ICC Cricket World Cup Warm-up Matches, 2019
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Date & Time: 24 May 2019
RR: 5.90 | South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs
That's all from this match. South Africa got an easy win over Sri Lanka while Afghanistan upset Pakistan in the other warm-up game. On Saturday, teams like Australia, England, India and New Zealand will be in action. Do join us at 1030 local (0930 GMT) for the coverage. Cheers!
South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis says he is happy with the overall result as the bowlers and the batters got their chances. On Andile Phehlukwayo, Faf mentions that he is a wicket-taker. Says it was just about spending time out in the middle as it is different from the 20-over format. Informs that Quinton de Kock was just being rested.
Sri Lanka skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne says that it was a flat wicket and reckons that they got off to a good start but could not capitalize. Feels it was not easy against the bowling attack of South Africa. On his personal form, he says he just does basic things and not the fancy things. Adds that it is not easy to bat early on in the innings. Ends by informing us that the injuries to Udana and Avishka aren't serious and they will be back for the next warm-up game.
Andile Phehlukwayo says that it was a good performance and a good outing for them as they got what they wanted. Tells that he just likes to do whatever the team wants him to do. On his preference, Phehlukwayo mentions that he would like to bowl early on. States that it was a good learning experience as they learnt a lot about their bowling and batting. Adds that he is looking to take the confidence heading into the tournament.
South Africa put up a decent bowling show. Lungi Ngidi provided the initial breakthroughs while Kagiso Rabada bagged the prized scalp of Dimuth Karunaratne. The best bowler on show though was Andile Phehlukwayo who took a 4-wicket haul. Their main spinners were not too impressive as both Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi struggled. Another thing worth mentioning was the fielding of the African side. Earlier, their batting also clicked and put up a big total, mainly due to the knocks of Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla, and cameos from the lower order. Overall a good outing for them.
Easy victory for South Africa! They never really got pushed in the field and have registered a comprehensive victory. Chasing a 300-plus target, Sri Lanka needed Kusal Perera to fire up front but he bagged a 2-ball duck. Dimuth Karunaratne did well to hold one end up and also constructed a couple of 50-plus partnerships with Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews. Although, they never looked like going after the target. Good batting practice for their skipper and Mathews but apart from them, there wasn't much fight shown.
Suranga Lakmal is given out lbw! Looks plumb but he wants to use the DRS. Hmm...
Imran Tahir is back on.
The last man in is Suranga Lakmal.
Dwaine Pretorius is back for another go.
Breaking news - Afghanistan have thumped Pakistan in the other warm-up game. Great result for the Afghans. They will be the one team to watch out for upsets in the mega event. No team can afford to take them lightly.
Powerplay 3 signalled by the umpire. Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this game.
Jeffrey Vandersay is next to bat.
Thisara Perera arrives, finally. 104 needed off 66 balls.
Milinda Siriwardana is the new man in. No signs of either Thisara Perera or Isuru Udana. Seems Sri Lanka have given up on the chase and just want to get as much game time as possible in the middle.
JP Duminy to roll his arm now. He is a decent part-timer and could play a big role with the ball in the World Cup.
Jeevan Mendis walks out to bat next. There is a wide first slip in place for him.
Andile Phehlukwayo is back into the attack.
Huge shout for an lbw, turned down and immediately Faf du Plessis takes the DRS. Looked close to the naked eye. Is height a factor? Let's find out...
Drinks break. 158 needed off 114 balls. South Africa remain ahead. The partnership between Karunaratne and Mathews did frustrate them but they have managed to break it. Angelo Mathews holds the key for them in this chase now and he coming into form will be very crucial for Sri Lanka before the World Cup. It's turning out to be a sorry day for the spinners. They have struggled to leave much impact. Heading for a close finish. Lungi Ngidi is back into the attack.
The new man is Dhananjaya de Silva.
Slip moves out to short third man.
Kagiso Rabada is brought back into the attack. 184 needed off 138 balls.
David Miller has donned the gloves now. He is replacing Quinton de Kock behind the wickets. Tabraiz Shamsi has also come in, replacing Andile Phehlukwayo on the field. The spinner is straightaway inserted into the attack as well. A slip in place for him.
Dwaine Pretorius to have a go with the ball now.
Change of bats for Angelo Mathews.
First sign of spin in this innings. Imran Tahir is introduced into the attack. He will have a slip in place.
Drinks break. South Africa are in front at the moment. Two early wickets pegged the Lankans back but then the partnership between Karunaratne and Mendis revived their chase. The latter looked in fine form but failed to carry on. Now, their hope is pinned on the current skipper and the former skipper in the middle. 257 needed off 210 balls.
Injury Update - Avishka Fernando has had a scan on his right ankle and there is a good news for the Sri Lankan fans. It is not a serious injury and there is just a mild swelling.
A slip in place.
Angelo Mathews is the new man in.
Andile Phehlukwayo is introduced into the attack.
Powerplay 2 signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders can now be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
4 overs each to both the pacers so far and now we have a change in bowling. Chris Morris is inserted into the attack. He was not in the original squad for World Cup and got in only due to the injury to Anrich Nortje. The tall all-rounder would like to prove himself here.
Kusal Mendis is the new man in.
Kagiso Rabada to steam in from the other end with a brand new second ball. A false start first up from him...
Lahiru Thirimanne is the number 3 batsman.
We are back for the second innings. The umpires are out in the middle. The South African players are out on the field taking their respective positions. Sri Lanka skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne walks out with Kusal Perera to open the innings. Lungi Ngidi to start the proceedings with the first new ball. Two slips in place...