South Africa beat Sri Lanka yesterday by 9 wickets at match no 35 at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street. South Africa finally shows their true capability but its too late as they are already out from the ICC World Cup 2019. Sri Lanka’s semifinals dream got a huge blow after this big defeat against the Proteus.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa finally shows their capability but it’s too late

Hashim Amla and Faf Du Plessis played mesmerizing innings and powered South Africa a towering nine-wicket victory over the South Asian side. Sri Lanka’s semifinal dreams almost shattered by this huge defeat against the Proteus.

Amla and Proteus captain Du Plessis built a massive 175-runs unbeaten partnership in the second wicket which helped South Africa to easily overcome Sri Lanka’s 202 runs in 38th over, concluding 206 for one wicket.

Both Faf Du Plessis and Hashim Amla easily routed SA to land the victory over Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka greatly struggled after defeats against New Zealand and Australia and two washouts but surprisingly resurrected their semifinal hopes after a shock win over hosts England in last week.

Now, they just back in square one and put their semi-finals hope in danger after a massive defeat against South Africa, who already out from the tournament.

The 1996 Cricket World Cup champion is now sitting on the 7th place at World Cup 2019 point table behind England, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and fall back in the fight to qualify from the round-robin stage.

”It feels like we do something after a long time”

Proteus skipper Faf du Plessis insisted as his side is already out from the Cricket’s most prestigious tournament.

Sri Lankan batting failed massively against the rousing Proteus side’s pace attack led by pacer Dwaine Pretorius, who wreaked havoc on Lankan side with the figures of 3-25 from his 10 overs.

South Africa basically had nothing to lose and they were just playing for earn some pride before bow down from the campaign. They rarely put a wrong foot in order to gain pride against the Lankan side.

South Africa won the toss and sent Sri Lanka to bat first at Chester le Street, bowled out Sri Lanka for 203-runs.

Chris Morris, Titans-based all-rounder also took 3 wickets while promising seamer Kagiso Rabada earned two.

Sri Lanka had an absolutely dreadful start to their innings when their skipper Dimuth Karunaratne caught at the slip by Du Plessis on Kagiso Rabada’s delivery. It was the first ball of the match and Sri Lanka already saw what’s coming.

Kusal Perera(30) and Avishka Fernando(30) built a 60-runs partnership in second wickets before Avishka Fernando caught in slip by Du Plessis. This time the bowler was Dwaine Pretorius.

After that, every Lankan batsmen just came and left from the pitch. A swarm of bees suddenly interrupted the game which forces players and umpires to lie level on the ground.

Lankan old horse Lasith Malinga bowling Quinton de Kock for 15, but it didn’t impact in South African game.

Amla and Du Plessis started smoothly, took the control of the game and landed Proteus an easy victory over the discontented Lankan side.

South Africa will bow out from the tournament with a final match against their eternal rival Australia while Sri Lanka will play two games against Windies and India on July 1 and July 6.