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  • 11:07 PM IST

    Imran Tahir and not Hashim Amla is the Man of the Match. He not only claimed 4 wickets, he ran at 24 kph while celebrating his wickets.

  • 10:55 PM IST

    That’s the end of the game. Tahir gets his four. Pradeep goes for an ambitious slog and finds Duminy. Tahir probably is eyeing the No.1 bowler’s spot that was just recently snatched by his teammate Rabada earlier this week. South Africa complete win by 96 runs. South Africa stamp their authority but honestly, Sri Lanka looked favourites at one point, especially after the opening stand.

    OUT! Nuwan Pradeep c JP Duminy b Imran Tahir 5 (12)
  • 10:51 PM IST

    Pradeep gets one over cover for a boundary. They have neared the 200-mark. Some solace if they get there. Kusal Perera will be feeling extremeley gutted at the moment. He found no support at the other end. He nicely strikes down the ground for a boundary. Very Jayasuriya-esque. That’s 200 up.

  • 10:47 PM IST

    A wicket maiden from Rabada. Followed by a two-run over from Morris. It is just a matter of time.

  • 10:46 PM IST

  • 10:38 PM IST
    Now that’s the end of Malinga. His stay at the crease after one-and-half years last just two balls. Rabada finally strikes. The No.1 bowler in ODIs.

    OUT! Lasith Malinga b Kagiso Rabada 1 (2)
  • 10:35 PM IST
    More miseries for Sri Lanka. Lakmal is run out. When it’s not your day, even Tahir gets direct hits.

    OUT! Suranga Lakmal run out (Imran Tahir) 0 (3)
  • 10:30 PM IST

    Big appeal for leg before from Morris. Umpire has given it. The batsman reviews. That was plumb though. Prasanna departs for 13.

    Seekuge Prasanna lbw b Chris Morris 13 (20)
  • 10:27 PM IST
    Another cool stat here:

  • 10:19 PM IST

    Sri Lanka were 105 for 2 after 15 overs. Something even South Africa could not score in their final 15. In the next 20 overs, they have managed 71 and lost 4 wickets. Some intent finally here from Prasanna. Pulls Morris away for a SIX!

  • 10:08 PM IST
    This was Sri Lanka’s game seriously…

  • 10:00 PM IST
    I wonder if he will run to South Africa if he claims the final wicket of this Champions Trophy, helping his side to lift the trophy

  • 9:56 PM IST
    Tahir picks another. Gunaratne fails to clear extra cover. That’s a simple catch for Parnell.

    OUT! Asela Gunaratne c Wayne Parnell b Imran Tahir 4 (13)
  • 9:41 PM IST

    Tharanga departs. Tries to clear the deep extra cover but not too much power on that shot. He finds Miller patrolling there. This is a big blow. A huge one.

    OUT! Upul Tharanga c David Miller b Imran Tahir 57 (69)
  • 9:31 PM IST

    Tahir bowls a freebie to Tharanga. That’s FOUR. Tharanga’s role will be important from hereon. This will be a crucial partnership. Tharanga meanwhile has brought up his 33rd ODI fifty.

  • 9:11 PM IST
    Tahir into the attack. Straightaway things tilt South Africa’s way. Chandimal is out courtesy a brilliant piece of fielding from AB. He contributes in some way or the other. First that catch and now the run out. Chandimal walks back. Kapugedara now gets a golden duck. He misreads Tahir’s googly and here’s a first ball duck.

    OUT! Dinesh Chandimal run out (AB de Villiers) 12 (21)
    OUT! Chamara Kapugedera lbw b Imran Tahir 0 (1)
  • 8:54 PM IST
    South Africa 55/1 (15)
    Sri Lanka 105/2 (15)
    So, SL going almost at double. They have lost an extra wicket. But where is Tahir? Time for him it seems?
  • 8:49 PM IST
    Vaughan sails the Lankan way. Too early yet.

  • 8:40 PM IST

    That’s casual. He makes it look so easy. AB is a genius. He pulls off a stunner at midwicket. Mendis looks to chip it over midwicket, AB leaps and plucks it with a hand. Makes it look ridiculously easy. Morris strikes. Chandimal walks in. Here’s Sri Lanka’s most experienced players out in the middle. All up to them.

    OUT! Kusal Mendis c AB de Villiers b Chris Morris 11 (10)
  • 8:33 PM IST

    After a four-run over from Morkel, it’s time for Chris Morris. South Africa have a good attack. No signs of Imran Tahir yet.

