Sri Lanka v South Africa Cricket: Champions Trophy Highlights


Sri Lanka v South Africa

Highlights from the Oval, where Sri Lanka face South Africa in their first group match of the Champions Trophy.


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Hello, and welcome to the Oval, for day three of the ICC Champions

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Trophy 2017. A beautiful day in south London, another sell-out crowd

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is here to welcome the best one-day team in the world, South Africa, and

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a Sri Lanka team who, by their high standards historically, are somewhat

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out of form. In terms of the head-to-head, South Africa have

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beating Sri Lanka the last seven times they have played, but will

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their defeat by England provide the sense that they have underperformed

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at key moments in major tournaments. This is the first match in group B

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of the tournament. India play against their archrivals Pakistan

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tomorrow. Everybody plays one another once in the group stages,

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with the top two in the semifinals. Few weaknesses in this South African

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team. The captain AB de Villiers is the best one-day batsmen in the

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world. And with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, they pose a huge

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threat with bat in hand. They have producer Rabada and leg-spinner

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Imran Tahir on-side as well. Angelo Mathews is sidelined with a calf

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injury. The opening batsmen deputises. A nice subplot in that

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the South African legend Allan Donald is the fast bowling coach.

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They will need all of his skill and guile to undo the South Africa

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batting line-up. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field. AB de

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Villiers admitted they would have liked to chase if they had the

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chance. Plenty of runs scored when England played Bangladesh. Is it

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going to be the same today with the weather set to be sunny and warm.

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Inform Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla opened the batting for South

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Africa. Ian Gould is one of the umpires.

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Let's go over now to our commentators.

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COMMENTATOR: Kalinga with the first ball in group B. 19 nights that the

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Sri Lanka fans have waited for that delivery -- Malinga. He is away...

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Close, a big shout... Will they review it? All eyes are on him...

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Having a word with the wicketkeeper, all eyes on Tharanga. He is going to

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review it. Fair delivery... Keep rolling... Thank you. You can go to

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the ball tracking when you are ready... The pitch is in line,

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impact in line. Hitting the wicket, umpire's call.

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COMMENTATOR: He is not going to overturn his own decision. Benefit

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of the doubt went to the batsmen, that was close. A slower ball.

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Finally, finally South Africa have their first boundary. Seventh over.

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Quinton de Kock would be happy with that, he was wanting a little bit of

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width from Tharanga. He throws his hands out wide. Right off the middle

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of the bat. Good delivery. A slight appeal after it goes through to the

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keeper. A wonderful delivery from Lakmal. South Africa did well in the

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series in South Africa in conditions which suited seam bowling. Another

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example of the skills he possesses, a slight angle towards first slip.

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As the pitch continues to move, beating inside edge. One more over

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to go in the first. Good Sri Lanka fielding and quality bowling. The

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assessment from the bowlers that this surface is not easy to bat on.

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They haven't had any half volleys. Backed up by good fielding,

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restricting South Africa. Making singles hard to come by. The

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man at backward point there, Malinga. Nicely played by Hashim

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Amla, he uses those strong breasts that he possesses to

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-- the strong wrists. A flick of his wrists. Good timing. Lovely, lovely

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from Quinton de Kock. He realised that there was a gap at mid-wicket,

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and got it through there. Stepping more and more into the ball, trying

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to create the pace that the pitch is lacking. A lot of wrist. These

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batsmen are similar, one is right-handed and the other is

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left-handed. They show a lot of intent, both are pretty wristy.

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There is a slight breeze at the Oval today... Edge, he has got him.

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Initial breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Pitching straight, going straight

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across Quinton de Kock. Taking the edge, a wonderful catch taken. It

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was a fantastic delivery. Natural length up to the bat, trying to

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extract any movement off the pitch. It was probably the ball that

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Clinton, if in a different state of mind, would hit the ball through the

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field. It would have played on his mind and made him indecisive. That

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is probably one of the reasons why he nicked out. South Africa 44-1.

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The next man to the crease for South Africa, Faf du Plessis. An ODI

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ranking of six in the world, average 43.

