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Langeveldt high-five checks Lanka

March 28, 2007
In a bowling line-up featuring Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis, you would hardly have imagined that Charl Langeveldt would steal the limelight.

In the World Cup Super Eights match on Wednesday, Langeveldt did exactly that when he claimed career-best figures of five wickets for 39 to help bowl out Sri Lanka for a modest 209 all out.

South Africa sneaked home by one wicket in a thrilling finish, a match they nearly lost after dominating it for the most part.

The aggressive Sri Lankan batsmen struggled against South Africa's disciplined bowling in the first ever match at the new Providence Stadium in Guyana, where the pitch offered consistent bounce.

Langeveldt first destroyed Sri Lanka's top order getting the wickets of the dangerous Sanath Jayasuriya (26) and captain Mahela Jayawardene for 12 to give South Africa the early advantage.

Tillekaratne Dilshan and Russel Arnold threatened briefly with solid half-centuries, but the 32-year-old Langeveldt dashed all hopes with a three-wicket burst in the 49th over as Sri Lanka were bundled out for 209 in 49.3 overs.

One of South Africa's top swing bowlers, both conventional and reverse, Langeveldt was a late bloomer after an earlier career as a prison warder. Today, he proved himself. The other teams in the Super Eight stage know what to expect when they take on the Proteas.

Photograph: Getty Images

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