Result
35th match, ICC Cricket World Cup at Chester-le-Street, Jun 28 2019
37.2/50 ov, target 204
206/1
South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 76 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
South Africa
Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Liam Brickhill (gomorezvidinha)
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka203(49.3 overs)
South Africa206/1(37.2 overs)

5.37pm Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla share in an unbroken 175-run stand, and South Africa have flattened Sri Lanka to win by nine wickets. South Africa's good work started with the ball. Kagiso Rabada struck with the very first ball of the match, and Dwaine Pretorius found conditions very much to his liking. He settled into a steady line and length and reaped the reward with three cheap wickets. Chris Morris wasn't quite as economical, but he chipped in with three wickets of his own, and Sri Lanka's 203 all out was never going to be enough, barring another Malinga miracle. Alas, it was not forthcoming this time around. Quinton de Kock fell early, but Faf and Amla were rock solid in taking South Africa home. South Africa score a consolation win, but this defeat doesn't quite put Sri Lanka completely out of the reckoning: they could still reach 10 points.

"I'm just happy we got over the line today and I'm glad I could play a part in that," says Player of the Match Dwaine Pretorius. "I try and work as hard as possible, and most guys give me a bit of flak for that, but at the end of the day I'm glad i was ready to take the opportunity that came to me," he says with a laugh. "Me and Faf spoke after my third over, and we realized hitting the top of off was the best option on this wicket, and I'm glad i could execute today. The guys are stoked, we showed what we are capable of, I'm just sad that it's too late."

Shaheed Shaikh: "Pretorius Maximus!!!!!"

Bhashvid: "Sad day for us as lankan fans but still there' s hope of qualifying for semis through India beating England and Sri Lanka winning their last two matches against Windies and India. Proteas showed showed their professionalism in all departments bowling, fielding & batting and superb captaincy by Faf"

Aayush Pathak: "This is SA with pressure and without pressure. Clinical performance but cant do it when under pressure. Should I be sad or happy for this victory?"

"All departments went wrong, especially the batting," laments losing captain Dimuth Karunaratne. "Once Kusal and Avishka batted really well, we struggled to get even singles. If you cant rotate the strike, it's not easy. There's pressure, and then there are big shots. The wicket got better and better, and SA batted really well. The pitch was a bit slow, and SA bowled really well. They built pressure and kept fielders in the ring. They planned really well. We couldn't get singles. We needed to get wickets early. Malinga started really well, but at the other end we couldn't build pressure. These are the sorts of things we need to think about and learn from. We have two more games, we have to win those two games. We have to work hard in all three departments. Heads up, and hopefully we'll do well."

"Long time coming hey," says Faf du Plessis, who ends up on the winning side for a change. "It was a good game, we did ourselves justice with the talent we have in that dressing room. Set up by a good bowling performance: Dwaine was exceptional. We've been trying to get him into the XI, but it's a balance thing. The nature of the wicket told me it needed to be straight lines with the ball, and that's why I brought Dwaine and Andile on early. Line and length was harder to face than pace on that wicket. [This win] feels bittersweet. It doesn't feel like it means that much. It's a little bit too late. But the basics of batting were shown today. We haven't had guys batting through, and big partnerships, but that was the case today. One big partnership, and suddenly everything seems so much easier. Bangladesh was the one that really took the wind out of our sails. England were too good for us on that day. Bangladesh really sucker-punched us in the stomach, and then we took that into the next game, the first week really set us back, but we cant use that as an excuse."

venu kumar: "Now qualification for Sri Lanka become difficult.. they not only have to win their next 2 games, but also England should lose their next 2.. These are all coming into picture considering Pakistan and Bangladesh losing at least one of their last 2 games.. very difficult!!!" -- Very difficult indeed, but not impossible.

Atin: "Did I hear someone say SL beating India? "

Mark: "Told you this morning that it would be okay, Liam!" -- I should have listened

And that's just about all from your commentary team today. We do hope you've enjoyed our coverage. You can find Dan Brettig's report right here, and stay tuned for Andrew Fidel Fernando's dispatch from Chester-le-Street, which will land a little later. And then let's do it all again tomorrow! Until then, goodbye.

end of over 385 runs
SA: 206/1CRR: 5.51 
Faf du Plessis96 (103)
Hashim Amla80 (105)
Thisara Perera5.2-1-28-0
Isuru Udana5-0-29-0
37.2
4
NLTC Perera to du Plessis, FOUR runs
very full, headed down the leg side, and Faf helps it on its way. Faf misses out on his hundred, but South Africa win by 9 wickets
37.1
1
NLTC Perera to Amla, 1 run
worked off the pads into the leg side, just the one

