South Africa Put Major Dent in Sri Lanka Semifinal Hopes with Easy Win

South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the ICC World Cup 2019. In this match played at the Riverside Stadium of Chester-le-Street, South Africa first impressive bowling and then the best batting. With this defeat, the route to the semi-finals of the Sri Lankan team has become difficult. His only seven matches have two wins, three losses, and two Canceled matches, six points.

South Africa has already been out of the race for the last four. South Africa all-out Sri Lanka at 203 runs in 49.3 overs. After that, he achieved this easy goal by losing just one wicket in 37.2 overs. In South Africa’s eight matches, there are five points after two wins and five defeats. The African team is currently eighth in the table.

Captain’s Spectacular Inning of 103 Runs

For South Africa, captain Faf du Plessis (not out 96) scored most runs. He hit 10 fours and a six in his innings of 103 balls. Apart from them, Hashim Amla scored an unbeaten 80 not out. Amla faced 105 balls and hit 5 chops. Duplessis and Amla shared an unbroken 175-run partnership for the second wicket.

South Africa loses one wicket as the only Quinton de Kock (15). He played 16 balls and hit 3 fours. Quinton de Kock was sent to the pavilion by Lasith Malinga in the fifth over.

FIRST INNING

Earlier, Sri Lanka lost the toss and batted first gave disappointing beginning. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who came to start the innings, returned to the pavilion without opening the account. Kagiso Rabada, who took over the responsibility of bowling from the African team, made his prey on the first ball of the match. He wanted to play defensive shots but the ball got up high with his gloves. After this, Faf du Plessis, standing in the second slip, took the full advantage of the opportunity and easily caught the catch.

After the first wicket fell quickly,

Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera batted brilliantly. Both shared a 67-run partnership for the second wicket.

Kusal Perera was dismissed as the third batsman. Pretorius sent the pavilion to opener Perera. He scored 30 runs in 34 balls with the help of four fours. He has played two half-century innings till now.

Sri Lanka lost the fourth wicket as experienced player Angelo Mathews. Matthews could only make runs in 29 balls. He hit one four in his inning. He looked very struggling in front of the African bowlers to make runs.

Sri Lanka felt the fifth wicket as Kusal Mendis. He tried to bat long but he missed the big inning. Kusal Mendis scored 23 runs in 51 balls with two fours.

After returning Mendis’s pavilion, Dhananjay De Silva also failed to play a big inning for the team. He lost his wicket by scoring 24 runs in 41 balls. He scored two fours in his inning. He becomes prey of JP Duminy on the first ball of 37th over.

After this, Jeevan Mendis (18), Thisara Perera (21), Isuru Udana (17) and Lasith Malinga (4) could not do much. Suranga Lakmal (5 *) returned unbeaten pavilion. From South Africa, Dwaine Pretorius and Chris Morris took three-three while Kagiso Rabada took two wickets. In addition, JP Duminy and Andile Phehlukwayo grabbed one wicket each.

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