South Africa notched up a 96-run victory over Sri Lanka in the third ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at Kennington Oval in London on Saturday. While Hashim Amla notched up his 25th ODI century and Faf Du Plessis chipped in with a solid 70-ball 75 as South Africa posted a challenging 299 for six, Sri Lanka batsmen failed in the chase as they were all out for 203 in 41.3 overs. Upul Tharanga scored a 57 while Niroshan Dickwella (41) and Kusal Perera (44) chipped in Sri Lanka, their efforts weren't enough. Imran Tahir was declared as Man of the Match thanks to his four-wicket haul. He ended with figures of 4/27. Chris Morris helped with two wickets while Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada took one each.
Earlier, Amla and Du Plessis stitched 145 runs for the second wicket as South Africa looked to be heading for a big total. However, Sri Lanka pulled things back through some good death bowling. South Africa seemed to lose their way after Amla was dismissed and managed to score only 78 runs in the final 10 overs. It was some hard-hitting by JP Duminy that finally gave the Proteas the much-needed impetus at the end of their innings. (SCORECARD)
ICC Champions Trophy Highlights Between South Africa vs Sri Lanka straight from London.
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23:00 IST: Imran Tahir is the man of the match with four wickets to his name.
22:52 IST: OUT!! Pradeep (5) caught by Duminy off a Tahir delivery. Sri Lanka all out! South Africa win by 96 runs.
22:50 IST: Four! It's Perera this time. SL are 203/9 after 41 overs
22:48 IST: Four! Pradeep slams a boundary off a Rabada delivery
22:46 IST: Just 2 runs from Morris. SL are 194/9 after 40 overs
22:40 IST: Great bowling by Rabada. He bowls a maiden over. SL are 192/9 after 39 overs
22:36 IST: OUT! Malinga is bowled by Rabada, gone for 1! SL are 192/9 (38.1 ovs)
22:35 IST: Just 2 more wickets and it will be an early wrap for SA. Can they do it?
22:34 IST: What a brilliant over from Morris! 1 run and two wickets! (LBW and a run out!) SL are 192/8 after 38 overs
22:33 IST: Yes it is!! Lakmal is run out for a duck! SL are 191/8 (37.5 ovs). That's a direct hit from Tahir!
22:32 IST: Is that a run out?
22:28 IST: OUT! Rapped on the pads and Morris appeal for an LBW. Given out by the umpire and Prasanna goes for 13. SL are 191/7 (37.3 ovs)
22:24 IST: FOUR! Short ball from Kagiso Rabada and Perera smashes it for a boundary. The left-hander reaches on 38.
22:21 IST: Six! That's a huge one. Prasanna is on the charge now
22:20 IST: So Sri Lanka are 176/6 after 35 overs, need 124 from 90 balls
22:15 IST: Rabada comes back into the attack
22:14 IST: Five runs scored in the over. SL are 171/6 after 34 overs.
22:12 IST: Four! Perera slams a boundary off a Morris delivery
22:11 IST: Morris comes back into the attack
22:10 IST: Only 1 run from Parnell this over. SL are 166/6 after 33 overs
22:06 IST: SL are 165/6 after 32 overs
22:04 IST: Four! To backward square leg from Perera off Tahir!
22:02 IST: Parnel gives away only 1 run this over! SL are 158/6 after 31 overs
21:59 IST: Tahir has taken 3 wickets so far! So who did this better?!!
21:55 IST: 2 runs and a wicket from Tahir in this over. SL are 157/6 after 30 overs.
21:53 IST: Wicket! Tahir strikes again! Gunaratne (4) is caught by Parnell. SL are 155/6 (29.2 ovs)
21:50 IST: SL are 155/5 after 29 overs. Parnell gives away only 4 runs.
21:47 IST: Another great over from Tahir, gives away only 2 runs. SL are 151/5 after 28 overs. SL need 149 for a win
21:46 IST: SL reach 150 with a single (27.3 ovs)
21:44 IST: Good bowling from Parnell. Gives away only 2 runs. SL are 149/5 after 27 overs
21:40 IST: SL are 147/5 after 26 overs. Just two runs from the over and wicket! Tahir is doing his job!
21:37 IST: Wicket!! Tharanga goes for 57!! Caught by Miller off a Tahir delivery. SL are 146/5 in 25.2 overs. That was a big wicket SA needed.
21:35 IST: Good over from Parnell. Gives away just 2 runs. SL are 145/4 after 25 overs
21:33 IST: Parnell is back into the attack
21:32 IST: Seven runs from the Tahir over. SL are 143/4 after 24 overs.
