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

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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.

30.5
0
J Mendis to H Amla, Tossed up on the pads, Amla flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
30.4
0
J Mendis to H Amla, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
30.3
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Shorter on off, du Plessis punches it wide of cover for one.
30.2
2
J Mendis to du Plessis, Floated on middle and leg, du Plessis strokes it wide of long on and gets a couple.
30.2
0
J Mendis to du Plessis, WIDE! Sprayed down the leg side and it has rightly been wided.
30.1
3
J Mendis to H Amla, Floated on the pads, Amla paddles it fine down the leg side and gets three.
29.6
1
T Perera to H Amla, This time Amla punches it wide of cover and keeps the strike.
29.5
1
T Perera to du Plessis, Around off, Faf punches it towards cover for one.
29.4
1
T Perera to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla guides it down to third man for a single.
29.3
1
T Perera to du Plessis, Back of a length ball on off, du Plessis pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.
29.2
0
T Perera to du Plessis, Du Plessis looks to tap this ball towards third man but it goes to the right of keeper.
29.1
1
T Perera to H Amla, Good length ball on the pads, Amla flicks it towards square leg for a single.

Thisara Perera is back.

28.6
1
J Mendis to H Amla, Loopy ball on off, Amla milks it to long off and keeps the strike.
28.5
0
J Mendis to H Amla, Floated on off, Amla blocks it.
28.4
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Floated on middle, du Plessis sweeps it towards square leg for a single.
28.3
0
J Mendis to du Plessis, Tossed up on off, du Plessis pushes it to cover.
28.3
0
J Mendis to du Plessis, WIDE! Wrong side of the tramline on the off side. Faf leaves it alone and it has been wided.
28.2
1
J Mendis to H Amla, Short around off, cut away by Amla for a single.
28.1
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Shorter on off, Faf punches it to sweeper cover and gets a single. 150 comes up for South Africa. 54 more needed.

Jeevan Mendis is back on!

27.6
0
S Lakmal to H Amla, Fuller and outside off, driven straight to covers.
27.5
1
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Tickles it off his pads to fine leg and runs the first run hard. Wants the second but it's not available.
27.4
4
S Lakmal to du Plessis, FOUR! Du Plessis has decided to press on the accelerator. Short delivery on off, Faf picks the length early and dismisses it to deep square leg via a pull shot.
27.3
6
S Lakmal to du Plessis, SIX! That was six the moment he hit it. Good length ball on off, du Plessis comes down the track and smokes it over the long off fence for an 88m biggie.
27.2
1
S Lakmal to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla taps it to third man and gets a single.
27.1
1
S Lakmal to du Plessis, FIFTY FOR DU PLESSIS. Back to back fifties for the South African skipper. Full ball on the pads, du Plessis flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets to his 35th ODI fifty with a run.

Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack.

26.6
1
de Silva to du Plessis, This time gets it past the fielder at mid-wicket for a single.
26.5
0
de Silva to du Plessis, On the pads again and du Plessis once again finds mid-wicket with his flick.
26.4
0
de Silva to du Plessis, On middle, Faf flicks it to mid-wicket.
26.4
0
de Silva to H Amla, WIDE! Darts one down the leg side. Kusal Perera looks to take it but it lobs off his glove and goes behind. Mendis runs after the ball from first slip and stops it at short fine leg. They take a run too.
26.3
0
de Silva to H Amla, Flatter around off, Amla cuts but to the man at point.
26.2
1
de Silva to du Plessis, Loopy on off, du Plessis flicks it to square leg for a single.
26.1
1
de Silva to H Amla, Shorter outside off, Amla punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
25.6
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Good shot but cannot get it past the fielder. Full on middle, Faf flicks it but finds mid-wicket.
25.5
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Full on middle, du Plessis pushes it to mid on.
25.4
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Yorker on off and middle, du Plessis looks to flick but it goes off the inner half of his bat towards short fine leg.
25.3
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Good length ball on off, du Plessis defends it off the front foot.
25.2
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Fuller on middle, Faf strokes it to mid on.
25.1
1
L Malinga to H Amla, Back of a length ball, Amla pulls it to deep square leg and gets a single to bring the 100-run stand.
24.6
1
de Silva to H Amla, On the pads, Hashim flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single. The partnership now moves to 99.
24.5
0
de Silva to H Amla, On middle, Amla defends it back to the bowler.
24.4
0
de Silva to H Amla, Flighted on off, Amla defends it classically off the front foot.
24.3
1
de Silva to du Plessis, Off spinner around off, du Plessis punches it towards cover and rotates the strike.
24.2
1
de Silva to H Amla, On middle, Amla flicks it to mid-wicket for another run.
24.1
1
de Silva to du Plessis, Floated on off, du Plessis turns it to mid-wicket for a single.

