Match Over - South Africa won by 96 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Kennington Oval, London
  • Referee: DC Boon
  • When: 03 Jun 2017, 11:30 SAST
  • Winner: South Africa
  • Man of the Match: Imran Tahir


  • Umpire1: IJ Gould
  • Umpire2: Aleem Dar
  • Third Umpire: PR Reiffel



Overs: 41.3 / 50.0

Sri Lanka



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0

South Africa

6.35pm A big win for South Africa to kick off their campaign. Tomorrow, as we all know, we'll have a slightly lower-profile game between the two sides with the calmest sets of fans in the world. I know you'll join us for that, bright and early. Until then, goodbye!

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Upul Tharanga: "At the start we bowled well, even after the Hashim-Faf partnership, we came back well. Keeping them under 300 was a good effort. We couldn't get any wicket in the middle period. We had Lakshan Sandakan - we could include him in the next game. We play against India next, we have to come back strongly, especially the batting - we have to get those big scores. Today I felt we played some loose shots."

AB de Villiers: It wasn't as true a wicket as the England-Bangladesh game. It was possible for them to chase it down, but we needed a few early wickets, which we got. It was important to assess in the first 10-15 overs. They bowled exceptionally well, and credit to our openers for seeing it out. It's scary, the amount of runs Hashim has piled on in his short career, hopefully many more to come." On bringing Tahir on late: "It was a difficult situation, it was just a feeling I got, there was no set plan. A little breeze, I had a little chat with him, and I just had a good feeling, when I brought him on." What's the biggest challenge as a captain: "Getting team selection right, and getting the balance right for every game."

Imran Tahir is the Player of the Match. "Been working really hard. Really enjoying. Hope it carries on through the tournament. I think [AB] knew the situation, I was always ready to bowl. The openers batted really well, but we stuck to our plans and came back strongly. I wasn't expecting any spin, watching the England-Bangladesh game the other day, but it helped my variations a little. Very happy with how it came out today. I've had a tough last one week, thanks for all the people who supported me."

AK Lakshminarasimhan: "Root, Williamson and today Amla, all the master batsman show their class in this champions trophy"

Bastian: "And once again, Hashim Amla isn't man of the match, despite his century."

AnilMartin: "So we've had three results in three games so far in CT... Chased, No Result and Defended."

6.23pm South Africa begin their tournament with a 96-run win. The result, and even the margin, may have been expected, given where the two sides stood before the match, but it wasn't as straightforward as that number might suggest. Sri Lanka bowled pretty well to keep South Africa down to 299, and their openers made a rollicking start and gave them a genuine shot at chasing it down. But the thing that South Africa had, and the thing Sri Lanka did not, was wicket-taking bowlers right through the attack. Imran Tahir has a sensational record against Sri Lanka, and he improved that further with figures of 4 for 27. A middle-order slump followed that opening partnership, and there was little Sri Lanka could do to recover.

41.3Imran Tahir to N Pradeep, OUT, No run, and that is that. Tahir finishes with four. A bit of flight, and Pradeep gives it the big yahoo. Connects pretty well, to be fair, but only manages to hit it as far as the man at long-on.
41.2Imran Tahir to N Pradeep, No run, googly, pitching just short of a length well outside off. Surprised him but he coped well enough to defend into the off side.
41.1Imran Tahir to N Pradeep, No run, back of a length on off stump, defended into the covers.
End of over 41. 9 runs this over. 203/9 after 246 balls.
MDKJ Perera 44 (66b 5x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 8-1-46-1
N Pradeep 5 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40. 2 runs this over. 194/9 after 240 balls.
MDKJ Perera 40 (64b 4x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 7-0-32-2
N Pradeep 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39.  A maiden over! 192/9 after 234 balls.
N Pradeep 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 7-1-37-1
MDKJ Perera 38 (58b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 1 runs this over. 192/8 after 228 balls.
SL Malinga 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 6-0-30-2
MDKJ Perera 38 (58b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 4 runs this over. 191/6 after 222 balls.
MDKJ Perera 38 (58b 4x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 6-0-37-0
S Prasanna 13 (18b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 36. 11 runs this over. 187/6 after 216 balls.
S Prasanna 13 (18b 0x4 1x6 ) CH Morris 5-0-29-1
MDKJ Perera 34 (52b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 35. 5 runs this over. 176/6 after 210 balls.
S Prasanna 4 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 5-0-33-0
MDKJ Perera 32 (50b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 34. 5 runs this over. 171/6 after 204 balls.
S Prasanna 2 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 4-0-18-1
MDKJ Perera 29 (47b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 33. 1 runs this over. 166/6 after 198 balls.
S Prasanna 2 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 10-0-54-0
MDKJ Perera 24 (42b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 32. 7 runs this over. 165/6 after 192 balls.
MDKJ Perera 23 (40b 2x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 8-0-27-3
S Prasanna 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 1 runs this over. 158/6 after 186 balls.
S Prasanna 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 9-0-53-0
MDKJ Perera 17 (35b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 2 runs this over. 157/6 after 180 balls.
MDKJ Perera 16 (33b 1x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 7-0-20-3
S Prasanna 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

They've used the opportunity to take a quick drinks break. Over to Karthik for the remainder of the chase

End of over 29. 4 runs this over. 155/5 after 174 balls.
DAS Gunaratne 4 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 8-0-52-0
MDKJ Perera 15 (30b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 28. 2 runs this over. 151/5 after 168 balls.
DAS Gunaratne 2 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 6-0-18-2
MDKJ Perera 14 (27b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Brett Maes: "I think this is going to be a tournament that highlights the middle overs. SA had a fantastic one today, which covered for the poor opening and closing 10. SL have gone the other way. England still favourites because of their middle over strength. "

End of over 27. 2 runs this over. 149/5 after 162 balls.
MDKJ Perera 13 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 7-0-49-0
DAS Gunaratne 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 26. 2 runs this over. 147/5 after 156 balls.
DAS Gunaratne 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 5-0-16-2
MDKJ Perera 12 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 2 runs this over. 145/4 after 150 balls.
MDKJ Perera 10 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 6-0-47-0
WU Tharanga 57 (68b 6x4 0x6 ) more

Nabin Kshetri: "Imagine if SL had Mathews in this situation."

