South Africa 299/5 (Amla 103, du Plessis 75; Pradeep 2-54) vs Sri Lanka
3⃣ matches in and we already have 4⃣ centuries in the ICC Champions Trophy🏆 2017. The classy Hashim Amla😎, who became the fastest batsman to 7000 runs last month, scored a terrific👏 century💯 and guided the Proteas to 299 against Sri Lanka in their opening game.
The Asian team won the toss and elected to bowl. Suranga Lakmal & Lasith Malinga⚡ impressed with the new ball, stifling✋ the flow of runs in the powerplay. South Africa managed to score only 2 boundaries in the first 10 overs. The persistent Lankans were finally rewarded with a wicket when Quinton de Kock was dismissed by a beaut😍 from Nuwan Pradeep. His dismissal, brought Faf du Plessis to the crease and he took control of the innings with fiesty knock👊. The saintly Amla too woke up from his penance and started scoring freely in the middle overs. The 2nd wicket partnership saw the run rate surge🚀 as Faf scored a run-a-ball fifty👏.
Going into the final overs, Sri Lanka pulled things back with important strikes. Faf(75) & ABD(4) fell in quick succession and Miller(18) too couldn't contribute much. Amla(103) fell shortly after reaching his 25th century. A cameo from JP Duminy(38*) provided a much needed push for his faltering team and helped achieve a competitive score.
The team batting first in this tournament, have struggled in the final overs so far. Bangladesh, New Zealand and South Africa haven't been able to finish strongly despite a good start.
Last 5⃣ overs:
BAN - 4 wickets & 44 runs
NZ - 6 wickets & 37 runs
RSA - 1 wicket & 44 runs
Rabada, Tahir & Co. have a decent enough score to defend against an unpredictable Lankan side. Will they prove too hot to handle or will Upul Tharanga's men spring a surprise⁉
Q de Kock📹 https://goo.gl/vkp6ym
F du Plessis📹 https://goo.gl/stTJnY
F du Plessis dropped on 8 by Malinga📹 https://goo.gl/x4RW3d