Dhananjaya de Silva is back into the attack.

23.6
0
L Malinga to H Amla, A low full toss on leg and middle, Amla flicks it to mid-wicket. Another maiden from Malinga, his 100th in ODIs.
23.5
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Yorker! It is on middle and leg, Amla does well to get his bat down in time.
23.4
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Good length ball outside off, Amla looks to drive but gets beaten.
23.3
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Short ball on off, Amla pulls it but to the man at square leg.
23.2
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Good length ball on the pads, Amla flicks it but finds short fine leg.
23.1
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Low full toss on off, Amla drives it straight to cover.
22.6
1
I Udana to H Amla, Length ball on middle, Amla flicks it to the on side and keeps the strike. Just 78 needed now.
22.5
1
I Udana to du Plessis, Follows it with a single to mid-wicket.
22.4
4
I Udana to du Plessis, FOUR! Cross-seam delivery around off, du Plessis looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge which goes past first slip and to the third man fence for a boundary.
22.3
0
I Udana to du Plessis, Good length ball outside off, du Plessis looks to cut but gets an inside edge. The ball goes to the keeper on the bounce.
22.2
0
I Udana to du Plessis, Back of a length ball on off, Faf punches it to cover.
22.1
1
I Udana to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla turns it towards mid-wicket for one.
21.6
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, On off and full. Faf drives it straight to mid off.
21.5
1
L Malinga to H Amla, Full on middle and leg, Amla flicks it to square leg for a single.
21.4
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Yorker on middle, Amla does well to defend it back.
21.3
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Full on off, Amla drives it straight to mid off.
21.2
1
L Malinga to du Plessis, Very full almost a yorker. It is on the pads, Faf turns it to fine leg and gets a single without any fuss.
21.1
2
L Malinga to du Plessis, On the pads, du Plessis flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets a couple.

Lasith Malinga is back! 5-0-30-1 so far.

