Already-eliminated South Africa dealt a big blow to Sri Lanka's Cricket World Cup semi-final hopes with a dominant nine-wicket win at the Riverside on Friday.

Sri Lanka were just two points behind fourth-placed England with a game in hand coming into this clash, yet they were completely overmatched as a paltry target of 204 was eaten up by Hashim Amla (80 not out) and Faf du Plessis (96 no).

The 1996 champions had recovered to 67-1 after captain Dimuth Karunaratne fell to Kagiso Rabada from the first ball of the match, but they were quickly reined back in.

The 57-ball partnership of Avishka Fernando (30) and Kusal Perera (30) was crucially broken by Dwaine Pretorius, who then took 3-25 as the South African bowlers took control.

After Sri Lanka had stuttered to 203 all out with three balls unused, having failed to get another combination moving under pressure from Rabada (2-36), the Proteas cruised in reply.

Lasith Malinga intervened with an early trademark yorker to Quinton de Kock, but Amla then sauntered to a half-century and Du Plessis soon followed.

Amla even bizarrely survived an lbw call when he begrudgingly reviewed and started to walk, only to retreat when tracking showed the ball was pitching outside leg, summing up a miserable day for Sri Lanka.

The partnership remained unbroken on 175 as South Africa reached 206-1 with more than 12 overs remaining.

Sri Lanka face West Indies and then India to close out the first round but could now see England, Bangladesh and Pakistan all pull clear ahead of them.


Pretorius leads Proteas attack

With just a single win to their name coming into this match, South Africa at least restored some pride with a fine bowling display. Pretorious was the star man, getting Fernando in good time and later removing Kusal Mendis in a wicket-maiden. His team-mates contributed too, though, as Rabada remained economical, Chris Morris picked up 3-46 and JP Duminy took a wicket with his first ball.

Riverside abuzz on 2019 CWC bow

If Sri Lanka fans were feeling a little low amid their batting display, they at least did not sink as far as the players. Both teams were comically left lying prone on the Riverside pitch as a swarm of bees interrupted play late in the first innings.

Lions let big chance slip

With a game in hand over the three other teams fighting for fourth place and facing an out-of-sorts South Africa side, a semi-final place was still realistic for Sri Lanka coming into this one. That may no longer be the case. They batted poorly but then also offered little resistance with the ball in a dismal showing.

Hashim Amla became the second fastest player to accumulate 8,000 ODI runs after reaching the landmark in South Africa's Cricket World Cup encounter with New Zealand on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Proteas opener got to the landmark figure in his 176th innings in the format, having started the day on 7,976 career runs.

Only Virat Kohli has reached 8,000 ODI runs in fewer innings than Amla, the India captain getting there in 175 knocks.

Amla was looking to play a telling innings at Edgbaston in a crucial match for struggling South Africa in their World Cup campaign.

He lost his opening partner Quinton de Kock in the second over, and captain Faf du Plessis fell for 23 after helping to put on 50 for the second wicket.

Amla was unbeaten on 34 at the beginning of the 18th over, with South Africa 66-2.

Kohli was also playing at Edgbaston when he achieved the feat, making an unbeaten 96 against Bangladesh at the Champions Trophy two years ago.

Lungi Ngidi is set for at least a week out of action with the hamstring injury that hampered him in South Africa's 21-run defeat to Bangladesh on Sunday.

The Proteas bowler delivered four of the first seven overs of his side's second Cricket World Cup match, but then pulled up with an issue and did not bowl again.

South Africa bowled poorly for the large part and are now set to be without Ngidi against India on Wednesday, although the player will have a scan on Monday.

Hashim Amla missed the Bangladesh match after taking a blow to his helmet against England, while Dale Steyn, struggling with a shoulder injury, is yet to feature. Both are being monitored.

Proteas manager Mohammed Moosajee explained the side's injury problems to the media, telling a news conference: "First, we'll talk about Lungi Ngidi.

"He sustained sharp discomfort in his left hamstring after bowling the fourth over today. He came off. He was assessed and clinically we felt that he had a left hamstring strain.

"We decided not to let him go out there and bowl any further in this match.

"So currently, it probably means that he'll be out for about a week to 10 days, but we'll have scans done tomorrow [Monday]. The plan will be probably to get him ready for the West Indies match.

"The other person we need to talk about is Hashim Amla. During the last match, he sustained a blow to the helmet. When he came off the field he was assessed.

"There were concussion assessment tests done as well as various computerised assessments done. Initially the results were what we call inconclusive, or equivocal.