South Africa need 3, Faf needs 8. Amla's on strike

end of over 375 runs
SA: 201/1CRR: 5.43 • RRR: 0.23 • Need 3 from 13ov
Faf du Plessis92 (102)
Hashim Amla79 (104)
Isuru Udana5-0-29-0
Lasith Malinga10-1-47-1
36.6
Udana to du Plessis, no run
lovely little slower ball from Udana, a little cutter, and it grips enough to beat the outside edge of Faf's drive

Saurabh: "Ironically this is the best 2nd wicket partnership of this World Cup."

36.5
1
Udana to Amla, 1 run
Amla stands tall, cracking a back of a length delivery off the back foot out to deep cover
36.4
Udana to Amla, no run
36.3
Udana to Amla, no run
very full and tailing in to off stump, Amla gets forward and drives to mid off

Vivek Mangal: "Amla, be a good colleague, play out the over."

36.2
2
Udana to Amla, 2 runs
worked off the straight into the leg side, raising South Africa's 200
36.1
2
Udana to Amla, 2 runs
steered down behind point, and they push hard for a second to take South Africa within one shot of victory
end of over 365 runs
SA: 196/1CRR: 5.44 • RRR: 0.57 • Need 8 from 14ov
Faf du Plessis92 (101)
Hashim Amla74 (99)
Lasith Malinga10-1-47-1
Isuru Udana4-0-24-0
35.6
Malinga to du Plessis, no run
another firm drive flies straight to mid off. Amla had wandered out, looking to get Faf back on strike, but he's sent back

Vivek Mangal: "Take a single, keep the strike."

35.5
Malinga to du Plessis, no run
slower ball, a cutter, and Faf opts for safety, defending
35.4
Malinga to du Plessis, no run
Faf is audibly frustrated as he seizes on a full one outside off and thunders a shot into the off side, only to see it cleanly stopped at cover
35.3
4
Malinga to du Plessis, FOUR runs
slapped down the ground, four more! Malinga aimed very full again, but Faf found the middle of the bat with this straight drive and he's into the 90s. He could actually get a hundred here ...
35.2
Malinga to du Plessis, no run
full, straight and Faf does well just to dig it out into the leg side
35.1
1
Malinga to Amla, 1 run
Malinga gets a full one reversing in to Amla, but it starts too straight and he's flicked through square leg for a single

Rajib: "SA need 18, Faf needs 16, and SL need a miracle". Well, here's the man most likely to provide a miracle. Malinga to bowl his last

end of over 356 runs
SA: 191/1CRR: 5.45 • RRR: 0.86 • Need 13 from 15ov
Faf du Plessis88 (96)
Hashim Amla73 (98)
Isuru Udana4-0-24-0
Lasith Malinga9-1-42-1
34.6
4
Udana to du Plessis, FOUR runs
Faf lets his bottom hand do the work with a crunchy on drive, which has the beating of the mid on fielder and rolls all the way for four
34.5
Udana to du Plessis, no run
there's a resounding crack off the bat as Faf attacks the off side, but he pings the field

orlando: "with todays SA victory..Sunday"s India England cricket match will be a unique, once in a century match event. For the first time since 1947, 1.2 billion Indians and 200 million Pakistainis & 150 miilion Bangladeshis and 25 million Sri Lankan's will be praying for an Indian win. I just love the scenario"

34.4
1
Udana to Amla, 1 run
nudged off the toes for one
Best performances - batsmen
F du Plessis
96 runs (103)
10 fours
1 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
flick
19 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
1061072313621
HM Amla
80 runs (105)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
flick
31 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
63914162327
Best performances - bowlers
D Pretorius
O
10
M
2
R
25
W
3
Eco
2.50
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
CH Morris
O
9.3
M
0
R
46
W
3
Eco
4.84
  • Full Toss
  • Yorker
  • Full Length
  • Good Length
  • Short of good length
  • Short Length
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
TossSouth Africa , elected to field first
SeriesWorld Cup
Player Of The Match
Dwaine Pretorius
Match numberODI no. 4176
Season2019
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Match days28 June 2019 (50-over match)
Umpires
Rod Tucker
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
Paul Reiffel
Match Referee
David Boon
PointsSouth Africa 2, Sri Lanka 0