20.6
0
I Udana to H Amla, Back of a length ball around off, Hashim looks to punch but the bat turns in his hands and he mistimes his shot.
20.6
0
I Udana to H Amla, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Hashim looks to flick but misses.
20.5
1
I Udana to du Plessis, Good length ball around off, du Plessis plays it to point and gets a single.
20.4
1
I Udana to H Amla, On the pads, Amla flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
20.3
1
I Udana to du Plessis, Stands tall and punches it wide of cover for one.
20.2
0
I Udana to du Plessis, Cross-seam delivery outside off, du Plessis looks to cut but misses.
20.1
0
I Udana to du Plessis, Good length ball on off, Faf punches it to mid on.
19.6
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Floated on off, du Plessis milks it to sweeper cover and keeps the strike.
19.5
1
J Mendis to H Amla, Once again Jeevan bowls it on the pads, Amla turns it behind square on the leg side for another single.
19.4
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, On the pads, Faf flicks it to the leg side for a single.
19.3
2
J Mendis to du Plessis, Tossed up on off, Faf comes down the track and hits over extra cover for a couple.
19.2
0
J Mendis to du Plessis, Floated on the stumps, Faf defends it off the front foot.
19.1
1
J Mendis to H Amla, FIFTY FOR AMLA! His 39th in ODIs. Amla has looked very good today. He gets to his fifty with an easy single towards cover. Hashim will now look to stay unbeaten and finish this game by himself and also score a century.
18.6
1
I Udana to H Amla, Amla taps this to third man and moves to 49.
18.5
1
I Udana to du Plessis, A good powerful cut but there is a man at deep point so just a single.
18.4
1
I Udana to H Amla, Back of a length ball on off, Amla guides it down to third man and rotates the strike.
18.3
1
I Udana to du Plessis, Around off, du Plessis taps it down to third man and gets another run.
18.3
0
I Udana to du Plessis, WIDE! Bowls a slower one way outside off. Faf leaves it alone and it has been wided.
18.2
1
I Udana to H Amla, Outside off on a length, Amla cuts it to deep point for a single. 100 comes up with that single. 104 more needed off 190 balls.
18.1
1
I Udana to du Plessis, Full around off, du Plessis plays it uppishly towards long on and gets a single.

Isuru Udana is into the attack for the first time. Sri Lanka in need of wickets. Can he get the breakthrough?

17.6
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Flights it on off, du Plessis drags his sweep to deep mid-wicket and takes another easy single. Keeps the strike with this one.
17.5
1
J Mendis to H Amla, Slower through the air on middle and leg, Amla looks to defend but this one spins away from him. It hits him on his glove and goes towards third man. They take one.
17.4
0
J Mendis to H Amla, On off, Amla drives it to cover.
17.3
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Tossed up on off, du Plessis strokes it to long off for a run.
17.2
1
J Mendis to H Amla, Shorter on off, Amla punches it towards cover-point for one.
17.1
0
J Mendis to H Amla, Flighted on middle, Amla tucks it to mid-wicket.
16.6
2
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Slower around off, du Plessis comes down the track and lofts it over covers for a couple.
16.5
4
S Lakmal to du Plessis, FOUR! Pulled and pulled hard! Short on off, du Plessis rocks onto his back foot and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
16.4
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Good length ball on off, du Plessis defends it with a straight bat.
16.3
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Fuller on off, Faf drives it towards cover.
16.2
1
S Lakmal to H Amla, On the pads, Amla flicks it towards mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
16.1
1
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Length ball on off, Faf punches it wide of cover for one.
16.1
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, FIVE WIDES! Lakmal misses his line and bowls it well down the leg side. Du Plessis looks to flick but misses. Perera dives to his left but misses. The ball goes behind to the fine leg fence. Wide also signalled.

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.

15.6
0
J Mendis to H Amla, Floated on the stumps, Amla blocks it to the bowler.
15.5
0
J Mendis to H Amla, Darted on the pads, Amla looks to sweep but gets hit in the pads.
15.4
0
J Mendis to H Amla, On the pads, Hashim flicks it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
15.3
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Tossed up and on off, Faf strokes it through covers and gets a single. 50 comes up with that between the two.
15.2
1
J Mendis to H Amla, Floated on middle, Amla sweeps it to the left of short fine leg. The fielder there dives to that side but cannot stop it. One taken.
15.1
0
J Mendis to H Amla, Looped up on the pads, Amla turns it to short fine leg.
14.6
1
S Lakmal to H Amla, Back of length ball on off, Amla pulls it to deep mid-wicket and keeps the strike.
14.5
4
S Lakmal to H Amla, FOUR! What a shot! Length ball on off, Amla just gently taps it through point. All timing and not much of power. Thisara runs to his right and puts a dive but in vain.
14.4
1
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Bouncer! It is on the body, du Plessis pulls it but not off the middle towards mid-wicket for one.
14.3
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Good length ball on off, du Plessis defends it off the front foot.
14.2
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Outside off, Faf looks to drive but misses.
14.1
1
S Lakmal to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla taps it to the left of point. Dhananjaya there dives to his left and looks to stop but does not stop it cleanly. They take a single.
13.6
0
J Mendis to du Plessis, On the stumps, defended calmly by du Plessis.
13.5
0
J Mendis to du Plessis, Tossed up on middle, du Plessis flicks it to mid-wicket.
13.4
0
J Mendis to du Plessis, Floated on the stumps, Faf defends it with authority.
13.3
1
J Mendis to H Amla, Floated on middle, Amla strokes it towards mid on for one.
13.3
0
J Mendis to H Amla, WIDE! Sprays it down the leg side, Amla looks to flick but misses. It has been wided.
13.2
1
J Mendis to du Plessis, Loopy delivery on off, du Plessis strokes it towards sweeper cover and gets one.
13.1
0
J Mendis to du Plessis, Tossed up on off, Faf defends it back towards the bowler.