"Repeat tests were done about an hour, an hour-and-a-half later, which were much clearer than the ones before, and that's why the decision was made to let him go out there and bat.

"Subsequent to the match, the next day, he felt some symptoms and therefore, as a precaution, we decided to rest him from this game.

"The plan is to get him ready for the match against India on Wednesday in Southampton."

Asked about Steyn, Moosajee added: "Dale Steyn, as we said before we left South Africa, that is [a case of] very much watching his progress.

"The plan was always to try to get him ready for the India or the West Indies game [on June 10].

"So he's making decent progress and he's out there bowling right now. We'll make a call before the India game as to where he is currently."

Hashim Amla was ruled out of South Africa's Cricket World Cup match against Bangladesh after taking a blow to the head in the defeat to England.

Amla was struck on the grille of his helmet by a rapid short ball from Jofra Archer in the opening match of the tournament at The Oval on Thursday.

While he did bat again in that game after initially retiring hurt, the right-hander has not recovered sufficiently to face the Tigers at the same venue on Sunday, with David Miller taking his place in the team.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "Hashim hasn't fully recovered from the blow sustained to the helmet during the match against England on Thursday and is not available for selection for the match today.

"With the quick turnaround between the two matches, he is being rested as a precaution, based on our post-match re-assessment. We are hopeful that he will make a full recovery to be available for selection for our next match against India."

There was one other change to the South Africa team, with Chris Morris replacing Dwaine Pretorius.

Ben Stokes' incredible catch in England's Cricket World Cup win over South Africa only came about because he was in the wrong position.

Stokes, who scored 89 with the bat as England set South Africa a target of 312 at The Oval, made an outstanding grab to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo as the tournament hosts cruised to a 104-run victory on Thursday.

Phehlukwayo's firm sweep from an Adil Rashid delivery looked to be heading out for six, but Stokes somehow leapt high and, with his right arm outstretched above his head, took the ball in.

But the all-rounder insists that the catch was due to his panic in realisation that he had ventured too far in from the boundary.

"I had a little bit of a panic on to be honest," said Stokes at the post-match presentation.

"I was a bit further in than I should have been, took a step in and I panicked a bit. But [my right hand] gets the nickname the claw, so luckily it stuck!

"I didn't really know how to react because I shouldn't have been there. It was probably a regulation catch if I was in the right position."

Asked what he was thinking when he realised he had misjudged the shot at first, Stokes told reporters: "I probably said, 'Oh s***' about five times in my head!"

He added: "Even when you do take catches like that, when you know you've started in the wrong position, you know you've made a relatively straightforward catch into a hard one.

"The crowd's reaction behind me as pretty awesome, I just tried to take it in as much as I possibly could. I bowled the next over and Morgs [Eoin Morgan] had to ask me if everything was alright, if my heart-rate had gone down.

"It does get fizzed up when you're involved in something like that."

England captain Eoin Morgan, meanwhile, praised Stokes and Jofra Archer, who starred by taking 3-27 with the ball, for their match-winning displays.

"Extremely impressed. Ben's had a full day out. That catch in the outfield was outstanding. To have a match-winner like that in your side lifts everybody," Morgan said.

"On a slowish pitch, [Archer] bowled fast and accurate, it's outstanding for a young guy just starting his international career. He's taking everything in his stride, he's improving every day. It's very exciting."

South Africa were dealt a blow early on in their chase, when Hashim Amla was forced off after being struck by a vicious Archer bouncer.

The experienced opener eventually returned to the crease, and Proteas captain Faf du Plessis is hopeful that Amla will be fit for South Africa's next fixture against Bangladesh on Sunday.

"He's okay now, when he came off the field he was a bit all over the place, we were a bit worried about him," Du Plessis said.

"He did the test and it looked like everything was right, so hopefully that's a good sign for the next game."

South Africa opener Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt having taken a nasty blow to the helmet grille as his team tried to secure victory against England in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup.

The Proteas, chasing 312 to beat the tournament hosts at The Oval, suffered an early setback when Amla came off in the fourth over after a vicious short ball from England seamer Jofra Archer reared up and struck him.

Amla initially called for a new helmet to be brought to him from the dressing room but, after further inspection out in the middle, he left the field while rubbing his head and Aiden Markram came out to join Quinton de Kock.

South Africa were 14 without loss at the time, with Amla having made five from eight balls.

Markram lasted just 12 deliveries and was dismissed for 11 when he edged Archer to Joe Root at slip.

