On the other hand South Africa, were poor with the new ball conceding 87 runs in the first 10 overs. Tahir who picked four wickets and some brilliance in the field from the skipper AB de Villiers changed the game for the Proteas. They kept chipping away with important wickets which stopped the run flow of the Sri Lankans and 300 proved to be too much for them in the end.
So, Sri Lanka after being 90 for 1 in 11 overs have been bundled out for 203 runs. Sri Lanka were well on course to chase down the score when Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga were batting. Tharanga scored a hard fought fifty but did not get any support from the middle order. The Islanders suffered a mini collapse in between, losing 5 wickets for 60 runs.
Imran Tahir to Nuwan Pradeep
OUT! That should do it! South Africa have a win in their tournament opener and it's come via a dominant performance. Tossed up on the stumps, Nuwan Pradeep lofts this in an attempt to clear the wide long on boundary. Didn't middle it at all as it's straight down the throat of JP Duminy, who takes a simple catch. Tahir gets his fourth of the game and SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 96 RUNS!
A bit of extra bounce for Imran Tahir. He pitches this on a shorter length and it turns back in, the wrong 'un, takes Pradeep by surprise and raps him on the gloves.
Flat, short and outside off, Nuwan off his back foot pushes it to the covers.
Imran Tahir into the attack again.
Kagiso Rabada to Kusal Perera
FOUR! Overpitched, in an attempt to score the yorker and it's been put away. Kusal Perera backs away and drills it past mid off to end the over with a boundary.
Rabada comes steaming in and pounds it in short, Perera makes room to get some bat on it but fails to do so.
Kagiso Rabada to Nuwan Pradeep
Similar shot, it's aerially through the covers. Just a single this time though.
FOUR! Don't think he really meant to hit it there but he'll take it all the same. Rabada hurls it full and outside off, Pradeep awkwardly just chips it over the covers. It races away to the fence, beating the chasing fielders.
On a shortish length again, angling down, Pradeep makes room and without even looking at the ball, wildly swings, only to miss horribly.
Short of a length delivery shaping back in, on middle and leg, Pradeep makes room and looks to dab it down to third man but misses.
Powerplay 3 has been signalled. A maximum of 5 fielders will be allowed outside the circle.
Chris Morris to Kusal Perera
Brilliant stuff. Morris fires it full and wide outside off, Perera who had backed away couldn't reach it. Good over from the all-rounder has come to an end.
Just back of a length on the fourth stump line, the southpaw stands tall and punches it to the cover area.
One more accurate yorker, on leg, dug back out down the track.
Hurls this on a length, on the off stick, Kusal Perera slaps this through extra cover. Two runs are taken as the man out in the deep mops it up.
Another yorker but this one is outside off, Perera makes a little room and squeezes it out to point.
Kusal Perera has a change of bats.
Comes from around the wicket and fires in a yorker on leg, Kusal Perera charges out and jams it back in the direction of the bowler.