Champions Trophy: Lanka to take on Proteas in first Group B encounter

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson plays a shot against Sri Lanka on Wednesday

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson plays a shot against Sri Lanka on Wednesday

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 96 runs in a Group "B" match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 played at the Kennington Oval in London today (3).

Several South African seniors - AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir and Morne Morkel - have spoken of the 2019 World Cup as their swansong.

Imran Tahir claimed four wickets against Sri Lanka.

Amla and David Miller put on a short but sweet rebuilding partnership, allowing Amla to bring up his century in the 42nd over, just turning one of his hip to square leg.

Sri Lanka captain Tharanga has been suspended from the next two Champions Trophy matches after his side were found guilty of a serious over-rate offence. Their previous biggest defeat (92) also came at the hands of the Proteas, but in the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Needing 300 runs to win, Sri Lanka who were playing in the absence of their regular captain Angelo Matthews, started well but the middle order could not maintain the start and lost wickets at crucial stages of the match which eventually cost them the game. Only Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, and Kumar Sangakkara have achieved this feat before Amla. Tahir was awarded the man of the match for his game changing four wicket haul.

While the Proteas are more than likely to keep Tahir in their squad for the remainder of the tournament, Smith admitted he found it unusual that other teams are shying away from spin and choosing to bolster their pace attack instead.

Saturday's clash of two ODI giants was always going to be a tense and close battle, but when South Africa came in to bat at the start of the match, they showed they meant business.

Meanwhile, Smith also lavished praise on opener Hashim Amla and batsman Faf du Plesiss for their contributions during the match against Sri Lanka.

Tabraiz Shamsi's replacement in the squad, Keshav Maharaj has been a surprise package for South Africa. Among all players who have scored at least 500 runs, he has the third-best ODI average in the country.

During the chase, Dickwella and Tharanga gave Sri Lanka a flying start, putting up 69 runs for the opening wicket in 8.2 overs. "As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Tharanga has been suspended from his side's upcoming matches against India and Pakistan, while each of his players has received a fine of 60 percent".

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