South Africa put Sri Lanka under threat with easy win
South Africa get their second victory of the tournament after beating Sri Lanka comfortably by 9 wickets at the Riverside Ground.
South Africa are already out of the contention for the semi-final, but they managed to take pride with a dominating win against Sri Lanka.
Sent in to bat, Sri Lanka produced a dismal batting show to manage a modest 203 runs only, a target which the Proteas overhauled with 76 balls and 9 wickets in hand. Lasith Malinga managed to pick up the only wicket.
With just six points from seven games, Sri Lanka still have a mathematical chance to be in the semifinals, but the chances got slimmer after this massive defeat.
First, Sri Lanka need to win their last two games against already-eliminated West Indies (on July 1) and India (July 6) and then depend on favourable results from other remaining league stage games.
While du Plessis remained unbeaten on 96 off 103 balls, hitting 10 boundaries and one six, Amla finished on 80* off 105 balls including 5 fours. Lasith Malinga (1/47) was the only successful bowler for Sri Lanka.
Earlier, the Proteas picked up wickets at regular intervals after the first 10 overs, never allowing the Lankan middle-order to settle down.
Drafted into the playing eleven in place of Lungi Ngidi, pacer Dwaine Pretorius(3/25) justified his selection with a three-wicket haul and proved his worth.
Chris Morris (3/46) and Kagiso Rabada (2/36) shared five wickets between them. Sri Lanka had a horrible start as they lost skipper Dimuth Karunaratne in the first ball of the match, caught by his counterpart du Plessis at the second slip off Rabada.
SL 203 (49.3)
RSA 206/1 (37.2)
Result: South Africa won by 9 wickets