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A strike rate of over 87. A good shot from Hashim Amla, some

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slight diameter. Bringing up the 54 South Africa. It is important to be

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accurate on a surface like this. Hold the line and the length, don't

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give the batsmen too many options in terms of width. It is important to

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start off and then hold. That went sliding on the leg side, he was very

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excited, Prasanna, that it beat inside edge. He has advanced here.

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High in the air... No, no! He has completely misjudged that, Malinga.

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That is a big moment. It looks like the breeze brought it back at one

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stage. I thought it would sail into the stand, Malinga on the rope. It

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almost fell back into the field of play. You are committee put his boot

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over the boundary, then he has two back in. -- then he has to charge

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back in. Running fine indeed, nicely played

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from fat In the last ball the overt --

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running fine indeed, nicely played from fat du Plessis.

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A slow ball. For South Africa and Hashim Amla. His modus operandi has

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been to take that off the ball. That ball floated up, giving Hashim Amla

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some width. He took advantage, going ten rows back.

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It goes fine, to that man at square leg. A nice sweep shot for fat du

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-- for du Plessis. A change in the old regulations. The square leg gets

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around... But running from Hashim Amla there. Could have got three.

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100 comes up for South Africa in the 22nd over. Short, wide comedy

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mis-field looking a little sloppy now, Sri Lanka. Bringing a boundary

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at backward point. Wide again to Hashim Amla. One of his deductive

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areas. You would have to be pretty accurate. His strength is that he

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balls wicket to wicket. Not a lot of turn. For any batsmen, that is a

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free hit. Easing himself to 50s. Hashim Amla is a running machine.

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The fastest man to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs. That

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is how good he is. 106-1. That could be four, fine leg is up,

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a shorter boundary. Hashim Amla is not sprinting and that is why. Leg

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side, the drift that Shaun Pollock was talking about, drifting in. Faf

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du Plessis helped it over mid-wicket. Exposing the field on

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the leg side, getting nice and across, putting his weight into the

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ball. Committing to that slog sweep, hitting nice sweeps earlier. Now he

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is really working the field and looking for the boundary. A big

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shot, brilliantly played. Mid-wicket came up. He has hated all the way

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sex. The Hashim Amla special. 125-1. His 50th one

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That drift -- he has hit it all the way to six. He would have been

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caught on the fence if they had a man back there. The short ball is

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dealt with. Really smashed away to the leg side. Set up nicely. Way too

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short on a slow wicket like this. Faf du Plessis, on any surface,

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looking for short balls to try and hit the leg side, very good. One of

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the few people who pulls off the front foot. He has a lot more time

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than other players. Over the top and in the gap, racing... The ball wins.

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A classy shot from Faf du Plessis. Over the pitch side... Into the gap

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this time. Aerial... And perfectly placed. Four more.

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Carved away, over backward point and into the boundary, four more. A

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little bit of width. South African record partnership for the second

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wicket against Sri Lanka now. 145. Faf du Plessis will keep going here.

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He has two. He has so much resource still. Hashim Amla has an incredible

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ability to bat through the innings and rotate the strike to the hitters

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later on. Du Plessis's role has been brilliant so far here today but he

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needs to continue and keep going. Put them under pressure. Gone, good

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catch! He was trying, Brendon McCullum, you are right. Basically

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taking it upon himself to be more aggressive. A brilliant catch for a

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start. Break time for Sri Lanka, to pick that wicket up. He had to go

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and chance his arm. He tried to do so. Trying to be aggressive. An

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excellent catch. Their energy all day has been brilliant, they got

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their reward with the wicket of du Plessis. Faf du Plessis walks away

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with 75 of 70 deliveries. AB de Villiers. The new batsmen, the ICC

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one-day international ranking of one. The number one ranked bowler.

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Number two ranked bowler, number one ranked batsmen...

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All in their side. Fine, a roundabout where backward point

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gully would have been. Straightaway, they have aggression from AB de

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Villiers. Absolute box office cricketer. One guy around the world

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who no matter the form of the game, you would pay to watch him play.

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Absolutely brilliant. What a state she is coming on today as well. -- a

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stage she is coming onto today as well. That should be gone, yes!