21:31 IST: Four! Tharanga pounces on Tahir's lose delivery to smash a boundary.
21:30 IST: SL are 136/4 after 23 overs. Duminy just concedes a boundary in the over
21:28 IST: Four!! Good sweep by Perera of a Duminy delivery!
21:26 IST: 50! Tharanga brings up a half century with two runs in the last ball of the over. Very close, could have been a run out! Tahir doesn't seem happy! SL are 132/4 after 22 overs
21:23 IST: Three runs from the over. Good bowling by Duminy. SL are 127/4 after 21 overs
21:20 IST: JP Duminy comes into the attack now.
21:18 IST: Tahir gives away just 1 run in the over. SL are 124/4 after 20 overs
21:17 IST: Was that a wicket? Is Perera out? Tahir thinks so but umpire doesn't. No review either. Oh well.
21:15 IST: Good over from Morkel, just six runs. Sri Lanka are 123/4 after 19 overs
21:10 IST: What a brilliant over from Tahir! Two wickets - one LBW and the other a run out - and just one run! SL are 117/4 after 18 overs
21:08 IST: Wicket!! Kapudegera trapped by Tahir for a duck. SL 117/4 (17.5 ovs)
21:05 IST: Wicket! That's a run out!! Chandimal goes for 12. SL are 116/3 (17.2 ovs) ABD is having a good day!
21:03 IST: Tahir comes into the attack
21:01 IST: Just five runs from the over. Morkel keeps it steady. Sri Lanka are 116/2 after 17 overs
20:57 IST: Good over from Morris. Gives away 6 runs. Sri Lanka are 111/2 after 16 overs
20:53 IST: Sri Lanka are 105/2 after 15 overs
20:50 IST: Four! Chandimal smashes a boundary off Morkel. That was a short delivery.
20:46 IST: Sri Lanka are 100/2 after 14 overs. Morris gives away just 3 runs in the over.
20:42 IST: Another over of excellent bowling. Morkel gives just 2 runs off the over. Sri Lanka are 97/2 after 13 overs
20:39 IST: Sri Lanka are 95/2 after 12 overs
20:35 IST: Wicket! Kusal Mendis out! Caught by De Villiers off a Morris delivery. He departs for 11. What a stunning one-handed catch by ABD! (SL are 94/2 after 11.5 overs)
20:32 IST: Morris comes into the attack
20:31 IST: That's good bowling from Morkel, just four runs off the over. Sri Lanka are 91/1 after 11 overs.
20:27 IST: And another four! Tharanga is on fire. Picks up from where Dickwella left. Sri Lanka are 87/1 after 10 overs.
20:25 IST: Four. Tharanga smashes a boundary off a Parnell delivery. What a brilliant drive
20:22 IST: Four and four!! Back-to-back boundaries from Kusal Mendis! Sri Lanka are 77/1 after 9 overs
20:16 IST: Out!! Dickwella (41) caught by Parnell off Morkel. That's the breakthrough SA needed. Sri Lanka 69/1 (8.2 overs)
20:15 IST: Some fun at the ground!
20:14 IST: Sri Lanka are 68/0 after 8 overs.
20:13 IST: Four and four! Two back-to-back boundaries from Tharanga off Parnell.
20:10 IST: And a wide on the second last ball. Expensive over from Rabada. Gives away 15 runs. Sri Lanka are 58/0 in 7 overs
20:07 IST: Four! Dickwella again! He whips it over square leg. What's happening to Rabada?
20:06 IST: Six! A 90m hit from Dickwella. He has a simple plan - just hit! This will definitely hurt Rabada
20:03 IST: Parnell gives away 11 runs. Sri Lanka 43/0 in 6 overs
20:01 IST: Four! Tharanga joins the party, off a Parnell delivery.
19:59 IST: Sri Lanka 32/0 in 5 overs
19:56 IST: Four!! Dickwella smashes another. One bounce and over the rope.
19:53 IST: Dickwella against comes down the track, uses the pace and cuts this away towards deep backward point. Sri Lanka 22-0 in 4 overs.
19:50 IST: FOUR! Dickwella comes forward, gets an edge and the ball races over the slip cordon. Sri Lanka 15-0 in 3.2 overs.
19:48 IST: Just 1 run off Rabada's over. Sri Lanka 10-0 in 3 overs.
19:44 IST: FOUR! First boundary of Sri Lanka innings. Dickwella comes forward and smashes this towards deep extra cover. Sri Lanka 9-0 in 2.1 overs.
