ICC Champions Trophy Highlights: South Africa (RSA) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

Updated: 04 June 2017 13:46 IST

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Highlights and ball-by-ball commentary from the 3rd match between South Africa (RSA) and Sri Lanka (SL) at the Kennington Oval, London on Saturday.

ICC Champions Trophy Highlights: South Africa (RSA) vs Sri Lanka (SL)
Champions Trophy Highlights: South Africa beat Sri Lanka By 96 runs © AFP

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. (SCORECARD)

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.

When and Where to Watch Live: South Africa (RSA) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

India: TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1HD (English, Hindi, Tamil). Live Streaming: Hotstar.
 
UK: TV: Sky Sports 2. Live Streaming: Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports.
 
Bangladesh: TV: GTV and Star Sports.
 
USA: TV: Willow TV. Live Streaming: Willow TV Live Online.
 
Australia: TV: Fox Sports. Live Streaming: Foxtel.
 
New Zealand: TV: Sky Sport 1. Live Streaming: Sky Go NZ.
 
South Africa: TV: SuperSport 2. Live Streaming: SuperSport Live Video.
 
Middle East: TV: OSN Sports Cricket. Live Streaming: OSN Play.
 
Singapore: TV: Star Cricket.

Highlights: RSA vs SL

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Right, then! That's it from us! South Africa have gotten off on the front foot by inflicting the heaviest defeat Sri Lanka have suffered in terms of runs in the Champions Trophy. Plenty for the Islanders to work on. While they do, tomorrow we have a big one for you. India will lock horns against Pakistan at Edgbaston and you don't want to miss that. It starts at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Do join us for it. Cheers!

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AB de Villiers says the wicket wasn't as true as the England-Bangladesh game. Adds that it was probably possible for Sri Lanka to chase it down, but his team managed to get some early wickets. Credits Sri Lanka for bowling exceptionally well. Applauds his openers for sticking it out in the first 10 overs and then Faf du Plessis as well for playing the way he did in the middle overs. Praises Hashim Amla for being an outstanding cricketer and goes on to say that he is a massive influence in the dressing room too. (On why he waited till the 18-19th over to bring on Imran Tahir) Says they have to read the conditions and then adjust accordingly. Further adds they had a chat about when the right time is and it helps that he's one of the best bowlers in the world. (On South Africa's improvement in fielding since the England ODIs) States they've worked on a lot of things, that the goal is to improve continuously as that's what a champion team does. Mentions their game next is against Pakistan at Edgbaston and continues saying that they will assess the conditions after going over there. Answering the question on what his biggest headache is, he says team selection as he has a well-balanced team and lot of good players, which makes his job difficult.

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Upul Tharanga says they bowled well. Mentions that even after Amla and du Plessis put up a good partnership, his bowlers put in a good effort to restrict them to 299. On not getting wickets in the middle overs, he thinks that Lakshan Sandakan can make an impact, so might consider that in the next game. Ends by saying the next game is against India and they want to come back stronger against them.

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Man of the Match, Imran Tahir says he has been enjoying his cricket and feels honoured every time he puts the South African jersey on. Hopes his good form continues through the tournament. Adds he's always ready to bowl and feels that the guys upfront were unfortunate that they didn't get wickets and credits Sri Lanka's openers for batting well. Is quite pleased that all his variations were coming off well today and that his team got the victory. Thanks everybody who has supported him, as he had a niggle in the last week and it was difficult. Ends by saying he's really looking forward to the rest of the tournament.

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On the other hand, South Africa were poor with the new ball conceding 87 runs in the first 10 overs. Tahir's 4-wicket haul 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 and choked the Sri Lankans. Earlier in the day Amla's ton and du Plessis' fifty helped South Africa reach a respectable total which in the end proved to be enough for them to emerge victorious.

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So, Sri Lanka after being 91 for 1 in 11 overs have been bundled out for 203. They were well on course to chase down the target when Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga were batting. The skipper scored a hard-fought fifty but did not get any support from the middle order. Kusal Perera showed some fight towards the end but he too ran out of partners. The Islanders suffered a mini-collapse in between, losing 5 wickets for 61 runs and then 300 proved to be a big task for them.

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Imran Tahir to Nuwan Pradeep

OUT! That does 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 slog sweeps 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!

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Imran Tahir to Nuwan Pradeep

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.

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Imran Tahir to Nuwan Pradeep

Flat, short and outside off, Nuwan off his back foot pushes it to the covers.

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Imran Tahir into the attack again.

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