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Build them up and put them down. While bowled. Tried to be aggressive

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from the start, do not blame him for that, AB de Villiers. Prasanna picks

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up the wicket. Apologies, not ideal, AB! Looking busy in the first couple

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that he faced. Even the best in the world can get out early sometimes. A

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massive blow for South Africa. AB de Villiers gone for just four. 194-3.

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David Mellor, the new batsman, a left-hander. Underway with a

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boundary as well. Lovely timing. Out goes AB de Villiers and incomes

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David Mellor. Straight into his work, beautiful shot down the

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ground. 200 are for South Africa. -- 200 up for South Africa. Here is

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someone that does go after spin! He backs his own ability against spin.

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We saw it against England and over the last year or so. If it is up, it

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is off, with Miller. A cracking shot, drifting into his channel.

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Fast hands through the ball. He hits it, hard. They have all gone up and

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used their review. Hashim Amla normally walks, but not at 99. A

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brave man to walk on 99, when there is no noise. Missed it by a long

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way. A good appeal... Near the edge... Tucked away, on the

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leg side. Hashim Amla has just helped himself to ODI hundred number

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25. That is how good he is. Another 100 from the mighty Hash, an

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outstanding record. A strike rate of 89. In the air, third man should

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take this, and he does. You always feel unlucky as a batsman but it has

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been coming for a while. South Africa have been subdued, and Sri

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Lanka celebrate. Some angle and bounce across him. Squeezing down

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the leg side. A good catch taken at third man. Well judged. Miller has

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gone. Making 18. I think he has put that down pretty

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well, but he needs to get back here. I do not think they are going to

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save him, he is run out. Given on the field. South Africa continued to

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lose wickets. Hashim Amla needs to pick himself up and take himself off

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the field. He looked to be stuck as he turned for a second. Did not get

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in and out quick enough. The fielder does extremely well. Out far enough,

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umpire Aline Darr feels confident enough to get him out straightaway.

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The end of Hashim Amla. A good bit of fielding. Well played,

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103 from 115 deliveries. South Africa 232-5. Seven overs to

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go. That is nasty play, some width to

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start. Lakmal will be disappointed. The first boundary was for South

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Africa. A lovely shot from him, he can always score quickly. That is a

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nice shot from Morris, he has got himself going. Square, boundary to

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finish ten from the over. That is a good shot. The placement is superb

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as well. A change of pace. Beautiful cover drive, for Morris.

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Morris has been impressive since he came to the crease. A bit of change

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from Malinga, overpitched slightly, trying to hit more than a length

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rather than a genuine half volley that it has turned out to be.

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Maurice crashes it through the covers. -- Morris.

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Bringing up 254 South Africa. 24.4 overs. Nasty play, a little bit of

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width, using pace and guiding it down to third man. Finer than he was

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initially looking to do. Bringing around another valuable boundary for

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South Africa. He has played that effectively again. In the last over,

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opening the face to Malinga. Repeating that dose from Lakmal.

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Beautifully played. Brendon McCullum playing that shot, he went for the

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boundary option. Played superbly. 11 off the over.

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He has gone! What a wonderful throw. One stump to look at. Chris Morris

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gave up three quarters of the ways down the pitch. He hammers it into

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the ground and straight to the fielder. He thinks, I will risk...

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No chance that he will hit. But, he does. Bang! Morris, you could see

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that he gave up. South Africa 277-6. Just in this field which allows the

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boundary. He did not deserve that. A quality over, ending with the

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boundary. 281-6. A beautiful shot down the ground, a

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welcome boundary for JP Duminy. He did not try and shove it to the leg

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side, straight down into the ground. He gets that one away. The whole

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way. A half volley, targeted leg side. Superbly at deep mid-wicket. A

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huge finish, a big one. Allowing the South Africans to get to 299, an

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outstanding set, asking a lot of questions. Sub upper cut were

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brilliant. We will be enthralled in the next 50 overs of this match.

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STUDIO: Sri Lanka did a very good job holding this top-class batting

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line-up to under 300. South Africa got off to a slow start

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but as often happens, Hashim Amla warmed up reaching his 25th one day

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100. Du Plessis has Malinga to thank for

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dropping him on single figures. He made 75, and a bustling 38 from

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JP Duminy made the score respectable. Not a huge total, Sri

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Lanka will think that they have a chance.