19:42 IST: Brilliant start from Rabada. Just 3 runs off his over. Sri Lanka 3-0 in 1 over.
19:40 IST: Dickwella and Tharanga are at the crease. Rabada will open the attack for South Africa. Who will win the third match of the CT 2017 - SL or SA?
19:38 IST: Welcome to the second innings.
19:07: IST: South Africa 299/6 in 50 overs against Sri Lanka. Hashim Amla 103, Faf Du Plessis 75. Nuwan Pradeep 2/54.
19:06 IST: FOUR! Duminy hits straight down the ground.
19:05 IST: Duminy plays this towards point and gets a single. 4 balls to go.
19:04 IST: Nuwan Pradeep to bowl the last over f the innings. Here we go...
19:02 IST: 6 runs off Lasith Malinga's over. 1 over to go in the innings. South Africa 287-6.
18:59 IST: Excellent star from Malinga. After conceding two runs in the first ball, three back-to-back dots from Malinga. That's why he is known as the best in death overs. South Africa 283-6 in 48.4 overs.
18:58 IST: FOUR! Duminy plays this beautifully towards deep backward point.
18:57 IST: Wayne Parnell joins Duminy in the middle.
18:54 IST: WICKET! Chris Morris departs. He in run out by Tharanga for 20 (19 balls). South Africa 277-6 in 47.5 overs.
18:50 IST: FOUR! Duminy at his best. He uses the pace and sends Malinga towards fine leg. South Africa 273-5 in 47 overs.
18:46 IST: Chris Morris hammers Lasith Malinga towards long off. He will get a single.
18:42 IST: 4 overs to go! South Africa are 262-5. Can Duminy and Morris take their team past 300?
18:39 IST: FOUR! Duminy gets the edge and ball races towards third man. Runs are coming for South Africa. South Africa 260-5 in 45.2 overs.
18:37 IST: FOUR! Duminy opens the face of the bat and guides Malinga towards third man. Clever shot from him. South Africa 254-5 in 45 overs.
18:35 IST: FOUR! Chris Morris bends forward and drives this towards long off. South Africa 249-5 in 44.4 overs.
18:31 IST: 6 overs to go in the innings. South Africa 244-5.
18:29 IST: FOUR! Chris Morris cuts this away towards third man. Not a good start from Lakmal. South Africa 238-5 in 43.2 overs.
18:26 IST: Chris Morris joins Duminy in the middle. Both are known for their power-hitting batting. Can they take SA help post 300 plus?
18:24 IST: WICKET! Asela Gunaratne ends Hashim Amla's stay at 103. What an innings from the batsman. Incredible. Brilliant throw from Kusal Mendis. Amla is run out 103 (115 balls). South Africa 233-5 in 42.3 overs.
18:23 IST: STAT: Hashim Amla becomes first South African batsman to reach the landmark of 25 one-day international centuries.
18:21 IST: JP Duminy joins Hashim Amla in the middle. Can he accelerate the run-rate for South Africa?
18:19 IST: WICKET! Suranga Lakmal dismisses David Miller for 18 runs. Amla is still there. South Africa will need him till the last over. South Africa 226-4 in 41.4 overs.
18:15 IST: CENTURY! Hashim Amla brings up his century off 112 balls. Brilliant knock from the South Africa's batting star. South Africa 226-3 in 41.3 overs.
18:10 IST: Amla plays this towards deep square leg off Gunaratne. Excellent running between the wickets by the two. Amla is on 99 now.
18:07 IST: Hashim Amla moves to 96 with a single off Malinga.
18:02 IST: Miller takes a single and gives strike to Hashim Amla. Amla needs 6 runs to complete his century. Will he bring up his century with a six?
17:58 IST: Just 2 runs off Pradeep's over. South Africa 215-3 in 38 overs.
17:55 IST: Miller comes forwards and smashes this over bowler's head. What a hit from him. South Africa 211-3 in 36.5 overs.
17:50 IST: Excellent back-to-back deliveries from Nuwan Pradeem. He beats Miller on both of his deliveries. Excellent controlled bowling from the pacer. Just 4 runs off his over. South Africa 202-3 in 36 overs.
17:47 IST: David Miller is the new man at the crease. And, the left-handed batsman starts his innings a magnificent boundary towards long off. South Africa 199-3 in 35.1 overs.
17:43 IST: WICKET! Seekuge Prasanna dismisses AB de Villiers for 4. Big wicket for Sri Lanka. South Africa 194-3 in 34.4 overs.
