South Africa ease past Sri Lanka in ICC Champions Trophy 2017

LONDON (Web desk) – It was the promising start by Sri Lankan openers in the early overs that turned out to be a huge frustration for South Africa as things were going good and great for them in the chase of 300 runs.

However, it was the introduction of leggie Imran Tahir that didn’t turn out to be a good omen for Sri Lanka as their batting line wobbled completely while chasing the target.

Imran restricted Sri Lanka to 203 all out and was declared man of the match for his magical figures of 4 for 27 in 8.3 overs.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field first on a pitch that had decent covering of grass and on which the ball should come on nicely as was revealed by the pitch report.

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Squads

South Africa

HM Amla, Q de Kock, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers, DA Miller, JP Duminy, CH Morris, WD Parnell, K Rabada, M Morkel, Imran Tahir

Sri Lanka

WU Tharanga, N Dickwella, BKG Mendis, LD Chandimal, MDKJ Perera, CK Kapugedera, DAS Gunaratne, S Prasanna, RAS Lakmal, N Pradeep, SL Malinga

Sri Lanka Innings

Overs 41.3, Score 203 (all out)

Sri Lanka were in deep trouble as the asking rate was high in the last 15 overs besides wickets were also not that much.

Moreover, the rest of the batsmen were also didn’t show any sign of resistance at the end.

Prasanna was also trapped plumb in front of the wicket of the bowling of Morris as Lakmal also got run out in the same over.

It was in 39th over that Malinga was also clean bowled by Rabada after he scored just 1 run.

There was also some late action by Pradep however it was of no use as the Sri Lankan team completely collapsed after fine start was provided by the openers.

The last to go was Pradeep who was caught by Duminy of the bowling of Imran Tahir.

The magician finished with marvelous figure of four for 27 in 8.3 overs as South Africa ease past Sri Lanka in the third encounter of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Sri Lanka were all out after scoring 203 runs.

Overs 35, Score 176/6

Sri Lanka seemed to have lost the plot as Imran Tahir was introduced to the attack. Perhaps one could say that Lanka batsmen were not been able to cope up with the pressure created by Imran who mixes it up really brilliantly at crucial stages.

Meanwhile, Duminy was also introduced to the attack as he bowled brilliantly while conceding just three runs in his over. Imran bowled yet another brilliant over as he didn’t allow the batsmen to free their arms at this stage of the innings.

Perara thumped Duminy for a boundary however he came back strongly as no run was scored of the rest of the deliveries.
Tharanga decided to take the risk as he thumped Imran for a boundary in twenty fourth over.

Parnell was introduced who bowled rather a good over at this stage of the innings.
Imran roared again in the twenty sixth over as he removed Tharanga who was caught by Miller after scoring 57 runs. Sri Lanka in deep trouble with Tharanga’s depart.

Sri Lanka run rate slowed yet again as only 12 runs were scored in the gap from 25 to 29 overs.
It was in 30th over when Imran who was turning out to be the nightmare for Sri Lanka removed Gunaratne who was caught by Parnell after scoring 4 runs.

Sri Lanka were 157 for six after 30 overs.

The run rate lowered and the asking rate was climbing fast as Sri Lanka were shocked by Imran Tahir just when things were going good and great for them.

Perera in order to speed things up pummeled one away for a boundary in 34th over however Sri Lanka need so many of them in order to cross the line. Rabada was brought again to the attack as he gave 5 runs in his over and Sri Lanka were 176 for the loss of six wickets after 35 overs.

Sri Lanka needed 124 runs from the last 15 overs.

Overs 20, Score 124/4

While chasing the target of 300 runs, the Sri Lankan openers had promising start as Rabada and Parnell shared the new ball for South Africa.

Parnell went for two boundaries in the fifth over as Sri Lanka were 22 for no loss after four overs.

Rabada also went for 10 runs in the fifth over as he also conceded a boundary this time.

Sri Lankan opener Dickwella took charge in the seventh over as he thumped Rabada for a huge maximum followed by a boundary.

Morkel was introduced to the attack as it proved to be a good decision by the skipper as Dickwella departed after being caught by Parnell for 41 runs.

However, despite the wicket the run rate cruised along the same pace as Sri Lanka were 87 for the loss of one wicket after 10 overs.
Mendis showed some skills as he hit two boundaries in Morkel’s over soon after coming to the crease but was caught by de Villiers of the bowling of Morris.

Sri Lanka looked really promising as they reached to 100 runs and were 105 for the loss of two wickets after 15 overs.

Both the batsmen were rotating the strike at regular intervals as Sri Lanka were 116 for the loss of two wickets after 17 overs.

Morkel was introduced to the attack as it proved to be a good decision by the skipper as Dickwella departed after being caught by Parnell for 41 runs.

However, despite the wicket the run rate cruised along the same pace as Sri Lanka were 87 for the loss of one wicket after 10 overs.
Mendis showed some skills as he hit two boundaries in Morkel’s over soon after coming to the crease but was caught by de Villiers of the bowling of Morris.

Sri Lanka looked really promising as they reached to 100 runs and were 105 for the loss of two wickets after 15 overs.

Both the batsmen were rotating the strike at regular intervals as Sri Lanka were 116 for the loss of two wickets after 17 overs.

inclusion of Imran Tahir to the attack was not a good omen for Sri Lanka as first it was Chandimal who got run out in his over and immediately followed by a leg before wicket of Kapugedera who departed without scoring a single run.

Overs 50, Score 299/6

Miller also departed in the 42nd over as South Africa lost their fouth wicket in the 42nd over.

