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Match of the day: SA beat SL

South Africa finished the group stages at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup with a perfect record after a four-wicket win against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

Match of the day: SA beat SL - Cricket News
 
South Africa finished the group stages at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup with a perfect record after a four-wicket win against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka was dismissed for just 150 off 37.4 overs and it had not been for the late efforts of Pulina Tharanga (50 not out) it could have been much worse.
Sri Lanka claimed two early scalps but South Africa captain Chad Bowes (46) and Theunis de Bruyn (42) came to the rescue as the Proteas finished at 153 for six from 33 overs - a win that saw them top Group D.
The consequences for Sri Lanka will be felt if Bangladesh beat Namibia on Thursday, a result that would send Sanitha de Mel's side into the Plate Championship finals instead of the Super League.
Defending a modest total at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane, Sri Lanka knew that the wicket of Proteas opener Quinton de Kock would be crucial.
And they made a perfect start as De Kock - who had posted scores of 95 and 126 in the tournament so far - was run out for just five by Tharanga in the fifth over.
That brought Shaylin Pillay (zero) to the crease and he lasted just two balls, giving the Sri Lankans plenty of hope.
It was enthusiasm that quickly ended though as Bowes and de Bruyn got to work.
They combined for an 80-run union inside 14 overs, with both players scoring freely.
De Bruyn hit two sixes during his 50-ball stay at the crease and although he and his partner both fell in the same over, bowled by Tharindu Kaushal (3-28 off 10 overs), they had done their job.
Kaushal trapped Diego Rosier (13) lbw shortly after but Murray Coetzee (15 not out) and Calvin Savage (16 not out) saw South Africa to victory.
Earlier, Bowes won the toss and elected to field, with his decision being vindicated after just one ball.
Corne Dry (4-16 off eight) dismissed Sebastian Perera (zero) with the delivery and his new ball partner, Solo Nqweni (2-51 off 9.4), ended the innings of Pabasara Waduge (three) in the sixth over.
The wickets continued to tumble as Dry had Niroshan Dickwella (12) caught in the ninth over, while Sandun Weerakkody (two), Angelo Jayasinghe (10) and Anuk Fernando (four) all fell shortly after.
At 49 for six in the 13th over, just passing 100 looked beyond Sri Lanka's reach but a stubborn 22-ball two from Tharindu Kaushal at least slowed the rate of wickets.
He and Lahiru Madushanka (19) were removed by Dry in the 19th over but Tharanga came to the party, hitting four fours and two sixes in an impressive innings.
He defended when required but still kept the scoreboard ticking over, while the huge number of extras - 31 in total - also helped Sri Lanka's total along.
Tharanga added 25 with Sanitha de Mel (six) before a 52-run partnership for the final wicket with Amila Aponso (11) followed.
The final pair lasted just under 13 overs in a terrific show of defiance, but it was too little too late as they produced a score that was never enough.
 

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