Buoyed by the stunning win against England, Sri Lanka will look to keep their semifinals hopes alive as they train their sights on South Africa in a do-or-die World Cup encounter in Chester-le-Street on Friday. Kusal Perera further followed it up with two runs off the fifth delivery, hitting the ball through square leg.
Dimuth Karunaratne has been giving a steady start to Sri Lanka from the beginning whereas Faf du Plessis has been scoring constantly.
De Kock (15) struck three crisp fours before he was bowled by the wily Lasith Malinga (1-47), but Amla and Du Plessis played a patient game and nudged the ball for singles and twos.
Commencing their chase in brilliant sunshine, South Africa were able to capitalise on Malinga's search for wickets, as Amla was able to pierce the field on both sides of the wicket.
Following just one win and one rained-off game from seven matches, South Africa are placed at the second last place in the points table.
South Africa, who have already been eliminated from the World Cup, have won 16 of their last 18 meetings with Sri Lanka, including a 5-0 clean-sweep at home in March. However, with nothing the lose, the outfit will be looking to make their presence felt.
Thereafter, Kusal Perera (30 off 34) and Avishka Fernando (30 off 29) took the counter-attacking approach and played fearlessly to stitch a 67-run stand off 58 balls before the duo perished in quick succession.
Sri Lanka hurt their slim semi-final chances with a nine-wicket loss to South Africa while a swarm of bees disrupted the action.
Amla took 56 balls for his half-century and Du Plessis 70, but they were always ahead of the run-rate.
The other two all-rounders include the South African pair of Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo.
Chris Morris (3-46) picked up the key wicket of Angelo Mathews, who scored an unbeaten 85 against England, when the allrounder was on 11 and dragged an attempted pull shot onto his stumps. As South Africa are out of the tournament, players are expected to play without pressure.
Mendis' ponderous 23 from 51 balls was ended when he slapped to Pretorius at cover, leaving Sri Lanka on 111 for five as Dhananjaya De Silva and Jeevan Mendis attempted to redress the balance, ultimately in vain.
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