Meanwhile, Hashim Amla completed his brilliant hundred as he made it a habit of scoring runs in big matches. However, the excitement for the proteas was short lived as Hashim Amla got run out in 43rd over after scoring 103 runs.

Malinga went for some runs in the 45th over as two boundaries were scored in 45th over.

In 47th over, it was again Malinga who went away for 11 runs as South Africa were 273 for 5 at the end of the over.

Morris also got run out in the next over after scoring a quick innings of 20 runs.

Duminy finished things off in style as he scored 10 runs of the last two balls that included a six and a four.

South Africa were 299 for the loss of six wickets after the allotted overs.

Overs 40, Score 221/3

Things got a bit slow as the two dangerous batsmen i.e. F du Plessis and AB de Villiers were back in the pavilion at quick intervals.

The dangerous Miller decided to took charge in the 37th over bowled by Prasanna as he lofted cleanly over the bowler’s head for a maximum.

Meanwhile, the brilliant Amla was playing in his own style as he was rotating the strike at regular intervals besides putting the bad deliveries through to the fence.

Meanwhile, the next over bowled by Pradep was bowled brilliantly as only two runs came of it. Later on, it was Gunaratne who conceded 5 runs in his over while the introduction of Malinga also brought some pressure as only 9 runs came of the last three overs till fortieth over.

South Africa were 221 for the loss of three wickets after 40 overs with Hashim Amla batting on 96 and Miller on 17 not out.

Overs 35, Score 198/1

In the thirty first over, it was du Plessis who drills the ball through to the gap at extra cover for four more.
South Africa seemed to be in a comfortable position when the excitement was tarnished by the dismissal of F du Plessis who was caught brilliantly by Chandimal of the bowling of Pradeep.

F du Plessis departed after scoring 75 runs as South Africa were 190 for the loss of two wickets at the end of 34th over.

The introduction AB de Villiers at this stage of the game means there will be some fireworks at the end of the innings. The fervor and craze of the spectators upon AB’s arrival was short lived as he was caught by Kapugedera of the bowling of Prasanna after scoring just four runs.

A total of eight runs were scored of 35th over as South Africa were 198 for the loss of one wicket after 35 overs.

Overs 30, Score 163/1

Amla in order to speed things up drove off the back foot in the 22nd over as the ball races away towards the square leg boundary for four more.

Amla yet again took the charge in Malinga’s over as he clipped the ball away to his left for a boundary.
South Africa were 114 for the loss of one wicket after 23 overs.

Prasanna got some punishment in the 24th over as first it was du Plessis who thumped him away for a boundary and later on later on by Amla for a maximum as 11 runs came of his over.

In the twenty sixth over, it was du Plessis who took the charge in the twenty seventh over as pulled it powerfully in front of square for four more.

Both these batsmen were putting bad deliveries for four while at the same time rotating the strike at regular intervals.

At the end of thirtieth over, the average 5.43 per over as South Africa had a great chance to put a decent total in the board as they had 9 wickets in hand with du Plessis and the consistent Amla on the crease.

Overs 20, Score 90/1

In the eleventh over, Q de Kock played brilliantly an over pitch from Pradep to the fence for four more as South Africa were 39 for no loss after 11 overs.

The skipper brought in Gunaratne to the attack who also bowled rather good as South Africa were 44 for no loss at the end of twelfth over.

In the 13th over, South Africa lost their first wicket in the shape of Q de Kock who was caught behind by Dickwella of the bowling of Pradeep after scoring rather a slow innings of 23 runs.

South Africa were 45 for the loss of one wicket after 13 overs.

Fifty came up for South Africa in the 14th over as they were 51 for no loss at the end of this over.

Amla was batting slow may be because of the pitch and so was F du Plessis as South Africa run rate at the end of 15th over was just 3.66.

It was in the seventh over when F du Plessis after being dropped by Malinga guided the bowl to the boundary for four more as eight runs came of the over.

Amla took the charge in the 19th over as thumped Gunaratne for a huge six over leg stump. A good over for South Africa as 11 runs came of it.

Both these batsmen had decided to reschedule the innings as F du Plessis swept really well of the bowling of Prasanna and resulting in nine runsbeing conceded of the twentieth over.

South Africa were 90 for the loss of one wicket after 20 overs.

Overs 10, Score 32/0

Malinga took the new ball as Hashim Amla and Q de Kock started the proceedings for South Africa. Malinga as usual bowled fast as only 3 runs were conceded of the first over.

Lakmal shared the new ball with Malinga as he also bowled a fine over that conceded just 3 runs in second over.

Malinga restricted the South African openers from freeing their arms as only 4 runs were conceded in the third over.

Meanwhile, the other attack bowler Lakmal was also bowling with such a fine technique as the margin of width was almost negligible in his bowling. Lakmal just conceded 3 runs in his over.

The first five overs were exceptionally bowled as only 12 runs came of it. The sixth over being bowled by Lakmal conceded six runs as it was so unusual that South Africa without any boundary were 18 for no loss after six overs.

It was in the seventh over when Q de Kock sliced a drive of Malinga and fetched the first boundary of the day in the process.

South Africa were 24 after seven overs without losing any wicket.

Lakmal meanwhile bowled yet another brilliant over while conceding just 3 runs.

The skipper Upal Tharanga who is filling Angelo Matthews’ shoes in this match has decided to introduce Pradep instead in place for Malinga in the ninth over. Pradep bowled brilliantly as he only gave away one run.

Lakmal showed some real consistency however the good over was somehow spoiled by Hashim Amla who put a bad delivery into the infield for four more. Indeed expertly done by Amla!

South Africa were unconventionally slow as they were 32 for no loss after 10 overs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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