In the 35th match of the exciting ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza, South Africa finally came back to winning ways, recording a clinical 9-wicket over Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. The South African pace bowling pair of Dwaine Pretorius and Chris Morris bowled amazingly well to rattle the Lankan side within a pretty modest first innings total. In the second, the duo of Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis stitched a massive century stand to help South Africa pick up a comfortable win. With this loss, Sri Lanka find themselves in a very tough situation in the race to qualify for the semis.
Pretorius and Morris' effective work keeps Sri Lanka to 203
After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, the Sri Lankan team got dented quite early as their skipper Dimuth Karunaratne got dismissed on the very first ball of the innings. The pair of Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera then steadied the Lankan innings with an impressive stand of 67 runs. The Proteas all-rounder duo of Dwaine Pretorius and Chris Morris brought their team back in the game by rattling the Lankan middle-order to leave them reeling at 111 for 5.
After that batting collapse, the Lankan innings never really got going as the South African bowlers continued to chip in with wickets at regular intervals. Sri Lanka got bowled out at the score of 203 runs in 49.3 overs. Many of the Lankan batters did get valuable starts but they failed to convert them into bigger scores. For South Africa, Pretorius and Morris bowled amazingly well to pick up three scalps each, while Rabada finished with two wickets.
Amla and du Plessis combine together to take South Africa home
Chasing a modest target of 204 runs, South Africa also didn’t get off to the best of starts, losing the wicket of their opener Quinton de Kock early with just 31 runs on the scoreboard. Sri Lanka’s veteran speedster Lasith Malinga once again provided his team with the early breakthrough in the fifth over of the innings. After de Kock’s wicket, the duo comprising of Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis got together to resurrect the South African innings.
The experienced South African batsmen showed great amount of composure and temperament to compile a staggering unbeaten partnership of 175 runs and in turn helped their team chase down the Lankan total with 12.4 overs to spare. Du Plessis played an amazing unbeaten innings of 96 runs off 103 balls, while Amla also contributed with an impressive knock of 80 runs.
Sri Lanka: 203/10 in 49.3 overs (Avishka Fernando-30, Kusal Perera-30; Dwaine Pretorius 3/25, Chris Morris 3/46)
South Africa: 206/1 in 37.2 overs (Faf du Plessis-96*, Hashim Amla-80* )
Result: South Africa won the match by 9 wickets.