17:41 IST: Did you hear the cheer? Yes, AB de Villiers is in the house. Can we expect some fireworks here?
17:40 IST: WICKET! Nuwan Pradeep ends Du Plessis' stay at 75 (70 balls). Magnificent innings from the right-hander. 145-run stand has been broken. South Africa 189-2 in 33.4 overs
17:36 IST: FOUR! Du Plessis slashes this over backward point. Nuwan Pradeep didn't like. South Africa 189-1 in 33.3 overs.
17:31 IST: FOUR! Amla uses the pace and flicks this towards square leg. He picks this up nicely. South Africa 178-1 in 31.5 overs.
17:27 IST: FOUR! What a shot from Du Plessis. The right-hander finds the gap and smashes it through deep extra cover. South Africa 170-1 in 30.3 overs.
17:24 IST: Drinks are on the field. With AB, Morris and Duminy are yet to come, SA power-hitting department can torment SL bowlers in the slog overs.
17:20 IST: 20 overs to go in the innings. South Africa are 163-1. Can Proteas post 300 plus at the end of 50 overs?
17:16 IST: 6 runs off Lakmal's over. Excellent over from him. South Africa 157-1 in 29 overs.
17:14 IST: Outside off delivery. Du Plessis comes forward to attack but misses it completely. Was there a bottom edge? No appeal from bowler and wicket-keeper.
17:08 IST: FIFTY! Faf du Plessis brings up his half-century off 52 balls. Another great innings from Du Plessis. South Africa 148-1 in 27.3 overs.
17:06 IST: 100-run partnership comes up between Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla. South Africa 145-1 in 27 overs.
17:03 IST: Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack and Faf Du Plessis welcomes his with a solid boundary towards deep mid wicket. Excellent use of feet and placement from the South African. South Africa 141-1 in 26.2 overs.
16:58 IST: Du Plessis plays this towards deep square leg. Chance of a run-out but an excellent running between the wicket from Amla and Du Plessis. South Africa 135-1 in 25.5 overs.
16:52 IST: Amla is accelerating the run-rate now. He comes forward and slams this over deep mid wicket region. South Africa 125-1 in 24.1 overs.
16:51 IST: FOUR! Du Plessis in his trademark start. He gets a big stride forward and smashes this towards deep mid wicket. Excellent shot from the right-hander. South Africa 119-1 in 23.5 overs.
16:47 IST: Amla plays this beautifully towards backward square leg. He will get 2 runs here. Excellent running between the wickets. South Africa 113-1 in 22.4 overs.
16:45 IST: FIFTY! Hashim Amla brings up his half-century off 56 balls. South Africa 106-1 in 22 overs.
16:42 IST: FOUR! Amla plays this towards square of the wicket. Excellent placement from the right-hander.
16:38 IST: Amla goes on backfoot and smashes this over deep mid wicket. He fails to connect this properly. 2 runs for him.
16:35 IST: FOUR! Du Plessis lens forward and slaps this towards backward square leg. This is Du Plessis' trademark. South Africa 90-1 in 20 overs.
16:32 IST: SIX! Amla is in attack mode now. He comes forward and slams Gunaratne towards long off for a maximum. Superb stuff from him. South Africa 80-1 in 18.5 overs.
16:26 IST: FOUR! Du Plessis uses the pace and guides Pradeep towards third man boundary. South Africa 67-1 in 17 overs.
16:23 IST: DROPPED! Malinga drops a sitter. Du Plessis gets a reprieve. Maliga makes a complete misjudgement.
16:15 IST: Nuwan Pradeep starts his fourth over after the drinks' break. And, he starts with a bouncer.
16:13 IST: Drinks are on the field now. Amla is explaining something to Du Plessis. Mind games? These both batsmen can turn the game on its head.
16:11 IST: FOUR! Amla goes on the backfoot and cuts it through deep backward point. The ball races away to the fence. 50 COMES UP for South Africa.
16:08: Bowling change for Sri Lanka. Seekkuge Prasanna comes into the attack. Can he get another wicket for Sri Lanka?
16:07 IST: A single to end the over. Just 1 run off Pradeep's over. South Africa 45-1 in 13 overs.
16:05 IST: Faf Du Plessis joins Hashim Amla in the middle. Can he put on a decent stand with Amla?
16:03 IST: WICKET! Nuwan Pradeep gets the breakthrough. Quinton de Kock departs for 23 (42 balls). Dickwella takes an excellent catch behind the wickets. South Africa 44-1 in 12.1 overs.