South Africa have opted for Hashim Amla over Reeza Hendricks in their 15-man Cricket World Cup squad.

Veteran Amla represents the more experienced option and, in the only real call for the selectors to make, he has been preferred to Hendricks.

The rest of the squad was as expected, with Faf du Plessis set to lead the Proteas in England and Wales.

"We are very happy with the squad we have been able to put together and have every confidence in their ability to do our country proud at the World Cup," said selector Linda Zondi.

"The fact that we have managed to win our last five series in a row in this format against Zimbabwe, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka twice underlines the quality of the team that Faf will lead into the contest.

"The final selection is also the result of a very rigorous search we have conducted, leaving no stone unturned, to make sure that we have made the best use of the options available to us."

Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje missed the Indian Premier League with injuries, but both have recovered in time to be included in the final group.

Meanwhile, JP Duminy has suitably recovered from shoulder surgery to take his place in the squad.


South Africa squad in full: Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Hashim Amla will miss the remainder of South Africa's ODI series against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds due to his father falling ill.

Amla had been called up on Monday as the Proteas sought to rotate him with Reeza Hendricks, who dropped out of the squad for the final two matches.

But Hendricks has now returned to the group due to Amla's absence, with South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee sending the departing star's family his best wishes.

"Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODIs of the current series against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill," he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Hashim and his family during this difficult time and we understand that family obligations always come first.

"The selectors have decided to add Reeza Hendricks to the squad. It was always the intention of the selectors to rotate Hashim and Reeza during this Sri Lanka ODI series."

South Africa have won the first three matches of the five-match series, having previously lost both Tests to Sri Lanka in spectacular fashion.

Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy have been recalled to the South Africa squad for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka.

The Proteas took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series at Kingsmead on Sunday and the experienced trio will return for the remaining rubbers in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Markram has forced his way back in with his impressive form, including back-to-back centuries, helping the Titans to the top of the One-Day Cup table.

Former captain Amla was rested for the first three matches and will hope to impress in South Africa's final series before the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Duminy also returns to the fold having made his comeback from over three months out due to shoulder surgery with the Cape Cobras.

"Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the World Cup. It is great to see how well JP has regained his best form after being out of action for so long," said selection convener Linda Zondi.

"What has also been highly encouraging is to see how well the Proteas have played when they have returned to franchise cricket. It is important that they should dominate at this level and that their skills should rub off on our emerging talent.

"JP, Aiden and Dwaine Pretorius have all made significant contributions to their franchises in recent matches.

"We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned."

Reeza Hendricks and Wiaan Mulder will sit out the final two games, with the squad growing to incorporate 15 players.

South Africa ODI squad: Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

South Africa have recalled fit-again fast bowler Lungi Ngidi for the first three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka, but there is no place in their squad for Hashim Amla. 

Seamer Ngidi has not featured for his country since November due to a knee injury but he has taken six wickets in two games for the Titans in the Momentum Cup since returning to fitness. 

The 14-man Proteas squad also includes Anrich Nortje, the 25-year-old bowler earning a maiden call-up. 

Amla has been left out, though reports suggest he has not been dropped and that South Africa could instead by exploring options ahead of this year's Cricket World Cup in England. 

The right-handed batsman scored am unbeaten century in the first match of the ODI series with Pakistan last month but then made more than 25 just once in the next four innings. 

"It is great to have Lungi back in the squad after a lengthy period on the sidelines caused by the injury he suffered in the white-ball series in Australia last year," said South Africa's convener of selectors Linda Zondi.

"His recent form for the Titans in the Momentum One-Day Cup has been most impressive and he is clearly match-fit for international cricket again."

South Africa face Sri Lanka in five ODIs hoping to exact a measure of revenge after losing 2-0 in the Test series.

JP Duminy, who has been troubled by a shoulder injury, has not been included for the first three matches but Zondi is hopeful he can return for the final two.

South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

Mohammad Hafeez guided Pakistan to a nervy five-wicket win over South Africa in Saturday's opening one-dayer in Port Elizabeth. 

Uncapped batsman Rassie van der Dussen has been named in the South Africa squad for the first two one-day internationals against Pakistan.

The 29-year-old played in two Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe last year and could get his chance in the 50-over format after he was among the 14 men included for the matches in Port Elizabeth and Durban this month.

Paceman Dane Paterson has been recalled and Hashim Amla returns after recovering from a finger injury that ruled him out of the series in Australia.

