ICC World Cup 2019: Match 35, SL vs SA – South Africa Player Ratings
It was a clinical show by South Africa.
Updated - Jun 13, 2020 12:31 am
South Africa have spoiled Sri Lanka‘s party by defeating them comfortably by nine wickets at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Not that the Islanders looked so keen to win this crucial game as their batsmen literally crawled to 203 in 49.3 overs after they were put in to bat first. None of the Sri Lankan batsmen could cross the 30-run mark and threw their wicket away after eating up so many deliveries to settle in the middle.
In response, South Africa lost Quinton de Kock early in the fifth over of the innings with Lasith Malinga breaching his defence. However, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis didn’t break a sweat while gunning down the required total. Both of them scored half-centuries and would’ve got to the three-figure scores if they had opted to bat first after winning the toss.
The result was a foregone conclusion after the partnership started to blossom and Sri Lanka couldn’t even pick a wicket after the early success. South Africa chased down the target in the 38th over to continue their dominance over Sri Lanka in the ODI format.
Here are South Africa Player Ratings from the match:
Quinton de Kock: 2/10
Quinton de Kock continued to struggle in the World Cup. He scored only 15 runs off 16 balls with the bat before being foxed by Lasith Malinga in the fifth over of a low-pressure chase. This is a tough phase for the cricketer in his career and he would love to bow out on a high against Australia.
Hashim Amla: 8/10
Hashim Amla finally found some genuine form in the tournament. Though it is a little too late, it was a delight to watch him play those crisp drives again. He stitched a match-winning partnership with the skipper Faf du Plessis and remained unbeaten until the end. Amla scored 79 runs with five fours to his name and owned the proceedings in the middle.
Faf du Plessis: 9/10
There was no doubt ever about Faf du Plessis‘ form in the World Cup. He just didn’t get enough support from the other end in any of the games. This time, Amla stood firm with him and the result was a thumping win for the Proteas. He deserved a century though after playing so well and remained unbeaten on 96 off 103 deliveries and paved way for his team’s victory.
Aiden Markram: N/A
Aiden Markram had nothing much to do in the game. He’s also had a pretty ordinary tournament and would be looking to finish with a good knock against Australia.
Rassie van der Dussen: N/A
Even Rassie van der Dussen didn’t get to bat with South Africa winning by nine wickets. He has been the best batsman for his team in the tournament and is the one to watch out for.
JP Duminy: 5/10
JP Duminy was drafted into the side at David Miller‘s expense for today’s game but the all-rounder didn’t get to bat. However, Duminy’s off-spinners proved useful on the day. He castled Dhananjaya de Silva off the first ball of his spell as the batsman tried to reverse sweep only to see his stumps in a mess.
Andile Phehlukwayo: 5/10
Andile Phehlukwayo was decent with the ball today. He picked a wicket of Thisara Perera to make sure that there was no final flourish for the Islanders. The all-rounder returned with the figures of 1/38 in his eight overs and has fared decently throughout the tournament.
Dwaine Pretorius: 9/10
Dwaine Pretorius was included to strengthen the batting today ahead of Lungi Ngidi. But he shone with the ball and was the best bowler. The pace bowling all-rounder was exceptional up front and bowled his full quota of overs conceding only 25 runs picking up three crucial wickets. Pretorius was also adjudged the Man of the Match for his superb bowling. Where was he all this while South Africa?
Chris Morris: 8.5/10
Chris Morris has bowled his heart out for South Africa in this World Cup. He once again delivered for the team picking the wickets Jeevan Mendis, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews. Morris was brilliant in the field as well taking a decent catch to send back Kusal Mendis. His figures read 3/46 in 9.3 overs.
Kagiso Rabada: 7/10
Kagiso Rabada was also amongst the wickets and it was a massive improvement in performance compared to the earlier matches. He got South Africa off to a brilliant start by getting the better of Dimuth Karunaratne off the first ball of the match. The fast bowler ended with the figures of 2/36 and also bowled a couple of maidens.
Imran Tahir: 2/10
Imran Tahir has been the best bowler for South Africa this season. But against Sri Lanka he went wicketless in his 10-over spell and couldn’t create an impact. He returned with the figures of 0/36 in 10 overs and will possibly play the last match of his illustrious career against Australia.