Aaron Finch, Imran Tahir’s heroics too much for opponents
It was an eventful day for the Aaron Finch and Co., as well as for South Africa, for different reasons. The defending champions men came over a scare to post a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka, while the Proteas registered their first win in the World Cup. At one time, the Sri Lankans were cruising towards an upset win before Mitchell Starc happened.
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And before Mitchell Starc, there was an Aaron Finch!
It would have been a good toss to win had it been a Sri Lankan side of the 90s. However, with fewer stars in the side, the Islanders should have batted first, which they didn’t. The Aussies took full advantage of the decision and posted 334 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Aaron Finch played a captain’s knock and equaled this World Cup’s highest score with 153 runs off 132 balls. His aggressive batting helped others to chip in as well as the defending champions showed their class in style.
Finch's maximum to reach his ton, Udana's magic in the field, Tahir's sensational googly – which one will get your vote as the @Nissan Play of the Day?
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Karunaratne nearly did an Aaron Finch against Aussies
Sri Lankan skipper did have other ideas when the team went out to chase 335 runs to win. Not only did his onslaught increased his team’s chances of a surprise win, but it also boosted their morale, until his dismissal for 97. He added 115 runs for the first wicket with Kusal Perera who managed a 36-ball 52. Once the stand was broken, Mitchell Starc took charge and ended with 4 wickets in the match, restricting the opposition to 247 all out.
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South Africa had it easy with Afghanistan
In another match, Faf du Plessis’s men registered their first win of the tournament against Afghanistan. The match saw Hashim Amla return to form as well as Imran Tahir finding his rhythm. The leg spinner took 4 wickets for 29 runs to restrict the opposition to 125 in 34.1 overs, after which the openers took over.
RESULT | SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 9 WICKETS (DLS Method)
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Amla, de Kock register their first-century partnership of CWC 19
A second #CWC19 half-century from Quinton de Kock, coupled with seven wickets between Imran Tahir and Chris Morris, saw South Africa claim their first win of the tournament over Afghanistan.
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It took them less than 23 overs to take their side past 100, such is the brilliance of Hashim Amla and Quentin de Kock. They two proved to be too much for the Afghani bowlers who panicked after posting a low score. De Kock top scored with 68 while Hashim Amla remained unbeaten at 41. The Proteas climbed to the seventh position after their first victory, while Australia leads the points table.
TEAM M W L T P NRR
AUS 5 4 1 0 8 0.812
NZ 4 3 0 0 7 2.163
ENG 4 3 1 0 6 1.557
INDIA 3 2 0 0 5 0.539
SL 5 1 2 0 4 -1.778
WI 4 1 2 0 3 0.666
SA 5 1 3 0 3 -0.208
BDESH 4 1 2 0 3 -0.714
PAK 4 1 2 0 3 -1.796
AFG 4 0 4 0 0 -1.638