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Champions Trophy 2017 - Upul Tharanga , Sri Lanka Captain Suspended

13 June 2017

South Africa captain AB de Villiers praised opener Hashim Amla and leg-spinner Imran Tahir in South Africa's huge 96-run win over Sri Lanka in their Champions Trophy opener.

"So we've targeted that as an area where we can make up time, get four, five minutes ahead of time, which it does get a bit complicated at the end when there's a partnership going". Sri Lanka were 68/1 after 8 overs while the South African scoreboard read 27/0 after 8 overs.

He added 145 runs with Francois du Plessis, who contributed with 75 runs off 70 deliveries with six fours.

De Villiers was involved in the next wicket as well, executing a flawless throw to run-out the risky Dinesh Chandimal for 12 in Tahir's first over.

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Sri Lanka were cruising along at 116 for two when Tahir was introduced to the attack in the 18th over and South Africa immediately got a firm grip on the game.

Sri Lanka fell short by 4 overs today at The Oval against South Africa. Earlier, run-machine Amla struck his 25th ODI century to guide South Africa to a challenging 299 for six. "As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Tharanga has been suspended from his side's upcoming matches against India and Pakistan, while each of his players has received a fine of 60 percent".

3 - Amla took 15 innings to score five ODI centuries against Sri Lanka, which is the third-fastest by any player to score five ODI tons against any country.

Tahir then ended the Sri Lankan innings on 203, removing Nuwan Pradeep for 6 with Kusal Perera unbeaten on 44.

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"Steve Smith also seems reluctant to pick Adam Zampa, and I think there's an issue with captains' understanding of how to allow spinners to play an important role and bring them in to the one-day game". The elegant left-hander nicked a full length ball off Pradeep in the slips.

What were your highlights from South Africa's win? However, the other batsmen did not really fire.

JP Duminy hit 38 off 20 balls to provide some much-needed late impetus for his side, but Dickwella and stand-in skipper Upul Tharanga combined effectively in reply, the former producing some extravagant strokes after he and his opening partner had each survived return chances to Kagiso Rabada.

"It was close to ten out of ten", said De Villiers.

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After the Oval match, Sri Lanka lost to the acting captain Upul Tharanga.