Jeevan Mendis is into the attack.

12.6
1
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Direct hit and it would have been close. Full on off, du Plessis strokes it towards mid off and calls for a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
12.5
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Length ball on off, Faf astutely blocks it.
12.4
1
S Lakmal to H Amla, On the pads, Amla glances it to the on side and gets a single.
12.3
1
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Once again lofts it over covers but there is a sweeper cover there so just one.
12.2
4
S Lakmal to du Plessis, FOUR! Effortless and risk-less. Good length ball on off, du Plessis comes down the track and lofts it over extra cover. This time the ball does not stop and goes to the fence.
12.1
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Good length ball on off, Faf defends it off the front foot with a straight bat.
11.6
0
T Perera to H Amla, Fuller on off, Hashim defends it off the front foot. 142 runs needed off 228 balls now.
11.5
0
T Perera to H Amla, On the stumps, Amla defends it off the front foot.
11.4
1
T Perera to du Plessis, Outside off, du Plessis plays it towards cover and gets one.
11.3
1
T Perera to H Amla, Once again lofts it over mid off but with less power and gets a single.
11.2
2
T Perera to H Amla, How has that not gone to the boundary? Full on off, Amla smokes it over mid off. He stands there admiring his shot. The ball though bounces well before the ropes at long off and stops. Amla sees it and runs. He gets two. Hardly you see this happening in modern cricket.
11.1
0
T Perera to H Amla, Fuller on off, Amla strokes it towards mid-wicket off the inner half of his bat.
10.6
1
S Lakmal to H Amla, Outside off on a length, Amla punches it wide of cover and keeps the strike with a single.
10.5
2
S Lakmal to H Amla, Good length ball outside off, Amla looks to cut but it comes off the toe end of his bat. The fielder at sweeper cover runs to his left and does well to stop the ball with a dive. Two taken.
10.4
0
S Lakmal to H Amla, Fourth stump line from Lakmal. Left alone by Amla.
10.3
0
S Lakmal to H Amla, Fuller on off, Amla drives it towards mid off and initially calls for a single. He then backtracks and sends Faf back. The fielder has a shy but misses. Even if he had hit, du Plessis was well in.
10.2
0
S Lakmal to H Amla, Length ball coming in with the angle, Amla taps it towards backward point and shouts a loud no to his partner.
10.1
2
S Lakmal to H Amla, Fuller on the pads, Amla flicks it on the on side and gets a couple.

Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack.

Powerplay 2 is signaled. Maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.

