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South Africa pip Sri Lanka in rain-shortened match

South Africa pip Sri Lanka in rain-shortened match
Sri Lanka made 279-7 in an impressive innings, shortened to 44.4 overs by rain, and South Africa’s winning target was twice adjusted because of stoppages before it reached 188 in 24.3 overs to win by five wickets under the Duckworth Lewis system. South Africa scraped home with three balls to spare. Quinton de Kock (66) and stand-in captain Hashim Amla (46) put on 116 for the first wicket, giving South Africa a platform and flexibility when rain intervened.

Rilee Rossouw (16 not out) and Vernon Philander (13 not out) were there at the end. South Africa was without captain A.B. de Villiers, who was rested because of tightness in one hip, but still functioned efficiently under the leadership of Amla, reinforcing its reputation as one of the teams to beat at this year’s tournament. Sri Lanka will also have taken heart from a strong all-round performance.

Veteran Tillakaratne Dilshan made 100, and was out next ball, and Angelo Mathews made 58 as Sri Lanka built a substantial total as rain cut short its innings.  Dilshan reached his 100 from 82 balls while Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne (46) kept the runs flowing later in the order. South Africa used eight bowlers, the best of whom were Kyle Abbott who took 3-37 and Wayne Parnell who took 2-42.
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