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Sunday, December 15News That Matters

SOUTH AFRICA SHATTERS SRI LANKAN HOPES OF SECURING A SEMI FINAL SPOT

As the ICC Cricket World Cup moves further, the excitement of the fans surge and every new day brings about a new enthusiasm among the fans across. Such was another game on Friday which filled the heart of the fans with energy when South Africa was up against the Sri Lankan team. Although it was a mid table clash with two teams who have underperformed in this World Cup, but the scenario in which the teams had to play made it quite interesting. Sri Lanka were sitting on the 7th place with 6 points and had a chance of making it to the knockout stages if they manage to beat South Africa while South Africa were sitting on the 9th with their hopes of going through gone long.

The Proteas won the toss and elected to field first. Skipper Karunaratne and Kusal Perera came out to open the innings for the Lankans. Rabada surprised everyone with the first delivery of the match, when he pitched the ball back of the length bamboozling Karunaratne who was caught at second slip. Avishka Fernando came out to bat and settled down well with Kusal Perera. Both the batsmen kept the aggression mode live but it didn’t last long as Avishka once again in the tournament threw away his wicket with an unnecessary shot. Kusal Mendis was sent in at no. 4 but before he could do anything Kusal Perera was clean bowled by Pretorius. Angelo Mathews was the next one to bat but he also failed to get Sri Lanka out of the misery as they lost 4 for 100. Dhananjaya and Kusal Mendis had a short time on the crease adding 24 and 23 respectively. Perera and Udana showed resistance but the ship of Sri Lankan batting was already sunk and they were all out in the last over for just 203 runs. Peritorious was the decisive bowler picking up 3 vital wickets for just 25. Morris also picked 3 while Rabada managed to get 2.

Sri Lanka knew they were many short of a competitive score but it was worth to put the fight. The astonishing pair of Hashim Amla and Quinton De Kock walked in the middle to chase the target and started very positively but Malinga broke the early partnership with a perfect yorker that disturbed De Kock’s stumps. Captain Du Plessis was the next man in and from then onwards, South Africa tightened their grip on the match. Both Amla and Du Plessis played with calm nerves and cool attitude without taking any risks and didn’t give any piece of jubilance to the Lankans completing the chase without any further loss in the 38th over. Hashim Amla and Du Plessis went back unbowed on 80 and 96 respectively giving South Africa a massive victory. Peritorious received the Man of the Match award for his amazing 3 wickets for 25 which helped South Africa end the Sri Lankan hopes of going further in ICC World Cup 2019.

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