Plessis and Phehlukwayo shine in Proteas warm-up win against Lankans

South Africa win their first warm-up match with ease by 87 runs against Sri Lanka after a superb performance from the captain Faf du Plessis and the all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo at Cardiff on Friday, May 24.

Sri Lanka v South Africa – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up
Andile Phehlukwayo of South Africa celebrates taking the wicket of Dhananjaya de Silva of Sri Lanka during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Cardiff

South Africa managed a big score of 338 runs in the first innings. In reply, despite the half-centuries from the captain Dimuth Karunaratne and the former captain Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka lost the match by a big margin. They were bowled out by 251 runs in just 42.3 overs.

Winning the toss, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne elected to bowl first. Batting first, South Africa started well with their two openers- Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram. But Markram didn’t able to broad his innings as he got out by 21 runs when the team’s score was 47.

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After that, Hashim Amla who had been struggling with his form recently went well with the skipper Faf du Plessis. They both made a huge partnership of 128 runs before Amla got out by scoring 65 runs off 61 balls in the 24th over. Then no one played a big innings but everyone played a well-timed innings to make the score a big one of 338 runs.

Captain Faf du Plessis scored 88 runs off 69 balls and Rassie van der Dussen scored 40 runs off 41 balls while Andile Phehlukwayo scored 35 runs off 34 balls. Pacer Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep both took two wickets for Sri Lanka.

Chasing the target, Kusal Perera got out without scoring any run. Lungi Ngidi, who just came back from an injury took his wicket. Then wickets were falling down quickly. But Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews made a timely partnership of 98 runs to keep the winning hope alive. But after Karunaratne got out by scoring 87 runs off 92 balls no one played any good innings to win the match and they were bowled out with almost 8 overs in hand.

Angelo Mathews scored 64 runs off 66 balls. All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo took 4 wickets while the paceman Ngidi took two wickets.

Sri Lanka rested pacer Lasith Malinga and South Africa rested wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock for this match. Also Sri Lanka got a huge blow as their promising opener Avishka Fernando suffered an ankle injury while fielding. The team physios rushed into the sight; the opener had eventually been taken out of the field carried by a stretcher as he was unable to walk. Scan report showed a minor ankle injury later on and he was expected to make a quick recovery.

South Africa will play their next warm-up match against West Indies on May 26 while Sri Lanka will play their next warm-up match against Australia on May 27.

South Africa XIV: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller (wk), Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen

Sri Lanka XIV: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana.

Brief Scorecard:

South Africa 338-7 (50 overs)

Faf du Plessis 88 (69), Hashim Amla 65 (61)

Suranga Lakmal 2/63, Nuwan Pradeep 2/77

Sri Lanka 251-10 (42.3 overs)

Dimuth Karunaratne 86 (92), Angelo Mathews 64 (66)

Andile Phehlukwayo 4/36, Lungi Ngidi 2/12

Toss: Sri Lanka won the toss, elected to field first


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