Christchurch, New Zealand – South Africa’s Cricket World Cup warm-up match against Sri Lanka was severely shortened by rain today but there was still time for both teams to send a warning to opponents before the tournament begins on Saturday.
Sri Lanka made 279-7 in an impressive innings, shortened to 44.4 overs by rain, and South Africa’s winning target was twice adjusted because of stoppages before it reached 188 in 24.3 overs to win by five wickets under the Duckworth-Lewis system.
The Proteas scraped home with three balls to spare. Quinton de Kock (66) and stand-in captain Hashim Amla (46) put on 116 for the first wicket, giving the Proteas a platform and flexibility when rain intervened.
Rilee Rossouw (16 not out) and Vernon Philander (13 not out) were there at the end.