9.6
4
T Perera to du Plessis, FOUR! First sign of aggression from Faf. Good length ball on off, du Plessis comes down the track and smokes it through cover-point for a boundary. 11 runs off the over. Sri Lanka in desperate need of wickets here. South Africa are 53/1 at the end of Powerplay 1. Sri Lanka were 67/2 at this stage.
9.5
0
T Perera to du Plessis, On off, du Plessis defends it towards point.
9.4
1
T Perera to H Amla, Sensibly follows it up with a single down to third man.
9.3
4
T Perera to H Amla, FOUR! Cut and cut hard. Good length ball outside off, Amla likes the width on offer and cuts it past point for a boundary.
9.2
0
T Perera to H Amla, Outside off, no movement on this one. Amla leaves it alone.
9.1
2
T Perera to H Amla, Nice punch! Good length ball on off, Amla stands tall and punches wide of cover and gets a couple. First runs off Thisara's over.
8.6
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, On off stump, Faf defends it with a straight bat to get through the over safely.
8.5
2
L Malinga to du Plessis, Good fielding. Outside off, du Plessis taps it fine towards third man. Lakmal runs to his left and stops the ball from going to the fence with a brilliant dive. Saves two for his side.
8.4
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Full outside off, du Plessis taps it wide of point. Amla was looking for a run but Faf sends him back as the fielder at point dives to his left and stops the ball.
8.3
1
L Malinga to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla taps it towards backward point and gets a run as the fielder from third man cleans it up.
8.2
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Outside off, Hashim leaves it alone.
8.2
0
L Malinga to H Amla, WIDE! Malinga misses his line with the short ball down the leg side. Amla leaves it alone and it has been wided.
8.1
2
L Malinga to H Amla, Full on the pads, Amla flicks it towards square leg and gets a couple.
7.6
0
T Perera to du Plessis, Full on off, du Plessis drives it straight. Thisara gets his hand to the ball. It deflects and goes on to hit the stumps at the non striker's end. No casualty though as Amla's bat is inside the crease. Maiden!
7.5
0
T Perera to du Plessis, On the pads, du Plessis flicks it to mid-wicket.
7.4
0
T Perera to du Plessis, Length is the same here. It is once again on off, Faf plays it to point.
7.3
0
T Perera to du Plessis, Length ball around off, du Plessis punches it to the left of mid off.
7.2
0
T Perera to du Plessis, Good length ball around off, du Plessis taps it to backward point.
7.1
0
T Perera to du Plessis, Begins with a length ball on off, du Plessis defends it off the back foot.

Just a solitary over for Suranga Lakmal and now Thisara Perera is into the attack.

6.6
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Around off, Amla calmly defends it towards point. Just 2 off the over. 168 runs more needed in 258 balls.
6.5
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Swing and a miss. Good length ball outside off, Amla looks to drive but gets beaten.
6.4
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Slower yorker outside off, Amla gets his bat down in time and taps it towards point.
6.3
1
L Malinga to du Plessis, Outside off on a length, du Plessis taps it down towards backward point and gets a single.
6.2
1
L Malinga to H Amla, Back of a length ball, Amla pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gets off the strike.
6.1
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Length ball on top of off, Amla pushes it to mid on.
5.6
2
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Faf is off the mark after 6 balls. Good length ball on middle, du Plessis tucks it through mid-wicket and gets a brace.
5.5
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, On off, Faf strokes it to mid on as the ball turns in his hand.
5.4
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Fuller on off, Faf drives it to mid off.
5.3
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Well fielded. They need the fielders to support the bowlers here and Avishka has just done that. Length ball on off, du Plessis looks to drive it past cover. Avishka there stretches to his left and stops a certain boundary.
5.2
0
S Lakmal to du Plessis, Fuller now on off and middle, Faf looks to defend but the ball goes towards cover from the outer half of his bat.
5.1
0
S Lakmal to H Amla, Lakmal hits the deck hard first up. It is on the body. Amla looks to flick but the ball rolls of his thigh pad to the on side and they take a run. Leg bye signalled.

Suranga Lakmal is into the attack.

4.6
0
L Malinga to du Plessis, Full on off, du Plessis starts his innings with a push towards cover.

Faf du Plessis walks out to bat next.

