Sri Lanka vs South Africa: Sri Lanka are set to lock horns against South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street today. The match will start at 3 pm (IST). Sri Lanka-led by Dimuth Karunaratne, which are currently at the seventh spot in the points table with six points from six games, will be eyeing to win the clash and remain alive in the tournament. While on the other side, South Faf du Plessis-led Proteas are lagging at the ninth spot with just three points from seven games. They have only one a single game in the biggest ICC event so far.

Two crucial points from the clash will take Sri Lanka at the fifth position. It means, they will be fighting for the semi-final berth along with Pakistan and Bangladesh. A loss from the match will almost dash their hopes of playing the semi-final of the World Cup. After winning their last match against World Cup favorites England by 20 runs, Karunaratne captained side have gained confidence. 

While South Africa will try hard to improve their performance which has witnessed five humiliating defeats. Their lone victory came against World Cup minnows Afghanistan. South Africa team were outclassed in their last match by Pakistan by 49 runs. 

Sri Lanka playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal.

South Africa playing XI:  Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir

Here are the live updates: 

Highlights

South Africa 201/1 after 37 overs

South Africa crosses 200 marks. Five runs coming off the over. South Africa 3 runs away from the win. South Africa 201/1 after 37 overs.

After 34 overs, they are 185/1.

Lasith Malinga comes to bowl his remaining overs. He has two overs left. South Africa is 19 runs away from the victory with 96 balls left. After 34 overs, they are 185/1.

After 29 overs, South Africa 154/1

South Africa brings up 150 runs with a single in the first ball.5 runs coming off the over.50 more runs needed from 21 overs for South Africa.After 29 overs, South Africa 154/1

South Africa need 73 runs to win from 24 overs

Another good over from Lasith Malinga. Just a single from it. The veteran has two overs left. South Africa need 73 runs to win from 24 overs. Amla batting on 58, Du Plessis batting on 47.

South Africa needs 78 more runs to win from 26 overs

Good over from Malinga, collecting his first maiden of the day. South Africa needs 78 more runs to win from 26 overs. Amla batting on 55, Du Plessis batting on 45.

South Africa need 78 to win from 27 overs.

Udana comes to bowl his third over of the inning. He gave away seven runs in the over. Du Plessis hit a boundary off the fourth delivery. South Africa need 78 to win from 27 overs.

South Africa need 85 runs to win from 28 overs

Lasith Malinga came back into the attack. Du Plessis slammed the low full toss through the square leg for a boundary, South Africa need 85 runs to win from 28 overs.

SA 115/1, after 21 overs

Amla and Du Plessis leading South Africa towards a steady win

South Africa need 89 runs from 29 overs

Good over by Udana conceded only four runs. Sri Lanka needs a wicket to keep their hopes alive in the World Cup. South Africa need 89 runs from 29 overs. Amla batting on 52, Du Plessis batting on 37.

After 19 overs, South Africa 105/1

Isuru Udana replaces Suranga Lakmal in the attack. Fifty up for Hashim Amla Seven runs coming off the over. Proteas cross 100-run-mark in the mark. After 19 overs, South Africa 105/1

After 18 overs, South Africa are 98/1

Nearly half the runs are collected by the South Africans. From this point, it is looking like an easy win for South Africa.4 runs from the over. South Africa needs 106 more runs to win the match with nine wickets in hand. After 18 overs, they are 98/1

South Africa 94/1 after 17 overs.

Huge over for South Africa. Suranga Lakmal conceded 13 runs off the over. Amla and Du Plessis partnership cross 50 runs.South Africa 94/1 after 17 overs.

South Africa 79/1 after 15 overs.

Seven runs conceded off the over. Suranga Lakmal bowls his fourth over of the day. The current partnership is at 48 runs. Amla batting on 42 and Du Plessis batting on 18.South Africa 79/1 after 15 overs.

South Africa 69/1 after 13 overs.

Du Plessis plays a glamorous shot over the cover to collect his second boundary of the innings. Seven runs coming off the over. South Africa 69/1 after 13 overs.

South Africa 69/1 after 13 overs.

Du Plessis plays a glamorous shot over the cover to collect his second boundary of the innings. Seven runs coming off the over. South Africa 69/1 after 13 overs.