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All of the Sri Lanka bowlers played their part in limiting South

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Africa's all-star line-up. Fantastic seam bowling, especially from

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Malinga and prior deep, who the South Africans pinned down early on.

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-- Pradeep. Donald will be pleased with his charges, let's hear from

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Malinga. Out of international cricket for 19 months, how good is

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it to be back? After the IPL, I hope that I can play 50 over cricket.

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Hopefully finish in the good way that we did. Ten overs for 57, how

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did you feel the ball came out your hand? We were knocked into previous

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touch but the team needs experienced players in the middle. The bowlers,

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we controlled them. We know what they are looking for, 300 odd runs.

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It looks like the other bowlers seem to bowl into the pitch, a lot of

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short pitched bowling, why? There is not much pace and bounce, but a bit

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too much pace, on that side, we want to hit back pretty hard.

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Is that why then your last couple of overs you bowled a lot of cutters

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and bowled into the surface? We realised that after 30 overs, 40

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overs, we minimise the boundaries. Next time, we are not at all fast

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bowlers. According to the appeal, we tried to bowl with variation. What

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happened with that catch, did you just not pick it up? Yes. Good

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answer! Good luck with your batting...

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Sri Lanka, the underdogs, need exactly 300 to beat the world number

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ones. Deliciously poised as the openers took to the field...

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COMMENTATOR: Not the best of starts. And the Sri Lankans are off the

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mark. S there is the use of the feet, and once again he backs away

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to the leg side to open up the off-side, and that is the first

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boundary for Sri Lanka. Kagiso Rabada puts it down. Sigh of

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relief from the Sri Lankan dressing room. He seems to be staying leg

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side of the ball, not getting behind it. It climbed on him, maybe too

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wide. An over the slip cordon. He was trying to hit it over extra

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cover, didn't get it anywhere near the middle, but that edge was

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effective. That is the slower delivery, up an over the off-side.

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Another boundary. Dickwella this time trying to hit it

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over the off-side, it goes over off-stump and flicks Rabada over

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backward square. Back across, deep in his crease, more time to execute

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the shot, and he goes through with it. Not second-guessing himself, and

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then a beautiful shot played against their best bowler. And it is down

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again, but this was a difficult one, it came back with speed and he only

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got half a hand on it, Kagiso Rabada. And this is the dropped

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catch. That is nicely played. Some has

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decided that he will take it on. He has played that beautifully. The

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field is set to see if there is any part that Parnell can deploy. And

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Dickwella continues to attack and takes Sri Lanka over 50. This is not

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an easy stroke to play when someone is bowling that quickly and that

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well, he is the number-1 bowler the world, just nonchalantly flicks it

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over the wicket for six. Very good from Dickwella.

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Another good one, this time off the front foot and more square. This is

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wonderful batting by Dickwella. Being a left-hander, you typically

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nick off a lot throughout your career. Timing absolutely superb.

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Full delivery, send it through the off-side. He has hit that hard. It

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didn't sound perfectly timed, but good enough, in the gap, away to the

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boundary, four more, back-to-back. I know the wicket has probably dried

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out a little from this morning, but what we saw from Sri Lanka was a

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hard back of the leg approach. Down to third man, should be taken.

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Wayne Parnell is underneath it, takes the catch, so the change in

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bowling brings about a change in fortune for South Africa. Dickwella,

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who has transferred a lot of pressure on to South Africa, is

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caught third man. Clear plans, executing well, the end of

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Dickwella. Comfortable, good fielder, Wayne Parnell. Tidy catch,

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just a couple of balls into the spell. Near Russian -- Niroshan

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Dickwella gone. Kasami and that will go all the way, more call

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went short, and Kusal Mendis was up to it. Good standing shot, on top of

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the on his toes. Just pulls it through mid-wicket. Good response

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for Mendis. Clip at this time, beautifully played, angling that leg

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stump, so a wicket that still nine from the over. Lovely again. My

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issue is we haven't seen the ball swing in this tournament yet. They

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have opened with a swing bowler, and he hasn't tried to swing it, so you

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are better off opening with a Morne Morkel who is a genuine bounce

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bowler. If he has tried to swing it, it is too short. Another one through

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the gap from Tharanga, and this is proving very costly, ten from the

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over. That is! AB de Villiers says, I will

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do it, plucks one out of the air! And the option has worked. Just

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pushed at it, didn't wait for the ball. Good athlete, AB de Villiers.