4.5
0
L Malinga to de Kock, OUT! Bowled! Typical Malinga. This is a vicious yorker on leg. De Kock looks to play the on drive but gets beaten. The ball flicks the leg pole. De Kock is standing shell-shocked. He does not know how it happened but he has just been beaten by a Slinga Malinga yorker. South Africa lose their first and Sri Lanka get an early wicket they wanted.
4.4
0
L Malinga to de Kock, Length ball around off, de Kock pulls it but to mid-wicket.
4.3
3
L Malinga to H Amla, On off, Amla plays it across the line and flicks it past mid on. Udana gives it a chase and cleans it before the ropes. The batsmen take three.
4.2
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Length delivery close to off, Amla defends it towards point.
4.1
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Good length ball outside off, Amla looks to cut but the bat turns in his hand.
3.6
0
de Silva to de Kock, Follows it up with a calm front foot defense. 8 off the over.
3.5
4
de Silva to de Kock, FOUR! Wonderfully played. Off spinner pitching just outside off and spinning away. De Kock waits for it and then plays a late cut past the first slip fielder for a boundary.
3.4
0
de Silva to de Kock, Short around off, de Kock looks to cut but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
3.3
4
de Silva to de Kock, FOUR! Driven gorgeously! Floated on off, de Kock gets his front foot close to the ball and drives it past cover for a boundary.
3.2
0
de Silva to de Kock, Tossed up on middle, de Kock pushes it to mid off.
3.1
0
de Silva to de Kock, Floated on middle, de Kock defends it with a straight bat.
2.6
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Corrects his line and bowls it outside off, Hashim shoulders arms to it.
2.5
4
L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR! Good shot but such a poor ball from Malinga. Full on middle and leg, Amla shuffles across and plays a delicious flick through mid-wicket for a boundary. The fielder from square leg gives it a chase but had no chance.
2.4
0
L Malinga to H Amla, On the fourth stump line, Amla leaves it alone.
2.4
0
L Malinga to H Amla, WIDE! It is on the wrong side of the tramline. Amla still goes after it but misses. Wide signalled by the umpire.
2.3
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Outside off, Amla looks to play it on the off side but misses.
2.2
1
L Malinga to de Kock, Very full outside off, de Kock guides it towards third man for a single.
2.1
4
L Malinga to de Kock, FOUR! Shot! De Kock scores his first one of the game. Full on middle and off, de Kock strides out his front foot and plays a beautiful off drive through mid off for a boundary.
1.6
0
de Silva to H Amla, Floated on middle, Amla looks to flick but ends up getting a leading edge which goes to the bowler on a bounce. Just a run off de Silva's first over.
1.5
1
de Silva to de Kock, Tossed up on off, Quinton nudges it towards long off and gets to the other.
1.4
0
de Silva to de Kock, On the pads again, de Kock looks to flick but does so close to the stumps. No run taken.
1.3
0
de Silva to de Kock, On the pads, de Kock defends it with a straight bat.
1.2
0
de Silva to de Kock, Floated on off, Quinton strokes it to the man at point.
1.1
0
de Silva to de Kock, Starts with a flighted ball on off, de Kock defends it off the front foot.

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.

0.6
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Better ball to end the over. Good length ball outside off, Amla goes chasing after it but misses. Good start for South Africa. 9 off the first.
0.5
4
L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR! Now on the leg side. Not the start Malinga would have wanted. He bowls it on the pads, Amla flicks this through mid-wicket to score the second boundary on the trot.
0.4
4
L Malinga to H Amla, FOUR! Beautiful! That was all timing from the Mighty Hash. Fuller on off, Amla gets on his front foot and drives it exquisitely through covers for a boundary. Hashim is up and running.
0.3
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Fuller and closer to the off pole this time. Amla gets bat on ball and defends it towards mid off.
0.2
0
L Malinga to H Amla, Outside off now. No movement on this one. Amla starts his innings with a solid leave.
0.1
1
L Malinga to de Kock, The chase is off the mark. Good length ball pitching around off. It comes in a bit. De Kock taps it down to third man and gets off the mark with a single.

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.