End of over 24. 7 runs this over. 143/4 after 144 balls.
WU Tharanga 56 (64b 6x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 4-0-14-1
MDKJ Perera 9 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 4 runs this over. 136/4 after 138 balls.
MDKJ Perera 8 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) JP Duminy 2-0-7-0
WU Tharanga 50 (59b 5x4 0x6 ) more

OZ-FAN: "This is a scenario tailor-made for Sanga. Pity he's in the commentary box."

End of over 22. 5 runs this over. 132/4 after 132 balls.
WU Tharanga 50 (59b 5x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 3-0-7-1
MDKJ Perera 4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 21. 3 runs this over. 127/4 after 125 balls.
WU Tharanga 47 (56b 5x4 0x6 ) JP Duminy 1-0-3-0
MDKJ Perera 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 20. 1 runs this over. 124/4 after 120 balls.
MDKJ Perera 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 2-0-2-1
WU Tharanga 46 (52b 5x4 0x6 ) more

Tahir has made an impact already. Two wickets have come, runs have dried up. The pressure is right back on Sri Lanka. Just 20 minutes ago they were cruising. South Africa have the grip now

End of over 19. 5 runs this over. 122/4 after 113 balls.
WU Tharanga 44 (47b 5x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 6-0-30-1
MDKJ Perera 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 1 runs this over. 117/4 after 108 balls.
MDKJ Perera 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 1-0-1-1
WU Tharanga 41 (43b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 4 runs this over. 115/2 after 101 balls.
LD Chandimal 11 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 5-0-24-1
WU Tharanga 40 (41b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 5 runs this over. 110/2 after 95 balls.
WU Tharanga 38 (37b 5x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 3-0-12-1
LD Chandimal 9 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 5 runs this over. 105/2 after 90 balls.
LD Chandimal 8 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 4-0-20-1
WU Tharanga 35 (34b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 3 runs this over. 100/2 after 84 balls.
LD Chandimal 4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 2-0-7-1
WU Tharanga 34 (33b 5x4 0x6 ) more

It's time for drinks, and it's time for your favourite commentator, Shashank Kishore.

End of over 13. 2 runs this over. 97/2 after 78 balls.
LD Chandimal 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 3-0-15-1
WU Tharanga 33 (30b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 4 runs this over. 95/2 after 72 balls.
LD Chandimal 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) CH Morris 1-0-4-1
WU Tharanga 32 (29b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 4 runs this over. 91/1 after 66 balls.
WU Tharanga 30 (27b 5x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 2-0-13-1
BKG Mendis 10 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 10 runs this over. 87/1 after 60 balls.
WU Tharanga 28 (24b 5x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 5-0-45-0
BKG Mendis 8 (4b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 9 runs this over. 77/1 after 54 balls.
BKG Mendis 8 (4b 2x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 1-0-9-1
WU Tharanga 18 (18b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 10 runs this over. 68/0 after 48 balls.
N Dickwella 41 (32b 5x4 1x6 ) WD Parnell 4-0-35-0
WU Tharanga 17 (17b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 13 runs this over. 56/0 after 41 balls.
N Dickwella 39 (29b 5x4 1x6 ) K Rabada 4-0-26-0
WU Tharanga 8 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 11 runs this over. 43/0 after 36 balls.
WU Tharanga 8 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 3-0-25-0
N Dickwella 27 (24b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 10 runs this over. 32/0 after 29 balls.
N Dickwella 24 (20b 4x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 3-0-13-0
WU Tharanga 4 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 11 runs this over. 21/0 after 23 balls.
N Dickwella 16 (14b 3x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 2-0-17-0
WU Tharanga 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 1 runs this over. 10/0 after 17 balls.
WU Tharanga 2 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 2-0-4-0
N Dickwella 7 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 6 runs this over. 9/0 after 12 balls.
N Dickwella 7 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) WD Parnell 1-0-6-0
WU Tharanga 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 3 runs this over. 3/0 after 6 balls.
N Dickwella 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 1-0-3-0
WU Tharanga 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
N DickwellaC WD Parnell B M Morkel41423351124.24
WU TharangaC DA Miller B Imran Tahir57118696082.61
BKG MendisC AB de Villiers B CH Morris11201020110
LD ChandimalRun out AB de Villiers 1229211057.14
CK KapugederaLBW Imran Tahir03100-
MDKJ Pereranot out 4499665066.67
DAS GunaratneC WD Parnell B Imran Tahir416130030.77
S PrasannaLBW CH Morris1336200165
RAS LakmalRun out Imran Tahir 03300-
SL MalingaB K Rabada1220050
N PradeepC JP Duminy B Imran Tahir515121041.67
Total 203/10
K Rabada8.014615.75
WD Parnell10.005405.4
M Morkel6.003115.17
CH Morris7.003224.57
Imran Tahir8.302743.18
JP Duminy2.00703.5