Highlights: South Africa vs Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy 2017
Favourites South Africa of Group B have defeated underdogs Sri Lanka by a big margin of 96 runs in the third match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval.
Sri Lanka chose to field after winning the toss. The Lankan bowling attack led by Lasith Malinga, who returned to ODIs after 19 months, was brilliant in the morning. They kept Proteas under four runs per over in the first powerplay, 32/0.
Nuwan Pradeep brought the first breakthrough by sending back Quinton de Kock for 42-ball 23. Faf du Plessis also started slowly like Hashim Amla. After being set, these two opened their shoulders and put Sri Lanka under pressure. These two added 145.
du Plessis scored his 28th ODI fifty in 52 balls as he made 75 runs off 70 deliveries with 6 fours.
Amla, who reached fifty in 56 balls after slow start, started to build up his innings. At one stage, he and South Africa couldn’t get runs at ease. There were dot balls being bowled by the Lankan Lions and the boundaries dried up.
But that didn’t stop Amla score his 25th ODI hundred in 151 innings which is the fastest in the history. He couldn’t stay any longer. He left scoring 103 runs from 115 balls hitting only 5 fours and 2 sixes.
When the centurion got run out, David Miller (18) was dismissed too and that left Proteas in trouble. JP Duminy and Chris Morris made a 45-run partnership. Morris scored 20 off 19 balls.
Watch below the highlights of the match