After 12 overs, South Africa 62/1

Amla hit the ball over mid-off in the first ball of the over but the ball stopped short of the boundary. Single off each of the next two balls. After 12 overs, South Africa 62/1

South Africa 58/1 after 11 overs

Suranga Lakmal back into the attack. The Sri Lankan pacer conceded five runs in his second over of the day. South Africa 58/1 after 11 overs.

After 10 overs, South Africa 53/1

Expensive over by Thisara Perera after starting his spell with a maiden, Conceded 11 runs off the over, boundary to each Du Plessis and Amla. South Africa crosses 50 tun mark in their first powerplay. After 10 overs, South Africa 53/1

After 9 overs, South Africa 42/1

Amla collects a double pushing the ball towards the led side. Another double collected by Du Plessis in the last ball of the innings. After 9 overs, South Africa 42/1

After 8 overs, South Africa 36/1

Thisara Perera comes into attack replacing Suranga Lakmal. It's a maiden over as Faf du Plessis couldn't find the gap. After 8 overs, South Africa 36/1 . Sri Lanka is the only team against which South African skipper has scored 1000 runs plus in ODIs.

South Africa 36/1 after 7 overs

Malinga looks good after getting the wicket. He finds his line and length and trying to keep it tight. South African pair playing cautiously.Just two singles in the over. South Africa 36/1 after 7 overs.

South Africa 34/1 after 6 overs

Suranga Lakmal comes into the attack. South African skipper joins Amla on the crease. He gets off the mark in the third delivery. Three runs coming off the over. South Africa 34/1 after 6 overs.

South Africa 31/1 after 5 overs

Malinga strikes in the over. Great come back. .De Cock just could not stop his yorker. Three runs and a wicket in the over. Amla slammed the ball through the midwicket for a boundary in the third ball of the overSouth Africa 31/1 after 5 overs.

After 4 overs, South Africa 28/0

De Kock looks good and showing attacking intent. He collects two boundaries in Dhananjaya de Silva's second over. After 4 overs, South Africa 28/0

After 3 overs, South Africa 20/0

Malinga seems not to be in good form today. He conceded 10 runs off the over. Both openers hit a boundary. After 3 overs, South Africa 20/0

South Africa 10/0 after 2 overs

Sri Lanka brings in spin right at the second over. Dhananjaya de Silva on the attack for Sri Lanka. Started his spell quite in a decent way. He conceded just 1 run off the over. South Africa 10/0 after 2 overs.

South Africa 9/0 after 1 over

South Africa starts the innings with a couple of boundaries. Lasith Malinga to start the bowling attack for Sri Lanka. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock started the innings for South Africa. Hashim Amla hit a couple of handsome shot for boundaries. South Africa 9/0 after 1 over.

Can the Sri Lankans defend this?

The South African bowlers came to the party to keep Sri Lanka to 203!

Sri Lanka has been bowled out for 203.

Chris Morris bowls the final over. Experienced Malinga cuts the ball to the point for a boundary before getting caught by Du Plessis at mid off. Sri Lanka has been bowled out for 203.

Sri Lanka 195/8 after 48 overs

Morris on the attack, Udana's mistimed shot fall narrowly short of the fielder at backward point.Just three runs coming off the over. Brilliant death bowling by South Africa.Sri Lanka 195/8 after 48 overs.

Sri Lanka 171/7 after 42 overs

Thisara Perera with 13 off 13 balls and Isuru Udana with 2 off 8 balls are at the crease. Perera has to do something for the team. Only he can help the Islanders out. 8 more overs to go.

Mendis gone!!!!!!!

Chris Morris departed Jeevan Mendis for 18 runs off 48 balls. It was right-arm pacer's 2nd wicket. He conceded 38 runs in 8 overs. Now, only Thisara Perera can save Sri Lanka.

First sixer of the match hit by Mendis

Jeevan Mendis has smashed first six of the match off Chris Morris' delivery. He was struggling to score runs. But the sixer would have boosted his confidence.
Before smacking ball in the stands, he faced 38 balls and just scored 5 runs.

