AB's confident South Africa hope to end ICC trophy drought

AB's confident South Africa hope to end ICC trophy drought

AB's confident South Africa hope to end ICC trophy drought

Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis with a big second wicket partnership of 145 runs helped South Africa to set a hard target of 300 runs for Sri Lanka in the third One-day worldwide match of the ICC Champions Trophy here at the Kennington Oval on Saturday.

South African captain AB De Villiers left his impression in the match with a brilliant run out of Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal. "It was close to ten out of ten", said de Villiers about Tahir, who was the man-of-the-match after finishing with four wickets for 27 runs.

The bowling effort was labelled "ridiculous" by former New Zealand skipper and worldwide coach Stephen Fleming and threatens to further derail the Sri Lankans' tournament following their 96-run defeat by the Proteas.

Amla became Roland-Jones' first worldwide scalp in the 16th over but any thought of a Proteas slump was quickly ended by JP Duminy and AB de Villiers - the pair seeing South Africa home with plenty of time to spare.

Tabraiz Shamsi's replacement in the squad, Keshav Maharaj has been a surprise package for South Africa. But for tomorrow, Imran is our top spin bowler and the No. 1 pick.

"He is fit and ready to go, so you should see his name on the team sheet".

This, instead, is the portion of a global tournament in which they ordinarily stomp around crushing weaker teams without mercy.

"We re well aware of that, and they deserve our respect". They have a lot of match-winners on their team.

"So it s so much more important for us to make sure we don t think about what happened in the last series and we focus on tomorrow s game".

Sri Lanka fought back well after Amla's and du Plessis' 145-run second-wicket stand looked to have set South Africa up for a huge total.

"It was a bit of a catch 22 to get that right message across to the boys, (and) it was maybe a bit confusing at times".

Sri Lanka captain Tharanga has been suspended from the next two Champions Trophy matches after his side were found guilty of a serious over-rate offence. It was Tahir who clinched the game from Sri Lanka in the second innings as he got the wicket of Upul Tharanga who was going well after scoring his half-century.

"It appears to be a theme both in this tournament and in world cricket generally, however, that captains are becoming increasingly wary of picking their spinners for one-day cricket", Smith said.

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