South Africa thrash Sri Lanka: Here are the records broken
The South African cricket team thrashed Sri Lanka in match number 35 of the ICC World Cup 2019 on Friday. This was South Africa's second win of the tournament. Post this loss, Lanka's hopes for semi-final qualification took a big blow. Batting first, Lanka were bundled out for 203. SA eased past the target with Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla playing sensible knocks.
A look at some crucial feats by South African players
Chris Morris (3/46) raced to 12 wickets in CWC 19. He is South Africa's highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Kagiso Rabada (2/36) now has 21 ODI wickets in 2019. That's the joint-most by a South African alongside Imran Tahir (21). He now has the most dot balls in CWC 19 (241). Faf du Plessis went past the 700-run mark in ODIs this year.
Amla and Faf script individual feats
Hashim Amla registered his third ODI fifty in 2019. The senior cricketer also notched his 39th career ODI fifty. It was his second half-century in the ongoing World Cup. Faf du Plessis amassed his sixth ODI fifty in 2019. This was his third fifty in CWC 19. It was also his 35th career ODI half-century. He is South Africa's highest run-scorer in CWC 19.
Amla is fourth highest CWC run-scorer for SA
Amla is now South Africa's fourth highest run-scorer in the World Cup, across editions. He went past Gary Kirsten's tally of 806 World Cup runs for SA. Meanwhile, Amla and Faf shared a century-plus partnership for the second wicket. This was South Africa's seventh hundred-plus stand for the second wicket in World Cup history.
Faf goes eclipses Graeme Smith's records
Faf took three catches in the match today. He is now South Africa's most successful outfielder with 16 catches to his name in World Cup history. Faf went past former skipper Graeme Smith (15). Faf surpassed the 800-run mark for SA in World Cup as well. He also got past Smith (747) and Kirsten in terms of career World Cup runs for SA.
Lankan team's unusual record, Malinga gets to 52 CWC scalps
Eight Sri Lankan batsmen scored between 11 and 30 today. This is now the most in an ODI World Cup match. Lasith Malinga raced to 52 career World Cup wickets. He needs four more to surpass former Pakistani legend Wasim Akram (55) and be the third highest wicket-taker in the history of the World Cup.
A look at an interesting trivia
Trivia: South Africa conceded byes today for the first time in WC 2019. Now the only team that has not conceded byes in the tournament is Afghanistan. #CWC19— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 28, 2019
How did the match pan out?
Lanka got off to a flier, before over ambition cost them big time as they collapsed from 67/1 to 111/5. Since then, Lanka never got going as SA kept taking crucial wickets. Dwaine Pretorius, who made his World Cup debut, shined for SA (3/25). In reply, Amla and Faf showed their class and experience to get the side past the target.