Player of the Match
Player of the Match

That's all from our side from this game. See you soon.

Faf du Plessis is the Man of the Match. "I thought we played really well," he says. "It was a good toss to win. And to chase it down like that, against Sri Lanka's spinners on a slow wicket, I think that was pretty good. Immy didn't give anything away. He is really hard to face for a new batsman. If Quinton is scoring runs, he always puts the bowlers under pressure. It's nice to bat with him, he makes the flow really easy."

Lasith Malinga: I think we lost two wicket at a crucial time. That's why we lagged and ended up on 230. At the moment we have to analyse who is the set batsman and he should finish the game. We needn't do much different, I think.

Time for presentation.

Venu: "Srilanka is one kind of team which perform well during big tournaments. Dont forget they have reached finals many times. Current team might miss senior players but same team can rise up when it matters..upcoming WC could be a turnaround for these guyz"

Hasal Fernando: "SL have the fire power to stop this protea fire, but the worst thing is, the team management and selectors are reluctant to bring them to the international arena and are quite happy to stay with the experienced but tried tested and failed players. That needs to change so badly."

5:03 pm A clinical performance by South Africa see them seal the game with eight wicket and 11.1 overs in hand. Opting to bowl first, Imran Tahir and Lungi Ngidi picked up three wickets each to bowl Sri Lanka out for 231. While they lost Reeza Hendricks early in their chase, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis mixed caution with aggression to steer the chase. De Kock fell on 81 but du Plessis stayed till the end - unbeaten on 112 - to saw South Africa home in the company of Rassie van der Dussen.

Sandakan to du Plessis, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, flicks it towards square leg and seals the game

One needed for victory

Sandakan to van der Dussen, 1 run, fuller around off, comes forward and drives it towards long-on
Sandakan to van der Dussen, 2 runs, a googly, goes back and cuts it through cover, Malinga chases and puts in the slide to keep it to two
Sandakan to van der Dussen, no run, tossed up outside off, reaches for it and hits it towards mid-off
Sandakan to van der Dussen, no run, length around off, comes forward and defends

38 | 11 Runs | SA: 228/2 (4 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 0.33)

  • Faf du Plessis111 (113b)
  • Rassie van der Dussen29 (39b)
  • Vishwa Fernando5-0-43-1
  • Lakshan Sandakan9-0-52-0
MVT Fernando to du Plessis, FOUR runs, fuller this time, du Plessis was perhaps looking to go over extra cover initially but adjusts to work it over short midwicket, boundary nonetheless
MVT Fernando to du Plessis, FOUR runs, middled and smacked this time towards the deep midwicket boundary. Was short of length outside off and du Plessis swivels to pull it away
MVT Fernando to du Plessis, 2 runs, fuller outside leg stump, du Plessis backs away and looks to hit through midwicket, doesn't middle it but gets a couple
MVT Fernando to du Plessis, no run, a slower one on the stumps, backs away and steers it towards point
MVT Fernando to van der Dussen, 1 run, short of length, just outside off, punches it towards sweeper cover
MVT Fernando to van der Dussen, no run, length ball in the corridor, looks to work on the off side, gets beaten as the ball goes almost parallel to the ground

Around the wicket

37 | 2 Runs | SA: 217/2 (15 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.86, RRR: 1.15)

  • Faf du Plessis101 (109b)
  • Rassie van der Dussen28 (37b)
  • Lakshan Sandakan9-0-52-0
  • Vishwa Fernando4-0-32-1
Sandakan to du Plessis, no run, short of length outside off, keeps low as du Plessis mistimes the cut

South Africa 2nd innings Partnerships

14RR HendricksQ de Kock
136F du PlessisQ de Kock
82F du PlessisHE van der Dussen