Amla leads Proteas to consolation victory

South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by eight wickets as both sides bowed out of the ICC World Twenty20.

The two teams had already been eliminated from Group 1 after losing to England, and key players were rested on both sides – most notably Angelo Mathews and Kagiso Rabada.

Hashim Amla acknowledges the crowd after scoring a half-century in South Africa's eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Openers Dinesh Chandimal and Tillakaratne Dilshan got Sri Lanka off to a flier, taking 45 from 28 balls, but once the former was bowled by spinner Aaron Phangiso they swiftly folded for 120 with three balls unused.

That total never seriously tested the Proteas, with Hashim Amla making an unbeaten 56 to guide them home with more than two overs to spare.

After dismissing Chandimal, Phangiso bowled Lahiru Thirimanne first ball and Milinda Siriwardana was run out after taking on Faf du Plessis’ arm.

Shehan Jayasuria tamely looped Farhaan Behardien to cover, Dilshan – who lost all momentum as wickets tumbled around him – was trapped lbw by the same bowler and Chamara Kapugedera was bowled by Imran Tahir.

Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott then mopped up the tail, with only Dasun Chanaka’s unbeaten 20 offering any resistance.

Quinton de Kock was run out by Dilshan for nine, but Amla and du Plessis cantered towards their target until the latterly was ruled lbw to Suranga Lakmal on 31 despite replays showing an inside edge.

That only brought AB de Villiers to the crease, and he swiftly ended the contest with a couple of sixes to finish on 20 from 12 balls, with Amla having scored 56 from 52 deliveries.

Source: ECB

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