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World Champions!
South Africa crowned Red Bull Campus Cricket World Champions

What was billed to be a mouth-watering clash between the two unbeaten teams of the tournament fizzled into a one-sided affair as South Africa seized the opportunity and totally outwitted the defending champions, Sri Lanka.

South Africa won the toss and captain, Wihan Lubbe had no hesitation in asking Sri Lanka to bat first on a pitch that assisted the seamers in the first hour. The South African bowlers justified their captain’s decision to bowl first as they had the Sri Lankan’s in all sorts of trouble at 51/5 inside the first ten overs. Julian Souter returned figures of 3/16 that earned him the man of the match award and he was ably assisted by leg-spinner Dyllan Matthews who snapped up 3/22.

For Sri Lanka, only a rear-guard knock from the hero in their semi-final win against Australia, Chamika Karunarathne who bowled a splendid final over, this time attempted to do it with his bat as he scored 29 from 26 balls to bring some respectability to their final total of 121 all out.

Despite losing their captain early, batsman of the week Janneman Malan (64* from 47 balls) continued his impressive form for South Africa as he teamed up with Marques Ackermann (23 from 18 balls) in a 48 run partnership that effectively secured the title for South Africa.

Sri Lanka

121 in 18.4 overs (Chamika Karunarathne 29, Julian Soutter 3/16, Dyllan Matthews 3/22)

South Africa

122/3 in 15.2 overs (Janneman Malan 64*, Marques Ackerman 23)

South Africa won by 7 wickets

Man of the match: Julian Soutter (South Africa)

Most runs at the Week: Janneman Malan (South Africa) 259 runs

Most wickets at the Week: Dyllan Matthews (South Africa) 12 wickets

Posted by USSA Communications Unit on 2017-09-18.
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