Sri Lanka pegged back by S.Africa's Pretorius in must-win game

Sri Lanka cricket

Sri Lanka cricket

Both teams have struggled with the bat but Sri Lanka have an experienced bowling attack led by veteran Lasith Malinga.

There was potential for a sting in the tail of the innings.

A swarm of bees briefly interrupted play towards the end of the innings, forcing the players and umpires to lie flat on the ground before the fall of the final wicket.

Dimuth Karunaratne has been giving a steady start to Sri Lanka from the beginning whereas Faf du Plessis has been scoring constantly.

Amla had started walking off the pitch, only for technology to show the ball had pitched outside leg stump, but after being called back he and Du Plessis ushered South Africa serenely to a consolation victory.

Majority were architects of their own downfall, eight of their top nine reaching double figures but no one going beyond 30, while Dwaine Pretorius' three for 25 was the most economical 10-over analysis of the tournament.

Remarkably, Sri Lanka have a genuine shot at the semis.

His first run came off the sixth ball and his second run came of the 15th delivery that he faced.

He admitted the offence and accepted the sanction from match referee Chris Broad.

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The match against West Indies had no result as it was rained off at Southampton on June 10.

Kusal Perera was unbeaten on 28 after 10 overs.

The Proteas were composed, clinical and comfortably the better side as they cruised to a 9-wicket win in their Cricket World Cup pool match against Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Durham on Friday.

While Sri Lanka can still make the semifinals, they now cannot pass the Black Caps, sitting five points behind New Zealand with just two games to go. Du Plessis' decision to bowl first paid off, as the seamers made good use of the conditions to dismiss Sri Lanka for a modest 203.

The South Africans made a couple of changes with Jean-Paul Duminy and Pretorius coming in for David Miller and Lungi Ngidi.

Victory for Sri Lanka in all three of their remaining matches will see them in with a strong chance of making the final four, but Hathurusinga knows that they have to overcome a wounded South Africa to keep their campaign alive.

Team Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Thisara Perera (WK), Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep.

Allrounders Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius stared with the ball for the Proteas taking three wickets each.

South Africa have only beaten Afghanistan so far and slipped to a fifth defeat when falling 49 runs short of Pakistan's 308 for seven at Lord's on Sunday.

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