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I'm sure he surprised himself, did he? He probably just got that look

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on his face. In the end it has paid dividends. Furious with himself,

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Kusal Mendis, 11th from ten. And here is Chandimal, an experienced

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batsman. Around the corner, just a couple for Rabada, hauling it in

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quite comfortably. 100 up for Sri Lanka. S it goes through for a

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single. De Villiers thinks he has got him there, he has already

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produced a brilliant catch, he might just have produced a magnificent run

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out as well. He is smiling and celebrating.

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UMPIRE: Yes, thank you. The decision is out.

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CHEERING Well, that is remarkable. AB de

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Villiers might not have contributed much with the bat, but you can't

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keep him out of the game. He has taken an outstanding catch, and now

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a remarkable run out. Chandimal can't believe what he has done, he

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has gone for 12. And that is given! Well called, Brendon McCullum. He is

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often. Good Captain C, the slip came in, everyone was looking for the

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turning leg break, came out of the bat, did he pick it? He might have

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done. He tried to go with the spin. He is celebrating, two wickets in

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the over, a brilliant bit of fielding, an outstanding bit of

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bowling, and Sri Lanka suddenly in a spot of bother. A first ball duck.

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Kusal Perera comes in, he might not have had his pads on a couple of

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minutes ago! That is a great shot walking across the stumps. Taking

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advantage of the lengthy balls. That is short, pulled, very well. If he

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makes an error, you must pounce on it. Minimal risk, great body

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position, hitting into a vacant area, so not really any risk at all.

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Meanwhile, the bolder weights. A chance? Should be gone, it is gone.

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It finds Imran Tahir, there he is. It is one of his favourite shots to

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call, the shortage. It just turned enough to grab the

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outside third of the bat, didn't go to the extra cover region, just went

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a little square, Miller takes it, 57 for Tharanga.

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And another one, Imran Tahir strikes again, and Williams has continued to

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attack, and it has worked a wonder. Disappointing end for Gunaratne, but

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again, they reward for South Africa taking a huge advantage in this

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game. Gunaratne goes for four. And that is a good shot from Kusal

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Perera as he tries his best on the field.

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That is airborne, and it has gone the whole way. The contact was

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really good from Prasanna. (ALL) HOWZAT!

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It is given! The batsman looks like he wants to review it. He is,

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straightaway. At first glance, I think height might be the only

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issue, it looked good to me. Certainly South Africa and Morris in

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particular were very, very confident.

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UMPIRE: It is a fair delivery. Move on to front on, please.

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Looks like he has clearly missed that. Can I just check with Hot Spot

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leg side, please? Nothing there, confirm it with UltraEdge.

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Yes, clearly missed that ball, we can go to ball tracking when ready.

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Impact is in-line, the wicket is hitting.

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Stick to your original decision of out. Yes, he gave one not out

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earlier, that one had three reds, and South Africa had their seventh,

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and Morris his second wicket. And Prasanna has gone for an unlucky 13,

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unlucky for him. Should be a run out if he hits. Does hit! That is

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incredibly close. Tell me it is not Imran Tahir, seriously! A B de

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Villiers has given it. Not the strongest arm in the South African

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team, but it is accurate. And he has gone. Another point of South

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Africa's excellent fielding today. That dragged on, bowled him. Malinga

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has gone, Rabada, his mood has cheered up by getting his first

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wicket. Malinga not getting into line, giving himself a little bit of

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room, maybe because of the pace. A slight bit of tailback in, chopped

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on. And the bails fly. Malinga gone for one. Nicely struck

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down the ground, going for the yorker, didn't get it right, brings

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up the 200 for Sri Lanka. This should be the fourth wicket,

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and JP Duminy settles and takes it comfortably. He gets a hug from his

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captain, and so he should, it is due to his efforts that South Africa win

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this game comfortably. The final result is South Africa win by 96

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runs, and they have points on the board in the group B encounter.