  • 8:24 PM IST

    Kusal Mendis is a rare talent. Brilliant to watch. Morkel gives away a run in the first four balls. Mendis spoils the over with back-to-back boundaries. Classical stuff from Mendis. The alst one was a chip over midwicket.

  • 8:20 PM IST

    Much-needed change in bowling. It’s the experience of Morne Morkel. And he strikes straightaway. Second ball into his spell and Dickwella is beaten by the extra bounce. Gets top edge and Parnell takes a sitter at thirdman.

    OUT! Nirshan Dickwella c Wayne Parnell b Morne Morkel 41 (33)
  • 8:14 PM IST

    Tharanga decides to have fun. Slams back-to-back boundaries off Parnell. An over-pitched beats cover point. The next one is short and pulled through mid-on. Not good stuff from South Africa. Probably it’s Morkel time now.

  • 8:04 PM IST

    This has been a fantastic start from Sri Lanka. The openers plunder 10 from Rabada and continue to be harsh on Parnell. There is a four leg-bye and then Tharanga smacks one for boundary. 11 from it. Rabada starts with a wide. The seventh over. Will SA choke early in the tournament?

  • 7:54 PM IST

    Dickwella gets going. The way he bats there are bound to be some risky dges here and there for runs. He gets two boundaries from the Parnell over.

  • 7:50 PM IST

    Dropped! Rabada spills a return catch. Tharanga looks to pull, miscues and hits it straight back to Rabada who drops it. The over goes for a run.

  • 7:45 PM IST

    Wayne Parnell from the other end. Two singles from the first five balls. Ends the over with a boundary. Makes room and slams it over cover.

  • 7:40 PM IST

    Sri Lankan batsmen out in the middle. It’s Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga. Kagiso Rabada to start. He is the leader of the pack. Hasn’t he been brilliant for South Africa. Sri Lanka off the mark with a single off the third ball. Tharanga takes just one ball to get away. Dickwella seems restless. Charges down the track to Rabada and misses. That’s the way Dickwella plays but Sri Lanka could look for caution early. 3 from the first over.

  • 7:31 PM IST
    True

  • 7:10 PM IST

    Pradeep to Duminy. Dot. He sneaks a single. Another dot to Parnell and then a single. What length! Seems like Allan Donald has done some magic with Pradeep. He has been brilliant. Parnell sneaks a single and gives it to Duminy. Slightly fuller and Duminy slams it down the ground for a boundary. A low full-toss and slammed for 6. Sri Lanka need 300. That’s 6 an over. They have taken 36 minutes extra to complete their quota of overs. South Africa won’t be too pleased. They scored 101 for 3 in 15 overs. 78 for 3 from final 10 overs. Malinga’s comeback was more than the numbers. He did well to restrict them. Pradeep was the pick of the bowlers.

Sri Lanka and South Africa will play the first match of Group B in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 © Getty Images
Sri Lanka and South Africa will play the first match of Group B in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 © Getty Images

Hello, good morning/afternoon and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates for the third match in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017, between Sri Lanka and South Africa at The Oval, London. This is Suvajit Mustafi, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the Group B contest. While South Africa are being considered favourites for this clash, the Islanders will like to spring a surprise and start the tournament positively. In the three matches between South Africa and Sri Lanka in the tournament history, Proteas have a 2-1 edge over the subcontinental side. Nonetheless, Sri Lanka managed to beat them in their last encounter in 2009 when the competition was hosted by South Africa. Regardless to say, both the teams will be eager to start on the right note. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Match 3

Proteas will be hell bent on changing their perception in major ICC events. After the successful stint in the first edition of the tournament in 1998, they have nothing major to boast off in prestigious tournaments. South Africa have been on a roll in limited overs recently barring the series, losing to England in the run-up to the competition. They even started the year on an emphatic note. After whitewashing Australia in September-October 2016, they also hammered the Sri Lankans in their den in a five-match ODI series. Nonetheless, all that will not matter if they do not get the better of their opponents on Saturday.

On the other hand, since the ICC World Cup 2015, Sri Lanka have won only 13 of their last 34 ODIs (full games). Since the retirement of star players, Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara , they have not been able to come to terms in any format. Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga will hold key for their success. Regular skipper, Angelo Mathews, is most likely to miss his side’s opener due to calf injury. The team management will take a final call before the game.In his absence, Tharanga will lead the side.

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Chamara Kapugedara.

South Africa: AB de Villiers (c & wk), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Farhaan Behardien, Morne Morkel, Andile Phehlukwayo.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Match 3