South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by 9 wickets. It was a win that dealt a blow to Sri Lanka’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals, whilst it helped restore some pride to a South African side that have already been eliminated from the knock-out stages.
South Africa won the toss at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street, and, opting to bowl first, enjoyed immediate success when Dimuth Karunaratne edged Kagiso Rabada to second slip first ball. Avishka Fernando and Kusal Perera then put on 67, before both fell in quick succession to the bowling of Dwaine Pretorious. First Fernando went for a big shot, mistimed it, and was caught by du Plessis at mid-on, and then Perera was clean bowled. Both men had made 30.
Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis then added 28, but scoring was tough against tight bowling, and frustration got the better of Mathews, chasing a wide ball from Chris Morris only to drag it on to his stumps. And then Mendis gave Pretorious a third wicket, chopping him straight to Morris at cover for 23. Dhananjaya de Silva and Jeevan Mendis put on 24, but then Dhananjaya was bowled for that score by the first ball he faced from JP Duminy.
Jeevan Mendis and Thisara Perera looked to arrest the slide with a stand of 28, but then Mendis fell to a top edge off Morris for 18. Perera made 21, but he was caught at deep square leg by Rabada, with Andile Phehlukwayo the bowler. The penultimate wicket fell when Isuru Udana was caught and bowled by Rabada for 17, and Morris wrapped the innings up by having Lasith Malinga caught, du Plessis again doing the honours.
Sri Lanka had been bowled out for 203 with three balls of their innings to be bowled.
South Africa looked to get off to a good start in return, but lost Quinton de Kock when he was bowled by Malinga for 15. However, that was a as good as it got for Sri Lanka as Hashim Amla and du Plessis shared an unbeaten stand of 179 for the second wicket, which was virtually chanceless, apart from one chance against Amla which was overturned on review. Du Plessis scored an unbeaten 96, including one six and 10 fours, whilst Amla, who scored 5 fours as unbeaten on 80. So comprehensive was the manner of the South African victory that they reached their target with more than 12 overs to spare.