to do well here.
We are back for the chase. The Sri Lankan players are out in the middle taking their respective positions in the field. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock walk out to open the innings for South Africa. The experienced Lasith Malinga to operate with the first new ball. He picked up 4 wickets against England. Sri Lanka need something similar from him once again. Two slips are in place.