JP Duminy and Lungi Ngidi miss out due to shoulder and knee injuries respectively. 

Cricket South Africa national selection panel convener Linda Zondi said: "We need to look at all the options available to us as we get closer to selecting our final squad for this year's World Cup and Rassie and Dane are two players who have been knocking strongly on the door in all formats.

"Those players who went to Australia and have not been selected for the first two matches - Farhaan Behardien, Aiden Markram and Chris Morris - are by no means out of the picture and they may well get further opportunities in the second half of the series."


South Africa squad:

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will miss the third and final Test against Pakistan through suspension following an over-rate offence.

The Proteas clinched the series with victory in the second Test at Newlands on Sunday, but Du Plessis will now be missing for next week's dead rubber.

The skipper has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee by the ICC after South Africa maintained a slow over-rate during their nine-wicket victory in Cape Town.

The rest of the team have also been fined 10 per cent of their own fees, while Du Plessis has been suspended as this is his second such offence, having also been sanctioned in a Test against India last year.

It remains to be seen how the Proteas' batting order will shape up at the Wanderers, with Aiden Markram struggling with a thigh injury on Sunday and Hashim Amla retiring hurt in South Africa's second innings after taking a blow to his bicep.

Amla has served as South Africa's Test captain previously, before the now-retired AB de Villiers and then Du Plessis took on the role.

South Africa required fewer than 10 overs on day four to clinch the second Test by nine wickets and secure the series against Pakistan.

The Proteas had run out of time for a 41-run chase at Newlands on Saturday, but victory was straightforward the following morning, an attempted fightback from the toiling tourists having been halted as they were bowled out for 294 on the third day.

Dean Elgar did the heavy lifting with an unbeaten 24 runs after opening partner Theunis de Bruyn (4) threw away an early wicket, Faf du Plessis (3 not out) finishing at the crease as Hashim Amla (2 no) suffered a knock.

Du Plessis' men now take the series to Johannesburg, where they will target a thoroughly deserved whitewash against an out-of-sorts Pakistan.

South Africa made a slow start in front of a sparse crowd and De Bruyn was soon heading back to the pavilion after a wild swipe at a Mohammad Abbas delivery saw the ball gloved behind.

And even as the Proteas cruised towards their modest target, there was a further setback with Amla taking a hefty whack to his right arm that cut short his innings.

There would be no real drama, though, and Elgar's fourth boundary of the morning moved South Africa to 43-1 to bring a swift end to proceedings.

Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar each made the most of an early reprieve to record half-centuries and earn South Africa a six-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first Test on Friday.

The Proteas began the third day in Centurion chasing 149 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, after Duanne Olivier's 5-59 had helped bowl the tourists out for 190 at stumps on Thursday.

It looked as though the crowd at SuperSport Park could be in for a thrilling conclusion when Aiden Markram's poor run of form continued with a second-ball duck but Pakistan were made to rue two crucial moments going the way of the home side.

Amla, on eight at the time, was dropped at slip by Fakhar Zaman after slashing at Hasan Ali, and in the next over Elgar - on four - edged Shaheen Afridi low to Azhar Ali in the cordon, only for the on-field soft signal of out to be overturned by the television umpire.

Replays suggested the ball touched the grass and Azhar's fingers simultaneously and Elgar capitalised on his second chance, going on to make 50 while his partner was 63 not out - a welcome return to form for Amla after 10 innings without a fifty.

Amla proved the rock of a chase that began in nervy fashion as Markram departed lbw to Hasan before a run was on the board.

Indeed, it took until the 34th delivery before the first runs were scored off the bat as Amla struck back-to-back leg-side boundaries off Hasan to relieve some of the pressure.

His and Elgar's moments of fortune arrived soon afterwards, and Pakistan further damaged their own cause by wasting reviews in attempting to overturn a pair of lbw decisions either side of lunch - Mohammad Amir the bowler on each occasion.

Amla's first half-century since early March arrived from 88 balls as he guided Shaheen to the point fence and Elgar followed suit with a glorious drive off Shan Masood as South Africa moved to within 30 of victory.

Elgar edged behind next ball and both Theunis de Bruyn and Faf du Plessis fell with the target in touching distance.

De Bruyn was stumped after coming down the track to Yasir Shah and missing an attempted legside heave while South Africa's captain Du Plessis went for a pair, just as his Pakistan counterpart Sarfraz Ahmed had.

Yet Amla stuck around and the second of Temba Bavuma's two fours sealed the victory inside 51 overs.

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