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STUDIO: The Captain's half-century, but they didn't have enough against

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a tight bowling attack, and some fantastic fielding from South

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Africa. Parreira eventually ran out of partners, five batsmen failing to

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get beyond single figures. Before the match the talk was all wrapped

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the South African batsmen, but they won in the field. Some fantastic

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figures from the pace attack, but it was the spinning figures, Imran

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Tahir's four from 27 that turned it from potentially being a close

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finish to a convincing win. Expertly captured by de Villiers, they bowled

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and fielded within intensity that proved too much for the Sri Lankan

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line-up. So there we have it, and easy victory in the end for South

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Africa. 96 runs behind the seemingly small total posted by South Africa.

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A perfect start for them as they head into the rest of the

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tournament, and a breaded effort with the ball and in the field by

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Imran Tahir. Imran, many congratulations, you

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seem to be enjoying your cricket at the moment. Definitely. Especially

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every time I put this jersey on, and playing for this team. I have been

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working really hard, really enjoying, I hope that it carries on

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in the competition. Skipper, held you back into the 18th over, was

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that the right way to go? He knew the situation better, and I am

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always ready to ball. I think the guys tried hard up front, but I

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think they batted really well, so credit to them, but we stuck to our

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plans, and we came back strongly, so that is a very good sign. What was

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the key to bowling leg spin on that pitch? I wasn't expecting watching

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the game the other day, England/ Bangladesh, I wasn't expecting any

:45:08.:45:13.

spin but there was a little bit. So I was pleased with the way it came

:45:14.:45:19.

out today, and a great start for our team. The body seems fine as well,

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we timed one of your celebrations at 24 kilometres per hour you ran off

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into the distance. How are the strings? I don't practice for that,

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but if that is the speed, I think I am doing well. Imran Tahir was quite

:45:35.:45:38.

brilliant for you, how do you work out when to bring him into the

:45:39.:45:44.

attack? It is a difficult one. You have to read the situation and the

:45:45.:45:52.

conditions. I felt it was important today to bring his attack on as late

:45:53.:45:56.

as possible, it is to stuff feeling, there is no set plan, we have a

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little chat about when the best time is, a little breeze and a good

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feeling, that is what it comes down to. It helps that he is one of the

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top bowlers in the world, I can bowl him at any time. The fielding wasn't

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great at the start of the series, do you feel it is getting better? A lot

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of emphasis on the fielding in the last few weeks. We have drawn in a

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lot of skills with our fielding team. What I enjoyed the most is

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that we were really present today with every ball, that is what being

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a championship team is about and what we require for the rest of the

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tournament. What is the next game? Playing against India. We will come

:46:42.:46:53.

back strongly, especially batting. We played some new shots. And what

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is your next game? Hack is done at Edgbaston. We saw in the previous

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game against Australia they are playing pretty well, but we will go

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there and assess and have a look at what kind of plans will work against

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the opposition. We have a question from the viewers, you are the

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winning captain, this is from Neil. Having such a balanced side, what is

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the biggest challenge you face as captain? There are lots of

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challenges as a captain. I like to score the runs and lead by example.

:47:26.:47:29.

We do have a fantastic balance to the squad. It makes team selection

:47:30.:47:34.

pretty difficult, so I will say team selection is the biggest challenge

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for the tournament getting it right for every game. Good to both of you,

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enjoy theirs next games. STUDIO: So this is how Group B looks

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after the first match, with South Africa the top of the table. India

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face Pakistan tomorrow in Birmingham, and Sri Lanka face India

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here in five days' time, and Sav Africa face Pakistan at Edgbaston

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next Wednesday. The number one team in the world have showed us just why

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today. Goodbye. England's next play an Tuesday the

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6th of June in New Zealand. But we are at Edgbaston tomorrow night for

:48:33.:48:37.

India against Pakistan, BBC Two at 11:30pm. And remember you can follow

:48:38.:48:42.

every delivery via Test match special commentary on BBC Radio 4

:48:43.:48:47.

I've live as well as watch the best of the action with highlights on the

:48:48.:48:51.

BBC Sport website.

:48:52.:48:54.

Highlights from the Oval, where Sri Lanka face South Africa in their first group match of the Champions Trophy.


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