16:00 IST: 5 runs of Gunaratne's over. South Africa 44-0 in 12 overs.
15:58 IST: Another bowling change. Asela Gunaratne comes into the attack. And, he gets a massive turn on his first delivery. De Kock is surprised.
15:56 IST: De Kock is trying to accelerate the innings after a slow start. He goes back and plays this towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Excellent use of wrist from the southpaw. South Africa 39-0 in 11 overs.
15:54 IST: Nuwan Pradeep starts his second over. De Kock plays this towards deep backward point for a couple.
15:51 IST: FOUR! Superb shot from Amla. Flick of the wrist and Amla sends Lakmal over mid wicket region. First boundary for Amla. South Africa 32-0 in 10 overs.
15:48 IST: Another good over for Sri Lanka. Just 1 run off Pradeep's over. Sri Lanka are putting pressure on South Africa now. South Africa 28-0 in 9 overs.
15:46 IST: After three dot balls, Amla finally manages to takes a quick single off mid on.
15:44 IST: Bowling change for Sri Lanka. Nuwan Pradeep comes into the attack. Can he get the breakthrough here?
15:41 IST: 3 runs off Lakma's over. Superb bowling from him. He didn't give Amla a single opportunity to find the fence. South Africa 27-0 in 8 overs.
15:39 IST: Excellent one from Lakmal. A huge caught behind appeal from the wicket-keeper. Umpire is not interested. South Africa 24-0 in 7.2 overs.
15:35 IST: FOUR! Finally, we have seen the first boundary of the match. De Kock plays this towards sweeper cover region. South Africa 22-0 in 6.2 overs.
15:32 IST: 6 runs off Lakmal's over. 6 overs gone. South Africa 18/0. De Kock 6* (23), Amla 9 (13)
15:30 IST: 5 overs gone! South Africa are without a single boundary. Amla and De Kock are off to a sedate start. South Africa 16-0 in 5.3 overs.
15:20 IST: Just 1 run off Lakmal over. South Africa 11-0 in 4 overs.
15:18 IST: REVIEW! A loud LBW appeal from Suranga Lakmal. Umpire seems not interested. Sri Lanka have asked for a review. And, it's NOT OUT. First review of Champions Trophy 2017. De Kock is safe. South Africa 10-0 in 3.1 overs.
15:15 IST: Another good over for Sri Lanka. 4 runs off Malinga's over. South Africa 10-0 in 3 overs.
15:13 IST: Malinga starts his second over. Amla plays his towards mid-wicket for a single.
15:12 IST: Another good over for Sri Lanka. Just 3 runs off Lakmal's over. South Africa 6-0 in 2 overs.
15:09 IST: Stunning shot from Amla. He plays this towards deep mid-wicket. He gets 3 runs. South Africa 6-0 in 1.4 overs.
15:08 IST: Suranga Lakmal is into the attack now. Can he get an early breakthrough for his team?
15:06 IST: Just 3 runs off Malinga's over. Excellent start from Sri Lanka. South Africa 3-0 in 1 over.
15:02 IST: Amla gets the first run of the match and South Africa innings. He flicks Malinga towards square leg for a single.
15:01 IST: Here comes the first ball of the match. Hashim Amla defends this well.
14:59 IST: Sri Lanka team are in a huddle. Openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla are makin their way to the middle. Lasith Malinga will open the attack for Sri Lanka.
14:54 IST: It's time for national anthems. Amazing atmosphere at the Kennigton Oval.
Good luck to @OfficialSLC .. come on boys play the brand of cricket that will win us the game..— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) June 3, 2017
14:35 IST: Here are the Playing XIs:
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Chamara Kapugedera, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers (captain), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir
14:30 IST: Sri Lanka's stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has won the toss and elected to field against South Africa.
14:28 IST: Toss time!!
14:21 IST: Toss is just few minutes away. Stay tuned fore more updates.
14:19 IST: Hello and welcome to the Live coverage from the ICC Champions Trophy match between Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Yet, for all they are top of the one-day international rankings, South Africa have a reputation for under-performing in International Cricket Council tournaments. The only ICC event they have won was the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998.
But South Africa this time also boast the world’s number one-ranked ODI batsman and bowler in AB de Villiers and Kagiso Rabada.
Sri Lanka head into the tournament as underdogs and one of the key reasons they’ve struggled in recent months has been the absence of fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who hasn’t played any ODI cricket since November 2015 due to a knee injury.