Faf steers SA 'A' into final

2012-07-17 17:23

Cape Town - South Africa 'A' qualified for the final of their  limited overs tournament at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday when they beat Sri Lanka 'A' by a comfortable seven wickets with four overs to spare for their third successive win.

The South Africans play their final qualifying match against Zimbabwe 'A' on Wednesday and this match, together with Thursday’s match between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, will decide who they play in Saturday’s final.

Sri Lanka won the toss and batted first but their total of 245/7 never looked like being enough after Richard Levi and Colin Ingram put on 55 for the second wicket, and Levi and Faf du Plessis a further 53 for the third wicket.

Du Plessis (89 not out off 107 balls, 4 fours) and Reeza Hendricks (51 not out off 71 balls, 5 fours) then closed out the match with an impressive unbroken fourth wicket partnership of 122 in 21.5 overs.

The pair rotated the strike well and were also sharp between the wickets, removing any pressure to hit boundaries.

Chris Morris had an excellent limited overs debut for South Africa 'A', taking the key wicket of opposing captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, and only conceding 27 runs in his 10 overs.