JP Duminy strikes on his first ball, removes Silva

The change in bowling proved good for South Africa as part-timer JP Duminy dismissed Dhananjaya de Silva on the very first ball of the over. Sri Lanka 135/6,

Another maiden over by Rabada, Sri Lanka 135/5 after 36

Another maiden over by RabadaKagiso Rabada. He has conceded 29 runs in his eight overs with a wicket. He also bowled his previous over the maiden. Sri Lanka struggling to score runs. It seems they can't make 200.

Maiden over by Rabada, Sri Lanka 128/5 after 34 overs

Kagiso Rabada has bowled his first maiden over of the match. Dhananjaya de Silva was completely beaten by the right-handed bowler in the six deliveries. Sri Lanka 128/5. The Islanders are eyeing for a partnership. They don't have too much batting after the duo.

Sri Lanka 127/5 after 32 overs

The responsibility is on the shoulders of Dhananjaya de Silva and Jeevan Mendis. They must stay at the wicket for at least 10 overs. Otherwise, Islanders will not be able to score the 200-plus score.

Dwaine Pretorius stikes again, Sri Lanka in deep trouble

Dwaine Pretorius outclassed Kusal Mendis with the help of Chris Morros who caught a good catch. it was Pretorius'third wicket of the match.

Maiden over by Dwaine Pretorius

First maiden over by Dwaine Pretorius. Dhananjaya de Silva failed to score a run off six deliveries bowled by Pretorius. He has been a most impressive bowler, conceding 21 runs off 7 overs and taking two wickets.

2 runs off Imran Tahir, Sri Lanka 106/3 after 25 overs

Imran Tahir has conceded 2 runs in his second over and 7 in his previous. He was bowling 25th over of the match. Half of the innings is over with South Africa dominating the Islanders. After the dismissal of Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva came to join Kusal Mendis.

Big wicket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris Morris put an end to a 28-run stand between Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis. he dismissed Mathews for 1 Dhananjaya de Silva came to join Kusal Mendis. Sri Lanka 4 down.

100 comes up for Sri Lanka

Finally, 100 comes up for Sri Lanka in 22nd over. Mendis has scored 17 and Mathews 11. Both Mathews and Mendis have scored a 28-run partnership. They are trying their best to help the Island nation to post a defendable target.

Imran Tahir comes to attack

Imran Tahir comes to bowl his first over. He has been a wicket-taker for South Africa. The last 20 overs were bowled by pacers who dismantled the Sri Lanka top order. Tahir will be eyeing for wickets to put Sri Lanka under pressure.

Sri Lanka 90/3 after 20 overs

Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews are going slow and steady. They are definitely looking for a partnership that will help Islanders to post a defendable total. They must stay at the wicket as long as they can.

Just 1 run off Chris Morris, Sri Lanka 86/3 after 18 overs

Right-handed bowler Chris Morris have conceded 13 runs so far in his three overs. In the previous over, he gave just 2 runs. He has not claimed any wicket. Kagiso Rabada and Dwaine Pretorius are the men to put Sri Lanka under pressure.

Sri Lanka 85/3 after 16.

Kusal Mendis and experienced Angelo Mathews have faced 27 balls and scored 15 runs. They are trying to get set at the wicket and stitch a partnership. So far, two Proteas batsmen have claimed wickets.

Sri Lanka 77/3 after 14 overs

The score has reached 77 in 14 overs with three wickets down. South African pacers dismantled the Sri Lanka top order. Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews are at the crease, they seem to be struggling to face seamers.

Dwaine Pretorius removes Kusal Perera, Sri Lanka in deep trouble, 72/3

Dwaine Pretorius struck again as he departed Kusal Perera for 30. Two back wickets for Pretorius in two back to back overs. Sri Lanka 3 down, Angelo Mathews came to join Kusal Mendis.

Another wicket!!!!!!!!

Dwaine Pretorius struck in his third over, removing Avishka Fernando for 30. The right-handed batsman was looking nice. Massive blow for Islanders.

South Africa cross 50

Sri Lanka batsmen have crossed 50. The score has reached 57 in 9 overs with Perera and Fernando at the crease. Both the batsmen are looking nice as they have did not allow South Africa to them under pressure despite first over dismissal.

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