It is fair to say that it has become a tradition that whenever South Africa play Sri Lanka in a cricket match, the bees queue up to visit the game. It has happened in the past. On Friday, the two teams’ clash at Chester-le-Street witnessed a swarm of bees intervening again and forcing the game to pause. However, their act was not enough to distract the Proteas who came up with a clinical performance post their ouster from the tournament and made the Lankans’ progress to the semi-final more difficult. South African skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and sent the Lankans to bat first.
The Islanders lost their captain Dimuth Karunaratne off the very first delivery from Kagiso Rabada. The former champions came up with a mediocre show with the bat with Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando top scoring with 30. The hero of the England game, Angelo Mathews, failed to deliver and fell for just 11. A few 20s from the likes of Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva and Thisara Perera were not enough to take Sri Lanka to a strong total.
They were all out for just 203 in 49.3 overs with Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius taking three wickets each. It was during the 48th over of the Sri Lankan innings that the bees’ intervention took place. The players and umpires were seen lying on the ground for the intruders to fly over.
South Africa finally strike to winning ways
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.