Hashim Amla’s 25th century lifts South Africa to victory over Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka came up short with the bat to see South Africa win by 96 runs in the third game of ICC Champions Trophy played at The Oval. Sri Lanka bowled well as they restricted South Africa in the first 20 overs with Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis struggling to find rhythm in their innings.

Sri Lanka started well in the chase in pursuit of 299 posted by South Africa. Niroshan Dickwella played with aggressive intent to see the side score 80 odd runs in the first ten overs. Morne Morkel came into the attack and provided the breakthrough as he dismissed Dickwella to start the procession of wickets for the Islanders.

Kusal Mendis struck a couple of boundaries before a chip over long on saw de Villiers took one-handed blinder of a catch to see Sri Lanka lose their second wicket. Dinesh Chandimal stay at the crease was short as he was well short of his ground due to superb direct-hit by De Villiers. Upul Tharanga was the only bright spot for Sri Lanka in the batting lineup.

Imran Tahir came into the attack and made an impact by taking out Chamara Kapugedera in his first over of the innings. He then removed Asela Gunaratne and Upul Tharanga to derail Sri Lanka’s innings as the side got bundled out for 203 runs in 41th over. Tahir was standout bowler for South Africa and grabbed four wickets to receive player of the match award for his spectacular performance.

Earlier, South Africa lost Quinton de Kock early but Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis struggled in the initial stages of the innings courtesy of some splendid bowling by Sri Lankan pace bowlers. Amla quickly shifted gears as he started to take runs at a much great rate and added 145 runs with du Plessis to lay down an ideal foundation for the likes of Miller and Morris to tee off at the end.

Hashim Amla went on to score his 25th ton of his one day career while du Plessis proved to be adequate support as he scored 75 runs. Jean Paul Duminy scored unbeaten 38 runs off 20 balls to make sure South Africa register 300 runs on the board after David Miller and Chris Morris fell for low scores in the innings.

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