The Proteas have had a pretty rough time at the Cricket World Cup having only one game out of seven coming into the game against Sri Lanka. The Proteas have already been eliminated from the tournament which meant they knew that they could come into the game and play with freedom.
It showed as they played with a confidence that we haven’t seen from the Proteas thus far.
South Africa Produce Match Winning Performance
Proteas captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bowl first which really payed off when with the first ball of the match Kagiso Rabada dismissed the Sri Lankan Captain Dimuth Karunaratne. The Proteas had a complete all around performance, their bowlers played their parts brilliantly in dismissing Sri Lanka for 203 inside 50 overs. Proteas bowlers kept things tight and after the first power play they restricted Sri Lanka to 67 for 2. They never took their dominance off the choke hold and ended up dismissing the rest of the Sri Lankan batting lineup for 136 runs.
Man Of The Match
The man who had the biggest contribution to the Proteas bowling department was the resilient Dwaine Pretorius, the Man of the Match bowled a surprising 46 dot balls on his way to figures of 3 for 25 from his 10 overs. This was surprising to many since he hadn’t played in the tournament since their opener against England almost a month ago. He clearly proved that he should’ve been in the team all along and maybe that he could’ve turned things around for the Proteas sooner in the tournament.
Sri Lankan Batting Poor
Even more shockingly the only South African bowler to not pick up a wicket was Imran Tahir who has been head and shoulders above the rest of their bowlers so far throughout the tournament. The highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman was just a mere 30 showing that the Proteas did their jobs well. Sri Lanka knew that they needed to win if they wanted to keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive, which is why many were caught off guard by their lack lustre performance.
Solid South African Display With The Bat
The Proteas went into bat knowing that they had all the time in the world to ensure that they reach their target which is which they did. Only Quinton de Kock was dismissed by a blistering yorker from Lasith Malinga. But once du Plessis stepped to the pitch the match was all but done as he and Hashim Amla led their side to a 9 wicket victory. They made a massive 175 run stand with du Plessis scoring 96 and Amla scoring 85. This was also the Proteas biggest partnership of the tournament which was a little bit late as their performances will amount to nothing more than a morale boost.
Both Teams On The Way Out
The Proteas were of course already out but they never held back and took Sri Lanka down with them. The chances of the Sri Lankan’s advancing to the semi-finals are slim to none.