South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by a margin of nine wickets in the 35th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street on Friday. The Proteas recorded their second win in the tournament having recorded their maiden win against Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to field in a clash which Sri Lanka had to win at any cost to remain alive in the tournament. However, the Lankans failed to post a competitive total on the board, after being bowled out for 203 following a disciplined performance by the Proteas bowling attack led by Chris Morris.
Morris and all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius accounted for three wickets apiece with pace-bowler Kagiso Rabada picking two wickets as well.
Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando who scored 30 runs apiece were the highest run-scorers for Sri Lanka.
The Proteas chased down the target of 204 runs in just 37.2 overs following a partnership of 175 runs between opener Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis, which virtually ensured a win.