Sri Lanka fluff their lines and hand South Africa an easy victory

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That turned out to be the only noteworthy moment for Sri Lanka with the ball as the experienced duo of Amla and Du Plessis ensured there would be no more hiccups in the run chase. Kusal Perera further followed it up with two runs off the fifth delivery, hitting the ball through square leg.

Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera is my only wicket-keeper batsman for this match.

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In a complete all-round performance, the bowlers also played their part, managing to dismiss Sri Lanka inside the 50 overs for 203.

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The routine win over Afghanistan aside, it was easily South Africa's best bowling display of the tournament.

South Africa skipper du Plessis won the toss and sent Sri Lanka in to bat in the World Cup group game at Durham. Sri Lanka are now seventh, but two points would take them straight up to fifth, just below England. But there was no sting in the tale for Eoin Morgan, as Sri Lanka fluffed the understudy lines suddenly thrust at them and declined the offer to draw level on points with England - without completely removing the possibility of qualifying for the semi-finals as the complicated last-gasp dance continues. However, with nothing the lose, the outfit will be looking to make their presence felt.

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

But Pretorius (3-25 in 10 overs) picked up both wickets and slowed the run-rate, as South Africa took control of the innings against a nervous Sri Lanka side who retreated into their shell. But both fell for 30, snared by the excellent man of the match, Dwaine Pretorius, playing his first World Cup game.

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Seeking to cast off the shackles, Mathews, whose unbeaten 85 held the innings together against England, chopped Chris Morris on to his stumps for 11 while Mendis' ponderous 23 came to an end when he slapped Pretorius to cover.

A month ago South Africa would have been considerably shorter favourites. With Proteas also susceptible against spinners, expect Karunratne to give a longer run with the ball to de Silva.

Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Chris Morris will shoulder the pace attack, while Imran Tahir will provide them with a top-class spinning option.

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